My Lunar Letter and Tarot Spread for the Capricorn full moon are live!

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To all my patrons: you are the absolute best! ❤

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New in the shop: the Tarot Queens Ritual Cords

Tarot Queens

Inspired by the four Queens of the Tarot, these hand spun fiber art cords can be used:

– in magic and pagan devotion
– to mark out your circle for ritual
– to decorate your altar or a statue
– as a very special hand fasting cord
– or it can be worn as a fabulous fiber art accessory

Each cord is three yards (nine feet) in length. I have only two of each available.

Soft hand dyed wool was blended with decadent bits of silk and sparkle, lovingly spun on my handmade wheel Pumpkin, then chain plied with novelty yarn. The finished cords were infused with intuitively selected gemstones and essential oils, and charms were sewn on to invoke the power of each specific Tarot Queen. The cords were then charged on my altar with their respective Tarot cards, amidst empowering gemstones and offerings made to my personal deities and spirits to induce Them to bless and empower and seal in the magic.

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20180622_154118The Queen of Swords rules the element of Air and is a friend to the winds and to all who call the sky their home. She has lived through some harrowing situations and acquired a bit of a sharp edge as a result. She is not lacking in compassion, but she wields her intellect and the power of reason and logic like a well-honed sword. Words are her playthings and her weapons. Call on her when you need help slicing through layers of illusion and misdirection, or untangling a complicated issue.

Infused with sodalite and essential oils of peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus

Charms: a sodalite, a crown, and a sword

(I also have a mini 1 yard version of this cord available without charms.)

20180622_155822(0)The Queen of Cups rules the element of water and is the most compassionate and intuitive of the Tarot Queens, as well as the most romantic. She is in love with love, and is the one to turn to when you need advice on matters of the heart or relationships. She is also that friend who always knows you’re going to call before you do, and who can help you decipher the hidden meaning in all your dreams. Although deeply loved by all around her, she is also a bit of a loner, a tender and sensitive soul who needs time to retreat from the world occasionally and listen to the rhythm of the surf within her own heart. Call on her when you need help with relationships, when your inner child needs h

Infused with aquamarine and essential oils of lemongrass, camphor, and ylang ylang

Charms: a cowrie shell, a ship’s helm, and a lobster

(I also have a mini 1 yard version of this cord available without charms.)

20180622_155504The Queen of Wands rules the element of Fire and is most social Queen of the Tarot. A delight to all her know her, she loves parties and events, but will always notice and make an effort to include those who linger on the outskirts of the crowd. Even those whom she favors with a smile or a few brief words will often walk away feeling as if they’ve just been blessed by the full glory of the sun. Full of ambitious plans and schemes, she has a way of attracting into her orbit exactly the right people to help her manifest all of her dreams into reality–and if you stick around, she’s happy to take you along for the ride. Invoke her power when you need to be noticed, to take up space, and to attract exactly the people you need in your life.

Infused with rose quartz, fresh rose petals, and essential oils of neroli, gardenia, and ylang ylang

Charms:  a rose quartz, a rose, and the sigil of the planet Venus

(I also have a mini 1 yard version of this cord available without charms.)

20180622_155021(0)The Queen of Pentacles rules the Earth element and is the most pragmatic Queen of the Tarot, as well as the most nurturing. Her home is her domain and she rules it to perfection. Her cupboards are crammed with herbs and spices and her Book of Shadows is overflowing with recipes. She knows how to bake tarts to make you fall in love, bring money in by cooking up a big pot of beans, and brew a tea for prophetic dreaming. She can treat everything from a tummy ache to a sprained ankle with the herbs growing in her garden, and her house is so tidy you could swear the brownies clean it each night. (They do!) When not looking after others, she can often be found in her garden, or knitting in her favorite chair while something delicious-smelling bakes in the kitchen and a small dog dozes at her feet. Call on her when you want to master her ability to run a household efficiently and bless its inhabitants with security, nurturing, and lots of yummy food.

Infused with  emerald and essential oils of patchouli, sage, and fir needle

Charms: green aventurine, a pentacle, and a tiny skeleton key

(I also have a mini 1 yard version of this cord available without charms.)

 

 

Midsummer: a time to pause

Happy Midsummer to those who celebrate!

I’ll be honest; this isn’t a festival that normally gets lot of attention from me. In pagan Scandinavia it was considered one of the three great holidays of the year, with the biggest sacrifices being made in the spring for victory, at Midsummer for the coming harvest, and at Yule to keep the unpredictable spirits of the Wild Hunt at bay. At Midsummer, the faeries and landwights were propitiated for the health and abundance of that year’s crops, and in one of the sagas a Christian visiting Iceland from Norway is told that if he interrupts this important festival “Odin will be angry.”

