Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lammas Altar 2017

Lammas Altar 2017

This post is only how many weeks late? That's okay though; sometimes life gets in the way. Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first of the harvest festivals, specifically celebrating the harvesting of wheat. Because of this, I centered my altar around wheat and the first fruits of the harvest, as well as reds and yellows to represent the still powerful sun.

Lammas Altar 2017

On the left I have my ever-standing representation of the feminine aspect, the Earth. She is where all our food is harvested from, making her the perfect addition to this sabbat's altar. Next to her is a loaf of bread, representing abundance and new growth. Bread is also a customary dish for Lammas, which translates to loaf mass, as wheat is the number one crop harvested during this time.

Lammas Altar 2017

In the center is a bouquet of sunflowers in yellows and oranges mixed with wheat. Sunflowers represent the sun, balance, and fertility. Mixed in with the sunflowers is wheat, the crop harvested at this time, which symbolizes fertility as well. Furthermore, wheat also represents abundance and charity, as Lammas is a time to celebrate with others and give back to our communities. Next to the flowers is my horn, representing the masculine aspect, specifically the sun, as well as fertility.

Lammas Altar 2017

In front of the flowers is a centerpiece of fruits and fall leaves with a red candle in the center. These fruits represent the fruits of the first harvest, fertility, abundance, and prosperity. The red candle symbolizes the Sun and masculine energy that aids in the ripening of said fruits.

Lammas Altar 2017

Lammas Altar 2017

On either side of the center piece are several crystals. On the left are two carnelian crystals representing the sun, citrine for prosperity, moss agate for fertility and abundance, and tiger's eye for abundance and prosperity.

Lammas Altar 2017

At the very end of my altar in my terrarium is salt and a candle. This combination represents the hearth where bread is baked and consumed. It also represents the element Fire and Earth which combine to produce the food we eat during this harvest festival.

Lammas Altar 2017

Draped around the back of the altar is a vine of ivy, representing abundance, grapes, representing fertility and abundance, and wheat, representing fertility.

Lammas Altar 2017

Spread throughout the altar are several candles and lanterns representing the sun and light which still predominates this time and helps ripen fruit, vegetables, and grains. The Sun is particularly important during this festival in combination with the Earth as they work together to produce a bountiful crop prior to winter.

Lammas Altar 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Lammas. I honestly missed it, but hopefully next year will be better. I am taking time to be thankful for what I do have, and sometimes that means putting some things, however important, on hold for a short period. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer as it wanes and fall comes upon us.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Last month one of the best things to happen to me was receiving this little box of joy. Unfortunately I didn't do anything for the New Moon last month, but I am still thrilled with the box of goodies I received and will use them in future rituals.

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Upon opening this box, I noticed some things were different. This time instead of a letter I received a card with all the of the information I needed. This card was much nicer than the letter from the month before, showing that the creators of this box are evolving. It was beautifully designed and well-organized. The front of the card gave the correspondences for the New Moon in Leo while the back explained a little bit about the New Moon and the solar eclipse, the contents of the box, including prices, a New Moon mantra, and where to find ritual ideas on their blog.

Nova Luna Box Review: AugustNova Luna Box Review: August

Next I withdrew the candle. This month's candle smelled of roses, sage, violet, damiana, honeysuckle, and jasmine. When burned, the candle smells mostly of roses and filled my entire house with the smell of early summer and love. Embedded in the top were pieces of onyx and clear quartz for amplify and aid in transformation and new beginnings.

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Wrapped up in beautiful celestial tissue paper next to the candle was an herb bundle from Broad Street Collective. There is no mention on the card which herbs are included, but after doing a bit of research I found the bundle contained cedar, sage, and rose. From looking at it, I believe it may also contain lemon grass. While it smells amazing prior to being burned and looks nice, it doesn't smell too pleasant when burned. Furthermore, it doesn't want to smoulder as other herb bundles typically do. This will be a toss-in-the-fire type of bundle for future use. With the herb bundle came a pack of matches. I have to say, as a witch obsessed with candles and smoke, you can never had too many matches!

