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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Wolf Moon


The Wolf Moon will be here on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

I love when the moon is full any time of year but during the cold winter months I like to sit by our fire pit with a roaring fire. The crisp winter air, the warmth of the fire and the bright light of the full moon make for a powerful evening.

The January moon is referred to as the Wolf moon or the Cold moon. It is a great time to focus on spells for protection, both physical and spiritual as well as personal problems.

This year I am going to take advantage of the Wolf (or Cold) moon and focus on what I want to accomplish this year as well as what I want to let go of and also on protecting myself, my family, and my home.  It never hurts to start off the year with safe guarding those you love.

Here are the Wolf Moon Correspondences:
  • Colors: Black, White, Silver, Blue-violet
  • Gemstones: Hematite, Jet, Onyx, Lead, Garnet, Chrysoprase
  • Trees: Birch, Hazel
  • Gods: Inanna, Freyja, Baby Yaga, Hera, Sarasvati, Ch’ang-I, Sinn
  • Herbs: Thistle, nuts and seeds, marjoram, snowdrop, crocus
  • Element: Air
  • Oils & Incense: Mimosa, Musk
  • Animals: Bear, Fox, Coyote
  • Nature Spirits: Gnomes, Brownies

 Sources:

Sunday, January 10, 2016

On Using Spells You've Found Online - A Pagan Blog Prompt Post


I’ve decided to take a cue from Pagan Blog Prompts/Luna Sage for some posts this year. The first one I chose was on using spells you’ve found online (Click the image above to be taken to the original post).

I love this topic because I love spells. I have been known to search for a spell to suit my needs but once I find one I always tweak it to suit me and my unique situation.

A spell is so much more powerful when it is personal. Without that personal connection I don’t believe that things work quite so well and if you don’t know the person who created the spell you really don’t know too much about it other than what they tell you.

I like to use spells that I find online as a jumping off point.  I prefer to research correspondences, moon and astrological phases and everything else I can to make sure that my spells suit my intended outcome. A spell is only as good as the work you put into it yourself –at least that is my opinion.


So I see no problem in using spells that you find just use them with caution, research their components to make sure they are for the intention stated and then tweak it so that it is meaningful to you.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

I hope you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year full of love, laughter and joy!

Sincerely,

AutumnWind

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Belated Blessed Yule


I'm slowly getting it together - very slowly - but I did enjoy a lovely Yule. The full moon was just an added bonus on a beautiful day.

This Yule I was definitely celebrating the return of the sun and more symbolically a return to my spiritual path. The photo above is of my Yule alter. It is an old photo but still true to what I do. I love that it is simple and super easy to set up. There is comfort in setting up the alter, offering thanks to the Goddess as well as giving thanks for the change of the seasons and the coming spring.

While I am definitely looking forward to the return of the sun and all that follows, I am making sure that I enjoy the stillness of today. I haven't had a lot of stillness this past year and it has taken its toll so I am focusing on the cold mornings and the silence that the snowy winter brings to my yard. I am focusing on the joys of being home and enjoying the days and nights of this season of rest before the world awakens again this spring.

Blessed Be my friends

A


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Refreshed and Recharged - A New Level of Spirituality

Vacation Recharge!

This year has been so stressful. During my vacation last month I finally was able to sit down to figure out what was going on. After examining my life over the past year I realized that while I talk to the Goddess every day, I had let my spiritual practice slide. I haven't been as physically involved in the spiritual part of my life as I had been and it has taken its toll!

While I am a Pagan and a Witch, I understand why Christians go to church on Sunday. It keeps you in touch with the spirit. Makes you aware that there is more to life than just getting up, going to work, going to school etc. It is comfort and joy.

So, now that I realized my problem I am getting back in the swing of things. My tools have been cleaned and charged. My candles are out and ready for use and I am already starting to feel better. I know that by investing in my practice again I will be renewed and recharged and my life will benefit on all fronts.

I'll be sharing more on this blog. I've let it slide this year and I have missed it.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Tribute

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 
The place that most reminds me of my Grandparents 

In honor of Samhain I would like to offer this tiny glimpse of two of the most influential people of my life, my maternal grandparents.

Their names were Esther and Charles (or Big Charlie to his friends). If you've read my blog for a while you know that my parents divorced when I was 4 and my mom, brother and I moved in with my grandparents.

I have vivid memories of my time there, including the ghost that haunted the upstairs hall - that is a story for another day (and I promise to share it soon), the clover filled back yard, days spent dreaming under the giant maple tree by the back fence and nights listening to the rain as it hit the corrugated metal roof over the shed below my bedroom window.

My grandparents were born in the early 1900's, the teen years, which penalized them during their retirement years but they made it work! My grandfather was a gardener and if he wasn't gardening he was buying food and "putting it up" for later. We had a back porch which was enclosed and the place we would take off our boots and coats when coming in from the back yard. Hanging from the ceiling were bundles of chili peppers and onions. In the basement were potatoes, jams and jellies, canned tomatoes, pickles as well as canned peppers. It was a beautiful sight to watch my"mom mom" (that's what we called her) can fruits and vegetables for the winter and seeing all those colorful jars lined up on shelves in the basement was so interesting to me. I loved the process and the end result was so beautiful and would provide for us for months.

