Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas !

Just popping in quickly to wish You All a wonderful Christmas !
It is +1c here in Winnipeg lol
just a few photos to share with you . I'll post more in a day or two .
We are really laid back this year . no rushing shopping . dh bought a used snowmobile ( skidoo if your an old person like me lol ) and we took it out last weekend to the property so I'll post some of those fun photos too.
Our Yule party was a success but I lost my camera for 1 1/2 days !!! yes me ! my dh was in shock . Rox always has her camera attached at the wrist .
we had my friend Patrica appear with her 5 little ones 4 of them girls ! a treat in this very all boy home .
I also have a possible score on raw milk supplier so keep your fingers crossed ;-)
We have almost all of our beautiful children here with us this yr. Dacotah & Chayote moved back to Winnipeg ! Only our eldest dd Natasha is still out east .She owns a home and her own business so chances of her moving home are not high on the list .For this I am so happy we do have internet . I've already talked to her on the phone and sent her hugs & love via fb .
So this morning our dd Jasmine came over with our grandson mr. silly ridiculous .
Last night I wrapped up his wizard package I'd prepared for him .
check it out below

He was thrilled just opening it !
He is really into magic and I found a wooden magic kit by Melissa & Doug

one of those wands with the sparkles & stars inside ( his Mum had one just like it when she was a little girl )one of the Wizardology books & the wizard hat I made him out of my old witches hat .

He was thrilled & so excited his grampa helped him with some tricks .
He talked non stop about how do you get better at magic and when can he get his different hats . I have told him he will graduate from purple to black hat then on to the final hat a white one just like Gandalf ;-)
I can't say enough what a joy it is having grandchildren .

and granny ! what did granny get ?
The Flintstones s1 !!

some brand new jars to store my herbal goodies in

and yes red licorice !
this granny has a sweet tooth and yes it is totally junky not good for me that is why I have a jar of acidofilous and container of yogurt waiting for me come boxing day lol .

So below are two of my absolute fav Christmas songs I would love to share with You .
I hope You have a wonderful holiday however You celebrate .

The Huron Carol is my fav from childhood 

This is such a beautiful song and the children singing warms my heart .

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Family of Many

Mother Earth , Mother Divine , Mother Many
Father Sky , Father Divine , Father All
Grandfather Sun , Grandmother Moon , Elders  Wise 
Seasonal Sisters , Siblings Real
Autumn Dance , Winter Walk, Spring Warm & Summer Shine
 Brothers of Dircetion , Siblings True
East Awaken , South Protect , West Heal , North Cleanse
Elements born Children of All
Air Messege , Fire  Strong , Water Clean , Earth Pure , Stone Keeper
Cousins given of  Divine
Hawk , Bear, Cedar & Pine 
All Belong
Family of Many  
All Our Relations

Friday, December 23, 2011

Soul Float Yule

Soul Float Yule

open soul , open heart
 sight not ,  touch not
silence sweet
spirit lift
mind clean
warm dark is peaceful rest

Monday, December 5, 2011

Meet My Allie ~ Lady & Lovely Lavender

I thought I'd post photos of my Lady Lavender
This is my outdoor Lavender that I purchased just this yr.
Now Manitoba is very ify for Lavender to over winter . In fact there is even a greenhouse that offers an over winter service for Lavender plants . I do also know some blessed people who have over wintered Lavender in their gardens outdoors .
So I planted mine in my front flower bed .I then placed fallen leaves over them and placed burlap bags on top . I am so hoping they will not die .
I've always dreamed of having row upon row of Lavender . I think it is my Mediterranean side coming out ☺
Anyway below are a few more photos of my plants both outdoor and indoor .
I've not started my journal yet ! But I do have two projects that I'm going to begin .

This really is cheating .I bought these at the end of Summer season . The big dept. stores just chuck out all the plants . It is  plantocide in my opinion !
they should at least have an effort to give plants away to shelters , group homes , hospitals etc.

I have never ever seen a Lavender flower ! nope ! always have purchased the dried flower buds but never seen them close up blooming !

They are almost like a purple pine cone with light petals on top ☺

Now this , this is real !
I planted these from seed about 5-6 yrs ago . they grew and never ever flowered .
Then this spring when I went out to the lake for so long to stay at Mum's place .
I placed them in the sun hot hot sun  my tea garden .
Yes they bloomed !
Lol it was funny the flowers were so so small
okay take the Lavender picture up top and shrink it by 7 lol that is how small they were .

