20111009

Day 3- Witchy tools: Athame


So I'm focusing on the use of the athame, because so many people who know me but don't KNOW me seem to think they are used for ritual sacrifice. This just gives me a total >.< moment. I got the following info from Wikipedia, since the information I wanted to convey was best expressed on there. Please remember, many Pagan religions mean many different rituals and meanings. Thank you. 


This is my lovely athame, in its sheath.


The athame's primary use is to channel and direct psychic energy, generally conceived as etheric fire. If things such as herbs or cords need to be cut, another knife called a boline - a white-handled knife - is used. An exception is the "kitchen witchcraft" philosophy, which actively encourages the use of magical tools for mundane purposes to increase the witch's familiarity with them.
The ritual drawing of the boundary of the Magic circle - also known as "casting the circle" - is usually done with either a ritual sword or an athame, in traditional coven practice. For open rituals in public places, this is sometimes done with a ritual wand or staff instead, since there may be legal complications involved with swords and daggers in public places, even when the edges have been dulled. In most traditional covens, the athame is associated with the magical element of fire, so the circle is considered to be cast in etheric fire. This fire is traditionally envisioned as blue, indigo or violet; although it may equally well be envisioned as other colors. When the circle is ritually purified after being cast, that is traditionally done with the remaining three elements -- air (incense), water (salt-water), and earth (salt) -- because the element of fire has already been imbued into the circle during the casting, by the use of the athame.
After the casting, the athame is the tool traditionally used to invoke the elemental guardians of the four directions - also termed "calling the quarters" - typically by drawing elemental pentagrams at each quarter. This important traditional practice is one of the reasons often given for the requirement that the athame must be double-edged; because attempting to trace a pentagram in the air with a single-edged blade will require some awkward twisting of the hand and wrist, in order to keep the single cutting edge in the direction of motion.
As a masculine principle, the athame is often used in combination with the chalice, as feminine principle, evoking the act of procreation, as a symbol of universal creativity. The athame represents the magical element of fire, associated with the Sun and the Horned God; while the chalice represents the magical element of water, associated with the Moon and the Goddess. The union of the two then represents the union of God and Goddess, male and female, sun and moon, fire and water. The marriage of the Sun and Moon -- the union of opposites -- is an ancient idea in alchemy; and the hieros gamos or sacred marriage of god and goddess is an even more ancient idea in pagan religions. (For example, in ancient Greece - from whence the term "hieros gamos" comes.) This rite is done by dipping the athame into the chalice to bless the wine. This is a symbol of the Great Rite in Wiccan rituals. Some modern witchcraft traditions may prefer not to use iron blades, instead preferring alternatives such as copperbronze or stone, such as obsidian. This is most common amongst traditions that have a particular fondness of the Sidhe, to whom iron is supposedly baneful.

20111002

Day 2- A myth or legend from Folklore


The Harp of the Dagda

This story concerns the most ancient Irish Celtic gods, the first generation of the Tuatha dé Danaan who had to fight off the giant races of the Firbolgs and the Formorians. Their history is found in the Lebor Gabála, ‘The Book of Invasions’.
When the fairy race of the Tuatha dé Danann arrived in Ireland, they came like a mist across the waters, bringing with them magical gifts. These were the lia fail  the coronation stone, the spear of Lugh, the sword of Nuada, and the great cauldron of the Dagda, which was said to be able to restore life.
The Dagda himself was known as the Good God and he was chief of the gods at this time. Besides his cauldron, he had a harp which was battle-scarred and made of oak. It was covered in rich decorations including a double-headed fish which ran up and down the curved pillar and had jewels for its eyes. Although he had a harper, Uaithne, he could also play it himself.
The Dagda had this harp with him always  he even took it into battle. So it was, that after the second Battle of Mag Tuiread, or Moytura, the Dagda discovered that his harp, together with his harper, had been captured by the Formorians and taken with them in their flight. Angered beyond measure, he set out with his son Aengus Og to reclaim it.
Stealthily they approached the Formorian camp. Soon they could hear the sounds of the feasting hall in which Bres, the Formorian king, was dining. Approaching the doorway, they could just make out through the smoke and candle-flame the outline of the old harp hanging on the wall. Then the Dagda entered boldly and summoned his harp with this chant:
Come Daurdabla, apple-sweet murmurer
Come, Coir-cethair-chuir, four-angled frame of harmony,
Come summer, come winter,
Out of the mouths of harps and bags and pipes!