But especially since we moved to Oregon, mid-June is generally too hot for me to feel very ambitious about any type of religious celebration, especially one that traditionally tends to happen outdoors. June is also the height of allergy season for me (or at least it seems to be this year!), and for the last several years of Corbie J’s life it was also health crisis season: every summer, there was some new and expensive life-threatening emergency for him. Last year at this time, the now-infamous Oregon wildfires of 2017 were in full swing, and–depending on the direction of the wind–more days than not saw choking smoke pouring into Eugene, making the air thick and unbreathable. For Jo (who has asthma) it was bad. For Corbie (who was struggling with chronic heart failure)…Well, halfway through the summer we were pretty sure it was going to be his last.

So, now Midsummer is unavoidably a time when Corbie is heavily on my mind–especially this year, our first without him. For me, I think this holiday is always going to be a somewhat quiet one, a time to pause–just as the sun is doing–to reflect on what has passed thus far before embarking on the second half of the year.  Of course, even though we are still missing Corbie we now have Molly, and to say she is a source of much joy would be an understatement. This Midsummer, she has been with us for a little over six months–definitely cause for celebration! So here are some photos taken on walks with her (my very favorite activity of each day!), showing Eugene in full bloom! Strolling though our city streets in June is very much like wandering into Oz or fairyland, with an abundance of roses, lavender, cherry trees heavy with fruit, and overblown poppies everywhere.

 

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What Stories Do You Love?

Stories are where memories go

Artist credit: Amanda Dawe | Quote credit: the 12th Doctor

Long before I started making stuff, long before I started considering myself pagan, I spoke–and devoured, and was passionately in love with–the language of story. I grew up wanting to write stories of my own–and I did, for a while, although I haven’t dabbled in fiction for years now. I got my college degree in English literature. (My original career plan was to teach it.) I even married a writer, FFS.

But I’m not unusual in this; I think most of us speak the language of story quite fluently. It’s how we communicate with one another, and how our dreams are framed at night. Even what we love about our gods is largely inspired by Their stories, if you think about it–either the old stories that have come to us as “lore,” or the new stories They tell us Themselves.

So, I thought we’d get a little bit of a conversation going here: what stories do you love? What fandoms do you follow? What TV shows are you addicted to, what are your favorite books? If you have older children or teenagers, what are their favorites?  (I love young adult fiction; it always seems to embrace a much more imaginative world, full of possibilities unspoiled by the jaded adult mind.)

While I genuinely want to know your answers (and I might even be looking for viewing/reading suggestions, as I suspect I’m in a bit of a pop culture rut), I’ll also admit there’s possibly some product research hidden here.

And since I asked, I’ll go first! If you’ve followed this blog for longer than a few months, you probably know I love Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things, and Buffy when it was around, and…there may be more, as far as TV is concerned, but right now I can’t think of any. (You see what I mean about being in a pop culture rut? I watch a lot of documentaries currently–which are stories in their own way, tales of the past–but I’d like to update my 21st century pop culture creds, too.)

Movies and books…The Wizard of Oz is probably my all-time favorite, though I’ll confess to not having read the books. Not many people know it, but this blog and my business were named after Glinda the Good Witch, not the Northern gods.

I love the Harry Potter books and movies, though I’m probably not quite as big a fan as many are. I enjoyed the first Percy Jackson book, but didn’t read any of the others in the series. And I LOVE the Chronicles of Narnia books, but the movies were kind of meh, in my opinion.

In the realm of mythology, I love all of the stories of Odin’s adventures and sacrifices, I love the story of how Isis tricked Her father Ra into giving Her supreme power over everything (by revealing His name), and I love Milton’s version of the Fall from Heaven, with all its doomed grandeur.

What about you? What are some of your own favorites? What are your kids reading?

A fresh start, and some beach malas

beach malas

I finally cleared out a ton of posts and images from this blog to make room for new stuff (I was about at WP’s limit for posting images and still having your blog be free), and accidentally ended up deleting way more images than I’d intended. OOPS! At least I have the really important ones (such as pet photos) backed up elsewhere.

I apologize for the frequent name changes and sawdust over the past few weeks. However, my intended rebranding has been put on hold because I had an even better idea, so it looks like The Wytch of the North is here to stay for the time being.

But in the meantime, I felt inspired to dig through my stash of leftover beads and put together some necklaces. I’m informally calling these my “beach malas” because they’re so light and wearable, perfect for a relaxed summer outing, a pagan or music festival, even a day at the beach. Each one has 72 beads, and is hand knotted every third bead. Think of them as a more laid-back type of mala-style necklace. You can find them in my shop here.

I also have a new batch of ritual cords in the works!