1000 Follower Giveaway #2 Winner!!

We had 6 entries for our second draw, which have been randomized using the list randomizer and sequence generator at Random.Org!

Draw #2, for a fiery Dragon’s Eye Charm:

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Our winner is: just-another-superwholock-blog!! (Please contact me with your mailing info through my Ask box - yours is not enabled and I can’t send you Fan Mail.)

Thanks to all our entrants! Check back for our next draw soon! :>

Blood Moon, October 2014

Quartz, moonstone, bloodstone, garnet, and carnelian.

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1000 Follower Celebration: Charm Giveaway #2!

I hit 1000 followers this summer, and to celebrate something I thought would never happen, I’m giving away a whole heaping pile of hand-painted wooden charms - one every two weeks until they’re all gone.

Charms are great! Tie a knot in the ribbon and keep it in or on your bag or purse. Attach it to your bed frame. Keep them on a shrine or altar. If you want or need to keep it private, tuck it behind a picture on your wall, or keep it in a drawer. You can tie it to your luggage when you travel, or just keep it in your pocket wherever you go.

Charm #2: Eye for an Eye

This Dragon’s Eye charm is designed to ward off negativity and ill intent.

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 The bindrune is for returns ill intent back to its’ origins.

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This charm is 2 inches round, and paired with a dangle of copper, garnet, and carnelian. It’s been empowered with the clearest intent - an open eye warding against all ill-will thrown towards its’ owner, ready and willing to send it right back where it came from.

Entries are now closed for this giveaway!

Thanks!

rootandrock:

Fresh, ripe, pears from my own tree.
There is nothing quite like local produce. But no matter how great you think the idea is … Don’t shake the pear tree. Just… Don’t. My poor head.

1000% jealous. Pears are my favorite fruit in the world. Free fruit! I used to go around raiding all the wild apple trees in the fields around my home, as a teenager. No free fruit in town, though. :( I’ve got a half-bushel of Mutsu apples from the farmer’s market, but it’s not the same.

rootandrock:

Fresh, ripe, pears from my own tree.

There is nothing quite like local produce. But no matter how great you think the idea is … Don’t shake the pear tree. Just… Don’t. My poor head.

1000% jealous. Pears are my favorite fruit in the world. Free fruit! I used to go around raiding all the wild apple trees in the fields around my home, as a teenager. No free fruit in town, though. :( I’ve got a half-bushel of Mutsu apples from the farmer’s market, but it’s not the same.

1000 Follower Giveaway #1 Winner!!

We had 10 entries for our first draw, which have been randomized using the list randomizer and sequence generator at Random.Org!

Draw #1, for a lovely Emotional Strength/Perseverance Bindrune Charm:

Our Winner is: sephiraallen!

Thanks to all our entrants! Check back for our next draw tomorrow!

Some more photos from around the neighbourhood. More leaves are hitting the ground now. Some of them, like the ash and birch,  have little colour in their branches - it’s all hitting the ground. More and more lovely little corners.

Raven Amongst the Stars’.

This was my birthday present to myself, this year. I can never have enough ravens, and going through my collection this summer I realized I didn’t really have anything that’s this sort of black-blue-iridescent anymore. It’s sparkly and shiny in a subtle way.

This set is made of 4mm blue goldstone, and some neat little Miyuki long drop beads in ‘blue iris’. The clusters came out pretty much as I imagined them, so I’m happy. There is a matching anklet and bracelet, which isn’t pictured here, but is exactly the same as the necklace, without silver or charms.

Not where I want to be

at 5:20 in the morning. But my feet are electrified right now, so no sleep for me. Stabby stabby.

Took up my tarot cards for the first time in…well, probably a year. I’ve been avoiding prognostication, simply because I was taking everyone one.day.at.a.time. Trying to figure out the future seemed futile when each day was so uncertain, and I didn’t want to take any day for granted. But it seemed timely after my walk Saturday, and the house was nicely candle-lit and set the mood.

I wasn’t terribly surprised by what I read. Mostly that it’s time to get off my ass and get on with things. I am what I am, as I am, and I’ve survived the whole ordeal fairly intact. I can sort out whatever configuration I’m in now, and how it’s going to work, as I go. Whatever was stayed during my illness is not going to wait for me anymore, so it behooves me to catch up with the flow of traffic, or get run over.

Husband brought home autumn crack for me: Claire Burke ‘Applejack and Peel’ room spray. It is the one exception I make about scents and oils - it may be a perfume oil, but it smells like fall and home and we needs it, precious. I will try very hard not to make it smell like a bakery exploded in here, but I make no promises.

A celebration of my foot going full circle: I got out for my first decent walk, finally. Just around the neighbourhood, but hey - it’s a start.

