Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Names on Petition Papers

Names on Petition Papers
I was asked this and decided that it warranted a full post on the subject.

When writing a Petition Paper with a person's name on it, which name do you use? Their given name or the name they use everyday?

We'll use my name as an example.

My given name was "Vicki". But they misspelled it on the birth certificate. It was supposed to be spelled "Vikki". Trust me when I say, this had a definitive impact on my entire life, especially as a kid.

Nicknames for given names are sometimes inappropriate and the full formal name should be the given name and the shortened version of that name should be their nickname, used by family and friends. The formal name is always used for legal purposes anyway.

When I was older and it was an appropriate time, I changed my name to the formal form of Vikki, but I chose the Russian ancestral version of it, "Viktorija" (pronounced the same as "Victoria"). When I got it changed legally, everything in my life changed for the better. And it has continued to do so since - 17 years now.

So, if you're doing a work that requires a Petition Paper, I suggest that for personal works (love, money, job, health, etc.), the paper have the person's personal name on it. In my instance that would be "Vikki".

But when doing a legal work (law, attorney's, courts, legal documents, etc.), then use the person's given name. Again, using me as the example, that would be "Viktorija".

I now there are many who would dispute this concept, and that's fine. This is what I do and what works for me. A simple test work will determine which is best for you.

Just something new to consider. :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Divine Has Delivered!

The Divine Has Delivered!

For those who've followed my posts, y'all know that 2 1/2 yrs ago we moved to northwest Kansas. I spent the first year wondering why I was here - this place hated me. I don't mean the people, because I hadn't met them yet. It wasn't until I took the part time position at the local newspaper that I began to meet the community residents.

The first person I met turned out to be what she referred to as a "Woo-Woo". I laughed because I totally understand what she meant, but I also explained that I am no woo-woo! A "Granny" definitely does not fit into the woo-woo category. :D

She also told me that there were a few more "Woo-Woos" in the area. I figured one or two.

Last night I found out that there are LOTS of "Woo-Woos" here! I have a feeling my brand of works will be of interest, because I don't think they're familiar with it. It may scare off some, and that's fine, but I think I've found what I'm supposed to be doing here.

In this diverse group of women is the makings of what will make a very good Working Community - I refuse to use the term "coven", because that denotes rules & following a specific set of beliefs. And that is something I am not into. Our various beliefs will make a wonderful quilt of beauty to wrap ourselves in. Teaching & sharing being the mainstay. And as y'all know...I am all about teaching!

So, with that shared, I also need to publicly say "THANK YOU!" to the Divine for bringing me home! My crying, tears, pleadings and works have been answered - hugely. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Personal Lessons Offered

Personal Lessons Offered
I have been asked so many times over the years, most of which have been in the last few months, if I offered personal lessons. The answer is "yes", but it's difficult to set a particular time frame for them as I have a part time job at the local newspaper, I'm a board member of our new local farmers' market, and I make crafts to sell at the farmers' market on Saturdays.

But, I think it's time to set the time to offer these lessons. So, I am putting it out there to all y'all to ask several questions:

1) What day(s) work for you? (for me: Tuesday evenings, all day Wednesdays and Sundays)
2) What in particular do you want to learn? (be specific)
3) How long do you want each lesson to last? (i.e. would an hour be good or "as long as it takes"?)
4) Do you want physical materials (emailed lessons/information) as well or would your own notes be enough?
4) Give me YOUR ideas...

My fee is $25/hour with a 1 hour minimum. The lessons would be done via Skype and could be done individually or in conference with more than one student.

Please let me know what y'all think. I really do want to do this, so please email me: or or via Facebook.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

La Muerte's Blessings

La Muerte's Blessings
Several months ago an online friend sent me a beautiful Santa Muerte statue. She sits here on the desk on a shelf above my computer. I try to light a candle to her as often as possible, but with working part time and other new activities going on, I don't as often as I'd like because of the 5 cats we have around here. And they just LOOOVVVE to get on the desk and inspect everything up here! 

Her altar, at the moment, isn't much since we're still renovating around here. Eventually she will have a very beautiful altar specifically designed for her here in the house.

I believe part of her blessings to us comes from the love and adoration that she received from my friends' beautiful son when she was getting ready to package her up and ship her to me. Here is a picture of the love he showered on La Muerte just before being wrapped safely for shipping (this is just one of many pictures of him loving on her!)

