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Book Tour Stop: Whisky and Ink

Book: Whisky and Ink

Author: D. Gabrielle Jensen
Genre: Fantasy
Blurb:

Convents, crossbows, and creeps–all in a day’s work when it comes to hunting damned souls. Quick-witted and always on the go, Fia Drake’s whole life has revolved around independence.

Now that independence is being threatened. First it was a fiery phoenix breaking through her window. Now, it’s a shimmering, winged being beckoning her back to the community she left in her teens. Worse yet, she is asked to become a mentor to a new generation of soul hunters.

If it were up to her, she would just skip town.

Unfortunately, two complications prevent her from leaving.

Complication #1

A message from the tarot reveals someone close is plotting against her, and the best way to uncover a traitor is to stand by their side.

Complication #2

The drummer in her bed isn’t going away. Max Hawkins, her unrelenting knight in scuffed sneakers, refuses to let her fight alone.

With a shot of liquid courage and a blessed tattoo, can Fia work out who’s hunting her–or will it all end in flames?


Where to get it: https://books2read.com/WhiskeyAndInk

Review: I personally loved it. I had trouble putting it down. I’m not going to give away details about the book, but I found myself rooting for the main character, Fia and her boyfriend, Max

I felt everything Fia felt and found myself really in the story. If you’re looking for an exciting book that you will get lost in, this is a great book.

Fia was a great woman who was easy to fall in love with and Max was her perfect partner.

If you’re looking for a book with romance and action that you won’t be able to put down, this book is a must.

About the author:

What began with a princess captured by a pirate and rescued by a dragon has developed into D. Gabrielle Jensen’s lifelong fascination with stories of the unexpected and unexplored. She has dabbled across many styles and genres, but whether through startling, staccato works of pulp horror or the dirt and grime of urban fantasy, she always finds her way back to speculative fiction.

An award-winning bestseller, D. is built from drumbeats and hot asphalt. Even as an imaginative child in the rural mountains of Colorado, she felt pulled to the chaos and clamor of The City—any city, every city. With this in mind, she aims to infuse her work with mortar and music. Her favorite views of any city are from the rooftops and the side streets. She strives to show the beauty of both in her stories, urging you to walk the streets with her as she introduces you not only to powerful heroines and antiheroines but to the buskers, bartenders, and baristas who make up the fabric of every city.

If writing be her first love, music is the trusted friend D. turns to when that love forgets her birthday. She can sing along with new songs before they’ve finished playing and set up a drum kit blindfolded. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t know how to play her parents’ vinyl records. She has one Spotify playlist (out of many) that can run for two full days without repeat and an active hatred for paperless concert tickets. She works that love of music into her writing through allusions to lyrics in imagery, characters named after songs and musicians, and behind-the-scenes playlists. She will even write to a metronome if she needs to give a scene just the right cadence.

D. loves things that begin with the letter C—coffee, cats, cities, conversation, concerts—and things that don’t—airports, humans, macrophotography, urban decay, macrophotography of urban decay, and the beauty of flaw. She encourages everyone to join her across social media and on Patreon. Strike up a conversation. What are you waiting for?

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Astrology 101- Mercury in the Signs

Mercury in Astrology shows your communication skills and style. Its how you express yourself to others and how you understand the world around you.

 

Mercury in Aries are natural born leaders. You’re confident but sometimes overly so. You have a strong competitive edge and are prone to speaking without thinking. You’re also prone to acting on emotions more than logic.

 

Mercury in Taurus is level headed and logical. You think before you speak and try to practice self control when emotions run high. You’re level headed and prefer working out conflicts.

You try to think before you speak, especially when you’re angry or feeling strong emotions.

 

Mercury in Gemini– Jack of all trades, master of none. You tend to know a ton about a wide variety of subjects and you’re always wanting to learn more but you’re so scattered that you tend to only learn a little about everything instead of mastering one.

You’re quick witted, able to make fast decisions with confidence and you tend to find a sense of humor in just about everything and all situations.

