Guerilla gardening

So, someone in our neighborhood, about mid-April, went down our street and tossed sunflower seeds.

They weren’t chewed and spit out, they were just tossed about.

Fast forward to late June, and here we have, in front of our yard:

In the first picture, you can see the garden stake I set up yesterday afternoon. In the last picture, you can see the second bud which has bloomed. The second bud proved to be too heavy to the flower to stand under its own weight. Yesterday evening, I took pictures of a butterfly in the large bloom. The top picture was the beginning of our walk. The second and third pictures are from our trek home. The butterfly stayed long enough, sipping the nectar from each of the tubes.

And here are the buds further down the street.

Thank you, guerilla gardener, whomever you are!

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It’ll feel like work

Sunday evening, I sat down and did my Sunday evening journaling. After some meditation and writing, I did a Rune pull.

Pertho, Othala, Fehu, Dagaz, Ingwaz in merkstave, and Nauthiz in merkstave.

I will have a spiritual breakthrough and my ancestors will be behind me on the way. But it will be work and it will feel like work.

The universe gives signs. Whether you see them or not typically depends on your perspective, but they are there. I’ve been getting signs of 20 minutes a day for a few months now. Just this morning, I finally got to the post by Gangleri: a video by a priest sharing the story of how Steve Martin became a Grammy winning banjo musician. And how that can apply to any aspect of one’s life, including spiritual work. The priest spoke a lot about doing in the darkness what you also do in the light. The first comment is from a polytheistic perspective, where a Hindu leader remarks that you don’t “blackmail the gods” into giving you a good mood so that you will do their ritual. Rather, you do the ritual, especially when you don’t feel like it, to get into a good mood.

I’ve been working and getting much better, much stronger.

Summer vacation started, and I began waking with Hubby, rather than before him, and I would walk the dogs and then spend time with him. By time he left for work, I wouldn’t go to my morning meditations, because the kids would be awake and I’m now spending time with them. But I still need time with meditation, with the gods, with my ancestors.

Luke Cage season 2 is going to have to wait, as last night I officially shifted my meditation time from the morning to the night. Putting off something fun makes it work-like. Digging deeper makes it feel more work like.

I’ve been walking to this threshold for about a year now. I’m ready to step over it, to dig deeper.

Practical tip

Practical Magic is not just the best Magick movie ever.

It’s also very useful.

Lots of kitchen witches discuss the need to stir deosil while stirring to infuse positivity into one’s food.

It’s more than that.

Stir deosil, the splatter splashes go to the back of the stove. Stir widdershins, and one could end up with hot roux in one’s eye.

Deosil for the win.

Luckily the roux wasn’t hot enough to blister, though it did hurt. A lot.

Blessed Solstice

Looking at the traditional* American Pagan Wheel of the Year, today would be Litha or Midsummer. On Heathen Wheels, it’s just Midsummer.

To celebrate this morning, the Littles and I made Honey Cakes a la Moody Moons. We didn’t have the honeycomb molds, but the cupcake version tasted yummy all the same!

We blessed and offered ale to our ancestors, the Aesir, Asynjur, and Vanir. We also acknowledged the Fae, on this, their favorite day- at least according to the great Bard.

It was extremely fitting to have all of our Black-Eyed Susans open as of this morning.

Special attention and Hail to Sunna.

Rollers, rollers, everywhere!

Ok, so maybe not *everywhere*, but a good handful!

I’ve been meaning to make rollers since January. But, then we packed, and moved, and unpacked. And I finally took the time to make them.

Part of me is very happy that I did. Part of me is not. Not for making the rollers, but for when. Summer vacation equals stay at home mom equals all of my time focused the kids. But, if I do nothing but cater to and entertain them, then I am doing them no favors. I am making them more of the entitled monsters which I gripe about to Hubby.

So, while the kids played play dough, I played oils.

The numbers listed below are drops for a 10 ml bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil.

Happy Vibes

The root and petal on IG

6 each of sage, orange, and lemon.

Bug Itch

Living well mom

10 each of Basil and lavendar, 5 Tea tree

Each of the following is taken from Young Living

Boo Boo

10 each of Lavender, Tea Tree, and Cedarwood (substituted for Frankincense)

Sleepy

8 each of Lavender and Rosemary (substituted for Marjoram)

Pick-Me-Up

7 Eucalyptus, 5 Rosemary, 3 Orange (substituted for Grapefruit)

Clarity

6 Lemon, 4 Rosemary, and 2 Cypress