COUNTDOWN TO SAMHAIN DAY #4: THE FINAL HARVEST

I live in Rockingham County surrounding Harrisonburg City in Virginia back in one of the most remote and rural areas. You won’t see any subdivisions around here and I love it like this!  There are vacant fields, crop fields, large farms, large wooded areas, mountains and rivers surrounding my home and it fits me just right and makes me smile! I can just take a walk outside to get in tune with nature and the seasons! I’m also thankful to live in an area in which the change of the seasons is heavily marked with changes in temperature, plants and animals. I can take a scenic drive any day in any direction; I can go up to the top of Reddish Knob or just tour the backroads of the country. The West Virginia line is just a few miles from my home and I can have a drive through the heavily wooded areas and see deer, bear, red foxes and many more types of animal life.

I can truly see the final harvest of the growing season where I live because I can watch the farmers cut the crops and clear their land for the winter. We have a heavy population of hunters where I live and they strive to bring in squirrel, deer, bear and fish to store for the winter. This area is very busy at this time of year! People here also reap the final bounty of their gardens and either freeze or can the fruits and vegetables. If you’re like me, you try to reap the final bits of herbs and plants and dry them to use during the winter season. I grow Sage, Lemon Balm, a variety of mints, Comfrey, Basil and plants such as Red Clover, Plantain and Mullien grow wild out here. It is time for me to make my Four Thieves Vinegar which I use to ward off winter sicknesses such as the cold and flu. For my Four Thieves Vinegar, I use a half gallon of apple cider vinegar, about 1/2 cup minced fresh garlic cloves, 1 cup dried rosemary, 1/2 to 1 cup dried thyme, 1 cup dried sage, the peels of about 2-3 lemons and I may try some cayenne pepper this year. I put all of the dried herbs, the garlic and the lemon peels into the half gallon canning jar and pour the apple cider vinegar over them. When I have everything put into the canning jar I have two options: I can either put the lid on the jar and let it sit in a dark place for two to four weeks, or I can dump it all into a big pot on the stove and heat it without boiling it until I feel I have gotten the precious oils and liquids out of all of my ingredients, strain it and put it into the canning jar and store the liquid in a dark place to take as a tincture during the winter to ward off illnesses. I have recently learned that I can add honey to the mixture as well! I believe adding honey would be a good thing because not only is honey another natural preservative, but it would tame the flavor of the vinegar mixture which I already take as a tincture and marinate chicken in! I think I will try mixing honey into my Four Thieves Vinegar this fall as well!

I will leave you with a few pictures of our scenic land:

 

COUNTDOWN TO SAMHAIN DAY #5: MUSIC: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW MUSICAL

OMG!!! I LOVE music and I LOVE The Rocky Horror Picture Show Musical and all of the laudable tracks that come along with it: Science Fiction-Double Feature, The Time Warp, Sweet Transvestite (Tim Curry did it the BEST!), Hot Patootie and etc.! Music moves me and these songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show make me smile time and time again!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Science Fiction Double Feature-

 

The Time Warp-

 

Sweet Transvestite-

 

Hot Patootie-

 

Hot Patootie 2016 with Adam Lambert-

 

Enjoy!!!

DAY #9 OF THE COUNTDOWN TO SAMHAIN: DIVINATION

For the past few months, I have been studying the tarot; more specifically, I have been studying the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. I now use the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck exclusively when reading cards. I like that it has a long history attached to it and I trust the symbolic imagery in the deck. Arthur Waite and Pamela Colman created the deck together through the Rider Company with Coleman bringing Waite’s visions of the cards come alive with her artistic talents.I am studying the cards with the help of the book, “The Easiest Way To Learn The Tarot-Ever”, by Dusty White (links at the bottom of this post).

There are so many … Really SO MANY … Tarot decks to choose from these days; perhaps there are truly TOO MANY tarot decks these days. I know there are many decks with wild, exaggerated  scenes on the cards and “modern” Manga “cool” looking imagery which attract the younger generation especially; however, I feel that the true meaning of the tarot is lost within these new modernized, attention-grabbing tarot decks. Call me an old fuddy duddy if you will, but I feel that what is given up in the name of “modernized”, mostly Manga or overly elaborate scenes on these new tarot card decks is the intricately woven symbology within the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. I feel like tarot decks today are created by more of an artist type person than a person with a heavy esoteric background.

Arthur Edward Waite studied many branches of esotericism such as:  divination, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy. In addition, he was an outer member of the Golden Dawn and after that became a Freemason. He also translated and reissued several mystical and alchemical works such as: The Book of Ceremonial Magic and The Holy Kabbalah. So, in my opinion this gives his tarot deck much more credibility than say a fairy tarot deck picked off of the shelf because of the artwork as opposed to the esoteric meaning of the scenes and symbolic imagery.

My final argument for sticking with one tarot deck is that I am actually able to remember what the scenes and esoteric symbology means and I can read connections between the cards as well. Also, the feedback I’m getting from people who have me read their cards is that I am on point almost 100% of the time. So in my opinion, keeping with one credible tarot deck and learning the meaning of the scenes on the cards and the esoteric symbology makes good common sense. What do you think?

 

https://www.amazon.com/Easiest-Way-Learn-Tarot-Ever/dp/1419692887/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477189132&sr=1-3&keywords=easy+tarot

 

https://www.amazon.com/Rider-Tarot-Arthur-Edward-Waite/dp/091386613X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477192193&sr=1-1&keywords=rider+waite+tarot+deck

 

 

ORBUCULUM

GrannyMoon's Morning Feast

ORBUCULUM

Fortune_Teller_witch_occult_crystal_ball_fantasy_women_females_face_1920x1200Sometimes we are tested not to show our weakness but to discover our strengths

Through this understanding of our new found strengths we can begin to unlock a more spiritual side of ourselves

Deep within my subconscious mind images form as I try to analyze them to find out a little bit more about myself

I take it all in and begin to see my future…

THE ENCHANTING CRYSTAL BALL

Set the atmosphere in a darkened quiet room as you light 3 candles and burn some Patchouli incense

Place underneath the Crystal Ball a black velvet cloth

Make sure there are no reflections from anything in the room shining on the Ball too much light can distort images or make it difficult to read what the Crystal Ball is telling you

Breathe in and out slowly and deeply feel the sense of…

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