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  1. I Can Kill Mint

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    The sun is shining its a balmy sort of day. The sort of day where you could potter around the garden seeing to your flowers or plants, sipping a lemonade under a wide brimmed hat while your cat lazily stretches in the patch of early morning sun. Butterflies and honey bees zipping from bloom to bloom without a care in the world. the faint hint of lavender and roses fills the air with possibilities and memories. 

    Well not for me, My reality would be far less zen.  I'd be yelling at the cat to get out of the planter, the dog would chucking toys at me, the garden chairs are so not comfy, my parasol got destroyed so i would be squinting. Every buzz would place me on high alert, a bug would take a dip in my tea. I would realise i really need to clean my windows, and why can my son grow a better plant than I out of the guttering three floors up? The dog a couple of doors down will kick off and set off everyone elses and i'm highly allergic to small children, of which i'm surrounded by. Think i may just stay in today and catch up with some writing!

    We cannot be good at everything...

    I do not have green fingers.

    Infact i can get away with perfectly deliciously decorated talons for quite some time!  This Witch is shit at gardening. I start off with the best of intentions, flower beds, borders and pots a plenty, however, I have to plant ready made flowers, i have hardly any patience for long term seed sowing habits. Instant gratification. Right now. Or things that can be planted and forgotten about is also appealing. I did kill mint once, which i heard was near on impossible. But, if its nettles your after? I am a pro. 

    My husband, after much badgering made me a huge raised bed to plant things in without having to bend down. Do you know what happened? I found Luna trying to dig to china in it, and one of my cats sees it as some sort of regal cat litter tray. The only thing in my garden currently is a rosemary ( doing well as i brought it last week ) a lavender plant holding on for dear life because I put too much in the wrong sized pot.  To add some colour, I brought a load of wooden flowers and stuck them in pots that wont attact anything that flies. oh yes, anything with unclear routes of movement gets one witchy eye on them at all times. However, I cannot get enough of windchimes, bells and pinwheels which i have everywhere, My garden probably looks like it was put together in the dark for a childrens TV show..It will still look like it under snowfall as well! Hahaha! minimum upkeep, maximum colour!

    Now dont get me wrong, Woods, forests, nature trails, Love them,  I absolutely adore flowers and herbs, foraging i enjoy, but can i grow them? No. Can I be even arsed to try? Also Nope. 

    My saviour in all this is my closest friend, she has a garden to die for, and even when she didnt, there were herbs hanging in every available space, all manner of vegetables growing in perfectly kept allotments. fresh home grown produce on the kitchen sides with a batch of homemade soup on the stove. The absolute complete opposite to me and that is ok,  Yes, i do get a fair amount of my herbs home grown from the exmoor hills by the talented green fingered friend of mine!  Our talents both lie in different areas, not all witchcraft is the same, nor would we want it too be.

    Do not think you have to be good at everything,  focus on what you are good at, what brings you joy, what brings out the witch in you? Today I'm going to sit and drink nettle tea, (the one thing i have an abundance of) Make a incense blend for the Summer solstice gathering and finish writing a manual ive been putting off. 

    However you are spending today, make it Magickal

    Love a very indoorsy 

    Rowan

    p.s The picture above is clearly not my hands Lmao!

     

     

     

  2. Running into Storms with Bowls

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    Last night the heat in my office felt like I was dancing in the actual flames of a Beltane bonfire, so much so that i passed out practically hugging the oscillating fan on my emergency sofa that is here for when i get so absorbed in writing i fall asleep pen, ipad, laptop in hand.

