'Red Moon' - Full Lunar Eclipse, April 2014.
Carnelian, garnet, jet, obsidian, black tourmaline, raw copper. (I devote lunar eclipses to The Morrigan.)

'Red Moon' - Full Lunar Eclipse, April 2014.

Carnelian, garnet, jet, obsidian, black tourmaline, raw copper. (I devote lunar eclipses to The Morrigan.)

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Lunar eclipse this week. Of course, here the weather is either supposed to be apocalyptic rain or late spring snow, neither of which is optimal for actually -seeing- the eclipse, but I’ll still know it’s there.

They’re rare nights, and I take those nights when the moon turns red to singularily honour The Morrigan - a night where mysteries flow, under the red light of the shadowed moon. They’re more intense rites than what I give at the new moon, and deeply private. They’re communion, in the dictionary meaning of the word - a sharing of mind and spirit.

I feel a sense of fierce joy about this one. It’s been too long - but that’s the way of it.

little things.

You’re hard-pressed to find ‘spring’ up here, sometimes. Farther south, yeah, they get that. Up here? You need to know the signs. And you have to be patient.

First the crows come back from their roosts. Then it’s been raining, more than snowing. There’s melting. Then there’s mud. You can see the earth again. The shoots of my lilies are rising once more. My lawn has re-emerged. The sky is *bright* and blue. There’s warmth in the sun and on the wind. There’s no flowers or leaves, but it’s a matter of time - another month, maybe.

Winter hasn’t let go yet, but Summer is slipping out through the cracks of its’ fists.

Bedside Bowl - ‘Little April Showers’ - April 2014.
Kyanite, blue sapphire, blue chalcedony, iolite, labradorite, blue-violet fluorite, celestite, agate raven.

Bedside Bowl - ‘Little April Showers’ - April 2014.

Kyanite, blue sapphire, blue chalcedony, iolite, labradorite, blue-violet fluorite, celestite, agate raven.

small miracles.

As of today, my foot wound is completely closed. I still have to have some maintenance done in the area, but nothing is open anymore. I am relieved that it’s finally done. I’m still fighting with the anemia I’ve had for a while now, but I’m hopeful that will get treated in the near future, as well.

My working is finished, all except for the Balancing. Winter is slowly relinquishing the earth, and I am standing on my own two feet. Thank the Gods for small miracles.

Witchcraft is not escapist fantasy. It is not all pretty crystals and trailing cloaks and falling leaves in fern-strewn forests. It is a tool for coping with life, amongst many other skills and crafts we learn.  And if you’re using that tool as wallpaper for reality, so you don’t have to look at the things you find ugly, disagreeable, or difficult - you’re doing it wrong.

Those ugly, disagreeable things will eat you alive, even if you try to ignore or disbelieve in them. I’m not saying you can’t like pretty things or make your Craft attractive. But it can’t be at the expense of functioning in the real world. A pretty knife that’s so dull it can’t cut is useless.

Home from coven again - lovely weekend. :) We held a Freyja invocation ritual, rather than a Spring Equinox ritual. It was beautiful and fun and very successful. Always nice when Freyja graces us with her presence.
In the meantime…the newborn spring graced us with high winds, freezing temperatures, and 9 inches of new snow. Pretty sure that makes my answer to this ‘hopeless delusion’, obviously. Oh well! If we’re lucky, the snow might be gone by Beltane. (Don’t laugh - it has snowed on us mid-rite, before.)

Home from coven again - lovely weekend. :) We held a Freyja invocation ritual, rather than a Spring Equinox ritual. It was beautiful and fun and very successful. Always nice when Freyja graces us with her presence.

In the meantime…the newborn spring graced us with high winds, freezing temperatures, and 9 inches of new snow. Pretty sure that makes my answer to this ‘hopeless delusion’, obviously. Oh well! If we’re lucky, the snow might be gone by Beltane. (Don’t laugh - it has snowed on us mid-rite, before.)

Finding my center. (Or, at least, trying to.)

Finding my center. (Or, at least, trying to.)

I haven’t yet decided if changing the colours on this and other shrines today is sympathetic magic, wishful thinking, or hopeless delusion.

I haven’t yet decided if changing the colours on this and other shrines today is sympathetic magic, wishful thinking, or hopeless delusion.

Another set of Norse apron beads for another covenmate, in preparation for a Freyja invocation ritual.
Green aventurine, golden topaz, amber resin, lampworked glass heart, cut crystal, freshwater pearls, glass, and silver-plated findings

Another set of Norse apron beads for another covenmate, in preparation for a Freyja invocation ritual.

Green aventurine, golden topaz, amber resin, lampworked glass heart, cut crystal, freshwater pearls, glass, and silver-plated findings

echtrai:

The Gardnerian Book of Shadows is available free online and you can see that the names were originally just “*insert month* Eve.” There might be other names available only to the initiated but obviously I don’t have that information and it’s irrelevant to the point. 

Except, it’s not that book. There’s something -called- the Gardnerian Book of Shadows online. The actual BoS itself is oathbound material, and will not be found published on the internet, or in a commercially-available book. It doesn’t break my oaths to say that.
It’s either someone’s idea of what the Gard BoS looks like, an outsider’s best guess from publicly available non-oathbound material, or it’s an oathbreaker sharing oathbound information, which renders the information itself as untrustworthy as its’ source. There’s no way for a non-initiate to verify the material in the ‘online BoS’ for themselves, and an initiate isn’t going to break their oaths to do so for them.
It’s also worth noting that the Farrars are Alexandrians, not Gardnerians, so what is in one tradition’s Book of Shadows is not going to be exactly the same as in the other’s. There’s an online version of the Alexandrian BoS out there as well, which is equally as trustworthy as the other.
You may think that irrelevant, but I don’t. I wouldn’t use any online ‘BoS’ as a reference or source for anything, because it’s dubious. Stick with using the Farrars as your source material for the argument - it is very much on them for the use of Irish names for the Sabbats.
Myself, I use them - but I’m also an Irish polytheist, and that’s my personal practice. The holidays and rituals I celebrate with my coven are different from the holidays and rituals I celebrate at home, and I’m happy to acknowledge that.

echtrai:

The Gardnerian Book of Shadows is available free online and you can see that the names were originally just “*insert month* Eve.” There might be other names available only to the initiated but obviously I don’t have that information and it’s irrelevant to the point. 

Except, it’s not that book. There’s something -called- the Gardnerian Book of Shadows online. The actual BoS itself is oathbound material, and will not be found published on the internet, or in a commercially-available book. It doesn’t break my oaths to say that.

It’s either someone’s idea of what the Gard BoS looks like, an outsider’s best guess from publicly available non-oathbound material, or it’s an oathbreaker sharing oathbound information, which renders the information itself as untrustworthy as its’ source. There’s no way for a non-initiate to verify the material in the ‘online BoS’ for themselves, and an initiate isn’t going to break their oaths to do so for them.

It’s also worth noting that the Farrars are Alexandrians, not Gardnerians, so what is in one tradition’s Book of Shadows is not going to be exactly the same as in the other’s. There’s an online version of the Alexandrian BoS out there as well, which is equally as trustworthy as the other.

You may think that irrelevant, but I don’t. I wouldn’t use any online ‘BoS’ as a reference or source for anything, because it’s dubious. Stick with using the Farrars as your source material for the argument - it is very much on them for the use of Irish names for the Sabbats.

Myself, I use them - but I’m also an Irish polytheist, and that’s my personal practice. The holidays and rituals I celebrate with my coven are different from the holidays and rituals I celebrate at home, and I’m happy to acknowledge that.