 

Mercury in Cancers are emotional listeners and speakers. You are the best when it comes to reading the emotions of the people in the room and you can relate sympathetically better than others. Emotions are your language and you feel deeply.

 

Mercury in Leo love attention and you are showy when you’re trying to impress someone. Your way of showing people that you care is through strong displays- affection, style and anything else that will get their attention.

 

Mercury in Virgos are practical, stern and confident in approaching others. You speak with authority on any given topic- even if you don’t truly know it. You are prone to jealousy and envy over what others have and have done but you can get past that pretty quickly.

 

Mercury in Libras are sociable but do the best speaking one on one. You love pleasing others and you’re a very good people person. You can get along with many other types of people and usually come across as charismatic and charming.

You’re the peacemaker- when two people are fighting, you’re the one keeping the level head helping them find the right way to come to an agreement.

 

Mercury in Scorpio– You like to watch before you really start talking and it takes a lot for you to truly open up to someone. You will never get in too deep with a stranger but you will discuss beliefs on deeper topics. You live in your head more than in person and you value privacy above everything.

When it comes to people, you love getting to know someone before opening up- you want to make sure you can trust anyone you talk to before going too deep.

 

Mercury in Sagittarius– You’re a socialite. You love being around people but prefer keeping your encounters shallow until you meet someone who you really click with.

You want to learn all there is to know about life, love and the world around you but you need to draw your own conclusions, there is very little time to be told how to think or what to think. You have wild ideas and love being given the freedom to be 100% you.

 

Mercury in Capricorn– You move at a slower pace. You prefer thinking and taking your time when it comes to solving problems- that way you know you’re doing it right. You communicate slower as well so you can easily explain.

You need routine, strict boundaries and you have to have things in order in order to feel your best. You are a clear as day communicator and you’re able to explain most things to most people with ease.

 

Mercury in Aquarius– You love to express yourself as creatively as you can. You may not be a loud and obnoxious person, but you take pride in everything that makes you stand out and different.

You’re studious and love to show off how much you know about any given subject. You can be arrogant but you aren’t trying to please everyone.

 

Mercury in Pisces have an easy time expressing themselves. They are peaceful and harmonious by nature. You love poetry and written works of art. Both speaking and listening come naturally to you and you take pride in your ability to truly understand and relate to most people you come across.

Mercury in the Houses

Mercury in the first house– You’re talkative and can take over the conversation. You can feel a bit restless and you tend to

Mercury in the second house– You can adapt easily to different situations and you’re practical.

Mercury in the third house– You have a natural curiosity and question everything around you. You love to read, learn and travel; anything that helps you learn as much about any given topic as you can.

Mercury in the fourth house– You have a very strong imagination and love to dream big. You are prone to getting lost in your own thoughts.

Mercury in the fifth house– you have a creative flare to the way you communicate. You’re good with both spoken and written words. You are a naturally talented writer and public speaker. You’re creative and playful as well as witty.

Mercury in the sixth house– you’re a worrier, you have a nervous energy but you’re highly detail oriented as well as a perfectionist.

Mercury in the seventh house– you’re always up for a good debate, especially if you can change someone’s opinion or have yours changed. You love speaking your mind and you’re very opinionated. You’re almost always able to see things from other views and in most cases can argue both sides.

Mercury in the eighth house– you’re able to help and study things and people that others may not be able to see as well. You’re able to speak clearly with the confidence of an expert.

Mercury in the ninth house– You’re always studying and wanting to learn as much as you can about all subjects. You love reading and sharing what you know with others. You would be a professional student if you could.

Mercury in the tenth house– You have a real way with words. You’re able to easily communicate with others and you typically go to jobs where you have to use your communication skills. You love talking, public speaking, writing and all other forms of verbal and written communication.

Mercury in the eleventh house– You’re constantly wanting to understand other people. You have a natural ability to really communicate in an open manner and you can relate well to others. You’re typically a people person and you don’t even have to try.