These two littles are who I am choosing to work with this yr.
This one is Lovely

This one is Lady
I know she is straggly and kind of under kept so I felt she needs a confidence boost so I named her Lady .
Now I've two plants so one shall me used for my spiritual work and the other for my medicinal work .
The two projects I am starting are firstly a dream pillow .I thought that would be a good start . sew and embroider a little dream pillow stuffed with Lavender to place under my head at night .
The other project is I am over the winter months anyway going to make myself at night time just a small cup of warm lavender milk with honey .
The two projects were not planned together at all but they just evolved and they do go together don't they !
So as I work on these for now I will take some photos and post as I work along .
By for now , Rox , Lovely & Lady ☺

Friday, December 2, 2011

methods of prayer

This was an old post from back on my healthy lifestyle blog I noticed it had quite a few hits .It really is a spiritual post on prayer so I'm going to repost it here .some of it is about relearning prayer when I joined a catholic ministry which opened up a whole world which I'd blocked off while stuck in unhealthy relationship of enabling an alcoholic .
and of course now being Catholic Heathen or Chritsopagan I embrace all my religious teachings from my rich and full life .
so below is my post on methods of prayer and why prayer is so very valuable to us .
One of the biggest gifts & lessons that I received while in formation was the return to prayer . This formation is for all people to rediscover whom we have created to be so many people are a part of it be they housewife or priest . During formation when one discovers ones plan of life the very first topic discussed is that of prayer .
Why ? Because without prayer , without that openness and communication we cannot have that transformation happen .
There are hundreds of methods of prayer
Most people are familiar with written prayer or group prayer .
However examples of prayer are dance , song , building , painting , our daily work of reading a book to children can be a form of prayer .
Prayer is that road of communication between us and Creator and all that is given .
There of course are also meditation and contemplation which are in themselves a state of being I find not so much a method because meditation & contemplation can take place in many methods of prayer .
Then of course there are the deeper states of prayer we may experience
such as purgative , illumitive and unitive etc.
For myself rediscovering my own methods of prayer was truly a big return to self ☺
We are asked to try all forms of prayer because then if we are not working well with one we may try another which may bring us closer .
I personally am a silent prayer person . I do almost all my prayer in silence , even when alone I rarely will speak out loud . When in communal prayer such as mass I struggle alot . I can barely say the Our Father or other prayers because the sounds of all the voices mix me up , it is as though I need to begin to follow each voice and it drives me crazy . Same with the public rosary I just can't do it .
However one way I do not do badly in communal prayer is when out of doors say in a park ,when mass is held in these settings , it is strange but the sound of a bird or the wind in the leaves brings me closer to what is going on during mass.
I have written before about my work with plants on a spiritual level .How I know the herb , tree, flower , root to pick before the why is given .
This is truly part of my pray life of who I am and what I do with it .
I write this for others who are perhaps lost , disconnected , perhaps who have been labeled bad , witch or pagan .Which of course you know you are not but you feel you must hide who you are because somehow being a Christina became and meant you need worship within 4 walls and purchase statues, and drive cars and walk on pavement .
No you are not bad or wrong etc.
 many saints were like me & you .
 Jesus always went into nature to be at one it was His most sacred space to be with Creator .
Many nuns, monks & priests connected through God via the moon , seasons , etc. they knew what plants to pick for what ailments and what plants began to represent certain spiritual aailments as well.
I personally believe the reason why many religious prayer at very early hrs began because of the cycle of the moon . Like me I cannot sleep during this time so I learned I am not to toss and turn I am to get up and pray ☺
One of the most beautiful times to pray the rosary is during a summer full moon ☺
If you want to learn more you can write to me , I just wanted to share some of my creations to give inspiration .
I love creating stuff, using natural items from nature , I also have trouble sitting still for to long so these methods of prayer keep me busy planning , preparing , touching , feeling , and most of all giving !
so below are some photos of items I use and creations I make during these prayerful times
I hope you enjoy .

