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44 Days of Witch~Oils

The prompt for today simply states oils. There is nothing else to give me a direction to follow. So I’m going to write about my favorite and go to oil Lavender

Lavender

I use lavender oil for a myriad of things. Mostly for relaxation and stress relief, but also as a bug repellant.

Lavender Essential Oil

Properties: Lavender essential oil can be calming, sleep inducing, analgesic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antifungal.

Health benefits: This oil is beneficial for the treatment of issues of the nervous system, insomnia, pain relief, urine flow, respiratory disorders, skin care, hair care, blood circulation, indigestion, and immune system health.

I keep a spray bottle filled with Witch Hazel or alcohol and organic Lavender oil handy at all times. I spray it on my linens and pillows before bed to help us to relax and calm before bed. Lavender also helps to promote sleep and has proven effective in reducing the number of chemical sleep aids some people have been taking to get that full night of restful sleep. Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. It can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches (for migraines and headaches I massage a tiny drop into my temples and then lay quietly for about 30 minutes. For me, this works every time), depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. You can also add lavender oil to a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and burn in an oil burner.

I add lavender oil to Epsom salts for a relaxing and stress relieving soak in the tub. The ratio I use is usually 1 cup Epsom salt to 10 drops lavender oil, add to bath water and soak until water begins to cool, approximately 25 minutes.

As an insect repellant, I combine approximately 20 drops of lavender oil with 6 ounces of Witch Hazel or alcohol and spray on my clothes and exposed skin before spending time outside. I don’t like commercial insect repellant, it makes me cough and sneeze, so because I like to spend time outside as much as possible, I had to find an alternative. Lavender works as well as citronella oil and I like the smell much better!

Disclaimer: The above information is MY experience and I am in no way prescribing or suggesting any of you use the information for anything other than entertainment purposes. I am not a doctor, nor a pharmacist, nor am I an expert in essential oils.


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It’s Been Said …

that one cannot find the true path to the Gods through a work of fiction, and in order to fully understand the Deity you are being called to walk with, you must read and then follow what amounts to textbook knowledge. I disagree … and I’m positive there are those of you out there who have their own ideas on this. Good for you, fortunately for the rest of us, your idea isn’t the only one and for many, it isn’t the right one either. You do you and the rest of us will follow the guidance of the Gods we follow.

I’ve read many of the classic how to guides, those books which are written by some very well know authors who feel they know their craft and their book is better than the next one you pick up. However, after a while of reading nothing but text or how to guides or peer reviewed articles, the words begin to run together and for me, this concept makes retention more difficult and less appealing. My book shelves and Kindle are full of textbooks on how to be a Witch and which Gods to follow and how to listen to what They are saying. I also have numerous books that are nothing but complete fiction written by those with the ability to bring their imagination to life on the pages we greedily consume. And it is in these types of books that I have had some of the most powerful smacks up side the head from my Deities, smacks more intense than those I ever experienced while reading textbook information.

Yes, I am fully aware they are fiction, yes, I am fully aware I can’t twitch my nose and my house will be spotless, yes, I KNOW books of fiction, TV shows, and movies are not “real” depictions of magic and Witch or following the path the Gods have set before you. Yes, I know … *sigh*

I also know when I read a fictional “story” I can lose myself in the character of the book, I can sometimes see my life in them, I can share the struggles of accepting the things that make them different from the rest of their family, friends, community, village, town, and world. I can relate and with relating comes the ability to absorb the lesson my Gods are trying to teach me.

The first book I can remember reading that had this kind of impact on me was Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curot. I am sure there were books before this one that had an impact on my life, but this is the first one I can remember. Some say this is an autobiography so it’s more readily acceptable than fiction. To me, it’s more of memoir (but it can be applied to your own life) and the story of her journey to self-awareness in the Goddess. There is a completely different approach at describing the various differences of faith and how studying them, one can grasp the idea of really learning to know themselves and understanding the roles of faith in a person’s life. You really feel the emotions of the book and the warmth she put into. It’s almost like she’s teaching you, herself and if you are open minded, you will understand the lesson she is trying to give you.

I’ve read and reread more times than I can remember the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy and the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts, each of these trilogies have aspects of witchcraft in them. Yes, I acknowledge they are fiction, make believe, stories. They also are empowering, powerful, and each has characteristics of the Gods written into the story. Even though these are wonderfully fictional, the manner in which the Gods that are depicted gave me a chance to investigate that Deity further and caused me to have a better understanding of something I hadn’t really thought about before reading these books.

In the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness not only are there Witches and Vampires and Demons and Time travel, there are also spells I’d never heard of and incantations that had been reworded and reworked to give a different outcome. For example, I knew about the “knot spell” but had never seen it put to work in the manner the character Diana used. Yes, I was very skeptic about reading this book, it came out a time when I was firmly against any and all books that didn’t teach a lesson. I got the lesson, it doesn’t matter how you discover your inner strength or figure out your thirst for knowledge, any and all books are acceptable ways to travel on your journey.