Immediately the old harp flew to his hand across the hall, killing nine men as it came. A shocked hush fell on the company. In the silence the Dagda laid his hands on the strings and unleashed the Three Noble Strains of Ireland that he had bound into his harp. First he played the goltrai, or strain of weeping, so that all present began to mourn and lament their defeat. Then he played the geantrai, the strain of merriment, so that the company turned to laughter and drunken foolery. Lastly he played the suantrai, or sleep-strain, whereupon the warriors fell into a profound slumber. After this the Dagda and Aengus Og left the camp as quietly as they had come, taking Uaithne and the harp with them.

Source: http://www.livingmyths.com/Celticmyth.htm

20110928

Day 1 - 44 Days of Witchery - What's Your Witchy Background?

I started walking this path when I was 13. I had to hide it much of the time. I love my family, but they weren't exactly the most understanding at the time. The influences on my practice are a mix of Celtic and Native American. It sounds like an odd mix, I know but, it works for me. For the longest time I had to practice in secret. My ex-husband wouldn't allow me to have an altar and I had to hide my tools and cards. Finally, I am able to be open with my practice. My Hubby is very understanding and my altar is in our bedroom. A FULL ALTAR FINALLY! It takes so much stress off to be able to be open in practice. I am learning more and more as I go, and have wonderful friends who have helped me along the way. I recently gained a whole group of friends through my sister's (soon to be?) mother-in-law. It has been one of the best experiences and it's like I gained a whole new part to my family. They have given me advice and have shown me sources to rebuild my Book of Shadows, which was zapped during a bad storm. I can't wait to continue my journey and pass the love and peace I have felt onto my daughter. Blessed Be.

44 DAYS OF WITCHERY

I came across this on another blog and thought I would give this a try as well. Below are the topics for the blogs. So here is the outline for this. I will start working on this starting Friday, September 16. As I post I will add the link for each one, and add the link back to this page at the bottom of each post.
44 DAYS OF WITCHERY - borrowed from Cordelia's Cauldron
  1. What’s your witchy background?
  2. A myth or story from folklore.
  3. Witchy tools: athame.
  4. Picture of nature (water element).
  5. A favourite Goddess.
  6. A favourite God.
  7. Air element.
  8. A photo of a magical place outdoors.
  9. A favourite mythological animal.
  10. Your sun sign.
  11. Witchy tools: oils
  12. Picture of nature (air element).
  13. What are some of the witchy books that influenced you?
  14. A favourite pagan holiday that you celebrate.
  15. Thoughts on the afterlife?
  16. Favourite witchy website(s).
  17. Picture of nature (fire element).
  18. Have you had any paranormal experiences?
  19. Fire element.
  20. A picture of a tarot or oracle card, and its meaning.
  21. A favourite scent.
  22. Current moon phase.
  23. A favourite candle.
  24. Your moon sign.
  25. How do your close ones feel about your witchy path? Do they know? Why or why not?
  26. A witchy podcast.
  27. Picture of nature (earth element).
  28. A picture of a witchy I-Want-It-Now!
  29. Water element.
  30. Witchy tools: wand.
  31. A favourite pagan/witchy movie.
  32. A pagan/witchy artwork.
  33. Faerie of your choice.
  34. Rune of your choice.
  35. Something that I think people who don’t know much about paganism/witchcraft should know.
  36. Flower of your choice, and its magical properties.
  37. A famous pagan/witch!
  38. Witchy tools: cauldron.
  39. Something that inspires you.
  40. Your altar, if you have one!
  41. A spell you’ve done.
  42. A favourite nature spirit.
  43. A magical recipe.
  44. Witch’s choice!

