Webs of Woven Words, Threads, Stitches and Enchantments

Friday, August 22, 2014

Persephone

Haunting.



Blessings nine!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Lady of Shalott

Sharing a link to a post about the curse upon the Lady of Shalott and some ideas about what it means to women, for women, and the Lady herself. Very interesting.

http://preraphaelitesisterhood.com/lady-of-shalott-our-modern-version-of-the-curse/comment-page-1/#comment-286764


And... just because... Loreena McKennitt's version of the Lady of Shalott



Blessings nine!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Making Oil Lamps

So... you'd like to have a beautiful oil lamp... or three... or nine... for your altars and shrines, but many of them can be expensive. I have gathered here a few video tutorials about making your own lamps from various bottles and jars.

You have a number of options when it comes to the bottles and jars, just use your imagination. Find colored bottles, plain glass bottles or jars, and decorate them with glass paints, beads strung on wire and molded onto the bottles, ribbons, etc. Just remember to use common sense and practice fire safety.

Enjoy!


I found this one easy and interesting, but would not use plastic bottles. This is simple and basic. His intro is a little manly-man with the bullets, etc. but very quick so just grin and bear it.



Another by the same person as above, Jiujitsu2000, that shows how to make a simple oil lamp with an oil/vinegar cruet that can be purchased at any store very inexpensively.



Canning jars with standard oil lamp tops, including the little screw thingy to adjust the wick. These can purchased for very little. Decorate as you see fit. Hurricane shades can be purchased for these which is wonderful when ritual is outside and the wind kicks up, which generally happens after calling the element of air. ; )

Note: don't bother referring to the video channel where she learned about these, Ben has removed his videos.



Any crafter worth her stash can come up with variations on the theme. Another option is really easy, just buys the lamps at garage sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other second hand stores, or big box stores. I live in South Florida and we sometimes get hurricanes and tropical storms so I have a good supply of lamps purchased for a few few dollars each and which have lasted years. That being said, I like the idea of keeping my ritual items separate from daily use items. I also like the idea of decorating and then dedicating individual lamps to my particular goddesses, ancestors, and spiritual guides.

Here are some photos gathered from the web which show to tops of bottles and canning jars as well as some seasonal decorations.



I would be sure to remove all labels unless you have something really special and appropriate.


Use standard wick or 100% cotton yarn as show in the first two videos.

 Standard canning jar lamp.

 Blue canning jar lamps, possibly vintage jars.

 Caps and lid

Something special for the winter holidays.

Oh, but what about oil, you ask. Well, again, you have many options; the standard paraffin lamp oil, some of the finer more refined lamp oils, scented lamp oils, and olive oil. I've used olive oil in a clay lamp and like the way that worked. In the jars and bottles or hurricane lamps, I use a good quality paraffin lamp oil. I don't go for the inexpensive when it comes to oil.

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Again, USE COMMON SENSE and FIRE SAFETY. Wipe up oil drips and spills, wipe the bottles and jars of any drips of oil before lighting. Do not leave lamps unattended or where children or pets can reach them.

Blessings nine!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Eartha Kitt's "I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch"

While perusing Facebook this morning, I saw this on Judika Illes page and thought I must share. Enjoy!




Blessings nine!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Scarborough Fair

A rather wonderfully haunting version of Scarborough Fair by Nox Arcana, lyrics by Joseph Vargo. Lovely graphics too.




Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Yesterday holds memories in time.

Remember me to the one who lives there,

She once was a true love of mine.



Tell her to think back upon younger days
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Yesterday holds memories in time.

And seek yonder crossroads where we parted ways,

Then she'll be a true love of mine.



Tell her to follow the path to the shire.

Yesterday holds memories in time
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For there she'll find her heart's true desire
,
Then she'll be a true love of mine.



Tell her to come to the old willow tree.

Yesterday holds memories in time.
Where spirits of lost love yet whisper to thee,

Thou art still a true love of mine.



Tell her to gather three lilies of white.

Yesterday holds memories in time.

To place at my headstone, beneath the moon's light,

Then she'll be a true love of mine,

For ever she'll be the one true love of mine.


"Scarborough Fair" lyrics and arrangement © 2012 Joseph Vargo




Blessings nine!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!


Have a happy and fun-filled 4th of July. Remember those who gave so much for our freedom and Goddess bless America!

Blessings nine!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Older Ladies

I just LOVE this!!!! Really cute and... very true!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bits of Faerie Lore


I found this bit of faery lore while going through some old articles of mine and thought, since MidSummer is almost upon us, a time when the faery world seems to be more open to us, I would share it. The information is gleaned from various sources, some unknown,  and my personal experiences. 



Come faeries, take me out of this dull world,
for I would rife with you upon the wind and dance
upon the mountains like a flame..    
- W. B. Yeats -

Faeries have their own honor and ethics, therefore, when asking the assistance of the Fae, be sure you work within a sacred circle for protection, or wear a protective charm to keep yourself safe. Be sure to bring them offerings and give thanks appropriately to avoid insults. Be sure to use tools and wear charms made of silver, copper, iron, or wood held sacred by the Fae; Oak is a good choice; flint a protective stone. Not all faerie beings are friendly, some seriously dislike humans. Think carefully before calling them.

