Thursday, November 23, 2017

Faerie Magick


In These Woods I Know, 



                       The Faeries like to Stroll,



Their Magick Orbs Appear, 



When They Think No One is Near !


Perhaps Hiding Here, 




Or Here.......,
Among the Green,
Flora and Fauna, 
Waiting to Be Seen, 




Iridescent Wings..........., 



Fly and Flutter...............,


And, then with a Whisp and a Wand,
They Magickly Arrive 
For All To See !!!1 



Friday, November 3, 2017

Beaver Moon


November's full Moon was called the 
Beaver Moon, by 
both Algonquin tribes. 
The Native Americans used the monthly 
Moons and natures signs as a sort 
of calendar to 
track the seasons.

November is the month to set 
beaver traps before the 
swamps froze to ensure a 
supply of warm winter furs.




Also called the Full Frost Moon by other Native American Tribes. 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Secrets of the Grave Stone

In the new flower bed 
of this Old House
 they found the lost forgotten in the 
cold, cold, ground,



To which was lost so long ago, 
To dig in the bed where they may lay, 
So sweet repose for many, years and  days,
at last released from the hidden grave, 



Remembering her old home, 
and how this was the site, 
where they laid their  
Daughter Dear here at Twilight, 

The Old Crone was sitting on the curb 
watching the Maiden dig her earthen place,





When the Maiden working 
in her flower bed 
  felt an eerie stare, and 
turned to see her sitting there, 
.............................
Cocking her head to the side,
 and gaze a pondering eye,,
She turned back to the flower bed,
and begin to question Why?

Is this A Neighbor?  
Or simply someone walking by?



Quickly turning around again, 
the Maiden went to speak to her.....,
To see that the Crone had
Magically Disappeared!, 

But how? Where? 
Within such an instant glance?, 
Gone so quickly down the
 Sidewalk long and far?

Back to her garden bed
 she dug the dirt and weeds,
When a sudden clunck 
hit the shovel blade.......

All along the row the blade hit 
the surface of the ground 
with this sound !!!!!

Tapping with the shovel
around the edge,
The Maiden found a ridge,
With the shovel she 
pried , tugged and slid, 
..........................
When up from the ground.......

A Slab of Stone !!,...... 
            Below this, another half downed !!!,
           Now complete, together, bound 


The Tombstone under
  this Flower Bed is found!!!!


Oh merciful departed!! 
What have I discovered !!
To find you here after all these years,
I shed tears for those near and dear,
.......................................
Perhaps the Crone sitting and 
watching me here?,

Anna Jane Willett, 1859

Safe and Guarded You will be,
in this New Flower Bed for All Eternity !! 

.............................................................

This is a TRUE story !!!
In this part of our town there are rumors,that, part of the old cemetery is in back of the houses in this neighborhood. When my friends bought this old house dating back to the 1850's, people in the area told them rumors of graves and stones around 
parts of the property's here, 
As they were working on the landscape in the front yard they did hit this sweet tombstone.
My friend saw an older woman sitting across the street, on a piece of cement from the sidewalk, watching her a couple days later after finding the tombstone. She turned away, and then quickly looked again and the woman was gone.
  
Such an intriguing yet sad discovery,

However a great part of history for our town

Happy All Saints Eve
Everyone!!!









Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Happiness !


A little Halloween everyday ought to do it!!





The name Halloween (originally spelled Hallowe’en) is a contraction of All Hallows Even, meaning the day before All Hallows Day (better known today as All Saints Day), a Catholic holiday commemorating Christian saints and martyrs observed since the early Middle Ages on November 1.
One of the activities to celebrate was “going souling”, which consisted of going door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for “soul cakes” and other treats.
It has evolved as not only a Catholic holiday, but now a fun holiday for children as well as adults!



A  few decorated bottles, 


A Samhain Alter,



I filled my little bottles with various 
Herb's, Salts and Powders, 


Some candy cones for the Grand Children,



I happen to have some extra old photos,
so this year I decorated them with antique silk,lace,
tulle, put a ribbon on the top for hanging,
then gave them scary names, 




More next week,
The Witch's New Year !!!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Inspiration


My daughter Elizabeth and I watched Practical Magic
the other night, The Victorian/Gothic house in the movie
is so beautiful and inspiring, I try to emulate the rooms 
every year, 




My dinning room table will 
have to do for the "observatory"?




This is one of my spell bottles this year, 
I decorate them with antique lace and charms,






Here are my spell ingredients, herbs and powders


I found this old tin box this year at a neighborhood yard sale,
just love it for putting my Magick things in it!


I use this folder for my "Book of Shadows",
 I found this years ago when 
I was a teenager, and my mother and I went to an estate sale,
 I have always taken it 
for granted, never really examined it, 
now I think it might be leather, 


One of my antique velvet pumpkins, decorated with antique lace, 
antique silk toole, antique floral leaf, antique black jet buttons, 


Paper tissue ornament I made a couple years ago, 


Don't you love old silver?  
It seems to look great for any holiday!

I hope this inspires you also, 
Especially with Halloween Parties coming up,

See you then, 









Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mabon Celebration






The autumn equinox, or Mabon, is actually the time of the second harvest. The gardens are nearly empty. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, changing seasons, time to celebrate the second harvest. the time of rich traditions, customs and folklore. Such as the

story of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter was a Goddess of Grain and of the harvest in ancient Greece. Her daughter, Persephone, caught the eye of Hades, god of the underworld, who then abducted Persephone and took her back to the underworld.






My Favorite Corn Bread

                                                WET



DRY

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup White sugar                         Mix dry, blend together wet ingredients, sprinkle dry into wet until smooth, 
  • Pour into greased iron skillet, 
  • Bake 30 to 45 minutes at 350'

2 eggs

  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Butter,  melted
  • 1 cup Buttermilk



I am making a Mabon Harvest wreath 
this year to hang on a wall or door.
Harvest herbs, flowers, 
garden produce that will 
dry well on a wreath,
Make a wire form or purchase 
a metal form at any craft store,
(probably a styrofoam or 
grapevine form would work well too)

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Lay out your items around the wreath, 
take some thin florist wire and wrap around
all of the stems or tie on each 
individual branch to the wreath,
Go in between the little sprigs 
from the stems to hide your wire,
Use a burlap, twine, 
or raffia ribbon to decorate,


After I had the base secured 
around the wreath I started 
tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers 
I wanted to use, 


After I had the base secured 
around the wreath I started 
tucking in all of the 
other herbs and flowers
 I wanted to use, 


                                                     
The herbs and flowers easily 
tucked into the long Artemisea 
stems and the wire that I 
used to secure the Artemisea 
to the wire wreath,

I picked a stem from a  purple string bean
 and put the whole stem with the bean
and leaves in the wreath,  


Here is a yellow string bean stem, 
I would have put little red peppers 
in also however they are not on yet,
 our summer here has been quite cool, 
vegetables have been later then usual,

The herbs and flowers will dry on the 
frame as it hangs, you can even use the herbs
as they dry or just leave as a 
pretty decoration for your celebration!


Finally, I put a votive candle in the 
middle of the wreath for my altar,
Just be careful of the herbs 
touching the flame,
( keep a bowl of water handy)

Enjoy !!!



Next time,
Thinking of  our Witch's New Year,
Making plans for a  Fun Night !