Apple Picking and Magic

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With how much Cody and I have been working, it is rare that the both of us have an evening off together, let alone a whole day… But yesterday both of us were fortunate enough to be off work all day long with one another. Originally, we were talking about doing a lot of much needed shopping, running errands, cleaning house, then making dinner and calling it an early night; practical and boring, but thing that needed to be done.  However, as soon as we woke up and saw what a beautiful day it was, we decided an adventure was in order.

apple-picking-7We got dressed, threw together some snacks, and jumped into the car and set off for Blue Ridge, GA. There is a family run apple orchard there called Mercier, which hosts a “U Pick,” where guests can pay for a bag and pick all the apples they could possibly ask for. Cody and I spent the day in the Orchards and picked more apples than I could ever dream of eating, so I imagine I will be spending the next several days putting  together obscene amounts of baked goods for my loved ones.

With all the time we spent in the orchards, surrounded by the mountains and apples, it was hard to not thing about all the wonderful, magical properties in which the apple possesses and the many ways that you can incorporate said properties into your magical and mundane life.

The magical properties of apples:

  • Health and fertility
  • Financial Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Protection
  • Divination
  • Connecting to the feminine
  • Emotional and romantic love

apple-pickingAs you can see, apples can be used for nearly anything you can possibly imagine, and using apples for these purposes are incredibly easy. For health, bless and apple before you eat it. Add apple seeds to a financial security mojo bag. Bake apple pies for your loved ones. Place apples on your altar to protect and bless it.

As you can imagine, you all will be flooded with magical apple crafts for the next week or so- in fact, as we speak I am waiting for my sweet potato and apple dog treats to come out of the oven, so you will be getting a post on the baking process within the day.

Apples…apples for days. I have a life time of magic laying across my counters at the moment (and at least a week’s worth of baking… at least), so I will leave you here for the moment. I hope you all enjoied your long weekend (if you did indeed have a long weekend).

Be Blessed,
-D

 

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What is in my MoJo bag?

Just a short post, for in a few minutes I will be off to a job interview. Please cross your fingers for me, I need a second job pretty badly if we are going to be comfortable in our own finances… and plus also we are planning a surprise Disney World vacation for my mom, so the extra money would definitely help.
Because I am really needing a little extra “umph” in the working department, I decided I would make a prosperity and business MoJo bag to help me sell myself as best as I could to a potential employer and to help me stay calm and extremely productive whenever I am working. If you want to watch my YouTube video on what all I put in there (in case you want to see my make-up-less face and pony tail AND what the stones looked like) you can click HERE.

Within the bag I have a:

  • Blue Goldstone- for good business sense and smart money investments.
  • Tigers Eye- to keep you grounded and to protect the wealth that you already have.
  • Citrine- to stay positive and promote a happy vibe, luck with money.
  • Clear Quartz- to magnify all of the stone’s properties.
  • Bluckeyes- something that has always been lucky to me.
  • A Dollar- to represent the money we need.
  • A note with all the needs of Cody and myself.

When I was finished stuffing my bag, I rested it in a bed of patchouli and cinnamon sticks so that it would be charged with their properties of luck and prosperity.

 

I got my mojo bag in my pocket… wish me luck, y’all. I need this.

-D

 

 

Witchy Haul

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Last night, I took advantage of the full moon and charged all of my crystals. While I was sifting through my stones and laying them out in the dish, I came across a few stones that I had recently bought at The Ren Fest, but have never used or cleansed. I suppose it just got lost in the messy state my home is in.

When I picked up the stones, I didn’t really have much information on them. I simply grabbed them on impulse. As is would turn out, I grabbed exactly what I needed… funny how things like that always happen.

What did I pick up? I thought you would never ask…

calciteBlue Calcite: I love light blue stones- they always seem to have a calming affect on me. Lately I’ve been having a hard time overcoming a lack of energy and creativity in my life. I have been so stressed out with my new job and my cluttered home that I constantly feel tired… After a while of holding this crystal in my hand, I felt as if I needed to write. My mind had suddenly cleared up and began researching my many new crystals. Blue Calcite, I learned, is often used to help overcome depression and anxiety, to boost creativity, and to help with communication.

onyx-stoneBlack Onyx: I have many bad habits that keep me from living my life to the fullest… bad habits that affect my decision making abilities that not only affect my life, but my fiancé’s as well… often resulting severe guilt that leads to depression. Wearing Black Onyx can help absorb negative energy that would otherwise affect you, help to change your bad habits (so long as you are actively working on changing the habit as well), and to help keep you from living in the past. I’ve been so haunted by my past mistakes that I am often unable to focus on the present- on fixing my past issues so that I may move forward with my life.

goldstone-blueBlue Goldstone: Not that I’m all about looks, but the number one reason I picked up this stone is because I found it pretty… Sounds superficial of me, doesn’t it? Blue Goldstone is a man mad glass infuse with copper, so while it does not naturally come from the earth, much energy is put into creating this beauty. This stone is used in decision making regarding business and money and in helping to ease in job transitions (which is perfect for me, considering I am starting a new job). For empathic people, this stone can also help to protect your own heart when taking on other people’s emotions. My favorite explanation this stone comes from the Healing Crystals website, saying that the shimmering specks inside this navy blue stone capture the illusion of stars in the night sky, reminding us that even in our darkest times, there will be light.

