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"! :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Valentine's Day Special 1/25/2015 - 2/14/2015

Valentine's Day Special
1/25/2015 - 2/14/2015

Any custom made-to-order item;

JuJu Doll / Poppet
Mojo Bag
Herbal Blends
Green Luck Prosperity Rice
Warding Chime
Witch's Burr

25% off
E-mail me what you are wanting and I will send you an invoice.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spider Webs

Spider Webs
I've posted on this subject before, but I found that meme below and had to share it!

Using spider webs is fun, even if it is a bit creepy to gather.

Use in your binding works to keep the intended tied up.

You could even reverse that and have the "spider about to get the fly" - wrap a tiny poppet in the webs and place a toy spider on or near it - this would be an effective curse for someone who needs to get their just due, or a curse of ill-health.

Add spider webs to a potion (not to be consumed!!) or a powder such as binding someone to you or themselves, a stay-put potion so they can't leave, or to make their job or life too confining and miserable.

Think outside the box and you can find lots of ways to use so many things!