About Grim…

When you live with a death deity, you get used to receiving input regarding situations where death is a possible (even if unlikely) outcome. For example, when I overdosed Corbie on his heart meds last year, both Jo and I got a very distinct “He’ll be fine” from Odin. (In other words, “He still has congestive heart failure, but he won’t die from this overdose.”) Even though it was difficult to believe what we were hearing while the crisis was still going on, He was insistent on the matter, and even ventured to add that Corbie would survive 2014—which, of course, proved to be accurate.

In cases where there is no such reassurance from Him, we know to prepare ourselves. For example, when Sassy (my 16 year old Maine Coon) began her final decline a couple of years back, He didn’t say “she’ll be fine,” but instead, “I’m sorry.” She died of kidney failure. (Correction: we made the decision to put her down when it became clear the alternative was to watch her starve to death.)

When Grim stopped eating the other day and we called the vet out to take a look at him, once again my Husband offered no reassurances. Instead, His comment was, “You will need to decide how far you are willing to take this.” He also called my attention—via a flicker of memory—to the tumor-riddled stomach of my keeshond, Orion, who we had to put down immediately prior to our move out west. (We had taken Orion to the vet to get him pet mover-approved when she discovered the tumors. Orion had a pot belly, so we never noticed anything, and the tumors were inoperable by the time we knew they existed.)

No, not reassuring at all. But then, my Husband has never, ever, sugar-coated the truth to make me feel better. (That would be a lie, and He doesn’t lie—not to me.)

So. It turns out my Grim Greyling has a tumor roughly between the size of a golf ball and a tennis ball in his abdomen. He is a chubby, pot-bellied cat, and according to the vet these tumors grow quickly, so the fat has likely been replaced by tumorous mass within the span of a week or two. It is now so large the vet could feel it, and when he put my hand in the right spot, so could I. Like most malignant tumors, the feel of it is hard and immovable.

The thing is, apparently with cats tumors such as this are about 95% cancerous.

So, that’s the verdict. The vet also did a blood test to rule out an infection, and it came back showing cancer markers. The most likely variety of cancer is lymphoma, which has a very poor prognosis—a conservative life expectancy of maybe a month or two. The vet is recommending a biopsy to confirm exactly what type of cancer—but, since knowing that won’t change the treatment, we’re on the fence about whether to bother putting him through it. Chemotherapy is an option, but the best case scenario is remission of 6-15 months. My mother was in chemo prior to her death; I’ve seen how miserably sick it can make a person, and am reluctant to put Grim through it in order to lengthen his life by a tiny amount of time during which he would mostly be ill, nauseated, and listless. Subjecting him to that for the sake of wringing another year out of him—at the most—feels unfair. It seems like it would be mostly for my sake, to postpone having to say good bye—not for his. For this reason, we are going to talk to our regular vet (the vet who examined Grim was her new business partner) to see if there would be any real benefit to him from the biopsy procedure. If there isn’t—if it won’t change the treatment and won’t relieve some of the pressure and make him more comfortable—we aren’t going to do it. (This is what Odin meant when He commented that I would need to decide how far I was willing to go with this.)

The treatment he is on now consists of prednisolone tablets twice a day. They will retard the growth of the cancer and shrink it slightly, but not get rid of it, And they’re working: after the first dose Grim started eating again. Today, he’s back to acting like his usual self—except that the vet made it clear this would be a temporary improvement. He’s giving him about a month as a conservative estimate—enough time for us to say goodbye, and come to terms with things. In theory, anyway.

In happier news, today was my first weekday working at FiberWytch full time. “Don’t be nervous,” my Husband said to me this morning, pulling me into His arms. “The boss has a soft spot for you.”

Both sides of my life feel very surreal right now—both the fantastic and the…not so great. My way through it is to put my head down and just keep working. Most of this week will be spent making a whole boatload of new jewelry for the shop, since we’ve already spent a fortune at the vet and will be spending still more. One way or another. I’m also looking forward to being able to write real content for this blog again, now that I’m able to come up from the black hole of working 16-18 hours per day and scale back to a more reasonable 10-12. (Oh hell, who am I kidding? Probably more like 14—at least until I’m caught up on everything.)

Last day for my Beltaine sale!

