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Winter Solstice

Yule woods

Merry meet all,

It’s December 1st. I have just put up my tiny tree and downloaded Yule tunes. The arrival of the month of December puts me in the mood for Yule. Winter Solstice is in 20 days. The moon is Waning Crescent currently and is in Scorpio Void of Course. 

Winter Solstice is the time when the days are shortest and the nights are longest. The Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky at noon. After the 22nd, the days begin getting longer. 

Winter inspires joy and sadness in people. Some people enjoy sking and curling in front of the fire. Others dread winter for the cold and the depression they suffer during the season. 

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words “sun” and “to stop” because the Sun stops in the sky. The solstice days are the times with the least amount of sunlight in the sky. 

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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Mabon Crafts

autumn scene

Merry meet all,

Yesterday I was out on a walk on the nature trail behind my apartment. I selected a few colourful leaves and brought them home. I also brought home a fallen branch about 16 inches long. I cleaned the leaves and the branch. I chopped up paraffin wax and added it to a double boiler. I let the wax melt and added the leaves, one at a time. I removed the leaves once the leaves were coated in wax. I let them dry on wax paper. The leaves will look glossy and last a long time. I kept the leaves in the wax paper and put them in my Book  of Shadows. 

I put the branch aside and let it dry. I plan to make a bat mobile with the branch. I plan to paint the branch black with craft paint and cut out bats using a template from black bristle board and hole punch each bat. Then I will string the bats onto the branch. It is a lot of work but it is fun to do. I leave my black bat mobile hanging up all year. The bat mobile is a gift for some friends who I am going to visit for Samhain. 

I hope you are inspired by these two crafts and try them at home. Have a wonderful Mabon/ Samhain!!

And for all you horror fans out there, check out this trailer for the upcoming move Carrie. I plan to catch this flick!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dz2gdXP6Zs

Please still send in your short horror flash fiction stories!! I can’t afford to pay you but I am trying to come up with some prizes!!

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch 

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Countdown to Mabon

Channeling

Merry meet all,

A busy week is ahead for us. The Wheel of the Year blew in rustic colourful leaves, pumpkins, and a crisp chill in the air. I love autumn equinox as much as any other Witch. So let’s get ready. 

Fall is the most magickal time of year. I squealed when I saw large pumpkins in the bins in the grocery store. I couldn’t help it. It was like a confirmation that fall had truly arrived. The Harvest Moon shines luminously on the 19th. Mabon occurs on September 22nd. We get a harvest moon and harvest celebration in one week. I plan to be prepared. I may still have to scoop out slugs from my pots but my small lawn is now spotted with fallen fiery leaves. The Sun enters Libra on the 22nd. The Libra sign represents balance, harmony and friendship. The autumn equinox is when day and night are divided equally. 

Now is a good time to give thanks for your herb garden and crops. You may also acknowledge that the earth is dying back and preparing itself for the cold harsh winter. The petals on the Black Eyed Susans and coneflower are dying back. The beautiful velvety seed heads mature on the stems. I plan to save some seeds from them to plant in the spring. 

Plan a nice meal with wine, cider, natural bread, squash or pumpkin soup, cheese, and grapes. Invite friends or your coven members over to share the meal. Remember to offer thanks to your deities of choice and to the fairy spirits in your garden who protected and helped your garden grow. Enjoy the magical bounty of Mabon. 

Up next; Ways to celebrate Mabon

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Yule Crafts

Merry Meet All,

Yule is a magical time of year. Trees adorn our homes and shimmering snowflakes drift by the windows. The chilly nights force us indoors, when families and friends share in festive fun. This article will show you how to make Yule crafts for gift ideas and decorations.

YULE INCENSE
Here is a Yule incense recipe to share with friends. You can feel free to adapt it to your needs.

Mix together the following ingredients: Juniper berries, cedar, pine resin and needles, mugwort, cinnamon, rosemary and bay laurel leaves. Blend them together, stirring deosil (clockwise), and send positive vibrations into the incense. Decide whether you want the incense mixture to be made into sticks and cones, or as loose incense. Fill a shallow pot with water and add your herbs to the water. The herbal simmering potpourri will make your home smell beautiful.

As you blend the ingredients, focus on your intent. The wintry scent evokes aromas of a cold December night. You can use it during a ritual or to purify prior to a ritual. Measure carefully and store the incense in a sealed and dry glass jar. Never store herbs in a damp jar or the herbs will mold. Label and date the jar. Keep out of sunlight. Store in a clean jar and tie a ribbon or raffia around the lid. “Other ingredients to add are: dried orange peel, cloves, allspice, elder berries, holly, or lemon zest.

YULE CONES
Pinecones make great ornaments. Go on a nature walk to find some pinecones and acorns. Clean the cones and acorns, remembering to thank the trees for sharing their seeds. Rinse the pinecones under cold running water and put them on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for twenty minutes. The pinecones open up and the bacteria die. The sap dries and leaves a pretty sheen on the pinecones.

Last year at Yule, I painted a pinecone with silver paint and sprinkled the cone with silver glitter. The pinecone looked beautiful. Alternatively, you can put pinecones once coated with clear paint or glue, and silver glitter, into a Ziploc bag and shake the cones. Allow the cones to dry, tie a ribbon onto the pinecones, and place on your tree or a mantle to grace your home with rustic beauty and fragrance.

CINNAMON STICK BUNDLES

Bundle a few cinnamon sticks with a pretty ribbon or twine. Tie a bow and a loop at the top. Glue on pine or dried flowers, and sprigs of holly. Tuck the stems under the holly and use as a tree ornament.

YULE SACHETS
Use a four-inch square of festive fabric. In the center, put a tablespoon of a scented herbal mixture. See the incense recipe above for inspiration. Bring the ends of the fabric together. Tie the ends with ribbon or twine, making a pouch with the herb mixture inside. Tuck a sprig of holly or a cinnamon or pine into the twine or ribbon.

YULE EPSOM SALTS MIX
The holidays can be stressful with relatives visiting and holiday shopping. The best gift for a friend is one that relieves stress. Here is an Epsom salts mix to reduce the stress of the season.

You will need the following: a large clean stainless steel bowl, a spoon, a measuring cup, a jar, a ribbon, cardstock (for label tags), sea salts, peppermint essential oil, and a candy cane, Epsom salts, and glycerin.

Empty the Epsom salts into the mixing bowl. Add the sea salts. Stir in the glycerin and add six drops of the essential oil. Focus on your intent as you mix the ingredients. As you stir deosil, add your energies to the mixture. Stir until blended. Add the salts to the jars carefully. Create a tag for the jar and attach to the jars. Tie a ribbon around the jar and tie on a candy cane. Peppermint is zesty and invigorating, and evokes memories of Yule in the country.

You can also put some sea salts into a separate bowl and add food coloring. As you put the Epsom salts and sea salts into the jar, alternate between the Epsom salts and the red sea salts to add color to the mixture.

These crafts are easy to do and affordable. I hope you enjoy these crafts and that you have a merry Yule season.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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