A Very Blessed & Relaxing Sunday Morning To All Our Family & Friends!

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Good morning, my dears! How are you doing? I hope the weather is much kinder to you than it is to us. I woke up this morning to rain, well I thought it was rain. When I looked out the window, all I saw was ice. I would much rather have snow any day than ice. You can’t walk on it, you can’t drive on it. All I have found it is good for is falling down making a fool out of yourself. And yes, I can proudly say that because I have done it. Embarrassing, I tell you!

I just can’t believe it is March and winter is still hanging on. Is it ever going to leave? When Summer gets here and it’s 110 in the shade, we will wishing for these nice cold days. Hmm, just to experience a little warmth, then trade it for the cold? I don’t know. I was born in the middle of March. I remember Momma telling me it was snowing a blizzard the day Daddy took her to the hospital to have me. If we have another month of this, I will go stir-crazy!

I don’t know how your weather has been but ours’ has been a tease. One or two days of 50’s & 60’s and the next day down to the teen’s. No wonder everyone around here is sick. I know gripe, gripe, bitch, bitch. But you see I have decided the weather is about the only thing I can bitch about and not get in trouble.

Anyway enough about the weather and bitchin’ time to get to work. I almost forgot to ask, do you like the new look of the WOTC? Tell me truthfully please? I ain’t for sure but it is something different for a change. Heck, next month I will doing something different. All righty then, I am off to work…..

Have a very lovely & blessed Sunday,

Love ya,

Lady A

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A Very Blessed Tuesday Morn’ to all my Family & Friends!


Good morning, FAMILY! How are ya’ll doing this morning? Do I have a captive audience or a snow bound one? I was digging around in the Spring graphics and come up with this, sorry!

I know most of us don’t even want to think about snow, me in particular. I am not a cold weather person. I would move to Florida but I heard it is 20 degrees down there. And to think, I have family that moved down there to get away from the cold. I guess the jokes on them, hmm.

Seriously now, I got up and listened to the News as usual. Oh, brother, I didn’t like what I heard at all. We are suppose to get some snow but it is going to be super cold here. I went to the kitchen, got a cup of coffee and just happened to look out the window. You know I saw something I really hadn’t noticed since I was a kid, that was snow. I leaned over the sink and just watched the beautiful snow flakes gently falling to the ground. It was amazing, something that I bitch so much about and now I am finding the wonder in it. I realized as I lost myself in each flake that passed the window that I had lost something. I had lost the ability to stop and take pleasure and joy in the smallest things on our plane. A simple snowflake, so beautiful and so peaceful, gently falling to the ground. I found a part of me that I really didn’t think I had lost until this morning. But unfortunately I had. I think in the hectic world we live in it is easy to lose that joy. You get a minute today, stop and look at those snowflakes passing your window. Watch them gently fall to the ground, visualize you floating and gently tumbling to the ground with them. Clear your mind, embrace that little flake and all the joys the Goddess has given us. Never, ever let yourself forget to embrace all the wonders of our world no matter how small they may be.

Have a very blessed day, my luvs!

Lady A

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Calendar of the Sun for December 11th

Calendar of the Sun

11 Yulmonath

Day of the Snow Queen

Color: White
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of snowy white place many snowflakes, silver branches, a cup of clear alcohol in which has been placed a piece of dry ice to give off mist, and a knife of glass.
Offerings: Spend time in the cold, enduring her kiss.
Daily Meal: Frozen dishes.

Invocation to the Snow Queen

Hail to the Snow Queen, Lady Winter!
Hail to the cloak of white across the fields,
The treacherous ice on the road
That threatens us as we ride,
Creator of beauty on every window,
Sharp icicle that falls with lethal force,
Crystal of fairness that reflects the Sun tenfold,
Bitter winds of death that freeze the body
And free the soul to ride the circling blizzard,
We hail you, Heart of Ice, in this your season!
For you are the cutting edge of survival,
The one who tests us, and our skill.
When we fail to learn the lesson
Of the King of Frost, your consort,
We are left to your tender mercies
And gathered to your deathly white bosom.
Have mercy on us, Lady of the Snow!
Teach us that we must band together for warmth,
And teach us with a lesson less than fatal.

(One comes forth with the chalice of steaming alcohol, and another with the glass knife. The knife is dipped into the iced drink, and touched to the palms of each who will hold theirs out. Then the alcohol is poured out as a libation.)

Song: Snow Queen

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for December 29th

Calendar of the Sun

29 Yulmonath

Skadi’s Blot

Color: White
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of white set snowflakes, frosted branches, a horn of mead, the figure of a white wolf, a pair of skis, a pair of snowshoes, a bow and arrows, and a bowl of meat.
Offerings: Meat left to the forest spirits.
Daily Meal: Hoofed animal meat.

