Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 27

Today my good deed was for myself! My girlfriend, the one who's cat I was watching, bought me a gift certificate to get my nails done. It was an awesome hour of "just for me" time, and my nails look awesome!

Good Deed Project: Day 26

I brought a girlfriend a much need Diet Coke!

Good Deed Project: Day 25

I light a bunch of candles on the altar for people in need of healing, hope, and love.

Good Deed Project: Day 24

Sad to say that I am not aware of any intentional good deeds today. Having said that... I will also say that I didn't do any BAD deeds today either!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 20

Today I placed a Muses candle on the table to inspire all the Nanowrimo writers!!

Good Deed Project: Day 23

Today I bought everyone breakfast!!!

Good Deed a Project: Day 22

I knew a girlfriend of mine was having a frustrating day so I gave her a call and told the raunchiest joke I knew... Cause that's what friends do!

Good Deed Project: Day 21

I hate the idea of anyone going to bed hungry, so today I donated a box of food at Food Lion

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 19

I signed 13 Magickal Moons up to give Christmas gifts to 13 under privileged children!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 18

Today I spent a lot of time with a woman who was having a lot trouble at home.  Listening to her story brought up similarities I have had to face in my past and at the end of the conversation I felt good about everything I said and did.  

I don't know if I'll ever see her again but I hope she knows she and her daughters are in my thoughts and prayers.

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 17

For the last 5 days I have been feeding and hanging out with a girlfriend's cat.

What was your good deed?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 16

I created a Healing Book to add to the customer altar at the shop. 

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 15

Today I picked up the new PS4 (she prepaid for it) for a girlfriend of mine who is currently out of town performing her own Good Deed!

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 14

Today was a great day and provided many opportunities to perform good deeds. I took the time to listen to every people who came into the shop today. I made it a point to be as nurturing as I could possibly be!

What was your good deed?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 13

Gave a discount to a random customer!

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 12

Out of respect I won't share the details. But I helped a friend with a very personal issue.

What was your good deed?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 11

I had to go by Michaels to pick up a few things for the shop. The place was packed with shoppers, boxes were everywhere, and the checkout lines were looooong. As you can imagine, this did not make for pleasant conversation with other shoppers. Everyone had somewhere they had to be and no one felt like they should have to wait to check out. When it was finally my turn at the register I could tell the kid was frazzled and frustrated. I gave the kid my best smile and corniest joke and had him laughing by the time he handed me my receipt. 

What was your good deed?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 10

Today I picked up trash that didn't belong to me!

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 9

Today was my smile-at-everyone day. There were some people who were really responsive to my smile and friendly attitude and then there were some who looked at me like I was an alien.

What was your good deed?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 8

Today I added a few extra goodies to an internet order I was packaging. Wish I could see the customers face when she opens her package!

Good Deed Project: Day 7

I had to run out yesterday to pick up a few things for a graduation ceremony. When I left the house with my out-of-town guest, it was overcast but not raining. By the time we were getting ready to leave the grocery store it was raining. Wanting to protect her from getting wet, I walked to get the car and picked her up in front of the store.

What was your good deed?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 6

It's gingerbread season at Starbucks... my all time favorite drink. As I was ordering my drink (Venti decaf 3 pump gingerbread latte with whip... yum) I was thinking about my good deed for the day. What could I do? Hmmmm, decisions decisions. I decided to buy a Starbucks gift card and left it with the cashier telling him to give it to the next customer. 

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 5

I spent 45 minutes on the phone with a girlfriend so she could get a number of things off her chest. I didn't offer advice, judgement, or sympathy... I just listened.

What was your good deed?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 4

Today I spent a couple of hours answering questions on my other blog, Ask-A-Witch. For those of you who have read the AAW blog... you know why that counts as a good deed!

What was your good deed?

Good Deed Project: Day 3

I went to Safeway yesterday to pick up a few things for my oh-so-delicious dinner. While checking out, I pressed the $1.00 option for their breast cancer awareness donation. I almost always donate a $1.00 to whatever charity or organization the shops have going. Why? Because no matter how broke I am, how tightly I have to pinch my pennies, I can spare a dollar to help those less fortunate/sicker than me. 

