Yule decorations

Here's a few snapshots of my home decorated for Yule. Hope it gives inspiration, I love looking at everyone elses decorations, it gives me ideas for the next years season.

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Blessed Yule Everyone

YULE Blessings!

My gosh, I haven't posted anything since May. Yipes! I have been trying to get my shit together ever since it seems. My grandfather was in and out of the hospital for some time, and finally in September, we brought him home where he peacefully left us. It will be a somber Yule for us this year, as it will be the first without him. My heart seems to ache every time I think of him, and how much my daughter misses him so, and of course I do as well, I was close with all my grandparents, and am thankful, my daughter was blessed with the time she did get to spend with him. So hold your loved ones close this time of the year!

I also managed to stop smoking......finally, it only took me a Ga-Zillion tries to get it right.

Oh the freedom from it all! I quit on October 18th. What a great time to quit, the smell of the autumn leaves was blissful. Now of course, the smell of the YULE tree is splendid as well. I probably should take a few pictures of the humble abode, all decked out this season. I think I just might do that, I just thought I'd popp in and let everyone know , that YES, I still am alive.

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Witches Brew Book of Shadows.com now open!

It's been awhile, but I finally got the majority of the Pages done. My website is up and running, and soon will have more goodies in it, such as more pagan art, handmade soaps, creams, lotions, magical and medicinal herbs. I am also moving articles from this blog to the new one located at my site.
I hope you stop by and give it a peek.

Click on the banner below to visit my new website.

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under construction

Well, I have been super busy these last few weeks, what with the gardening season fast approaching and Easter with the fam. Yes, I decided to have the big Easter celebration here at my home, after all I have been avoiding any holiday celebrations here for the last 5 yrs or so, simply because i feel it is a big hassle. Getting everything ready, cleaning, cooking, etc, etc.

But this year, I didn't sweat it much, since I was only having my family over, I felt I didn't need to have the house absolutely spotless, since my family could give a rip...LOL Not that my house is every really in upheaval, just I don't go the extra mile to make it sparkle when my family comes over, verses, both sides of the family and friends being over. You get my point.

I just didn't have the energy to move every pencil, eraser, and sketch book off the surrounding tables in the living room, nor the many herbal books and gardening books I had left sit, when rummaging thru them...(it is a seasonal thing with me, every garden season, i dig thru my books, in anticipation for the upcoming spring planting...anal I know...LOL)

Now, I have been working on yet another project as of late (which by the way has kept me busy as hell!) hence the pencils, sketchbooks, erasers and other such artistic paraphernalia. I got to thinking, and with much prodding from my husband and mu father over the years, I decided to put up a website, and sell my botanical art, and other botanical related artwork. So you can imagine the upheaval that comes with such a venture. (sigh)

Not only did I have to clear out my closet, yet again, in search of more hidden botanical drawings, that had long been forgotton, but I also had to dig out a much retired scanner to scan my artwork with., wow, talk about a dinosaur! Then it was a trip t the print shop, deciding what paper I wanted to get them printed on, what sizes to offer, then figuring shipping, for the website, and designing the website itself. Good Gawdess!

I feel like my brain is now mush. Seriously. However,......I do have a better understanding on how things work, and think I didn't do a shabby job. This website is not witchy related, and I took alot of my blogging articles and posted related botanical material over there as well, but If you would like to check it out, here's the link : Garden Botanical Art

I would like to start on a pagan based website soon, as I mentioned in a post some weeks back, I would like to sell my book of shadow pages and I hope my own site would do better for me than using etsy. I like etsy, but I find that having your own website, makes it much easier. It's an all in one stop, and I will be listing not only artwork, but other crafts there as well. (Crossing fingers and hope it turns out the way I have it in my mind LOL)

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More on Mugwort for the month of April

Mugwort is used for astral projection, divination,psychic powers,clairvoyance, protection to travelers, sleep , strength and healing.
Mugwort, also commonly called wormwood, is a perennial herb known for its slumber and dream assist properties. It dispels nightmares, calms sleeplessness tendencies, and is sometimes used to enhance shamanic astral travel during sleep. A mugwort bundle (leaves and flower tied together) is placed under a bed pillow before retiring for the night. Dried bundles of mugwort can also be used as smudging tools to cleanse areas that need energetic clearing.


Concecration of divination tools.

Make an infusion of the herb mugwort, while it's still warm, strain it and then
bathe the mirror or stone in the infusion, while softly whispering this chant 9 times.

As you do so, invision the mirror or stone awakening to you and your own psychic abilities:

Lovely oracle of magic worth,
fair creature of psychic light,
the truest answers, you shall bring forth,
you shall be my eyes, my sight.

Third eye spell

A spell to open the third eye.

Fill a small purple bag (or a piece of cloth that you can wrap herbs in and tie up) with as

many of the following herbs as you can:

--mugwort acacia honeysuckle peppermint rosemary thyme yarrow

--cloves dandelion lilac lavender Calendula - (marigold)

Gather the edges of the cloth and tie a string around it if you are using a cloth, or if you
used a small purple bag, tie it shut. (Drawstring bags work best.)

Using a dark violet marker, draw an eye on the front of the bag.
Rub the bag on the third eye Chakra (forehead) whenever performing divination or needing
psychic sight, and sleep with it under your pillow every night.

Protection Oil with Mugwort

Base oil: such as sweet almond oil, jojoba, sesame, etc.
To the oil add any three of the following:

--rue, rosemary, angelica, bay, basil, fennel, sage, mugwort, Vervain.

Use either the whole herb or a pure essential oil.
Allow the herbs to mix and steep in the oil for 1 week.

Handle the bottle frequently, projecting protective energy into the mixture.
Recommendation:  make this oil during a waning moon but you can also make your own timing judgement.