Today is the last day of the sale! The coupon code FREEDOM will take 20% off any order of $50 or more–but only until midnight tonight! (The coupon may not be applied to custom work.)

Here are a few of my newer items to tempt you:

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Siren Necklace: Are you married or devoted to a sea deity? Do you hear the call of the waves in your soul and long to swim with the creatures of the deep?

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful winged women who lured sailors to their deaths by means of their ethereal song. This necklace, featuring a three-dimensional Greek pewter casting of a siren, pays homage to these beings!  The siren pendant is flanked by sixteen dazzling orbs of mystic aura green peacock titanium aura quartz, which seem to hold light within and reflect it in a rainbow of colors, eight oval coins of genuine blue opal, and electroplated black Czech glass crystals, interspersed with gunmetal-finish Tibetan silver beads and spacers of electroplated teal Czech crystal and sea-green hematite.

IMG_0229The necklace measures 19 1/2 inches, and fastens with an easy-to-work antiqued silver toggle clasp. The siren pendant measures about 1 1/8 inches by 1 inch. The beads are strung on professional quality Beadalon beading wire, which is soft-drape clear-coated stainless steel and extremely strong.

Blue opal enhances your ability to communicate what is in your heart, helps in overcoming self-destructive behavior, and reinforces a strong connection to the sea and creatures of the sea.

This necklace is $125, but with the 20% off coupon the price would be $100 (up until midnight tonight). (And there is a bracelet that coordinates really well with this necklace here.)

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Raven Crown II: This is a sleek, dark crown for Odin’s women or anyone else who reveres raven-associated deites. The central pendant is a delicate black brass raven pendant, framed by genuine sapphire chips, half-electroplated metallic silver/violet aura Czech glass crystal rondelles, and royal blue hematite spacers. To keep the crown lightweight and wearable, the beads attach to a continuous silver-plated brass chain which molds easily to the shape of your head. The crown measures about 23 inches, with the pendant measuring about 1/2 inch. There are no clasps to fiddle with, you just rest the crown atop your head and go!

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IMG_0270One of the four most precious stones in the world, sapphires also happen to be my birthstone (I’m a Virgo) and are special to me for that reason. Steeped in ancient lore throughout the world’s cultures and considered the gem of gems, sapphire is a stone of wisdom and royalty, of prophecy and Divine favor. Sapphire stimulates the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, allowing access to deeper levels of consciousness. It enhances psychic vision (a power of the third eye) as well as clairaudience (associated with the throat chakra), and is an excellent talisman for channeling or horsing deities.

The crown is $65, but during the sale (for the rest of today only) the 20% discount will bring the price down to only $52. (I also have one other brand new crown, which you can find here.)

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Green Witch: The ideal necklace talisman for a green witch, forest witch, or witch devoted to the Vanir or Vanaheim!

The focal point is a pewter pentacle, on a strand of large, polished nuggets of genuine peridot, accented by genuine black spinel, Tibetan silver spiral beads, electroplated black Czech glass crystal rondelles and bicones, and green hematite.

The necklace measures about 18 inches, with the pentacle measuring about 1 inch round. The necklace fastens with an easy-to-work silver-plated lobster claw clasp. The beads are strung on professional quality Beadalon beading wire, which is soft-drape clear-coated stainless steel.

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Peridot is a stone of prosperity and happiness. It resonates with the heart chakra as well as with the frequency of increase, so it is a powerful talisman for manifesting desired things. It enhances confidence and assertiveness, balanced by patience and clarity of thought. Peridot also happens to be August’s birthstone, so if you know someone with a birthday coming up in that month this would be an incredible gift to get for them, and there’s still plenty of time for installment payments!

Black spinel is a strong grounding gemstone which will be helpful if you’ve been doing too much work with other gemstones (or intensive spirit work) and have an excess of high-vibration energy. It aids in releasing issues from the past and healing relationships.

This necklace is $125, but during the remainder of the sale the price can be brought down to $100 with my 20% off coupon. (I also have several other new pentacle necklaces.)

I will also honor the sale price on any new layaways arranged today (you just need to contact me to set it up before midnight tonight), and you can apply the coupon to any payments you make today on your existing layaways–so this would be a great opportunity to save yourself some money if you already have an item (or several) on layaway in my shop.

How do you get the discount? It’s easy: just enter the coupon code FREEDOM  at checkout on Etsy, and the shopping cart will do the rest for you!

And don’t forget, if you have shopped from my friend Nono (in addition to myself) during the past week, let me know and I will send you a secret coupon code good for 15% off a future order with me (no minimum purchase).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A trio of new bracelets

Now that I’m able to devote myself to FiberWytch full time with no outside obligations, I’m working hard on getting inventory in the jewelry section of the shop (along with all of the other sections) closer to where I’d like it to be. I made a big batch of shinies yesterday, some of which you can see on the first page of my shop (not everything is even uploaded yet), but for now I wanted to showcase three brand new bracelets.

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Heart of Darkness: A perfect stealth devotional talisman for a spouse of Loki, one of the Rokkr deities, or a member of the Infernal pantheon! The focal point is a Tierra Cast sacred heart milagro rendered in black oxidized pewter. The black heart is flanked by electroplated blood-red Czech glass crystals, six genuine hypersthene rounds, four red carved resin roses-eternal and universal symbol of love and passion–and gunmetal hematite spacers.

Hypersthene is sometimes referred to in the gem world as “velvet labradorite,” but it is not labradorite at all (although it does come from Labrador). It also contains labradorescence that is very hard to capture in photos: the black stones glimmer with inner light not unlike the radiance contained in tiger’s eye. Hypersthene has a velvety quality to its energy; it soothes and calms, shielding the wearer from outside psychic “noise” in a way that can be very helpful for empaths, and very useful for meditation or psychic work.

The bracelet is $50. It  measures 8 inches, and fastens with an easy-to-work gunmetal lobster claw clasp.

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Enchanted Waters: This bracelet would be a wonderful stealth devotional piece to wear for a sea deity, or possibly for Lucifer due to the shifting rainbow of colors in the mystic aura quartz rounds. Because it doesn’t have a pendant, it’s a perfect bracelet for someone who does a lot of typing or working with their hands and wouldn’t want a pendant flopping around.

Five incredibly luminous orbs of mystic aura green peacock titanium aura quartz, which is absolutely dazzling and spectacular, are interspersed with six oval coins of genuine blue opal, with electroplated black Czech glass crystal rondelles and green hematite spacers. The bracelet measures 8 inches and fastens with an easy-to-work silver-plated lobster claw clasp.

Blue opal enhances your ability to communicate what is in your heart, helps in overcoming self-destructive behavior, and reinforces a strong connection to the sea and creatures of the sea.

This bracelet is also $50.

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Quoth the Raven IV: a new take on a perennial favorite! This bracelet would make a perfect stealth devotional piece to wear for Odin, Lugh, the Morrigan, Apollon, or any other deity or spirit associated with ravens–or maybe just for Raven Himself!

The focal point is a three dimensional Tibetan silver raven charm, flanked by large genuine black tourmaline nuggets and incredibly luminous orbs of mystic aura green peacock titanium aura quartz, which is absolutely dazzling and spectacular, with spacers of electroplated Czech glass crystal and blue hematite. It measures just over 8 inches, with the raven pendant measuring about 3/4 of an inch long, and fastens with an easy-to-work silver-plated lobster claw clasp. (If you want this bracelet but need it smaller to fit your wrist, just let me know in “note to seller”; I would be happy to alter it for you.)

Black tourmaline is a premier stone of protection on all levels, as well as a powerful grounding stone.

Like the previous two, this bracelet is $50. However, while my Beltaine sale is still going on (it ends Tuesday morning at midnight), you can enter the coupon code FREEDOM at checkout on Etsy to save 20% off your entire order, which would bring the cost of any of these three bracelets down to only $40. There is a $50 minimum purchase for this sale, and it may not be applied to custom orders.  (If you wish to place a custom order during the sale, please do so separately and do not use the coupon.)

ALSO, I will honor the 20% sale price for all new layaways arranged during the sale period, provided the total is $5o or more. AND you may also use the coupon for any payments you make to pre-existing layaways during this period–again, provided your total at checkout is $50 or more. (If your layaway was arranged prior to the sale, I will not factor the 20% off into all of the payments you still owe on that layaway, because that wouldn’t be fair, and I know some of the items on layaway have already benefited from previous discounts. BUT if you actually make payments on your pre-existing layaway during the sale you MAY use the coupon code when making those payments, as long as your total at checkout is $50 or more.)

