Monthly Archives: June 2014

Book Haul – the Witchy Edition !

I have been waiting for Ellen Dugan’s latest book “Practical Prosperity Magick” for about a year.  Now… the wait is over.  IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

When it comes to ordering books online, I can’t seem to stop at one.  I figure that if they’re shipping out one, they may as well ship out 2 or 3 or 4 (depending on what mood I am in and that silly little thing called a “budget”).  So when the time came to place my order, I decided to see what else I could find.

Book Haul - the Witchy Edition

Several months ago, a friend posted a list of authors who were featured at a Pagan conference she was attending.  One of them was Stephanie Woodfield.  The cover for her book “Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess” caught my eye.  I looked it up on Amazon and decided to order it.  The Morrigan keeps coming up, so there’s obviously something there.  She is not a part of the Avalonian Tradition, however I feel that if the pull is there it’s worth looking into.  I only briefly flipped through the book and it does look interesting.

I love working with crystals and have found them to be extremely helpful in a multitude of ways.  Now that I have been working with them for over a decade, I can’t imagine not doing so.  Ember Grant happens to be a friend of Ellen Dugan’s and I heard about her book through Ellen’s Facebook page.  It looks really interesting, so I decided to add that to my order.

I have to admit, I have already plowed through “Practical Prosperity Magick” and will certainly post a review as soon as I get a chance.  With the Law of Attraction and the Power of Intention becoming more and more widely known, it’s great to see a book that focuses on these concepts from a Pagan perspective.

Now the question is… which (or is that Witch?) book to read next?

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Tradesies!

Almost a month ago, I wrote about my major purge in “Distractions, procrastination, and releasing my past.”  Through that process I let go of a LOT of things that I no longer needed, wanted, used, and never really wanted at all but was guilted into taking.  I also found some things I’d completely forgotten about, like this book :

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“The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration” was a chance find in the bargain section at Chapters about 14 years ago.  I picked up two copies, one for myself and one for my yet-to-be born nephew.  I tucked it away and promptly forgot about it.

I was wondering what to do with it, since I didn’t think it would appeal to him.  Fast forward a few weeks.  My Mom and I had a discussion about artists whose work was featured in old books.

I, of course, started going on about Arthur Rackham.  He was a huge influence on both Alan Lee and Brian Froud, who collaborated on the book “Faeries” back in the 70’s.

I am also a huge fan of Beatrix Potter, whose work is also featured in this book.  Her work has a certain charm that seems to call out to people, no matter how old they are.

Tradesies 2 Ah!  Book plates!  I love them!  They’re so much more than just “illustrations” but rather a work of art.  A snapshot of a moment in the story, beautifully framed and able to stand on it’s own.  This book is a treasure and I am so happy that I had the presence of mind to get it.  But I certainly don’t need two of them.  So I offered one to my Mom, who gave me this in return.

Tradesies 3  I have flipped through it a few times at her house but hesitated to borrow it because I didn’t know when I would be able to get it back to her.  The similarities between Druidry and the Avalonian Tradition have always been of interest to me, so I look forward to taking the time to sit down and read through it.

Have you ever traded books with family or friends?  Do you find it difficult to part with a book if you can’t find it a good home?  Have you ever been given a book out of the blue?

 

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Solstice Blessings !

I can’t believe it’s already June 21.  Summer Solstice is the longest day and shortest night of the year.  A time when people gather to celebrate the Sun.

Midsummer Eve is a truly magical time.  The Faeries venture to the human world, many of them for the sole purpose of causing havoc and taking great delight in doing so.  It is said that the Selkies come ashore, shedding their skins so that they can be human for one night.  The gather and dance on the shore, but if disturbed or discovered they will grab their skins and head back out to sea.

Let’s look at the Midsummer card from the “Fairy Ring” oracle deck.  We can spot Robin Goodfellow and his friends, gathering for a celebration in the human world.  In the distance, but closer than at any other time of year, is a Faerie island.  It is said that on this day, humans are able to travel to the Faerie Realm.  But be warned.  They journey there can be straightforward.  The journey back, however is not.

Midsummer Card

“The Midsummer card ushers in joyful energies of magic, enchantment, consummation, culmination, celebration, delight, fun, light, illumination, and clarity.”

This is an excellent time to seek the guidance of the Fae in your own life.  To ponder the questions that you have been asking yourself.  To connect with Nature and take a moment to truly appreciate your surroundings.  If you are in an urban area, try to seek solitude wherever you can.  Find a way to plant your feet on the grass or the soil.  Take a walk through the woods or sit by the lake.

It’s a bit gloomy here and looks like we’re in for a wet summer.  I don’t mind the rain, but we had such a long, cold winter that I was hoping for a lot of sun, especially today.  So let’s look at the bright side.  It’s a perfect day to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book.  I hope to finish “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and get back to work on my next novel.

