Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tomorrow is July

My life is sort of normal again, or at least as normal as life ever is. So my challenge to me (which I accept) is to blog every day of the month. Even if it is just a picture or just a sentence.

And go

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Some of my Books

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To start our Book of Shadows series lets talk about different types one might have. This goes hand in hand with What is in your Book Of Shadows (BOS)  You might choose to document your journey on your path, you might keep spells or rituals or songs, you might keep records of your events, or recipes. You might keep it all together or in separate books. The choice is yours and really you need to figure out what you like. To give you an idea of options I wanted to share this picture of some of my Books. I also keep several folders on my computer with information.  One for my personal BOS, one for our covens book, and one for recipes. Ok so lets look at these Books from left to right I will tell you a little about each.

  1. The little one you can hardly see is small and green at the very back. This is my daily journal. Some witches call this a mirror book as it is a reflection of you day-to-day life. Not only is journaling good for your soul and well-being it is nice to record things to look back so you can see how you have grown or if your premonitions came true. I also will write my dreams in here though some folks use a separate book for that. This is also what I would use to do automatic writing.
  2. The one with the Tree is my Book of Days. I have this divided by month and I have little bits of lore about each month. I also have menus for each month based on what is available in my area and I have activities for both me and for Little.  Like if I know I’m going to want to serve mead for Mabon I can put the recipe in July so that I know when to make it.
  3. The black book on top of the book of days is my Covens record book.  This is rather like a meeting ledger where we record who was present and if anything “interesting” happened also if magic was done who asked for what. We only write on the right hand page so that later coven members can write on the left hand page or on back of the record page to comment on what the experience brought them.
  4. Under that the Brown binder is a BOS that I use to store lots of reference material in.
  5. The open one in back is my “Real” book I call it a Book of Blessings and it has things in it such as history and ritual that I want to keep permanent. It is also more of an art journal. (Don’t worry we will be going over what goes in a book in much more detail shortly, this is just an overview)
  6. The other journal to the right of that is my magic book. I keep all my spells in that and sometimes add art but mostly it has my spells.
  7. The black binder is of course my Covens Binder that anyone can add to or copy from and that has the rituals typed up and printed out in large print to make it easy to read by candlelight or moonlight. Lol
  8. The cute red one is my Filofax. I always have a planner on me so I always have somewhere to write down spells that come to me or messages or what have you. I also keep some daily prayers in there and a to do list of witchy things I must do.
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Sneak peak BOS class

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I’m getting ready to start a BOS series over at The Pagan Mamaon facebook but you get a sneak peak at my current books 🙂

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A New Life.

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We have embarked on a new life. Sometimes I still can’t believe it. Ok most of the time! The view is so pretty it hurts.

I having been talking to several Sisters and have decided to take the next baby step in my spiritual life, which will be a big change. I am embarking in a more deeply spiritual life.

I love where we are because I feel so very connected to my surroundings. The plants and animals the very dirt.

If you follow me on my new Facebook page you will know I had a new experience with spirits. I am used to speaking to Others at the point be they Fae or Deity but I have never spoken to an ancestor.  When the other Others have shown up usually I know whats going on but this time it took me a while. I just felt intense pain in my chest like my lungs would explode and it got to the point that I was telling a friend “I feel like I am dying of lung cancer” She said “I have a grandpa who died that way” and then I saw the man. An older gentleman who proceeded to give me a message to pass on to his granddaughter. As soon as I passed the news on my pain was gone just like that!

There are two courses of action here. One to live in denial and think I’m crazy. To repress and stuff down my experiences in an attempt to feel normal or, embrace it. I have gone with the later.

I am looking forward to finding where it will take me.

 

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I have gone public

now you can find me on Facebook 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/PoppysPaganPlace

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Midsummers

 

In Mostly Pictures

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A visitor early in the morning enjoying some unripe plums.

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Early morning chores.

 

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Family Dinner grilled pizza.

 

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Mine on Gfree bread. Fig, bacon , fire roasted jalapeños, with mozzarella. Delicious!

 

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To see what the Swedish Midsummers Cake should look like and how to make check out here. This is what it looks like when set on the table of the family and it is eaten with hands.

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a bon fire on the beach

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One of our visitors

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what i’m thinking

I am happy to say I got a lot accomplished yesterday.

I did figure out how and when to water my garden. I got the hubs to hook of the washer (by mentioning it several days ago and waiting for him to run out of socks ahem)

I also got a lot of my schedule sorted out though it needs a little polishing.

Sadly while figuring out the water I slipped and took a spill. Yesterday my back and leg and arm hurt today just my arm. seems to be radiating down from shoulder. boo!  Of course I think a bath fixes everything and last night I found out I couldn’t have a bath. 😦 apparently the tub has one of those flip stoppers and it completely seized. Which of course makes that todays goal to un-seize it.

I am turning over a few new ideas in my head. They are just starting to form but I think I’m going to embark on a new project. This house we bought is way bigger then the old one. Despite that it is fairly sustainable. We have tons of solar panels on the roof and I am told the electricity bill for last year was $4. There are loads of native plants many that are drought tolerant and there is watering systems put in to lower the water usage. There is a vegetable garden with fruit trees and wild blackberries. So I have been thinking oh sustainability and being ecological can be beautiful.  I want to find more ways to make this home ecological and more beautiful. As I said I just started turning the idea over in my head so I’m not sure where its going yet.

and now I’m off to tackle todays to do list 🙂

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What is Happenning in Istanbul?

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To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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back to basics

today I have seen the spotted towhee and the scrub jays. I saw a bird I don’t know which might be a grosbeak type two acorn wood peckers and a wren and a titmouse (I think) and lots and lots of humming birds both Annas and Alans. I am clearly going to need a better camera to get pics of the ones I don’t know so someone can tell me what they are. At the very least I clearly need a better bird book.

so here I am in a beautiful house with a beautiful yard and I feel completely out of sorts. I am grumpy and snappy and just not doing well. Of course it is because we are moving and so much is changing. of course it is stress but there are different ways of dealing with stress. There is the freak out option. The constant fight or flight heart racing cranky person or (in my world anyway) there is the calm person who writes down lots of lists and systematically tackles them.

<oh my stars I just saw the hugest raven out my window maybe 15 feet from me and at eye level soar by. made me catch my breath.>

And so I am going back to my basics, which I think is a good idea whenever it feels like you have too much. I also am now in a house much bigger and much different then my last one.

So I need a routine for keeping it clean and running. I will be using Flylady

I have a kid who is out of sorts and who doesn’t feel as connected to her mama as I have been working so much and even when I’m home I am working instead of playing. And so I am going back to our Rhythm of play and fun.

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I have a HUGE yard that I have no idea how to take care of and so I need a routine for that. including when and how to water. I also need a list of things that must be done in the garden like build a deer fence around the fruit trees and vegetable garden. I also want to start a dream list that will include chickens and bees and maybe goats. shorter term I need a few more vegetable beds.

so todays goal is simply to make all the lists and find my map so to speak. plan out the journey of accomplishing the duties that need to be accomplished.  Knowing where I stand and where I am going always make me feel better and take my  from crazy lady to calm and cheerful. Hope this day finds you bright and happy.

❤ Poppy

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