And just like the sale I held at Ostara, if you make a purchase from my friend Nono during the sale period let me know via Etsy message or in your notes to seller, and I will give you a secret coupon code for 15% off a future order (no minimum purchase on that one).

So if you’ve been eyeing something in my shop and waiting (or if you have something on layaway and would like to save some money on your remaining payments, NOW is the time to do it, because the sale is almost over, and 20% is a bigger discount than I normally offer. Yes, there is the minimum, but if you are making a $20 payment on a layaway and you add a bottle of perfume and two soaps to that, or perfume, a bar of soap, and a pack of incense, you can use the coupon and get that entire order for $40 rather than $50–which, considering the usual price of handmade products, is a pretty good deal!

Come on over and have a look–and don’t forget to keep checking, because there will be more new goodies going live before the sale ends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An important note about my forthcoming Odin devotional

In August of last year, I announced that I would be releasing an Odin devotional anthology, Masks of the High One, and gave a submissions deadline of May 1st, 2015.  Since that date fell yesterday, I’ve had a few people contact me asking if it’s too late to submit.

NO, it is not too late! In fact, between running FiberWytch and going to my day job, I have had a complete and utter lack of time to work on this project at all. (I was not expecting business at the shop to explode the way it has at the time I announced it.)

Now that the day job is over with, once inventory at the store is where I want it to be and I’m caught up on my outstanding custom orders I will be re-evaluating the devotional project and setting a new due date. It will be a fairly long due date, as at this point I think I am going to concentrate on finishing the godspouse book first (as there is a bigger market for it, and it is a devotional project for my Husband as well in its own way).

BUT this project will still be happening! So if you had wanted to contribute something and thought you waited too long and can’t do it now–good news, you still can! In fact, I’d love it if you would–and I’m sure Odin would too! You can read more about the kinds of pieces I’m looking for here, and any submissions can still emailed to me via wodandis at gmail dot com.

Sea Turtle II Necklace

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The last sea turtle necklace I made was spoken for so quickly, I decided to make a second one. (I also just really love these pendants!) Turtles are special to me because they symbolize endurance and resilience, and for a person suffering from autoimmune conditions those are qualities I need. Sea turtles are extra special because they dwell in liminal spaces, equally at home on land or in the sea. For a spirit worker, the ability to navigate between different environments and states of being with grace and ease is vital.

This necklace has a serene, soothing vibration to it, capturing the beauty of the turtle’s undersea world. It would be perfect as a stealth devotional talisman for any sea deity. The centerpiece is a gorgeous, two-sided and reversible Mykonos cast turtle, made from copper-plated pewter with a lovely green-blue patina, his shell covered in an intricate spiral pattern. The pendant is on a strand of beautiful impression jasper rounds (8 mm) in swirling shades of soft blue, rust, gold and cream–all the colors of sky, sea, and sand! The jasper beads alternate with electroplated pale turquoise/copper Czech glass crystals, smaller electroplated teal blue Czech glass crystals, and antiqued copper stardust beads.

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Jasper is a nurturing and shamanic gemstone with a connection to the solar plexus chakra that can be very useful in a spirit worker’s practice. Traditionally, jasper is worn to protect the wearer on both physical and astral journeys and can be used to align the chakras and the spiritual bodies, aka soul parts.

The necklace is $95, but during my Beltaine sale that can be brought down to only $76 by entering the coupon code FREEDOM during checkout on Etsy. It measures 18 inches, and fastens with an easy-to-work antiqued coppertone lobster claw clasp. The turtle pendant measures about 1 1/4 inches.

My Beltaine sale continues all weekend, through  Monday May 4th.  (It ends on Tuesday morning at midnight.) Enter the coupon code FREEDOM at checkout to take 20% off your entire order. There is a $50 minimum purchase for this sale, and it may not be applied to custom orders.  (If you wish to place a custom order during the sale, please do so separately and do not use the coupon.)

