Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Word Games We Pagans Play (Old blog post)

The word games we Pagans play...A few years back I stumbled across the AntiRavenWolf crowd. I stated to rethink some things because of it. Around the same time I found the "Keep Wicca Traditional" campaign. So I just started to think about where I stood in all of this.

Now with Silver, I have to agree her history is questionable at best. I suppose when I read "Teen Witch" I took the lie to your parents thing as an if someone needed to they would have anyway.... I know I "lied" to by boyfriends parents (who are now my in laws) because they didnt agree with it, actually I ended up "missing" some books that I lent to my now hubby.... They were room searchers. Now its just something we dont talk about I let my in laws live in a state of ignorant bliss when it comes to that. Thats NOT to say that we dont talk about religion from time to time, I just dont label what I believe. Which is where the word games come into play. I personally really enjoyed the SRW books at the times that I read them, at that time I considered myself more or less Wiccan, however. Now I am way past the 101 stage that I dont really look at the books that I do have on the shelf. I can understand why people, particularly parents would not care for her. I just filter all OPINIONS that authors give, the facts as well and I never limited myself to just one author, even if they were a favorite. To me saying NOT to read person X is just as bad as reading only person X. Advising someone to take person X's writings with a grain (or spoonful) of salt is fine however.

The keep Wicca Traditional campaign states that ONLY an initiated Gardnerians can use the term Wicca or Wiccan. Then there is the Dictionary term (I think it is Old Oxford English) that states a Wicca as a male practitioner of magic. Then there is the group that says that eclectics are a "Neo-Wicca" because they differ so much on the core of Gardner's teachings. THEN there are the Non-Wiccan witches (which is where I consider myself to be) you get a whole new list of words and it can be VERY confusing! Because you get British Traditional Witches, not to be confused with British Traditional Wicca. Gardner claimed that his coven had lasted in secret for generations in secret, evidence points to the contrary however. Gardner's Wicca has influence from high ceremonial and other sources. And as far as anyone can tell no such organization ever existed. On the flip side of the argument is why would there be any evidence? These people were, after all, trying to HIDE there practices! The fact remains that there is extensive proof of OTHER witchcraft practices. Truth be told there would not be proof of Gardners tradition anyway because as he published his non fiction book he was oath bound so he did say that he substituted when he had to.

Now I understand the need for the distinction and using a different word. There ARE differences between what is known as "Wicca" and those who are "Non-Wiccan" NWs do NOT necessarily have religion linked to their practices. Wiccans do. Confusion often comes because many authors use the terms as synonyms and are all-inclusive. In many cases they should be because if they truly believe that a Wiccan is an unbroken pre-Christian line, OR if you believe that Wicca is practitioner of witchcraft. Many books that I have read have Feri Tradition, Stregheria, and Kitchen/hedge Witchery listed as Wiccan Traditions. While some practitioners of those particular paths would consider themselves Non Wiccans. But Non-Wiccan in the area that they are not connected with Gardner. A lot is left open for argument on all sides of the camp, but where does one end and the other begin?
I don't even want to begin with the "isms" and types of "Theisms" out there! It all can get very confusing and you can easily end up with an incredible headache. I begin to wonder just how many people actually know the labels that they themselves have.
Posted by MadHouseWitch at 12:41 PM

Friday, March 14, 2014

F-Flower of Life grid/doily pattern

I used Sport weight yarn
US "E" hook (3.5 mm)
instructions in US terms
as of right now the only testing that has been done is when I made it, I'm planning on remedying that soon :)

