Saturday, December 30, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

"And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret - my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me
 Its source is bright and endless
She resuscitates the hopeless
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting"

I think that 2017 was a really challenging year for many of us, and perhaps some of us can't wait for it to be over with. As we welcome in 2018, we will do so under the light of a full moon. Surely an auspicious sign!

I hope that the upcoming year brings many positive things and blessings to you all!

Laurel

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Midwinter Woods



I find that during the cold, dark months


 the forest is most willing to reveal its secrets. 


And although the trees stand naked before us,


it is by their robes that they have dropped to the floor where



 the most interesting ones are kept.


So go take a walk in the woods 


 and see what they will confess to you.


When you are done, may you have a cozy place to call home, where you can reflect on those secrets learned, in this seasonal womb of the year.

Warm Hearts & Hearths!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Quick Tip for Polytheists: On Dreaming of Haunted Thresholds and Holes in the Walls...

Should you find your sleep disturbed by dreams of things like:

  • The doors and windows in your home opening themselves and slamming themselves shut
  • Curtains taking themselves down and putting themselves back up
  • Huge holes in your walls with beetles the size of hounds crawling out of them
It might be a good idea to take note. While it could simply mean that you are dreading getting your home ready for company, it could also mean that your home needs some better protection. Either way, doing a home blessing and resetting protective wards is not a bad idea. ;)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stumbling


Sometimes you have to trip over the signs before you notice that they have been at your feet all along. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Eyes Reveal All


"Briseann an dúchais trí shúile an chait"/ "Breeding will break out in the eyes of a cat."
~ An Irish proverb meaning you can tell someone's true character from their eyes. {source}

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The above photo is an older portrait of Squeaky, and as her eyes show, she was the sweetest of kitties. <3

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Frosty Morning Down at Little Cat Creek


Yesterday morning a friend and I headed off early in the morning for a hike at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. As the sun got higher in the sky, the frosty evidence of an overnight visit from Old Woman became apparent.





This was my first time at Little Cat, so I got to choose which trail we went on. I chose Chickadee Lane in the hopes of seeing some of my little winged friends and because it is supposed to be especially lovely on that part of the property. 

Chickadee Lane is pretty much like a fairy tale forest covered in moss, fungi and all sorts of different trees that goes right down to the edge of the creek. As promised, we were greeted by the trail's mascots by the dozens, as well as by other critters including a beaver, blue jays and red squirrels that seemed rather grumpy to have their morning interrupted by a pair of humans. 






Unfortunately not too far into the trail my camera announced that my batteries were dead, and of course I didn't bring any extra with me. So I didn't get to take a whole lot of photos. Weirdly though, I had enough juice in the batteries after we left Little Cat. The same thing happened to my friend with her phone. Could be a coincidence, or perhaps someone was playing a little game with us.

We do plan to go back hopefully soon, so perhaps we will have better luck next time. 

I hope that everyone is enjoying this lovely, chilly season!

Laurel 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Beannachtaí Na Oíche Shamhna Oraibh!


May the Gods smile upon you, may the Spirits be kind to you, and may your Ancestors always be near.

Beannachtaí na Oíche Shamhna oraibh/Samhain Eve blessings to you all!

Warm hearts & hearths,

Laurel