I was trying to find photos of my altars throughout the seasons but I can’t seem to find Ostara and Beltane. I’ll fix that next year. I may have all of my kitchen altars to post later. I really enjoy building altars and bringing a bit of the seasons into my room.
It’s strange to see my old altars come across my dash. I guess I should start gathering things for lammas.
The best herbal infusion for cramps and headaches ever! It’s just chopped ginger, about a teaspoon of turmeric, and lemon! I just twisted it into a coffee filter and poured hot water over it and let it steep for about five minutes. It was yummy and it worked so well!
My midsummer ritual and feast! Sorry it’s a bit late. I set up my sacred space outside, had a tiny fire in my cauldron, and did some luck spells. I had an offering of my homemade dandelion wine and butter and honey on toast: My feast was sweet white corn and a lemon pepper pasta dish with grilled asparagus and orange peppers. Also some watermelon juice on the side. It was a fun time and the food was delicious!
- ½ cup red lentils
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and ½” cubed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup onions
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- ¾ cup veggie broth
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon…
dandelions remind me of summer and warmth and happiness, even if they are just a weed
You know, the entire dandelion is edible :) even the roots! Its also incredibly helpful for bees in spring time! ;) i don’t know why people deem them as a weed!
Dandelions are my favorite flower! They’re so unappreciated! They’re like little tiny smiling suns brightening up boring lawns, and people have the nerve to call them weeds! They’re happy little nonconformists, and resilient as heck, too.
Plus, ya know, wishes. TONS of potential there! As a pagan, I’ve always regarded them as somewhat magical. In my own eclectic practice, they’re kinda a go-to herb for wish-fulfillment type spells. AND they can be really symbolic in literary situations, too (Fahrenheit 451, anyone?)
Also, have you ever seen a bunny eat a dandelion?! We used to have a bunny, and she LOVED dandelions! And sometimes when she ate them she would start with the stem, so at some point she would just have this adorable little yellow poof hanging out of her adorably little bunny mouth and it was the cutest thing ever in the history of anything!
Starting Over Spread (Giving Your Past the Middle Finger)
Here’s the thing. I never intended this spread to look like it was flipping you off. I’m not sure how it didn’t translate on paper, but it wasn’t until I was making it on my computer that I was like, “Holy shit.” And I love it! A great symbol for leaving the past behind.
I tend to create spreads that have something to do with my life at the time. Right now, I am basically starting over. You can call it a quarter-life crisis. So, I tested this spread (as you should) on myself before publishing it here. And, yup, it works! :D
I love seven-card spreads mostly because I love the number seven. Also, I believe numbering is huge - meaning the order in which you lay down the cards. Let’s look at those now:
1 - Now: sums up your current situation/feelings
2 - What you left behind: your past (the good, bad, and ugly)
3 - Guidance: for moving forward (this can be a person or just a thought)
4 - Nearest obstacle: the next challenge you’ll face
5 - How to overcome: how to overcome that obstacle
6 - What to learn: what to take away from that experience
7 - The other side: what’s waiting for you after the challenge
You could even leave off cards 2 & 3 for a simpler spread to do over and over again for each new obstacle you face.
Well, that’s about it. I am proud of this one - please do not steal it in any way! But please use it, share it, repost, etc. And leave me feedback, if you wish!
Perfect for this week!
Tip 1: Earth, Air, Fire, Wood, Metal, Spirit, Water, etc… This is not all there is to the Elemental world. The 4 and 5 element systems are not the only ones that exist. There are plenty more out there.
Tip 2: Elements can be combined. Water + Earth makes Mud, Swamp, Clay, etc; Friction +…
One day I was walking around the city with a friend, and they randomly asked me about a weed growing through the pavement. They wanted to know what “occult use” the plant had.
I crouched down and asked it. It gave me a very casual speech about it’s habits and adaptability in an…
From Tarotize.com, this is a tarot spread for someone dealing with body confidence issues.
I HIGHLY encourage you to read Lisa’s essay about her own body confidence issues and how they inspired this spread.1. The Writing on the Wall - Your most commonly recurring thoughts about your own body2. The Source of the Writing on the Wall - How these thoughts first developed3. Body-Spirit connection - What thought your Higher Self expresses about the vehicle you chose in this incarnation4. A Positive Affirmation - Take this card and turn the meaning into a positive affirmation that you can use if you ever feel overwhelmed by the writing on the wall5. One Small Change - One thing you can start doing now to begin enjoying your physical body more
My babies are doing so well! From top to bottom I’ve got peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and sage!