ALSO, I will honor the 20% sale price for all new layaways arranged during the sale period, provided the total is $5o or more. You may also use the coupon for any payments you make to existing layaways during this period–again, provided your total at checkout is $50 or more. (If your layaway was arranged prior to the sale, I will not factor the 20% off into all of the payments you still owe on that layaway, because that wouldn’t be fair, and I know some of the items on layaway have already benefited from previous discounts. BUT if you actually make payments on your pre-existing layaway during the sale you MAY use the coupon code when making those payments, as long as your total at checkout is $50 or more.)

And just like the sale I held at Ostara, if you make a purchase from my friend Nono during the sale period let me know via Etsy message or in your notes to seller, and I will give you a secret coupon code for 15% off a future order (no minimum purchase on that one).

So come on over and take a look!

 

New Odin devotional book and a giveaway!

Beth:

Sharing to boost the signal. I have a blank journal book made by Sy already, and will be getting one of these, too. The quality of his workmanship and materials are both excellent.

Originally posted on The Road, the Walker, and What Comes Next :

The hand made Odin devotional books are now available on my Etsy store! I’m very excited to finally have these available.

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I’m really pleased with how these have turned out and I’m excited to share them with other people who love and care for this very important Power.

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Odin is family in no small way. I know Him best as wanderer, mage, and wild loner much more than I do as king. I celebrate His presence in my life, even if I am generally unaware of how close He is or how frequently He drops by. I’ve been blessed to know many of His people and it’s with them in mind that this is primarily offered.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA   I currently have four copies available for sale; a fifth is already spoken for. When these sell out it’ll take me at least a week to make more so this is a good time to get…

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The Merry Month of May

So, today is the last day of my day job, although really it’s more like a quarter of a day.  I’ll be reporting for work at my regular time (10:45), but will probably be spending most of my time there gathering up the rest of my things and cleaning my desk. At or before 1:00, the HR assistant will be meeting with me for my exit interview and giving me my final paycheck, and after that I’ll be free to go home. It all seems very surreal.

I want to be jubilant, but now that the day is finally here my feelings are all over the place. I won’t miss the day job, but I will miss some of the people. Even more than that, I am equally excited and terrified to be turning my hand to FiberWytch full time, and a little daunted by the mountain of work that lies ahead of me for next week, and the month ahead. (At the same time as I can’t wait to jump into it.)  And even more than that (at the moment, anyway), I’m worried for one of our cats. Grim Greyling, who normally leads the mealtime serenade our little pride treats us to 2-3 times a day, has been eating less and less over the past week, and this morning turned his nose up at his food entirely. There are no other symptoms, but he is a very overweight cat and has not lost any stomach weight in a week of not eating much. The house call vet is coming out to see him at 2:30 today, by which time I hope to be home. (Jo will be here, but I want to be, too. He’s only ten or so, but that family is inbred and has numerous health issues, so I am not expecting good news.)

And so, today is very much a mixed bag for me: on the one hand, I am quitting my outside employment to do my real Work full-time (and am still in a place where I can hardly even believe that, even as I type it), but we also might be losing one of our cats–or getting ready to spend a boatload of cash on a vet bill. If the latter, there may end up being an additional sale in the works for you guys. In the meantime, though, I would be truly grateful for any prayers and healing thoughts. This cat is one of the children of Zerk and Val, the cats Loki gave us (literally: back in Philly, a red-headed boy I hadn’t seen before or since approached me with two black cats in his arms and asked if I wanted them). Grim Greyling is our blue-grey boy, born in our house, and he took to me as his favorite right from the beginning (which is why I named him after Odin). He is a sweet, sweet cat.

In other news, Happy Beltaine to all of you who observe it! My own celebrations this year (this side of the fence, at least) are going to be rather subdued, as this is such a time of transition in our household, but I was in Asgard last night for Walpurgisnacht–the final big party of Wild Hunt season–and there will be other seasonal observances Over There tonight and over the next few days. The hawthorn and blackthorn trees are in full bloom, and there is a ring-necked dove in the neighborhood (which is unusual for a locale normally dominated by corvids). The season is definitely turning, and summer is a ‘comin in. (Speaking of which, I wonder if Amazon Instant Video has the original Wicker Man–oh look, they do!)