Jackalope Collaboration with Epiphany Tresors

Jackalope Collaboration with The Forest Witch and Epiphany Tresors

Hello witches! I have some very exciting news for you! I posted about it over on Instagram last night, but wanted you guys to know here on the blog as well! ❤

I’m doing a few interesting and new for me projects this autumn, and this is the first of them… a specially blended tea to pair with Rebecca’s, from Epiphany Tresors, gorgeous Jackalope pendant collection!

Jackalope tea is a deliciously magical blend of earthy oolong, blueberries, and a hint of vanilla.

Each Jackalope pendant in her collection will come with one of my teas, and you can get them only in her shop! I’m so excited to be working with such an amazingly talented sculptress, and she’s even Canadian too!! ❤

You can go check out her instagram where she shares so many of her fantastical creations here.

 

Also… keep it quiet… but we have another magical collaboration coming soon too!!!! ❤

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New Witch Brew Teas

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Teas meant to aid in magickal endeavours have been a long time coming, witches! It’s interesting how hesitant I’ve been with creating these, wanting them to be just right. Though, I’ll be honest, wanting things to be just right is basically how I create all my teas, and therefore, sometimes the process is longer than I would like it to be. Still wonderful though, as experimenting and the process allows me to learn more about how I want to blend ingredients! It’s all worth it!

So the five new blends are as follows:
Felix Stellae will call upon your lucky stars to bring happiness, luck, and success into your life.

Prosperitas is a lovely prosperity spell in a cup.

Exilio eum Protego will banish negative energies from your life, and ward you thereafter.

Cantata Vesperum is the perfect blend to sip before a night of magick making and ritual.

Amor Verum is the quintessential love potion, delicious and floral.

You can follow the link to each of the teas above to find out what exact ingredients are used and why; or you can click here to see the whole collection!

Lughnasadh Giveaway

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Just a short post to let you know I’m running a giveaway on my instagram account for 2 teas! One is Lughnasadh, of course, and the other would be of the winner’s choosing.

If you’re on instagram, you should go check it out! It’s the same picture as is in this post ❤

Zodiac Tea Sale!

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So since I want to create more space to begin the Yuletide stockpile of tea, I decided to throw a (very rare) sale on my Zodiac teas! There are between 10-20 bags of each sign, depending on the sign, and they’re all 20% off! You can take a gander here.

Next month, I’ll be making some big orders of ingredients and begin making the teas that sell like hotcakes during the holidays (I’ll give you one guess as to which ones those may be!). It will ease me into the busy season, but also ease the work when it gets really hectic in November & December. I can already tell my future self is going to be very happy that I began making lots of teas early!

In other news, it’s been a busy summer! Lots of visiting people, lots of fun adventures canoeing and tubing on the river nearby. Of course I’ve gone out to the lake a few times, though the water cooled down after a rain last week, I was sad that I couldn’t really swim in it! Oh well, it will level out and I would like to bring myself to the beach if not every week, then every other week. I love Kincardine so, and I loooove lake Huron just as much. I feel so very much like myself in the water ❤

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Renewal

20180610_151725-01This winter/spring cycle has been such a lesson for me on how I work, and what my own body/mind’s cycles are. I’ve noticed for the past 5-6 years now that winter is my dead time, and I was alright with figuring that out, I am totally cool allowing myself to nap and veg in the winter.

This past holiday season really hammered in how being a business owner is going to make that just a solid fact as the gift-giving season is just going to drain what energy I have left from the summer out of me. And that’s fine! January was still pretty busy, but I found myself not wanting to do much of anything at all. It took quite a while for me to get to those Sailor Moon teas, which I had begun working on in the fall, and finally released in April, I believe.

I think what this has led me to realize is that I need to utilize the spring/summer/early autumn energy to the fullest extent for myself, not only for my business, but for myself, for my home, for my friends and family. Even just outlining recipes for new teas for the following months, and creating them as is timely to release. To plan out the things I’d like to accomplish for myself in the year, such as bringing dance back into my daily practice, however, knowing that when the busy gift-giving season comes, that it’s just going to fall to the wayside for that time. And that that is fine. Everything has a season.
Knowing that entertaining and visiting is for the fair weather months for me. I’m not a fan of driving in the winter, and with my body requiring sleep and rest, that’s fine. It’s the few months a year that my body and mind will just use the season to renew itself.

 

The only other thing I think really exacerbated my hard fall into sleepiness after the holidays was the fact that my workspace was just not working very well anymore at all. With makeshift spaces with pieces of furniture that didn’t fit well with each other… it was bringing me down, to say the least! So this late winter/early spring, I came up with a plan…
At first, it was a cute cottage that would have been painted with flowers all over the outside; but that idea then turned into the building of a very efficient desk/shelf system that really utilises the space in which it occupies. The little cottage would have been fabulous, and I still maybe want something like that down the line, however, with the current situation we are in, it was simpler to create the desk/shelf space than build a whole little cottage outside. Especially when we think we’ll be ready to buy our first house in a few years.

