OMGs you guys, WOW. Seriously.

So, on Sunday night I posted the Beta launch of my new line of fixed hand-poured candles (my first toe into the waters of the botanica side of http://www.fiberwytch.comFiberWytch), and your response was overwhelming. All but the Wild Hunt (for which I can hardly blame you) and Frau Holde  candles sold out within the evening (that’s about a dozen candle sales in the space of a few hours).  A few of you convo’ed me on Etsy to try to reserve a candle, and I apologize that I wasn’t able to respond quickly enough; the candles were simply going too fast.  (For those of you who contacted me on Etsy, I do have enough supplies left to “backorder” candles for the few of you I or Jo have already responded to. And if my supplies get here quickly enough, I may .be rustling up a batch of fixed votives this weekend.)

But as I said, I was floored.  Spinning, I know I’ve gotten pretty damned good at.  But when it comes to the botanica stuff, this is one of those areas where Odin has been insisting I go forward, while I’ve been hanging back, telling myself I don’t have enough experience, won’t be good enough, etc., etc.  I finally went out on a limb and launched them, at His insistence–and honestly, I wasn’t expecting much.

Well, you guys proved me wrong–and for that, I am humbled and touched and amazed.  This is the BETA launch, and they almost all sold out.

So, you can better believe I’m listening–both to Him, and to you.  I’ll be making another batch of candles as soon as I can get more supplies in–in plenty of time for holiday gifts. I’ll be making a custom listing available as soon as I can, I’m listening to your suggestions for People you’d like to have candles for, and I’ll be trying to add Canada to my ship destinations for these.

I also want to hear your feedback, after you’ve received and tried your candles. As I’ve said, this is a Beta launch, and I will be continually experimenting and searching for ways to perfect this product–because dammit, our gods, spirits, and loved ones deserve the very best.

And not only will there be more candles, there will be incense (both loose and cone), oil blends (which will nicely augment the candles), and other additions to my deluxe botanica line as the inspiration strikes.  I am certainly open to suggestions, too!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you who have supported my new botanica line, as well as http://www.fiberwytch.comFiberWytch in general; you guys rock, and it is my pleasure to be of service to you and to provide goods and services to help you along your path.

[Marketing Monday!] Spirit Touched excerpt

Beth:

An excerpt from “Spirit Touched,” the exciting tale coming your way in December as part of Jo’s story subscription club. If you love magical/pagan fantasy you ont want to miss this!

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

If you’re thinking about signing up for my story subscription for December’s installment, here’s a free sneak peek at what’s in store! (Heck, even if you aren’t, here’s a free sneak peek anyway!)

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I crested the hill while the sun was still three finger-lengths above the horizon and stopped cold. Fear curdled in my stomach and burned in my throat. It wasn’t that the forest had grown in the half-season since I’d last passed this way. Forests often behaved in ways one couldn’t anticipate, advancing over this valley, retreating from that mountainside, devouring villages and villagers alike, or ringing the town with living, growing walls to keep the humans safe from the creatures that roamed the night. There was no predicting what the trees might do, not even the Summoners. To try was to tempt madness. The forest was closer to Midpoint Crest, the spot where I stood locked…

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They’re heeeeere: the candles have landed!

For quite a while now, I have been wanting to add a line of botanica products to my little business–and today, it has finally begun! My brand new fixed candles are now LIVE at FiberWytch on Etsy!

These candles are made from hand-poured, pure filtered beeswax in an 8 oz glass mason jar, with a cotton, paper-core wick. (NO metal!) They are entirely portable, due to the convenient mason jar lid; you can take them along anywhere, as a portable altar in and of themselves. And they are all energetically blessed and consecrated by yours truly, and hand dressed with organic herbs and oils and (sparkly but non-organic) glitter.  Each candle will burn for approximately 30+ hours.

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One of these Odin candles has already been snapped up, so there are only 2 left now!

This candle has been energetically blessed and charged with the energies of Odin: Norse/Germanic God of the battlefield dead, the Mighty Dead, and the ghostly armies of the Wild Hunt, Shaman-King of the Aesir.

