Tuesday, July 11, 2017

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway Winner

The winner of the 3 Year Anniversary Giveaway is...

Dana from Wisconsin!


Congratulations and thank you again to all my readers who make this blog possible!

A Guide to Amazon Prime Day for Witches and Pagans 2017

I'm sure at this point most of you are aware today is Amazon Prime Day, but did you know there are lots of pagan items on the list of Prime deals?! Now, this isn't a complete list, but it's a pretty good start. Unfortunately some of the deals are done, so I didn't bother posting them. The essential oil diffusers sold out before I realized Prime Day had begun! So sad, but hopefully they will have more available later. As of right now, here is a list of upcoming and current Prime deals for witches and pagans.

Sound Healing for Beginners: Using Vibration to Harmonize Your Health and Wellness ended

Intuition for Beginners: Easy Ways to Awaken Your Natural Abilities ended

Glass teapot with infuser for blooming and lotus leaf tea ended

Hiware Good Glass teapot with stainless steel diffuser and lid 100% claimed

Majestic Pure Lavender Essential Oil 100% claimed

Radha Beauty Aromatherapy 6 Essential Oils 100% claimed

Radha Beauty Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Natural Himalayan Hand Carved Salt Lamp 100% claimed

Tree of Life Necklace  100% claimed

Hardcover Dotted Notebook in Black ended

Majestic Pure Lemon Essential Oil ended

Angels for Beginners: Understand and Connect with Divine Guides and Gaurdians ended

Crystals for Beginners: A Guide to Collecting and Using Stones and Crystals ended

Bringing the Tarot to Life: Embody the Cards Through Creative Exploration ended

Court Cards for Beginners: Bring Clairty to Your Readings ended

Mythology: The Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Ancient Greece 100% claimed

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials) ended

Table Tipping for Beginners: A Time-Honored Way to Talk to Spirits ended

PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser  ended

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook  ended

InnoGear Real Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Best Blends Set of 6 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil ended

Viva Naturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

VicTsing 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser 100% claimed

Eucalyptus Essential Oil from Majestic Pure ended

Pentalic Sketch Book, Hardbound ended

PureSpa Deluxe Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser ended

Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

Organic ​Darjeeling​ Black Tea Leaves​ from Himalayas ended

SMAGREHO Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp 100% claimed

PureSpa Natural Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser ended

NexGadget 400ml BPA Free Ultrasonic Wood Grain Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser ended

Pendulum Magic for Beginners: Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom ended

Astral Projection  for Beginners: Six Techniques for Traveling to Other Realms ended

Silpada Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper and Howlite Stretch Bracelets ended

Natural Citrine & White Topaz Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver  ended

Eternal Tree of Life Simulated Turquoise Brass Beads Long Necklace ended

Rhodium-Plated Sterling Silver Celtic Tree of Life Pendant Necklace 100% claimed

Sterling Silver Tree of Life Earrings 100% claimed

Aura Cacia Essential Oil Discovery Kit ended

SMAGREHO Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp Night Light  ended

Oak Leaf Essential Oils Diffuser ended



Please note some these items are upcoming Prime deals while others are no longer avialable. I will update as I see more deals become available.

Monday, July 3, 2017

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Yay! Today the blog is officially 3 years old! I have been planning this giveaway since before I even started Flying the Hedge, sort of as a way to simply keep me blogging for more than a couple years. Haha! I have had a number of blogs through the years, but this one is especially important to me and holds a very special place in my heart. I see this as something I will continue to do throughout the years. I hope I never run out of stuff to talk about.

So, to say thank you to all my readers out there, I put together some of my favorite witchy items just for you! No, this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone. I went out and purchased these items out of my own pocket to say thank you. That's how much you guys mean to me. So what am I giving away?

