Day 6 – GRC

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I started my day with the morning ritual. I usually start by lighting my working candle, my god and goddess candles, then start off reciting the morning prayers with my prayer beads.

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I burned my affirmation from the previous day. Then I draw my daily affirmation from the bowl I placed on my altar full of the affirmations I wrote out a few days ago.

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I have some oil I made before for myself that worked well today. I used a white candle to cover a few things I needed to focus on today and dressed it with the oil.

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I then draw my tarot card of the day. I’ve even using my new deck so I can learn the cards. Today I drew the snake which makes you focus on what needs to be shed from your life and if anything should be reborn into it.

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I cleaned out the drawers in my hutch and brought home more boxes from work to start going through things as I pack them. Can’t wait to see what were doing tomorrow!

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Day 5 – GRC (amended)

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I feel like I failed a little bit today. I had a night of nightmares and didn’t sleep well. Then I woke up and went to the gym for a half hour of Kettlebell and forty five minutes of spin class, and it wore me out bad! Then I went to get a badly needed oil change, then finally came back home. I didn’t have much time left so I heated up some turkey soup I canned the other day to pack for dinner for work. Then I got ready for work and was out the door again. I still need to finish burning my other candle and I planned on burning a green one today. I’m going to either try to do it tonight or do double duty tomorrow.

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Later that night……..

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After work I came home and ate what was left of my dinner (famished and exhausted…such a busy day!) Then I lit my yellow candle so it can finally finish burning. When it was completed, I began the magic for today.

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I wrote out the sigil, wrote out my full name and wrote out my desire on the back. I decided to add it to the mojo bag I made the previous day because most of the herbs used could also we used for this, so it’s like a double whammy for magic!

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I held it over a green candle and reaffirmed and visualized my intent asking for help with my desires to manifest.

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While it was burning I decided to tackle all the witchie items I have under my altar (hoping to find a better storage idea when we move, right now space is limited.)

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I also drew my card of the day and I drew “dress rehearsal” which signifies choices and alternative courses. It says to imagine all your options and how they will play out. It’s kind of ironic because I’ve been doing so before I go to sleep. I imagine moving into our new house and the different ways i would organize it or different uses for the rooms I will have.

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Finally this crazy day is over and I can relax….in a bubble bath! Just what the sore muscles need! Hopefully I’ll be back on track tomorrow!

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Day 4 – GRC

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I did my morning ritual and included a yellow mini taper for Raphael. I had the hardest time inscribing a pentagram on it. It was quite ugly when I finished so I hope he doesn’t mind. I didn’t get enough time to burn it all the way so I will burn the rest when I get home.

I dusted and loaded the dishwasher and cleaned up my apartment before I left for work. Threw out a few more things. The biggest thing was my boyfriends radio that we haven’t used since we lived in the trailer.

I drew the card “food” which is ironic because it’s associated with health and nourishment—exactly what Raphael stands for. So I see it as a sign that he got my petition.

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Day 3 – GRC

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I went to the gym this morning so I waited to do my morning ritual til I got back home. I didn’t sleep well last night and now I’m exhausted and I still have to make it through work tonight.

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First I gathered what spices/herbs I would need for a mojo bag. I used cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. I had a slight problem though. When I tried putting it in the bag (I didn’t have a red one) the spices/herbs came out through the mesh, so I had to put them in a little plastic ziploc type bag that I kept from when I bought my crystals, sealed it, then put it in the other bag.

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I also didn’t have a small red candle only a huge pillar and a big taper so I used my small white taper ( it’s like a wild card color that can be a substitute for any) and anointed it with tangerine oil and cedar wood oil, both associated with the fire element.

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Then I proceeded with my morning ritual, and invoked the angel and charged my candle and mojo bag for the tasks I need help moving forward and accomplishing.

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The candle is still burning so I will let it finish. In the meantime I am decluttering before I have to go to work and using my discard box well…though my cats think the box is for them. I also got a new deck of oracle cards based on dreams, since I am a very lucid dreamer and can remember even the tiniest details. The edges are so pretty, they are a shiny gold.

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I drew my first card and it made me laugh because it was a new moon yesterday and it’s currently waxing. And it fits in well with our theme of moving forward with new projects and getting closer to our goals.

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Day 2 – GRC

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I was up late last night canning salsa so I slept in today (while I was waiting for the canning to complete I worked on making the sigil/wishes, and wrote out a whole bowl of affirmations to use for this challenge as well as wrote out my goal).

I woke up, got ready for the day. I did my morning ritual. I burned each wish in my cauldron and they burned surprisingly well. I hardly had any ashes left to send into the wind.

I went through my closet and threw out 9 random things that were given to me by my boyfriends mom which I couldn’t see ever using. I also did more than a 5 minute speed clean. I spent most of the time cleaning my kitchen from last night since I already organized everything yesterday after putting up decorations.

Then when that was out of the way I spent the rest of my last day off out of five hanging out with my boyfriend reading my book and watching tv. We went out to get Chinese food and spent a quiet evening together.

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Great Release Challenge 2013 (Day 1- GRC)

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Today was a very eventful day. Lily and I started our day with the morning ritual ( we used orange juice instead of water) then did our three minute speed clean. She picked what kind of ringtone would play when the timer went off then zoom we were running around like wild women! She said it was “super fun” and “lets do it again but for 6 minutes instead!”

We took down all our Thanksgiving decorations, washed and dried and folded two loads of laundry, put up all our Yule decorations and put up the tree. In the process I also organized the storage in the basement. I was too tired to cook so we grabbed a pizza for dinner. I started a list of things I want to tackle, tho I have a feeling most will be accomplished when we move ( which is more of an idea time for me to go through EVERYTHING and chuck out crap I don’t need). We are hoping this whole house process will be over soon.

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We also cleansed the house with sage and tore down my thanksgiving altar and set up my Yule altar which we will be using for the rest of the challenge. Can’t wait til tomorrow!

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Planting our Garden 2013

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Spent this weekend with my family planting our garden. The last two attempt to plant resulted in cold and rainy, or rainy and tornado warnings. There was possible rain in the forecast for this weekend as well, however it didn’t ever happen. I took the risk and decided to plant anyways.

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I checked my planner, and it said it would be a good planting day.  I am happy to be able to plant, especially being that it is now June. I would rather have gotten my garden planted sooner but mother nature had other plans. I really enjoy planting our garden each year because it makes me feel like I am connecting with the past and my ancestors. This is what they had to do every year, though on a bigger scale, and their lives depended on it. They worked with the earth.  We make it a whole family event. I planted, my boyfriend dug the holes, trenches and made the mounds for me to plant in, his daughter helped me plant some plants/seeds, and his father helped with the seeds as well. His mother helped his daughter plant her own little garden in her planters.

ImageThis year we have eight green pepper plants, four roma tomato plants, two rows of sweet corn, two rows of peaches and cream corn, two mounds of hubbard squash, four mounds of butternut squash, five mounds of watermelon, two mounds each of two different kinds of monster pumpkins (from 100-200lbs), a mound of regular jack-o-lantern pumpkins, and a mound of mini pumpkins.

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We also planted more gigantic mammoth sunflowers in the front of each corn row. The only herbs that survived were the chives, spearmint, and sage. We also have some strawberries planted in the box.

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Oh yeah, we planted some carrots too, and green beans, and we plan on planting potatoes as well, but we need to get some and let them grow eyes because the plant store was sold out. I am most excited for the big pumpkins because I have not grown HUGE pumpkins since I was pre-kindergarten age.

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I ended up getting sunburned even on the cloudy day. At least it was still warm enough to be outside and be comfortable. The wind was blowing just enough to keep me cool without freezing me out. It gets me very excited this time of the year. I feel summer is upon us. I love seeing the garden go from sad, dead, hard, barren looking from the winter, to lush, green, happy, fertile when we get to plow it and use the rototiller to turn the soil and ready it for the new crop.

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I have a feeling the garden will be extra productive this year because I also incorporated more witchie things, which I would like to add to my yearly tradition. I save all the ashes I can throughout the year, for example, from the beltane fire, my incense, sage bundles, etc. I consider these sacred ashes, and I save them for Ostara/Beltane time of the year.

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On Ostara we blessed our hard boil eggs, wrote symbols on them things we wish to manifest. Later I ate my egg, and saved the shell. I crushed it into a power using my mortar and pestle, and later used it along with my sacred ashes to bless my garden. After it is planted, I also say a prayer over my crop asking for abundance and protection from pests and disease, so that my family may be provided for with the healthiest form of food.

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