Oh, Blessed Dirt

Life has been hectic for us here lately, so many things stirring in the cauldron– the good, the bad, financial, medical, personal, business, both positive and negative.  We’re still in the Middle-Of-Life, though I hadn’t expected this at the tale-end of middle-age.  Needless to say, “Stress” has been our companion, my companion, for the past several weeks, months; and I wanted to share a wonderful “Aha!” moment.

I just came in from weeding the garden.  I came in with dirty hands, sweaty hair, muddy jeans, grubby feet– and it feels soooo good!  I *love-love-love* getting down on the ground, playing in the dirt, getting dirty!  And as I’m on my knees thinking how Peaceful this is, how Grounding this is– Dirt!— the “Aha” hit me…Of course, it’s grounding.  Of course, Dirt is connected– to the Earth (planet & element)– and to the Goddess! (duh)

Do you realize that children instinctively know this?  They know this and acknowledge it and act on it until a grownup tells them not to.  No wonder children love to play in the dirt– there is a reason for this!

I feel reconnected.

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Spring 2012 @ Our House

I’ve been working like a crazy woman this spring redoing garden spots, adding new garden spots, planting, mulching, planning, shopping, and creating.  It’s been a hoot, and I’ve loved the bonus of this early growing season.  I’ve added several photos to a new garden slideshow, and I’ll be updating this slideshow from time to time with new pictures.  Welcome!…

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Spring @ Our House (slideshow)

I’ve been working like a maniac the last couple of weeks redoing the flowerbeds, landscaping, and cleaning up the yard.  I wish I would’ve kept track of how many large bags of mulch and soil I’ve gone through; I can tell you that it is a lot!  I told my husband that I must have been bitten by some sort of ‘landscape bug’.  I’m even fixated enough by it that I notice the landscaping everywhere I go– outside the Dr’s office, in front of the post office, you name it.  I think I’ve spent close to $1000 dollars, and I still have the front yard left to do.  I bought so much mulch at our local Mennard’s that the guy helping us this week asked me on one of my daily trips…”Do you do landscaping?”  I thought a minute, and then I told him, “Yes, I guess I do.”  My girls laughed about this all the way home. 

I’ve taken a few photos and started a slideshow, but keep in mind that I’m a long way from done yet.  As I complete new projects and areas, I’ll take more photos and update this slideshow.  We have a large project planned for the front lawn. 

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Garden Magick: My Herbal Shopping List

I have friends who live in warmer climates, and they tell me that their rosemary and lavender are perennials. That’s not the case where I live, except for a huge mound of sage I planted years ago which comes up faithfully every year, and several plants that are native to my area (Nebraska). So every spring I make a list of the herbs I want to re-plant, rosemary and lavender being right up there at the top. I’m in the process of making my list right now, and I’m going to post it here, along with some magickal information on the correspondences and uses for these herbs.

 Rosemary

Gender: masculine (or projective)
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Magickal Energies: protection, cleansing, purification, exorcism, healing, beauty/youth

I use rosemary for cleansing a space of unwanted negative energy. You can add it to the water you’re going to use to scrub the floor; burn it, using the smoke to magickally smudge an area; hang dried bunches of the plant in the four corners of a room, over the threshold of doorways, or above the windows. I’ve made a tincture of rosemary to use as an astringent for my face– I took a nice size bottle, filled it with spring water, added a pretty sprig of rosemary and let it sit and seep overnight, in the moonlight. The next day, you can remove the sprig of rosemary– though I chose to leave mine in the bottle– and refrigerate. To use it, just pour a little on a cotton-ball and use it to wipe down your face after you’ve washed your face as usual to remove makeup. Not only is the rosemary good for your complexion, you are tapping into the magickal energy of this herb to preserve the appearance of youth and beauty.

Lavender

Gender: masculine (or projective)
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Magickal Energies: love, sleep, romance, purification, destressing, communication, enhancment of creative energy

I most often use lavender in mojo bags and poppets aimed at romance; for mojo bags kept beneath pillows to enhance sleep; for candle spells to remove negative and stressful energies from an individual, from a set of circumstances, or from a particular space. Burn a yellow candle dressed in Witch’s Oil and rolled in crushed lavender before beginning a project connected with communication, such as a writing project or assignment, or a personal letter. Keep a bowl of lavender by the computer for this same magickal enhancement, because this is an area that is engulfed in the energy and act of communicating with others. Finally, at the end of the day, drop a sprig or two in your bathwater to destress, to find peace and comfort, to shed the energies of all those people with whom you’ve come in contact with all day long.

Dill

Gender: masculine (or projective)
Planet: Mercury
Element: Fire
Magickal Energies: protection, power, lust, fertility, money mojo

I have used dill seeds in money spells, especially money spells geared towards children– such as cases involving child support disputes or other issues of this nature. The other thing that I’ve most called on Dill for is protection. Grind the leaves of this plant and add it to a red flannel bag, along with a rusty nail (or a cemetery nail, if you have it), a snip of hair from your head and a fingernail clipping, along with a pinch of whole cloves. Next, tear a page from a bible containing the 23rd psalm, write your name in large bold letters across the page (in dragon’s blood ink, if you have it), fold this paper up to fit inside the red bag. Hang this bag near the front door of your home to prevent enemies from entering; this means anyone who would wish you ill, even someone you may not recognize as an enemy.