Mercury in the twelfth house– You think carefully before you speak and never speak too much, especially before gaining trust in people. You’re the best when it comes to keeping secrets- nothing slips past you so people can confide their deepest secrets to you. You’re cautious with who you trust but when someone wins you over, you will open up.

You tend to overthink and analyze everything to death so you can be a bit high strung and anxious.

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Astrological Signs- Moon Signs

While your sun sign is what people see on the outside, parts of your personality and a snapshot of who you are, your moon sign signifies things that aren’t easily visible. It shows your hopes dreams and fears. It’s who you are inside- what makes you tick and your hidden fears, insecurities and motivations. The moon sign goes deeper than personality, it’s your full inner workings.

Moon in the Signs

Moon in Aries– You’re a very impatient person who wants things NOW. You’re a doer, you don’t like emotional displays and you’re not a fan of living in the past (or thinking too much about the future. You’re an “in the now” type of person.

You are a passionate person and when you’re in an emotional situation, you want it to be the number 1 priority so you don’t have to dwell on it too long. You can take things way too personal at times and even see things that are said innocently as personal attacks.

 

Moon in Taurus– Slow and steady is your game. You always finish but you want things to be the same and value routine over all other things. You’re traditional and a change to your routine can really mess you up. You value commitment over all other things so you only make promises you know you can keep and don’t give up until you honor it.

You’re romantic, you feel deep when you’re emotional and you’re a very feminine person by nature.

 

Moon in Gemini– You’re a very social person and can easily charm anyone. You’re always able to come up with come backs and you’re a fun person to be around most of the time. Lunar Geminis are typically the life of the party but due to your fear of commitment and fear of being hurt, you tend to have superficial relationships in general. Once someone is able to get through your protective walls, you are bored with routines and prefer keeping busy.

When you’re in a family context, you’re the one organizing the parties and get togethers.

 

Moon in Cancer– The moon is at home in cancer. You’re a highly emotional person, but can be prone to depression. You’re at your best as a counselor to others or helping people on an emotional level. You prefer peace and hate all things chaotic.

You are the ultimate peacekeeper and can barely function when there isn’t harmony. You tend to live too much in the past and you love reliving the joyful parts of your past.

 

Moon in Leo – You thrive on adventure, travel and “sowing seed.” You’re not too interested in settling down in one place for too long but you’re a bit introverted until you get to know people. When you’re with the people you care about most, you want to be the one who entertains them and the person their lives revolve around. You’re more comfortable when you’re in control of parties, get togethers, trips and even the organizing of the home.

 

Moon in Virgo– Order and structure are very important to you. You’re stubborn and a bit soft spoken but you can also be hyper critical- both of your self and your loved ones. You are serious, grounded and follow the rules very strict. You are well disciplined, organized, tidy and steady in your approach.

Like other earth signs, you prefer traditional to out of the box thinking and you’re one of the most loyal placements.

 

Moon in Libra– You’re dependent on having a plus one. You need commitment and a relationship. You also have a deep need for balance in all parts of life- harmony and peace, fairness and equal treatment are all what helps keep you grounded in sanity. You cannot stand seeing anyone treated bad and you can’t stand seeing anyone treated less.

You need a relationship or partnership to feel like you’re complete- it’s a weakness because it can keep you in bad situations before you find the one that truly “completes” you.

 

Moon in Scorpio– While you’re not a fan of material, you are infatuated by the internal. You’re constantly getting lost inside your mind, exploring the meaning of life, love and everything in between. You want to meet like minded people who are also into deeper conversations.

You’re not easy to settle down, you have strong barriers that have to be knocked down before you really open up but when you open up, you’re intense in a way many can’t resist. You’re a very loyal and real person and expect the people you drop your guard around to be the same.

 

Moon in Sagittarius– You have a very strong need for your space and independence. You thrive when you’re alone. You don’t really want to settle down unless you find someone else who also considers space and freedom to be vital.