Ch 4 ss to form ring
Ch 15 ss inside of ring (one loop made) repeat 5 times more for a total of 6 loops (1st flower)
turn work ss up one side of petal of flower to center top stitch turn
Ch 5-8, you want your work to lay flat) ss to top of next petal, repeat around. ss to close round.
ch 8-10 ss to the next ss repeat around and ss to close round
Ch 15, ss to previous ss, repeat 2 more times (3 petals)
*ss across the previous 8-10 chains to reach the next ss that was in the top petal
Ch 15 ss to the ss and repeat 2 more times*, repeat these around
turn ss up one side of petal to center stitch, turn
this next round your outside petals of each 3 will need to be ss together (see pic, its not great but I hope it helps)Ch 10-12 between the outside and center petals repeat around ss to close round.
sets of 3 petals showing where the connecting SS should be
 Next round, ch 12-14 ss to previous round ss. repeat around.
This next round will be the final round for the petals, and it changes to a 3 petal 2 petal pattern for this round
Ch 15 ss to the ss of previous round, repeat 2 times more.
ss across the previous round ch 12-14 space and then make 2 petals.  Repeat around. finish with a ss.
turn ss up side of petal to get to top stitch turn. SS to join next petal
On this round again you will be ss to connect the petals, all of the 2 petal flowers will connect with the outside of a 3 petal flower, ch 12-14 ss to top of petal ch 12-14 ss to petals together ch 12-14 ss both petals together, repeat around, finish of with ss fasten off and weave in ends

I have wanted to do this for years, when I was watching a video on YouTube talking about crystal grids, and someone else mentioned that they thought it could be done in some fashion with crochet.  FINALLY its done!  I would like to tinker with it a bit, but I am happy with it and it is the perfect "F" post for the Pagan Blog Project! I also plan on trying it out with different hook sizes and yarns, this one just happened to be close to me when I decided I needed to give it a try.
I printed this out, put it in a sheet protector and used a vis a vis pen to mark the petals I had done
crystal in center of grid

my new "crystal creature" I just got in the mail yesterday so naturally it was my photo prop

Friday, February 28, 2014

E- Esbats

Eat, drink, and be merry. Would be a phrase to best sum up the Esbats within Wicca. Esbat is taken from the Old French s'esbattre, meaning to frolic and amuse oneself. Along with “Sabbat” this term is another that we can attribute to Margaret Murray, as she took it from the witch trial accounts. Sabbats are held to celebrate the turning of the seasons and to honor the Gods, they are largely solar in nature. Esbats still honor the Gods but it celebrates the moon, therefore, lunar in nature.

Esbats are generally held on the full moon, but other rites can be reffered to as esbats as well, Doreen Valiente was known to distinguish between full moon Esbats and other Esbatic occasions. The full moon is the most common time, due, in part to “The Charge Of The Goddess” quote of “whenever you have need of anything, once a Month, and better it be when the moon is full...” and of course, Witches in general being associated with the full moon and the “lunacy” that came about around the time of the full moon. The full moon is thought of as the height of power, a time when the Goddess' magic is at her peak. Naturally, this is the perfect time for all spells and magick to be done.

There are 13 full moons in a year, each carrying its own name depending upon the tradition that one follows. Esbats are often celebrated with cakes and ale (or wine or juice). Drawing Down the moon is another common practice, where you are either taking in the moons(Goddess) energy to help you with whatever work you will be doing. Or, in the case of some more traditional covens (e.g. British Wicca) the Goddess is invoked into the High Priestess and the Goddess speaks through her, in a form of trance work. Still, the general idea here is really the same, to commune with the Gods, and be joyful and jubilant. Still in part serious buisness, its fun business! As it is often seen that the celebration itself its the gift to the God/Goddess.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Drawing Down The Moon

Reality is that there are really two types of Drawing Down The Moon.  It is this way because the reality is that a solitary drawing down, is very different from a coven drawing down.  Due to the fact that a solitary practitioner has no one around to act as oracle.  In a traditional coven structure the High Priestess would have the moon called upon her, in the book "Fifty Years Of Wicca" Frederic Lamond calls this "Ego-Transcendence" the Priest or Priestess BECOME the deity.  They have entered a trance state at will set aside their own consciousness and melded with the universe, to become a vessel for the God or Goddess to come through and relay any messages (or act out the Great Rite).  In a traditional coven structure then when the moon was drawn down upon the High Priestess she would then be acting as oracle to the coven and allowing all messages from the Goddess to be heard by all of the coven.  This however is sadly rarely used in this context even in most covens today.  The recitation of the "Charge Of The Goddess" was meant to be a placeholder, in case for some reason the Goddess did not come through, even if the High Priestess was in a proper trance state.  In some instances the Charge would be used as a prelude to the channeling of the Goddess wisdom. (Or the God, as done in a Drawing Down the Sun)

