Spell a Day – March 1st 2016

Month Number 3 begins my Gentle Readers. March, the start of the year according to older calendars was a month of change and transition. Poor Julius Caesar had a bad day on the 15th, the infamous “Ides of March”. Some calendars used to also hint that the last three days of the month actually belonged to April. Perhaps Mars, who the month is named for, thought they were his in the spoils of some war.

This is the month of Ostara for earth based faiths. Time to glorify the Lady and welcome in Spring with colored eggs, symbols of rabbits, and much revelry. Personally, I am looking forward to Cadbury creme eggs. My favorite Easter candy.
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MMMMM, creme eggs. *drooling*

March 1st is also National Pig Day in the United States. A couple of sisters founded this day in 1972 to celebrate “man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” I don’t know about that, but I do know that
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Thanks Jayne Rockmill

I am not saying that we shouldn’t celebrate the Pig. I am just going to do it with bacon on my cheeseburger.

Also, I think this will be the last Official Spell a Day post. I have looked ahead and there is a lot of repetition in themes. There are only so many times I want to comment on cutting ties or prosperity/wealth spells. So while I may still refer to the Spell a Day, I am going to start calling these On this day posts and expand upon other events of the day. Births, deaths, events, traditions. All sorts of fun stuff. Until next time my Gentle Readers.

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Spell a Day – Feb 28th 2016

Time to take stock of where we are so far this year my Gentle Readers. We are 2 months in, one-sixth of the year is over. How is everyone doing on their goals for the year?

Here was my list I made:
1 – I want to finish the rewrite/editing of my first book so that the improved second edition can be released. – The second edition is at my editor friend getting looked over, hoping for a spring release.
2 – I want to self pub my novella (still in the editing phase). – I have the edits back, just haven’t worked through them all yet.
3 – I want to finish, edit, and self pub my the second book in my Family Heritage series this year. – Waiting on feedback to the extended ending of book 1 so I can flow it right into book 2.
4 – I would like to make some major progress on my high fantasy (think Tolkien) series. I have the skeleton of a realm, deities, antagonists/protagonists. Just have to finish plotting and then get to work fleshing out the stories. I haven’t quite figured out if it will be a series of short stories/novellas, or if each set of characters will end up in their own full blown novel. Since they will also overlap I have to make sure my outlines are complete for consistency. – Tabled this one for now.
5 – I plan to get myself down in weight before summer. I have at least the 20-30 to lose that I want to, so from there I will evaluate what I still can lose healthily. – Still holding steady where I was at the beginning of the year. At least I haven’t gained back any of the 30lbs I lost last year.
6 – I want to blog at least once a week, if not more often. I will be looking for topics to discuss. As part of this I want to do at least 2 book reviews a month. I need to get a submission page setup for anyone interested in having me review their work. – So far this is going well. I am averaging at least 1 book a week and my Spell a Day posts seem to have gathered some avid readers. I hope everyone is enjoying them.
7 – It would be nice to put together a book of poetry as well. I have a notebook almost full and a thumb drive with a few dozen from when I was younger. Just not sure if I have enough that would be of interest to others. The ones I have blogged here have received favorable reviews so perhaps there is potential in others as well. – This is buried under the other writing projects.
8 – I want to bring down and gain a better handle on my temper. I am not a homicidal maniac, but there are times where a cooler head would be a better face to present. I have noticed my son picking up some of my habits and I hope that if I can break my cycle, I can help him to not struggle like I have. – Things seem to be going well in this category. No blow-ups. 

A few other updates, my home office is done and so is the nursery. We are all ready for the new baby to arrive in April. I am excited and scared all at the same time. That’s all for now my Gentle Readers. Take stock of where you are and keep striving for those goals.

 

Spell a Day – Feb 26th 2016

Friendship my Gentle Readers. Today is a ritual that takes me back to my childhood. Who made friendship bracelets as a kid?
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Image courtesy of Angel in the North

Now, nothing I ever remember from my kids was this fancy looking. At least not that I received. I do remember having some leather cord and colored beads that I made necklaces and bracelets out of. I used it to hang my piece of obsidian on mainly.

The object is to weave friendship and love into the strands as you form the complicated loops and patterns. Then, when you gift it to a friend, it will carry that message to them. I could see any of my adult friends giving me one hell of a strange look if I gave them a handmade bracelet. Being that I am an author and avid reader, maybe handmade bookmarks with little woven tassels would be more appropriate. Maybe for fans too. Could be a nice treat.

The importance of friends cannot be understated. I have been blessed with some really great friends over the course of my life, some of them lost along the way as we grew up or moved on. They still hold a place in my heart and my mind. I have learned a lot about myself through my friends.

Take a moment to thank the friends in your life. It may just be the little bit of positive spark they needed in their day. Don’t take for granted those that are there for you, because one day, they might not be.

Spell a Day – Feb 25th 2016

Prosperity: The state of being prosperous.

Why do we torture ourselves like this with our words?

Prosperous: successful in material terms; flourishing financially.

Ok, now that that is out of the way Gentle Readers, today is supposed to be about a prosperity altar, in order to bring prosperity to your home. I wonder how many times I can get away with using the word prosperity before the lynch mob shows up?

So, this goes along with yesterday’s post in my opinion. No spell or ritual is going to force financial success into your life. Unless you believe God grants prayers for winning lottery tickets, then you are just incredibly lucky. If you feel this will happen to you (that God will grant you the winning numbers of you pray hard enough), then you are just a special kind of snowflake and we all love you. Now please, take your crayons to the table and stop eating them.