But this workspace… I can’t tell you how happy I am with it so far, and I’ve barely had time to use it. I was not so happy with it when I was doing all the work to build it, hehe, but now, I can see how much more efficient the space will be, especially when October comes around, and I’m working longer and longer days leading up to Yule.

Not only did I build this workspace to help me keep encouraged to work better, but we also changed the space of our living room, which has also been a boon. Got rid of a coffee table that sucked up the room in there, and made it a pain to dance or do yoga. We bought a bunch of tall bookshelves to fill up a wall, and take all of our stuff that had no place and just lay on the floor or in other very inconvenient spaces (like the coffee table top), and placed everything in the shelves. I did not realize how much we had until those shelves were pretty much filled! Funny thing, that!
Then we got rid of my husband-man’s old, crummy desk that was a vortex for all the things he was keeping there, and replaced it with the desk I was previously using. A nice, open space that makes it hard for him to just leave everything on to pile up.

It’s been kind of amazing to see how much actually making a space work for us functionally as well as aesthetically has let a lot of my stress and anxiety fall away. The spaces we occupy affect us so much, and it’s so important to understand that and then make it work better for ourselves. I feel the weight of these spaces has gone, and I am excited for the coming holiday season knowing I will have plenty of space to work in, to store orders in process, and lots of tea being made and waiting to be put into an envelope.

 

This has all been very renewing, as the title of this post suggests. There is still a lot of work to be done this summer, however. There’s lots of household projects that have needed doing for a very long time, and we’re going to get on that! I have gardening things that need to be done, as this year, we aren’t dealing with a crazy amount of water soaking the yard.

And finally, I have also worked on getting my website back up! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but as you know, my energy levels to take it on have not been up enough to take on that project until this past week. It was quite a few long days updating product listings, adding my art, playing around with some of the code to get things working just right, and I can see that I’ll likely be continuing to work on it still, a constant thing. I will continue to have an Etsy shop, of course, but it’s nice to have a web space that is all my own, the feel of what I want to put out into the world better represented.

November Handmade Faves (Holiday Gifts!)

Christmas At Hogwarts candle by Becca’s Little Boutique
Solstice incense by The Madame Phoenix
The Holly King illustration by Liliane G
Yule Log candle by Briarwood
Khione Greek Goddess of Winter by Emily Balivet
Winter Fox
by Blue Ondine
Wizarding Holidays Votive Candle Set by The Wytch of the North
Snow Queen Crown by Scarlet Harlow
Aurora by Bomobob
Mistletoe Kissing Ball by Wild Rose and Sparrow

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 30

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Day 30: Make a Commitment to Yourself
What practice are you going to continue past this month? Take a few minutes today to write about your journey over the last 30 days and see how this challenge has affected your spiritual practice. Are there things you want to keep from this challenge? How have your thoughts changed about yourself and your Craft?

Although it took well over a month, I have really enjoyed getting back to performing some sort of spiritually or witchy nourishing thing each day. It’s funny, because as I look back over the 30 days of things to do, the first ones are the most important to me: grounding & centering/breath-work. I think those have always been important for how I handle myself not only in spiritual situations, but just everyday situations as well.

I always think that I’m not doing enough, and it turns out that actively thinking about all the things that I do do… well, it’s enough. Being spiritual doesn’t have to be a big dramatic thing every day. That’s what creating a ritual is for. Even spellcraft doesn’t have to be dramatic, mine usually never is. It’s quiet words spoken over candles, incense, herbs, and crystals deep in the night, and soft music in the background.

I do enjoy more formal ritual, but I have to finally admit to myself that I enjoy it much more if I’m with people (how I miss the Cov <3). So this whole process has really just let me see that I already am doing what I need to do to keep my foundations strong. That I have a lot of power within me, and can work with the power inherent in everything else just as easily. With many thanks, of course.

Thanks so much to Plentiful Earth for this wonderful challenge! ❤

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 29

Day 29: Astrology
Find your moon sign (you will need to know the date and time you were born) and read up on how it influences your life. Here is a good resource for finding out your moon sign: Lunarium.

Moon in Virgo

Practical, attentive to details, capable of keeping things in order, finding and rectifying problems. Likes pets, enjoys to collect and systematize just anything, hates chaos (although at times creates it).

The Moon in Virgo individual knows intuitively that the world is complicated and multi-faceted, and many things need to be done to keep afloat in it. If he or she is an energetic person, they can easily become workaholics as they will fuss endlessly about every detail, unable to relax and calm down until a whole pile of different chores have been sorted out. The inability of these people to relax can often lead to nervousness and disturbances of the digestive system. They can become over-critical and sometimes this makes them highly-strung and rather unbearable to those around them.

On the other hand, sometimes if the Moon in Virgo belongs to a passive person, he or she might end up doing nothing at all. They know very well how many things ought to be done, but because they know they will be unable to do everything, they just stay idle.

Since they have a good memory and are resourceful, Virgo Moon people often succeed in areas where it’s necessary to keep a lot of details in mind, and they can prioritise, systematise and put things in order. They are curious to know how the human body works and how to make it more efficient, and as a result they may find themselves studying medicine, nutrition or some kind of healing. In fact, knowledge of what to eat and when to eat can be really important for Virgo Moons because in their physiology, the state of their health is very closely related to their digestion. Perhaps this is the very reason why Moon in Virgo people are so selective with food. Never will they eat just anything! Ever!

