Aside from the acquisitions outing Jo and I made to Eugene Textile Center on Saturday, I spent the weekend sewing charms on cords and photographing cords, getting custom orders ready and working on the next update for the store. (Which should hopefully be ready to go later this week; I have two seasonal cord designs for Samhain and a couple of Freyja cords. The Odin cords have been delayed slightly because one of the charms for them–a handmade one–isn’t ready yet.)
I don’t think I went into this here (only on my Facebook page), but at this point FiberWytch is at the point where I literally cannot do any more work than I’m already doing and continue to work 25 hours per week at my office job–but unfortunately, I am NOT yet at the point where I can afford to quit said office job. (As most of the money I make from the store goes back into the store.) This means two things: 1) I need help (hence hiring Jo as my unpaid-for-now assistant, and 2) I need to find ways of streamlining my work (you’ll be hearing more on this after Yule) as well as begin offering more items than just the ritual cords and yarn. The store needs more diversity, and I need more witchy projects to dip my fingers into–and I’m hoping that with Jo’s help I’ll be able to find the time for these other projects: magical and deity oils, candles, incense, bath soaks, witches’ ladders, prayer beads, jewelry, and next year, hopefully, soap. (Ultimately, I plan to turn FiberWytch into a full-service–and very stylish–artisan occult shop.) However, one of my problems is that I keep getting bogged down and forgetting to think outside the fiber box, to which end Jo made me this sign for the fridge:
The funny part? When I first saw the sign I thought the header said: “There is more than just [one] fiber.” Which of course proves my need for the sign.
In the meantime, while I’m getting custom orders out the door and doing all of the photo editing and posting for the next shop update (you guys would not believe how long this stuff takes–almost as long, if not longer, than making the items in the first place), I wanted to remind everyone of a few cords still available in the shop, since the Internet has a memory even shorter than mine. I’m not (repeat, NOT; I am not shy about promoting myself so much as I forget to do it as often as I should, because I always have too damned much to do) going to apologize for spamming my own blog, as I really need the sales (need more supplies for all of those new projects!) and don’t really have time to set up a blog especially for the store. In fact, it’s probably the case that I don’t do enough of this kind of self-promotion here. Besides, these are all fabulous cords just waiting to fill someone’s hands with their amazing energies and abundant blessings; they want to be loved and shouldn’t be just waiting around in my fiber closet.
I actually have a Hela cord left, believe it or not! This is very special ritual cord designed to honor the Norse goddess Hela, daughter of Loki and Queen of the underworld realm of the dead. A shadowy goddess who sometimes appears as half black and half white, or half dead and half living, Hela offers comfort, rest and protection to the souls of the dead until the time comes for them to be reborn or to move on to another state of being. Perfect for the Samhain season, for hedgecrossers, seidhr folk, or anyone who dwells on the darker side of the magical spectrum.
Even more incredibly, there are a couple of Dark Moon cords (in two different styles) still available! These usually go right away, so I’m surprised to find them still there. The dark moon is a psychically heavy time of the month; the veil between the worlds is thin, and contact with the dead and otherworldly beings becomes easier. It is a time for deep reflection, banishing and binding magic, protecting secrets, warding, seeking justice, and working to rid yourself of bad habits (or of anything else that needs to go). The dark moon is sacred to gods who know Their way in the dark, such as Odin, Hela, Hades, Nepthys, and Hekate, as well as to animals traditionally associated with witches, such as ravens, black cats, and bats. Needless to say, there are also perfect cords for this time of year, and their usefulness extends far past the Dark Moon itself.
I still have all four elemental cords (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), including this one for Water: From gentle rain, sacred wells, and crystalline lakes to raging hurricanes and the vastness of the oceans, the power of Water brings us compassion, love, cleansing, healing, and understanding of our emotions. Elemental Earth can empower magick for divination, dreamwork, astral travel, healing, love, and fertility. Deities associated with elemental Water include Poseidon, Njord, Manannan mac Lir, and Yemaya, and the Archangel Gabriel. Animals include dolphins, otters, fish, and all aquatic creatures. In the Wheel of the Year, autumn is the season of the West, corresponding to elemental Water, so this would be the perfect time to add this cord to your collection.
There are also cords for the New Moon (pictured above) and the Full Moon. The new moon–when the moon first appears in the sky, a slim sliver of light–is the time for new beginnings, new projects, for planting the seeds of things you would like to manifest. It is the perfect time to set your intentions for what you would like to accomplish in the month ahead. New moon magic is especially linked with love spells, healing, new employment, self improvement, new dwellings, initiations, networking, and purification.
All of my ritual cords are made entirely by hand in tiny batches from locally sourced wool top and locks, hand dyed and hand blended with sparkly bits, silk, locks, and other goodies to add texture and pops of color. This magickal mixture is then spun with intent and healing Reiki energy, blessed, and charged with energies specific to the cord in question. The magick is sealed with a rinse in specially selected essential oils, with gemstones also added to the rinse water.
You can take a look at all of my currently available cords here.