Since La Muerte's arrival here just after the New Year, work is steadily progressing on our renovations; the machine shop has been getting quite a steady bit of business, especially through word-of-mouth; I have almost tripled the number of clients requesting works; I am a committee member for the new Farmer's Market that is starting in our little town; I am about to start a 4-H Club with the local 4-H Group here in our county/state; and local people are seeing some of my pyrography and other works and are considering commissioning some projects; AND the greatest one of all, is that the newspaper I work for is the best job I've ever had and I know that at some point in the future it will be mine. So, LOTS of great things are happening and between the Divine and La Muerte we have been truly blessed!

I can't wait to see what more is coming our way! Thank you to the Divine and La Muerte for everything! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ChronosXP Planetary Hours Software ~ A MUST-HAVE!!!

ChronosXP Planetary Hours Software ~ A MUST-HAVE!!!
I was just introduced to this FREE software and it is GREAT!

My books and the Lesson: Seals, Sigils & Bindrunes have Planetary Hours charts and are good references, but the software you can download from this site is far better!

Once you have it downloaded and on your computer you can then open the program to put in the latitude & longitude of your city/town, what time zone you're in, set up what you'd like to have displayed, sounds (or not) when each hour changes, etc. You can even have the icon-of-the-hour on your desktop in a choice of colors & designs. :D

Now there's no more "guessing" as to the exact hour you are in, or the hour you need to do a ritual or plant your seeds or transplants (for those you plant by the lunar phases & zodiac hours like me.)

Here is the window that opens when you click the icon on your desktop:


The bottom left section (in blue) is where you will find all you need for using the program. The "Change Settings" is where you will set everything you need, which will change everything on the bottom of the window, except the last section with the city on it - this is not useful at all as it is too location-specific. By changing the latitude & longitude settings you will then have all the correct information along the bottom - and just ignore the city-specific drop-down box, unless you happen to live in or very near one of those cities. I do not, so it is of no use to me. But by putting in the latitude & longitude of my town in the "Change Settings" box, I now have everything exact...and I LOVE IT!

To find your latitude & longitude you can search online. I just use the City-Data website and put in my city, then Control "F", then type in "latitude" or "longitude", hit "Enter" and it scrolls to that word. Note that when inputting the numbers they will read (using mine as an example) Latitude: 39.35 N, Longitude: 100.44 W. To input in the software, you will enter the first number (latitude) 39 in the "hours" box and the 35 into the "minutes" box, and the same for the longitude number. There are then buttons to choose Latitude N or S or Longitude E or W. It's really very simple to figure out...and will make knowing & using the Planetary Hours sooooo much easier & faster!


ChronosXP website download page.

Monday, February 2, 2015

All Messages Moderated Now

All Messages Moderated Now
I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, but I've had a miserable fucking bitch constantly posting bullshit that I keep having to delete. So to keep this dumb bitch from fucking with me again, I have changed the settings so every post will be moderated.

She likes her other Hoodoo so much, GREAT, more power to you! GO there and shut the fuck up over here. I appreciate you want to get them more business. Excellent! But the way you're doing it is RUDE!

Again, I apologize. She's just pissed me off for the last time. Obviously being nice doesn't make a difference where this selfish bitch is concerned.

Goodbye bitch, and good riddance.

Everyone else...LOVE y'all dearly! :)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Workshops for 2015

Workshops for 2015
I've updated the schedule for the Workshops for 2015 on the Workshops page.

As I have taken a part time position at the local newspaper, I have altered the 5-Day Workshop down to 3 days. No material has been deleted or reduced, the hours of class have been extended to help make up for the extra presentation materials.

2015 Tentative Dates are:
2-Day Workshops ~ $500
Saturday & Sunday
May 9 & 10
July 11 & 12
August 8 & 9
October 10 & 11

3-Day Workshops ~ $750
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 5 - 7
September 4 - 6

For both Workshops there will be a group ritual on Saturday night, outside if weather permits.

Hours for all Workshops: 9 am - 5 pm (or later, if we're having fun and don't want to stop!)

Meals will either be cooked on-site or we go into town. Snacks & beverages will be available at all times.

I hope to hear from y'all soon so we can get together and have a great time learning & sharing!

God's Eye for a Client

God's Eye for a Client
The God's Eye, or Ojo de Dios in Spanish (sounds so much prettier too!) is a craft many of us learned in grade school, using Popsicle sticks and yarn. But did you know that it is also a minor art form? In any images search engine look them up and you will find some incredible pieces of work!

