Friday, 22 July 2011

Pilgrimage to Fairy Rock

 As a child my Dad told me a story of how he had seen a fairy sunning herself on rock one day, it was a giant piece of granite in the middle of a perfect pond surrounded on three sides by willow groves and banks of wild mint we always called it fairy rock. One day when my children were very young my Mother was driving by the same rock and saw what she described as a window opening up in the air and on the other side a foreign landscape and what looked like a huge shadow dragon then it snapped shut. I have always been fascinated with this site and have visited it often over the years the energy is amazing and you lose time very quickly, you get a deep feeling of peace and wonder it makes it hard to leave. When I was a child the rock was in the middle of the most enchanting pond, today most of the pond has dried up and in its place are meadows filled with wild mint, nettle, and bluebells still surrounded by willow groves. I recently made a pilgrimage back to this enchanting place and the energy was AMAZING as per usual.

This is what you see from the road

The Rock itself
On the top of the rock are two pools
 The pools from the top. What do you see?
 Looking into the diamond willow grove from the rock
Inside the grove
 Meadows have replaced the pond

Whats left of the pond
A beautiful example of diamond willow
lichen on the rock
 As we were getting ready to leave my oldest daughter looked back at the rock and saw a little Greenman watching her. He was just for her as the rest of us could not see him but I know he was there for it is not the first time there has been a Fae encounter at the this Amazing place!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Protection Wards

Last week the lady that owns our local bookstore phoned me to ask if I would help one of the women that frequents the place. So I gave her a call to see what was up and what kind of help she thought she was in need of. She explained her situation and asked for some specific protection work on herself, her husband, child and home. I understood her fears and need to feel secure, whenever we move the first thing I do is set up protection wards. My children, husband, pets and loved ones all have some kind of spelled protection due to my Witchyness.I decided to make some Rowan crosses, a protection shield plaque, some personal mojos for the members of the family and a energy grove of trees used to shield the property kept in place by anchors fed by the love and happiness of the home.

I work with alot of nature spirits and have had a special relationship with trees for many many years. I find them to be amazing guardians and protectors and when asked nicely gladly offer there assistance in this kind of work. For this work I wanted trees who's energies I had worked with before, that represented protection, grew in our area and that I could correspond elementally. The trees were chosen for there protection qualities.  

Oak well known for its strength, protection and masculine energy corresponds to North. 
Rowan well known for protection corresponds to South. 
Willow is a protector of children and women and easily sits in Water
Birch another protector and full of mothering feminine energies works well in Air. 

On The night of the New Moon one of my coven sisters and I went out during the witching hour to our local woodland made offerings and asked permission which was graciously given then we harvested only what we would need.

                                                         This is the area during the day
Back at home my coven sister wove Rowan crosses and spelled them.


While I prepared the personal mojos. I call them a pocket full of protection.
This work is for a family so I cut the mojos from the same cloth (red felt to be exact) I sewed a rune of protection Algiz on the front and filled them with herbs of protection Sage, Calamus, St John's wort and Dragons blood everything is charged as it is added then sewed together with red thread and spelled. 
Next I made the protection plaque this is the shield for the home. 
I used clay to make the plaque and carved the rune of protection Algiz in the middle to the left I carved the rune for hope, happiness, security and certainty Dagaz and to the right the rune Othala for a house a home then it was charged to become a shield for the home. 
The Clay I used for this was graciously donated by the lady who owns the Bookstore. This woman is such a genuine soul and has managed to create a wonderful community threw her store.

Then the anchor talismans were made. Anchors can be all sorts of things crystals are very commonly used but I decided to use the clay folded talisman method

I love this method and it worked beautifully for what I had in mind. I try to use my hands as much as possible when using clay as a medium so I free hand shaped and pounded out four rough rounds then the tree energies were added then it is slowly folded in on itself like a little package during this time the spell chants are sung then you seal it so there are no seams at all and on one side runes or sacred symbols are carved. I used the Ogham for each of the trees.
 These anchors are charged with and connected to the trees energies and then are used as focal points to draw the energies of the trees that were called upon to create a grove of energy around the home or property.
My coven sister and myself payed a visit to this ladies home to put this work in place and show her and her husband how it all worked so that they could keep it charged. They were very pleased.  I thank the Goddess once again for my Witchy ways and the ability to help others.
The aftermath

Sunday, 5 June 2011

While walking in the woods one day

Went for a walk in the woods by my house today and discovered MORELS!!!!
I love mushrooms and Morels are super yummy and not all that easy to find round these parts so I was super excited. We will be frying up these bad boys for supper tonight.
I also discovered a huge patch of wild strawberries that I will be back for in a couple weeks :)
The other big surprise of the day was this wee little Oak tree. Oak trees do not grow in abundance in this part of Canada so I was very pleased to make the acquaintance of this little man and I will be visiting often to cultivate a relationship with him.
Unfortunately there is not alot of wild space around where I live but you would be amazed at what you can find.

Just as it was time to go home one last gift. What a wonder filled day in the woods.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Thrift Shop finds

I Love second hand stores! It doesn't matter where it is I can usually find something I adore. I am the Queen of knick knacks. I try not to go often as I have very limited space and over the years have collected quite a bit of "stuff". I consider it one of the ultimate recycles and what better way to help Mama Earth :) Today I found.......

This amazing ceramic green dragon trinket box
isn't it cute! It was $2.49

Then I found this ......I was so thrilled
She will sit on the ancestor alter for offerings. I paid .99 cents. So It was a very good day for bargains.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dipping in a toe to test the waters

So I have flirted with the idea of a blog for a bit now and finally have decided to give it a try. I am not entirerly sure what I want to do with this yet but what I do know is that it will be Witchy and Mine. My Opinions and My Stuff so if you do choose to comment make it nice or it won't stay long enough to matter :) With that said an introduction is in order. I am Avalon child of Raven and Skywolf, born and raised in the beautiful country of Canada. I am a Witch. I am a Priestess of the old ways. I am a Mother. I am a Wife. and I am Gaea's Dragon!