Realizing this could be my good deed for the day, I asked the cashier if I could change my amount from $1.00 to $5.00. She seemed annoyed by my request, but told me yes she would have to cancel the original donation through her manager. Normally, I would have said never mind because I wouldn't want to hold up the line or make the manager come over, etc.  Instead I told her that would be great.

What was your good deed?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 2

About an hour after the shop opened yesterday, a little boy and his mom came in to look for some "rocks."  I was working on some candles and noticed the little boy was taking his time with the gemstones. Looking at each one, reading the descriptions, and choosing the "perfect ones" to add to his little bag.  Every now and then he'd ask me a question, but for the most part he just made his way through stones in silence.

About 45 minutes later he tells me that he is ready to check out. Together we head to the register and I asked him if he found everything he was looking for.  He said yes, he found the perfect rocks to add to his healing bag and he had been saving up his money for weeks to get them.

When he put his five perfect stones on the counter, along with his $5.00 bill, I knew immediately that he didn't have enough money. Let me tell you, that little boy has great taste in stones and picked semi expensive stones to boot. Amazingly enough, as I rang him out, the register came out to exactly $5.00... tax and all!

What was your good deed?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Good Deed Project: Day 1

A few weeks ago a girlfriend of mine, The Enchanted Life, and I decided to challenge each other to perform one good deed a day from November 1 to December 21. As I sit here to write this blog, I find myself wondering... What qualifies as a good deed? Does smiling and saying good morning to everyone I saw even though I was exhausted count? Does allowing numerous cars merge into my lane count? Is a good deed a good deed if I didn't spend any money to perform it? To me, a good deed is any action I perform which helps another person either mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, or financially.  The next 51 days should be a lot of fun!

Good Deed Day 1: This morning I decided to send energy and prayers to everyone who mentioned needing some type of healing to me in the last couple of weeks. 

What was your good deed?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

G is for God & Goddess

When we speak of Divine we are speaking of the All, the Everything.  Divine is where we are created and where we return at the end of our final reincarnation.  The Yin/Yang represents the two aspects of the Divine, the balance of feminine and masculine.   The Yin is black, dark, passive, encompassing and feminine.  The Yang is white, light, forceful, penetrating, and masculine.   The Yin is form, the bowl, whereas the Yang is force, the water pouring into the bowl.

Yin is the loving mother who opens her arms to receive the embrace of her children.  Her towering strength allows her to remain open, accepting, and allowing.  The Yin represents the subconscious mind and the moon.  Yin is the Goddess.

Yang is the father; assertive, enlightening, and dynamic.  He is the spark that ignites a fire, the initial impulse that arouses us to take action.  The Yang represents the conscious mind and the sun.  Yang is the God.

As you can see, the Yin/Yang is the ultimate symbolism of balance.  Black and White, Feminine and Masculine, Goddess and God; neither are more important than the other.

The Goddess is the female essence of Divine.   She is the Great Mother, the womb through which all life begins and returns.  She is a part of everything and She is everywhere. She is the Earth below us, the air above us, and the food and water we need to survive.   She is the destructive power that allows new life to grow; the fires and the tidal waves, the volcanoes and earthquakes.   She is always with us as we walk our spiritual path whispering encouragement in our ears. 

The Lady is often represented by three archetypes: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.  Exploring these representations can increase our understanding of the Goddess.

The God is the male essence of Divine.   He is the Great Father, the external spark that gets life moving.  Like the Goddess, He is a part of everything and He is everywhere.  He is the fire keeping us warm.  He is the spirit in a group of men defending their homes.  He is the wise man.

The Lord is also represented by three archetypes: the Wild One, the Father and the Sage.  In these aspects, He represents the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.  

E is for Energy

E is for Energy because energy does exists and knowing how to use it will make your life better.  Your life force energy (chi or ki) is the energy which your body naturally produces.   Everywhere around us, through everything around us, we both send out and receive energy. Not only do you produce personal energy, but everything around you does as well, this includes animals, nature, vehicles, buildings, etc.  EVERYTHING is made of energy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

D is for demon

D is for demon because for whatever reason people come to me when they feel they have a demon problem. What do I look like... A Catholic priest?  Now don't get me wrong, I believe in demons, just not the "Christian" demons. 

I don't believe demons come from one source of evil like Satan. I  do believe that some people are so rotten inside, so nasty that when they die they maintain that personality. Just because someone is dead doesn't mean they suddenly become a good person, they don't suddenly become a good person/spirit.  Sometimes just for easy reference I refer to these nasty dead human/spirits as demons.