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Start and End Dates

July 3rd through July 5th at 12pm (noon) EST

The Prize

This giveaway box includes:
1 sage bundle
1 pentacle crystal pouch
4 crystals- amethyst, black tourmaline, rose quartz, and malachite
1 pentacle necklace
1 Cleansing candle by
1 Lavender Moon soap by
1 Attracts Money incense

The total value of this package is over $50.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Who Can Enter

You must live in the United States to enter. I'm sorry everyone outside the US, but shipping costs outside the US are expensive.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.

How To Enter

All you have to do is fill out a quick form on Google. I went with Google Forms over Rafflecopter because, well, Google Forms is free and really easy to use.


One entry per person. If you enter more than once, you are disqualified.
Winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

When + How the Winner Will be Notified

I will contact the winner via email on July 5th.
Once I have heard back from the winner, I will also post on the blog announcing the winner (first name only of course).

Delivery

Package will be shipped by me via UPS, USPS, or FedEx with a tracking number to ensure arrival. I will send package out as soon as I receive the winner's shipping address. Please note I have to leave to help care for my grandmother on July 6th. This is an unexpected trip, but I will be bringing the package with me to ensure it is sent out ASAP.

3 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Thank you again for reading and helping me build this blog over the past three years. I appreciate each and everyone of you!

 


Remember, the giveaway closes July 5th at noon (12:00 pm) EST
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup

Prior to going to Washington DC last week (yes, I took another trip!) I finished Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup. This book discusses shamanic journeying, including how to access the Otherworld, the foundations of journeying, and briefly introduces soul retrieval and shadow work. It takes a very "love and light" perspective on shamanic journeying, combining traditions from around the world into one modern, practical form.

The book is broken up into four parts: background and instruction, shamanic worldview, advanced practices, and personal stories and experiences. The first part of the book is by far the most helpful in my opinion. It discusses, step-by-step, how to access the Otherworld, what you will find in each realm, how to enter an altered state of consciousness using drumming, and how to meet your animal, spirit, and ancestral guides. If you are looking at how to shamanic journey or even hedge ride (please note these are two different things), the first part is where you should focus. I found her instructions helpful and easy to follow, whether you are just learning or have been journeying or hedge riding for years. I always like to read about how others enter the Otherworld, and her version of accessing the different realms actually made it easier for me to hedge ride. Part IV, Weatherup's personal experiences, was also a beneficial read. As I mentioned, I enjoy reading about other people's experiences in the Otherworld, and I found her stories to be inspiring. It also provides the reader with a better guide on how some things may occur when you travel. Unfortunately, this is all I can really say in favor of the book. I ended up being disappointed after it started out so strong.

Book Review: Practical Shamanism: A Guide for Walking in Both Worlds by Katie Weatherup


Parts II and III were love and light fluff. Part II, shamanic worldview, reminded me a lot of Wicca. Weatherup comes off as a wee bit preachy in regards to being in "right" with the universe, meaning you basically embrace the love and light philosophy. However, the section on shadow work in part III was somewhat redeeming in that Weatherup encourages the reader to embrace ALL aspects of themselves, including the pieces we think are "bad." However, she spends the rest of the book basically reciting the harm none mantra found in Wicca. I am doubting ancient shamanic rituals involved such a custom. Furthermore, after her wonderful step-by-step instructions in Part I, Weatherup gives up trying to walk you through how to do things like soul retrieval and shadow work and instead tells the reader to ask their guides for directions. She uses a quick little story to explain how she does soul retrieval for other people, but not how one would go about doing it for themselves. I understand that everyone has different experiences while journeying or hedge riding, and that you should ask your guides for assistance when doing such work, but this is supposed to be an introductory guide to shamanic journeying, and soul retrieval and shadow work are foundations in that practice. She also mentions helping souls move on, but doesn't explain how the process works. There is very little explanation of how and why things occur, and the constant love and light attitude followed by "ask your guides" really turned me off to the majority of the book.

Overall I give the book 3 stars. If you are looking into shamanic journeying or even hedge riding, the first part is worth the couple of bucks you'll pay for a used copy on Amazon. If you are looking for a book on shadow work and soul retrieval, go else where. If you are into the love and light movement, then you will also benefit from this book. In fact, you'll likely love it.