Summer Solstice framed

What are your plans (or non-plans, as the case may be) for today?

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Dear Amazon, look what ya made me do…

I have been impatiently waiting for Ellen Dugan’s new book for MONTHS.  As I always do, I figured that if Amazon was going to go to the trouble of shipping me a book, I should probably make it worth their while.  So I ordered two more.

Unfortunately, they haven’t shipped yet.  Yes, I do have about 17 books on my “to be read” pile.  Thank you for the reminder.  But after catching up on a few Booktuber’s videos, I decided that I needed a new book to pass the time. Besides, it’s been so long since I felt like reading anything I wasn’t going to let this slide.  So off to the bookstore I went.

My first pick and a book that I have been wanting to get since I heard about it months ago is “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.  For those who have never heard of it, here is a little taste.  Book Haul June 14 1

“A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”

It has been getting rave reviews from Booktubers and looks really interesting.  So that was the book I knew I was getting.

Ariel Bisset posted a video called “Mermaid May”  that I found quite interesting.  One of the books she recommended is “Fathomless” by Jackson Pearce.  This is the third book in the “Fairytale Retellings” series, however as I understand it each book is a stand-alone.  So you can read them in whatever order you wish.  I am intrigued by the books, but sadly they were not available at the store.  (insert sad face here)  So I may have to break down and just order all 4 of them online.

Ariel also did a video called “Summertime Madness” where she talked about a book that sounded intriguing but I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name of.  I searched through her videos and just found it, so I will be on the hunt for “Inland” by Kat Rosenfield.

“The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea…”

Can’t wait!!!

I wandered over to the bargain section and found “Lies Beneath” by Anne Greenwood Brown.  I picked it up and read the synopsis, then put it down and continued on.  But I was really craving a mermaid story so I went back to it and read the first chapter.  I liked what I read so far, so I decided to give it a chance.

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At the time of this writing, I’m on Chapter 13 and intend to read a bit more before I go to bed.  I predict that by the time I publish this, I will have finished it.  I enjoy YA Fiction and was looking for a way to sort of ease myself back into reading with something fairly light.  So this is perfect.

I have a fascination with Joan of Arc, so when I saw “The Maid and The Queen” by Nancy Goldstone, I was drawn to it immediately.  It seems a bit dry, so I will have to wait until the mood strikes but I skimmed through it and found it rather interesting.  I think it’s going to surprise me and am looking forward to that.

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The best part about today’s trip to the bookstore is I spent less than 30 dollars!  So I don’t feel the least bit guilty (not that I would have).

I will post a “Book Haul” once the three titles from Amazon arrive.  Hopefully they won’t take too long.  I am also hoping I can resist ordering the Jackson Pearce books for at least a few weeks.  Unfortunately, once I get a bee in my bonnet I tend to obsess.  Hard to believe, I know.  But it’s true.  I blame Amazon.

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It was the best of times and it was total shite

Thus far, this has been both the worst and best year of my life.  That may sound like an odd thing to say.  Allow me to explain.

On December 31st, I took Izzy to the vet.  She hadn’t been eating and seemed “off”.  I went to the appointment thinking perhaps she’d developed diabetes.  I left with an empty crate.  My sweet girl who had such a hard start to life was gone.  When I say “life” she spent the first 7 or 8 years in a cage, devoid of human contact – not much of a life at all.  It wasn’t fair.  The cancer that I knew was lurking there when I adopted her 1.5 yrs ago had spread throughout her body and I made the decision to release her from her pain.  So I returned home that day in a state of shock, without my sweet little girl.

Then in Mid-January a very dear friend of mine passed away suddenly from what I now refer to as “that effin’ flu”.  To say that it knocked me on my proverbial butt would be an understatement.

About a month ago, I had a not-so-fantastic run-in with my past.  The good thing that came of it was I finally rolled up my sleeves and tackle my basement.  I am still not 100% finished but I’m *this close* and quite happy about that.

I needed a break from pretty much everything, but didn’t intend to be away this long.   I have been writing.  Unfortunately, it’s all still in my head.  I haven’t been reading anything, either and that makes me sad.  I don’t even want to check Goodreads to see how far behind I am in my 2014 Challenge.

I decided to take a day off and give myself the gift of a long weekend.  I had it all planned out.  Drop Ari off at the vet for his dental, head to Costco and stock up, go home for lunch, pick up Ari, then settle in for a weekend of creative bliss.  The Universe had other plans.