What it takes to become successful is hard work, determination, maybe a little luck, but it is more about seizing an opportunity when it is presented to you. Take that big risk and place your bet on yourself. The only sure thing is how much effort you are willing to put forth to reach your dreams and goals.

I’m not going to continue to beat this horse today my Gentle Readers. Go out there and make this a day that you chase your dreams. As they say, Reach for the Moon and even if you fail, you land among the Stars.

Spell a Day – Feb 24th 2016

Money, my Gentle Readers is the topic for discussion this time. It is abundantly clear as I stare down the next two months until my second child is born, that I clearly do not make enough money for all of my wants and desires. So we have to start with the Needs and work our way down the list.

To this effort I have obtained an Amazon Fire Stick in order to hopefully eliminate my satellite bill. Anyone who has cable/satellite is familiar with how it just seems to keep going up. We will see how my “cutting the cord” experience goes. I have read some blogs of those who have done it and it seems doable.

As for a spell to bring you money, honestly I liken them to those Facebook posts that say, “Like/Share after commenting Amen and Jesus will send you a basket of money”. Sorry Folks, doesn’t work that way. I am not entirely sure magick works that way either, but it doesn’t stop people from writing rituals and spells, selling charms and potions, that are supposed to bring the user wealth. I think the only way to obtain wealth is to work hard, and perhaps be at the right place at the right time. Developing a positive outlook and keeping one’s eyes open for opportunity is a good practice to develop.

Oh, and if you like and share this post after commenting “Money” a stack of cash will show up on your doorstep.

Spell a Day – Feb 22nd 2016

Tea. Green Tea, Black Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Oolong Tea, or my personal favorite, old fashioned Southern Sweet Sun Tea. Where you take the giant glass jar, load it up with water, Lipton Tea bags and sugar, and set it out in the sun to brew. Once it is good and strong, you add ice cubes and stick it in the fridge. That takes me back to my childhood. Ah, a Carolina summer and a big glass of sweet iced tea…

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Wait. Sorry about that Gentle Readers. I got distracted a moment. Today we are talking about tea. The origins of Tea are shrouded in Chinese history, with accounts dating back to at least 2700BC where it was a touted as a medicinal drink. Several legends, a couple thousand years, and the introduction of European traders to the region and we have an explosion of all things Tea.

Many people find Tea to be a relaxing beverage, something to calm the nerves and get you to settle down and just exist. A coworker at my day job enjoys several cups of hot tea throughout the day. He’s a little funny about his tea but he is a good guy. I don’t drink much hot tea, but my wife likes a cup every now and then, not so much right now. She is pregnant and the caffeine is not completely good for a developing baby so she has had to give up most of her herbal teas. Good trade off though in our opinion. We have been trying for so long.

GAH! There I go again, off on another tangent. Where I am going is that having a cup of tea can be very relaxing. Green and Black tea in particular are shown to have many benefits in fighting carcinogens, high blood pressure, arterial problems, and helping to lower stress levels. Sip a cup of your favorite tea and let the benefits soak into your body, pushing out the negative. Check out this blog that gives some suggestions for teas to try. Once I went to this little new age shop (I am sure you can find them in any largish city) where you could blend your own tea ingredients. I was having trouble sleeping so I took a little Chamomile and Lavender, threw in a little lemon for flavoring. Take a cup of really hot water and steep it until the water is cool enough to drink. I had one of those tea ball strainers like this one below I found on Walmart.com
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Was a great blend, but I never could duplicate it a second time sadly. It was very relaxing and helped with my sleeplessness I was dealing with at the time. Regardless of your feelings about new age/neopagan religions, if you want to find a good tea, you should check out their shops. In person is great because you can see for yourself the freshness of the ingredients and perhaps even try a sample. Online shops would due in a pinch if you know what you like.

Until next time Gentle Readers, I raise a cup to your health and well-being.

Spell a Day – Feb 21st 2016

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Amethyst. A pretty purple stone associated as the birthstone of February. I am particularly fond of a creation story based on Ancient Greece. The tale comes to us compliments of Remy Belleau, a French poet. Dionysus, the God of wine and revelry, hotly pursued the maiden Amythste. Amythste flatly turned down the God’s advances, wishing to remain chaste and pure. The Goddess Diana, hearing the maiden’s plight, turned her to pure white stone. Out of respect for her wishes and beauty, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, staining the crystal purple. What a beautiful love story right? In actuality, this tale is not part of Ancient Greek writings. However, in the story of Dionysus as told by Nonnus, the Titan Rhea does gift Dionysus with a stone of amethyst to protect his sanity. I still like Remy’s version better, but I am a romantic at heart.

Amethyst is the birthstone of two of the most important women in my life. My grandmother, who helped raise me and I still look to her teachings for guidance in my life. The other being my beautiful wife.

The pretty purple stone is also associated with psychic powers, and is supposed to have a calming effect. For that reason I kept a small amethyst crystal cluster similar to the one pictured above on my desk at work for several years. I don’t know if it helped or not. It now resides on my home office desk where it reminds me of the important women in my life whose birthdays are in February. Sometimes belief in something is as powerful as the object actually having power, similar to a placebo effect.

Whether you believe in the power of amethyst or not, take time today to acknowledge your inner voice, your gut instinct. When it speaks to you, or manifests in any way, don’t ignore it or be afraid of it. Your inner power is nothing to be ashamed of. It just might help you through whatever trials you are facing. Until next time Gentle Readers. Take care of yourself, and each other.