The sun has been shining here in Ohio for two days straight..finally! We even hit 40 degrees with 50 degrees coming for several days. I’m soooo happy to see the Sun God in his shining golden glory!! We have had weeks of gray and dreary days and for a few days at least it looks like we’re going to get a taste of Spring. The huge black ugly snow mounds piled everywhere are starting to melt and we see grass in our yards again. Today I saw robins, cardinals, squirrels, bluejays and even little Chipmunks out and about today..feeding from our bird feeders. I have a little raccon that comes out during the day (which is not supposed to happen) to drink from our fish pond and wash his hands and face..so cute. We have had deer in our yard a few times too recently. I love watching the wildlife! Makes me happy. Spring is coming my friends..just 15 days til the 1st day of Spring or Ostara is here!
My favorite part of the day today has been when my daughter and her daughter, my little Lily, my beautiful grandaughter, came to visit today. I could tell that she was enjoying being able to walk in instead of being carried and was taking her sweet time doing it. Her mom who is so patient and gives Lily the freedom to explore had a smile on her face, enjoying Lily’s morning walk too. When she finally made it in, she had two fistfuls of stones from her walk to our back door. She made sure to bring them to me and show me what she had. I of course, made a big deal out of them. You see, as witches, my daughters and I love stones, crystals, gemstones etc and it’s very pleasing to see our little one following suit. As she gets older, she will learn the magickal properties of the stones and how they can be used to aid in magick or healing. How lucky for her to have her mom, Nana, Auntie and Great Aunt to teach her such things. Sure wish I had that advantage when I was a kid. I’m so anxious for Spring to come as this year Lily is a walking, talking toddler who will be so much fun to explore with and to watch nature from her eyes. Can’t wait.
When I was a kid, I loved nature too. I found myself enchanted with a starry sky and full moon, the smell of autumn and the crisp leaves crunching under my feet, the smell of fresh mown grass, the beauty of flowers, the sound of the ocean, the birds, the crickets and frogs. I spent most of my waking time outside riding bikes, exploring the woods, playing yard games with the neighborhood kids, laying on a blanket reading a book, sitting on the front steps watching the sun go down. I was a natural, nature loving witch and didn’t know it! LOL…I still am but now I understand better why I feel that way. Being Pagan, Wiccan, Witch, brings me close to the love of the God and Goddess in the form of nature and the beauty of it around us all the time. God and Goddess have given us simple everyday things to enjoy everyday and to remind us that they are here with us…not above looking down on us..but right beside us! I love that feeling..it brings me great comfort. All I have to do is sit under a tree and listen to the wind blowing thru the leaves, the birds nesting it, the flowers growing under it and the moon and stars shining on it to know that I’m loved and that I send love back to them. My grandaughter who feels love everyday from her family, will also feel the love of the Goddess along with God and be my little nature girl!!
After two back to back Winter storms…about 4:00 this afternoon the sun came out! It was beautiful. The skies cleared and turned blue and the snow was glinting in the brilliance! I was soooo happy to see it! I love Winter as I’ve said before, but the dreary gray heavy skies can really get a person down. My spirit was lifted as soon as I saw the bright ball in the sky again.
Today I had lunch with my daughters and grandaughter at Fridays..I love love love their sweet potato fries!…then we headed off to Barnes & Noble to have coffee and purchase various books. With Valentines Day coming, little board books were bought for little Lily, crochet books for Willow and I, and some gifts that I won’t mention here so as not to give anything away! While we were there I took Lily back to the Children’s section to run off some steam and play. They have a little table set up with a Thomas the Train set for the kids to play on. A little boy about 5 years old was playing there. My grandaughter became absolutely giddy about another child there playing and immediately started interacting with him. She laughed til she was weak kneed literally everytime he said anything or made an “engine” noise..she kept grabbing his arm to touch him and stay connected to him. Bless his heart he quickly realized he had her rapt attention and took advantage of it quickly..playing with her. It was sooo adorable, I wanted to laugh with her in her joy, and cry at the love I felt for her. I will never forget it…ever. She is just 14 months old but seems so much older..an old soul, I believe. She is very special, but of course I’m her Nana and would think so wouldn’t I??!!
Tonight we are in the “dark moon.” The new moon will be on the 13th…I am trying to decide what I want to ask The Goddess to aid me in during that night. The new moon is for new projects, personal growth, healing and drawing abundance, money and success. I will ask for all those things in some way..I don’t have a new project planned as of right now so I will focus on the others. I love when after 3 days of the dark moon that the silver sliver shows up again in the sky and all seems right with the world. Tomorrow I’ll be going to the health food store to get the needed herbs and oils to do my spellwork.
I’m almost finished with “The Book of Witchery” by Ellen Dugan and again, I strongly suggest it to those interested in Magickal Daily Correspondences..the information is invaluable and really helps me to be grounded and feel prepared for each day of the week. I’ve picked out the next book I’ll be starting on next. More on that yet to come.
Have you seen the new show “Past Life”? It’s a good one, I highly recommend it. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not.
I’m off to watch the show and do more reading. May you have a Blessed, restful night.
Day two of writing on my blog. The midwest Winter Storm is over. Things are very cold, very snowy and very beautiful. The snow hanging on the trees is awe inspiring. The wildlife is out and about..the bird feeder is very busy with cardinals, blue jays, little birds, squirrels and chipmunks. They are all very busy collecting to get thru the rest of the winter.
I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl game. It should be a very good game..not a blow out like usual. The Colts are my 2nd favorite team (the Bengals being my first..Who Dey!) but I have to admit that the Saints winning would be pretty awesome..we’ll see what happens. I’m going to make Baked Ziti and Pineapple upside down cake..good comfort food for a cold winter day. Yum-O.
This week I’ll be looking for those special Valentine gifts for my daughters and grandaughter. At 14 months old she is old enough to enjoy a heartshaped cookie or a cupcake with pink icing and red sprinkles! So much fun. She loves books too so Barnes and Noble here I come! My daughters love gift certificates and witchy items..I just got a wonderful new mortar and pestle..rough granite and very big..I’m thinking that would make a great gift! My husband is happy with eating out so I’m sure thats what we’ll do.
I love to knit, especially small projects like scarfs, mittens, little sweaters for my grandaughter and small baby blankets. I haven’t had a good knitting day lately.I’m thinking today would be a good day for that too. As I mentioned before too, I’m reading Ellen Dugan’s book “the Book of Witchery” which is excellent. It gives the week of the day correspondences and magickal influences. I highly recommend it and the information is definitely going to go in my book of shadows.
Speaking of book of shadows, my daughters, my sister and I are all anxiously awaiting deliver of our huge, beautiful, leather bound books from Witches Moon. We ordered them in August and are trying very hard to be patient. From what we can tell, on average, it takes about 7 months to get them..they are completely handmade by a husband and wife with great love. They are very special and will be a true “keep forever and hand down to future generations” item! We’ve been given a tentative shipping date of the 17th..so I’ll let you know when they come! (wriggling with excitement and anticipation)!
Well, I’m off to make that cake, light the fire in the fireplace, light some candles and settle in with my book or knitting.
Blessed Be, Autumn