We got a new shop! The Hallowed Emporium. A pretty little cabin with a veranda nestled in a garden centre, surrounded by flowers and plants everyday ~ Truly bliss. So you can imagine all the running around we have done to get it all open and running.
I am still after an old style writing desk and a rocking chair for the porch, because, well comfort! but it is coming along nicely, just dont mention windchimes i think they are sending jo potty (personally i dont think we have enough lol)
There is alot of plans coming in the near future and i will make sure i tell you all about them and the antics we get up to along the way! Summer solstice is upon us next week, Sometimes i feel the wheel is turning faster as i get older, it doesnt seem five minutes ago i was in a dear friends sanctuary honouring the Sun.
However you are spending the Solstice, i wish you a wealth of blessings and abundance and watch this space!
This weekend has been spent with a flurry of activity, I have reorganised my files, cleared out cupboards and found a stash of empty notebooks I must have collected during last year (I will take it as a sign to write in them lol) I have been super pro-active and I am going to blame it on the upcoming Moon!
The first full moon of the year, Monday 21st January 2019, and it’s going to be a beautiful one. The Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Bit of a mouthful!
So, what is it?
A Super Moon is a full moon that appears bigger than normal because it is at its closest point to Earth during its orbit. When the Moon orbits around Earth, it does not do so in a perfect circle; rather it moves in a wobbly elongated circle shape called an elliptical orbit. When the Moon is closer to Earth, it will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than when the Moon is at its furthest distance from Earth.
A Blood Moon is the red tint the moon takes on during a lunar eclipse. During the eclipse, the Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon, so the shadow of our planet is cast entirely across the Moon. The red comes from the way light from the Sun travels through Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to refract. So, when the light from the Sun hits the Earth, the light splits into a rainbow, very much like how light comes through a prism. Only the red part of the refracted sunlight hits the moon, casting the beautiful yet eerie reddish hue.
A wolf moon is the traditional name for the full moon during January in Native American folklore, and so this moon is being referred to as the super wolf blood moon. However, it can also be called Cold moon, Quiet Moon, Ice Moon, Frost Moon or The Moon after Yule. Or my personal favourite, The Old Moon.
This full moon is all about change and mystery. A perfect time to revaluate your life; what is holding you back? What no longer serves you? And get rid of them. Make change for the better and leave behind what we have outgrown or no longer holds its purpose. The energy of this moon is going to be intense, and if put it to good use, we can harness this energy to set us on the right footing for the year ahead.
Because I live in England and there is an astronomical event happening, obviously there is going to be cloud cover lol, we will be outside down by the river with our intentions doing a spot of Moon basking and releasing with Luna who will be having an early dawn walk. Whatever your intentions maybe for the coming year, I wish you all well and blessings from my hearth to yours.
Timings for you!! 04.41am GMT is the start with the peak at 05.15am ending at 5.45am.
Well October did not go to plan. I have spent the last few weeks under the duvet surrounded by a sea of tissues and Thieves Oil.
My craft had to take a backseat while i was awash with misery and mucus. feeling truly sorry for myself. In October! of all months!
November has now hit full force, as i gingerly peek out from behind my curtains at the outside world all i can see is the golden colours of the season, muted by the grey of the sky and the dampness in the air. My thoughts are turning towards the Winter Solstice and i have readied the covenstead for the change. I have felt stagnant of late as i have not travelled as much as i would have liked these past few weeks. The smell of the breeze and the colours of the hedgerow as i whizz by in the broom always fill me with a nostaliga of days past, but also a promise of things to come. Never knowing who i will meet next, and hearing their tales and stories. nothing interests me more! So this week i wait. my cough needs to subside just that little bit more and it will be back to the travels and plans i have had to postpone.
This is the recipe for Thieves Oil should you want to make your own. I would not be without it!
40 drops of Clove Essential Oil
35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Store in a cool, dark place in an amber oil jar. To make a spray, just add a few drops to some distilled water and away you go
* Please don't put on the skin if you are pregnant due to the oils in the blend.
I have had a bit of a manic August so apologies for being quiet. August is always a whirlwind of birthdays and holidays, i find this is the month of most reflection for me and the self-care needs is pretty high up on my to-do list.
So, yesterday was my birthday ~ and I spent the day finding all the Halloween decorations the stores have put out, my weakness for pumpkins knows no bounds! I'm in the last year of my thirties now, I still act like a child when it comes to the words Trick or Treat. When the stores are full of orange, black and purple it's a perfect time to add to my already full to bursting covenstead. One day I hope to spend the season in America, they certain seem to know how to celebrate it over the water!
September has come around quickly ~ i love this time of year, the colours are changing and the air is getting crisper. I have spent this week organising events and workshops for the upcoming months with Flynn from Feathers. So I'm now firmly back at the laptop catching up with all the things that have gathered in the past few weeks during my sabbatical! Autumn is all about harvest, the autumn equinox is fast approaching, the perfect balance of day and night here to remind us to look after not only our bodies but our minds too, as we move like leaves in the wind towards the darker half of the year.
To say I was looking forward to the energy of this Moon was an understatement. Anything that promotes drastic change can be exciting, even for a Virgo set in her ways.
A full Blood Moon in Aquarius, Total Lunar Eclipse, with a retrograde sprinkled on for good measure! The longest lunar eclipse in the 21st century I have read, causing change in our lives whether we are ready for it or not. Even though we knew it was coming, it has reminded me of the Tower card in Tarot. Its going to hurt, but its for the best. Even today in 34 degree heat, I can feel the flames practically licking around my ankles as I walk outside, praying for the lightning that the weather app on my phone has been promising me all week. The only thing missing is I haven't fallen out the window... Although I did slip in the kitchen...who knew flip flops wasn't the best attire to wear when you get out of the paddling pool and go traipsing into the kitchen for a Calypso.
With this being a very emotionally charged eclipse, our shadow selfs are going to have a field day, dragging out to play in this heat all of our repressed feelings and emotions... oh joy!
My day yesterday went a little something like this...
Something I really wanted to happen did not go to plan, frustration and self doubt kicked in, ending in a rather tearful phonecall to someone dear to me, who had to pull over and stop in a layby to give me a reality check and put my pieces back together. Now as hard as that is for me to admit, once upon a time I would have swallowed what I was feeling and it would have turned into seething self hatred and I would have just given up. So the fact I was able to successfully communicate how I was feeling and how shitty I think certain things can be in life is a big plus for how much shadow work I have actually done. As for the thing that set me off? It will happen, because I will make it happen. A colossal change it will be as well!
So on that note, Happy Full Moon! I'm off to get back in the pool, moon bathe and get up to some general witchery tonight ~ However you're spending the evening, light up those candles and look to the sky ~