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