Most of us though are much more familiar with a Drawing Down that is more of a taking in the energy of the Moon, the Goddess energy, to channel into our other workings.  It is as if asking for the Goddess to be with us, rather than take over our bodies.  We may share, but we don't tend to allow her full control.  Which, when you are talking about a solitary rite is probably that much for the better!  For most of us Drawing Down the Moon is more like a meditative rite allowing us to fill up with the energy of the Moon/Goddess.  Taking in what we may need to help us with a magickal working or rite, or other task we may have in mind.  Do you need to talk to your boss about something and are a bit scared to do it alone?  You don't have to!  Make no mistake, a solitary Drawing Down can be a very powerful ritual!  Different does not equal worse, just because you may lack a coven or coven training and you may do things in a different manner doesnt mean that you are lacking in your workings, it just means they are tailored to you and your needs just as one coven has differences in rites that they do.
For the following it will be the latter version of a Drawing Down, as I need one for the full moon I am holding (my first with a group!)  This is best done where the moon is visible but certainly not necessary, I live in the Pacific NW, we get plenty of cloud cover the sensation is still the same if we are outside with the moon visible, outside with it not visible, or if we are inside.  Outdoors with the moon visible makes it a bit easier to connect, but it is done without too much extra trouble.  Normally this is something that is a personal practice and I would not write it down, I just feel it and allow the flow to take over.  However, this one is meant to be shared!

Raise your arms (Goddess position) and gaze at the moon, or picture it in your mind.  If you have not already close your eyes, hold the image of the moon in your mind, it is full, magickal, and breathtaking.  Now imagine a beam of radiant silver light entering at the crown of your head.  Allow this silver light to fill you, starting at your head and working down to your neck, through your shoulders, down your arms and chest.  Feel the vibration of the energy as it continues to pour into your body and expands your personal power and the energy that you now feel.  This silver light washes away all anger, hurt and fear that you may have, filling all of the void that you may have felt prior.  As it continues down your legs and feet you feel revitalized, refreshed and ready to take on the mundane or magickal workings that you need to do.  Once your body feels filled to the brim allow any excess energy to drain back into the earth keeping what is required for you to go on and do your work.  Lower your hands and allow all of the excess energy to drain from them as well.  Keeping only what it is you feel that you need.  When you feel balanced and ready to continue open your eyes.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

C- Candle Meditation

To start you will need a candle, on your altar or some other surface.  This will be your focal point, if you have any trouble with the visualization you can simply open your eyes and see it again.  It does not interrupt your meditative state to open your eyes for just a second.  This can be a great exercise for building upon your visualization skills, and should be done often if you have trouble with this skill.  You can also move on and try different items as your focus, you will find that as you practice, it will be easier to hold the image for longer periods of time.  At first it may be easier to just do the very beginning of the meditation, and later move on.
I also mention "triggers" for this, I have done my own from Christopher Penczak's "Inner Temple Of Witchcraft" but that is not the only source.  Some info can be found here: Anchor or Trigger or a search on "meditation trigger", often this trigger is crossed fingers or the index and thumb touching (think of the "OM" meditation stereotype) but it can be whatever you may wish it to be.  I chose to have mine be the Gasho "praying hands".  I didn't know at the time that it was associated with Reiki at all, but I continue to use it as, I feel that a light meditative state helps when I do Reiki, and it is one of my favorite "calming" hand positions.  Since the Gasho meditation is a practice in Reiki, I find it fits.  I have noticed no issue with any sort of "conflict" that I was once concerned about.