According to Wikipedia (I know, not really the most definitive source for information, but it's ok in a pinch), "The weaving of an Ojo de Dios is an ancient contemplative and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas, and beliefs surrounding them vary with location and history. Some people believe they were originally part of the sophisticated religion of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples....Ojos de Dios have traditionally been created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home. Often they reflect a confidence in all-seeing Providence. The spiritual eye has the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye. During Spanish colonial times in New Mexico, from the 1500s to the 1800s, Ojos de Dios were placed where people worked, or where they walked along a trail (Mager, 2012). Traditional Ojos de Dios are frequently woven in solitude, as part of an extended meditation or prayer. In other settings, their construction is one aspect of longstanding communal engagement and connection. For centuries, young people in the mountains of New Mexico have made Ojos de Dios in learning circles (wisdom circles) with their elders. In other parts of the 'New World' they were used as ritual objects or for rites of passage. Today, artisans weave complicated or variegated versions of the traditional Ojo de Dios, selling them as decorations or religious objects. There has also been a huge increase in the use of Ojos de Dios as an easy and fun craft for children, but with the meditative and collaborative aspects removed."

Finally, their article states "The Ojo de Dios or God's Eye is a ritual tool, magical object, and cultural symbol evoking the weaving motif and its spiritual associations for the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of western Mexico. The God's Eye is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable, The Mystery. The four points represent the elemental processes: earth, fire, air, and water. The Huichol call their God's eyes Sikuli, which means "the power to see and understand things unknown." When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the child reaches the age of five. Original Tepehuan Crosses are extremely rare to come by. There are many that are being made for the tourist market, but they do not carry the same traditional and spiritual significance."

Well, I have a client who is in need of quite a bit of protection from neighbors and just all-around nasty people who are causing him and his animals harm. Along with other things, I decided that a God's Eye hanging in his window would be a great visual deterrent for those who understand what they are. And for those who don't...well, their subconscious will give them an "idea".

To make this God's Eye even more powerful I also attached a large Turkish Evil Eye bead in the center. The Turkish Evil Eyes are used for protection "to guard themselves from such not-so-well-meaning people with their necessarily evil eyes. 

The Turkish Evil Eye Pendant or the Nazar Boncugu, which literally means the "evil eye bead", is actually a stone bead, which is worn to protect oneself from evil looks. The stone is an amalgamation of molten glass, iron, copper, water and salt. This particular combination of minerals and metals is believed to provide a shield from the forces of evil....It is believed that the Nazar Boncugu deflects the negative energy that is being directed towards a person onto itself, thus dispersing its powers. 

The Nazar Boncugu is blue in color and the age-old Anatolian belief is that it is actually the blue color of the stone, which holds the real shielding power and absorbs the negative energy." (Turkey for You)

The client's favorite color is Ferrari Red, so I promised I'd add it to the piece. Once I finished it I mailed a picture of it to him...he loved it. (whew! I always worry that items won't be as they think or hope.)

After finishing it I placed it on the altar for consecration, and once all of the ritual works are done I'll mail it and everything else he ordered to him.

Here's the 12" God's Eye with the Turkish Evil Eye bead:

A Note on Comments to Posts

A Note on Comments to Posts
I love to receive comments on posts. I love to respond to them when there are questions asked. What I do not like and will not tolerate, are posts that are promoting other workers. I know there are many of us out there, and I understand that everyone has a preference to whom they prefer to work with. Awesome. What ever floats your boat.

However, this boat gets rocked when someone is rude enough to post an advertising plug, replete with name, phone number, e-mail address and website information in that post. I would never do that on someone else's site and I will not tolerate it here.

I am happy, in fact thrilled that you have found someone you really like - or you're just tooting your own horn - awesome. Just don't do that here in that manner. If you'd like to share some of your knowledge, put in a guest post here on this blog, please contact me, and considering the information presented I will more than likely be ecstatic to share your knowledge with my readers here as well.

Forgive the rant, but I've had a run of these lately and I'm over it.

Y'all have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Sideline Business Brings Great Options for Your Ritual Works

New Sideline Business Brings Great Options for Your Ritual Works
I'm always finding great things to add to my sideline business offerings. I'd been hearing about Jewelry in Candles for quite a while and now I've finally joined their ranks. LOVE their soy candles! They burn clean, a long time (100 hours!), and they have so many scents that anyone will find something they'll like.

These are also great for using in ritual, specifically for your Deity/Deities candle(s). The little wax tarts can be used to scent the working ritual even after the regular ritual candles have burned out.

I'm not a "sales person", but I do hope y'all will consider trying these candles out...and the bonus is the piece of jewelry you'll receive inside every candle or tart package.

Here is my Jewelry in Candles shoppe. I hope you'll find something you "just can't do 
without"! :)