Supporting small business & Artists – Folk Owl

As I shared with you before, I find it important to support small businesses and artists I enjoy. I believe in getting involved in any way I can.

After all, if we cannot give the time of day to support the things we enjoy, then such things aren’t really something we enjoy all that much.

Thus, I am sharing with you another small business that I love tremendously and, once I can afford it, I will start purchasing items from them. ^_^

Please, meet Folk Owl from the Magical Woodlands. They also have a Facebook page.
You’ll love them, so do pay their pages a visit.

These people create Elemental Clothing and Jewelry.
And you may ask, “What on Earth is Elemental Clothing and Jewelry?”

This is Elemental Clothing and Jewelry:

Faerie Earrings - Whimsical Earrings
Faerie Earrings – Whimsical Earrings
Wild Moss Woodland Felted cape
Wild Moss Woodland Felted cape
Velvet Woodland Autumn Leaf satchel pixie bag
Velvet Woodland Autumn Leaf satchel pixie bag
Faerie cuffs with acorn husks from Sherwood Forest
Faerie cuffs with acorn husks from Sherwood Forest

Latest developments…

Besides the ever crazy work schedules, where my part-time resembles more like a full-time with extra hours, I do have news when it comes to my beloved Pagan path.

A few years back I bumped into OBOD – The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and their Portuguese branch.
I finally built up the courage to ask for more information, and I have been reading the lovely material they sent me.
I am in love, and I am considering applying for their course. I think it will be worth every cent.

The only part that freaks me out a bit is the “why do I want to do this” letter. I don’t know if I will be able to put into words the feeling I get when I am reading the material I was sent, and how much sense it makes for me, and how it’s like to arrive home after a long time away.
Does that even make sense to you?

Also, today is Samhuinn. Aside from partying, and trick or treating (we don’t have it here, per se; we do have a similar tradition where the poor kids would go door to door, on November 1st, asking for “pão por deus”/bread for god – I wonder where they got that one… *winks*)…

…make sure to honour your Ancestors, the ones that came before you, your loved one and passed away.

I will be with my family and friends, both offline (it’s my Dad’s birthday, so we’ll have a family gathering at my place) and online (a witchy online group I belong to will he hosting an online celebration, and I’ll go there if only to say “Hey, Witches! I love you!”).

I will also be lighting a candle on the windowsill of my library/music room/magic room to guide the spirits along with the ones on my Altar.

I will also plant apples in vases – lets face it, around here (outskirts of Lisbon) you won’t find many crossroads with unpaved roads and that don’t have limestone paved sidewalks.

Wishing you a blessed Samhuinn.

My Altar
My Altar

Supporting Artists and small businesses – Dona Zarzanga

Sugar Skull Cat Day of the Dead Red Heart Portuguese Heart
Sugar Skull Cat Day of the Dead Red Heart Portuguese Heart

I do think we should support artists and small business if we believe in them and their artwork.

Calavera Sugar Skull Handpainted Planter
Calavera Sugar Skull Handpainted Planter

Thus, and as we’re approaching Samhain, I would like to present you the artwork of a friend of mine: Dona Zarzanga.

She has new items. I think you’ll love her pieces.

I am torn between the vases, any of the cats or the owl.

She ships abroad, all the way from our corner of the world – Lisbon, Portugal -, in case you were wondering.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do.

Sugar Skull Owl Day Flowers & Bone
Sugar Skull Owl Day Flowers & Bone

The colours of Magic

Lately, I keep hearing about White Witchcraft, Black Magic, Grey Witches, the Wiccan Rede and how you should harm none.

Image taken from here.
Image taken from here.

The truth is Magic has no colour. You can, however, label the practitioner’s magic, if you will, according to the practitioner’s intent.

But are these things really that linear? Are things really black or white with some shades of grey?

Lets face it, I am a firm believer in doing no harm, but I will take no shit either.
I do believe in karma, but I also believe in protecting myself and my loved ones. And I am fierce when it comes to protecting myself and mine. Lets say I also believe Karma has a lot on its plate and I will give it a hand if I have to.

I am also a firm believer in balance. We’re not all good or all evil, even if we do not act upon it.
I believe in accepting myself for who I am, my light side and the darkness within. I accept myself for the person I am, virtues and flaws, and not just the side I show to the world.

I assure you: I am far from being perfect. I am human, and I make mistakes.
I do screw up in the “go big or go home” kind of way, sometimes.
I analyse my actions, I learn from the consequences, I forgive myself and I move on.

I am ever learning on this path of mine, ever evolving. And that shows on my chosen path as well.

Image taken from here.
Image taken from here.

If that makes me a Grey Witch according to some people, so mote it be.

But I still believe life to be a lot more colourful than just white, grey and black. Even if I prefer to dress in black.
And so is Witchcraft, at least, as I see it. After all, Magic is Nature.

Be light and darkness.


Another step…

Pagan Blessings!

I recently came across a Pagan Association that has a branch in my country: Pagan Federation International – Portugal (site content in Portuguese).

This little solitary Witch took another step in her path: I applied to become a member.

I received the forms on October 7th, filled them out on that very day, and sent them back to PFI – Portugal on October 8th.

I am really looking forward to this. Mainly because I will finally have access to more information concerning Portugal-based Paganism.

You have plenty of information in regards to Wicca in all its forms, not so much about Druidism. And Portugal-based Paganism, the Gods and Goddesses worshiped around here? Well, good luck with that!