Invocation to Skadi

Hail, Huntress of the snow and ice!
Hail, wife of Njord the sea-god
Who would not compromise with anyone,
Nor live on the shore near the sea-birds
Rather than your beloved snowy mountains.
We who struggle between the tracks
Left by Your winter sleigh,
We whose bloody marks You track,
Skillful in your cold eye,
We hail you, Mistress of Survival!
Etin-bride of winter, Your cloak
Spreads white over the fields,
The icy wind Your breath,
White wolf in the snow,
Lady of the crisp clean starry sky
Over the frozen tundra.
Teach us of the narrow edge between
Living and dying, and of that struggle,
And the cold, naked truth that it reveals.
Catch us naked in the snow, Lady,
We shall bare our throats to your wisdom
And count ourselves lucky.

Song: Snow Queen

(The mead is poured out as a libation. The meat is taken to a wild place and left for the animals to eat in their time.)

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for December 24th

Calendar of the Sun

24 Yulmonath

Larentalia

Colors: The color that is most associated with the Lares of the household.
Elements: All
Altar: Each House should have a small altar with their own Lares, or household spirits. They can have many names, such as Peace or Speaking or Labor. On this day, those figures are taken to the main altar and arranged around candles and incense, and food and drink.
Offerings: Food and drink given to the Lares.
Daily Meal: Things grown on the property.

Larentalia Invocation

Hail to the Lares, the spirits of our House!
Hail to Acca Larentia, the Mother of Lares!
Hail to Lara, to Larunda, to Larentina,
To all your many names!
Hail to the wife of Faustulus,
Lady who found Remus and Romulus
Suckling on the teats of a she-wolf,
And brought them home to your open hearth
To train them to be heroes!
Hail to Acca Larentia, Protectress of the Home,
The Mother of the Divine Ancestors!
Hail, she-wolf who suckled human mouths,
Hail hetaira of the Roman nights!
We honor every one of the children
That you have seen fit to gift us with
In this our House and home.
We shall name and honor them in gratitude,
And they shall not forsake us!

(The names of the household Lares are called out, and thanks given to each one. Food and drink is poured out for them as a libation. Then they are paraded around the House with fire and smoke and water, and returned with fanfare to their place at the heart of the House.)

Song: Heigh-Ho, Bonfire Glow

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for December 11th

Calendar of the Sun

11 Yulmonath

Day of the Snow Queen

Color: White
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of snowy white place many snowflakes, silver branches, a cup of clear alcohol in which has been placed a piece of dry ice to give off mist, and a knife of glass.
Offerings: Spend time in the cold, enduring her kiss.
Daily Meal: Frozen dishes.

Invocation to the Snow Queen

Hail to the Snow Queen, Lady Winter!
Hail to the cloak of white across the fields,
The treacherous ice on the road
That threatens us as we ride,
Creator of beauty on every window,
Sharp icicle that falls with lethal force,
Crystal of fairness that reflects the Sun tenfold,
Bitter winds of death that freeze the body
And free the soul to ride the circling blizzard,
We hail you, Heart of Ice, in this your season!
For you are the cutting edge of survival,
The one who tests us, and our skill.
When we fail to learn the lesson
Of the King of Frost, your consort,
We are left to your tender mercies
And gathered to your deathly white bosom.
Have mercy on us, Lady of the Snow!
Teach us that we must band together for warmth,
And teach us with a lesson less than fatal.

(One comes forth with the chalice of steaming alcohol, and another with the glass knife. The knife is dipped into the iced drink, and touched to the palms of each who will hold theirs out. Then the alcohol is poured out as a libation.)

Song: Snow Queen

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]

A Quick Note…..

In case you are wondering what is taking me so long, I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. We were never able to get the A/C fixed in here. Thus the hot weather plays a number on my hands. It has been in the 0-‘x with heat indexes in the triple digits. My poor, old hands can only take so much. I have heard several comments from my friends around here. But if you don’t keep moving, you will be so stiff that your fingers will never move.

Well I wanted to let you know why I was moving so slow today. Hopefully, we will get the A/C fixed, the swelling in my knuckles will go down and everything will be lovely! I can always hope, lol!

Off to do some more…………..

Daily Feng Shui Tip for July 15 – ‘St. Swithin’s Day’

Today’s ‘St. Swithin’s Day’ is named after a British bishop who is associated with a famous rhyme that maintains that whatever the weather is like today, so it will be for the next forty days, especially if the forecast is for rain. A little ditty that tags along with this forecast goes like this: ‘St. Swithin’s Day if it does rain, Full forty days it will remain, St. Swithin’s Day, if it be fair, For forty days ’twill rain no more.’ Just in case this weather report holds true and it rains today, let’s use a different way to part the clouds. Eastern European customs says the smoke produced from burning the herb mugwort in your fireplace will disperse the storm as it enters the atmosphere. So if you find yourself in the midst of one summer storm after another, courtesy of a prediction made by a bishop who might have been all wet anyway, burn some mugwort in your fireplace. It’s time to bring some sun back to your beautiful summer days, no matter what St. Swithin says!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com