Ari had his dental and as I suspected, needed a few teeth removed.  The procedure was routine and he made it through fine.  Unfortunately, his mouth wouldn’t stop bleeding.  They discovered that he had almost no platelets, so while his blood was clotting they weren’t staying put.  He had no other symptoms that one would typically associate with this issue, so I spent the weekend in a daze, crying and wondering if I was going to have to say goodbye once again.

Thankfully and much to our surprise, he made a full recovery.  He’s back to his sassy self, although I have to admit I didn’t realize how much of an instigator he was with regard to barking until he had his little holiday.  Hmmm…

So it’s been a rough year so far.  Now comes the happy part.  I choose to see the lesson in everything.  It’s not always easy, nor is it usually pleasant.  It certainly isn’t instantaneous.  But if I don’t learn what I need to learn, I am going to have to go through it again.  Needless to say, I have learned a lot about myself through this process.  The most important thing is that I don’t give myself enough credit for how far I’ve come.  We often spend a lot of time lamenting what we DIDN’T accomplish that it’s easy to forget all of the amazing things we’ve seen and done, as well as the lesson’s we’ve learned and the changes we’ve been able to make as a result.

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Once again, I vow to get back to work.  Step One : clear all that clutter, unopened mail, and various bricka-brack off the kitchen table that you decided would be a great workspace.  Hopefully this time my efforts will yield some results.  The Faeries are beyond restless and I honestly can’t blame them.  Stay tuned for updates and insights and other things that float through my brain.

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Heart of Faerie Oracle Reading

I apologize for my absence.  It’s been a pretty interesting few weeks.

I decided to do a Past/Present/Future reading for next week.  The overall message is manifestation.  Many of us are looking to bring something into our lives, realize long-held dreams, make the changes that we feel will enhance our lives.  But how many of us stop to contemplate what must be done before this can happen?  The Faeries are here to help.

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THE PAST – The Queen of Shadows

Everyone has a Shadow Self.  The aspects of our personality that we don’t want to look at.  The experiences we’ve had that, while they have shaped us, have also hurt us.  Things that we have locked away.  Unfortunately, there are times when people or situations will trigger those shadow issues and we are blindsided.  We react in ways that are contrary to who we are and those fear-based reactions can be traced back to those old wounds.  Reading - June 6 2014 002

When we work to manifest something in our lives – a new job, a new home, a new relationship, financial abundance – the Universe always asks us to do some spiritual housekeeping first.  It’s like a trade.  Have you ever attempted to manifest something, only to find that the opposite happens?  The world isn’t against you.  There are just some lessons you need to learn before the manifestation can occur.

For example :  in order to experience financial abundance, you have to appreciate your current financial situation.  If you do not show gratitude for what you already have, then you can’t possibly attract more.  If your finances aren’t in order, that is a sign of disrespect for the money you already have.  Taking a look at your financial situation, especially if it isn’t ideal, can be very difficult.  Being honest about how you arrived there isn’t usually a positive experience.  But in doing so, you can amend previous patterns and make serious decisions on how you can do things differently in the future.

The Queen of Shadows is here to remind us that we all have a shadow side.  Things we don’t want to look at.  But if we continue to ignore the past then we will not achieve what we want in the future.  Now is the time to shed some light on what is holding you back.

 

THE PRESENT – The Dreaming

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What is it that you REALLY want?  Many of us are afraid to dream.  Afraid to ask for what it is we truly want.  Perhaps this is because we feel undeserving.  Or perhaps we are afraid there “isn’t enough to go around” and that if we ask for X that means that someone else has to go without.

The thing to remember is that no two dreams are identical.  They are as individual as the dreamer.  So go ahead and dream!  Whatever it is you wish for will manifest in exactly the way it is meant for you.

Dreaming isn’t doing.  In this case, that’s a good thing.  Dreaming gives us the opportunity to explore what it is we want, to make plans, to see what may happen if we take this path or that.

Sometimes dreaming enables us to find solutions to problems.  It can also bring clarity to what it is we truly want.  So go ahead and dream!

 

THE FUTURE – The Sorcerer

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This interesting little man may not look like it, but he is one of the most powerful residents of Faerie.  Every wish has consequences, a price to be paid.  It’s not always dire, but it is necessary.

For example, you may dream of living in Hawaii.  I can understand why.  But if you live some distance away, you will have to face leaving your friends and family behind.  That is the price of your dream.  It may be something you have to become comfortable with and that may take a bit of time.

The old saying “be careful what you wish for” applies here.  Think carefully before you call upon The Sorcerer.  He will help you if it suits his purpose, but there is a price to be paid for that help.  This comes back to The Queen of Shadows.  If you want to embrace the new, you must release the old and that isn’t always easy.

It could be that when he shows up, you experience this flash of insight and know exactly why the two of you have come together.  Definitely ask him what you long to know, but be prepared to return the favor.

 

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