This way I will become acquainted with the Pagan Portuguese roots, with like-minded people, and evolve on my Pagan path.

I am happy. ^_^

Logo taken from here.
Logo taken from here.

Kitchen Witch: Ginger

Now that the weather is cooling we might as well prevent those pesky colds that are beyond annoying.

Therefore, I would like to suggest this wonderful natural product called Ginger.

Ginger is great for several situations:

  • If you happen to have lost your appetite, fear not! Ginger will help you find it. Eat a piece of fresh ginger before lunch to stimulate your appetite.
  • Should you be feeling nauseated, chew on a little bit of ginger, preferently with a bit of honey on it.
  • If you suffer from flatulence, ginger will help with that as well.
  • If you have colic symptoms, chew on some ginger dipped in warm olive oil.
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, and might help with joint pain. Mix a few drops of ginger essential oil in your bath water and relax in there for a few minutes.
  • Ginger will also assist you in getting rid of that annoying sore throat and nasal congestion. Chop some ginger and leave it to steep in a bit of water (in order to cover the ginger) for about 30 minutes. After that, add more water and let it boil for 30 minutes. I suggest adding cinnamon, lemon juice and honey to your tea.
Ginger. Image taken from here.
Ginger. Image taken from here.

Tonight’s special…

Hello beautiful people out there!

Just a quick reminder for Lady Moon’s show, tonight: Full Moon, Moon Eclipse, and Blood Moon!

Taken with a cellphone, through a window, by yours truly.
Found this on Facebook, and don't recall where.

Don’t miss it! It’ll be magical!


Mabon Blessings! Happy Autumnal Equinox!

And so, today, with the turning of the wheel of the year, another season begins, another cycle commences.

I love all the seasons, each season has its special thing about it.

I love Autumn for its colours, its scents, and what I associate it with.

Soon the first rains will fall from the sky (and the emanating petrichor), as will the orange, red, brown and gold tree leaves falling to the ground.

And I cannot think of nothing better than getting home, changing to comfy clothes, preparing some hot tea, grabbing a book or a good movie, a blanket, and going for a lovely “couching” session, while listening to the rain outside. Soooo relaxing!

As you know, the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn is associated with harvesting, of ripping what you’ve sown. Something usually done as a community (or, at least, with the help of family and friends) – at least in Góis (Portugal) it is a bit like that.

How can you celebrate such an event?
Think of growth, maturity, change, and how magical that is. Think of apples, pears, corn, grapes, and so on.
You may want to celebrate (by yourself or even over dinner, even if you’re the only one in the know) by adding cornbread, apple pie, pear cake, wine or grape juice… You get the point.

Whatever you choose to do, have fun while doing it. Otherwise, you won’t be celebrating at all.

Image taken from here.

When the outside world seems overwhelming…

…how do I cope, stay grounded and on my path?

I confess, sometimes it feels a task hard to accomplish, especially after a long day, filled with stuff bad enough to get me worked up for the rest of the day.

But I try to meditate on a daily basis… Night, actually, as I do it when I go to bed and before falling asleep.
In fact, one thing tends to lead to another, with me, as meditation helps me to relax enough to fall asleep.

And I try to keep a positive attitude and mindset. It’s like ripples in the water: if you start your day in a bad mood, it will only get worse. And the opposite is equally applicable.

Also, it is all in the little things: a candle or an incense stick just begging for you to light it up, home decor that won’t let you forget that daily hardships are not the only thing in life, and that there is something else waiting for you, in and outside of you, to bring your mind home, to your happy place, to your inner Goddess (and God – after all, we are dualities: there is light and dark within us, comprised within ourselves  we’ll find the stormy sea and the peaceful forest).

It is possible to keep our path even when the world seems to crush us. Be mindful in whatever you do, listen to your inner voice and trust yourself, inhale and exhale deeply as it’ll help you to calm down, and look at the beauty around you – the world is a beautiful place, and we do not notice it enough.

Try to meditate and rest often, have fun and be kind to yourself, through thoughts and actions. And keep in mind that life is a cycle, and tomorrow a brand new day.

Liboreiro’s Fountain Spring (detail). Góis, Portugal. Photograph taken by yours truly.

Loreena McKennitt – All Souls Night

Right now I am sharing a song that speaks to me in so many ways, in such deep levels, that takes me to a different place and time, and that wakes up my Pagan side. It makes me happy, makes me feel like dancing under the Moon, fills me with energy.

This song makes me feel at peace.

Heather. Photograph taken by yours truly
Heather. Photograph taken by yours truly.

Loreena McKennitt – All Souls Night 

Bonfires dot the rolling hills
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
Moving to the pagan sound.

Somewhere in a hidden memory
Images float before my eyes
Of fragrant nights of straw and of bonfires
And dancing till the next sunrise.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Figures of cornstalks bend in the shadows
Held up tall as the flames leap high
The green knight holds the holly bush
To mark where the old year passes by.

I can see the lights in the distance
Trembling in the dark cloak of night
Candles and lanterns are dancing, dancing
A waltz on All Souls Night.

Bonfires dot the rolling hillsides
Figures dance around and around
To drums that pulse out echoes of darkness
And moving to the pagan sound.

Standing on the bridge that crosses
The river that goes out to the sea
The wind is full of a thousand voices
They pass by the bridge and me.