These stones came to me when I needed them the most and I cannot wait to incorporate them into my daily life.  I hope I’ll have another witchy haul post soon!

Blessings,
D

 

 

 

 

 

Witchy Unpacking

The worst part about moving is undoubtedly the packing and unpacking. Sure, taking all of your belongings out of boxes has an air of “Christmas” about it… at first. But then it always seems to take a dark turn for the worst. You have more “junk” than you have room for and all the still packed boxes seem to multiply. It sucks.

To keep myself somewhat sane while unpacking and reorganizing, I’ve been slowly setting up altars around the house. It helps me channel my frustrations into creative, spiritual energy.

My Altar When I Lived With Cody’s Parents

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When we lived with Cody’s parents, I wasn’t sure how his parent’s would feel if I had a full altar set up, so I had added a ton of “essentials” into a beautiful wooden box with flowered carvings.  Though I no longer need to hide all of my things, I still love having my box and have it on display on my main altar.

My Main Altar

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I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% loving this set up. I thought having my altar on my dresser top would look wonderful and I would have a ton to room to spread out my tools, but now I’m not so sure. I guess we will figure that out later on.
My two white candles represent the god and goddess, I have taper candles to represent my elements, my tarot and oracle cards, my book of shadows and a few other’s here and there… but it still feels a little odd. I may begin looking for a smaller table and restart it from there.

My Living Room Altar

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So far, this is my favorite part of my living room.
My living room altar, though to most it doesn’t appear to be an altar at all, I feel is even more magical than my main altar (which is a problem to me, but it is what it is). I have on it two of my favorite pictures of Cody and myself, all of the wine corks from the many bottles of wine I’ve shared with my family and friends, two lamps (one owl, on elephant), and my Buddha, Ganesha, and my owl totems, and a  few candles here and there. There is so much love on this small little area, it makes my heart happy.

I am still unpacking, still organizing, and still looking to create more altars, but so far this is where I am sitting.

As soon as I get a little more settled in, I will have more posts to come.

 

Witchy Tip: Altars

When we were living on our own, I had an altar in just about every room. One for the bathroom, kitchen, balcony, living room, and my big altar in the bedroom. These were small altars, made up of only a few small items… but these small items help a large impact on my heart.

It is harder to have all of those now, especially sense I live with my in-laws for the moment. I miss having my little altars around, all of them held a small purpose and helped me to be mindful of my spirituality during my mundane activities. Because I miss them so much, I have started gathering supplies to set up my small altars when for when we move.

This is a perfect example of a tiny altar. Check out the original poster’s blog here.

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Bathroom:
I get ready for the day in my bathroom… I shower, fix my hair, put on my makeup, etc. Same with my fiancé, he shaves and trims his hair over the sink. The bathroom is a place where you can relax and make yourself feel beautiful. With that in mind, my bathroom altar will be composed of a small mosaic bowl that is filled with dried lavender and rose petal potpourri with a small white candle scented with gardenia oils. All of these things invoke an image of serene beauty in my mind and promote a feeling of self love. Small, simple, perfect.

Kitchen:
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so I want my kitchen altar to feel warm. I have a red, flat dish with rimmed edges that I will fill with whole coffee beans, lentils, and cinnamon sticks. In the center I will keep a candle to light whenever I am making a meal. This is exactly what I kept in my kitchen before, and I absolutely loved it. It reminded me to be thankful for the food we have before us every time I made a meal.

Balcony:
This one is beyond simple! I found a tiny outdoor table, maybe big enough for my fiancé and I to set our coffee on, at a garage sale for $5.00. Done, it is mine. There I keep a small potted plant and a citronella candle. It was a beautiful place to sit with friends, but also served as a functional altar. There was enough room for me to charge my tools in the moonlight or to leave an offering to the fae.

Living Room:
I had a small bookshelf that sat against a center wall in my living room. It was weird looking on its own, but with a little bit of love Cody and I were able to make it beautiful. We framed pictures of our pets, family, and friends and set it on top of it. Then, we put a cork collector and filled it with the wine corks from bottles we shared with our loved ones. I still have the bookshelf, so I am currently working on re-staining it to give it a fresh new touch.

Bedroom:
This is my standard, large altar set up. I have my deity representations, candles for the elements, incense, crystals… The works 🙂

 

Having a small, discrete altar in every room is easy. If you are still in the broom closet, your altars can still be out and about, simply disguised as beautiful decoration.