Monday, 19 January 2015

Witchie Craftie Haul

Yeh ok so jumping on this bandwaggon of haul sharing (again) though this one a lil different.

So what did we get today?  Well first of all let me say I was actually very disappointed.  There's one charity shop I always go in and can guarentee I'll be complaining I need a basket - to be honest this time wasn't much different.  But the other charity shops ...such a let down.  Though I did see this oober amazing gypsy style bags wicca, gothic, bohemian oober lovely bag in a charity shop and they wanted £34.99 for it... I'd MAYBE have bought it at £4.99 as it was in good condition but £34.99!!!!  My goodness!  I also treated Mum (who came with) to hotchocolate with cream and marshmellows and a bacon sandwhich :3

Girly Day With Mum ~ My Treat <3

So on with the haul?  This really is in no order..

So walked into this charity shop, my eyes saw pink and I needed to have these two bottles.  It was £1.50 for the pair - which is a bargain...  The only down side to these is the corks are different sizes one is a much newer cork while the other looks much older and is smaller but fantastic condition pink stained glass bottles with flower detail perfect for potions or altered bottle decor.

In the same charity shop I found these black glass beads and I thought I could use them for a  number of reasons, lately I've been thinking about perhaps making myself a set of runes..  and these would be perfect to do that with...  Maybe... But for £1 I'm rather sure crafty me can find a use for them.  Plus in the same charity shop I also found a peachy/pink set also for £1.

In a different Charity shop (the one I always wish they had baskets) found this mirror.   Inside it has a regular mirror and a magnified mirror.  But the whole thing really is rather quite heavery...  But I wanted it and it'd be nice to keep in my bedside drawer so yep £1.49 and it came home with me.

I also found, and I was so impressed with this find.  A choker necklace with real either Amyethist or Amethyst Chevron/Banded.  I'm pretty sure it's just Amethyst though.  But loved it and lovely choker design 9 pieces of Amethyst 99p LOVE IT.

Again in the same charity shop they had this clear/lilac glass/crystal ..I want to say powder bowl for on a ladies dresser.. but I could be wrong.  It is quite large... as you can see... and super heavy.  No idea what I will use this for yet but felt super drawn to this and had to have it and at £1.99 yeh.. it of course was coming home with me :3 hhehe

Same charity shop also.. I was super drawn to this little wooden bird.  Ok.. maybe he's not quite so little (apx 3inches tall) and super heavy.  I think he's carved from real wood.  I was indecisive if I wanted to pay £1.99 for him but he seems to be in PERFECT condition and really is lovely.

Finally in the same charity shop, this silver coloured leaf bowl which I thought would make a nice altar offering bowl for 50p

In a different charity shops I came across these two egg candles.  They are silver but quite large size and I know we're coming up to Imbolc but I thought these two would be perfect for Ostara.  And at 99p each I felt they were a cracking deal.

A different charity shop again (actually the first one we went in); I stumbled upon another Ostara decor piece..  with this wooden bunny cut out egg shape decoration.  They had a lot of then in pink and green but there was just something about this one.. it seemed dirtier than the others and just looked like it had a tad more character.  New item marked down to 50p.  So yeh having that... :D

Another charity shop (Blackpool has a lot of them) I found this candle.  I don't know if I like it or not, lol.  It is brown and gold.. which I think is the reason I don't like it but amazing rose detail and a 6-7inch tall chunky candle plus it was 50p and well yeh...  that happened.

I think that's the last of the charity shop items.

Onto Poundshops etc.

So Poundland.  Bag of pebble/stones £1... and yes I know I live in Blackpool and can probably find these at the beach - and I will do this.  But right now it's too cold for disabled me to go to the beach.  But I figured I could paint/draw on these and make altar stones?  Maybe?  Gift stones...

I also bought some baskets and boxes to contain my jewellery making supplies, crafting supplies, hair brushes and general stuff supplies lol.

