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Yule Treats

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I am offering cookies this year as a Yule gift. I am financially limited. Yule cookies done right make a great gift.

I made gingerbread cookies. I had fun cutting the cookies out with Yule themed cookie cutters. Then I made frosting and googled ideas for decorating cookies. I bought a jar of decorative gold and white sugar pearls, sprinkles, and white and gold glitter. I took great pains to decorate my Yule gingerbread men, trees, bells, santas, stars and snowflake cookies. I used a butter knife to smear the icing on (With plenty of finger licking). I laid a sheet of parchment/ wax paper on the cookie sheets.

I sprinkled glitter on the tree, star and bell cookies. I enhanced the design with the sugar pearls in a vertical row on the tree cookies. Trust me, it somehow looked beautiful. For the gingerbread men, I used the sugar pearls for the eyes, ears and mouth. I used raisins for the three buttons. They look cute and mouth watering.

These cookies will make great gifts. I hope this inspires you to try it too.

 

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Yule Designs

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Recently on the weekend I had some fun. I attended the long awaited book launch where I gave a poetry reading of my now published poem. The poem was titled The Sawbug’s Toil. I then signed what seemed like 300 copies of the book Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt.

The book launch was a success. I am proud to have been a part of that. I look forward to new opportunities. I received a book I won in the mail titled Gideon by Alex Gordon. I shall enjoy the book, I am sure.

Yule is right around the corner. I spied snow on the ground. I have been preparing for Yule. I went on a long nature walk the other day. I enjoyed walking through the paths, gorgeous autumn trees hanging overhead, and the crisp chill hint of winter in the air. Twigs cracked underfoot, squirrels chirruped, and leaves fluttered to the ground. I collected pine cones by the Armdale ocean and acorns. I found a crab shell and a mollusk shell too.

I plan to use the pine cones and acorns for Yule. I have begun an herbal yule spice jar for a friend for Yule. When I get my money, I plan to buy holiday fabric and start making gifts and decorations for myself and others. I am eager to get started. I have a pattern for a Yule stocking and browsed through my fave fabric store for inspiration. I was excited to discover that Fabricville had everything I need to get started. All I need is some cash.

For my herbal spice jar for a friend, I blended a pine cone, dried orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine needles and added it all to a jar. I will add the dried pomegranate rind to the mixture. I want to decorate the jar. The library books about crafts that I borrowed will help me with decorating the jar.

I shall post more here about preparing for Yule.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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Samhain Ancestors

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Whew. Samhain has come but is not gone. The New Year is here. I am tired but content with the holiday events. I performed two rituals, one to welcome in the new year by banishing bad energy. The other was a solitary Samhain ritual.

I also completed my ancestor altar cloth. I posted in the past about the altar cloth. This year I created an ancestor altar doll. I was inspired by another website and set out to make my own doll.

I printed out the template. I traced the template onto black knit fabric. I stitched the doll together and stuffed her with cotton batting. Then I added herbs that correspond to ancestor worship such as mugwort, wormwood and rosemary and a black hematite stone. I filled the head section with more cotton batting and stitched the opening closed. I added a patch of white fabric…

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“Friendly Neighborhood Spooky Cemetery” By Heddy Johannesen

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Misunderstood Witches

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Samhain is a  festive time. It can also be a stressful time. You want to break out the cauldrons, besoms and maybe a skull or two. But there is always that one person who will never understand why you do what you do. Don’t fret over it. Here are some coping skills.

One Keep your cool. If you want to be taken seriously for your Craft, then try staying calm. I know the urge to burn tons of sage in your room to keep out a nosy disapproving aunt is overwhelming but it might not be the solution. (For the most part, I can’t blame you but I digress.) I live with not being understood by not just muggles but EVERYONE around me 24 out of 7. If it helps, distract yourself with a hobby. Go for a walk. A walk can help to clear your head and give you a fresher perspective on things.

Two Try discussing it – and here is the big word, Calmly with those who don’t understand your desire to commune with your chosen god or goddess. Losing your cool or temper only makes you look bad. Prove you are knowledgeable about your craft and they will take you more seriously.

Three If you live at home with parents still, and I am not suggesting you suddenly get your own apartment before having the financial means to do so just to be a witch and defy parents. Real maturity means understanding everyone’s perspective. It is hard I know but believe me, its better. If company is coming over and you know some of them don’t understand or will react in a hostile way to your beliefs, discuss it with parents beforehand. Again try to do this calmly. Then call or text a trusted friend to vent and meet over a coffee or two.

Four If that doesn’t work, then just stay in your room and be alone. If you tried the above suggestions and it still didn’t work out, don’t sweat it. Stay calm and be alone until the company leaves. I live on my own and I still deal with certain things. I know how it feels. I have had family members ostracize me for being a witch and refuse to speak to me. They treated me like I was out of my mind when I asked for an explanation. I know it sucks. Unfortunately, it is the way the world is. Thanks to the Church and media for poisoning the public against witches- the real poisoned apple, anyone? We are perceived a certain way. I am believing lately that can’t be changed but how we react to it can.