When I began reading The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, I knew it was a very far fetched and imaginative tale that would go against everything I had learned thus far about being Witch. I didn’t care about that, I just wanted to read the adventure and experience the dreams of a character that only wanted to make the world a good place for those she loves. The more I read and the deeper involved I became with the characters, the more I felt drawn to those experiences the main character lived on every page of that book (yes, book, I have the trilogy under one cover). And after I finished this trilogy, I went looking for more by Anne Bishop where I found The Tir Alainn Trilogy. I readily acknowledge Anne Bishop is a fantasy and fiction author, I also know she has a way of getting across the fact of other worlds, other times and other ways of life. While this type of learning isn’t for everyone, there are those of us who embrace the experience.

Lastly, Tale of the Lost Daughter by Karen Clark is the most recent and by far the most controversial book I’ve read. Let me say I LOVE this book and barely made it to chapter 3 before I began crying my eyes out. I mean ugly crying, sobbing, gasping for air and tears freely running down my face. The controversy comes from those who are part of the SJW movement currently taking it upon themselves to police the internet looking for something to bitch about. Mostly screaming about a work of fiction not being the correct way to reach the Goddess or to learn about a magical life. Lucky for us who felt a deep connection to any of the Gods and specifically to Hecate after reading this book, we don’t live by their rules of engagement and have been able to not only connect with the Gods but also follow the path along the journey they have begun leading us on rather than worry about what someone else is doing and bitching because it is “the wrong way” to walk.

In case you missed it up there in the “you need to know” section of the blog, the things written here on The Feisty FaerieWitch are MY opinions. The reviews of the above books are MY interpretations and how they each had an impact on my life. Your experience may not be the same and that’s alright, I’m not going to climb up on my soapbox and tell you you are doing it wrong, you are free to walk your path as your Gods direct. I hope you will at least take the time to read some of the reviews of these books left on Amazon … there is a wide variety of opinions for each one.

 


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It’s Been A Long Ass Week

Today is only Thursday and I’m already done. Jimmy is back to work on a “regular” type job, he’s driving a dump truck locally and leaves the house each morning at 5:30. After him being gone over the road for 5 years, it’s been challenging to find a normal routine for us to get back to. When he came off the road in May, he went to work for Sanderson Farms driving nights. There was nothing in my world that was normal about that.

We couldn’t find the niche for daily routines, for spending time with the Little Witch or having any type of family time. Family is very important to us and we try to have at least an afternoon each weekend set aside for dinner or something with all of us together. The laundry began to pile up, the house didn’t get cleaned and the yard began to look like a jungle even though he did his best to keep it mowed at least every other week. Yes, today I seem to be full of complaints. Not really, I am just trying to describe the things going on in our world for the past few months …

So, here we are, day 4 of the new “normal” job and it has been a first week of crazy challenges. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to the weekend and hoping to have some down time to reboot and relax, especially for Jimmy. The truck he’s driving is old, has no AC and it’s been rather hot and humid here in the Sand Hills this past week. Thank the Gods for ice, Gatorade, and water, he packs a cooler full each morning. By the time he gets home he’s worn out from the heat and the bouncing of the truck and even though he wants to spend time with us it’s usually shower, dinner and then what he calls his defrag time. He scans Facebook and then plays Overwatch. I’m OK with all of that, whatever he needs to unwind enough to sleep … for 5 years he parked in noisy truck stops and survived on 5 hours (or less) each night if I can get him 6 hours I’m doing my job (the goal is 7 or 8 hours …eventually).

Me? I’m OK. I’m dreaming of a day I can do absolutely nothing, but that seems impossible ATM. I’m the fixer, the control freak, the one with OCD, I am the one that cooks and does the laundry, yes, I CAN admit it … I have a very difficult time letting go and letting someone else do things in my house. Especially my kitchen, LOL! However, I can see a day coming soon where I will have to let go, my body is rebelling and I’ve pushed it beyond its limit. I can feel the muscle aches deepen, I can feel the deep down pain barely letting up after a hot bath. The stiffness is becoming more apparent, you can see it when I stand up after sitting even just 15 minutes or so.  And with no insurance currently, doctor visits are not something I can afford to indulge in. Ah well, better days are coming. It just takes patience.

Oh yeah! The Little Witch has a new name for me … she calls me “the Village Crazy Lady”! Yes, we have watched Moana a few dozen times, LOL!!


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Over on Facebook …

… I’ve been posting some of the things I’ve written through the years in my personal journal. If I feel creative I’ll make a meme and share the thoughts in that manner. Other times I’ve just been typing out the words. When it’s just the words, I’ve begun to add a copyright symbol “©” to those posts because Yes, they are my words and I’m serious about protecting them in any manner I can.