In the 99p Store I saw these awesome balls.  Now my Mum was with me 'cos my Sister has decided she wants a tween bedroom as she's 10 now and she wants to start having containers, makeup, organised things, jewellery and jewellery organisers etc etc.  So I saw these balls and thought my sister could have the 3 lip glosses and the 3 nail varnishes and I'll have the balls and make faux witches balls or fairy balls and hang them in my window...  So that'll be a fun craft project some time...  (99p each)

Finally Everythings a Pound.  I bought these super cute little spice jars I got 6 of them in total and figured I could store my bulkier herbs in them or the ones I wona use a lot for incense like Lavendar Flowers, Jasmine Flowers, Rose Petals, Star Anise, Cloves and well I haven't thought of a 6th one yet unless I just make a floral blend and keep that on hand.  We'll see so got 2 packets of these (£1 each)

I also got this lantern from everythings a pound and just really love it.  I wanted something I could put a tea light in as a working candle for if/when I go outside in rainy/windy weather.. And figured this was perfect shelter for said candle especailly at only £1.

I then got home to find my cats had been super super naughty.  They'd managed to open a drawer and steal the bag of catnip and shred the bag so it was all over my floor, the bed.. every where and then they'd covered this up using my new jumper, a scatter cushion and my blanket - buggers!!  But it's everywhere and they're both hight as kites. (And after I spent yesterday telling people how good they are, little buggers!!)

Ps. That's just some that was on my bed.. I didn't get a picture of the floor, drawers. pillows... ok ok it really wa everywhere...

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Out of the Broom Closet and onto The Fire.

Out of the Broom Closet and onto The Fire.
I'm a witch

Merry meet, Ok so decided it's about time to be me, not hide behind masks and pretence and just embrace and be happy..  Especially as I'm now 26.. and well living my own life so to speak.  So where to start...

I first got interested in just feeling something magical a certain energy when I was a child visiting Stonehenge.  I remember squirrels and seeing my first bat in the day time (two of three animals which have always stuck with me through out my life).  I was quite young when this happened possibly even just 3 or 4 years of age but I remember the feeling.

Growing up I loved watching archaeology and anything old world.  When I was 6 I moved to the Antique Shop town of Horncastle in Lincolnshire and loved just looking around them at all the things and the stories they must share and where they came from, the history, how did they end up here?

I moved away when I was about 12/13 and did miss them.  When I was about 14/15 I got interested in "ghosts", spiritual activity.  As a child I'd had an imaginary friend called Susanne, though to this day I swear that little blonde curly haired Victorian girl was real.. she was only in the one house and never outside the house...  She would do things I would get in trouble for and I knew I hadn't done them, it was her...  But she was there from as far as I could remember and up until I was 6 and moved away.  ...But as I was saying when I was 14/15 I took an interest in this.. my online studies took me to looking at a lot of Witchie, Pagan, Wicca...  stuff at the time.  And while I'd always believed in a certain type of magic.. I often felt I'd be stupid for sharing these ideas with anyone else and very much kept them to myself.    But as my studies continued at that age I was printing out and making notes of anything that fascinated me.  I'd always had a secret love for what books and film ideals of Pagans, Maidens, Mages, Druids, erm.. perhaps more like L.A.R.P wenches, witches... or D&D.   And furthering that gypsies like the fortune telling kind or the kind with trinkets, charms, lucky heather and brightly colours clothes with a lot of drapery fabric.. sashes and scarves.  Next thing I've actually, and with out realising, got a book of shadows!!  A black folder with a pentacle drawn in silver marker on the front and page after page after page of history ranging from Salem Witch Trials through to candle uses and herbs.. feng sui and superstition..  Paganism..  Merlin (Camelot and the knights of the round table), Glastonbury...  Potions, Spells...  Fae Folk, Fairies.. you name it it was in the book (folder). 

I decided, to let a friend in on my finds and tell her that I was really interested in this spiritual way of life and following this good path with Deity (God and Goddess) and the Elements.  She found it rather hard to swallow.  Next thing I know she brings a Ouiji Board round to my house, which just felt wrong.  She's drawing upside down crosses on everything.  Cursing pennies and giving them to people she didn't like or banishing spirits with them.  Around the same time my Grandma had bought me my first tarot card deck as I was getting more and more intrigued in seeing the good, in nature and the elements and in purity and doing good deeds despite my hormonal rampages of just been such a difficult teenager but I was going through a lot of emotional stress with my past.  I digress anyway next thing I know my friend was getting weirder..  I told her I didn't like these things and she told my Mum I was worshipping the devil and well things didn't go too well after that.