We lived with them until I entered 6th grade.

When I was in middle school my grandfather was injured on the job, he was a factory worker, and lost most of the use of his right arm. This was a very difficult time for my grandparents but again, they rode with what was dealt and decided to make a permanent move to their summer home, a gigantic trailer with a full length sun room on the Rehoboth Bay in lower Delaware. This was the place we spent our summers, fishing, crabbing and playing on the beach. When my grandparents moved south I was worried that I wouldn't see them as often but that wasn't the case. Rather than see them a couple of weekends we got to spend entire summers with them. It was amazing!

My grandfather taught me to drive a boat when I was very young. I could filet a fish before I was 10 and was deep sea fishing with him by 11. I am a morning person by nature as was he. We would be up before dawn during the summer and out on the bay setting crab pots as the sun was coming up. I didn't realize how poor they were until later but during those summers we ate like kings. Of course we caught the food but that was ok. Fresh blue crab, clams, mussels, flounder... yep, the bounty of the sea was our staple food. I stood in the food lines with my grandmother getting milk, eggs and cheese. I watched here scrimp, save, and make do. I saw - reduce, reuse, recycle - as a lifestyle, not a catch phrase. I imagine anyone who has relatives who went through the great depression would understand.

My grandmother taught me to cook and sew. She tried, repeatedly, to teach me to crochet but I looked like a kitten with a ball of yarn, it was EVERYWHERE! Yarn and I have a simple relationship, I use it for doll hair and it doesn't attack. I'm good with that.

Cooking with my mom mom was always informative. She showed me how to make cookies, candies and fudge as well as to make pepper jelly (I am currently tracking down that recipe from a relative) and other amazing foods. She turned scrapple into a delicious breakfast, made biscuits that were light and fluffy and served a coconut custard pie that was melt in your mouth fantastic!

I learned to both cook and sew under my mom moms patient hands. She never rushed, never worried. She just showed me what to do and then let me learn by actually doing it. It was wonderful. I made my own clothes in high school and made my children's clothes when they were small. They didn't fully appreciate my sewing abilities until they started testing me with outrageous Halloween costumes, for instance one year my sweet daughter decided to be a red satin unicorn with a silver horn, another year she was a tombstone - fortunately, thanks to my mom mom I was able to meet their crazy demands!

Many of the things I enjoy today are directly related to my experiences with these two amazing people. I love the ocean and the outdoors, gardening, boating and the water due to my grandfather letting me experience these things with him and I love creating, cooking, baking and taking care of my home and family because my grandmother fostered that within me.

So today, as the veil thins I send my love, respect and thanks to the two people who have most influenced my life! I thank them for taking the time to not only teach but to share with me their passions!



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blessed Mabon

Apple Hill, California

I wish a very blessed Mabon to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere.

Red, orange, green, brown, yellow…rich, beautiful color is everywhere! Being a red head – these are my colors and this is my season.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all the seasons but autumn is my favorite. The cool brisk nights and warm sunny days provide the best of both worlds temperature wise – I get to snuggle with my guy at night and enjoy the great outdoors during the day. Pumpkins, apples and squash show up not only in the garden and grocery store but in wreaths and table top centerpieces. Nature’s harvest is celebrated everywhere.  Soups and casseroles seemed to become more popular and families tend to snuggle in at home.

Of course the days start to get shorter, and while I prefer the long days of summer I look at the long evenings as time to play games by the fire, read books and to plan for spring :0)

Right now I am enjoying the bounty of my garden. While only a few of my plants actually grew well this year, those that did are producing lots of food. My tomatoes and green beans have taken over their garden spots and the cucumbers are finally big enough to pick. I will be freezing some of my beans next weekend and will be making zucchini bread this week from the beautiful zucchinis my friend brought me as well as some yummy apple cake to celebrate Mabon (recipe below).

I look forward to the changing colors of the leaves though right now our larger oak tree is defiantly staying green. Once it decides to change it will show off with brilliant oranges and reds.

This time of year definitely makes me thankful for all that I have. I have a wonderful home and amazing family and friends that I get to spend time with. I live in the high desert but just a half-hour away are the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains, the jewel that is Lake Tahoe, rivers, forests and more. My yard is big enough for me to garden and for my children and dogs to run wild – my youngest is now 18 but he and his friends still run wild in the yard, usually with squirt guns.

I’ve been blessed and while I make sure to thank the Goddess everyday for my life and all that I have I try to make sure to send some extra thanks during the harvest. 

In honor of Mabon I'll be making this yummy apple cake for my family. I like this recipe because you use chunks of apples rather than apple sauce. 

This is from the All Recipes web site:

Recipe By: Ann
Ingredients
  • 5 apple - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  •  2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) lightly grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar for 15 minutes on high speed with an electric mixer. Add oil and blend in.
  4. Add four mixture and mix well. Add vanilla. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour batter into 9x13 inch pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 4 teaspoons sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over cake.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
I hope you enjoy the day.