Five No one said life was fair. We can’t change anyone around us but we can change ourselves. In other words, we can control our responses to things. Life is bloody unfair. I do realize that. But I have accepted that I am not understood. I have moved on. I am not dwelling on it. I do think of it from time to time. But I wasn’t given an explanation which I think was harsh but that is the way they are. If someday they want a resolution, I might be there to talk to them but I would remember the way I was treated. I didn’t deserve it but I see the situation that led to that. I won’t discuss it here but at the same time, if an explanation is never given, the person is forced to arrive at their own conclusion. So if a resolution between us is never reached, I will still live peacefully with it. That is because I now understand everything, I understand the situation and I know that my response to it is something I can control.

Now…. I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with feeling misunderstood or such. I hope this reaches those people. Present yourself as a mature adult or teen or whatever you are and more understanding might be created. Have a fun Samhain! Be yourself. Your awesome mystical wonderful amazing self.

Here are some cool links:

The first links takes you to a podcast. The podcast is an interview with a wonderful master storyteller and friend of mine, Steve Vernon. He shares some haunted tales of Halifax. The podcast is almost an hour long.

https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/hauntedhalifax   

Here is some fun spooky reading through the month of October. The Horror Writers Association hosts an annual blog event which I am partaking in. Enjoy. http://horror.org/halloween-haunts-welcome-michele-brittany/

My short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, is published in this awesome eerie anthology One Night in Salem. FunDead Publications has also produced a few other books and they are worth checking out. To learn more, go to my Paranormal & Witchy Fiction blog and then to Published works page, where you can click on the thumbnail image to be directed to the publisher’s website.

NOW AVAILABLE! One Night in Salem

So if the stress is driving you insane, chill out with those above links.

Blessed Mabon near Samhain,

Spiderwitch )O(

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Protectors Of The Earth: Remembering The Radical Legacy Of The Witch

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Samhain

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Thrifty Shopping for Samhain )O(

Paranormal& Witchy Fiction

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Are you spying pumpkins and sunflowers on store shelves yet? The local stores here are now carrying their range of ghoulish and witchy Halloween items. I scored a stunning dress yesterday. Its the perfect time to stock up on items for Samhain. I believe that the best witchy items aren’t found at witchy shops but at thrift shops.

You don’t have to blow the bank to stock up on Samhain provisions. I can’t afford to though I wish I could. Candles, incense and gemstones can be purchased on a budget. While you are shopping, ask yourself if you will use it and if you really need it. Buy something that has more than one purpose. A gown that you will wear once shouldn’t be bought at full price. The Halloween trinket that looks cool now may end up collecting dust on a shelf. Think hard about your…

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Autumn Harvest

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I’m excited about the upcoming publication of my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, in the anthology One Night in Salem, produced by FunDead Publications. I have signed the contract and finished the edits. If you go over to my Published Works page, the book is listed there. If you hover the mouse over the image of the book, you are taken by hyperlink to the publisher’s website. You can learn more about the book and where to preorder the book. I can’t wait for the book release. I am proud to be involved in this project.

The other good news is that the anthology of childrens’ poetry including my poem is also published. Not by the same publisher, but I feel great about that too. The book is also listed in my bibliography.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon. Its hard to believe that much time has passed. I love Mabon which is a magical time. The leaves change and a chill creeps into the air. I look forward to Mahon and will post more on that later.

I’m still studying hard at Sacred Mists. I enjoy it very much. I’m learning lots of different things.

I’m nearing the end of edits on my paranormal novel. It’s been a huge amount of work but I know I’m getting there. I can’t wait to finish it and get on with new writing projects.

I’m sorry for not posting more but I’ve been busy. I promise to post more often, esp., with my fave season just around the corner.

I’ve also finally achieved some clarity about a strange nightmare I had. That makes me feel a lot better. I dreamed of some nasty beast and I heard it may have been a paranormal entity feeding off my energy. I am much relieved to hear that because it gives me peace of mind to finally know what I saw in the dream. 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch

 

 

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Sacred Mists Announcement

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I have awesome news. I got my Hogwarts letter again. I am now enrolled at Sacred Mists Online Wiccan College studying my First Degree.I am too excited. I am certain I will have a better time studying there than at the Temple of Witchcraft. I want a narrative to follow and to advance my studies. I want to see if there’s more to witchcraft than is what I currently know. I intend to complete the whole course up to the 3rd degree.

Its in the hallowed halls of Sacred Mists that I will find the answers to my questions. I can’t wait to get started. Better dust off my Book of Shadows and cauldron.

I am eager to get started on the edits for my short fiction story in the book One Night in Salem. I am also trying to finish edits on my paranormal novel. I will be busy this fall.

My garden is so beautiful. The nasturtiums are finally blooming in fiery orange colors. My bellflower and tiger lilies are in full bloom. I’m growing a hot pepper. But my popcorn and cucumber are growing slowly. My tomatoes are growing even slower. I am getting concerned because it is now harvest season. Lughnasadh is around the corner!!

I shall consult my book that tells how to pollinate plants indoors if I need to grow tomatoes indoors. I can’t wait to be eating my own popcorn. I still have all of August and September. I bought a new basil plant which I will grow indoors. The bugs ate the whole basiil plant I put in the garden, even with diatomaceous earth sprinkled at its base. So that is staying where I can tend it and keep it away from voracious slugs. 

I can’t wait for autumn. The spiders have woven their webs around my yard and garden. Soon the leaves will turn to autumnal shades. Pumpkins will fill the stores. I love autumn and look forward to all the magic it offers. 

 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

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