Start by placing the candle on you altar or table, making sure it is a safe distance and that it will not be knocked over, and in an area free of drafts.  Light the candle, take a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths.  Close your eyes and allow all tension to drain from your body, if you feel any areas of extra tension, take another deep breath and allow the excess tension to be released in your exhale.  Continue in this manner until you are totally relaxed.  If you have programmed a trigger to induce a meditative state, use that trigger now.  If not allow a countdown from 13, with each decrease in number bringing you deeper and deeper until you are fully in a meditative state.

When you are ready, open your eyes, and look at the candle.  Notice that it doesn't effect your meditative state.  Keep looking at the candle, until you feel like you can hold that image in your own head.  Now close your eyes again and try to hold the image of the candle for as long as possible.  When you feel the need, open your eyes so you can get a clear picture again.  If you feel comfortable holding the image, try to experiment with the candle.  Can you make the flame dance?  Try changing the color of the candle or the flame.  See how the candle or the flame will react if you speak to it.  Try a yes or no question, perhaps this could be a divination technique you could use.

Once you feel that you have done all that you can do or want to do at this time, extinguish the candle in whatever manner you see fitting.  You now find yourself in total darkness, this darkness is silent and still, and you feel totally relaxed and at peace in this black void.  If you have any questions that you want to ask to the darkness?  Ask them now, you may or may not receive any answers

You now notice a flickering off in the distance and you move towards it as you walk towards the flame you start to become aware of your surroundings.  Feel the ground under your feet, and any background noise you are now fully aware of.  You feel refreshed, relaxed and ready to proceed with your plans, if you asked a question know that even if it may not make sense right now, you will soon understand.

When you are ready open your eyes.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Some Of My Thoughts On Eclectics (old blog post)

Some of my thoughts on eclectics

Some have said that eclectics do a dis-service to the Pagan community. That they do not take into account the context of how certain things would be done. I have to disagree. I am an American, I have Scottish ancestors, but I also have some German. Those are simply 2 that I know of. I know there are mostly likely others as well.In America it is VERY common for inter mingling of faiths/races/dress you name it. So in my opinion it would be VERY normal for many of us to use what works, what feels right to the individual.
There is also the ancestral memory theory, if that were true why wouldn't someone feel a pull in two directions, if your Mother is Italian and your Father is Aussie? We live in a day and age where we are no longer in our little bubble. So a mixing of different traditions is only to be expected. And one of the benefits to being in the information age is that you CAN find where you "fit" the best.
Plus, if you look into history you will see so many religious syncretisms in history. The most notorious being the Roman takeover of Greece, as anyone who has learned the former names of the planets can attest! The issue becomes where is the line between old enough to be acceptablesyncretism and "too new" to be syncretism? I have a really hard time with thinking that nowhere in time did anyone NOT mix their beliefs. ESPECIALLY when it is taken into account that in many cases there was NO organized leaders.
This is by no means to say you should not search out a specific path that works for you or that you should not look into various recon or revival paths, history has much to teach us. There might be something that you like, even if someone says it is "theirs" or that taking something from somewhere else is disrespectful. Chances are what they are doing is deemed disrespectful by someone too.

Posted by MadHouseWitch at 1:22 PM 

B is For Black (and Blue) Moons week 3

No, the Moon didn't lose a boxing match!  It's not THAT type of black and blue!

