three things i learned from my cat

i am lucky enough to be allowed the esteemed company of a little black cat i adopted from a local agency here in my hometown, and let me tell you, is she a hoot.

her name is bird (actually, obsidian blackbird mcknight, but she allows me to shorten it, as she is quite the gracious creature) and she’s three years old and my life is nothing if not entertaining.

she’s always quick to remind me that life does not, in fact, revolve around myself and that it doesn’t matter when I get home from work or doing other fun things, so long as her food dish is full at precisely 5pm and that I’m always available for scritches when she wants them.

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needless to say, i’m not the owner here.

this is her world, i’m just allowed to stay in it.

anyway, i’ve never really been a cat person, per se, (i like them fine, but i do find that i prefer the company of a joyous, rowdy hound) but over the last few years, bird sure has taught me a thing or two about life.

she is benevolent enough to let me share them with you all.

(she’s a gem like that.)

1. always take time to lay in the sun.

we hear it time and time again, that being in the sun is good for us (to a point, as my current sunburn can attest to) and that we need a healthy amount of vitamin d to survive, but even more than that, it’s spiritual.

the sun has a warm quality to it that reminds us that we are alive and we are here. It’s revitalizing in all the best ways and we better not forget it.

2. eat only the best food and turn your nose up at the rest (best being whatever it is that you’re eating). 

i’m lucky in that Bird is not a picky eater. she eats pretty much whatever food i put in front of her, no matter if it’s the super expensive food or the kibble i’m forced to buy when money’s tight.

it’s a reminder to enjoy what you have and don’t worry about what you don’t. enjoy it all the same and bask in the full belly as a result.

3. take the time to play. 

bird has a feather boa toy that she goes crazy for. it’s orange and cheap and the most ridiculous thing, but she adores it and no matter what she’s doing, she will make a beeline across the room to chase it if i wave it around.

it’s a reminder that no matter how serious a task is that i’m currently working on is, i should always take the time to play and chase and have fun. the serious parts of life can wait, after all.

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as you can see, bird is a wise creature and has much knowledge to share. i hope you can gain as much from her “lessons” as i have.

i’m sure she has much left to teach as well.

i, for one, am looking forward to it.

xx

 

of crystals and children

oh, to be inclosed in the innocent wonder of a child again.

it was the best, least complicated time of my life, full of magic (lol), fun, and learning so many new things a day that i went to bed absolutely exhausted every single night, dreaming dreams of dragons and grand adventures.

i sometimes forget what it’s like to be a child though, what with all the adult responsibilities and all the issues that go along with those responsibilities demanding my attention.

today, i was reminded.

my best friend and her two step children came over for the early afternoon to relax and hang out and just be for a while.

the thing about her step daughter, however, tickles me to no end.

this little girl is a witch-in-the-making, i just know it.

that isn’t to say that my best friend (who is the witch in the family) is forcing the idea on her (in fact, she goes out of her way not to to avoid friction between herself and her hubby), but this little girl sometimes always finds her way into conversations and curiosities unlike any other child i’ve ever seen.

just the other day, my friend was telling me that she and her stepdaughter, aurora, were out in the yard, digging, and she dug up multiple, gorgeous quartz crystals, just from the backyard while my friend found none.

and then there’s the matter of what we have taken to calling The Book ™.

its an old, dog-eared, scribbled in, well loved copy of judika illes’ ‘encyclopedia of 5000 spells’ and it is our go-to whenever we have a problem that needs to be solved by witchy means.

my friend once found aurora pouring over the book, even if she couldn’t read yet.

which brings us to today.

aurora is obsessed with crystals and she knows that i have a plethora and she wanted to see them.

so, i showed her.

i also showed her how to use a pendulum to choose which crystal to take home and how to cleanse said crystal. it was an enjoyable experience and just reaffirmed (to me, anyway) that there’s something special about this little girl.

she ended up with a piece of gorgeous montana agate and she was so excited, and by extension, i was excited to have a hand in the whole thing,

