Trees in Death and Life

Merry Meet All,

Wow! I have read the most fascinating guest blog post on the Llewellyn web site. The link is below and I encourage all to read it. I am a proud treehugger and am sometimes saddened by our greedy society that wastes everything to have homes, power and shelter without a thought for the trees. The author of this blog hit the nail on the head.

Enjoy
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Trees in Death and Life

Lammas nears

Merry Meet All,

Wow! Lammas is a week away. It won’t be long before Samhain is here. Lammas is the first of the three harvests. Lammas is on August 1st so mark your calendars. It is a time to either/or celebrate Lugh and celebrate the early harvest.

Grain is a significant symbol of Lammas. It was crucial to the early days when grain was associated with death and rebirth. The god dies only to be reborn in the spring. Lammas was a day to honor Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. He is a god of many skills and baking your own loaf of bread on Lammas would be a perfect way to honor him.

To decorate your altar, use fiery colors to show the continual heat of the sun-symbolizing that summer is enduring and the change of the leaves in the trees to come. Include symbols of the field on your altar. Sickles, scythes and baskets of grain, and loaves of bread would be ideal. Cover your altar with cloths in shades of yellows, oranges, browns and greens. Harvest herbs, berries and fruit to decorate your altar with. Make a corn dolly and put sheafs of grain on your altar or ears of corn. If you have a statue of Lugh, leave offerings at the foot of it. If you have a boline that has a sickle-shaped blade, leave that on your altar to represent the early harvest.

The Sabbat that folows Lammas is Mabon. It is summer still but in time, the leaves will change color and a chill will creep into the air. A magickal time of year is around the corner. I hope you find a way to celebrate with friends and family.

New Moon is on August 30th. That would be a good time to begin to prepare for Lammas. You can read more about preparing and celebratting Lammas at About.com.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Hazy days of Summer

Merry Meet All,

I have returned from a beautiful weekend in Pleasant Bay. The night we drove over the Cabot Trail, the sky was a stunning pink color and it was a great start to a weekend of more natural beauty to come. I saw some moose on the Trail as well as an eagle. I have a digital camera that let me capture some amazing sights of Nature. So instead of telling about it, in this blog, the pictures will reveal the story. My spirit was also rejuvenated by the peaceful time spent there.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

My Magickal Kitty Lady Shadow

Merry Meet All,

My kitty is napping on her perch as I write. I love my kitty. I am dedicating this post to her. I confess I used to hate cats. I am a converted cat lover. Since moving to Halifax, I now love cats. I love cats. I love my cat. Love my cat.

Shadow is a true witch’s animal familiar. She has helped me select crystals psychically, and has taught me many other things as well. Watching her normal cat behavior has been fascinating, to say the least. The way Shadow sleeps, naps, grooms and eats. The way she dipped her paw in my milk then licked the milk off her paw. The wasp she alerted me to and the bugs she eats on the floor. The way she watches the outdoor activity. Her hideouts and her sleeping spots that she prefers. I love the way she flicks her tail and the way she pricks her dark furry velvety soft ears. Even when she demands I get out of bed to begin the day of slavery for her.

Shadow is a truly beautiful kitty and truly magical kitty. I can’t imagine life without her here. I love the sounds that she makes awake and asleep, when she sleeps in her spots or curls up near me on the bed. She is always eager to have a nap so sometimes we nap together. She als

Aside from being an adorable sweetheart, Shadow makes me feel safe. I can leave her here and know that she looks after things when I’m gone. I don’t know what she gets into when I am gone but she is almost always waiting for me at the door when I come home. She lets me pet her as she stretches out on the front hallway rug. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I miss having guinea pigs yet I do find a cat easier to take care of. It feels SO GOOD to hug Shadow. I named her Shadow because when she is in the shadows, she merges so effortlessly. She often startles me when she comes around a corner. She was named well.

I bought her a pink leash and harness but I found that she prefers the luxuries that indoor life has to offer. I have kept the leash and harness in case. Shadow let me know the type of litter she prefers, that she let me know the litter box being in the bathroom is okay with her and that she prefers a litter box with a hood. She is the feline queen of her domain. She has control of it and it suits her fine. Always regal and dignified, she rules over her domain with the grace of a cat and the awe inspiring character of a wise stately queen. I am her loyal and eternal subject.

She is the one who is the witch here. I feel lazy in my magick when I compare myself to my acrobatic demanding territorial insatiably curious sweet magically talented kitty. I may have more to learn from her and maybe I can grow magickally with her help. I love Shadow and I am happy that she loves it here. I know she loves me too. She is the right kitty for me. Her regal posture and powerful paws loudly suggest: High Priestess. She may not always be present when I am performing a spell or ritual but she knows just when to demand something from me or hog my computer chair-the best chair in the house. Of course, a cat would know the best chair in the house for a nap. I think she also likes classical music. Treats, cuddles and praise are also her favorite things.

Shadow has a presence and a way of piercing into your soul. She penetrates a veil with ease. She has energy after she naps. She is a wonderful kitty and I am so happy to have adopted her when she is young (age 3).

I love my Kitty Shadow She is endearing and sweet
To Shadow!! To All Cats!!
Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

Mahone Bay

Merry Meet All,

Yesterday my Mother and I visited Mahone bay. I was in need of a way to refresh my spirit and this trip provided just that. We prepared a lunch and tea and got some chives from my garden and the usual other paraphernalia such as sunscreen, cameras and sun hats. Off we went after the Farmers Market to the wide open road. I instantly loved the quaint quiet sleepy town. It is anything but sleepy once you see the stores and the people. My mother bought me a beautifully wool woven pink scarf and of all things, I found a book about the Goddess at a yard sale. 365 Goddesses. After that, we had lunch at a picnic table and headed out onto the open road, this time a little lost. We decided to visit Lunenburg and then drove back to Halifax.

I loved the blue sky, clear calm waters and the many many trees. By the time we returned, I was tired though content. It was a good day and I hope to go on many other journeys around Nova Scotia. A picture above shows the view of the Bay. Blessed Be the Goddess!!

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch