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Animal Spirits

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Merry meet all,

As I type, my pet guinea pig, who is the epitome of a rascal, is playing in the big cage today. He has a bottomless appetite and is absolutely adorable. He’s my awesome little animal familiar. 

In my novel, Between the Worlds, Rosemary Bell has a furry animal familiar too. She has a pet Siamese cat named Siam. Siam is cute and every inch a cat. An animal familiar helps a Witch to perform his or her magick. Animal familiars appear in the famous poem by Shakespeare in the play Macbeth. It’s Siam who helps Rosemary realize her home is haunted by the ghost of Jonathan Fraser. 

Cats sense energies and spirits. It’s one of the reasons why I created Siam. They can see things that people can’t see. Cats are very sensitive to certain things, and they are so intelligent and adorable. 

Here is a beautiful photo of a bobcat in Pleasant Bay: 

bobcat1 He may be hard to spot, because he camouflages so well but he is there. He was so beautiful, powerful and graceful. I am lucky to see that. The bobcat appeared then returned to hunting mice, voles and rats. 

It is cats’ supposed sensitivity to spirits that is one of the main reasons why I included Siam in the book. There is a theory that if you look between the ears of a cat where the cat is looking that you can see the ghost that the cat can see. I am tempted to test this theory. I promise to let you all know how it goes. 

A friend of mine performed a smudging ritual on my home the other night. I apparently have mischievous imps in my home. That explains the small dark things I sometimes see out of the corner of my eye. They are not evil, just full of mischief. My magick practice may have attracted them. Stefan and I used a lemon, water, salt and sweetgrass. After he left, I felt uneasy but now the energy has settled. I wish I had a cat in here while performing the smudging. I saw an imp while Stefan was here and it would have been cool to see how a cat would react. 

I have even seen the ghosts of my pets after they have passed. No kidding. My pet guinea pig Twotone died of malocclusion sadly. I was sitting on my bed bawling my heart out when she appeared. I saw her clear as day. She seemed to be so serene. I heard beautiful harp like music. She appeared to me in a flash and didn’t want me to grieve. She was saying goodbye. I sat there for a long time waiting for her to reappear. Nope. 

Animals are very special, be they dog, guinea pig or cat. They all have a special place in our hearts. There is way more kindness shown to animals in the world today. They deserve all the love they can get. I plan to adopt a kitten in the future. For now, Magic is getting all the love and attention he could ask for. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Pleasant Bay Winters

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Pleasant Bay may be 450 kilometres from Halifax but it’s the most beautiful spot in the world.  The tiny fishing village has many attractions for tourists, one of them being the new whale museum.

The Whale Interpretive Centre promotes an awareness of whale and marine life by creating a stimulating experience for the visitors. There are exhibits and interactive media presentations, including illustrations of 16 whale species that can be seen in the Cape Breton waters. There’s a life size model of a pilot whale suspended above saltwater livestock tank which contain live creatures that live in the whale’s environment. Tours and bus tours are provided during the day. 

The Gampo Abbey is another great attraction. It is the Western Buddhist Monastery in the Shambala tradition. The Lone Sheiling is another attraction. The majestic beauty of Pleasant Bay always sweeps me off of my feet. Where else can you tour an island that is listed as the best travel destination in North America by National Geographic traveller?You can tour Nova Scotia’s world famous Cabot Trail, and meditate as you try the famous Pollett’s Cove, and Squash Camp.

Pleasant Bay is home to a range of wildlife such as moose, foxes, bears, coyotes, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks, lynx, martins, and hummingbirds, eagles, hawks, owls, and puffins. Pleasant Bay is the whale watching spot of Atlantic Canada. Humpback, fin, pilot, orca, right, blue and beluga whales, dolphins, tuna and sun fish, crabs and lobsters are found in the area. 

So it should be understandable that I would choose such a setting for my novel Between the Worlds. I grew up there and we have family crown land. I love the spot for its rustic quiet beauty. I set the story in the winter season because it is still beautiful and also isolated, and hard to leave. The roads get covered with sheets of ice, making leaving safely very difficult. It added tension to the story. In the winter, pack ice covers the ocean where seals give birth. The ice packs hit each other. I like to listen and watch. You can go snowshoeing, long meditative walks, watch the white rabbits hop in the woods, and then curl up with tea in front of a raging fire at the wood stove. I love the scent of the smoke from the wood stove and the old world feel. I love gathering wood, storing it, and listening to the sharp chirrups of squirrels. There is nowhere else for me to be. 

In today’s crazed rat race materialistic society, its hard for some people to get to escape and hear themselves think and clear their heads. I am grateful for what I have and I consider myself fortunate. I have many good memories of my time there. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Links:

http://www.cliffwaters.ca/index.html

http://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/whale-interpretive-centre/1576

 

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Book Trailer – Between the Worlds

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Merry Meet All,

I’ve created my first ever book trailer of my novel and I’m impressed with it. I hope you are too!! Enjoy. 

https://animoto.com/play/bHhCMh2f6Y1GzOdcX6qcPQ

 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Story

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Merry meet all,

I am proud to announce that I won a contest to have my entire paranormal novel edited for free!! I receive the edits before Yule. I just have to sit tight and wait for the editor to edit the novel and for me to make the appropriate changes. 

I am waiting in addition to that to hear if I pass muster to make it into the Writers Federation mentorship. My novel sample is under consideration there. This would be a huge step forward for me. I am crossing my paws that I make it. 

In the meantime, I am currently working on a proposal for the ms if I don’t get into the Mentorship and then would be able to market it to publishing companies. My poem Over a Blood Moon is slated to be published in the Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine and the editor interviewed me. I just completed reading and reviewing two successful amazing pagan titles for Moon Books. Moon Books published a book titled Naming the Goddess, a devotional gazetteer and my essay titled ‘Sedna: The Inuit Sea Goddess’, which was originally published in Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine, is in the book. Circle magazine reprinted my essay about Persephone in their latest issue. Essential Herbal magazine published an article of mine about herbs as gifts for well being for the holiday season. I am not bragging, just trying to show you all what I’ve been up to. 

I was busy this Samhain, carving pumpkins, brewing mulled cider, baking breads, attending an awesome herb workshop and public Samhain ritual, and attempting a botched dumb supper in honor of those who passed before me. I was a Corpse Bride this year. I froze and perhaps that was appropriate. October 31st happened so fast I don’t know how I breathed. I made a botched orange pillar candle that smells like pumpkin spice. 

I’ll include the link to the upcoming and sure to be exciting Winter issue of Eternal Haunted Summer ezine when it launches! I was reading the ‘Penguin Book of Witches’ and at first reading, found the book to be so witch-bashing. Now I’m not so sure. I think it is an excellent historic account of the witch trials in Europe and Salem. I want to buy the book again and reread it. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-Book-Witches-Katherine-Howe/dp/014310618X Read it and decide for yourselves. 

I hope you all had a magical and devilishly delightful Samhain!!

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch 

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