To stop being stressed out, these people find it helpful to do housework: cleaning, washing up, tidying. Domestic chores can serve as a kind of shelter from the problems of life. Another much less desirable way to deal with their nervousness is to pass it on to others! They do this unintentionally, because it can be so difficult, given their attention to details, not to find something wrong with someone and then latch on to it and nag.

Parents with the Moon in Virgo want to teach their children how to work, how to do everything themselves, and how to keep things in order. Perhaps this is because their own mother taught them how to do all these things, in the same way.

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 28

Day 28: Magical Podcasts
Find a witchy or Pagan podcast online and download one episode. Magic isn’t always stuffy or serious, sometimes you have to enjoy the fun things in life. Relax and enjoy learning something new today.

Since I’ve listened to quite a few pagan podcasts over the last 8 years or so, I’m just going to share the ones I’ve listened to and love ❤

Firstly, of course, is The Wigglian Way! This was my first witchy podcast ❤ Even before I met Sparrow and Mojo in person, I adored listening to them. They’re silly, and real, and share some wonderful information as well as interviews, digging into how people come to their own paths and works. I also really enjoyed the retelling of myths, set upon fabulous music in the background, in the Mythic Voices segments, though it’s been a while since last they had that. *hint, hint 🙂 * You can join in on all the love on their FB group The Wigglian Way

Next up is New World Witchery. This is a wonderful show with great discussions on American-styled witchcraft. Cory & Laine talk about their own magical experiences practicing witchcraft, as well as encountering Otherworldly beings. Cory adores folk tales and so the episodes are peppered here and there with them, along with a Halloween special full of excellent stories for the witching season. It’s a great, well researched show! Check out their FB page New World Witchery.

Paige hosts the fabulous and real show The Fat Feminist Witch podcast. Her opinions are refreshing, and honest, which I’ve adored; and she knows her shit when it comes to any magical tool she talks about.  She’s kind and also sassy, hilarious at times, and that all shines through the podcast as well as interactions in her FB groups The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast and the Patreon supporters private group The Fat Feminist Witch n Bitch. I love that she brings witchcraft down to earth a bit when she talks about the use of weed in magical practice, or the fact that not every goddess should be reduced to a sacred womb, (along with every human woman). So much feminist, witchy goodness here!

Witch’s BrewHaHa! Velma Nightshade is frigging awesome, and though she hasn’t released an episode in a while, you can still find her and Firelyte doing the occasional Inciting a BrewHaHa podcast together. She’s discussed a lot of great ways to be a modern-day witch, how to use the tools that we have in our everyday lives, Sharpies anyone? I can’t currently find where to listen to them anymore, but I’m hoping Velma comes back or re-releases the previous episodes!

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 27

Well, I’m back from a vacation to check on my grandparents! They’re doing well, and we stocked their freezer full of homemade food for a good while! It was very busy indeed making chili, butternut squash soup, pumpkin and date muffins, oatmeal raisin muffins. My mom and sister made tuna casserole, Chinese Laundry casserole, chicken for lunch meat or dinner, pork chops in cream of mushroom soup with onions, peanut butter cookies. We were quite occupied!

So back to the challenge already!

Day 26: Healing
Focus on some self-care today. What are you doing in your life to bring health and vitality to your physical and emotional body? Do you practice magical healing, or energy healing like reiki? If so, practice some healing magic today! If not, take some time today to learn a little bit about different kinds magical healing.

A very recent and good example of healing for me came when we were in New Brunswick last week. I was getting a bit overwhelmed with being tired from the drive as well as all the socializing. I was getting cranky. Very cranky.

So I went for a walk. That’s it. That’s all there was to it… well, on the surface of course! What kind of magick-maker would I be if there wasn’t something going on?

First was the acknowledgment that I needed to remove myself from what was ailing me. Then was the utilizing what I know of myself, the things that help me mellow out and rebalance when I get far too negative. The biggest help for my moods and emotions has always been to get outside for a walk, or when available, a swim. That lake isn’t for swimming, but there is a beautiful trail around it, and the weather was perfect.

Like I do with grounding, I pull up the energy of the earth and the lake into me, helping clear out the negativity that pooled up in me all day. When I got back to my grandparent’s house, things were much better. I wasn’t being short with my family, and remained fairly quiet and kept myself from becoming upset again.

I don’t tend to suffer from many physical illnesses often, so healing for me never really goes into that. Knock on wood. When I am ill, I rest a lot, and try not to work at all. I will ground a lot, when I have the mental capacity to, and let the earth’s energies clear out any energetic stagnancies that aren’t helping the physical. In the end though, it’s mostly just being very gentle on myself, lots of comforting things such as hot Toddys, good books, movies and shows that are easy to watch, comfy blankets, and a warm kitty.

Like most ideas, I feel balance is at the base of all things, and healing is no different. When our bodies are physically out of balance, we can become ill. If our emotions are out of balance and not being taken care of, we become extreme in our reactions. Healing is a wonderful tool that can help put the balance back into place.