Monthly Archives: November 2013

Literary Magick 2

Oral and Written Tradition of Modern Bards

My Biography (the long version)

Horror Novel Reviews: One Hellacious Halloween Volume 1 (eBook)

Short Fiction story “The Grimm Pumpkin”

 

Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans

Published by Moon Books Anthology

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Essay on Sedna: The Inuit Sea Goddess for Winter Solstice issue 2013

 

Essential Herbal magazine

Article publishing on Herbs for winter for January/ February 2014 issue

 

Essential Herbal magazine

Article published about Yule wreaths for winter issue

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Essay published on Hekate: Goddess of Samhain autumn issue

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Essay published on Odin and Gandalf summer issue

 

Essential Herbal magazine

Article published about Thyme June/July issue

 

Essential Herbal magazine

Article published on How to Gather Wild Herbs May/ June 2013

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Essay published on The Fires of Beltaine spring issue

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Article published on Urban Magic winter issue 2013

 

Essential Herbal magazine

Article published “Seeds of Spring” 2013

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Article on the Crone of Winter Solstice 2012

 

Crone Newsletter Ezine

Article on the Crone Goddess of Samhain October 2012

 

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine

Article on the Clay Goddess autumn equinox issue fall 2012

 

Essential Herbal Magazine

Article “Yule Magic” published for November December issue 2012

 

Essential Herbal Magazine

Autumn Magic published September-October issue 2012

 

Essential Herbal Magazine

Herbal recipes for wellbeing July -August issue 2012

 

Essential Herbal Magazine

Article on Toxins in the Home published in May-June issue 2012

 

Saltlines anthology 2012

Wisdom of 55 writers from Atlantic Canada summer 2012

 

The Source Health and Wellness Journal

Article on Toxins in the home August 2011 issue

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Two articles Meditating in Nature and Healing Salves published in Sacred Dance Summer 2011 issue

 

Open Heart Forgery Year 1 Anthology

Poetry published in Open Heart Forgery Year One Anthology April 2011

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Article about Athames published in spring 2011 issue

 

About.com

Published article on celebrating Imbolc winter 2011

 

North Quarter Ezine

Article on the Goddess Brighid published winter 2011

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Two articles published on Pentacles and the Goddess Brighid, winter 2010

 

About.com

Article published on honoring Bast at Samhain November 2010

 

About.com

Article published online about Books of Shadows August 2010

 

Witchvox

Article published online about the Clay Goddess August 2010

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Article published on history of pagan bonfires, winter 2009

 

Circle Magazine: Celebrating Nature, Spirit and Magic

Article published on Chalices for Circle Magazine, fall 2009

 

The Source Health and Wellness Magazine

Article published on the Seaport Farmers Market, June 2009

 

League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Month

Poem ‘Midwinter’ published online on http://www.poets.ca

 

Nature Canada

‘Tranquility’ prose poem published online at Nature Canada February 2009

 

Sitting Pretty

Blog about writers’ preferred writing spaces 2009

 

Canadian Stories

Story published on holidays spent with family, winter 2008

 

Canadian Stories

Article published on my grandparents, fall 2008

 

Canadian Stories

Article published on meeting Margaret Atwood February/ March 2008

Witchvox

Article published on Witchvox.com on my sacred retreat December 2007

 

Witchvox

Poem published on witchvox.com April 2007

 

The Source Health and Wellness magazine

Article published on slow food movement, September 2007

 

The Source Health and Wellness magazine

Article published on pet therapy for elderly people, fall 2006

 

Wikihow

Article on how to grow jade plants published on Wikihow.com

 

Metamorphosis

Published book of poetry, 2006

 

Pets Quarterly magazine

Article published on guinea pigs, summer 2006

Saint Mary’s University English Society Anthology,  “Cardhouses.”

Published poetry in the Saint Mary’s University English Society anthology, “Cardhouses” in 2000.  Joyce Marshall Hsia Memorial Poetry Award.

Published in the Queen Elizabeth High School Anthology, The Elizabethan, in 1991.

Won the G.D Hatfield Award for writing in high school in 1991.

Member of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia

Member of the Horror Writers Association

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November Mists

Quickening Moon

Merry meet all,

Today is my birthday. I miss being excited about getting older. The somber sky is typical of November. I wish I was more enthusiastic about my birthday but I am nursing a broken heart.

I’ve made a decision. While this may seem a surprise to some, I’ve decided I no longer want a romantic mate in life. I haven’t found love my this age and I won’t say how old I am, but if I haven’t found love by now, it will never happen. From what I’ve seen in men, and I am not saying all men are like this, but some are heartless, selfish, and cold. So what I am saying is that better to be alone than to be with someone who makes you feel miserable.

My decision makes me feel peaceful. I live a certain way. I don’t think the world is ready for Witches and Wiccans or Heathens.

I am participating in a Magickal House Cleaning Challenge. I found out about the challenge on Facebook and am now cleaning my house by mopping, sorting clutter, and sweeping floors. Now the next task for me is to clean my fridge, which I grudgingly admit needs cleaning.

This challenge continues until December, I think. I enjoy the tasks and every day I have to read an affirmation and then perform the task. After this is over, I will have a sparkling clean magickally charged home!!

