4. Picture of nature (water element).
Day 3.. Witchy tools: Athame
The Athame, is the Black Handled Knife used to cut the many things for the circle such as the pentagrams in the quarters and the circle. It should be mentioned that the Athame, does not really need to be a black handled knife. It’s a common opinion that the Athame, should suit the person who uses it. One of its uses is to invoke things that are wanted, and banish things that are unwanted or un-needed in the circle. The Athame, is considered to be an extension of oneself”. This includes will, spirit, thought, emotion and manifestation as well. The Athame, is never used for cutting things like meat, thread, plants or anything else considered a solid object on this plane. It’s believed that use of this blade for self defense will make it null and void for any magickal use again.
This is the one that I would like to get someday!
Day 2-A myth or tale from Folklore !
I have always like the story of Persephone and her dual life! I can only imagine how hard it would be to taken from my family.
One of my favorite interpretations of the different Goddess myths is from author P.C Cast . The Goddess Summoning Series!
Greek Goddess Persephone
Innocent Maiden and Queen of the Underworld
The Greek goddess Persephone represents both the youthful, maiden aspect (innocent and joyous) as well as the more womanly self who, innocence lost and less attached to her parents, can begin to make healthy decisions for herself.
Carefree and innocent, a young girl-child just approaching adolescence, Persephone was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. While gathering flowers, she was abducted by Hades and taken to the Underworld to become his queen.
Although Persephone’s beloved mother Demeter eventually secured her release, Persephone managed to insure that she could “have it all”!
Persephone spent part of the year above ground with her mother but returned to her husband each winter (for she had grown rather fond of him and enjoyed her role as Queen of the Underworld). Spring represents the return of the eternally youthful Persephone to our world each year.
The Greek goddess Persephone was also known in her youth as the goddess Kore (or Cora), whose counterpart in mythology is the Roman goddess Prosperina.
In Greek mythology the goddess Persephone is thought to be the goddess of the soul, the possessor of the psyche’s dark, unseen wisdom. But she is brings us all the bright green growth of spring . . . and all the hope that it brings.
What’s your witchy background?
My witchy background is all my own! No one in my family is a witch. Growing up my family was not really religious at all. We did not spend our Sundays at church like most families did in our area, we just stayed home. I always felt at home outside in nature or with animals.
So I feel like I am a eclectic kitchen witch. I pull from many forms of Wicca and witchcraft. I enjoy working with herbs in my kitchen, growing a garden and just be outdoors under the sunlight or moonlight.
I also pull on my Celtic roots to bond with Celtic goddesses and gods.
The sad part is where I live I have to hide my witchy self because the community I live is a very religious Bible Belt area. Maybe someday people will not be so mean and judgemental.
I found this at Little Witch. Big City
The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge →
1. What’s your witchy background?
2. A myth or story from folklore.
3. Witchy tools: athame.
4. Picture of nature (water element).
5. A favourite Goddess.
6. A favourite God.
7. Air element.
8. A photo of a magical place outdoors.
9. A favourite mythological animal.
10. Your sun sign.
11. Witchy tools: oils.
12. Picture of nature (air element).
13. What are some of the witchy books that influenced you?
14. A favourite pagan holiday that you celebrate.
15. Thoughts on the afterlife?
16. Favourite witchy website(s).
17. Picture of nature (fire element).
18. Have you had any paranormal experiences?
19. Fire element.
20. A picture of a tarot or oracle card, and its meaning.
21. A favourite scent.
22. Current moon phase.
23. A favourite candle.
24. Your moon sign.
25. How do your close ones feel about your witchy path? Do they know? Why or why not?
26. A witchy podcast.
27. Picture of nature (earth element).
28. A picture of a witchy I-Want-It-Now!
29. Water element.
30. Witchy tools: wand.
31. A favourite pagan/witchy movie.
32. A pagan/witchy artwork.
33. Faerie of your choice.
34. Rune of your choice.
35. Something that I think people who don’t know much about paganism/witchcraft should know.
36. Flower of your choice, and its magical properties.
37. A famous pagan/witch!
38. Witchy tools: cauldron.
39. Something that inspires you.
40. Your altar, if you have one!
41. A spell you have done.
42. A favourite nature spirit.
43. A magical recipe.
44. Witch’s choice!
I found this at the Little Witch Big City!
A is for Aromatherapy
I have chosen to write about aromatherapy because I believe that it can be useful to all people even if they are not pagans. As a refresher for everyone a little vocabulary lesson first.
AROMATHERAPY is the use of essential oils from plants for healing and well-being.
ESSENTIAL OILS are concentrated extracts taken from roots, leaves, seeds , or blossoms of plants.
Aromatherapy can be inhaled, massaged into the skin, and can but rarely taken orally. Some of the many benefits of aromatherapy include stress relief, sleep improvement, mood enhancers, headache relief, muscle relaxation, boost immune systems, blood circulation, mental clarity, and many many more benefits to be named here.
Here’s a brief guide to essential oils (EO’s) and their aromatherapy uses.
EOs reputed to aid memory and recall: Cedarwood, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary
EOs reputed to aid relaxation: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lavander, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
EOs reputed to aid alertness: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang.
…OK, you may be wondering, how can an essential oil (such as ylang ylang) help relax you AND keep you alert? Ylang Ylang and Juniper Berry are among the EOs that have a general balancing effect on the body and mind…
EOs reputed to aid depression: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood.
EOs reputed to aid congestion: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.
EOs reputed to have pain-relieving properties: Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Rose.
EOs reputed to have skin-rejuvenation effects on mature skin: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Lavender, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose.
Sometimes these plants are put in shampoos, lotions, astringents, candles, and air fresheners . These are just a few of the many interesting ways plants can be used to help create a mood. Some plants not only work towards altering an illness the body has but they can also put a person in a particular mood such as relaxed, invigorated, calm, etc. For centuries essential oils have been considered the most theraputic and rejuvenating of all botanical extracts.
So i decided to to sign up for i book challenge that i had seen on several blog site today!!! I read so much that this seemed to look like a great idea to boost my reading up more…
• Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.
• Only fiction, no non-fiction.
• This challenge can crossover to other challenges.
• You DO NOT have to write reviews of the books you read, but if you decide to then Mr Linky will be available each month so you can link up your reviews.
A IS FOR ALTARS
So I have decided to share my altars that I have.. My home altar was made on a budget because with two kids there isn’t a lot extra at the end of the month for Mommy to buy things for herself.. so after looking around I repurposed several items that I already had at home, a few trips to the dollar store, a couple of yard sales, and just plan wandering around in my own backyard.. I found some beautiful items to make my own altar.. I love it..
My other altar is at work. It is one that I tried to make one that would not look like an altar because I live in a very religious community which does not believe in religions outside of their own. My altar kinda looks like a Zen Rock garden to most , but to me it gives me a place to meditate to the goddess and god during any part of my work day.
Other websites with great Altar ideas:
Fun Little Survey
From: Bell, Book, Candle, & Cats
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was a starting my new life after moving away from home for the first time.
Five snacks that you enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:
Salsa and chips
Five things you would do if you were a billionaire:
Make that my kids have college paid for so they don’t have worry
Pay off mine and fellow family members bills so they don’t have to struggle so much.
Buy a house and lots of land in the middle of Montana for my family
Give money to many charities
Travel to so many places
Three of your habits:
Read every book I can get my hands on
Lazy at times
Five jobs that you’ve had:
Assistant Manager at parts store
Mom and teacher
Five places that you’ve lived:
El Paso, Texas
East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
King George, Virginia
Five things that you did yesterday:
played in the snow with my daughter
Five people you would want to get to know more about:
I am interested in hearing about other peoples lives, how they grew up, what their families were like so I don’t know if I could pin point 5 actual people.
Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
No, I think she would do a great job… Men have screwed it up for hundreds of years already…
Do you believe in the death penalty?
Yes, but I do know as a Wiccan I do believe in ” Harm None”, but if you truly deserve it so be it.
Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
I have a number of friends and family members who suffer daily in pain due to cancer, so yes I do.
Are you for or against premarital sex?
Yes… As long as it safe and consensual
Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Yes, you love who you love.
Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
yes… If they are old enough to die for our county in the military why can’t enjoy alcohol.
Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Yes, we need to start taking care of our own people in our country.
Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Yes, but also no because I can not stand seeing a loved one suffer in pain..
Do you believe in spanking your children?
Yes, but within reason and not in anger.
Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Everyone has the right to their own opinions.. So deal with mine..