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Underneath every thing was probably my favorite item, a cloth crystal grid from Crystal Grids. I have been researching crystal grids and have even been thinking about designing my own wooden ones to sell. This was a pleasant surprise and a sign that I need to continue down this path. Accompanying the crystal grid was a clear quartz tower and 4 carnelian crystals. Unfortunately I had to figure out on my own which of the stones I had. The card mentions I could have received any of the following: Blue Chalcedony, Carnelian, Citrine, Mookaite Jasper, or Sunstone. I have to say, I am disappointed I did not receive blue chalcedony or mookaite jasper. However, to the untrained witch, carnelian, citrine, and sunstone all look very similar, which could lead to confusion. It would be been nice if the card had indicated which crystals I received or if the creators had limited it to a one crystal option. The quartz crystal tower is quite stunning and makes a marvelous centerpiece for the crystal grid.

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Nova Luna Box Review: August

Overall, I am pleased with this month's box, with few exceptions. I look forward to seeing what next month holds for me.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Personal Update: August 2017

Hey everyone! Sooo...you may have noticed I haven't posted in a while. A lot has transpired over the past couple of weeks, some of which has been awesome and some of which has been, well, not so awesome. So, where to start?

First and foremost, my husband and I separated. After 7 years, he decided he didn't want to be with me anymore and left while I was out of town. I learned of this via text message while driving home. I would like to go on and rant and rave about everything that happened, but considering I want this divorce to go as quickly and smoothly as possible, I am going to keep my fat mouth shut for a little while longer. There is so much more involved in this situation than him just leaving, and maybe one day I will share it all with my readers. Needless to say the past couple of weeks have been incredibly stressful. I now have a mortgage, utilities, car payment, and student loan payments to make on my tiny teacher's salary. It this point in time I have no idea how I am going to make this work, but I will figure it out. I am strong and resourceful and know I will make it out of this better than before.

Despite all of this, there is some good news. My depression and anxiety are almost nonexistent. It took a couple of weeks, but boy do I feel a thousand times better. Its to the point where everyone, including friends, family, and coworkers, has noticed and commented on how much happier I am. Everyone at work has told me how much I have changed and opened up in the past couple of weeks; that I am joking and laughing whereas before I would have been sullen and complained. The best part? They've all told me how much more they like the happy, joking me. Its a great feeling to be told I am loved for who I truly am instead of being told I am being "childish" or "too much" or "overly emotional." After I got over the initial shock of Jonathan leaving, I realized what I thought was just a chemical imbalance gone horribly awry was actually brought on by the stresses of my marriage. While I recognize I still suffer from depression, my symptoms are currently within my control. I can't even begin to describe how much better I feel. I lost a 155lb weight off my shoulders, and I have never been happier. Now if only I could lose the weight around my tummy and hips! That would make my year!

Also in good news, I got a new cat. When my husband left, he took both of our cats with him, much to my dismay. Before you cry foul, you need to know he got the cats shortly before we met so technically they are his and his alone. While I was devastated to lose both of them without any warning, I know they are with who they legally belong to. My parents were worried when I first came home to an empty house and took me to get a cat a day later. It was at a Petsmart adoption that I met Oscar Wilde, a 2-year-old grey tabby who is the most loving cat you have ever met. He was a gift from the Universe in my time of need. As soon as I walked up to the cat cages I looked at Oscar and said, "That's my cat. He's leaving with me today." My mom responded by telling me to actually read his tag and look at the other cats. Of course I did, but my gut instinct is ALWAYS right. I knew Oscar was mine and he knew I was his the moment we saw each other. He is the perfect cat for me, and I am thankful everyday my mom and dad forced me to get out of bed, take a shower, and go look at the animals available. They paid the adoption fees and helped me purchase a new litter box, cat food, and some toys.




