Sunday, August 20, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE Magick


Today is the much anticipated day for a large track across the United States. People booked hotel rooms in the direct path of the eclipse a year ago. Some rural areas have opened their fields (for a nominal fee) to accommodate people traveling from miles away and pitching tents for the brief period of time when Moon will pass in front of Sun. While the journey will take some time, the total eclipse will last just under two minutes, if I'm not mistaken. But that two minutes will be magical.



Did you know that solar eclipses only occur during the New Moon? Makes sense, I'd just never given it much thought.

New Moon Magick applies here, yet I believe the phenomenon will create an incredible power.  I've chosen this event to charge my Book of Shadow items - yes finally! Hey, it's been a crazy year.

The grandgirls leave in 8 days. Just does not seem possible our summer is coming to a close. While the youngest is ready to see mommy and daddy, the oldest - my heart - doesn't want to leave. Watching her go is going to be so hard yet I'll have to try not to cry as the separation will only be that much harder on her. I'm crying as I type this so yeah, going to be rough.

While the 5 yr old won't grasp the significance of today's event, the eldest is excited. We've watched the video below with great information:


The fact that this hasn't happened across the US since 1776 makes this truly an astronomical event. 

I've heard many people planning to use Welder's Goggles.  These are NOT rated high enough.  Those are for cutting torch use. You need something rated at a 14 to view the eclipse safely. Welding helmets will work. I own three. Well, we originally only owned 2 but I could not find a pair of glasses in Springfield this week at all. I heard Hyvee got in 4,000 pair on Thursday night and they were gone in two hours. Yeah, I know I should have ordered them sooner. Just never sure about ordering something like that and having the product be safe. As to local purchase, not in our small town and I didn't think about them when we were in the city. So Welding Helmets it is. 

Please share your eclipse experience in the comments. I'd love to hear of any spell work you did or where you traveled from to be in the path.

Blessings
~Rain

Monday, July 31, 2017

THE DAYS GROW SHORTER....

.... and so does my time with the girls.

Again, not enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do with them. In the last couple of days, a cold front has moved through, leaving us with less humid days and gorgeous evenings for garden wandering.


Gardening is one of Adrian's favorite things to do. She checks the tomatoes first thing after breakfast each morning. Yesterday, she filled a 1/2-sized buffet pan so this morning I'll be showing her how they go from garden to canning jar. I figure I'll have about six wide-mouth pints.


I was her age (9) when my dad and 'step'mom got custody of me. That was in May. By August I was learning how to wash the canning jars in a big galvanized wash tub out in the yard. I had a dishcloth on the end of a butter knife to get down into the jar all the way. I got the first two washes... one to wash the storage dirt out of them, the next to get them super-clean ... followed by a cool rinse (this broke up the soap particles) then a warm rinse. From there, Mom put them into another tub full of super hot water to rest until she was ready to put food into them for canning.

I'll be starting with fresh jars so they'll just need a rinse and scald but she can wash the tomatoes before I put them into the boiling water to slip the skins. I figure every summer that she's able to visit, she'll learn a bit more.

One thing Adrian is anticipating is the Solar Eclipse that occurs on August 21st. We are just a slip off the main track, meaning we will see the eclipse at about 98%. Grandpa got out his 2 welding helmets and I have a high spot picked out for us to have a picnic in the bed of the truck and wait for the temporary dark to fall. I'm really excited to share this phenomenal experience with my girls. Abby won't get it, but Adrian loves anything having to do with being out of doors.

Speaking of the girls, they should be waking up soon. Even though we're in the mid-west, I've kept them on Pacific NorthWest time so their sleeping schedules are not messed up when they go back home a few days prior to starting school.

Getting to the computer for blogging is not a priority these days as you can see, and hopefully understand. However, later in the week I'll show you some visitors to our yard.

Many Blessings
~Rain

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

INDEPENDENCE DAY!


I'm having way too much fun to spend time on the computer. Of course, their mom asked if I'd do some summer school stuff with them. Crafting, playing, schooling... pretty much makes up our daytime hours.