So what have you guys been reading lately? I am open to suggestions! Please leave them in the comments below!


Under Construction

Apparently Photobucket changed their policies, and I did not realize it so all of my images no longer work. I have been using their site since, oh, I donno, the early mid 2000s, so this sucks. They want $400 a year to host my images. Yeah...no. So I am going to be spending the next couple of days uploading the photos onto Blogger itself. The reason I stopped doing that is because this account is linked to my phone and all of the pictures were showing up on my phone, which is the last thing I want. This is going to take an excessive amount of time to correct, so please hang in there while I attempt to fix this!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Herbarium: Belladonna

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Belladonna. Includes FREE BOX page.

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Saturn
Element: Water
Powers: Astral Projection, Divination
Magical Uses and History: Belladonna is probably one of the most famous herbs among witches. Sometimes referred to as Deadly Nightshade or Dwale (coming from the Scandinavian dool meaning "sleep"), the name Belladonna originates from the Latin bella-donna, meaning "beautiful lady" as the Romans prized this plant for its unique cosmetic properties. Belladonna synthesizes atropine, an alkaloid which is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream. Upon entering the bloodstream, it produces a number of symptoms. According to an old saying, Belladonna causes anyone exposed to feel "hot as a hare, blind as a bat, dry as a bone, red as a beet, and mad as a hen." Among these symptoms is dilation of the pupils, which the ladies of the Roman aristocracy appreciated. Belladonna juices were distilled and dropped into the eyes to enlarge the pupils, causing the eyes to appear large, dark, and appealing. It is well documented that enlarged pupils are a sign of sexual arousal and attract the opposite sex, thus Belladonna was used by Roman women to attract men. However, unless the dosage was just right, using Belladonna would often produce a glassy, staring appearance as the pupils would be mostly immobile.

Due to its narcotic nature, Belladonna was ritually used to encourage astral projection and to aid in producing visions. Priests of Bellona, the Roman goddess of war, would often drink an infusion of Belladonna prior to worshiping and invoking the goddess. However, Belladonna not only stimulates the nervous system, it paralyzes it, making it extremely dangerous.

According to ancient myths, Belladonna belongs to the devil who tends to it all year except on Walpurgis when he prepares for the witches' sabbath. Another derivation comes from the plants generic name, Atropa, which is derived from the Greek Atropos, the Fate that cuts the thread of human life. Both of these myths reference the plants deadly, poisonous nature.

Today, Belladonna is very rarely used. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous, especially the roots. Even today there are reports of accidental deaths associated with ingestion of this nightshade. There are much safer alternatives on the market today to induce visions and aid in astral projection, so Belladonna is best avoided.

Belladonna can be used in a number of spells including (but I do no suggest its use):
     Astral Projection
     Divination

Medicinal Uses: Despite its toxic nature, modern medicine has derived atropine and scopolamine from the plant to treat aliments such as irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, stomach ulcers, Parkinson's Disease, motion sickness, and even pink eye. It can be used as a sedative and to stop bronchial spasms due to asthma and whooping cough. Furthermore, ointments containing Belladonna can be applied to joints or skin to reduce rheumatism and to fight nerve pain. It does so by blocking functions of the body's nervous system, thus aiding in reducing nervous system related issues. However, Belladonna is EXTREMELY TOXIC and unless prescribed by a licensed physician, should NOT be used under any circumstances. Side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, fever, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, spasms, convulsions, coma, and death. No part of the plant should be handled without gloves, especially if there is a cut or abrasion.

Preparation and Dosage: Do NOT attempt to prepare Belladonna on your own. Please contact your local, licensed physician for details on using Belladonna safely to treat the aforementioned aliments. If you wish to use Belladonna for astral projection or divination, I suggest using another herb such as Calea Zacatechichi (Mexican Dream Herb), Mugwort, or Blue Lotus.


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