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Magical Roots Day 10: Plants/Green Witchery

Published August 12, 2017 by Lunapo

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The challenge for day 10 is to find a plant with whom you connect. This is something I’ll have to think more about. 

I want to connect with lavender. The lavender seeds I planted earlier this year didn’t grow, however. The sunflower seeds did, big time. Sunflower is another favorite plant of mine. I’ve also always liked clover. 

I will be thinking about this more as I continue to work with plants and soul in my gardening adventures. 

More growth!

Published August 12, 2017 by Lunapo

Interestingly, these growths align with day 10.

In May (or maybe April…) Witchlette and I planted a number of bulbs. The flowers from one type of bulb have already bloomed and gone. 

The second type of bulb burst open this morning!

Don’t mind the weeds, I’m an expert at growing those!

In the back, our sunflowers are winding down and our watermelon has a baby fruit on the vine.

The fruit is all gbe way down there!

The baby carrots have all been picked, though they were all too bitter. We’ll try again next year!

Magical Roots Day 9: Daily Practice

Published August 11, 2017 by Lunapo

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My daily practice is two-fold: libations to Frigg and a yoga flow and/or meditation. 

In the last few weeks, I have been making [almost] daily libations to Frigg. I have a lovely blue and white ceramic bowl in which I make powdered milk in the morning. As I go about the day, I pause to look at the milk and think about my connection with Frigg. In the evening, the Littles help me pour out the milk into the front garden, not far from Witchlette’s Fae house. Witchling specifically enjoys helping me with “bations”, always beginning with “Blessed Frigg”.

Daily offerings to Frigg are designed for her so they align with her. Yoga, however, is a bit less clear. 

Yoga is an Eastern tradition, which I have been doing with some regularity, on and off between kiddos, since I was first discovering my path 10 years ago. While yoga is not something Frigg would have known and would have practiced, but I am able to reconcile each of these practices with the other. I use yoga to align my spiritual, mental, and physical health. I use yoga to help me get into a meditative mind frame to allow Magick to flow. As a seider, a seeress, this is something Frigg would have done herself. Different methodologies perhaps, but the same result. 

Perhaps Frigg manifested today would be a Yogi. 
After day 7, I noted that I was going to let go of all my excuses and do daily morning yoga again. That evening, I charged both my iPod and my speaker. But I left them plugged in downstairs over night and didn’t have them to do yoga yesterday morning. I almost forgot them downstairs again last night, but got out of bed to go downstairs and retrieve them. I set them up at my altar to be ready for yoga this morning. 

Best laid plans… At about midnight, I gave up on Witchling spending the night in his own bed. Between the spill he took yesterday which left him with a knot on his forehead and the cold he is beginning, he needed to be held and unless he was in bed with us, I wasn’t going to get any sleep. Some sleep while being pummeled by a toddler is better than no sleep at all in my book. Yet, with him with me, there would be no yoga this morning either. 

Tomorrow will be another try. 

Between the libation to honor Frigg, which has included grounding and centering, and the impending return of morning yoga, I believe I’m in a good place for my spiritual health. 

…not sure what’s going to come of the daily libations when the school year starts again… We shall see!

Temple visit

Published August 9, 2017 by Lunapo

Today Witchlette and I visited the Buddhist temple in Raleigh. 

We walked around the book store within and spoke with the site manager. 

We went into the gompa, which was beautiful with brightly colored tapestry on every wall. The altar was also bright and colorful and very lovely. My chakras were on overdrive, so I sat on a pillow and meditated until they were balanced with the intense amount of energy present. It was a lovely energy, but still intense. Witchlette also sat to meditate for a bit and was very happy to be able to do so. 

Then, we went to the garden. 

Witchlette would like to make a set of prayer flags for her room to hang over her window. 

Buddha in the back garden

It was a lovely visit, but not some place Witchlette has said she would like to go regularly. I told her if she does, we will. For now, she just wants prayer flags to help her meditate in her own space. 

Magical Roots Day 6: Shielding

Published August 8, 2017 by Lunapo

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A psychic shield is one of the best, strongest, most basic tools any witch of any practice can have. I will never forget when, about three years ago, when my local Rune Guy spoke to his class at Pagan Pride Day about shielding while working with Runes. Up until that point, I had envisioned shields as something different. I can’t really describe what, just different. It was not something I really understood or something I ever did.

That changed over the next few months, after that newly gained insight. Things became very tense at work and I sheilded myself daily to keep myself from drama. I used it in my practices up until I became pregnant with Witchling. (All energy work stopped at that point…I didn’t have enough to use…)

Tonight, in raising a shield, I started as I normally do with grounding. I visualize a yellow, blindingly bright light, very small, floating just within my chest. With each inhale, it grows larger and expands again and again until I am in a carry yellow bubble. At the same time, I am seeing the outer walls of my home growing with thick vines (think Seeping Beauty growth).

Between the two, I am personally guarded and my home is guarded while I am working inside.

A gift in return

Published August 8, 2017 by Lunapo

Over the past few years, I have been gifted feathers by our avian friends every so often. We set out bird feeders to thank them, and in return end up with more feathers. 

This summer, when my mom asked to do a bird feeder craft with the kids, I thought that was the perfect thank you. 

Mom found the recipe for a bird feeder wreath. We made a paste from plain gletatin and flour, then added the bird seed. We placed cranberries I to the bottom of the bunt pan and topped it with cranberries as well. 

Our feathered friends seemed to love it!

Hanging day

Hanging day

The next day

It unfortunately didn’t make it through the first major rain storm since hanging and is now a “melted” pile of seed in the ground. But still yummy for friends to enjoy. 

Sad empty ribbon

“Melted” seed a week and a half later

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