To start this off I will have to explain a few things that commonly get "mixed up" on sites across the web.  That is not to say that one is correct over the others, just to say different terms mean different things to different people.  It helps to understand the context of what is being described.
In this particular case we are talking about the New Moon vs Dark Moon.  If you are talking astronomically, the term "New Moon" is used when the Moon is not visible to the unaided eye.  However, many non-astronomical texts refer to the "New Moon" as the first visible crescent.
So in short, some people refer to the New Moon as when it is not visible, and others refer to the New Moon as when it is that first small crescent in the sky. Strictly speaking the latter makes more sense in my mind.  However, I catch myself all the time stating that its a "New Moon" when I am speaking of the Dark Moon, perhaps it has to do with how it was used in my home when I was raised, but why I continue to do this when I have specific terms that I would like to be using is beyond me.  Or perhaps it is the fact that the Full Moon is emphasized and the term "New Moon" seems like an opposite.  It is said that, originally, the term "Dark Moon" refers to the time the moon is not visible in the nighttime sky, and the term "New Moon" referred to the new crescent.  I will be using the terms in this, non astronomical, context.

A Black Moon is the counterpart to the "Blue Moon".  Most people have heard of the Blue Moon, it managed to gain a place in popular culture, folklore and common phrases for example "Once in a blue moon".  As to what makes a Blue or Black Moon varies a bit on how you want to define it.  I tend to use, what I understand is the "modern" version to define them as being two of that lunar cycle in one calendar month.  Although, I know of some who use the older (by Google search) definition of a Blue or Black Moon being when there are 4 of that phase rather than the usual 3 per SEASON, when this rule is used then it is the third out of the fourth in that particular cycle that is named.  And I have seen many Pagans who use both rules as an excuse to celebrate the moons as much as possible, and why not?  Most of us are familiar with "all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals" even if you are not specifically, Wiccan.
The Black Moon can also be used to describe a month when there is no Full Moon OR when the Month lacks a Dark Moon, this only happens in February.  Whenever this is the case, January and March will both have two Dark or Full Moons.

Do you want to guess what happens in 2014?  We get, sort of, a triple treat on Black Moons!  January has a Dark Moon falling on the 1st and the 30th the last being the Black Moon.  February has no Dark Moons falling within that month and then March graces us with two more Dark Moons, again being the 1st and the 30th.

This means it is the perfect time to "clean house" and clear out that which no longer serves you, work on some shadow work, banishing, binding, breaking bad habits, working with "darker" Gods and Goddesses such as, Hecate, Lilith, Kali, Cailleach, Apep, Odin, Anubis, and Dis Pater.   There are many others that may not be seen as a "darker" type of God but have "darker" areas of influence.  Gods and Goddesses that rule the underworld, are associated with chaos, or preside over the dying or dead fit in here.  The things that might make people a bit uncomfortable, but are or seem to be a necessary part of the human existence.  War, death, decay, nighttime, reflection, rage.  If you seem to be called by a God or Goddess that when you research seems a bit off putting.  This time  just might be the time to make an introduction,  if you are not ready for the full meet and greet, dedicate this Black Moon time period to learning about them and reading the lore, go more in depth to see if you can grasp a better understanding of their nature.   Are you having issues with anything that is not wanted, a wayward spirit, or even a stalker?  Just be sure to have done all steps in the "real world" (police report, restraining order or whatever is needed) and then feel free to reinforce those mundane steps with the spiritual and magickal.  

Friday, January 10, 2014

A is for Aurora Borealis

I had a bit of trouble coming up with my 2nd week's topic.  Then with the Aurora being present over Thursday and Friday, when this was due, I figured it was a sign, again!  Today's post is a nice Vlog I hope you enjoy it.  I'm kind of nervous posting it for all to see but here it goes.  No its not my first YT video, but it's really the first time that it's been directed for people to watch.  Nothing huge but a personal story.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free Crochet Half Mala Pattern (repost from old blog)

Free Crochet Half Mala Pattern

Crochet half Mala

This was inspired by some crochet rosaries, there are a few patterns floating around the web, I modified one to make prayer beads for myself (I only have 33 "Beads" on the main circle) Seems to be a good number for many paths. I love the idea of Mala's however so I set out to make one!

Traditional Mala's have 108 beads, once I started though I realized that it would be longer than I wanted so I went with a half Mala of 54 beads, but if you really wanted 108 keep going and you could loop it or carry it in a Mala bag.

