Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BOOKS - The Whole Story

Okay.. not really the whole story - but the entire book case


I have collected books on the craft since my late teens when my mom gave me my first fortune-telling book using a regular deck of cards. Over the years I've added the Time Life series, One Spirit collection as well as books by my favorite authors. I know some do not agree with the teachings of some of those authors, but I believe each has something to share in their writings. If I can be half the writer they are and impart even a bit of my wisdom later on, I will truly consider myself blessed.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Are there any you would like to see me feature here? I hope to be adding guests soon. 

Happy Reading!
Blessings
~Rain

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

TUESDAY TOOLS - The Altar


Still in need of a few things, but clean and presentable. This is a 2-shelf glass table I bought at Best Buy two years ago after having the studio completed. Glass, though man-made, is a composite of rock... sand, really. What can be more natural than rock, except for maybe wood.

When designing the studio (I did the floor plan myself thanks to Home Economics in the 10th grade) I knew I wanted my altar facing East. I have a beautiful 36" x 48" sliding pane window. Most days I receive an abundance of light first thing in the morning to bless the altar and the items  upon the space.

Below the table, I have an old steamer trunk that was my mothers. In fact, the jar on the back left is filled with dried roses from the day I sent her on her new-life journey, though I don't believe she has traveled far. I feel her with me often. I keep my larger, less -used items in the trunk. Everything else I keep in my vintage wardrobe. I'll be showing that lovely find soon.


Monday, March 26, 2018

TURN OF THE WHEEL - Ostara

Spring is trying to appear in the Ozarks. Our temperatures have been a roller coaster, right along with the weather patterns. Rain comes in spurts but when it rains - it pours. We are under a Flash Flood Advisory until Wednesday. 

I planted over 100 bulbs last fall. This is one of the beauties. I love the vibrant blue. There are also soft pink ones. 


As with every spring in our yard, I have an abundance of daffodils from previous owners. I call this set On Golden Pond as they are planted in a large grouping in the back yard. Of course, that means mowing around them until about mid-June when the leaves die back.

I've also done a major cleaning on and around my altar and bookcase. While I don't have everything in place yet, the area is looking much more presentable. I'll be sharing pictures tomorrow and Wednesday for short posts this week while I try to get everything on track. 

How does your garden grow? Or are you buried beneath mountains of snow? Stop in, pour a cup of tea and chat. I love visitors.

Blessings!
~Rain



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BOOKS - A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft




One of the things I've struggled with is every day practice. I will be the first to admit I have lots of things going on, but that's just who I am... activity is breathing for me. With the whole job thing last year, I made a promise to myself but more importantly to the Lord and Lady that I would step up and stir the cauldron on a more regular basis this year.

I also admit that while I follow Ms Deborah Blake on social media, we've known one another on-line for years and I belong to her writing group I somehow missed the release of the book I'm showcasing today. Then I received my newest book order catalog from One Spirit and saw this book of encouragement:


This book is exactly what it says... Everyday Witchcraft 366. The book begins on January 1 and walks you through a SIMPLE task anyone can do to stay connected with the craft. The coolest thing is, that you don't have to wait for January 1 to start. You can jump in anywhere and move your way through the 'year and a day' one step at a time. 

I had thought about waiting for Summer Solstice but didn't want to put off my journey. Instead, I've chosen today. Valentine's Day, The Day of Love.. and what better way to show love of self and love of  the Goddess then open the book to February 14 and begin.



For weeks, I've been wanting to start a 'common place' book but wasn't sure what I wanted to include. A common place book has been used for centuries as a way to document and preserve things we want to remember. Whether it be quotes, life lessons, snippets of conversation that speak to us, etc.

I've chosen THIS journal by Art Loft. The book is 5.5" x 8"  and contains 110 pages heavy enough for soft mixed media such as rubber stamping or colored pencils. I've dated the pages in the first two books. Each day will use a 2-page spread. I'll include art work complimenting that day's guide. In total, I'll fill three of these journals as I progress through the book. Periodically, I plan to share how my journey is going with you.

The directive for February 14 is a directive to open your heart to love with a simple candle and meditation spell. 

So today I open my heart to Love:

Love of the Lord and Lady
Love of my husband
Love of self

Your copy of A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft awaits:

AMAZON                      One Spirit

Thank you, Ms Deborah, for another way to encourage all of us to walk the path in this chaotic world.