You are hard headed, love challenges and have a very strong competitive nature.

 

Moon in Capricorn– You need to be seen as an authority figure in your topics of interest. You thrive in situations where you’re in charge and where your routine isn’t disrupted too bad. You need to walk a traditional path and you love traditional roles when you’re in a family or romantic relationship.

When you let yourself fully go and find someone you can open up to, you want them to live up to your same strong and strict standards of honesty and loyalty.

 

Moon in Aquarius– You’re quiet, you watch and observe others before you join in. You want to understand why people are like they are and why they do what they do. You’re not a big fan of normal conversation, you want a deeper connection with those you’re close to.

You lean more progressive in your ideology and you look down on people with a more conservative mindset. You think your ways are the proper ways and can get wrapped up in judging others for not thinking the way you think they should.

 

Moon in Pisces– You thrive in a spiritual space. You’re observant and you like conversations about life, love and the meaning of everything. You are creative and prone to day dreaming. At times you mistake your vivid fantasy life as being your realty.

You can be flaky, and a bit air headed, but it’s not always a bad thing. You don’t let people down but you can get so wrapped up in your own thoughts you forget about commitments and appointments.

 

Moon in the Houses

The position of the moon in each house shows your deep seated emotional needs.

Moon in the first house– Your first emotion is how you feel and what everyone sees. You wear your feelings on your sleeve and are a very emotionally expressive person.

 

Moon in the second house– Your emotional well being and security is tied to your finances. You need to know you have money to spend on everything you need as well as some held back for a rainy day before you can fully relax.

 

Moon in the third house– Your curiosity tends to perk up when you meet new people. You want to know as much about new acquaintances as you can learn and you love meeting new people.

 

Moon in the fourth house– You’re a wanderer. You want to find the place you truly fit in, where you can put down roots but you’re in a constant state of searching. You want a group that feels like family and you want a location you can see yourself for the long haul.

 

Moon in the fifth house– Your security is in emotional connections and emotion based experiences you have with those you love the most. You need an emotional connection to feel you truly are with the ones who will see you through the harder parts of life.

 

Moon in the sixth house– Your emotional well being depends on how productive you are and how much you feel you’re contributing to your bottom line.

 

Moon in the seventh house– Your emotional desires are in being partnered to someone. You need the balance of being in a relationship (or close friendship) in order to feel grounded.

 

Moon in the eighth house– You need to be pushed to your limits in all ways. This can be in the form of a personal challenge or being challenged by others.

 

Moon in the ninth house– You need to expand your mind and your world view. You have a constant wander lust and love meeting new people, challenging yourself in new ways and visiting new places.

 

Moon in the tenth house– Your emotional need is to be seen. You perform great and you want to have people see the hard work, dedication and skill you bring to the table.

 

Moon in the eleventh house– You need to be accepted and supported by friends, family and other members of groups you’re involved with.

 

Moon in the twelfth house– You need to feel a connection to the spiritual world around you. You desire the psychic connection with other beings from other worlds.

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Today is the last day I’m offering my Tarot book for free

If you have been wanting to learn how to read the tarot, I guarantee you will be much more comfortable with your personal deck once you read this book.

I have designed it to be a personalized guide to your personal deck. It has all 5 star ratings on Etsy so I also put it up on Amazon.

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Learning to use a pendulum

Using a Pendulum works best with a mat like the one in the picture, it’s also a method people use to predict the gender of a baby when a woman finds out she’s pregnant (it worked for all three of my kids). It’s one of the most simple methods to use.

You hold the pendulum over your mat/stomach or whatever you’re using, make sure your hand is steady.

Wait for it to quit moving then ask your question.

When it’s working, you will feel it tug at your hand to move and it will drop to the correct response.

If you’re not using a mat of any kind, wait for the pendulum to be fully still and ask it what means no. Wait to see if it swings in a circle clockwise, counterclockwise, straight up and down or back and forth and make note of what direction means no. Ask again for yes and see what it shows.

You can also ask it to lead you in different directions- you will feel a slight pull and it will start to pull in the direction it is trying to lead you, then stop when you reach the location.

Picking out a pendulum is simple. The right pendulum will call out to you when you’re shopping. It may or may not even be what you’re looking for at the time but when it calls, it’s best to listen.

 

The pendulum is the most simple and easy to use divination method. There are fewer variations and fewer steps. In my opinion, pendulum is the best divination method to start studying when you’re looking to get into learning divination.

 

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I’m currently in the middle of redoing this website

I’m adding some separate pages that will go into different topics in depth

IChing
Channeling/Spiritual communications
Tarot
Dream Interpretation
Magical properties of Essential oils
Magical properties of healing crystals
Runes
Reiki and energy work
Astrology
Numerology
Herbal witchcraft
Wheel of the Year

I also am closing all niche sites down except Diymommy18.com. I’m also redoing that site.
If you have any topics of interest you would like to see covered either in a blog or a page separate from the blog, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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Beginner Guide to Candle Magic

Using candles with ritual can add strength and ambiance. All the colors have different spiritual meanings and can help with different types of spells, so if you’re using candles to aid in your spell, it’s best to understand the energies and meanings of each color.

When you go into a craft store, you’ll find all shape, size and colored canc

White- white is one of the most basic of colors. They work for purity and cleansing but can work with all types of spells with other candles. I add them into all my spell kits and all my personal rituals.

Black- in general, black is the anti-curse/anti-hex color. You use it for breaking any kind of darker magic someone has used against you, it can be used as protection against negative energies as well as banishing (entity as well as negative emotions/energies you’re trying to get rid of.) You can use black and white together as a way of doubling the cleansing and protection powers in a spell.

Green– this is the color used in financial luck and money related spells. It’s also good for a fertile crop, abundance in more than finances and luck in your marriage, or any kind of growth.

Purple– Purple is considered a royal color in general. It is used in spells to gain wisdom as well as divination.

Blue- Blue is a healing color, it’s used to chase away bad energies and depressed moods.

Red- Red is a color of passion, life, death, anger, rage, blood and love. It’s generally lust and anger and can be used for banishing, love spells, sex magick or blood magick.

Pink- Pink is kind of a feminine and baby version of red. You use pink for femininity, lust and love spells, fertility and any time you need a color to represent the feminine.

Yellow- Yellow is typically a color of happiness, joy, motivation, vitality and inspiration/finding your muse.

There are many other colors with magical properties, but these are some of the main colors with their magical uses.

The next thing to look at are if you want to use scents. You can use unscented and burn incense but you can also use candles with earthy or other scents.

You don’t have to use scents at all but using certain scents do help with adding to the atmosphere and feel and can help with adding the energies associated with the scent.

There are different shapes, sizes and styles of candles. Most don’t really have any significance but if you want to burn through a full candle, finding a small tea light may help. If you want to reuse, pillar or tapered candles can be beneficial.

When you’re done, don’t blow candles out- snuff them or let them burn fully out.

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Beginner Guide to Protection Magick

Protective and cleansing magick is probably the first type of magick that should be learned. It helps cleanse an area to prepare for a serious ritual, it helps offer protection while getting ready to divine or cast a spell and it helps prepare a new living space.

When you gain enough experience, you can even perform cleansings and protection on friends and family members.

Here are a few basics that I personally have used and what I have used them for.

Materials

The materials you choose to use can vary widely. You may not even have any special on you, but there are things you can use around your home.

Salt- I personally use sea salt, but if you have table salt, that can work fine as well.

Black salt- same as regular salt, both work. Black salt helps keep away unwanted energies

Sage- smudge sticks and incense or candles can all be used to purify and cleanse.You set the sage stick (smudge stick) on fire, then let the fire put itself out, while it’s smoking you walk around the area you’re wanting to cleanse.