Small amount Worsted weight yarn (I used Peaches & Cream)
F hook (3.75 mm)
yarn needle (or 2 for ease of snake knot finish)

This is pretty basic, once you figure out the stitches (popcorn and a smaller puff stitch)
special stitches used:

Popcorn: Ch 3, 4 DC in 3rd Ch from hook remove hook (be careful not to pull out the loop) insert hook in to top of Ch3 Space and catch loop you removed, pull through Ch 3 space. For this pattern you only have one popcorn and its at the beginning, so Ch counts as first DC

Bead: YO, insert hook in Ch, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook) repeat once more for 5 loops total, YO pull through all 5 loops on hook.
(bead is just a puff stitch with 5 loops instead of 7)

I use US terms

Leave a 12" tail
Start with the popcorn this is the Sumeru/Guru/Mother bead (I have heard it called many things)

*Ch 2, Bead in 2nd ch from hook. Repeat from* until you have 54 beads and the one popcorn. Or wherever you want to finish.

Ch 1 after the last bead (to close it) Slip stitch to chain above the popcorn and fasten off leaving 12" long tail
using yarn needle weave ending tail through the popcorn to meet with starting tail.

Here you have choices, I used a snake knot (very crude I might add) because its one of the traditional endings on many Mala's. Plus you have two ends, so its a pretty good option.

I threaded the ends in different color yarn needles because cotton really did NOT Like this knot, and it make it easy to know what one was A and B.
If you have trouble with the snake knot, use a tassel, OR you could just knot your ends and call it good!
My CRUDE snake knot

I decided I am okay with it though! I did almost give up and just go with a tassel.

Soft prayer beads of any variety are useful when a person wants to pray in bed, no hard beads to lay on while you are sleeping!  If a person was in the hospital, these scrunch up to nothing.  Non metal so great for that person who has metal sensitivities.... I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons as well.  Just naming a few right off the top of my head

Posted by MadHouseWitch at 11:32 AM 

Friday, January 3, 2014

2012 Reading Challenge old blog repost (simple copy paste)

2012 Pagan Reading Challenge

So, I need things to blog about since I am in desperate need to get this blog roaring and going! Also since I have read a few books this year (I confirmed the dates on my Amazon page, love my kindle!) And I am going through a "re-evaluation" of sorts this seems like a perfect time to start this challenge. I will most likely re-read some books that I have read (some beginner books) maybe, just maybe I'll get inspired! I'm not too sure what level I am going for but at least the 11-15 but I may do more I have TONS on my TBR list and TONS on a re-read list
1.Magical Housekeeping: Tess Whitehurst (finished)
2. Cottage Witchery: Ellen Dugan (finished)
3. Triumph of the Moon : Ronald Hutton (finished!<------I really feel accomplished on this one!)
4Magical Clutter Clearing Boot Camp: Tess Whitehurst (finished, short book)
5. A Witch Alone:  Marian Green (finished)
6. Gardening With The Goddess:  Patricia Telesco (finished) 
7. Garden Witchery: Ellen Dugan (finished)
8. Natural Witchery: Ellen Dugan (finished)
9. Utterly Wicked:  Dorothy Morrison (finished)
10. Wicca for One: Raymond Buckland (finished)
11. Practical Magic:  Alice Hoffman (finished, in about 13 hours LOL)
12. Wicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner:  Scott Cunningham (reread finished)
13. Living Wicca: A Further Guide For The Solitary Practitioner:  Scott Cunningham (reread finished)
14. Mrs B's Guide To Household Witchery:  Kris "Mrs. B" Bradley (finished)

Posted by MadHouseWitch at 5:46 PM 

"A" is for Amulets Of The Goddess

Really wanted to start my day off with this but life had other plans.  My fan was not working on our heat this morning so getting that fixed became the morning activity.  Had to call my Grandpa and Uncles to get it going again!  We are all warm now, YAY! On to the main post.

