Friday, 27 July 2012

Pagan Blog Project Week 30: O

O is for Odin

I have been quite lapsy daisy of late and I havne't kept up with my pagan blog project since Spring, sometimes life and work get in the way, but with an early finish from work today I thought I would post something.  As a pagan and witch, I gotta admit I know little about the Norse gods and so, I thought I would do a little research and look at Odin.

Odin is chief God of the Norse Patheon of Gods and Goddesses.  He was the son of Bor and Bestia and he was father of Thor by the Goddess Jord.  Odin is the God of War and Death, but he is also God of Poetry and Wisdom too.  He hung from the World Tree, Yggdrasil for nine days peirced by his own spear.  In this time and while hanging from the tree, Odin learned nine songs and eighteen runes.  The Hanged Man card in Tarot decks is often linked with Odin for this reason.

Odin's attributes are the spear which was known never to miss a target, he also had one eye as he had traded his other eye for a drink from the Well of Wisdom where he gained great insight and knowledge.  Odin was finally killed in a great battle by the wolf Fenrir.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer Recess and Time Out

I have been away for about ten days visiting family in the Manchester area and it has been nice to have a rest from my day job in home care which I do over three days on 15 hour shifts and from my psychic work which I do also over three days. Being away gave me time to think, being lucky to be able to balance a day job with my spiritual work which I love doing.

 However I have, like many in this year of 2012, been feeling a shift and pulling.  There is definately a trasnsition going on and I feel, for me at any rate it is more spiritual than physical (although I would like to lose some weight when I get the willpower!!)   I had a reading from a couple of psychics this year who were not known to one another and each one told me I will be working more and more with spirit and that my gift will get stronger, however I will feel torn in two directions. I am feeling spirit connecting with me more and I do feel at some point this will come in and affect my day work in that eventually I will have to chose between the two. The day job however, brings in a regular income.

I have decided to therefore extend my holiday/vacation and although I am now back home in Cumbria where I live, I have decided to take a summer recess and have six weeks off until early September, this will give time and rest and recuperate my spritual side, work on products and stock for my store, write up and prepare an online course I will offer next year.

Sometimes we need to rest and take time out so that we can think things through properly and try to see the bigger picture, for me this is accepting that I have a connection with the spirit world and will need to work more closely with them. I can feel this pull from them like a magnet and in order to embrace this, I need time out to prepare, rest. take care of other things so that when I do come back to it, I can give it my full attention without distractions popping in.

I will still pop in to attend and update my blog and facebook/twitter pages, I will also still be running a giveaway too on my blog, infact there is one coming up in a few days so keep a look out for that as it is open to all regardless of location.  Summer Blessings to all of you.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Making way for a Herbal Apothecary

Do you have a room in your home that you have no idea what to do with? No matter how much you tidy it, it will get messy?  We have two in our house, one is the hallway full of boots and wellies and other bits and bobs and the other is the parlour leading off the kitchen, so I decided to put this room to good use and being next to the kitchen would make it ideal.  Plus with the heavy rain, I couldn't really go anywhere, even my dog wouldn't go out!!

So today, mop bucket and homemade rosemary and vinegar cleaning fluid in hand, I got to work and cleaned the parlour down because I have been thinking of using it for  storing dried and hanging fresh herbs for ages.  I mopped down all the walls, ceiling and shelves and then I let the room air for an hour.  Next I got all my dried herbs and put them into jars, labelling them and then harvested some fresh herbs, Catmint and Borage, which has been growing like mad in the garden and hung them to dry.  I must say the couple of hours I have spent has paid off, I now have somewhere to store my herbs and homemade Elderberry wine later in the year too.

After busying myself with all of this tidying up and sorting, I took the flowers off the borage and pressed some of them and the rest infused in an oil, which I will list on my store when it is ready for magickal purposes. Borage is good for lifting the spirit and bringing courage, it is also said to be good for spirit communicatin also.

I also busied myself with making an altar space on my kitchen widowsill which happens to face north too, as I do alot of my herbal preparations in the kitchen, I thought this would make an ideal spot for my working altar.

Next on my list will be to tackle my herb garden, although it is pretty much weed free, it does need cutting back and some of the Calendula can now be harvested too.

My next job now is to go outside to feed and water our 17 hens, there are four adults and 13 youngsters which were a free gift last week from a friend of ours, their food tray is getting low and in order to grow they need to eat

All in all it has been a busy day with a productive result at the end of it, so now that the rain has finally stopped, I shall go and persuade my dog, Toto, to see if he will fianlly go for that long awaited walk!!