Moving in to a New House

When I move into a new house or apartment, I always make sure to lay salt out around the door and along all window frames. I personally use sea salt, but even table salt can work. Lay out black salt at the front and back doors, windows and front gate to keep negative energies and intentions out.

Before moving stuff in, take a smudge stick light one side, let it burn out until it’s smoking then walk around the inside and outside of the house slowly while letting the smoke move around the areas you’re walking.

One tip I got from a Feng Shui book is to go into any hardly used corners (or any corners where the energies feel stagnant) and clap. The clapping helps move energy and take it from stale to active.

Personal Protections

If you’re getting ready to practice a spell, perform a ritual, communicate with the other side or any other form of the craft, take some salt (sea or black works well) and lay it out in a counterclockwise area. Place candles around the circle and light them counterclockwise to banish any negative energies or forces trying to get in your way)
If you want to banish negativity, go counter and if you’re trying to bring on positive energies, go clockwise.

Take a smudge stick/candle (sage is the most well known and most used), start walking clockwise to banish then turn and walk clockwise to bring on protective energies. Do your spell/ritual or divination within the circle.

Protective Rituals for Others

Create the circle with the person you’re protecting sitting in the center. Walk around the person counterclockwise to ward off negative then clockwise with a white candle to bring on the protective energies.

End the ritual when it feels right.

 

Always remember, when you’re putting out candles, make sure you snuff the candle and don’t blow.

I’ll be doing more later about protective magick. What do you do or use for protection when you’re casting a spell?

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Setting Up Your First Alter Part 1

This is going to be one of the most important and personal choice you make when practicing. You’ll need to decide what type of alter, how you store everything and how to display it if you want to display. You may choose to hide it in a room in your home that visitors don’t visit or you may keep it out in the open. I personally store everything in an old antique table a family friend gave me. I can hide it, keep my kids from accessing it and I know where everything is.

You will want to find storage– it could be a plastic tub or it could be an old wood antique box, that doesn’t matter outside of aesthetics.

You will also need to decide what types of tools you’ll want to use. Candle magick is one of the simplest and more common. All you need is a supply of candles of different shapes, types and colors. Common colors

  1. Purple is used for wisdom
  2. Blue- healing, fighting sadness/depression or bringing peace
  3. Green is used in healing, health, money and success spells.
  4. Pink- love, relationships in general (friendships), it’s used to invoke feminine energies
  5. Red- passion, love, vitality, fertility and can be used to banish negativity
  6. White- protection, cleansing, divining and communicating with the deceased
  7. Black- lifting curses, banishing negative entities or energy, purification and some health (banishing a cold or symptoms of chronic illness)

After determining the types of spells you’ll practice (you may want to stock up for any and all types), you will need to determine the sizes. There isn’t any significance with sizes and shapes, so that would be a personal preference, although sometimes you find specially molded candles in shapes of gods, goddesses or symbols. Even then, all you would really need are tapered, pillar, jar, votive or tea lights.

The last thing to consider- do you want primarily unscented or scented candles? I would suggest a mixture of both, but with earthy scents. Some scents promote psychic energies, relaxation and sage is good for cleansing. Burning a sage scented candle can work just as well as smudging, if you don’t have a smudge stick available.

Dragons blood is good to work with in any form. You can use scented candles, incense or dragon’s blood ink. Dragon’s blood incense smells amazing and is added to increase the energy you put into your spell work. It makes the energies more intense.

 

Incense is another item on your list. It’s normally a good idea to stock up on different earthy scents to help enhance your spells. Different scents help with different emotions or energies- dragon’s blood is considered to help

Some common scents that are used to enhance spells

  1. Dragon’s blood
  2. Sandal wood
  3. Lavender
  4. Sage
  5. Peppermint
  6. Other earthy scents work well as well

An alter cloth is next on the list. You can make one or buy one. It’s typically used as decoration and to protect the surface of the alter. You could also get one that serves both to protect the alter and provide divination

The divination tools are next. Decide what form(s) of divination you’re wanting to practice and make sure to get the tools you will need for those. If you’re wanting to read tarot, get at least one set of tarot cards. Most people say the first deck needs to be gifted and not bought, but to be honest, not everyone is going to have a friend or family member who will give them their first deck.