By 9 p.m. most nights the girls and I are snuggled in our king-sized bed watching their favorite shows - together. This gives me a chance to see what they like and giggle right along with them. At 10 p.m., Abby (age 5) goes to her bed and Adrian (age 9) gets 30 more minutes with me... sometimes an entire hour depending on the show. She likes to watch CHOPPED with me.. but really, I think it's just an excuse to cuddle with me a bit longer. It's what we do and when we have our best chats.

Adrian is at that age where young lady blessings will enter her life. Her mom is good about stuff like that but I'm pretty sure there are times when she'll want to talk to grandma. Thank the Goddess for technology.

I'm looking forward to a Full Moon later this week. I hope to set some things out to absorb a bit of moon energy... if the rains will hold off. I've not forgotten my BOS project. Just not enough hours in the day... though I did plant extra Thyme in the garden last week. ;-)

Blessings
~Rain

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY BLESSINGS!



I remember being in Second Grade in Longmont Elementary School - Longmont CO and being taught the Maypole in the school gymnasium. I can't say for sure but with all of the restrictions on learning culture and history, I think I'm safe to bet my granddaughter isn't enjoying the same experience tomorrow.

The Maypole tradition is thousands of years old. For many this ceremony is part of MidSummer otherwise known as Beltane.  The tradition various from region to region.

For me, when I see the Maypole I see a strong tree, sprouting with new growth, representing all the colors of the populace that make up our world. Men and Women, Boys and Girls of all walks of life and ethnicity working together towards a common goal... Unity.

I'd love for you to share your thoughts.

And if you're feeling a bit mischievous, feel free to fill a basket of flowers and leave on someone's door, ring their doorbell then run!



Many Blessings!
~Rain 

Monday, April 24, 2017

EARTH DAY


Did you do anything 'special' on Saturday? For me, Earth Day is every day. I strive to recycle as much as possible, give back to Mother Earth and treat her well.

The past few days have been wet, windy, cold, icky. And I have a sore throat to prove it. Grr. Lots of honey when I get back home. I've been in the city since Thursday. Today, before I head home I'm stopping at Lowes in hopes of picking up strawberry plants. The row is ready for them. 56' row to be exact. That will hold approximately 34 plants. My next project will be to get a second row ready to transplant the runners over to. If I'm blessed, then next year I should have lots of strawberries. Well, providing the deer and bunnies don't find them first. ;-) I don't mind sharing with the critters but I wish they'd feel the same. LOL

Are you planting a garden? What's on your planting list? If you post pics, please link in the comments section.

Blessings
~Rain

Monday, April 10, 2017

FULL MOON - The Pink Moon


Known by multiple names, including Pink Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon, the April Moon is the heralding of Spring in all it's glory. Sometimes also referred to as the Easter Moon because Easter is the first Sunday following the full moon.

While the moon may not show as pink, when this beauty rises in the sky at 1:09 a.m (CST) we can truly celebrate the awakening of new growth and a fresh spirit.

We have storms in the forecast for here so I'm not sure I'll get to view the moon... but I'll know it's there and another turn has begun.

How will you celebrate the "Pink Moon"?


Blessings
~Rain

Friday, April 7, 2017

COLOR MY WORLD



Last week I mentioned how the Cherry Blossom bush didn't seem affected by the freeze. Unfortunately, the entire top of the bush got hit hard, only a few blossoms on the lower half survived. I clipped the last remaining one and brought it in to enjoy the scent as long as I could. With so few of them blooming, they scent did not permeate the yard as if the whole bush would have bloomed out.


While on a business trip to Springfield last week, I found a new Tarot deck. I really liked this one as I can really impart my own energy into the deck. Seems like everything is about coloring these days and while I'm not big on the adult coloring books (they don't hold the same appeal to me as a children's color book) this, however, spoke to me. I'm looking forward to relaxing hours on the deck with the colored pencils (included, though I may use my Prisma pencils instead)


What new tools and toys are finding their way into your bag of tricks? Enable me!
Blessings
~Rain