Such a handsome boy isn't he? Apart from all of this, there isn't much else to share other than I am taking classes to get my gifted endorsement, which is time consuming to say the least. I've been super busy trying to put my life back together, at least financially, and just haven't felt like blogging. I've come home and watched The Office or hung out with friends. Not to worry though, I always come crawling back to this baby. I have a Nova Luna box review to post and my Lammas altar to show you guys. Hopefully I will get them out soon.

PS: I am still working on getting all the old posts up and running after the server stopped hosting my images. I promise I will get everything working soon!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Well, it is time for another pagan subscription box review! After Gaia Collective's Moon Box, I decided to try Nova Luna by Bella deLuna Designs, a box dedicated to celebrating the New Moon each month. I am excited to be able to celebrate the M oon cycle all month long with the help of these boxes. When I arrived home from my unexpected trip to Michigan, this little baby was waiting for me. I'm not going to lie, after some of the things that have happened this month, it was nice to have something come just for me. I love these little gifts each month.

Upon opening the box I was greeted by a Nova Luna card and a letter explaining the contents of the box. The card contained a list of the items included in the box and the value of each item. That's something new. Reading the prices let me know that I was getting more than I paid for which is a really great feeling. I didn't have to go searching for the prices myself as I have had to do for past boxes. The letter explained the New Moon in Leo, what to expect during this phase, a break down again of the price of each item, and a little bit about how to use each item during your New Moon ritual. The letter was informative and let the reader know where they could find more information. Unfortunately, there was no mention of where all the items came from, except for the tea. I'd like to know which businesses I am supporting.

Nova Luna Box Review: July 

Nova Luna Box Review: July

The next item I noticed was the celestial wooden tea nest from Moon Spoon. What a lovely surprise! I ADORE tea and this tea strainer is one I can use over and over and over again and easily clean. The strainer pops right out of the wooden base for easy cleaning. Furthermore, it contained directions on how to use it, so if you are unfamiliar with loose leaf tea, you'll have no problem using the strainer. The directions also listed the company, hence why I know it came from Moon Spoon.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Next to the strainer were two packages wrapped in starry tissue paper and bubble wrap. The longer of the 2 contained a tea from Luna Tea Co. The tea is called Citrus Dream and contains rooibos, orange peel, coconut, vanilla, and stevia leaf. According to the label the tea is an organic blend. Once brewed, the tea takes on a wonderful orange hue, perfect for the New Moon in Leo. The vanilla is strong and the subtle sweet of the stevia and coconut make for a delightful blend. Furthermore, I love that the tea came in a glass vial with a cork stopper. Once the tea is gone, this will make a great witchy bottle to store other herbs, feathers, and the like.

Nova Luna Box Review: July 

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

In the next package was an orange sachet containing a gemstone cage necklace and a cracked quartz crystal that was dyed purple. According to the information card that accompanied it, the tumbled quartz stones were heated at high temperatures to cause the cracking then dyed a bright color. It gives a very brief description of quartz amplifying the energy around it, but nothing more on the magical properties of the crystal. Honestly, I hate that it was dyed. While it looks neat, I would have preferred natural quartz. The necklace, however, it pretty great. The metal cage stretches well and will fit most medium to large crystals, making wearing any stone you have charged easily wearable. On top of it, you can change the crystal out easily without breaking it. The only downside is the string attached to it. It is silky and the knot will not hold up long term. I would put this on a metal chain, and plan to purchase one just for the cage.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

The last item I pulled out was the July 2017 New Moon candle. It contains lily, rose, fern, honeysuckle, marigold, sage, and carnelian. Not going to lie, it smells so amazing. The rose is strong, with subtle hints of marigold, lily, and honeysuckle. There are little chips of carnelian in the candle that can be saved for later use after the candle has been used up.

Nova Luna Box Review: July

Nova Luna Box Review: July

This New Moon in Leo is about moving forward, getting rid of things that are not a resounding yes, regaining confidence, and being creative. I look forward to releasing the negativity in my life and starting a new.

Overall I enjoyed this box and felt I got my money's worth. I look forward to seeing what the next two boxes have in store for me.

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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!