I had lived briefly on the Isle of Sky when I was 15 and loved the magical feeling, some of the places we visited, the beaches and some of the history of the Fae Folk.  BUT it wasn't for me.. I missed home (Scunthorpe since being 12) and what friends I had.  Though I ended up moving to my Dads as my Mum moved here and I didn't want too but I did spend the summer at Mums.

Soon enough I put the book (folder) away.  And started finding interests in other things.

But after a very short while of moving back to Horncastle, to go live with my Dad.  I was 15 and just looking around the antique shops perked my interests.  I purchased a brass sun and moon candle holder, a brass mortar and pestle, some books on spells, various coloured candles, a large jewellery box I kept secrets in, some varying glass wear, trinkets, a lot of glass bottles, incense and burners.. boxes that looked like books and coasters too and anything with a Sun (God) and Moon (Goddess) on it, pentacle (or pentagram to most people) or ying yang.  and well soon enough I had a collection of oldy wordly things which individually looked like interesting decor but together made up a rather nice secret altar.  I had the internet and a lot stored secretly on floppy disk drives... and my interests grew.. I started following a more Pagan path and spiritual ideals.  Of course keeping this a secret from everyone.  After a few months circumstances changed and I had to move away to my Grandmothers.  There I kept my interests and study but not so much my practice.

Over the up coming years between friends, family, school, college, social life, jobs.. and well just general life while I held my beliefs I spoke to none about them.  I went about my normal life and forgot about what become my shoe box altar.  Being solitary at that point was hard but even harder not to talk about what I felt.  I started studying bits and pieces from other religions and spiritual beliefs.  

I moved to my Mums and away again and well all over really.  Things got broke, things got lost, things got wrecked when our house was knocked down but all our stuff was still inside.  Things got demolished in bad weather up on the Isle of Lewis or eaten by rats/mice when we put our stuff into storage.  And at the age of 21 I ended up starting over with nothing but my knowledge and memories and beliefs in London.

I started a relationship with someone who I felt (for the best part of 4 years) completed me, but even he wouldn't understand this path and journey and beliefs..  So I never told him.  We lived in Ealing West London, Mevagissey in Cornwall and eventually Barnsley in South Yorkshire.  So secretly I studied.  Obtained a few basic shoe box items, grew some herbs and took an interest in herbs for medicinal uses as well as culinary and I had my own art/craft room where I often wasn't disturbed so this made a great secret spot.  And well it went from there.

Last year just after I'd turned 25, the fiance and I split up.  I came to live in a flat share with my brother in Blackpool - which by the time I was 26 I was back living with my Mum due to circumstance.  But I'd decided in being disabled from an accident 3-4 years ago, single, little to no social life, all my friends being online and not many people to judge me that I'd re-embark on finding myself, finding my spirituality and slowly growing my shoe box altar, my interests.  By the time I was 26 (which is just under a month ago) I had decided to name my belief into a much more Eclectic Wiccan path.  (or Wicca).  I'd lost my first tarot deck some time ago but the Osho Zen one is working out well for me and has for a good while now along side my pendulum.  

On the 28th of December (8 days after my 26th Birthday) I decided to re-embark on my A Year and A Day.  Refocus my energies and start being more true.  

In early January I decided it was time to tell a few people who were close to me.  So I told my Mum about me being spiritual and following the path of Wicca, to which she said.  "So you're back on the Vodka again? And what the possing hell has baskets got to do with anything?" - I think she was trying to be funny.  My brother ignored me.  My StepDad had nothing to say except raised his eyebrows and my Sister thought it was cool.  (but she's 10 and today she decided OneDirection is cool...) I told some friends, some have stopped talking to me BUT their loss not mine.

I now have an altar in a display cabinet in my room, collecting additional pieces for it.  And study daily.  I'm really getting into semi precious stones and their healing uses as well as other things.  Herbs for incense.  And well we'll see how things go.  I also joined an amazing facebook group family.  Who have all been oh so very welcoming, kind, sharing and it's wonderful to be a part of that.  It's nice while I'm happy being Solitary, it's lovely to have like minded people to talk too.