Week 1

The Amulets of The Goddess is a set that includes 27 amulets, broken down into three sets of three, Goddesses, Sacred Animals, and Sacred Objects, and a book that covers how to use them.  Along with the, shall we say, "Herstoric" meaning and folkloric meaning.  The author Nancy Blair, sites the works of Merlin Stone, Susun Weed, and Z. Budapest for many of the references.  I myself, have yet to decide how I feel about that, however, the meaning and oracle use of the amulets would remain the same, since these are meant to be read intuitively, with key words to guide you.  Besides, an area of my mind says "what does the history matter?  when it comes to religion, most have some highly questionable origins/tales." and the reality is even the history that we "know" is a part speculation as well.  I will be reading the book with a salt shaker handy, but trying to remain open to the possibilities.  I will be reading "When God Was A Woman" by Merlin Stone, along with "The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why An Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future"  by Cynthia Eller just for matters of perspective, and then making my own decisions from there.  As often, the truth lies somewhere in the middle ground.
The Book, by Nancy Blair
(all amulets were also sculpted by her as well)

The "Goddesses" 

Sacred Animals
Sacred Objects

These amulets are a divination set that I inherited when my Mother passed in 2001.  It took me a while to actually take a look at them.  A few reasons for that grief being one, and having a newborn didn't help either.  My oldest Daughter was just 2 1/2 weeks at the time of my Mothers passing.  Lets just say it took me a while to even look at these amulets!  When I finally did I realized I was missing two form the set, and I set them aside thinking that maybe they would show up eventually.  You never know when you have an item that belonged to another, where they might show up.  Perhaps she had used them in a ritual and they were on her altar that I just didn't have the heart to take down, perhaps she had them in her purse.  Well twelve years later I still have no idea but I held onto them I just couldn't bear to part with them, but I couldn't bear to use a incomplete set either.

So New Years Eve I happened to be poking around my bookshelf, we were doing a releasing ritual here at home and yet again in my travel box of witchery (formerly, a makeup kit).  There they were sitting unloved for the last 12 years.  Produced in the early '90's it certainly seemed that to buy a new set would be near impossible, and a Google search confirmed it.  Most sellers were only selling the book without the amulets, and if you were lucky enough to find a complete set it was pretty steep, it also seemed a bit redundant to buy a whole new set when all I was missing was two.  Suddenly by a stroke of genius, and at the same time a moment of "WHY DID I TAKE SO LONG TO THINK OF THIS?"  I really should have thought of it last year when I was doing mini altar kits for the Yule gift exchange with our local group, The Inland Empire Pagan Guild.  The answer was polymer clay!

The Labrys replacement
We did our banishing ritual burning the things we all wanted to let go of for the new year.  My oldest had a stack and she tried to put them all in at once and smother the fire with her worries.  She later went to the end of the driveway to scatter the ashes with her father.  Then after the children were all in bed I started on my project of replacing the two lost tiles.  I knew they would not be perfect but it was adding in an element of my own creativity to it and making them mine.  In my search I came across this blog post and I now know that I will be decorating them.  Making them even more "mine".  I really like how she has the keywords written on the back as well.  Now that I have a complete set again, I am planning on making them part of my practice.  Getting them all gussied up to be fully my own, but still having the imprint of my Mother, makes them a very cherished and sacred tool to use.  I'm just happy to have them in working order again, even if the two "could have been done better" in the end it is in and of itself beautiful to have them just be there.

The Nile River Goddess replacement
All of this seemed like it was a moment of serendipity, new moon, new year, finally getting the amulets in working order.... AND I was thinking about "revamping" my blog with an ABC format and the amulets would fit in rather well with that plan.  Yesterday my Husband sent me a link to The Pagan Blog Project, and I KNEW that it was all systems "go".... Aside from the fact that I wanted to start fresh as my old blog has not been touched in over a year.  I will be transferring some posts over and will be deleting the old blog.