Spring Roots

Merry meet all,

I hear the wind howl outside. I attended an Ostara Rit last night. The sky is overcast and low, like  a funeral shroud. The branches appear bare but tiny buds show promise. Snow stubbornly rests on the earth. Time will tell if March goes out like a lamb.

I shared the photos I took of the Camp Hill Cemetery with the Horror Writers Association for their monthly newsletter. I will include some of them here. The crows guarded something, I thought it was a baby crow out of the nest but saw no young avian. The headstones were old and some new, some barely poking out of the ground. I love visiting cemeteries. It is even better if they are truly old and full of character.

I’m still waiting for the book release date of Untimely Frost, a horror poetry anthology I am included in. I hope its soon. I can’t wait. I had to check the final copy of my poem in the book, yup, it looked great. I can’t wait for the release date. I can’t wait because this is my first poem that is traditionally published. I hope to have that experience again.

I made some incense cones yesterday. I used cinnamon, rose, lavender and patchouli. It is easy to make incense cones. I used water, gum arabic, and the herbs or spice. I mixed the ingredients with my mortar and pestle. You must blend everything together carefully. You want the mix to be like putty or dirt. You must knead a little and work it into a cone shape. Then you let them air dry. Give them as long as they need to dry, even a month. Lay them on their side too The cones can’t be too thick at the bottom in order to burn properly. I invite you all to try to make your own!! You might invent your own custom blend. People might ask you for your recipes!!

Incense is amazing. It can revitalize you or unstress you. I love it for the guaranteed beautiful aromas it offers. It is great for meditation or for while you shower. I also have a small chunk of beeswax and I haven’t decided what to do with that yet. Herbs are awesome for their stunning scents and are multipurpose. I can’t wait to get to work in my garden and I have been asked to create a garden at my fave witch shop. I can’t wait to get to do that too.

C’mon spring!!!!!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

Spring Equinox

Merry meet all,

Blessed Ostara!! Today marks the spring equinox. The weather today was beautiful, cool and sunny. I couldn’t have asked for more. I visited the local witch shop. I am always there. I took my broom with me to show it off. I baked cookies and watched the faery fabulous movie Maleficent. My windows are open to let in the spring energy. I am eager to plant more seeds.

Wse depart from the dark half of the year to the lighter half. Now the Goddess stirs and awakens. The Crone gives way to the Maiden and the God rises too, to plant seeds of new growth. I am excited to get to work on my garden once again. I have seedlings begun already.

I took photos of the graveyard recently. I shall soon share the pictures with the Horror Writers Association for their slideshow. I attended a wonderful memorial service for an acquaintance. I enjoyed the whole evening of the service, feast and the after party. The crows were agitated in my neighborhood prior to the service. I can’t help but wonder if it was another message. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up for me to visit the cemetery more often. I guess  bringing coffee in a thermos will suffice. I shall try again tomorrow to write more horror poetry.

I wish you all a wonderful Ostara. Blessings to all

Spiderwitch

Unleashed

Merry meet all,

 I recently took my cat to the vet. That was one of those things I thought I didn’t need to do. It’s not that my cat doesn’t need care, I am just money tight. But now she is fine and feline fancy!!

Our local witch shop, Neighborhood Witch. just reopened in the new space. Wow It is so magickal, beautiful and stunning. I love the new space. I am so happy for Pamela who is truly realizing her dream. If  you are in Halifax, then you should definitely head on over. She has an online website too!! The shop can be found on Facebook.

I bought a fancy black fan there, awesome bath bombs, and beautiful candles. It is worth the shopping trip. There is something for everyone. You can sit by the fire, read, or check out herbs, oils and candles. I love the store and the staff are extremely friendly.

I ordered a sewing pattern in the mail. The pattern is from Simplicity and it is inspired by Amy Brown. I will have a great time sewing this pattern. I already have a beautiful fairy costume and I want to stay with a purple theme. That way I can mix and match the pattern pieces. I will get more bang for my buck by staying with purple. The shawl is purple, the besom is purple and the costumes are going to be purple. I glanced at the fabrics at my fave haunt, Fabricville. There was not a lot of choice for purple fabric. I shall try again though. This will be ready for spring. I am excited to get started. I also have plenty of cute purple fabrics for scraps. They can still be useful.

I read a great book I highly recommend. The book is titled Witch- Unleashed, untamed, unapologetic by Lisa Lister. Women really need to read this empowering candid book. I plan to reread it till the pages fall out. The book will empower you and make you feel great. It is about reminding you that it is ok sometimes to put yourself first and to practice healthy self-care. Don’t let the dark book cover scare you off. Read it. Find your inner witch and let her out!!! No apologies to anyone.

The dark half of the year gives way to the lighter half. I am excited to soon get to work in my garden! I already spotted baby sprouts coming up. The Goddess is stirring and the sun changed direction. March is the month of spring equinox. Daylight Savings Time occurs this month too. I hope you all have plans for Ostara. I want to dye eggs and search for sprouts.

Blessings, Spiderwitch