Jan 9, 2016

Rosemary & the New Moon...

 I thought about what would be my first post of the New Year...I can't think of anything better than plants so I chose the Rosemary....& on the first New Moon of the year....Even better is the fact that the Rosemary plant is associated with the New Moon... 
Yay!!! a Rosemary plant is actually surviving in my home... I have had four other plants & they grew beautifully outside...until I brought them in for the winter...then BAM! dried up & dead... So I did some research this time.....I knew the roots need to stay dry during the winter but watering it was tricky......what I didn't realize was the water is taken in through the leaves... so this presented a much better watering system....

I came across a post & I can't find it now but the writer had the same problem...then she discovered this.... raise the plant up on a bed of stones &  keep it filled with water....the leaves absorb the water below....It works amazing!! I do spray it & give it a drink of water once a week but that's it...Its not the prettiest looking pot right now as you can see but I wanted to see if it survived first...two months later not only has it survived but its growing...about 4 inches now... so I am on the hunt for a new pot to put it in.... I also added a snowy quartz to the pot just to add a little crystal energy...
Rosemary has many magical properties as well....it is called the Dew of the Sea & Elf Leaf...it is associated with New Moon rituals & meditation...so hold a sprig while you meditate....It was one of the oldest of incense....burn with sage to help purify the air, drive away negative energy & illness... putting a sprig under your pillow encourages good dreams & keeps nightmares away... It is used with Holly & Mistletoe for Yule... the fragrance of Rosemary is said to help memory.... & of course it's a great culinary herb...
but the one I found the most interesting was an old saying....
Where Rosemary flourishes, the Woman rules" 
....I think I'll post it on the frig & see how long it takes the Hubby to notice... "wink"

Dec 31, 2015

Happy New Year!!!


I want to wish eveyone a very Happy New Year...I will admit I am so glad to see 2015 end... But have great hope for the coming year.... I have set a couple of goals...one is saving for a 35 mm camera....I miss taking my own pictures & a camera phone just doesn't cut it anymore... I never set resolutions...I don't believe in them...I prefer to set my intentions during the moon cycles which work much better for me... Despite the sadness & grief that occurred I have so much to be grateful for in life....my precious family & my health are the two tops ones...
So I want to wish all of you everywhere a beautiful & magical start to a promising year.... Thanks to all of you for following my blog...It means alot to me...
See you on 2016!!!!
Peace,

Dec 24, 2015

A Merry Christmas Full Moon.....


Here in Maine the weather has been more like spring than the end of December...it was in the low 50's today, which was nice...the dogs & I got in a couple of good walks in between cooking & finishing touches on gifts..it is very strange to see that red tinge on the trees as tho they are ready to bud!! Hey! I am ready to get back into the garden early!!!

Here on the east coast we will have a Full Moon on Christmas day.. So it looks like Santa will have plenty of light tonight.... There hasn't been a Full moon on Christmas since 1977....the next one will be in 2034... So enjoy this rare moon .... I hope all of you have a very wonderful & happy Christmas.... 
Don't forget to stop over to Mystic Mamma for the insights into this Full Moon....
Happy Holidays everyone!!! 

Dec 21, 2015

Yule Blessings...

Hello all...
I am enjoying my little Folk Art tree & burning some Frankincense & Myrrh resin on a beautiful Solstice evening......  I love these rituals especially during the craziness of the Holiday season....Its a time to reconnect with myself, Mother Nature &  maintaining the quiet in my life (which right now means staying out of the stores as much as possible)  
May your Yuletide be peaceful, quiet & full of hope as we welcome back the longer days... 

Dec 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday- Time for a cuppa....








(All images are found on Tumblr...they are not mine
I do not know the original sources...)

Nov 30, 2015

Hello again....

Hi everyone...I apologise for not posting more consistently....it has not been one of the best years for my family.....we lost two of our loved ones very tragically..... I will be writing more about it later but I want to wait until after the holidays.... For now I want to focus on the meaning of this holiday season....Already it has become so commercialized I want to scream!!  I saw Christmas decorations out on the shelves three weeks before Halloween... Like everything else in our society  it has become for profit only..... This is also a time of year where the depression & suicide rates spike....
so it is time to step back & take a breath....

I have decided to spend this month recapturing the spirit of this season....I have found over the last few years that combining elements of Solstice, Yule & Christmas makes for a time much more spiritual & magical....  

I thought I would spend this month sharing what I am doing....So to start I thought I would get my presents for everyone finished first....Not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday kind but handmade gifts... So yesterday I went into the woods to collect moss... I have had some admiration of our terrariums the Hubby & I have created so I am making two hanging ones for gifts... they will look similar to this but I want to create something special for each of the young women I am making these for....
                                       source
For the next two weeks, the moss will be in quarantine to make sure anything moldy or bad is discarded.....I will post the finished pieces then.... Here are some pictures of our latest creation....the only thing we bought was the organic potting soil & charcoal...the terrarium was picked up by the Hubby at the local transfer station & he made the wooden top & the plants & bark came from the woods....

 The beginning.....
adding some steps for the fairies...
The roof... the Hubby is going to put a band of iron around the edge for me...I love iron!!  
 early morning sun.....


the arbor...
some mica for a fairy ring....

which lights up at night under a LED light....
If you haven't tried one yet I highly recommend this...
especially if you have kids or Grandbabies... 
They love it...

Nov 11, 2015

New Moon in Scorpio....

New Moon Blessings everyone!!  
I love this Scorpio time of year... 

Sep 23, 2015

Welcome Fall!!

Its the Fall Equinox...
A time when light & dark are equal 
moon-sylph:

☽ ⁎ ˚ * ☀ Transylvanian forest ✵ ⁎ * ☾
The changing of the seasons... shedding like leaves from a tree, whether physical or emotional, that which no longer serve a purpose for us.....
watching the pantry fill up with the harvest of food  
& herbal medicines for the winter...
slowing down.... hibernation... meditation
Time to rest & recover, embracing the dark...
swansong-willows:

(via Pin by Lonneke Borret on herfst | Pinterest)
To read, to plan & dream of your goals
Cozy Blankets:
My favorite... 
bringing out the sweaters & blankets....
Comfort....

Sep 8, 2015

Carving a Flower...


I spent the morning carving with my dremel....something I will be doing more of this winter.... Maybe some Moon runes on the next piece.....
I like things that look more rough & ancient... I am not one for new & shiny... 
How about you?

Sep 4, 2015

DIY Friday- The Bohemian Bowl...

If you have some old terracotta pots or old bowls that you don't know what do with, make the Bohemian Bowl.... that's right...who wants a boring plain old bowl....lets Bohemianize it.....is that a word??? It is now... 
Spread some joint compound  ( or papier mache) all over the outside & draw some designs on it, embed items of your choice even add messages....I wanted to make mine look like an ancient bowl so I took a wooden skewer & made swirls & symbols,,,,, then antiqued it after it dried,,, or you could just paint it your favorite color....

I painted the inside white then a light antique wash...now the fun part.....I love doing this... decoupage the inside with some floral napkins or you can use decorative tissue paper....anything that speaks to you....just as long as there is some transparency.... I added some aged cheesecloth to the edge to expand on the ancient look....This will be used in the craft room for a catch-all for findings... So let your imagination flow!!!

Happy Weekend all!! 

Aug 29, 2015

A Super Moon...

Tonight's Full Moon is a Super Moon....Full of immense energy....Time to release all that no longer serves you....... It also marks the beginning of the Harvest... my favorite time of the year.... My crab-apples are just about ready for the jelly jars....

Last night I enjoyed the Sage Goddess Full Moon ritual...it was wonderful & highly recommend it......You can watch it online here....as well as past Moon rituals in the archives...Tonight I have my Moon bath (wonderful way to relax), some Yoga & meditation.... Oh yes recharge your crystals tonight as well...  Tomorrow I write down all that I wish to release back to the universe & burn it.... doing something over three days sets my intentions more positively until the next moon....I find much more peace in my life as well following my inner wisdom rather than societal expectations .... What ever you do for your Moon rituals,   Embrace the energy of tonight's Super Moon!!!

Moon Blessings everyone!

Jul 21, 2015

The Magic Of Nature


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” 
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

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