What bothers me the most is that it seems people refer to every spirit, whether positive or negative, as a "demon" and they usually want to banish said demon.  Before you banish a spirit living in your home ask yourself this... Are you freaked out by the spirit or are you afraid.  Being freaked out is normal... I mean feeling a spirit in the middle of the night is a little freaky... it's kind of like running into a stranger in your home.  Being freaked out usually means the spirit means you no harm and is only trying to find a way to communicate with you.  

There are a number of different ways that spirits communicate with us.  Here are a few of the most common ways:

  • Sudden un-explainable noises 
  • Wall tapping/banging
  • Doors opening and closing with no help or wind
  • Objects moving slightly or into other places
  • Animals staring at high places for no reason
  • Cold spots and/or chills
  • Out of place scents
So before you call Ghostbusters to get rid of your "demon" or "nasty spirit," ask yourself... are you freaked or afraid?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

C is for Curse

C is for Curse... not because I think I'm cursed, but because 25% of the people who come into my shop claim they have been.  It seems to me that people would rather blame a run of bad luck on a curse rather than make some serious changes in their life.

It's not that I don't believe in curses, I just don't believe that most people would take the time to do anything about it.  But just in case... below are a few tips and tricks to dealing with a curse!

Signs and Symptoms

Believe it or not, negative energy, curses, hexes, etc. all have signs and symptoms.  Below are a few of the most common signs.
  • Unbelievable bad luck.  Nothing works out the way it should
  • Constant nightmares, usually involving you fighting or defending against unknown forces
  • Fights and arguments with loved ones
  • Constant personal accidents like falling and bumping into things
  • Sudden illness that seem to last longer than normal, i.e. a cold that lasts for 6 weeks
  • Feeling “unclean” or “dirty”
  • Feelings of being watched
Gaining Control

The best weapon against negativity is counter magick, which consists of protective amulets, candle rituals, herbs and oils that help to remove curses and evil from your life, various psychic defense methods, bindings to render a sorcerer or sorceress powerless, spells to create a protective shield against attacks of black magick, spells to break hexes and curses, and spells that redirect the malevolent energy of a curse back to its sender.  If negativity energy seems to be surrounding you, or you feel that you have been cursed or hexed, the below are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.
  • Stay calm!  Fear helps curses to take effect and empowers negativity energy
  • Cleanse yourself and your sacred space
  • Carry bloodstone (absorbs negative energy), red jasper (returns negative energy to its sender), and clear quartz (magnifies the energy of other gemstones) on your person or place one of each on every window sill in your home
  • Hang a sachet of herbs and gemstones outside your door
  • Call upon your Gods to protect you and yours

Protective herbs

Agrimony     protection; returns hexes to their sender; promotes sleep
Angelica       sprinkle around the house to ward negativity; protection; divination
Betony         burn at Litha for purification; protection; to be rid of nightmares (put in a pillow under your own pillow); to send away despair (sprinkle around doors and windows); psychic awareness
Birch            protection; purification; wards negativity
Blackthorn    returns evil to the sender
Borage         tea aids psychic powers; carry leaves for protection
Burdock       wards negativity, purifies, protects (can be used in washing floors or wear the dried root strung on red thread)
Carnations   protection; altar offering for the Goddess; strength
Comfrey       root or leaves for healing; carry for safe traveling
Cumin          prevents theft; burn for protection
Dill               seeds draw money; leaves for protection; flowers for love
Fennel          protection; sacred to the God; hung over doors at Litha
Ferns           burn indoors for protection; outside for rain
Feverfew      wards sickness; wards accidents in travel
Heather       protection
Marjoram     love; protection; wealth 
Mint             protection; prosperity; altar offering for helpful spirits 
Mugwort       divination; protection
Mullein         protection; divination; health; courage
Mustard        health; protection; fertility
Parsley         purification; protection
Rosemary     burn for purification; wards negativity; protection; love; health; grown to attract elves; blessing; consecration
Rue              blessing; consecration; protection; use in altar oil; health
Sage            protection; wisdom; health
Vervain        gather/burn at Litha; altar offering; love; purification; draws riches; creativity;           wards psychic attacks
Woodruff      add to Beltane wine to clear away barriers; protection; success; changes;      psychic awareness
Wormwood  POISONOUS   if burned, use in well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors; evocation; divination; scrying (stronger if combined with Mugwort) at Samhain; protection; sacred to the moon 
Yarrow         divination; love; happy marriage (a wedding bouquet); wards negativity; defense; protection; gather at Litha

