Friday, November 19, 2010

Be right back

Hello, everybody!

I'm sorry for my lack of posts here and for not visiting your blogs these days! I've been pretty busy working on Yule orders, so my focus is on my babies to keep them ready before the holidays.

I'll be back soon to catch up! ;) Hope you all are having good days.
Kisses from us.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Scrying Mirror's Making Of

Some friends were curious on how Maebius created the gorgeous scrying mirror he sent me. I'll use his own words:

"First, I took a simple wooden picture frame and decorated it. In the most recent New Moon I had small riutal fire made from apple and elder branches which had fallen from our trees in the yard recently.
Also, smudged the glass and frame with mugwort and cedar leaves. Charged the scrying frame with love and intent to be a sacred tool. Then I took the ashes, powdered them in a stone mortar & pestle, and mixed some more dried mugwort leaves in. This got smeared on the back of the glass with a little salt-water and allowed to dry."

As he said, a bit of extra work compared to simply painting it, but it surely brought a special feeling to it, making the mirror even more sacred and powerful for me!

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Moon thoughts

I love the New Moon. It's a time that always meant cleansing, getting rid of the old so the new can come into our lives, and making protection rituals to be sure the new will come with the best vibes possible without any bad influence. As I always did my cleansing in the whole house for years, now that I'm living at my mom's, I don't feel comfortable of doing anything like that anymore, no matter how supportive my sweet mother is. So I do whatever I want into our bedroom, in a smaller scale, which is not the same, of course. But we need to adapt ourselves to the current situations and get the best out of it, I know.
This month it was not different, and it was okay.

As it is also a great time for divination, I placed the gorgeous scrying mirror that my super-cool friend Nate, a.k.a. Maebius made for me some months ago. It's my first scrying mirror, and I'm so in love with it! It's so beautifully made with such care, empowered with the proper symbols and vibes and even smudged as it should. Maebius rocks (btw, you need to watch the video he made on his absurdly cute little son drawing a comic strip, unmissable!)! ;)

I'm training/disciplining myself not to freak out in front of this mirror. It's easy for me to get some "doors" or "windows" opened and get images and signs forming, but I simply can't control myself to keep the focus and not to be afraid of what I'll see. So far this was the second time I used the mirror, and for the second time, I could sense and actually start to see something, but the heck I could let it fully come, I just blocked it and called it a night both times. It's a big issue that I know I need to work on. As I always say, nothing happens by chance, so when Nate said he would send me the scrying mirror, I knew it wasn't a coincidence. It was like the gods decided it was time for me to stop being this chicken, and said, "okay, deal with it.". Okay, I will... In due time, I will. Just getting used to it and stocking my courage.

He also send us the 12 beautiful samples of sand you see by the mirror's side, from several places in the U.S. Lucas adored using Google Earth to see where each one were from (just between us, I love that application and the dizzy fall from the sky to the spot we want to visit!). Lucas was sweet enough and allowed me to keep them in a little glass jar at my altar, layered in the numbered order they came. So now they're proudly displayed with the magick stone from Marie Segal on the top of it. I used to have a glass bowl with stones and peebles from around the world brought by co-workers when I worked at GE, but they're all at my ex - I hope I get them back asap, so these samples are very special to me, specially coming from a really sweet friend like Maebius. It's starting over a new collection.

Oh, and I stumbled upon this cute ritual at Patti Wigington's page, that I plan to make next New Moon with my little witch, it's so simple and lovely to perform with kids! I hope the night is clear and not rainy then. Hope you guys had a prefect New Moon night as well!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Working on dandelions

Remember that we harvested some dandelions and put them to dry a couple of weeks ago? They dried very well in to my wardrobe and last night we prepared them for Moon Shine's tincture.

Well, the leaves were dry but I put them for 5 minutes into the hot oven just to make them get crumbly and easier to deal with - I don't think it was a bad thing, ;P
My little witch loved taking the bigger leaves to put into the glass jar:

I filled half the jar with Brazilian cachaça (a sugar-cane beverage), since we didn't have whisky or vodka at home as suggested by Moon Shine, but according to him, it's a good substitute:

Then I completed filling it with water, put the lid and placed it under my wardrobe - the darkest place in my room, lol! It will stay there for one month until is completely ready for use. The rest of the leaves were enthusiastically reduced to powder by Lucas and stored in a tin can for future witchy use, along with the dried roots.

Of course my little witch wanted to make a divination potion, using hot water in his cauldron and a generous pinch of the dried leaves, and he kept watching the images formed in the brew. His little mind went wild and he said he could see, in this sequence: a green man, an old man holding a sickle, a seahorse and a man holding a snake in each hand, lol! Don't ask me about it, I decided agreeing and calling it anight then! ;)

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Weekend in Black and White

Ah.. I was missing this fun! October was really a crazy month. ALthough here we're celebrating Beltane, I get so much into Halloween with my friend Kris' online party, that I have only eyes for it, lol!

Last weekend Lucas took a photo of my brother testing my brother-in-law's new camera, I loved how it turned out!

For more monochrome photos, visit the meme's main page, hosted by Dragonstar, and join the fun.

"Gimme fuel, gimme fire..."

OH Books! I love Internet and I know how wonderful this media is to bring peope closer, and the zillion informations we can get here, but if there's something I can't live without is to read a real book, to smell it, feel the pages under my fingers... It's almost erotic, lol!

So yesterday arrived the two books I ordered, at the same time, my kind of heaven!!
How good it is to look at my bedside and see them sweetly waiting for me to read, it's so comforting... I started The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog last night and already got hooked! Patricia Monaghan really knows how to keep the reader's attention, I only stopped because it was too late, but tonight I think I'll watch the dawn while reading...

Have you guys been reading something these days? I always love to know about it!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday - O for Osiris & P for Persephone

Oh well, I didn't make it last week, so here are my posts: a late O post, and this week's P!

O is for Osiris, the Egyptian God of the Underworld and vegetations, son of the goddess of the skies, Nut, and the god of the earth, Geb. He was seduced by his sister-in-law Nephthys, who pretended to be his wife/sister Isis, getting pregnant and giving birth to Anubis. His brother Seth )Nephthys' husband), blind with jealous, killed him and spread the pieces of his body on the river Nile. Isis managed to get all the pieces and bring him back to life (the flooding of the Nile represents what happened). Eventually Osiris died again and became the God of the Underworld, judging the departed souls.

P is for Persephone, one dear Greek Goddess. Daughter of Demeter and Zeus, she was the Spring Goddess. She was kidnapped by the God of the Underworld Hades (not Osiris, lol!) and became his Queen. Demeter desperately searched for her, finally finding her in the dark realms of Hades, and managed to make a deal with him. As Persephone ate a magic pomegranade offered by the Underworld God, she couldn't just leave for good. So she would stay six months with him in his kingdom, and six months with her mother up in her lands. That's why we have the dark months of Fall and Winter... ;)

For more P posts, visit the ABC page, created by Denise Nesbitt, and join the fun!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Samhain giveaway's Winner!

Sorry for the delay on posting this! Yesterday was a weird day, with migraines and family at home, so only this morning we made it.

I had fun with this video, because we made such a mess in the end, with Lucas having troubles to grab and hold the piece of paper with his too big gloves, then dropping the paper right after announcing the name and not finding it... You have to watch to know what I mean, lol! And I'm sorry that you guys have to watch it sideways, I just didn't know how to make it right! ;P

Congrats to the sweet winner, I'll ship your Wheel this week!

Samhain Giveaway from Carioca Witch on Vimeo.