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by Odin (mugwort leaf with vetiver and juniper essential oils), along with black and stormy blue glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Odin or the Aesir
– To petition Odin or ask His blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with Odin’s domain: shamanic mysteries, the runes, seidhr, kingship, the dead, ancestors, psychopomp work, workings with the Mighty Dead
– As a portable shrine to Odin in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of Frau Holda: Germanic Goddess of winter, spinning and other traditionally female crafts, the hearth, and the Wild Hunt. (I have 3 of these available, as of this post.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by Frau Holda (elder flowers with peppermint essential oil), along with pale wintry blue, white and silver glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Frau Holde or to the Germanic deities of winter and Yule
– To petition Frau Holda or ask Her blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of Frau Holda: winter, the Wild Hunt, the hearth, cooking, spinning, traditional female crafts, children
– As a portable shrine to Frau Holda in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of the Norse Goddess Hela: Queen of Helheim, realm of the dead, daughter of Loki. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by the dead (rune lead and galbanum essential oil) along with gunmetal, silver, and blood red glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Hela or to your personal ancestors of blood or spiritual lineage
– To petition Hela or ask Her blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with Hela’s domain: ancestor work, the dead, necromancy, psychopomp work, seidhr, pagan funerals or wakes
– As a portable shrine to Hela in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of Hekate: Greek/Hellenic Goddess of the underworld, the crossroads, sorcery. the night, the moon, entranceways, witchcraft, and necromancy. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by Hekate (rosemary leaf with cypress and juniper essential oils), along with gunmetal (for the dark night sky) and gold (for Her torches) glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Hekate, or to the Greek Cthonic (underworld) deities
– To petition Hekate or ask Her blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of Hekate: underworld journeying, psychopomp work, necromancy, herbs and poisonous plants, crossroads, entranceways, dogs, the moon
– As a portable shrine to Hekate in itself

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This candle has been energetically blessed and charged with the energies of Persephone: Greek/Hellenic Goddess of the underworld and Queen of the Dead, Bride of Hades, daughter of Zeus and the harvest Goddess Demeter. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by Persephone (madder root with juniper essential oil), along with black (for the dead) and vibrant red (for the pomegranate, Her symbol) glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Persephone, to the Greek Cthonic (underworld) deities, or the harvest/vegetation deities
– To petition Persephone or ask Her blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of Persephone: ancestor work, the dead, psychopomp work, vegetation, mother/daughter relations, pagan funerals or wakes
– As a portable shrine to Persephone in itself

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This candle has been energetically blessed and charged with the energies of Hades: Greek/Hellenic God of the underworld and King of the Dead, God of wealth, brother of Zeus and Poseidon. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by Hades (madder root with vetiver and galbanum essential oils), along with earthy brown and gunmetal glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to Hades or to the Greek Cthonic (underworld) deities
– To petition Hades or ask His blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of Hades: ancestor work, the dead, psychopomp work, wealth, inheritances, pagan funerals or wakes
– As a portable shrine to Hades in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of the Ancestors: your personal beloved dead, as well as the Mighty Dead who have won some measure of immortality for Themselves. (Two of these are available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by the dead (rosemary–for remembrance–with vetiver and galbanum essential oils) along with earthy brown and blood red glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to your personal ancestors of blood or spiritual lineage, or to the Mighty Dead
– To petition the Ancestors or ask Their blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of the Ancestors and the dead: ancestor work, the dead, personal assistance (from the beloved dead), necromancy, psychopomp work, inheritances, pagan funerals or wakes
– As a portable shrine to the Ancestors in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of the Wild Hunt: the spectral army of the dead, the undead, the Fae, and phantom monsters that rides through the dark woods and the night sky from roughly Samhain through Yule. The Wild Hunt is led by various deities according to culture (Odin, Woden, Frau Holda, Gwynn ap Nudd, King Herla, Nuada, and Herne, to name but a few), and in my experience there are in fact many Hunts, not just one.

I have 3 of these available.

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by the Wild Hunt (rue and rosemary leaf, with fir needle and parsley seed essential oils) along with earthy brown, forest green, and blood red glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to the Wild Hunt, the Mighty Dead, or any deity who traditionally (or in your own doxa/UPG) leads the Hunt
– To petition the Wild Hunt or ask Their blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of the Wild Hunt and the Mighty Dead: ancestor work, the dead, necromancy, psychopomp work, shamanic journeying, shapeshifting
– As a portable shrine to the Wild Hunt in itself

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This candle has been energetically blessed and charged with the energies of the Morrigan, the Great Phantom Queen, Irish Goddess of battle, strife, ravens, sovereignty, kinship, and prophecy. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by the Morrigan (rue leaf with vetiver and patchouli essential oils), along with silver, gold, and blood red glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- On any shrine or altar to the Morrigan
– To petition the Morrigan or ask Her blessings
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the domain of the Morrigan: ancestor work, kinship, prophecy, causing or healing strife, battle (prayers for soldiers, perhaps?), ravens, and sovereignty
– As a portable shrine to the Morrigan in itself

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This candle has been blessed and charged with the energies of the Yule season: celebration, family gatherings, kinship, the sacred long nights of winter, and the rebirth of the sun. (Only one available.)

Certified organic herbs and essential oils favored by the Yule seasonal spirits (bayberry bark with frankincense and myrrh essential oils) along with festive silver and gold glitter, are set into the wax.