You see, up until 1989, copyrighted works were required to have either a copyright symbol or a textual declaration of an existing copyright. However, the law has evolved. Now, something is considered copyrighted as soon as it is created — or in other words, when you write a blog post. Or when you write your thoughts in a personal journal or even on a scrap of paper. Although that may seem comforting, it’s still in your best interests to go through the process of making sure your content has visual copyright indicators, just in case you ever get involved in a lawsuit. Yes, I DO own the right to add the copyright symbol on the things I write, I have applied for and been granted the copyright for the things I write under the name The Feisty Witch, The Feisty FaerieWitch AND Vickie Lesperance. I have been working with an attorney (Jackie is her name) and she has helped me bring this blog into the legal world that is so necessary.

“Copyrights are the legal system that protects creative works. Copyrights give the creators of the work control over the copying, reuse, selling, etc. of their original work product. Your blog content and any original work, such as your photos or graphics are automatically copyright protected in the US, even without you formally filing anything for that protection. Even though you have that automatic protection, it’s still a good idea to remind others of your copyright rights over your work product. You should do this by including a short general copyright notice on every page of your blog, with your name/your business name, the copyright symbol and years of publication. You should also include a longer copyright statement somewhere on your blog, indicating that you aren’t (or are) okay with others taking and using your work without your permission.”

Since I blog as a hobby and for my mental health, meaning I make no money off the things I write, I’m covered by a simple copyright notice posted on the pages of the blog.

Along with the copyright notice, I’ll be posting a disclaimer which includes a limitation of liability and is basically a way of saying that the content of the blog should be taken “as is,” I’m not providing professional advice and I won’t be liable or responsible if someone takes the blog content as advice and then has a problem. This might seem like common sense but it’s important to put this information out there. There are some folks who read something on the internet, take it as gospel and then have problems.

Once I get the disclaimer figured out, I’m also going to be posting a set of Terms and Conditions. This is the boring language that’s on some hidden page of a blog that no one looks at. However, in this day and age, it is VERY important to let people know what they can expect from you as the blogger and also what you expect from them as a reader. Yes, I’m falling into legalese, I want to keep my blog and don’t want anything to jeopardize my ability to write when I want, how I want and post the content that I want.

I could also post a privacy policy, but I don’t collect any of your personal information, so that isn’t necessary. If I was collecting your email address or credit card information then I would need to protect all parties involved.

Yes, I’m redoing some things and making some changes. I know there are a few people out there who have been self-appointed as the copyright/plagiarism police and I’m gonna make sure they can’t do any harm, no matter how hard they may try. Next up is the Trademark … I love my attorney.

 

 


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Back to Me …

I have been blogging on one platform or another since 2008. During that time I’ve made lots of changes in the way I write and the audience I try to attract. And through it all, I keep telling you and myself I write for me and don’t care about the numbers. Today, I faced the fact that I’ve not been true to myself with the changes I’ve made.

Yes, I wanted to be self-hosted because I got very tired of the way Blogger treated the people who used their platform, so I went to iPage and initially took the name of the first blog with me. Then as I grew and I felt I had made changes in my personal and magical life (or so I thought) I changed the name. Still kept it on iPage and self-hosted, but then also made changes to the way I wrote and the things I wrote about. Subconsciously, I wanted to increase the reader numbers even though I kept telling myself I didn’t care about those numbers. Sometime earlier this year I canceled my iPage account and came to WordPress with a limited self-host platform. The things I’ve been writing about here on WordPress are where I tried to accommodate other people and not upset anyone or step on toes. And in doing that, I lost the drive to write. I still write in my journals on a daily basis, but when I was writing Aoibheal’s Lair, I wrote there every day too.

So, while I don’t think I’m going to bring back the actual Aoibheal’s Lair, I AM going to bring back that writing style. I’m going to be writing from the heart about things I enjoy doing or things that have pissed me off or even political things. And please, don’t try to tell me that because I’m a Witch I have no business in politics. If you feel that way, please stay over there in your own corner and just keep your head buried in the sand. Witch is my spiritual and life path, I’m still human, I’m still an American citizen, I still care about and research the things that are going on in the US.  I’ll be writing about things that inspire me, and make me want to scream out loud and make me cry and frighten me. I’m writing about life, my life and the things going on in the world that affect me whether directly or indirectly. If you can agree with the things you read, great. If you can’t feel free to unfollow and unlike the FB page. Honestly, I will be OK with you leaving, you won’t hurt my feelings.


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44 Days of Witch~Your Sun Sign

Sun sign astrology is the form of astrology most commonly found in many newspaper and magazine columns. It is a simplified system of astrology which considers only the position of the Sun at birth, which is said to be placed within one of the twelve zodiac signs. This sign is then called the sun sign or star sign of the person born in that twelfth-part of the year.