20110922

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20110914

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Open Box: Abigail's Boutique Designs 20110911

20110905

Abigail's Crafty Mom: Meet The Crew: Cassy

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20110828

Abigail's Crafty Mom: 1500 Contest : Smurf Edition

Abigail's Crafty Mom: 1500 Contest : Smurf Edition: Wow i made it to 1500 and to celebrate i thought it was time for another makeup themed contest. In honor of my newest collection I have deci...

20110817

Buy 5 get 1 free eyeshadows

Hey guys, I just wanted to tell you about this great deal with Abigail's Boutique Designs. If you buy 5 eyeshadows, you get a FREE FULL SIZED EYESHADOW! Awesome huh? I just ordered mine, what are YOU waiting for?
These are just SOME of the colours! Check out her FB for more!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbigailsBoutiqueDesigns
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75737048/buy-5-get-1-free-full-size-eyeshadow

Hope you guys enjoy! I know I will!

20110816

Update

I know I've been out of touch for a little bit, but I'M BACK! I'm also promoting now for Abigail's Boutiques Designs!!! Check them out!

http://abigailsboutiquedesigns.blogspot.com/

This week's Color of the Week is Smurf! Only $3!
*please note: this color is not lip safe*

20110715

Aull About You Birthday/Subscriber Giveaway

Hellooooo Geeklings! Aull About You is doing an awesome giveaway on their blog, so head on over and check it out!

http://mrsaull923.blogspot.com/

20110713

Rocky Horror Picture Show Contest (OPEN)

Hey Geeklings! I'm having a Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired contest on my YouTube page.
Check it out!


http://youtu.be/B3pu_sGmDFI

20110701

Hey Guys,
Rocky Horror theme coming soon! Stay tuned!
Hey Guys,
Rocky Horror theme coming soon! Stay tuned!

20110629

Drop Dead Fred giveaway on Beauty Expressions

Hey Guys!

Check out Kristin's Drop Dead Fred giveaway on her Beauty Expressions page!

http://beingyourownbeauty.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-drop-dead-fred-collection-by-msc.html

Glitter N' Glam Giveaway

Check out Chrissy's Super Spectacular madd Style Cosmetix giveaway on her blog!!!

http://glitternglam-makeupbychrissy.blogspot.com/2011/06/super-spectacular-madd-style-cosmetix.html

20110608

You too can be an Elf Queen

http://youtu.be/e1oyDXFzZCk

Magic yourself over to my YouTube page and learn how to create this awesome Elf Queen character mask!


20110605

Coming up this week

Coming up this week, I've got a cool how-to that will keep your makeup (or other things) organized and ready to go, more character designs and some requests. Stay tuned!

http://youtu.be/jYEe44OeYjw

Handmade by Jamie

Check out this awesome site of handmade goodies! Handmade by Jamie is a site of handmade jewelry! Don't see anything you like? Then just shoot Jamie a quick email and she will custom make a piece!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-by-Jamie/100571736685215?sk=wall

Gothic Fairy eye, Purple

http://youtu.be/Wn4_PQPqtAU

Head on over to my YouTube page and check out how to create and awesome purple Gothic Fairy eye design!

20110604

Fiery Eyes, subtle

I have had the great fortune to be able to create character looks for my friend, Nicole's, fantasy novel. She has given me a lot of lee way in creation so I hope you enjoy. If you would like to know more about Nicole's novel, please email me and I will get you in contact with her. Thanks!

YouTube Tutorial is posted!

http://youtu.be/KTMLZ7DlI-M

20110603

Quick good night.

http://youtu.be/GJF0lDdz-cQ

Designs

So I wanted to share some of the designs I have with everyone!














Hope you enjoy!

_Autumn

Play Day

My friend Adrienne has agreed to let me use her as my face model for the day. I may have pictures for you later on if she is ok with that! I hope everybody has a great day!

20110602

First YouTube Video!

http://youtu.be/2lYiCuX-ICM

Newbie!

Hello Everyone!

A friend of mine suggested getting into makeup design and blogging my ideas, so here I am. It has been the best thing for me lately! I promise not to spam anybody and really I just want you all to have fun! I will be posting pics of the ideas I have come up with so far, and if anybody has a request let me know!