under renovation

hello loyal readers!

i have been quiet for a while, but i wanted to let you all know that i’ve been quietly working on something in the background and now it’s time to let you all know about it!

for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted some space of my own to work on my art and all the other creative outlets that i have.

because of some awesome people in my hometown utilizing empty space in our shopping mall and @andofshegoes, that dream has become a reality.

wandermade

as you might be able to tell, the name is different.

that does mean this blog name will be changing as soon as i can figure out how to do so. please follow me on social media!

insta: @wandermadestudio

twitter: @itswandermade

i will be keeping you all updated on the happenings and new, exciting things i have planned!

xx

 

when the moon hits your eye…

when the moon hits your eye…

the moon.

there’s just something about it, right?

it’s so big and bright and cleansing.

the moon means many things to me, personally.

it’s a beacon in the sky, because no matter where i am or what i’m doing, it’s always there in some form, whether it’s just a sliver peeking out from the shadows or that big, luminous ball, hanging around and taking up space.

just the fact that it’s there and i can look up and see it at any time (most often times even during the day) is a very soothing thing for me.

it’s a teacher, in that i’m reminded that everything has a cycle and everything changes, but that that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

right now, i’m going through a lot of changes and the moon has been a constant reminder that even though sometimes, it might seem like things are in the shadow and suppressed, that’s no excuse to give up and just throw in the towel.

like the moon, this phase too shall pass and i’ll (hopefully) have learned whatever lesson the universe has to teach me.

the moon is also something of a guardian, left to watch over my thoughts and ideas and keep them safe until i am ready to process them and bring them to their full potential.

perhaps it’s weird to feel such a connection to a great orb in the sky, but that’s the way i’ve always been and i don’t really see myself changing any time soon.

i hope i never lose the need to track the moon through the sky, or feel the cleansing nature of the soft, mellow glow washing over my skin.

what a boring, unimaginative life that would be.

xx

 

lammas blessings to you!

happy lammas, everyone!

today, i hope you take the time to reflect on the changes and blessings that you have received this year and set intentions for the remaining times we have this year.

i know, even with the struggles i’ve gone through, i have much to be thankful for.

a great way to give thanks and honor the universe for the gifts you’ve been given is to set up an altar and offering for whoever or whatever you feel has given you the things you have.

if you don’t honor or worship a deity, simply set up an altar and offering to honor yourself and your achievements.

may the next few months be plentiful and full and vibrant!

xx

a time to reflect…

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i’m excited for this new moon.

not only is it a new moon, a time for cleansings and welcoming in new beginnings, it’s also a dark moon, or, the second new moon in a single calendar month and a time of hightened energy and a great time to work on or dedicate yourself to personal growth.

i have been doing a lot of personal growth this year.

from multiple health issues (thyroid, migraine, general health), after having never really been an unhealthy person, to some financial woes, i’ve gone through a huge bout of soul searching and re-evaluation these last seven months.

it’s been a rollcoaster and i don’t know that i’ve fully come to a stop yet, but during this ebb, i’m planning on taking the time to reflect on all the good and bad of whatever cycle i was in the throes of.

i read once that the dark moon is the savasana of the moon cycle, and i find that super fitting, if not a little ironic, all things considered.

like savasana in yoga, the dark moon is a great time for reflection and absorbtion of all the lessons and teachings, though you may not know what those things are, or are aware that you even learned them.

i feel like that’s on purpose, as we are never completely done changing or shifting, much like the moon itself.

so, tomorrow night, i plan on sitting quietly, with my altar and myself, and just… digest.

meditate

breathe.

be.

will you join me?

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.