Friday, August 14, 2020
Witchy Tea Time--Book Review--A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

This is a recent addition to my library, courtesy of a recommendation from a fellow practitioner. It's not the kind of book you just read straight through--there's too much to digest for that--but if you're looking to get more out of your prayers this is a good place to start.
Far from being just a list of prayers to recite on various occasions for various purposes the author begins by going into the whys and wherefore of pagan prayers--including why some may feel a certain resistance towards the custom of prayer. After making the intellectual argument in favor of prayer, the next chapters goes into detail about how to go about actually praying and how to properly prepare yourself to do so and finally to how best compose your own prayers.
After this point the author delves into specific prayers we might wish to use. Unlike other authors I've read on the subject, this one puts the most muscle into establishing the need, benefits, and mechanics of prayer. By the time I was reading through specific prayers I found myself in a different frame of mind. It was as though the layers of those prayers were sinking into more deeply because of the previous chapters.
On my second reading I will be going through it with more of a student's eye (highlighter, notepad and pen here I come!). I'd like to get even more under the skin of the author's manner of thinking as well as jotting down prayers (and making tweaks to tailor some for my practice) for personal use.
If this is an area of interest to you, this is worth giving a go! I bought my copy on Amazon, and I believe there was also a kindle version available. Happy reading!

Hail the Muses--especially if your imagination needs a kickstart! ;)
What do you think of this artist's rendering of the muses? I find the effect quite beautiful.

Friday, August 14, 2020
Tarot of the Day--Three of Swords
Betrayal--Rejection--Heartache

Most of us who have studied the tarot, for any length of time, is quite familiar with what the 3 of Swords represents and how it feels to experience those emotions. Today, I'd like to look at it slightly differently--through the lens of difficult truth cutting through all of our barriers and stabbing us right in the heart to the point where we have no choice but to face reality.
Hard as it is, we shouldn't fight this process. If our heart is open, or our emotional fog has been cut through by facts, reason and logic we must allow it to change us, even if that means facing deeply entrenched things within ourselves. Further denial will only create more pain and postpone the inevitable.
Let's be courageous today, let the swords do their worst, and allow for a reset that permeates our whole spirit.

Friday, August 14, 2020
Correspondences for Imagination
Color: Coral
Plant: Jasmine
Animal: Hare
Stone: Coral

Friday, August 14, 2020
Day of the Love
Sun: Leo--Fixed Fire--Lively, Colorful, Confident
Moon: 4th quarter Pisces--Mutable Water--Dreaming, Nostalgia, Intuition
Jupiter Retrograde: Contemplation, Breaking Habits, Prioritizing
Saturn Retrograde: Take Responsibility, Don't Cut Corners, Limitations
Neptune Retrograde: Phobias Surface, Harsh Truths, Shattered Illusions
Pluto Retrograde: Evolution, Forced Transformation, Demolishing of Power
Chiron Retrograde: Heal Old Wounds, Face Deep Rooted Issues
Celtic Tree Month: Hazel--Tree of Divination

Green Witchcraft Aesthetic

Witchy Tea Time

Sorry folks--I got nothing today. I have to finish a cake a day early and my brain is mush. Hope you enjoy this enchanting forest setting for a tea party.

Invocation to Rhiannon

Holy Rhiannon, Lady of the Otherworld, fill me with your boundless Love and endless compassion. Great Queen, teach me to ask for that which I most need and to endure the trials set before me on the path to obtaining that which I most desire. Nurturing Mother, help me to bear my burdens with strength and grace so that, empowered and empowering, I may in turn serve others."

Pagan Portals
RHIANNON
Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons
Jhenah Telyndru

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Tarot of the Day--Six of Swords
Improvement--Recovery--Solutions

All things can be endured when one is able to move forward in a spirit of hope.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Correspondences for Change
Color: Green
Plant: Peppermint
Animal: Snake
Stone: Calcite