A Chance Meeting

The feel of the world that surrounds me is ever oppressive in its summer heat… the slow drowning of sticky, humid air. I can still feel what’s left of the pleasantness in the slow, soft breeze–balmy, lingering within the leaves as they’re rustled by its whisper.

I think of poetry, of prose, of a narrative told in an ancient tongue. I don’t quite know the story, but the visceral feel of emotions and the scant pictures painted within my mind are ever present, needing in some way to release themselves.

There are stories I have, stories to tell. I watch and observe all I see around me and I am not without modes of inspiration. I come upon magic in all there is in the world, some vehement and sour, while other experiences promise hope, joy, and love.

A chance meeting is something a writer can always hope for; with a pleasant stranger discussing the weather, with an animal along a wooded trail, and with the Spirits in the land. Inspiration is divine, and divinity is all around us. Learn to see from within, and watch the secret places of the earth.

Keep a look out for these chance meetings because even the smallest bit of knowledge can be gained, giving the proper inspiration for a story to unfold.

A little bit of Summertime Magic

The weather has been absolutely heavenly, and things are growing and thriving in the garden and around the yard. DSCN2872.a1_markedMy dandelions have been plentiful, perfect for making cosmetics and tea. These babies pack a punch of all sorts of vitamins and minerals, and are a very rich source of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Some of the other vitamins and minerals found in dandelions include Vitamin B-complexes, Vitamin C & small amounts of Vitamin D, fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous.

Dandelions are also a great source to get trace minerals and organic sodium (table salt is baaaaad news!) A bitter plant they can be, but these babies can be mixed with sweeter greens and fruits for a wonderful salad. Minus the ants! So clean before eating & using.

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I don’t believe this particular species of milkweed is native to FL, but it sure as hell helps nurture, support, and harbor my monarchs! I got to watch the monarch’s life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly with my little girl, and it never fails to amaze me!

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Here she is emerged from her chrysalis, posing for a picture. Nature is amazing, the Earth Mother always gifting us with moments to share love and joy with every living being. With moments like these, magic truly does exist.

Summer Blessings Xo

Fire in the Blood

The weather has been utterly beautiful these last few days. I’ve been lingering outside longer and longer, and I have even migrated my craftings out to the patio because I just can’t resist the pull of the Season’s magic. We’ve all been restless in my household and the Goddess and spirits that are so prevalent among the plants have urged us outdoors for play and meditation.

Spring cleaning has thus far only been physical, but May Eve/Bealtaine will be greeted with fire and smoke to drive out the last remaining energies of the past year. Mother will be welcomed in, alongside passion and inspiration and positive flowing action.

The maypole, a summer broom, flowers, the fresh breeze and ribbon decorations have replaced stale air, old pictures, and useless “buildup” around the home & hearth.

The season is for Love and Light, letting these earthly vessels we call bodies free, and rebirthing the Sun. Spirit is lusty and full of heat, rendering jovial play within my artwork and craftings.

And not only that, but my little girl will be 3 on Bealtaine. This little fireling has given me life and joy, passion to learn, and the strength of flame to overcome. She has been such an inspiration and I will not only celebrate the Sun and Earth’s rebirth, but my own personal rebirth that has come from my Daughter’s birth.

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So fill your baskets with wildflowers, craft a floral wreath, eat fruits of the Earth and drink sweet honey mead, for this is a season for Light and Life, rebirth and new beginnings. Sweat in the heat and feel the passion of the gods as they mate to bring all into the light half of the year.

A Short Note on Spirit Animals

What is a spirit animal? Is it the same as an animal totem?

First of all, let me start out by saying that a SPIRIT ANIMAL is totally different from an ANIMAL TOTEM. An animal totem is a spirit animal as it relates to a whole unit, clan, tribe, etc. For a very simplistic example, the animal totem most frequently associated with the United States is a bald eagle. The United States is a collective unit, the eagle being representative of that. An animal totem can also be used to represent an ideology, much like the bald eagle also represents the ideas of freedom, liberty, and patriotism. So to say that an animal is your animal totem for you personally, is not entirely correct.

I would also like to point out that a Spirit animal is not an animal that you just like or find attractive. Spirit animals are sent for specific reasons to you and you alone, to help guide you, teach you an important lesson about your Self, your environment, your current circumstances of living…they are not always animals we like, and they are sometimes animals that we fear or by which we are disgusted. However, one thing remains clear: your spirit animal comes to you–to teach you, to guide you– because there’s great importance and bearing on the lesson. Whether you think it’s cute or hideous is irrelevant.

And lastly, I would also like to give some insight based on my personal experiences as well as what others had to say on the subject…Your spirit animal is one that you will, over time, develop a very deep spiritual connection with. This doesn’t just happen. Just like multiplication/times tables, these Spirit lessons are not completely learned with just one visit from the teacher. It takes time and patience, as well as practice, to develop your senses for recognizing when your guide is present, as well as learning the full lesson as it’s taught.

So to say that wolves are your ‘spirit animal’ because you’ve always loved the look of them, the qualities they represent, etc is not entirely accurate. But if you’ve been visited by a specific wolf or you end up ‘adopting’ it (not in the literal sense of adopting a stray animal), connecting with it, learning from it, then in this instance that specific wolf becomes your spirit animal. It’s more of a specificity/personal bond with one animal rather than a long-held affinity with the species as a whole.

Not only did Native American tribes find meanings, messages, and connections with spirit animals, this trend can be found throughout many cultures–past and present–of our world.

References and further reading:

Comprehensive Guide to Symbols & Meanings on What’s Your Sign?

How to Find Your Spirit Animal By Elena Harris, Editor, SpiritAnimal.com

Definition of Totem on Oxford Online Dictionary (U.S)

Shamanism-Working With Animal Spirits  on animalspirits.com –I want to say that this site is very simple, yet very informative. I found it quite helpful.