Blessed Be

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WOLF MOON! - Gorgeous


What a way to ring in a new year! I'd been watching the moon since New Years Eve. The light radiated across the frozen earth of southcentral MO and in spite of the bitter 2* F last night I was compelled to step out onto the deck not once but three times to enjoy the glory of the Goddess. I feel she has blessed us with promise.

2018 is an even year, meaning if you believe in your great great great (and beyond)mother's predictions, this will be a very productive year. Plants should provide an abundance and anything we put our back into should reap more than we need. Plan to share your bounty and knowledge this year.

What are you hoping for in 2018? My word for the year is ACHIEVEMENT. I want to achieve so  much more than I did in the past couple of years. For the first time in a very long time I feel as if I'm finding balance. I'm hoping to complete some long-in-process projects as well as begin ones that have been on my mind for a long time.

Later this week I'll be sharing my plan to get my spiritual practice back on track.
One of the things I want to add to the blog this year is actual Book Reviews so if you have one coming out, please add me to your Reviewer's List. Know an author who's book you'd like me to review or have as a guest on the blog, please let me know using the contact form on the sidebar.

I look forward to being more organized, more on task, more productive and ACHIEVING many of my goals... As I ask, so mote it be.

Blessings
~Rain

Thursday, December 28, 2017

GOODBYE 2017 - WELCOME 2018!


As I walk into 2018 I am blessed with a decision I made last year.

For just over a year I worked for a publisher as their Marketing Director, then their Social Media division. At first, I was thrilled with the job. When the grandgirls arrived in June for the summer, something in me shifted. I realized that no job (especially one I wasn't paid for) was more important than family. I spent the summer agonizing over spending time with the girls while realizing I should be getting some work done.

For me, family ALWAYS comes first. No exceptions. The rest will come in its own time.

While I didn't get to celebrate the turn of the wheel, I did have a vision as I drifted off to sleep.

I wish I could draw, because the vision was incredibly real.

I saw a cauldron. Over the cauldron I held a small piece of paper, burning in one corner, and the word JOB printed in bold black letters.

When I awoke the next morning I knew what I had to do. A week later I turned in my resignation and as of December 1, I have been happily unemployed - or rather self-employed and doing what I love - CREATING.

I know I dropped the ball on a lot of projects last year. Mostly due to the job I no longer have. The BOS was one project I really wanted to finish by the turn of the wheel. I was doing fine until I ran out of paper (How did 500 sheets disappear over the course of 8 years in storage?) I'm hoping this new ream of paper will be a close enough match or I'm tea-staining the whole lot! 

Then I had to prep the house for company, followed by a 4-day conference, then the week-long company. Before I knew it, the wheel was turning and I'd not completed the one project I really wanted done. But I'm hopeful. Now that I'm on my in my own creative time-zone.

I am still happy with the publisher as a whole and hope to pitch my non-fiction book ideas to them. But I'm also thinking I like the idea of indie-publishing and creating the companion workbooks.  Time and the universe will tell.

What changes are you hoping for in 2018? Have you put yourself on your course of change since the turn of the wheel or are you just starting out? I hope you'll leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts.

Blessings
~Rain

Thursday, December 21, 2017

BLESSED YULE


My little haven is shrouded in mist this morning. Temperature is in the uppper 40s. In all, a very pleasant way to wake up on Yule. 

We've not had typical December weather this year so the prospect of this being the shortest day of the year and that from this point on our days begin to lengthen saddens me. While surrounding areas have had snow in past years, we've not seen 'measurable' snow in four years. Mother Nature seems to have flipped up her skirts. Yesterday, I found a dandelion in the yard! I fear for the lack of changes in our weather pattern. I can only pray the 2018 garden season will not suffer and leave everything in the God and Goddess' hands.

This year, I finally got to put up a Yule tree. I've wanted one in my office since the room was built but like everything else, just never seemed to get there. This year, a challenge on YouTube inspired me to craft my way to this beautiful tree.

Eclectic Kristen challenged us to decorate our tree or an area in our home for $20 or less, using items from $ Tree or dollar-only (or less) items purchased elsewhere. The tree/ lights and skirt were not included in the cost.

I purchased a 3' pre-lit tree at Walmart, then off to $ Tree I went.

Finding rustic/ yule items is not as difficult as you might think. Stags and burlap seem to be the going thing this year.

Here's a video of how the tree went together:



I also did a VIDEO on how some of the decorations came together.

I know some things didn't get finished this year. I'll be doing a post next week on what happened and how I'm changing things for a better plan in 2018.

Blessings
~Rain