If you’re wanting to learn the iChing, they do sell iChing coins but all you really need are five coins of one type and one different. (I use 5 pennies and 1 dime).

If you’re wanting to learn runes, one or two good sets of runes

For dowsing, you need a pendulum (you can make one fairly easy but there are plenty to choose from) and you need a mat (either make or buy- it can be paper but they also make cloth) with words like “yes,” “no,” “maybe” etc.

With any method, it’s best to buy at least one guide book to start you out. Some people prefer ebooks but I like normal, paperback books myself. It makes it easier to do readings and the batteries never die. Of course, when you’re studying Tarot, it comes with a book and you will find out quickly that the meanings in the book mean nothing, but it gives a basic understanding while you’re learning.

If you decide you’re not interested in practicing divination, that’s ok. It’s not required but it is useful to know at least one method.

There may be another post like this later, if I find I missed anything. My alter box is mainly set up for candle magick and divination and I covered those. I don’t do herbal or crystal magick too much, I do have a collection of dried herbs, crystals for specific energies and salt (sea and black). I’m in the process of grinding coal to make black sand.

As much as you can gather, dry out and make yourself- the better. The more work you manually put in, the more the alter’s energies will be alligned with yours but if you buy, you can use the 3 day “rule”

For 3 days, carry the tools with you in your pocket. Three nights, sleep with them under your pillow and it should sync your energies up to the tools.

A few miscellaneous items you may also want to add:

1. Athame- double sided knife used in rituals to direct energies

2. wand- once again, used to direct energies and very easy to make (I found a sturdy stick, stripped it down and have been using it for years)

 

When you go to buy your supplies, it’s best to find the supplies that are calling you. Find the ones that keep you coming back around- even if it’s not the best looking, those are the tools most aligned with you and we hardly choose our tools. Most of the time our tools choose us.

If I missed any tools you have found you need, feel free to comment. We all practice different so what I use may not be what everyone else uses and vice versa.

 

 

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Pagan Mommy in a Christian World

As long as I can remember, I walked off the normal path. I was always seen as different, strange, and could never fit in when I was a child. I tried wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music, talking with the same slang (slang always made my head hurt) and no matter what I tried, I never could succeed at fitting in.

I have the same issue now that my oldest is in school. I have tried to come up with things to say to start conversations with parents who seem a good ten years older than I am. I have tried to wrack my astrology and tarot obsessed brain to figure out how to start an appropriate, not new-age conversation and my brain fails. I feel like if I mention Bethcessories, I’ll come off as being pushy like a sales rep at a kiosk at the mall. If I mention writing, I’ll be seen as trying to self promote myself too much and if I talk about my tarot and astrology business, I’ll be seen, once again as too much self promotion. It feels like a very fine line.

There also seems to be a bit of a difference between moms who work from home, stay at home or work out of the home so besides the age difference, it feels like I don’t fully fit in with either of the main groups. It may all be in my head, but I’ve attended one or two PTO meetings and only spoke with a few people in the entire time I was there- one was my daughter’s teacher. My daughter was in therapy with one class mate (different therapists but we went at the same time) and I would try to get to know their mom, then I heard her talking to one of the therapists about a church group and it hit me- church groups seem to be how different parents get to know each other. That night, I went on facebook and found one lone Pagan parenting group and another group for all pagans in my state, so I know we exist.

 

I have another that focuses on gluten/dairy free recipes and normal kid crafts that can be found here. This site is going to be 100% focused on pagan parenting, history, divination and all things New Age. I will post kid friendly ritual and spell ideas you can get kids involved in and around each holiday, I’ll post ways for your child to celebrate.