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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In the News

 

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Merry meet all,

I have some exciting news to share. My short flash horror fiction story about a child munching pumpkin is published in the Horror Novel Reviews: One Hellacious Halloween Volume 1 eBook. Here is the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Horror-Novel-Reviews-Presents-Hellacious-ebook/dp/B00GHPU3VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385384995&sr=1-1&keywords=horror+novel+reviews+Hellacious+Halloween+volume+1

I am real excited about that. I found out last night. The other news is that I am published in Moon Books’ Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism 101 by 101 Pagans anthology. Here is the link:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paganism-101-An-Introduction-Pagans/dp/1782791701/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385149907&sr=8-2&keywords=Paganism+101%3A+An+Introduction+to+Paganism+by+101+Pagans

My essay on Sedna: The Inuit Goddess of the Sea is slated to appear in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine. My article on winter herbs is slated to appear in the Winter issue of Essential Herbal magazine. Here are the links:

Essential Herbal magazine: http://www.essentialherbal.com/index.php

Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine: http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/

This writing has kept me on my toes!! The next spin in the turn in the Wheel of the Year is Winter Solstice. I plan to post lots about that. Stay warm and enjoy Samhain. 

 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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November

spooky trees

Merry meet all,

November is a time of introspection. It’s when the nights turn dark earlier and turn colder. The trees are bare and a few golden leaves shiver in the harsh wind. We stay indoors to shut out the cold. The ancient Celts herded their livestock into the stables, slaughtered some of their livestock for food, and stored their grains and harvests for a supply during the merciless cold winters. 

Today the moon enters Cancer. The corresponding colour is white. 

Last night, I picked up a real treasure from Chapters bookstore. I was so surprised. I bought The Wisdom of Trees oracle deck. It contains 40 oracle deck cards for wisdom and guidance and a book. One side of the card has some beautiful tree designs in gold and the other side of the card is a design of a leaf or a tree. The card shows the type of tree or leaf. The card tells of the type of tree. The word Ash, for example, is written at the bottom of the card. This allows for easy identification for the querent. Jane Struthers created the deck. 

Ash- The keyword is Mastery. The Ash Deva message is “My wood has many uses because it is strong, yet flexible. For centuries, humans have associated me with magical powers to To repel evil and to heal children. I exude a sugary sap, so I can help to make your life sweeter.”

The ash tree appears in many mythologies, including those of Greece, Ireland and Wales. The Norse myths tell of Odin who created the first man from the trunk of an ash tree. The ash tree is native to Europe and southeastern Asia. The tree bears fruit and and flowers. 

The ash card is one of the many cards in the deck and they all contain amazing magical messages that can help us in our lives. Tree wisdom is available for those who have the humility and patience to learn from it. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Faith

magicwoods

Merry meet all,

A birch tree trunk stretches towards the sky. The bark peels off and insects climb up and down the tree. Cats chase chickadees and sharpen their claws. The birch tree stretches gracefully. I think the tree outside my window is a gift or a blessing. Trees give us oxygen and shelter homes and animals from storms. I love the beautiful birch tree. 

The graceful arch of the trunk teaches us to reach to new heights in our lives and in our aspirations. We cannot grow if we don’t try. We will never know what we are truly capable of. To do this, we must push our limits. That is what tree medicine can teach us. 

I have had my faith tested recently. It happens every so often that I am tested and put through a trial of self-doubt only to emerge stronger. My confidence in people was tested, my faith in my spirituality was tested, and i was mired in darkness, sadness and doubt. Sometimes i find I need auspicious signs to steer me to be happier. When the signs come, they reassure me that everything is okay. I must be tested sometimes for a reason. Life is a trial and it is how we act under the pressure that determines who we are. 

I am happy to have survived the trial and to be a stronger person. We can’t have light without darkness and dark without light. But even under a starless sky, a light shines bright-the light within you. 

Blessed be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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The Beauty of Winter

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Merry meet all,

The winter chill bites at us as we bustle about town. I walked on the nature trail this morning and I took some beautiful photos of the garden and snowy leaves. Magically speaking, Mercury has turned direct. I am relieved, to say the least. The Moon has entered Aries and Neptune has gone direct. 

The Full Moon comes on the 17th. The Full Moon begins at 10 am and enters Gemini. Gemini is an air sign and represents the time for shortcuts, communication, games, and fun. Have a magical and fun esbat on the 17th! This full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon and Snow Moon. Concentrate on the transition from fall to winter and how gracefully nature turns season. Think of how you can honor a transition occurring in your life and how you can accept the changes it brings. Decorate your altar and light white candles. Snow is pure and cold. 

The Celtic Tree Month of Elder begins on November 25th. Before we know it, the Wheel of the Year will turn to Yule. I’ll post more about how to prepare for Yule. 

 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

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Dreary November

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Merry meet all,

I know that post Samhain, you may not feel like doing much of anything now that the excitement of Samhain has passed. November is not the same, nor is December or January. The realty hits you that the dreary days of winter have arrived. The air is colder, and you have to dig out your winter gear. 

November is the tail end of October. You can still stomp on crunchy leaves underfoot and appreciate the beauty of the bare dark trees against the sunlight. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Yule. 

So don’t be glum. Yule is a fun Sabbat. Some of you have put your Halloween gear away for next year- unless you’re like me, and it looks like Halloween all year round in your apartment. You can still practice divinations and do your magick. Well you can do that any time of the year, but the energy is strongest at Samhain. 

Clean your garden and yard. Store your garden decorations, let the fallen leaves shelter your plants all winter, and save seeds from the flowers in your garden. Bring your herbs in and pot them up to grow on your windowsill. Plan for next spring’s garden. 

Whatever you decide to do, you have a long winter ahead of you. Now is the time to tackle those witchy projects  you planned to do all along. Maybe you want to improve your Book of Shadows, learn Celtic embroidery or try a new incense recipe. During the long cold winter, it’s the time to turn inward and rest. 

Blessings for a magickal Sabbat. 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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