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Freaky Friday

Published June 16, 2017 by Lunapo

This morning, around 7:45, when I realized I didn’t think I could do all day of free play, I rediscovered science experiments for kids I saved on Pinterest a few years ago, and I was thinking since science can get freaky, we should do experiments on Freaky Friday. 

Winner!!!

Today, we did two weather experiments: clouds and rain and tornadoes. 

We put shave foam over water in a jar. Witchlette and I refreshed our memory of the water cycle using itsy-bitsy spider then dripped water and blue food coloring from a medicine plunger over the foam and watched it go down into the water below. 

After, we put dishsoap into water and closed the lid. Shake in a circular motion, and voila! Tornado! 

Witchlette continued with various experiments on her own for two hours with joyful results. Two hours!

Freaky Friday it is!

An ode to diapers

Published June 15, 2017 by Lunapo

Waste catchers, 

Nothing more.

Not given much thought

Until it’s time to end. 

In decades past,

To wash one’s own was

The only way. 

Then to take and toss 

While out and about

Became the balance. 

Since then the convenience

Of take and toss

In our disposable society

Has lead to massive piles

Of incompostable waste. 

Waste that wastes but never wastes away. 

My how glad I am for my

Research

Commitment

Follow through. 

How glad I am to have done cloth

At home and away. 

No take and toss past 

Meconium tar. 

This chapter closes

From breast to fork

From diapers to toilet

From baby to child. 

The last of the babe

Is the waste collector. 

Washed but once more

And passed on to the next

To hold the waste

But never wasting away. 

To be part of the solution

Not adding to the problem. 

Thanks you cloth diapers

G Diapers

For the bottoms you’ve covered

And conservation you’ve provided. 

Loving summer living

Published June 13, 2017 by Lunapo

Summer vacation, stay at home mom for 12 weeks. 

Kids thrive in structure. 

Our structure, which I have written about previously, has recently evolved to allow for Witchlette’s ideas and preferences. 

Monday continues to be Make it Monday and it’s everyone’s favorite day. A day of baking!

Tuesday is still Touring Tuesday, where we go to a local kids museum to which we have memberships. 

Wednesday is went from Wonder Wednesday where we planned, and failed, to go to library story time. We now, per Witchlette’s request, have Watch It Wednesday. The movie theatre has $1 tickets, with parents getting in for free. On weeks when the movie is not worth a dollar, we’ll pop corn at home and watch some Netflix. 

Thursday is Thinking Thursday. We read a book and make a craft related to the book. Thoughtful Thursday, where we give back to the community, is slowly becoming a regular thing. It feels disingenuous only doing it over the summer and is hard to arrange with toddler schedules. 

Friday is still Free Play Friday, which is going to involve park time, in-home playing, and just general unscheduled time. I couldn’t handle day after day of unstructured time, but once a week is good for their development, especially when Witchlette complains she is board. 

I’m greatly looking forward to the summer time with my loves!

Practical Magick

Published June 12, 2017 by Lunapo

On Saturday, I led a Kitchen Witch and herbology basics class for CotE. 

The bulk of the class was terms and definitions to bring Magick into one’s everyday life. 

The latter of the class was dedicated to using herbs to enhance Magick. 

I shared the recipe for the sleep spray Witchlette and I make together to help her fall asleep on restless nights and to help prevent bad dreams. 

That night, Witchlette noted that her bottle is almost empty and we need to make more. Time got away from us yesterday, so we made it this morning before mama heads out to a studentless workday. 

Witchlette and I set up her ingredients in the moter and pestule…

…then set it in a tea ball to steep…

…and here it stayed until it cooled. At that point, we poured it into the sleep spray bottle and it’s ready for the nights ahead. 


Witchling, seeing his sister making, wanted to do making too. 

Since we have lots of spray ready, we will hold onto his to steep for a later date. 

The post-steeped ingredients will be placed into the planters to enrich the soil. 

Recipe:

One part each, with another pintch each time the ingredient is renamed:

For sleep: chamomile, lavendar, thyme, rosemary

For peace: lavendar

For wishes: sage, sunflower, dandelion

For happiness: lavender, majoram

For purification: bay, chamomile, lavendar, parsley, rosemary, thyme

For success: cinnamon

*I use cinnamon in all my spells 

An outing and a new connection

Published June 11, 2017 by Lunapo

Today, Witchlette had a playdate. 

She and her friend have been friends since they were 3 months and 6 months respectively. They have been in the same preschool class since then. They are districted to the same elementary school. 

K, friend’s mom, and I have been chatting more and more frequently. We both realized how much we wanted to get us and the girls together, but our own social hesitations prevented us from ever reaching out. So last weekend, we planned for this morning. 

K and I shared non-stop conversation and the girls played together without conflict for 4 hours. 

FOUR HOURS. WITHOUT CONFLICT. FROM PRESCHOOLERS. 

During our conversation, we were discussing language and words we use to help our kids express themselves. I shared that I am careful with the  words I give Witchlette because our beliefs are ones that could cause others to disengage. One of my biggest fears is Witchlette will lose a friend because friend’s mama said her kids can’t play her anymore, so it’s very important to me that folks know us before they know our beliefs. Its hard to undo an established relationship with a small fact. 

Not at all impossible. Happens all the time. But I like to think it’s more difficult. 

So after I shared all that, she asked what my faith is. 

We’re Pagans. 

I held my breath. 

“That’s. So. Cool!”

I figured that would be the response, as K is rather relaxed and is quite modern. But to actually hear it, to know that it was not only no big deal, but was also something to look up to, was reinforcing. 

That was earlier in the day, so the whole time we had no guards or pretence. No sheild or barriers. Just openness. 

So much goodness. 

Bonus: her guacamole is avacado and lime, nothing else. 

Turtle Circle

Published June 5, 2017 by Lunapo

At a birthday party at the end of April, Witchlette was formally introduced to the Ninja Turtles. 
The next day, for tv time, I put on an episode of the most recent reiteration. Witchlette has been hooked ever since. The kids take turns picking a show for tv time, and Hubby laughs that there shouldn’t be concern over whose turn because the answer will be the same. He also jokes that I’m in nerd heaven with the kids, enjoying every moment of the cartoon myself, reliving so highlights of my childhood with my kids. 

Witchlette saw one episode that started her. She was struggling to get to sleep. I went into our dining room cabinet and got her my turtles, which I’ve had since I was about 7. She’s slept with them at her bedside every night since. 

Nerd. Heaven. 

About a week after getting the physical Turles, Witchlette made the connection that there are four Turtles and four Elements and each Turtle could be an Element. Donnie and Raphael were obvious, as Air and Fire respectively. Leo is grounded and grounding like Earth. Splinter embodies everything that is Spirit. Mikey is free flowing like the babbling brook and spontaneous like the ocean waves. 

I reserved a weekend in August. All was set. 

The whole ritual was written to discuss movement and meditation. I learned some basic Tai Chi to teach Witchlette so we could do it an Magick Circle. 

Then, dates needed to be switched and we were now up for the first weekend in June. Which was great, because that long of anticipation was going to be rough. 

I showed Witchelle the tai chi i learned and asked her to join me. I was told it was boring and weshouldn’t do it. Instead, we should do a rainbow meditation, which is what Witchellet calls a chakra meditation. 

A few days before the ritual, we watched an episode where the Turles want on a spirit quest and Witchlette asked that it be incorporated into the ritual. Great idea!

She also decided she wanted more on the altar yhan just turles and asked for tutle colored flowers. One trip to the dollar store and voila! Altar decor!

The night before the ritual, there was a lot of back and forth about Leo being water because he’s blue, and taking yellow out of the chakra meditation because there’s no yellow turtle. But green can stay because their skin is green. Light blue also had to go, because there’s only one blue. Sorry, Venus. 

Witchlette, knowing this was her ritual, chose Ms. D to be earth, Ms. C to be air, her grandma, who now joins us semi-regularly, to be water, and Ms. S to be spirit. She actually picked her favorite human pixie to be air and was in tears upon learning she wouldn’t be there, and adjusted Ms. C to air from fire. She then said someone with red hair has to call in fire. Luckily, L was in attendance, who is a red head, and was honored to be chosen as fire. She also solidified her playlist for the end portion of the ritual. 

Witchlette decided she would like to place the turtles, one by one as they were called, onto the alter. I was not expecting her to raise them up as she did, offering them to each Element, then placing them on the alter. That piece took my breath away. 

She chose not to speak during the ritual itself, but helped my guide the rainbow meditation and was a star at the dance sequence. Everyone had ribbon wands with the four Turtles colors to wave around as they danced. 

Below is the ritual itself:

Earth- leo

Patience, support, guidance. As the trees hold together the soil and the plants sustain the Ecosystem, so too does Leonardo, tactical and courageous leader, the most conscientious of the four, ground and sustains the dynamic of the turtles.


Thank you Leonardo for guiding us today. In your quest, you had to learn to become a true leader. May we have the courage to be leaders ourselves.


Air- Donnie

Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge. As the breeze carries bird song and our voices messages, so too does Donatello, scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, using his intellect to solve conflicts.


Thank you Donatello for teaching us today. In your quest, you had to learn to not always rely on your mind, but also your body and be strong like the mountain reaching high into the clouds. May we be strong in body and in mind.


Fire- Raph

Passion, ferocity, strength. As the flame warms the home, but left uncontrolled can also destroy it, so too does Raphael’s fierce, sarcastic, aggressive, and intensely loyal nature bring a spark of primal energy to the team.


Thank you Raphael for inspiring us today. In your quest, you had to learn to control your anger and use it to hone your energy on the enemy. May we also channel our energies to fan the flames of our passions.


Water- Mikey

Playful, spontaneous, friendship. As the river cuts through the woods, bubbling over rocks and splashing about making new paths, so too does Michelangelo’s free-spirited, relaxed, adventurous nature remind his brothers to have fun and not take themselves too serious.


Thank you Michelangelo for playing with us today. In your quest, you had to learn to focus and keep your mind free from distractions and become still, like the forest. May we focus what is important in life and remember to work hard and play harder.


Spirit- splinter

Mysticism, unity, awareness. Just as the spark of life in each of us brings us together, so too does Hamato Yoshi, Master Splinter, bring up his adoptive turtle sons and unite them as their sensei in the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of ninjutsu.


Thank you splinter for uniting us today. May we walk with balance and maintain Seishin Teki Kyoyo, Spiritual Refinement. May we always be connected: mind, body, heart.



Ok, so I know what you’re thinking. We’re gonna learn ninjutsu?!


No. We’re not. Not in the way it’s typically perceived, anyway…


While walking through the woods, Leonardo realizes he and his brothers are too caught up in modernality of t-phones, junk food, and television. He is concerned about their lost connection to nature.


Nature? Raphael exclaims. What are we? Hippies?


Well…<look around at the circle>


Donatello agrees with Leonardo: Splinter had spiritual refinement from his connection to the natural world.


Leonardo continues: the brothers, including himself, have mastered 17 of the 18 ninja skills. But they never got the first one. Seishin Teki Kyoyo (Spiritual Refinement).


They go into the woods and each complete a spiritual quest. They learn to rely on themselves but reaffirm the team is not whole without one brother. All four brothers need their father and sensei. Splinters life lost all meaning before he took in and trained his sons. They are all interconnected.


We are all interconnected.


Life is all interconnected.


Color is a very powerful representation.  


Honoring the four colors of the turtles, which do not correlate to the typical alignment, and the qualities they represent, which do


Leo- Patience, support, guidance, sustenance, conscientious, grounding


Donnie- Ingenuity, craftiness, knowledge, scientist, intellect


Raph- Passion, ferocity, strength, warm, uncontrollable, destruction, sarcastic, aggressive, loyalty


Mikey- Playful, spontaneous, friendship, bubbly, free-spirited, relaxed, adventurousness, fun


Splinter- Mysticism, unity, awareness.

Let’s meditate on it, through a rainbow meditation.


<Inhale, reach down to touch your toes, feel your red light coming from your feet and reaching deep down into the earth, exhale

Inhale, stand with your hands on your hips, feel your orange light inspiring your creativity to sing, paint, dance, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on your heart, feel all the love you will ever give and will ever receive, exhale 

Inhale, place your hands on your forehead, feel your blue light allowing you to see so much more than you know, allow yourself to see the unseen, exhale

Inhale, place your hands on top of your head, feel your purple light spreading upwards towards the Divine, feel your connection to Spirit, exhale>


Splinter encourages his sons to meditate before battle. They need to be clear in mind, clear in body, clear in heart.


But, they are kids and kids don’t do sitting well.


Instead, Mikey suggests dancing is a kind of meditation. He and Donnie lead a dance party to ready themselves mind, body, heart.


Everyone take a ribbon wand.


Dance party


Cakes and ale


Closing


Witchlette’s dance mix:

Morning blessings

Published May 11, 2017 by Lunapo

Each morning, in the car on the way to our endeavors, we sing the morning blessing song. I have been saying, “Shall we start in the North?” and between each verse, change direction, “To the East/South/West/Center.”

Presently,  as we back out of the driveway and begin to turn up the street, Witchling asks, “Start North?”

I have been giving the Little Witches ideas between representations (trees, breeze, flame, lake), animals (deer, eagle, lion, dolphin), and mythological creatures.

Witchlette typically chooses mythological creatures. Dark elves and gnomes for Earth; Witchling likes calling for ‘chauns (Leprechauns). Air gets light elves and faeries. Pheonix, dragons, griffins, and sphinx for Fire. Undines, mermaids, and sprites for Water.

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Earth

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Air

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Fire

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning _________________

Good morning _________________

Good morning Water

It’s good to see you today!

Good morning Divinity

Good morning Life

Good morning Spirit

It’s good to see you today!

This morning, which Witchlette specifically asked if it was Thor’s day, Hubby drove the kids to pre-school. Witchling was too excited about taking “Jeep school! Jeep school!” to request the morning blessing song from Hubby. I am curious if he would ask for it from Hubby in his car versus his Jeep.

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