I began making these cute little prayer bundles upon my return to the city .With having no garden ( another method of prayer ) I was extremely slothful and knew I needed something .
I made this one up for my sil on her birthday , just like prayer sticks or candles bundles can be used for private prayer or given as a gift to someone . These are to be placed on your prayer fire when the time is right ☺

I cleaned off the lovely outdoor table dh made me and set up a little outdoor work station

Summer is best season of all because you can collect items from in the garden etc. There are many books on Marian flowers , herbs etc. on what each type of tree flower represents . So if you feel called to prayer for someone or make them a gift use those ingredients which most represent what you are called to prayer for . Such as cedar for healing & protection .Spruce or balsam for healing and conversion etc. I am personally thinking to begin the plant ally study some fellow bloggers are doing . I of course have many allies but the one plant that is always with me is Lavender , always . I just learned that this plant represents Mary's flight to Egypt ! Of course it does ☺There are many herbals written by those in convents and monasteries as well from old . I've yet to get my hands on any but I've seen them in reference in all my herbal books .

I then transfer items to the mortar and pestle

This is fun too , you get to squish it all up
Keep in mind while you are doing all this much prayer is being prayed for loved ones etc.

I have on hand holy water , oil & salt
blessing , protection & purification

Then you get to mix it altogether ☺

I have used palm leaves from palm Sunday for this or like this bundle for my sil I decided to use birch bark .I set a piece of moss down on it , like a heavenly cloud so soft .

I then placed some of the herbal mixture on top the moss and then a beautiful lily in bloom to represent Our Lady .

I used some wool we got from the sheep farm

To tie it all together ☺
I also used the same herbal mixture to make her prayer candle

As many people know I also make prayer sticks , some sticks are like prayer shawls . Usually red diamond willow is the wood I prefer .  I sand them and oil them using much prayer and give as gifts . Then there are these other sticks I now make which are for the fire .

I find a stick I like for that person

For my sil I wanted to use Patchouli because it is her fav scent .

So I mixed patchouli up with some holy water , oil & salt .
Then taking a rag gently rub this all over the stick . It always brings out the beautiful red , golden and brown earthy tones in the wood.

and there You have it ! I for some reason also wanted to tie a sage bundle to her stick so I did .I'm sure it would smell wonderful when she burns it in her prayer fire ☺

I also made this beautiful prayer stick

and prayer candle
my dear friend & midwife gave me that little statue of OLMC yrs ago , it had belonged to her Grandmother , who also had been a midwife ☺ The little blue bird my ds10 gave to me back when he was 6yo .It represents the Holy Spirit to me ☺

once again using lots of fresh ingredients

This prayer was for someone who really feels unwanted and unloved so I tended to pick alot of things representing protection but mostly gentle love like baby's breath ☺a soul so in pain needs gentle touch , nothing harsh .

and then there was fire .

Yes everyone knows Rox loves her fires Lol !
I am however not the girl who plays with fire but rather the woman who tends the fire ☺

Be it day or night but truly day time is the best for me , a sunrise fire !
I love prayer by candle light

and I've special spots I love for prayer .Environment really does have an influence on our prayer life . Just look at how residential schools killed spirits & damaged souls !

I've my fav prayer books , well worn

beautiful souls helping me along the way

and never , I mean never discourage others from learning their true method of prayer .always invite them ☺

Friday, November 25, 2011

Plant Ally ~ Lavender

I've done it ! I've chosen my Plant Ally for this new year !
Lavender seems to be the plant chosing me ☺
Lavender is not local but it is winter and local plants are all under the snow anyway right now .
Plus I really felt this Lady calling me .
I've loved Lavender since childhood .I find I am also in need of her calming ability .
I've been wanting to partake in a plant ally course or follow along with others for sometime but that time never seemed to arrive or be right .
I don't have funds to take some workshop or course online .Plus At times I have issue that I feel plants chose us freely , we learn and are given by Creator what we are to work with if we are only open .
So maybe you'd like to do this too !
It's free !
Jut pray about it and see what plant appears to you over the next few weeks .
I felt like Samhain is the beginning of the new year so Samhain season is a good time to start and prepare .So I'm going to learn with Lavender over this next year .
I will post on both this blog for spiritual journies with Lavender and on our Healthy Heathen blog for medicinal & culinary journies with Lavender .
Lol this may turn out to be quite the challenge for me as my dh really does not enjoy the company of Lavender nor eating flowers how I do ☺

I actually have two little lavender plants I began from seed many yrs ago . I've no idea what variety they were though . I will work with them along with reading articles , recipes etc.
I will have a journal and write about my expereinces .
There are a few blogs that have write ups on their journey with plant allies  it appears people sort of venture off the path after awhile lol and I've no doubt I'll do my share of wandering  .
So that is it to start I've got to work on a journal and make the cover . I'll post when I can pics of my little plants , what I make and do with my friend Lady Lavender .

