Autumn Chimes

Merry Meet All,

Hard to believe how time has flown by. It is as if it was on the wings of faeries flying over flower buds, it passed so fast. Hurricane Irene left barely a scratch on Halifax. My garden looked undamaged the next day. I hope it was the same for you out there too.

I bought myself a good gardening shovel, the kind that lets you dig deep into the soil of Mother Earth. I finally achieved what I had been itching to do all summer but needed a good gardening shovel to do it with. I feel empowered owning my own good quality gardening tools. Having the tools makes a huge difference. The gardening work I did involved moving plants to new spots and mixing up the soil and things like that.

I added chocolate mint to my garden family of herbs. It smells divine. As I was replanting my shrub and columbine plants, I inhaled the perfume of the soil, felt the energy of the garden, felt the sun beat down on my back and when I watered the garden in the evening, and stood back to admire my hard work, I appreciated the beautiful sight before me. A bee visited my Echinacea and many moquitoes bit me, loving the free meals. Note to self: next time, be properly dressed when gardening to avoid bites.

Today I broke down and bought more herb plants. It has not sunk in yet that plant roots need room to grow and that I don’t have to cover every inch of soil with an herb. Yet I persist. I am restraining myself to not cover all the soil, but it takes real self control. It is tempting to do. Well to be fair, there was about three feet of space that needed to be filled. Right. Halifax Seed has pots of herbs on discount as the season is drawing to a close. I will miss my garden in the winter, in its dormant resting season. I know my garden needs the rest and the roots need to, well, root. Staring at five months of snow is hard. In the spring, tender shoots will emerge and the amazing, awe-inspiring, miraculous cycle of life will begin anew. This year, I plan to put bulbs for spring in the soil.

The leaves are turning from a verdant green to golds and fierce reds. Students are packing for school and collecting school supplies. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon. Mabon is a magickal time of year. It precedes Samhain and I like to think of Mabon as leading us up to the stronger energies of Samhain. Enjoy the season!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Wand Magick

Merry Meet All,

I recently bought a book called Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the ultimate Tool by Algerian Gwydion MacLir. I have not finished reading it but I am so glad that I bought this book. It tells in painstaking thorough detail how to make a wand that would rival Harry Potter or make him jealous.

There are photos in color and in black and white in the book. The author is a writer and has made over 200 wands. He is a Druid Companion of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and is a 32nd degree FreeMason. He served as Chief Druid of Darach Growe (OBOD) in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as a Professor of Wizardry. It doesn’t get much better than that. He has combined his knowledge and experience to write a wonderful book of magic and wands and has a keen insight and respect for nature.

I have given it lots of thought and arrived at this conclusion. I am endeavoring to make a wand hopefully with the same talent, skill and intent as his. I want to use oak wood for the reason that it is solid and strong and therefore long lasting. Oak is a faery wood and the Druids revered oak trees. I always loved oak trees for their leaves and seeds. I want to collect the wood for the wand from an oak tree in Pleasant Bay because I know the energy of the ancient woods there. I plan to purchase my supplies from Lee Valley Tools and they have decent prices on their basic woodcarving tools. This project will demand time and patience.

I also want to add crystals to the wand. At the tip of the wand (pommel), I want to add a tiger’s eye crystal. The Siberian Tiger is my animal totem. At the lower point of the wand, I will add a smoky quartz crystal. Smoky quartz is protective and grounding. I will carve runes, leaves and polish it with beeswax and paint the wand in a way to display the natural beauty of the wood but I want a dark brownish stain. I know it will look beautiful. I can’t wait to get started. Of course, this means I actually have to travel 450 kilometers to get to Pleasant Bay. But like all things in life that demand such artistry, anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )0(

Reading List

Merry Meet All,

This is what was on my reading list this summer. As many can attest, there are too many books in the world. I do plan to read all the books that I mean to read, have been given to read, and the books that have collected dust and bookworms on my shelves. Here is the list:

Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies by Jude. C. Todd
Wandlore by Alferian Gwydion MacLir
The Hobbit by Tolkien
The Witch of Babylon By D.J Macintosh
Tarot Spells
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Hugo
The Mists of Avalon (a second time!) by Bradley
A Modern Herbal by Grieve
A book about Organic Gardening
The entire Harry Potter series
There may be many more, too many to list here. I would love to know what is on your must read list.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

A Blossoming Garden

Merry Meet All,

Blame it on the faeries. Today I put a day’s work-unintentionally, into my Dark Faerie Garden. I have dubbed that name on my garden because of the amount of shade it gets, growing at the foot of a shed. I was undaunted by the amount of shade and my garden was too. I felt a tug as I returned from my walk and googled plants to grow in my garden. Like a good gardener, I put in the work on the soil first before planting.

I cleaned out a corner of my garden where it gets the most sunlight. I worked the soil and added fertilizer and bone meal and dug that in. I thoroughly watered the soil and dug out a large rock-used as an edging, of course. I tore out the grass roots and added some dry chamomile and corn husks for compost. I was left with well turned, damp, composted and fertilized soil. I bought a lovely English Lavender, “Munstead” variety at Halifax Seed and went home. I also moved my spearmint which was choking my lady’s mantle, propogated the lemon balm, and moved my bleeding heart to the spot. The bleeding heart did not blossom this year. It was growing in the darkest corner of my garden. See why I call it the dark faerie garden? I have chives growing there too.

I like the look of herbs growing and draping over the rocks. In the spring, when the plants emerge from the melting snow, it will look lovely. By then, the herbs will have stored their energies over the winter and benefitted from the nutrients I just put in the soil. Bone meal is a long lasting fertilizer.

The picture above I took after all that hard work. I love how it looks-truly faeryish and magickal. It feels good to work with the earth. I harvested my chives on the other side of my garden and they grew right back. Many Lammas blessings!!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch