Sunday, March 24, 2013

Small Miracles...And Best Friends, Can Really Mean A Lot!

Small Miracles...And Best Friends, Can Really Mean A Lot!
Yesterday we had a beautiful Spring snow! I was awakened by hubby who told me that I needed to get outside to take pictures before we let the dogs out, who would the "ruin" the pristine snow blanket. It brought in about 12" of beautiful white, glistening snow that looked perfect for building a snowman. Something I have never done before!



So, I went out built myself a Snow Lady and named her Lucy Lou. She was a pathetic looking thing, but I had sooo much fun building her.


LOL Pathetic, isn't she?!

Well, when I finished building her, and taking her picture, I then realized that I was missing my cell phone. Shit!

Ok, this phone cost $250. And we only bought it a little over a week ago. NOT cool!

So, I spent almost 45 minutes on my hands and knees digging through the snow trying to find my phone. I dug all around Lucy Lou, nothing. I dug that path I'd taken to get to her spot, nothing. I dug everything a second and third time. I then shoveled it all. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. OMFG!

I was in tears. I was begging, praying, everything I knew. I came in the house and went on Facebook and posted by dilemma, begging someone to PLEASE see my message and call my cell phone for at least 15 minutes, or until I found it and returned their call.

I walked outside, dug some more. Came back inside to check to see if ANY friends were on Facebook. Yes. My best friend, Mary, was on. So I messaged her, but there was no response, so I headed back outside. Just as I walked out the door, I hear my cell phone ringing. I rushed around trying to locate it before it stopped ringing.

It was about 5' from the front steps, already covered in 2" of snow! No wonder I never found it! Plus, somehow it had fallen about a foot from the path I'd taken...I just hadn't shoveled out far enough. Anyway, thanks to my prayers, and to Mary being led to check her phone, I found it.

So, thank you God, thank you Goddess, and thank you to the Divine, by what ever name one wishes to call It, for putting a voice in Mary's ear to please check her phone.

Prayers ARE answered. Miracles DO happen. Thank you!

Of course, I'd say Jack Frost might have had a hand in it all, and gotten a good laugh over it too! ;D

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Site Re-Arrangement & Changes

Site Re-Arrangement & Changes
I've rearranged the tabs to a list on the right sidebar (not sure yet if I like it yet or not). The reason for this is because the tabs were getting to be too numerous, taking up alot of space, and I'm adding an aspect to this blog that I've been considering for sometime.

I will now be posting lessons on various aspects of Granny Magic, and Witchcraft in general. Each lesson will have its own page so you won't have to search through the site to find it on a return visit. The "Lesson" pages are listed as "Lesson: xxxx". I will keep them in alphabetical order for ease of finding if you need to return to it at a later date. 

Much of the lessons are completely of my own writing. Many of them contain information I consider valid from others and have included their material, along with the source from which the information was obtained. If the original author is unknown, it is stated as such (if I missed any, please let me know so I can give credit where it is due). Otherwise, all the material is my own.

IF you choose to copy this material, PLEASE be courteous and reference where and from whom you obtained it. Linking to the page is preferable. IF I find that the material has been used without the necessary reference, I will do something about it. Maybe not legally (nobody really does that anyway - costs too much!), but definitely a work on you of some kind. Granny Tackett willingly shares. She also enjoys doing a good curse every now & then! Are you game to try me?! :)

So, please enjoy & share as I am doing for you.

Blessings!
Granny Tackett

Raising A Plant Familiar



Raising A Plant Familiar
By: Stacey at Daily Wicca

The purpose of this technique is to raise, or grow, a plant as a “familiar” (serving spirit) or as a magical plant. In ancient times, a small circle of stones was set around the chosen plant, to “bind” the numen there. Then a hole was dug down toward the roots (carefully) and a chosen power stone was set in place, to “charge” the plant.

Today the technique has been expanded, but is still true to the original intent. You can begin with a seed, or young sprout. Simply prepare the soil for planting, in a secluded area, which is suited to the physical needs of the plant. Place a stone or crystal of your choice about three inches deep into the soil. Quartz crystals are a good choice, but you may wish to consult a table of correspondences for various stones, etc. Next fill in the soil over the stone, and plant the seed (or sprout) as is appropriate. Then, lay a circle of 8 stones around the plant site. At each of the four elemental quarters place a crystal of the same type as the one you buried (these four are part of the 8 forming the circle). The other stones may be of any kind you wish, as long as they complement each other in relationship to their occult nature. Space the stones to allow for the growth of the plant.

I will give two techniques for the raising of a plant familiar. These will show you how to establish contact with the plant numen, and how to communicate your purposes to the plant familiar. In this way the plant will become charged, and conscious of your needs. Then you will have a physical and spiritual helper, for your works of magic and healing.

This technique is important to magical work involving herbs. Dry herbs in an herb store are not charged (in most cases) and can only serve through their remaining physical properties. There is, however, the placebo effect to consider, as well as coincidence, and self-delusion. These have been used successfully for quite some time. I will not deal with these here, as most popular Authors are doing an excellent job of passing this off on us as authentic spells. I intend to give you the actual techniques which empower herbs, and whose effects were the basis for the powers attributed to herbs from ancient times. No Con, just the facts.

Method 1:
If planting by seed, wait 7 days after the sprout appears to proceed with the following (if a young plant, wait 7 days after planting it). Remove the stones between the quarter stones, and plant a seed at each point. Next bury the quarter stones where they lay, at least an inch deep. The seeds may be of the same type as the plant within the circle, or an assortment. Each day, place both palms upon the ground within the circle, forming a triangle with fingertips (index fingers touching & thumbs touching). The stem of the plant will be in the open area of the triangle, centered between your hands.

Using your imagination & visualization abilities, sense your power flowing out through your arms, from your personal power center (just below the navel for women, and at the solar plexus for men). You must also talk to the plant and send it visuals, communicating your needs and desires through mental images. You must take good care of the plant from this point on, and keep it from harm. To create a strong bond with your plant familiar, you can add 3 drops of your own blood to a quart of water, and use this to water the plant as needed.

Magically, you have first increased the level of the numen through the crystals. Secondly, you have extended its power and influence to the other plants. This is because these plants became alive under the influence of the center crystal and plant. They were also bathed in a cross quarter current of energy, controlled from the center entity, through the quarter crystals. If you need the physical parts an herb for your spells, potions or whatever, then use only the plants enclosed within the original circle of stones, and never the center plant. The center plant IS the familiar, and the others are merely extensions of it.

The final step in creating this plant familiar, is to establish your “link” and your “rapport”. To do this, you must sit comfortably before the plant, and stare at it. Allow your eyes to lose focus and your vision to blur. In this state, observe the shape of the plant, trying to leave your mind blank. The plant will “send” you an image as you stare. You will receive this as a distortion of the plant’s shape, so that it will begin to resemble some other creature such as an animal or an insect. This new shape is the spirit of the plant, and you will employ this image as you work with the familiar.

The familiar can give you extra power in any magical work, whenever you summon it. “House plants” can become protective entities for your home through plant magic. Plants can be given as gifts, charged for a special purpose.

To summon the familiar, you simply imagine your plant in its setting, and visualize it becoming the spirit creature. Mentally call it to yourself, and allow it to enter into your personal power center.

To empower through the familiar, mentally send it into any herbs which you are charging (instructing it as to the desired effect) and imagine that it passes power to them, imagine them glowing after contact with the familiar. When you are finished, always return the familiar to the plant.

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Note: I don't know why, but she left off "Method 2", or maybe I'm just not reading it right. But, either way, I like this Plant Familiar concept. Basil is my favorite plant, so this Spring I will be doing this with my Basil.

Friday, March 8, 2013

I'm Back!

I'm Back!
OMG! I swear I will never move again!

My Travel Mojo worked beautifully. We had zero incidents or problems. Zero confrontations with highway patrol. Which we thought we might, considering the caravan we had going on! I had included "invisibility" into it, and I'd say it worked perfectly.

Here are a few pics of our caravan, the trip, and the beautiful 1st sunrise at our new home.


The caravan just before pulling out. 3/2/2013

Hoodoo rode with me - well, at least until the ride over the too-high bridge scared him! LOL

The fur & feather-baby crew, kept back so they couldn't bother hubby while driving.

The deep snow at the rest stop we stayed at. 3/3/2013

The windmill farm in east KS, along I-70.

The first sunrise at our new place! 3/4/2013

Amanda had a rough trip! This is her new hang-out, an old sofa that was in the schoolhouse.

What we're starting with. The fun of renovating begins!

So, that's the latest news for us! I have a blog specifically for the renovation of our new place. So, if anyone would like to follow along, please join me at High Plains Settlers!