Burn these herbs together for protection: Betony, Cumin, Ferns, Rosemary, Sage, Vervain

Protective Gemstones/Metals
  • Agate
  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Apache’s Tear
  • Calcite
  • Carnelian
  • Citrine
  • Cooper
  • Emerald
  • Garnet
  • Gold
  • Jasper
  • Jet
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Malachite
  • Moonstone
  • Obsidian
  • Ruby
  • Serpentine
  • Silver
  • Sunstone
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Tourmaline, Black
Protective Oils

Bergmont Oil: This oil can be used for protection and to manifest money, power and wealth.  A very powerful oil, not for the novice.

Dragon’s Blood Oil:  This oil is used for breaking the most stubborn of hexes since it is an herb of protection and exorcism.

Frankincense Oil: This is one of the oldest and most revered oils of all and one of the highest vibrations available today.  It is used extensively for protection,          purification and high magick.

Myrrh Oil:  Another of the oldest oils with the highest vibrations.  A favorite for centuries, it is used mainly for luck, healing, love, money and hex breaking.

Sandalwood Oil:  Same in meaning to Myrrh Oil.

Rose Oil:  An essential oil that is used for the protection of women and children.  It is the oil of the Great Mother Goddess.  Good for protection in magick.

Rue Oil:  Especially good for healing and protection, it is a magickal herb oil that will break hexes and restore good health and happiness.

  • Mix Angelica and salt and sprinkle it in the corners of your house
  • Carry Borage leaves
  • Soak Burdock root in the water you use to wash your floors
  • Wear Burdock root strung on red thread
  • Carry Comfrey for safe travel
  • Grow Foxglove in your garden
  • Hang a witch ball (glass ball with strands inside it) in the windows of the house
  • Hang a broom in your house
  • Hang a horseshoe over the door

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

B is for Baby

On December 29, 2012 I gave birth to the most beautiful and perfect little baby boy ever!  At 38 years old, I had long ago given up the idea of ever having a baby of my own and I was ok with that.  I am a truly blessed woman and was perfectly happy with my life. I have a loving husband, a successful business and school, and a family who loves me... what more could a girl ask for?

In May of last year I was stunned to find out I was pregnant.  I knew having a baby would change my life but I had no idea how much things would change... how much I would change.  I use to be a self-professed workaholic working 10 to 12 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week ... now I have to force myself to not only go to work, but to work while I am actually there.  

I am completely mesmerized by my little man.  I love watching him and I am so amazed by everything he does.  His smile lights up my entire universe and his tears break my heart.  I find myself just wanting to watch him so I can see what he'll do next. I love watching the peaceful expression on his face when he sleeps.


Updated:  I was so excited to go home last night that I didn't (a) edit what I wrote and (b) didn't finish writing this blog!

A is for Ask-A-Witch

Being the proud owner of 13 Magickal Moons and a practicing witch means I'm usually a human encyclopedia or personal counselor to almost every customer/client/student who walks into my shop.  Because of this I started the Ask-A-Witch (AAW) program as a way of reaching out to the Wiccan/Pagan community members who don't live in the Northern Virginia area.  Little did I know that AAW would take on a life of its own!

My girlfriend, Jennifer Wells, decided I needed to turn my simple email-your-questions-program into a blog... a popular blog with over 30,000+ views!  AAW receives questions from all over the world and currently has about a 4 week waiting period for responses to questions.

In my mind, AAW was going to be the Dear Abby for Wiccans/Pagans. I envisioned heart felt questions from serious minded practitioners.  I must have been living in an alternate reality because most of the time I open up a new question and think... WTF... seriously?

Dealing with crazy questions and stupid people is nothing new to me (read the upcoming April 6, 2013 post "F is for Freak") because I own a witch shop and many of my customers are... um... eccentric to say the least.  But the level of crazy and stupid I get on AAW is beyond my understanding. The only thing more mind blowing than the questions on AAW are the people submitting them.