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How to meet faeries:

Sit beside a pond or stream where the water is still and clear, or anywhere else you sense them. Be quiet and patient. Look for faery rings, sit and wait, but never step within. Tinkle small bells or wind chimes; play a wind instrument such as a recorder, flute or penny whistle while in a meditative state. Anoint your eyelids with a bit of an infusion of elderberries, elecampane (AKA elfwort), and thyme, again, you must wait patiently. 

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Faery Healing:

When suffering from a headache or other body aches, sit beneath a willow and allow yourself to release pain to the tree's roots and the earth beneath. The Fae can assist with healing.

When troubled by emotional concerns, sit near or beneath an evergreen of some sort. Allow yourself to release to the tree's roots and the earth, all feelings that distress you. 

Learn the lore of flowers, plants and trees and you will know which ones to use for specific purposes. Each plant has its own spirit, these spirits can be the Fae. 

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Where to find faeries:

The Fae can be found almost anywhere - in flowers and plants, trees and stones, hearths and hills, forests and lakes, streams and meadows, gardens and barns, your home  - every place has its spirits, its Fae.

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Faery Stones:

Quartz - clear, rose and blue (celestite); selenite, amethyst, amber, flint.

Elemental Fae:

Earth Spirits: an element most dense, represented by the Night and Winter, the Hag. Found in either the North or South, depending on craft tradition. Goblins, trolls, gnomes and Ladies. A green and receptive energy, but very strong and dominant.

Air Spirits: Intelligence, represented by Dawn and the season of Spring. Generally found in the east or north, again, depending on craft tradition. Sylphs and the Wind. A translucent light yellow, the scent of rain or a pond.

Fire Spirits: unpredictable, both creative and destructive, represented by daylight and the Summer. Found in the South in many traditions, but also in the North as well as the East - where the sun rises. Salamanders and dragons. Courage and imagination. A projective and dominant element, red/orange and the scent of burning wood or herbs.

Water Spirits: Healing, transformation, represented by Sunset and Autumn. Found in the West. Nymphs, Nereid, undines, water goblins, these spirits are found in the seas, rivers, lakes, brooks, ponds, the rain. Blue, aqua and teal, receptive.

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Old Fairy Dust Recipe

Required items:

Contents of three ripe foxglove seed pods
pinch of stone from volcanic granite (Rhyolite)
pinch of pollen
seven vervain blossoms
pinch of lavender blossoms
pinch of sand (west shore)

On the night of the full moon, mix the foxglove sees with the sandand the Rhyolite grains. Then sprinkle the tiny vervain and lavender blossoms over the mixture. It is now ready.

from
Hereditary Witchcraft
by Raven Grimassi

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What if you'd rather not encounter the Fae? Here are some protection charms:

Turn your clothing inside out

A piece of cold, pure iron, supposedly because it is said to represent movement away from nature.

Rowan & red thread

Oak, Ash, and Hawthorn twigs tied together

A sprinkling of fax seeds on the floor of your home

An infusion of clover and holy water is thought to break the glamour

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The Song of The Queen Of The Meadow Fairy

Queen of the Meadow
where small streams are flowing,
What is your kingdom
and whom do you rule?
"Mine are the places
where wet grass is growing,
Mine are the people
of marshland and pool.

"Kingfisher-courtiers,
swift-flashing, beautiful,
Dragon-flies, minnows,
are mine one and all;
Little frog-servants who
wait round me, dutiful,
Hop on my errands
and come when I call."

Gentle Queen Meadowsweet,
served with such loyalty,
Have you no crown to wear?
"Nothing I need
for a sign of my royalty,
Nothing at all
But my own fluffy hair!"

~Cicely Mary Barker




Blessings nine!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An Oracle for Tuesday


Temple of Black Obsidian, The Dark Healing Chamber
-from The Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild-

The Temple of Black Obsidian is a ruthlessly honest place of raw love and healing. Deep relief and transformation can occur here... if we are willing to go within. Protective as well as healing, it will prevent harm from external and internal forces. It reveals that which has been lurking within the shadows of ourselves, trying to avoid being brought out into the open for fear of condemnation. 

When we, the Initiates, are invited by Isis into the Temple of Black Obsidian, we enter our own shadows. We must confront the parts of our own egos that we have been denying. In doing so, we will gain freedom, come to know ourselves more completely, thereby opening the gateways to those places we have not been able to reach before - breakthroughs, experiences, opportunitties. Isis will assist us if we simply call upon Her.

To safely enter the Dark Chamber and be healed, we must give ourselves unconditional love. We must recognize the judgements we hold against ourselves, not as truths, but as old patterning. Witness the feelings that arise with kindness and acceptance; do not allow them to overwhelm or crush us. Instead, let them come, acknowledge, do not stuff them down, and then release. We have already been through the trauma that caused them and we are still here! With the help of Isis, we witness those feeling with kindness and acceptance. We are then able to release and move forward.

Peace from pain, self-critisism, self-doubt, fear, and self-judgement will be our reward. There is no light without darkness, therefore this is a necessary initiation for healing.

Blessings dark and deep, brilliant and bright!