So that's me for now.. Out the Broom Closet and onto The Fire.
)O( Blessed Be, Imogen xX

Ps. Before you get any judgemental and crazy ideas...  I suggest you read this: 
Pps. If you think you might be interested in this path but don't know where to start read this: 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Friday, 2 January 2015

My Small Semi-Precious Stone Collection & Their Uses/Meanings.

I will update this when I get new pieces...  
But I compiled a list of the small collection I now have:

Agate Zebra - (also banded agate) Protection, Powerful Children protection, Spring and Autumn equinoxes, understanding, compassion for others, balancing personal auras, harmonizes and stabilizes our health on all levels. Inner balance, Inner protection, logical thought,  finances graduall, all round healer, increases energy and stamina, and also improves concentration. Reduces radiation effects

Amethyst - Healing on all levels - body, mind, and spirit. Raises vibrational frequency and protects against negative energies.

Amethyst - Chevron/Banded - (same properties of amethyst and clear quartz combined and strengthened) It enhance peace of mind, relaxation, self-discovery, courage, inner strength, self-awareness, diminish addictive tendencies and assists in recovery from addictions, powerful healing, opens third eye, brow chakra.

Amber - Transmutes negative energy into positive. Bridges conscious self to the Divine.

Carnelian - Power, Healing, Protection, Motivation, Clarification, Action

Citrine - Success, Abundance, Personal Power/Will, manifestation, imagination, Money, Luck, Protection, Healing and clarity

Hematite - Grounding. Clarifies thought, improves memory, and calms anxiety.

Lapis Lazuli - Deep wisdom and intuition. Opens the third eye and leads to enlightenment.

Malachite -  Love, Money, Protection, Protection form Negativity, Transformation, Heart Chakra, Prosperity, Abundance, Imaination, Intuition, Creativity.

Moonstone - Balances yin and yang. Enhances the inner feminine, and acceptance for yin attributes. 

Obsidian Blue - Stimulates Throat Chakra, communication, helps in astral travel, Tarot reading, Protection, Helps digestive system. Public speaking stone.

Onyx, Black - Protection, Healing, Self control, decision making, intuition, protection, Can change habits, Absorbs negative energy.

Quartz, Cherry - Very powerful healing, spiritual, new hope, anti-depressant, relief from anxiety, aids sexual problems, helps with vision for bigger picture, concentration (great for study aid), physical healing stone.

Qartz Crystal (Rock Quartz) - Attracts, amplifies, and sends energy. Easy and safe. Useful for all kinds of healing.

Quartz, Rose - Love, Self-love, Family, Platonic Love/Friendship, Romance, Heart Chakra, Balances yin and yang, restoring harmony after emotional wounding, lowers Stress and Soothes, Happiness/Joy, Healing, Love Healing. 

Quartz, Snow - Good fortune, Calming, Soothing, Meditation, Purification, Healing, Benefits the immune system

Rhodonite - Emotional Healing, Releases blocked Energy, Heart Energy, Healing, Helps relationship problems, Healing, Love, Power, Heart chakra, Enlightment and grounds negative energy.

Snowflake Obsidian - Serenity, Purity, Balances mind body & spirit, Calmins, Soothes, Brings emotions to the surface, Benefit seer, Sheild from Negative, Root Chakra, Benefits (veins, skeleton, and smooth skin), protection from physical and emotional harm, healing properties.

Sodalite - Healing, meditation, wisdom, calm, grounding, stress reducer.

Tigers Eye - Enhances Integrity, Willpower, Self-confidence, Practicality and correct use of  power.  Harmony, Balance and helps you to release Fear and Anxiety.

Tourquoise Magnasite - Relaxing, meditation, life changing, crative visualization and imagination, psychic visions and clarity

- Please note these meanings/uses were compiled from multiple websites and I believe these meanings, uses and energies to be true.

I am also going to start making jewellery pieces based on these stones, their meanings and will be putting in my intent for these stones to carry out their purpose.