Friday, November 18, 2011

I AM Poem

Today I read about the I AM poem over at Teresa's blog I Heart The Goddess
her blog really is one of my favs ☺
As I read her poem I felt it is a really good healing tool for us . Really helps us look at self with understanding & compassion .
I needed this ! as I just wrote in my earlier post I really have been down lately and down on self .
I think this poem really helped me give myself a break , lighten up see the real me .
so below is the I AM poem and then my version below that please help yourself to it when done reading☺

I Am Poem
by My Destiny Astrology

I am (two special characteristics)
I wonder (something you are actually curious about)
I hear (an imaginary sound)
I see (an imaginary sight)
I want (an actual desire

I am (the first line of the poem restated)
I pretend (something you pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that really bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)
I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)
I dream (something you actually dream about)
I try (something you make an effort to do)
I hope (something you actually hope for)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

by rox

I am compassionate & strong
I wonder when we will be able to move

I hear snowflakes fall

I see faces in the trees

I want children to be safe

I am compassionate and strong

I pretend to understand what all 2 yo have said to me

I feel floaty whispy like a faerie spirit

I touch moonlight

I worry another abused child will not be believed or helped

I cry when my children , family & friends have pain

I am compassionate & strong

I understand a soul

I say everyone needs real & true love

I dream grizzly bears

I try pray instead of speaking

I hope a healthy job for my dh & a peaceful home for our family

I am compassionate & strong

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

prayer sticks ~ magickal wands

I honestly don't know a time in my life where I wasn't in love with trees & sticks lol
of course I love all of nature and my flowers & herbs
Yet as I grow my spiritual work the ingredients I tend to be called to use mostly are trees working with trees in prayer , healing protection etc.
Trees have wonderful spirit and just like people each tree is an individual .
It is very personal thing working with each tree .

As in most aboriginal cultures we tend to have several names throughout our lives .

I've had a aboriginal name for the 4 stages of ones life , as an infant my grandmother gave me the name little sparrow , then my name in childhood I was called little flower (I like the spanish version ~ florasita ), then as I grew as an adult into womanhood & motherhood my work with trees began to become very clear my name changed to sticklady as I worked and became more secure trusting what is sent to me being self confident in my work with trees moving into the role as granny crone elder I am now strong tree woman .
Of course I still learn always but I know thi is my place I no longer question my work with the trees .

here I am collecting driftwood with my Grandmother
I wonder where I got my obsession with sticks & trees from lol
The sticks I now collect for prayer sticks , staffs & wands are most always driftwood and almost always red diamond willow .
Every now and then I have access to a living tree as when the bear damages branches in the oak or apple trees ☺
I love willow it is mystical , healing , gentle , whispering moon tree
I even named the name of my ladies fullmoon coven gathering the womb of willow after a vision I had of a mystical moonlit willow grove

 I first began making these sticks for friends in my early twenties I almost always sand & oil the sticks
while doing this I pray the whole time for whom or what I am called to pray for at the time .
Sometimes I wrap things round the stick like leather with bead work or sage sticks .
Some people use the stick as a form of decoration like a plaque on the wall or statue of the Divine

as I work with sticks I learn what the purpose shall be

some sticks become gifts for others

some become sacrificial sticks to be offered in the sacred fire

some become wands and just special sticks one can use during ritual & ceremony and just your own personal prayer times

This is my special prayer stick I found hen I went out in the bush to bury a statue of Mary which had broken .I learned this custom from a Hindu fellow . when I was done walking back through the woods there was a low spot and there in the damp autumn leaves sticking out was my wand ☺

I sewed a bag for it from some cloth I got when in Guatemala

I also love to do a ritual when working with a special stick for friends or a statue that is to be sacred .I bath the stick in water oil & salt over the fire .

isn't he grand !

This is the work of our ds15 Indigo

He really likes the art form of pyrography he also mixes up a wonderful blend of essential oils to oil his work
I'm trying to convince him to try making rune sets but he does not believe people would actually buy runes .
He is like his Mum he loves the tree & wood so I guess the ancestral tree spirit has passed on yet again ☺