I like to get out as the sun starts to lower, especially in this season. All this colour really just came out this week - I expect next weekend will be positively afire. (Time to persuade the husband for a walk out Scout Valley way!) I will probably take many more photos - I always want to catch that elusive something that I feel and see in autumn, but I never quite do. Doesn’t stop me from trying.

I wander, lately. Mainly in mind, since I’m just barely back on two solid feet. Some days my balance is better than others.

I plan to wander with my feet this weekend - just around the block, probably, but it’s a start that’s long overdue. The trees have just taken off this week. So much colour. I have to go out and feel it. I owe myself that after last year. I will probably take the camera, since it will give me the excuse to stop frequently and catch my non-existent breath.

I had a point here, somewhere. Maybe it was that I’m wandering, but I’m not lost. This feels different. I don’t know where I am, but it’s not the same as being lost.

When I was younger, I kept getting this whisper from the universe, this soul urge that said ‘transformation’. It took me years to understand that time wasn’t exactly linear, and that what felt urgent, and imminent, probably wasn’t. But here I am. This whole journey with my foot has been transformative. I am not what I was. I cannot go back. The land under my new feet is undiscovered territory. And my feet are learning to walk all over again.

The map is not the territory. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that.

I am always caught out by change in the flow of my world. Everybody’s different - we’re all tuned to a different fork, all vibrating at our own pitch. Autumn is what resonates with me. When the season first rises up, as everything cools and colours and glows, it’s like a swelling chord in my ears, a strong wind under my wings. It pushes me along. I wax on the world’s waning (if that makes sense).

My younger self didn’t know what to do with that change. I would ring at the same pitch as the season, and it would set my blood on fire. I would feed it and it would feed me and the volume would just keep getting louder. It was like static crackling along my fingertips, my heart banging in my ears. I felt like I needed to do something - anything - with that energy: set it free, let it go - magic for magic’s sake, punch-drunk on the season. I think this is what people mean when they say they ‘feel witchy’ - that swell, that volume, fed by the beauty and strength of a thing they’re attuned to

Time changes all things, though. I still feel my spirit move into sync with the season, and swell on that resonant frequency. I still marvel and wonder at its’ beauty, and strength. I still crackle at the fingertips. But maybe I handle my ‘woo’ a bit better these days. I don’t get the same ‘punch-drunk-love’. Sometimes I wish I did. It made me feel strong, and wild, and good to be alive.

Autumn makes me a little sad, a little nostalgic, now. Wistful. Sometimes I long for what’s gone by me, when I look around me, at me, and I don’t recognize the landscape. I’m not where I thought I would be, or should be, or could have been.

But the map is not the territory. And what is, is.

The current state of my Autumn shrine/altar/space/thingy.

Quartz crystal, golden healer quartz, golden rutile quartz, fire agate, red and hessonite garnet, carnelian, gold and red tiger’s eye, axinite, honey calcite.

1000 Follower Celebration: Charm Giveaway #1!

I hit 1000 followers this summer, and to celebrate something I thought would never happen, I’m giving away a whole heaping pile of hand-painted wooden charms - one every two weeks until they’re all gone. Since there’s 16, it’s going to take a while.

Charms are great! Tie a knot in the ribbon and keep it in or on your bag or purse. Attach it to your bed frame. Keep them on a shrine or altar. If you want or need to keep it private, tuck it behind a picture on your wall, or keep it in a drawer. You can tie it to your luggage when you travel, or just keep it in your pocket wherever you go.

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Charm #1: Grounded Self - Strength and Endurance

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This bindrune represents Emotional Strength.

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The second bindrune is for Perseverance.

This charm is 2.5 inches in length, and paired with a copper, malachite, and golden sheen obsidian dangle. It’s been empowered to help you stay grounded, to stand firm, to not be overwhelmed by your emotional challenges. Stand your ground and thrive.

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Entries are now closed for this giveaway!

Thanks!

Autumn Equinox, 2014

This year has been a quiet affair at home. My mother visited over the weekend, so I’ve celebrated this year with good food and had fun poking around town, looking at seasonal things. I made my own leaf candle jars, something I’ve been wanting to do for years now.

Last year, the summer was so hot and dry, right up to (Canadian) Thanksgiving. I waited in longing for the leaves to turn and fall. Autumn was supposed to be the end of my foot woes. But then I landed in the hospital, and watched from my window as leaves barely turned, dull and lifeless, and a week of constant rain stripped the trees bare. In the space of a week, autumn came and went. I mourned. I lost the entire season.

But this year, I am home, and autumn is unfurling its’ banner as it should. Twilight is taking on a deep, rich beauty now - a magical light the other seasons don’t give this time of day. The trees are beginning to glow. I am relatively well again, and able to partake of the season. I have come full circle, and I am grateful for it.