You can use this candle:

- To decorate any shrine or altar for the Yule season, or on a shrine or altar for a deity associated with winter and Yule (such as Odin or Frau Holda)
– To petition a deity associated with Yule or ask Their blessings
– To invite the joy and sacredness of the season into your home
– In spirit work or spell work connected with the Yule season: ancestor work, introspection and taking stock of the past year, oaths or intention-setting for the coming year, bringing peace and harmony to your household for the holidays
– As a portable shrine to a deity connected with Yule in itself

Glitter colors and design for all of these candles will vary: this is a hand poured candle, so please allow for some variation from one candle to the next; they may be slightly imperfect but are still magically and energetically powerful.

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This is a Beta run of these candles, offered at an introductory price; so get one while you can, before the price goes up!

Currently these are shipping to US locations only until I figure out where I can afford to ship them internationally (both in terms of postage and possibly increased risk of loss due to breakage), so my apologies to my international customers; I will have other new goodies for you guys very soon!

As always, thank you all so much for your patronage and support, and I hope these candles will help make the onset of the dark half of the year a little brighter for you!

Fixed Odin candle burning on my altar

Fixed Odin candle burning on my altar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting organized–finally!

Thanks to this organizer Jo picked up at Walmart today for my charms.  (We live in a very anti-Walmart culture, here in Eugene, but go check out her post on why it isn’t always the best choice–or even a possible choice, for many of us–to avoid shopping there.) I’ll be needing one more of these for charms and probably a third for beads, since I am planning a trip to Gem Faire at the end of this month to stock up on shinies for upcoming projects (such as witches’ ladders and prayer strands–bead and fiber; besides peanut butter and chocolate, there’s really no better combination!!).

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She also got me an organizer caddy on wheels with drawers for my plying threads and my Angelina (sparklies!), and (in non-shop-related purchases) a new set of sheets, in a style and colorway both Odin and I like.  Jo was my hero today, doing my running around for me so I could stay home and fight my printer to produce labels for the new fixed, hand-poured beeswax candles.  Watch this space tomorrow afternoon-ish, because they will be going live on FiberWytch around then!

 

Conversations in a Chair

So, I wear my hair in a pixie cut, which means going to the hairdresser every 4-5 weeks. (The rest of the time, happily, I pretty much just wash and go. Or, blow dry for five minutes, add a dash of product, and go.) I prefer my hair this way because, besides the fact that I look better with short hair, keeping it short is one of my psychic hygiene tools. Hair picks up vibrations from the environment around us, and chopping it frequently is a quick and easy way to rid myself of whatever accumulated ick has clung to it during the preceding weeks. (Side note: I don’t collect my own shorn hair after each hair cut.  I do, however, energetically sever my ties to it, so that it cannot be used against me as a personal tie.  Because as unlikely as this is to happen during a random salon visit, better safe than sorry.)

However, the actual visits to the salon are anywhere from awkward to almost painful, because during the 10-20 minutes it takes to cut my hair, I am a captive audience to whatever excruciatingly mundane small talk the stylist chooses to make. Since I only engage in occasional non-job-related banter with my co-workers at my office job, and I try to avoid talking to strangers on the bus or the street (as difficult as that is in this city—unlike back east, out here everyone wants to talk to you, all the time) my salon visits always serve as a sharp reminder of how little I have in common, anymore, with most of humanity.

I go to one of the budget salons (since that’s what I can afford), which means I don’t always get the luxury of having the same stylish every time. Which means that every time I go, depending on the time of year, I have to go through some variation of the following conversation. This is how it went yesterday:

Stylist (I’ll call her Judy—not her name): “So, do you have any fun plans for the weekend?” (If it’s nearing a holiday—one of the major, mundane holidays, that is—they will infallibly ask, “So, are you ready for [fill in the holiday here]?”)

Me: “Just working.”

Judy: “Oh, so you have to work weekends.”

Me: “I have my own business, and also work part time at a regular job. I’m pretty much always working.” Especially now that Odin—you know, the Norse god Odin, to whom I’m also married– is CEO of FiberWytch, I could add. Also, there’s my spirit work Job, which is always fairly demanding, but on top of that I have a lot of stuff with the dead and creepy Otherworld monsters going on this time of year; it doesn’t leave much time for going to the movies or out to eat, ya know? But I don’t say any of this, because I actually want to get a good hair cut, and blowing the stylist’s mind or having her decide I’m a blithering idiot is not conducive to that.

Judy: “Oh, what kind of business are you in?”

Me: “…Um, I make funky art yarn necklaces.” Which are spun with Reiki and then charged and consecrated to various gods and spirits using essential oils, herbs, and stones. Oh, and also I am going to be shortly offering dressed candles—you know, similar to the ones used in Hoodoo—plus magical oil blends and incense. But this woman—who has her beauty school diploma framed near her station, and photos of her cute kids decorating its formica surface—probably doesn’t want to be hearing any of that, so we’ll stop with the “funky art yarn necklaces.”

