Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review No. 33 - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Hallo! I hope you are well and taking care of yourself. Yes you, are you taking care of yourself? Most of us forget to check in with ourselves, just to see how we are doing. So take a moment, check in...are you doing OK? I hope so, and if not, why not? Maybe it is time to do a little check list to see why things are really falling into place right now. 
Now that you've checked in, here is a little book review for you. Now this book has been out a long time, like 20 years (yikes...I can't believe 1997 was 20 years ago). "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier is a romantic, epic story taking place during the American civil war. Set in South Carolina, it follows the lives of two star-crossed lovers Inman and Ada. If you've seen the movie (and really who hasn't at this point), I can say the book (like all books adapted for movies) is so much more.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review No. 32 - Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabbas

Salaam friends, I hope you have all been well. I've been struggling a little. Some pesky health issues have cropped up, setting me back. But, I am trying to not let it get me down.

So in the honor of Book Review Tuesdays, I've finally got to finish a book I started several weeks ago.

This week, I want to write a little bit about "Spirit Conjuring for Witches" by Frater Barrabbas. This is a heft book on spirit conjuring, if this is something you wish to incorporate in your practice I highly recommend. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Witch's Salt - What is and How to's with a DIY Black Salt Recipe

I was feeling particularity witchy the other day and decided so try my hand at a new recipe. After watching a plethora of YouTube videos on different salt types used in witchcraft, I wanted to go out a buy them all. And then I saw the price of some of these salts...yikes...they can get quite expensive.
There are many different types of salts, each having their own mineral content (usually dictating the color) and uses. Many of these salts also are used in gourmet cooking, so it can make finding them relatively easy. If you want to just go out and buy some, that is perfectly OK. I found volcanic black lava salt at Walmart for about $5.00 for 8-9 ounces. If you are a little more frugal or more hands on, then I want to share a easy and cheaper (if you have items on hand) way to get one type of salt: Black Salt.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Health and Happiness - Trying Not To Lose My Damn Mind

Hello dears and darlings, love and lovers. This is going to to be a little update post. Mostly this is going to start out as a rant, but believe me it does have a way of coming back around.

So, I've been a relatively healthy person most of my life. No major catastrophes, nothing needing hospitalization, mostly just the run of the mill illnesses treated with OTC meds or the occasional prescription.

Unfortunately, I've not been so lucky the last few months. In December, what started out as mild infection turned into a visit to a Urgent care, then the ER on Christmas Eve, and then back to my regular Dr. for two more visits. All because of an allergic reaction to sulfadrug antibiotic I've been on before.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review No. 31 - The Little Big Book of White Spells by Ileana Abrev

Hello! Welcome back, how are you? Back again for another book review, well come on in and sit a spell. 
I've just finished Ileana Abrev's "The Little Bog Book of White Spells", which is a good spell book with some useful information in it. I've read several different types of spell books, and this one is pretty on par with what to expect. 
Abrev discusses how to get started using this book and the basics of spell working. How to set up a altar, color magic, some crystal work, correspondence charts, items you will need to set up a practice, all of this is useful setting the groundwork for being successful. This is great for beginners, and a useful reference or refresher for the more advanced worker.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 - A Welcome and a Wish

Welcome to a new year! Wow, I can honestly say I am so glad for 2016 to be over. On a the world stage, last year was filled with triumphs, setbacks and disappointments. Here in the USA, politics dominated and their unrelenting presence left many burdened and weary. Although the plight of the world is important as we are all in this together, 2016 left me withdrawn. On a personal level, the first half started out so well, but the last half was a true cluster. I'm going to start this off with sadness, the wheel turns and we experience the great heights and lows of this life. I'm in a low, but I have great hopes for fortune to swing upwards again.

Book Review No. 30 - The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst

Welcome! As it is a new year, I have a whole bunch new books that I want to get too. Yes, my husband has spoiled me and took me book shopping and then I order some more online. I have an addiction. I've also "committed" myself to reading 25 books this year, well that' the goal at least. I didn't read nearly as many books as I wanted last year, so I hope to remedy that in the next solar cycle. 
I finished this book awhile ago and took some time to digest its contents. This is such a lovely book, full of a lot of great information. Tess Whitehurst's The Magic of Trees: A Guide to Their Sacred Wisdom & Metaphysical Properties is such a great resource into tree magic. Without a doubt, you can tell Whitehurst put a lot of work and energy into this collection.