I’m sure this isn’t it for my planting, but at least it’s a start to my list. I’m going to have to wait until the green-houses open up in my area to see what’s available. One thing about planting dill, my daughters love the huge brilliant catapillars that are attracted to it. They are really stunning– black, white, and yellow. I didn’t plant any last year, and we missed watching them. I have to say that over the years I’ve tried potting some of my outdoor herbs and bringing them inside to winter, including my rosemary and lavender, but this just never seems to work for me, the plants just don’t last long indoors. Not enough sunny windows perhaps, or maybe I water them too much/not enough. Anyway, we’ve been taking advantage of this wonderful and warmer than average weather to do some yard work and get our garden spots ready for spring planting.

Updates: The Bandit of Hedgewytch Hollow & Wytchy Observations

For several nights we’ve had a visitor to our back porch who raided the cats’ food bowls, left muddy foot prints all over the tables, and traumatized our kitty cats. The girls checked the porch the other night and, much to their surprise, they caught the culprit in the act. And here he is…

My daughter snapped this photo right through the glass on the back door– as you can see.

I guess it’s only fair that this little “Bandit” comes to visit and get his fill at Hedgewytch Hollow.

Observations, Just Saying…

1) The ‘Good Ole’ Boys’ system is not confined to the mundane world of mainstream society. Sadly, the “Good Ole’ Boys” system exists in the pagan world as well, and unfortunately, it’s left a lot of casualties in its wake.

2) The Real Housewives of (Wherever)…These women spend an awful lot of time, energy, emotion, and money trying to be ‘friends’ with people they don’t really like. And the point is???

3) Every pot of poppies that I’ve tried to grow dies. They appear to be in good condition when I purchase them at the greenhouse, but not long after transplanting, you can see the life being sucked right out of them– I want poppies, lots and lots of poppies spreading out all over the place, just like my grandmother had in her yard.

4) An awful lot of women spend an awful lot of time fixating on men– how they can catch one, why they lost one, will straying ones come back, how can they keep the one they’ve got, etc., ad infinitum. HELLOoooo! You will never reach your full potential if you expend every ounce of energy you have and hours of mental activity obsessing on this subject. Halt!– Stop!– put the brakes on.

I ask you:

If there were no men in the world, what would you be interested in?

Do you draw, paint, sketch, write, sculpt, or cook like a world class chef? Are you interested in horitculture– gardening, animals, sewing, designing– clothes, buildings (architecture), websites, interior design, or something else that I haven’t even thought of?

If you could do anything in the world you wanted to do, what would it be?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If you could live anywhere in the world, would you stay where you are, or would you move to another location?

If you could accomplish one major feat in your life…what would it be?

The newly designed “Home Blessing Kits” are posted and ready for sale. These kits are smaller than the original, which makes them more portable, easier to tuck into your magickal bag or purse– then off you go to cleanse and purify your neighbor’s house, your friends apartment, or that haunted empty lot across town. These kits come in four colors (green, orange, lavender, pink) and include: 1 bag of sea salt, 1 bag of hyssop, 1 white taper candle, 2 sticks of incense, and 1 small bottle of “The Witches Oil” (shown in the photo of oils below).

You’ll find Home Blessing Kits at Wytchy Wares, or you can go directly to Wiccan Kits & Boxes.

I finally got photos posted of the smaller bottles of magickal oils that I’m offering at my site: Break the Hex Oil (aka Uncrossing Oil); Money Mojo (aka Prosperity Oil); The Witches’ Oil; Banish the Spirits (aka Exorcism Oil); and Good Health Mojo.

These oils are $8.00 a bottle. However, I’m still selling the large no-nonsense jars of oil for anyone who likes to buy magick in a generous quantity. For more information, you can visit my online shop: Wytchy Wares. Or you can go directly to Oils/Potions/Powders.

Wytchy Chit-Chat: Books n’ Pics n’ Stuff

Right now I’m reading a book by Sherrie Dillard,

“Discover Your Psychic Type:
Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition”

Discover Your Psychic Type: Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition

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So far, I love the book.  Ms. Dillard has all of the psychic types nailed down pat, making them easily identifiable:  the emotional intuitive, the mental intuitive, the physical intuitive, and the spiritual intuitive.  She’s included questions, guided meditations, and exercises in order for the reader to identify what kind of psychic they are and to build on those skills.  She also includes personal stories and anecdotes that add interest and personalization to the psychic and the process.

Ms. Dillard says, “Our intuitive development can help us to stay connected to the deeper meaning of what occurs in our lives.”

Tarot Special!

For an undetermined period of time, I’m offering a three-card tarot reading at $20.00.  For more information, or to purchase a reading, follow this link: 
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I grow a lot of my own herbs and dry them in my kitchen.  These herbs are used for my own personal magickal purposes, as well as in the oils and spell bags that I create for Wytchy Wares.  My list has grown to include mint, sage, lavender, rose, lilac, lemon balm, thistle, catnip, wormwood, and goldenrod.  I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that I can replant many of the herbs that are annuals in our location– especially rosemary and lavender.

After the herbs are clipped from the garden, the stems are tied together and they’re turned upside down and tacked to the kitchen ceiling to dry.  From there, it’s a short journey into one of many magickal pots and jars found all over our house.

There are new items available at Enchanted Jewelry. 
To enter this magickal realm, click  Here

I’ve also added a special sales page for Wytchy Wares,
and you’ll find Clearance Items on this page, click  Here