Before i run into a topic of the week and what not, Today we will be rushing my Cat to the vets to investigate the large under skin growth she has on her jawline. I hope for the best and asked friends to send me positive energy via F-book. Yea the infamous Facebook, the social network that has robbed us of our communication skills...
Anyways!! Today’s Write up is going to be short due to lack of sleep lately and a busy day of preparing my Girl for her vet visit. I have a WitchCrafty Segment for you a minor one yes but useful and fun none the less! I unfortunately got sand in my camera! So pictures are Burrowed and no worries i will give credit to all those sights i Googled for pictures of the projects! Uhh What else do i Have. Just a Discussion on Nature in our everyday lives and living a witch-like Life. So get comfy, sip a coffee and have a read. This is The Boondock witch.
((Main Topic)) Incorporating Magic and Nature in our everyday lives. Apart of my lifestyle choice is a great deal of dirt worshipping. Now what does that mean?? Well it means that worshipping the earth,the vegetation,the beings and the sky kind of trumps that of deities. I know!!i know don’t get your broom in a knot! Understand that in this lifestyle and spirituality choice we all go about our paths in different ways at difference paces all to get to the same destination! So this pagan believes that the gifts given need to be constantly maintained and cherished.
Even in a City situation nature is present. Its just harder to find. In my experience i have lived in the city. I got to with my wonderful friend-and that alone was fantastic enough. Either way incorporating nature in our homes is a blessing in those situations. Plant life and clean environments, also loads of sunlight in our homes can (not make up for...) substitute the lack of nature. In my opinion and my advice i would make one feel less like living in a box and all closed in. I moved out of the city simply because i missed the stars. It is still possible to see them every so often but try watching a meter shower on a football field behind a high school because that’s the darkest area. By the way surrounded by lights!! Other Things that fulfil life is pets. Yes. This Witch feels life is empty with out a pet. My story with my cat was that of an accident. A wonderful wonderful accident! Cats ar'nt just the animals that contact to our souls as witches. No birds,dogs,rats,ferrets,cats or even snakes can connect to us. They link us and attach us to the animal world. An important bond that brings us thus closer to nature. Human kind have set ourselves apart from nature. This was established years and years back...human beings do not (well all the time) tap into their animal side and we always feel we have to go into nature (as if we were apart from it) or that we have to work towards appreciation for it. We neglect to understand that nature gives us life, it gives us the sun ,the moon and the food we eat, the water we drink, the wood for our homes and the fire for our heat. Everything. Yet we have turned a blind eye to it. It is in this appreciation that i feel that the whatever is laying around is a gift and should be of use. Meaning My alter tools like my wand DOES NOT need to be some special wood, but a tool that i either create or i feel a piece of power or connection with. My Besom need not be willow branches and cinnamon but what ever was around to harvest and what ever was given to me. This is again My belief, yours can differ.
Living the magical life. Is not like an episode of Charmed or anything like that. We as witches have our gifts yes but i have yet to meet a demi-god who can shoot lightning out of his or her hands as a gift from the gods. No Magical living is incorporating with out even thinking, our crafts in our lives don’t need to ritual every damn day, or sing pagan songs. We have children,lives,jobs,parties and chores. We just have a different perspective. A shared love for the air we breathe and the people around us. Instead of ignoring the field of wheat we drive by we watch the wind make it dance and fall in love with the world over and over again. Look at the world as if it is all new and a mystery and you shall never tire of it.
My days are filled with cleaning. I enjoy cleaning and i don’t sneer at it as a waste of my time. When i clean i feel better, the space around me feels so much better. I cleanse the negative off the surfaces and i radiate positive energies back into the space. In the morning i stretch and i breathe in deep, i feel the air fill my lungs and i rub my eyes. I smile because today is brand new and filled with possibilities. I even poke my head out of the window (EVEN in winter!) and take a giant gulp of teh morning air. I Thank the Coffee Gods :P and i set to my day. If i can i take a walk and look at the world around me, i meditate every other day (or try to) i write about EVERYTHING. At the end of the day I shower everything off, feeling the water wash away all the days events and feelings. I dry my hair and i relax in my bed. I say a prayer type thing and i sleep. I am a water person. Water is my thing, i used to(sometimes still do) dance in rain as a kid. I watch storms and feel a calm. Rain is cleansing not negative. Showers make me feel great! If i am sick and i take a shower i feel better!. If i am frustrated i wash my hands and i feel better. Water and me are awesome!
I am a laid back (or 'Lazy') witch. I don't use every tool i can- i don't cast circles each and every full moon, i do not drive miles and miles to go to a festival of pagans each solstice and equinox. My home does not smell of Patchouli, or sage constantly. Say what you will—i at least incorporate my beliefs and my craft everyday. To me that’s dedication not intention to this spiritual journey. Perhaps its because i think and believe that paganism is about the ideals and its not a religion at all but a spiritual path. It becomes religion when you slap a name like Gardarian or Alexandrean on it. NOT that there is anything wrong with that, there is most defiantly not. But that’s a whole Other topic.
Awe yea a craft! I love crafts, i love creating. I even more so love creating with things anyone can grab and get. CHEAPLY or even free.
Today is a lavender wand. A wand like construction made from sprigs of somewhat fresh lavender. Fresh is ideal as it is much more easily workable. Dried will crumble. This is an easy Little Craft. Im sure anyone can do this one up. It smells wonderful!
7,9 or 11 sprigs of Lavender(Grosso Works best)Cut about 9 inches long if you can. (Leave Overnight on a counter.)
Ribbons/String About a Yard and a bit.
Some people use Hot Glue but i think that that is too modern. And unnecessary.
Start By Making a bouquet of lavender and tying your ribbon in a tight knot just under the blossoms.
Leave a tail it okay. Loosen up its lavender. Relax a bit!
Be sure you have an odd amount of lavender stems to work with.
After you've tied the ribbon snugly at the base of the blossoms (use one end of the ribbon to tie, leaving the rest of the ribbon free for weaving), begin bending the stems down over the blossoms.
try to bend them evenly so that they are spaced well. Enclose the short end of the ribbon inside the stems.
Should look like this:
|Image Borrowed from Lavender Hill|
Think of it like a cage around the blossoms.
Now begin weaving in and out from the top of this 'cage'.The first row is always difficult i find.
Weave until the bottom of the blossoms and tie off tightly
Should look somewhat like this:
|Image Found On Google|
twist the ribbon all the way down to decorate the “Handle” of your wand.
Tie in a bow or knot it a few times. And Voila A Lavender wand! Decorate it if you see fit.
Bonus. SOME Magical Properties of Lavender! Used in love spells. Rub lavender on your clothing to attract love. Also protects against cruel treatment at the hands of a spouse if worn. Place lavender under your pillow for a good night's sleep.
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((Something Random)) When browsing websites for Paganism,Wicca and other metaphysical i noticed that the websites are poorly put together, have dancing animations, sparkles, horrible music bits attached to them are cut and pasted stuff! This just insults us all in extension and look like a bunch of children threw together informational sites reviling Books of shadows. My advice? I wouldn’t take any Spell seriously if i got it off the web. If your going to do an 'Informational' Website about this then at least put the effort for it and make it look good. That is all.
((iWitch)) I am playing a game, iPod Catch Up! I have just recently discovered a cornucopia of Pagan,spiritual, alternative pod casts. In turn I am now reviewing them and checking them out. I will get back to you on whats what in the iWitch World!
I have had a HUGE article for this week so i will leave it there! I type faster then i thought! Have a wonderful Week and Leave a comment,shoot me some mail,i wanna hear what you have to say!