Sun sign astrologers take this basic twelve-fold division and relate all the current movements of all the planets to each other, using traditional rules to divine meanings for each sign separately. Because the Moon has the fastest apparent movement of all the heavenly bodies, it is often used as the main indicator of daily trends for sun sign astrology forecasts.(Wikipedia)

Aquarius

Symbol: The Water Bearer
Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Uranus — planet of originality
Body Part: Ankles
Good Day: Communicative, original, open-minded, fair, logical, inviting
Bad Day: Guarded, detached, self-destructive, out-of-touch, irrational, desperate
Favorite Things: Computer programming, teaching, team sports, anything with a cause or mission, independent films
What You Hate: Injustice, drama queens, feeling isolated, owing money or favors, having to choose just one thing
Secret Wish: To experience total freedom
How to Spot Them: Cute smile, quirky movements, darting eyes, long legs
Where You’ll Find Them: Backpacking through the Swiss Alps, picketing a company with unfair hiring practices, coaching a Little League team, revolutionizing the industry you work in
Keywords: Friendliness, Eccentricity, Teamwork, Humanitarianism, Technology, Futuristic, Groups

My Sun Sign is Aquarius. There is absolutely no doubt I am an Aquarian through and through. Each time I find a new or different website that gives their definition of the Zodiac signs, no matter what they have written about Aquarius, I have those traits …every damn one of them. Yes, there are good traits and bad traits, but if a person has only one side of the spectrum, they aren’t walking in balance and will often find themselves stifled and angry.

Aquarius is the Water Bearer, an Air Element with a fixed Modality. The ruling planet is Uranus and it is a Positive polarity. Birthstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Hematite, and Amber.

Confused much? I’ll try to break it down and explain…

The sun is in Aquarius from January 20 to February 18, this will vary depending on which sites you get your information from and often times the year has some bearing on the dates as well.

The most predominant characteristic of anyone born under the sign of Aquarius is their refusal to follow the easiest course through life. They will not walk the beaten path and most often forge their own way and they become easily irritated by outdated ideas. Even though we are very open to the concept of change, we can also be very stubborn and our opinions are sometimes difficult to change.

When you are first introduced to an Aquarian you may feel we are standoffish or perhaps aloof (sheesh, yes that IS a word and description) but in most cases, we are very well liked and easy to get along with. We are extremely curious, observant and watch everything going on around us. We will mostly tolerate the everyday happenings of life but draw a very well-defined line in the sand when it comes to prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance from others.

Aquarians are intelligent and clever, making it difficult to fool us or deceive us. We are all about progress even though we sometimes will balk at an idea for change if it doesn’t make sense in the general sense of things. It is very hard to surprise, astonish, shock or confuse an Aquarian, we are on top of things.

“Be true to yourself” and Don’t follow the crowd” are two of the most common phrases an Aquarian will use. We are considered to be reformers, and want everyone to look deeper, look beyond the superficial and be open to new or change.

One of the most important aspects of someone born under the Sun Sign of Aquarius (at least to me) is we greatly value personal freedom, and if you try to set limits on us, stifle our life or censor our voices, you will fail, miserably. This is a two way street for us as well. We give what we are given and will treat everyone we meet as an equal regardless of where when who or why.

Equality is a major concept for us, we believe in fairness for all people and will work diligently to promote that fairness.

We are also considered to be the “mad scientist” and “humanitarian” at the same time. Aquarius energy helps us innovate, unite for social justice and follow our utopian ideals. It is important to understand the energy of this sign, as various planets travel (or “transit”) through Aquarius all year long, activating this sign’s windswept energy for everyone, regardless of your Sun sign.

Aquarius is one of the three zodiac signs ruled by the air element. The other two air Signs are Gemini and Libra. Since Aquarius is the third and final air sign, it combines Gemini’s playful gusts and Libra’s social butterfly whirlwind into a gale force of humanitarianism for all. Aquarius people are the visionaries of the zodiac, dreaming up quirky utopias and alternative realities that can shake up the status quo. Under the influence of an Aquarius planetary cycle, we might find ourselves joining a new social group, getting involved in social justice or using science and technology to better advance humankind.

Uranus is the planet that rules emotional detachment, unpredictable energy, and rebellion. In mythology, Uranus was the Sky God who mated with Gaia the Earth Goddess. He hated their children and imprisoned the youngest ones in the earth where they tormented Gaia. She made a sickle and asked her children to castrate Uranus. The youngest, Cronus (Saturn) did it. After that, the Sky and Earth became separate. Interestingly, Saturn was considered the ruling planet of Aquarius until Uranus was discovered and named. Structured Saturn is still thought of as the “minor ruler” of Aquarius. This can explain why many Aquarian can be “Type A” and totally quirky all at the same time.

Yep, all of this is me …to a “T”! LOL!