Judy: “That sounds like fun! So, did you go on any trips this summer?”

Me: It depends on what you mean by “trips.” Does fishing off the Western coast of Asgard count? “Nope, I don’t drive.”

Judy: “Did your girlfriends drag you off with them anywhere?”

Me: Um…I just told you I didn’t go anywhere, didn’t I? “Nope. I don’t really have any girlfriends.” I see a flicker of shock in her expression, so I hurry to add, “I have friends online. But I’m pretty much always working.”

I don’t remember the rest of the conversation; most of it centered around the haircut (which actually turned out pretty well) and I’m sure it wasn’t memorable. Once I admitted to not having any meatlife friends or a social life, that was clearly enough to mark me as Other in her eyes (or at the very least, as someone who spends all of her time online—and, as the owner of an online business, I do spend a great deal). I said it deliberately to stop the barrage of questions, and it worked, even though it isn’t completely true; I do have one local friend, but she and I both run businesses, plus she has a mortal husband and a child, so we rarely have time to actually see each other.

And honestly, it is times such as this that emphasize for me how Other I have truly become. I don’t live the life people would generally expect of a woman my age, in that:

  • I don’t have a car, or a driver’s license (this is always a shocker!)
  • I don’t have a mortal husband (and can’t talk about my actual Husband with very many people).
  • I don’t have a group of girlfriends I get together with regularly over coffee and gossip.
  • I couldn’t care less about the local sports teams and who is or isn’t winning.
  • I probably haven’t seen the latest big movie or read the latest bestsellers (except for possibly things by Phillipa Gregory).
  • I don’t own a TV.
  • My household spends a pretty large cut of our monthly income on medicine for chronically ill animals (and a chronically ill person—me), as well as special food for cats with allergy issues. This is a large part of why I have no money for extras such as a car.
  • I have no fucks to give about what fashions are current. I like to look good, but since most of the money I can afford to allocate for clothing has to be reserved for necessities such as outerwear, comfortable shoes that won’t hurt my hips or back, wool socks (for my circulation issues), and…um, expensive unmentionables, I dress very simply, in jeans and variations of the same baggy style of shirt in different colors. It’s my current uniform and I find it soothing, in addition to being easy, like my hair. I augment this with fiber art accessories I make myself and spiritually significant jewelry.
  • I don’t read magazines. I have no fucking clue who most of the current celebrities are, much less who they’re sleeping with. (I was moderately interested in the wedding of Will and Kate though—because, you know, England.)
  • I don’t really have any time left in my schedule where I’m not doing something: either I’m at my day job, or I’m working on FiberWytch or my spirit work Job—both of which things equate to working for Odin, at this point. Or, I’m maintaining my relationship with either my mortal partner (Jo) or my god-partner (Odin). So really, who has time for a social life? Unless you’re dead or a citizen of the Otherworlds, in which case I can possibly pencil you in.
  • What do I do for fun? I…um…work. Or Work. Sometimes I watch episodes of TV shows w/We like (Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural) on DVD with my p/Partner/s while…working. Also I hang out with p/People you probably can’t see and spend a lot of my time in places you probably don’t believe even exist.

And so, the gap between me and the rest of humanity continues to widen. And you know what? Except for the chronic illness stuff (which seems to be an unavoidable part of the package) and the fact that it would be convenient to have a car (to be able to explore more of Oregon, and to market my wares more effectively), I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sock, Part Deux! [FiberyGoodnessFriday]

Beth:

I now have hand-knitted (by Jo) socks!!! TWO of them!!! And I’m going to be wearing them today!!!

I love Jacob sheep. They’re the heavy metal Goth sheep of the fiber world, with their black and white coloration and polycerate horns, and they look quite intimidating when you first see a picture of them. But then you see them in person and…they’re three feet tall. Seriously. Which makes them the “fear me” sheep. (Their wool is easy to spin, too!)

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

socks! and one gouty toe . . .

socks! and one gouty toe . . .

No, you’re not seeing double. That’s my sock. My second sock. That I made. With glorified string. By myself. My very own sock.

Er. Beth’s very own sock! SockS!

For those interested in such things: the yarn I used was Jacob yarn from Shaggy Bear Farms here in Oregon. For the last few years their booth at Black Sheep Gathering has caught my eye, and caught up in my “by golly I’m gonna knit socks!!” fervor this summer, I finally, finally purchased some of their yarn. Jacob yarn, because, dude. Jacob sheep.

Jacob sheep.

Jacob sheep.

I'm not kidding, you guys.

I’m not kidding, you guys.


Based on the sheep breeds that I’ve had the opportunity to be around and whose fiber I’ve been able to knit, if Beth and I had land and could support a spinners flock? I’d want Shetland sheep, hands down, but…

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