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it was super humbling, considering any conversations i have about my path or anything remotely witchy is with my best friend and not a small, curious child who doesn’t know anything about anything yet.

it set me back a peg and made me re-evaluate how i process and handle things.

it made me appreciate my craft so much more.

i wanted also to share the small, simple cleansing ritual with everyone, in case you have some small, curious children in your life as well.

perhaps you can share this with them as well.

simple crystal cleanse

an easy cleanse to share with children

suggested items

  • a crystal
  • essential oils (i use teatree or frankincense)

the process

start by anointing your pulse points with a few drops of the essential oil and rub it in, inhaling the scent and letting it calm you.

hold the gemstone cupped in your hands and hold them up to your heart in atmanjali murda as though you’re praying and focus all of your energy on pushing good energy and thoughts into the gemstone while letting the bad flow out.

(i also explain it as “wishing for good things” if the child is too young to understand.)

sit there as long as you feel, there’s no rush and there’s no hurry. it’s all about intuition and doing whatever feels right to you at the time.

i try to make a point to cleanse my gemstones when i remember to do so (which, honestly, isn’t all that often), but you can do so as frequently or sporadically ass you choose.

affirmations are a girl’s best friend…

i am nothing if not a chronic procrastinator.

i will wait until the last possible second to accomplish anything at all, even if this tactic ends up causing me so much stress i can’t function for hours after.

this makes very little sense, no matter which way you slice it, but somehow, i just never, ever learn.

that said, i’m learning.

one thing I’ve been trying to do this year (that is constantly thwarted by health issues and mutinies of the worst kind), is get better at achieving some of the goals i have for myself.

one way i’ve been trying to motivate myself is by the use of affirmations in every day life.

an affirmation is a great way to remind yourself of what you’re trying to accomplish without it being shoved down your throat, so to speak.

the way i use mine is that i try to write five affirmations in a journal every single day (or at least once a week on a week where i’m super busy or stressed or have low spoons) and i have even written out important affirmations on my bathroom mirror, that way, even if i don’t read them every day, my brain recognizes them on some level and they still do what they’re supposed to do.

because of these affirmations, i have found that i start my day out in a better mood and with a better outlook in general, ready to tackle any of life’s challenges. on top of that, it’s fun to go back and look over the affirmations from the last month to see how things have (or haven’t) changed.

the mind is a crazy, crazy thing and it’s kind of neat how we can reprogram and change how we think about things just by the information we choose to put into it.

kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?

here’s my affirmations for the next week:

i will take time for the things i need to, 

i will remember my worth. 

i will be the best i can be at all that i do. 

i will remain assertive and forthright in the things i am concerned about. 

i will learn how to say what i need to say, when i need to say it. 

what are yours?

xx

 

a time for release

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happy full moon in saggitarius, friends!

as you go through your day, work on releasing all the negative energy of the last cycle to begin anew tomorrow.

let the moonlight cleanse and rejuvenate you and wash all that gross ickiness away, leaving you feeling fresh and clean and ready for another day.

if it’s your jam, do a simple tarot reading to find out what this upcoming cycle has in store for you and let the excitement of what’s to come give you motivation to see your intentions through.

be kind to yourself and take it easy today, letting your body and mind rest.

treat yourself to a cleansing bath or meditation.

forget the bad, remember the good.

life is way too short to be focused on the bad anyway.

xx

the “eyes” have it…

i’ve been pretty nonexistent this last month, as you may have noticed.

oops.

long story short, my eyes decided to mutiny and i spent the better part of may struck down with ridiculous migraines and annoyingly doubled vision.

as a result, the only thing i could manage was to just barely crawl through my desk job responsibilities (which has me staring at a computer screen for 8+ hrs a day) and some days, i couldn’t even manage that.

but, enough of that pity party parade.

my eyes are on the mend, my head is (mostly) pain free, and i am so ready to get this show back on the road.

over the next coming weeks, watch this space (!) for more awesome posts and fun adventures to be had!

there may even be a few surprises on the horizon.

but you didn’t hear it from me.

welcome summer! it’s about time you got here!

xx