I am sitting at my very cluttered desk, drinking a hazelnut latte and hoping to get alot accomplished today. This is the first day in a while that I’ve been able to stay at home, with nowhere I need to be at any certain time. I’m not a person who “sleeps in”, even on my days off I’m still out of bed by 6:30 am. Summer started with a bang, and even the days leading up to it have been rather busy. I will enjoy being home today.
A few weeks ago, we were at ARTIFEST, a local annual event that celebrates creativity and diversity from many cultures. Myself and a friend were doing tarot readings, and my partner Matt was selling his handmade pendants. We were in the Renaissance Village section, which was a bit small, but still had it’s own unique magickal energy. It was a very warm day, and our tent was a bit sweltering at times, but we still had fun. There were belly dancers, fire eaters, Irish step dancers, and people in nearby tents selling handmade tunics, gypsy jewelry, leather belts and such. We were there the whole weekend, and though Saturday was a bit slow due to the poor weather, Sunday was great and we did fairly well. Whenever I do public tarot readings, I always feel a slight tinge of nervousness. My spirit guides tell me “Don’t worry, just jump in and do it, read what you see”. It seems at times that the cards themselves are teaching me how to read them. At one point while we were chatting during a break, a dragonfly entered our tent. It was flying around us, and then suddenly landed on one of the cards from the oracle decks I use. It remained there a few moments, and then just as quickly flew out of our tent. Out of curiosity, I turned over the card to see what it was. Familiar Spirit. The Dragonfly has appeared to me in the past, but I never considered it one of my personal familiars. Lately, however, I have been seeing them everywhere and they seem to be following me. So, I will be studying the magickal significance of the Dragonfly, and what it might mean for me on a personal level. We enjoyed ARTIFEST, and will likely do this event again next year.
We recently visited Bushkill Falls, a large wooded area with several natural waterfalls, hiking trails and lots of beautiful scenery. There are trails for every level of hiker, from beginner to advanced, and we usually walk the “Red Trail”, which is the longest and most difficult. It’s a 2-mile trail, which isn’t really that long, but it covers steep hills, narrow paths, lots and lots of steps, and takes you right next to the waterfalls. I did manage to take a few photos.
I am still on the hunt for the ever-elusive Yarrow plant. The local plant stores don’t carry it, and even though it grows in abundance here, it always seems to be in a spot that is not easy for me to get to. For example, where I live it grows alongside busy roads and highways where it is quite difficult to pull over, or in a field on someone’s private property. I’d like to pull a few of them and bring them home where I can plant them, and use them in meditation and spellwork. I shall continue my search. I may end up traipsing through a field somewhere.
Summer is finally here, and we celebrated the holiday with our group, The Moonlit Grove. This one was extra special, as it was not only the Summer Solstice (or Midsummer/Litha, as some call it), there was also a Super Full Moon occurring, and a Handfasting. At the Summer Solstice, the Sun is at it’s highest height, and it is the longest day of the year. It is a day of powerful magick and divination. Herbs picked at this time are believed to be at their strongest and most magickally potent. The Oak King and the Holly King have completed their twice-yearly battle, and the Holly King is now victorious, ruling over the dark half of the year, as the days begin to grow shorter and the nights become longer until the Winter Solstice, when the battle takes place again. At our celebration yesterday I wanted to draw upon the massive power of this Super Full Moon, so I asked those present to choose a big, ambitious goal, and we did a bit of magick to help bring these desires into reality. What is a Super Moon? This Full Moon is the closest and largest Full Moon of the year. It presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.
Our Summer Solstice celebration took place outdoors near the Wagner Forest in the Pocono Mountains, and also included a Handfasting. I was asked to conduct the ceremony (I am ordained through the Universal Life Church, a multi-faith organization which accepts Wiccan clergy among it’s members), and I was honored to do so. It was a perfect day, lots of great food, magick, conversation, and I had the opportunity to meet a few folks I had only known through Facebook. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many creative and inspiring people who are devoted to the magickal path. I have truly amazing friends. After the ritual/ceremony was over, people were commenting on the fact that there were spiders crawling on the altar, and guess what was flying around us at various times throughout the ritual?
I am currently reading Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, a book about the Morrigan. The Morrigan isn’t a deity I work with on a regular basis, however she is one of the deities I call on in my own version of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, and I wanted to learn more about her. I developed my own LBRP using Celtic deities (Cerridwen, Cernunnos, The Dagda, The Morrigan), and it seems to work well for me.
Later this year, I want to publish a tarot/oracle journal, with space to write the date/time of reading, name of deck, spread used, cards drawn, personal interpretation and actual outcome of the reading. I haven’t seen many of these on the market, so I figured I would just publish one myself. This journal can be used for both tarot and oracle decks, since I use both, so I didn’t want it to be tarot-specific. This coming July I will begin writing my next book, Walking The Magick Path. My current book, The Boy Who Lived: Magickal Spirituality in the Harry Potter Universe is available through Lulu and Amazon.
My magickal herb garden is growing nicely. Rosemary, Mugwort and Sage. Hopefully I can add some Yarrow soon…
Have a happy Summer! Next weekend we are making our yearly trip to a local Lavender Farm. It is an amazing place. Just wait til you see…