    So you can imagine my sheer delight when I awoke to the sky the same shade as the footpaths which out of my window, constantly remind me that I don't live in the middle of a forest and my house isn't made of gingerbread.  Before I had even had my first sip of Earl Grey, it was hammering it down, lightening was blinding my bleary eyes and the first clap of thunder had me thundering down the stairs and out into the garden like a wailing banshee. I love a storm, Luna the Jack Russell cross, less so. Luna sat looking at me like I was deranged from the saftey of the doorstep...four glorious hours of dark clouds, lashings of rain and a side order of Gods moving their furniture about (Thank my mother for that wisdom ~ during a rather epic storm of biblical proportions in Germany when I was a small witchling and clearly thinking it was the end of the world)

    I spent the day catching up on writing, and drinking so much tea im sure bergamot was seeping out of my pores. which got me thinking, I have bottles of water hidden everywhere in my lair, Storm water, Chalice Well water (Red & White) War water, Rain water, Sea water, Moon water, to name but a few. There is a slight possibility my Virgo tendencies to collect and organise and have everything just when I need it, may have got out of hand and because I'm always asked why im running about in the rain with buckets, or lunging into moving water to capture the energies and will confess to maybe yelling "Get the bowls out!!!" whenever i speak to a fellow sister of the craft and its pissing down.

    Here is what you could be using various waters for in your spellwork:

    Rain Water:~ The white candle of water, all purpose but great for growth and rebirth ~ i use this for   cleansing as well as im always flinging myself outside in it. 

    Moon Water:~ Personal development, Healing, Annointing, Blessings, Activating a spell, Charging Crystals. Initiations.

    Snow Water:~ Purity, Endings and Change, Spells that take time to bear fruit. 

    Dew Water:~ Glamour or Beauty Spells, Love, Fertility and the Fae.

    River Water:~ Warding, Fast moving Spells, Cleansing, Powering up tools, Focusing energy.

    Storm Water:~ Emotional strength, Force, Confidence, Spell booster and Cursing. 

    Sea Water: ~ Healing & Cleansing, Protection and Banishing.

    War Water/Mars Water:~ All manner of Mayhem or Positivity. Dependant on the Witch. 

    Waters can be added to sprays, ritual baths, jar and bottle spells, floral waters and crystal elixirs to name but a few. I will do a complete page on waters in the future, So keep your eyes peeled if you are interested!

    It has got late here at the Hallowed and tonight is the Full Moon! So we're off out to catch some rays and make a little magick under the stars. Happy Moonbathing! 

    p.s Take a bowl..we are due rain!

    Rowan x

     

     

     

  3. Why I gave the Mannequin Cookies.

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    Some days you wake up full of the joys of spring, you slept enough, the sun rays are bouncing off some twinkling trinket you couldn't help but buy in some sale of a shop you never normally go in. The smell of coffee makes you smile as you stretch lazily, starfishing the bed. the gentle breathing of your cat curled up beside you on the bed. Well today wasn't this day.

    I was rudely awoken by the neighbours yelling, the house was freezing from an open window above my bed, the cats arse was in my face because she had claimed the other pillows, if she stretched she would be using my forehead as a bloody springboard, Luna the dog, that thinks its a cat, had somehow claimed the bottom of the bed using my feet as pillow so i was twisted like a pretzel. to top it off it was almost lunch. 

    I trundled downstairs in less than glamourous fashion, and crashed into my office, that screamed into my face that i had left the decanting of some herbs half done last night and the floor was awash with lavendar buds, some random bark i had brought months ago and frankincense resin bits, where i had clearly been guessing, in the dark, where the mouth of the jar was. Im going to remind you all im a Virgo. Organised. Orderly. Neat. hahaha. not this week!

    I spent today organising files, inputing information on pages hidden to the public, because i need to check it when im in Goddess state, not the 'still in pj's and still not cleared up scattered herbs, hot mess' i am currently rocking. 

    I've made the decision to be open and honest about my life on the Musings. We all paint this picture of a false reality on social media. thats bullshit and a crappy way to live as we never will meet the ridiculous high standards we set for ourselves. for example, god help anyone that posts a picture of me i haven't vetted, in case im pulling an insane face or my chins outway my face. 

    The reason i gave the mannequin cookies? the smug meditiating bitch watched me eat them for breakfast.