Thursday, December 21, 2017

Have a Joyous Yule!

It's the Winter Solstice today. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time that the wheel of the year turns and we move toward the light. In honor of that, I often do a Yule log. I tie my wishes for the coming year to the log before I light it to offer them up to the universe. I pull some Tarot cards tonight and contemplate which chapters of my life should be closed and which should be opened.

Do you have a Yule tradition that you enjoy? Any recipes, like mulled cider or favorite wreaths? For me, Yule has usually been a fairly solitary holiday, but I'm looking forward to expanding my traditions. I'm thinking orange pomanders? I've never made those, but oranges always remind me of the sun.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Colette Baron-Reid's Wisdom of the Oracle Cards

Have you ever had a card deck follow you around? Well, this one has. Last week, I ran across it twice online among friends, and figured that I should pick it up quickly before it whomped me over the head a third time. Once was a general reading, and the other was a specific reading. I got the same card in each. became mine. It arrived this morning, and it's really, really lovely. I have a couple of Colette Baron-Reid's other oracle decks, and this did not disappoint!

The art is whimsical, glowy, with a really lovely quality of light. The cards don't follow a traditional Tarot structure, but follow the lead of many oracle decks in which each card represents a self-contained idea. The deck feels gentle and positive. I decided to draw a card to start my morning, and this is the one I got: Treasure Island!

Well, hello, turtle! Hello, jackpot! According to the guidebook, this card is all about the manifestation of positive thinking and faith in abundance. The guidebook is really neat - there are interpretations of the cards for general purposes, relationships, prosperity, and protection concerns.

I think this will be my new morning ritual - drawing a card to start the day and leaving it on my desk. Do you have any card rituals that you use to get your day going?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Essential Oil Bath Fizzies

I love bath fizzies. But they're expensive, and I'm very, very cheap. I've been trying to figure out a way to make them, and I think I've succeeded. The recipe I ultimately used included ingredients I had around the house, which is the best way to do hedgewitching on a budget!


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt (I had Epsom handy, but I think you could also use Himalayan or sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil (I think you could also use grapeseed or almond)
  • Around fifteen drops of essential oil, depending on your tolerance for the scent
  • Soap or food coloring

Gear needed:

  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cupcake molds or tin
  • Tablespoon

I mixed the baking soda, salt, citric acid, and coconut oil together in a large bowl until clumps started to form. I added the essential oil and soap coloring in last. I used soap coloring, because I have some that I've been trying to use up FOREVER. For essential oil, I used ylang ylang and lemon with a couple drops of jasmine, because I wanted something sunny and cheerful.

I mixed thoroughly, then spooned the mixture into my silicone baking cups. I packed the mixture in tight with the back of a tablespoon. Warning: do not fill your cupcake molds up to the brim! This mixture expands, and you'll have an unholy mess on your hands in a few hours that looks like it came from Mount Vesuvius. I learned this the hard way. You can see in the picture how my acceptable batch still has a lot of expansion bubbles on the surface.

Instead, pack your cupcake molds about half to two-thirds full. Put the molds to dry in a place they won't be disturbed for a day and ta-da! Bath fizzies!

One Wish and How I Spent It

So I've been in a creative funk lately. It's not a recent happening. I've been feeling funky for a long time now. I'm not a big believer in writer's block, as I believe in correct application of the will and the "butt in chair" philosophy of getting things done. This isn't working so well, lately.

Maybe I need to engage another hemisphere of my brain? Maybe I don't need will, but maybe I need inspiration? I'm not certain. Deadlines are looming, and I have to find a gentle way of getting going again.

I thought I might try something different. I picked up Sage Goddess's "One Wishing Set" a few weeks ago. I thought I might use my one wish for wealth, happiness, or something nobler, like learning to read the minds of the feral cats who wander my back yard. Want to know what I wished for instead?

I wished to be a prolific writer. I think if I can just do the work, and do it without procrastination, that good things will come. So I finally lit my candle tonight and ringed it with a simple crystal grid of fluorite, peacock ore, rainforest jasper, lemurian quartz, carnelian, and snowflake obsidian. I rubbed some Desidera perfume on my wrists, and committed to lighting the candle and getting my stuff done over the next thirty days.

The best magic sends the signal out into the universe, but also gives us a way to act on it in the real world. I'm hoping that I can fuse the two and get back into my creative groove.

What do you think? Did I waste a wish? Do you have any awesome remedies for overcoming that "I don't wanna!" feeling? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Something Exciting!

Hi, Folks:

I recently joined Sage Goddess's Holistic Healer program, and it's a lot of fun! I've followed Sage Goddess for many years, and have been attending her new moon and full moon rituals for almost a year now, and they've been really educational - even for a hedgewitch like me who has been around the block a few times! I've been needing to get more grounded and centered this holiday season. If you're curious about learning to work with crystals, essential oils, and magical sabbaticals...check it out!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dragon Stones!

I went on a road trip last week to the lovely Serpent Mound in Ohio...more details on that, later! But I wanted to share with you a couple of lovely septarian spheres I picked up in the gift shop. Gorgeous, aren't they?

I haven't had septaria before, so I was curious to learn about them. They're old, very 50 million years old. They're made up of a variety of minerals, like calcite, aragonite, quartz, chalcedony, and limestone. In these specimens, the brown stripes are aragonite. The yellow parts are probably calcite.

Metaphysically, septaria are stones for shamanic journeying, for privacy, and invisibility. They're called Dragon Stones...and they look exactly like the scales of a dragon. They're excellent protective stones for shielding.

I've put these two in a little nest in my altar...maybe someday, dragons will hatch!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Plentiful Earth's #30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 30: Make a Commitment to Yourself

I think my takeaway from this past month of magic is a need for structure. I need to commit to getting outdoors daily, to setting aside time for reading and goal-chasing, for making adequate containers for the structures I want to build in my life. I tend to spend a lot of time on auto-pilot, and it's time to interrupt that with some intentional activity.

Thank you for joining me during this month of magic.