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!
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!