Dwelling in the October Full Moon

I have survived another of my brother Charles’ birthdays without him.  And on a full moon, no less.  It has not been an easy day.  I wanted to podcast, but my quiet time was spent taking care of bills and trying to clean up the yard.

So many of my plants have died.  I lost the spider plant. And I don’t think the elderberry are going to make it either.  My wandering jew is good… yay for tiny miracles.  I finally got potting soil to transplant just as I watch things pass away.  Damn these brown thumbs.  Hoping to at least save some aloe, if nothing else.  I try to be a “green” witch, but it is just not my forte.  Heck, I am not even sure I have found my forte.

I am scheduled to lead a full moon ritual tomorrow…  what was I thinking?  I have looked up several ideas online, but nothing is really ringing true for me.  I suppose I will sleep on it tonight and look with fresh eyes in the morning.  Suggestions welcome, feel free to comment.  

I did find this image on exemplore.com that struck me:

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I like the idea of healing thru release.  Gonna sit with that for a bit.

In other news, I received the very first newsletter from Sanctuary Circle via snail mail today… so good to get real mail!  My favorite tidbit from the newsletter is this:  “Long ago, witches would give acorns to one another as a secret way of identifying oneself as a witch. As fruits of the oak, a sacred tree, they are symbols of protection, fertility, growth, and friendship.”

Mahalo.

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Sickness, The ScareFest, and another death

Greetings.  My apologies for being gone so long and staying so quiet.  I got a nasty head cold with stomach virus that is hanging on for week two and have just not had the energy to do much more than bare existence.  Blog, podcast, outings, and even church has been skipped because either I just couldn’t pull myself up out of the sickness or I was pointedly avoiding making others sick.  Yay.  Also, take note that NyQuil and its generic forms are not always good to mix with other medications.  I have been in a funk from being sick and then it jumped to full blown depression when I added medications to my regular routine. No Bueno, really.

Thankfully, I pulled my bootstraps up enough to try to enjoy The ScareFest, a Halloween Expo and Horror convention, that takes place in downtown Lexington.  This, of course, involved much Mucinex, handkerchiefs, and hand sanitizer.  (I have washed my hands raw the past week.)  Despite being ill, I had a blast.  ScareFest is more fun than scary.  This was my first time there.  Please click the link and check out all the details.  (Pictures under the cut.)

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What are you reading this week?

Ebooks and audio books count!

I am starting with classics. Here you will find a list of classics that have been banned or challenged: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics.

I have a hold on The Great Gatsby audiobook, and was successful in checking out Ulysses by James Joyce. Those were the two of the top ten I had not read yet, so starting there. I have read many of the top ten and would like to finish out those before exploring other banned or challenged books. 

Happy reading… Autumn is a great time to snuggle up and expand our minds after a long day.

Mahalo. 

Merry Mabon 2017

Sending love into our world as the Wheel turns to Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere). Happy Ostara to my Southern hemisphere readers and friends.

Lady Lilith led us in our ritual.

Better view of the altar.

How did you observe this Quarter?  Live in peace and joy as we approach the final harvest time and brace ourselves for the trials and celebrations of Winter.

Mahalo. 

Words to live by

Maybe a motto? The Ladies of the Midnight Hour gave me these words tonight, “By tooth and claw“. Probably something I am remembering from tv or a book, but it rings truth to me.

Mahalo.

[Edit:  Literary origin seems to be Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “In Memoriam”.]

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed