Monday, September 24, 2018

Full Harvest Moon - Clear The Clutter and Prepare For Winter!

Autumn is a wonderful season. It's time to reap what you've sown...collect the bounty that you deserve! Do you deserve a bountiful harvest or do you need to work a little harder towards it?

Tonight's Full Harvest Moon symbolizes the home and preparing it for winter. After all, we will be spending pretty much the next six months indoors (if you live where I do that is!). It's time to make your home a beacon of comfort. Clear out the clutter - both physically and emotionally!

If your skies permit, gaze at the Moon tonight and be thankful for your blessings. Think of ways you can make your home more cozy, more "Hygge". 

The long Canadian winters wear me down, I'll be honest. The cold goes right through me and I seriously suffer cabin fever along with energy-sapping joint pain. Every Autumn, I try to plan ahead, think of hobbies that will keep me happy and positive so that I can make it through another cold, dark season. Last year I dove right into drawing and I am so pleased that I did! What new hobby will you try this winter?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Equinox - Balance

Autumn Equinox Walk In The Woods :)

Hi Everyone :)

Now that the planting, gardening and harvesting season is nearly at its end, the time for sharing, connecting, resting and thought is commencing. :)

Mabon (Autumn Equinox) is here! I think I'm finally okay with letting go of summer! :)

I made an  apple pie with a design of the Moon and the Sun to symbolize Balance

Mabon symbolizes balance - the balance between light and dark, it's the Second Harvest Festival - a time to gather up all the last bits and pieces of the garden and to preserve for the long winter ahead. It's a time to give thanks, in fact, it's coined the Pagan Thanksgiving because we are just so grateful for the bounty that Nature has given us through our efforts in the garden.

In Nature-based Pagan spirituality, the Sabbats (the eight festivals of the year) are divided into Lesser Sabbats and Greater Sabbats. Mabon is a Lesser Sabbat because it represents the changing of a season. The Greater Sabbats, such as Samhain (Halloween) are high energy and powerful holidays where the season is at its peak.

Nature Offers Beautiful Decorations!

Every Sabbat has meaning, symbolism and a great connection to Nature and the Universe.

Potato, Ham and Gruyere Tart - celebrating my potato harvest!

I celebrate each holiday (Pagan and secular) with a special Tarot reading, a few rituals and charms, decorations that symbolize the season, some symbolic yoga and meditation routines, and of course a great seasonal supper! 

I found a really good Yoga Routine for Balance, and a nice relaxing Mabon Meditation. It's amazing how relaxed and grounded I feel after a little bit of yoga and meditation.

Please enjoy my Tarot Spread and Charms :)

I did my reading this morning, and what showed up very glaringly was that I need to investigate my "Shadow Self" in order to balance my life. The Shadow Self is the dark side of our personalities, of our thoughts. It's that negative aspect of the self that most times we refuse to see or admit to. It's important to uncover this shadow in order to learn from it, grow as a person and live with greater love, happiness and gratitude. A lot of the issues we have, the problems and the disappointments in our lives are caused by repressing or denying this shadow self.  I'll be working on this over the winter!...and on a personal note, Magic Love Crow my friend - you mentioned this to me a while back but I guess I wasn't ready to dive into it yet, now I am! :)

I found a great place in the middle of several tree trunks to lay down my intentions for the season!

Mabon Intention Charm

Here is a charm I came up with one day as I was walking in the woods. We all have great ideas and intentions to improve our lives and reach our goals. Here is something you can do on Mabon (or within a few days of the Sabbat).

1. Write out your intentions on a piece of paper.

2. Wrap the piece of paper in a beautiful fallen leaf with some twine - a red leaf would be much more powerful as red represents passion and fire!

3. Take a walk in the woods, or in a nice park where you know there are places you can be alone. Find yourself a beautiful tree that seems to be calling out to you and place your intentional charm under the tree and cover it with leaves. If you find a tree with a hole in it, or a spot where you can lay down your intention, that would be even more powerful.

4. As you walk away, thank the tree and Nature; and think about the actions you'll take to set your intentions and make them a reality. Remember to trust in yourself and the Universe. 

The Wish I Want To Manifest? A HOME.

Mabon Apple Wish Manifestation Charm
(Idea from "The White Witch Parlour") 

Here is another little charm that I think is a great way to send out your intention to the Universe!

Find a quiet spot at home or in your yard where you won't be distracted. Light some candles, burn some incense, play some whatever gets you into a calm and spiritual mood for this charm.

You'll need an apple, a bowl of water, some salt, some cinnamon, a small knife and a small tea light candle or a taper candle.

1. Hold your apple and think about what you really want to manifest in your life and really meditate on it for a little while; make the intention clear as you focus on it.

2. Carve a hole in the top of the apple that will hold your candle. Set it aside. You may want to slice the bottom off the apple to make sure it can stand on its own.

3. Add some salt to the bowl of water. Concentrate on your intention and stir deosil (clockwise) to energize the water. (Stirring widdershins, or counter-clockwise, would be for something you want to banish from your life.)

4. Carve your apple with words or symbols..anything that represents the intention you want to manifest.

5. Place your apple in the water, insert your candle and light it. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the apple and water. Cinnamon is for prosperity.

6. Bask in the energy of the charm, imagine this intention has already been manifested and enjoy how wonderful that feels! Send your intention out to the Universe as you blow out your candle. Work towards your goal but be sure to trust yourself, your intention and the Universe...doubt and worry do not serve us ONE BIT!! :)

My Joy :)

Have a blessed day my friends! Enjoy the season and live with positivity and gratitude!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blog Comments

THIS IS A POST I DID ON MY MAIN BLOG: Rain's Garden with regards to a new policy on Blog Comments!

Here are a few of the 66 tomatoes that are finally turning red! :) I see salsa in my future... ;)

And my very first sugar you think it'll have enough time to ripen?

Blog Comments:  My friends, I'm sorry to say this, but I have to turn off the "anonymous" comment feature for my blog. I don't know what the heck happened, but I woke up the other morning to over 800 comments (no joke!!!) from "Anonymous"...everything from graphically violent attacks, to bigotry to the likes of the Nigerian Prince scam of the 1990's. I even got comments saying that the Federal Government is suing me for tax evasion lol...

And all throughout the last few days I keep getting hundreds more on various posts on my blogs.

This doesn't worry me at all, I know they are just randomly generated, but it's just annoying, so I'm going back to only allowing comments from people with Google accounts. I know that some of my followers don't have accounts with Google, but I hope you understand. I just don't have the time to moderate comments when I'm getting so many spam ones.

This also applies to my other two blogs: Rain's Thoughts and Rainy Day Cheese Making...both of which I intend to resume after Labour Day as well! :)

If you don't want to open a Gmail account, I totally get that, but if you want to contact me, you can always use the Contact Form on my sidebar! I'm also on Instagram.

Thanks for understanding! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Every morning I draw a card from one of my many Tarot or Oracle decks. I take the message seriously and think about it and try to see how it'll fit into my day; how I'll learn from it; and what I need to change if anything to improve my life and my health. This is a part of my daily "maintenance" and self-therapy that has become a very pleasant habit!

This morning I drew the Spider from my Animal Oracle deck. Lately, besides enjoying the short summer season here in the mountains, I've been ensconced in writing. I started a little crime drama type of novel back in 2006 and got about twenty-three thousand words written...but then my mental health took a dive and I lost all of my creativity. I set that novel aside and never looked at it until last week.

I re-read my book and decided I wanted to try to write again. I finished reading it last Friday and then got a little writer's block. I started to write poems instead and they came to me easily, but after a few days, those ideas dried up a little. Then this morning, a new idea came to me. I thought maybe the Oracle card was telling me to go for it!

Another wonderful habit I've taken up again is walking the dogs in the woods and up the mountain each morning. I love it! I've started a little morning ritual as I walk. I spend some time thinking about what I'm grateful for, then I spend some time praying for my loved ones and my friends, then I think about three things I want to accomplish that day. I got this idea from watching inspirational videos with Tony Robbins. Love that man! So in doing my morning ritual, sometimes I think about it, and sometimes I actually say it out loud to further project that intention out to the Universe. I love my morning walking meditations! They start my day off on a positive note every time. :)

So as I was praying this morning for a person I care about a lot, I was just thanking the Universe for letting that person see that they can come to me, that I'm an open and caring and safe spot they can rest their head on. This person is going through a very difficult time and had a tendency to keep everything locked away, but yesterday she reached out to me and I felt like I really could offer her some comfort. I had asked the Universe for days in a row to show her that she could open up and she did. 

Anyway, I was just thanking the Universe for allowing her to see that I could comfort her when I walked right through a HUGE spider web with a spider on it that crawled down my arm. I JUMPED lol...I think I yelled too. I'm not an insect fan! 

But instead of freaking out, I thought wait...I pulled the Spider card this morning. Then another thought came to my head, the Spider Totem's message is this:

"What you have carefully woven lately is now bearing fruit".

JUST as I was thanking the Universe for allowing my friend to open up to me, the Spider was appearing to me to tell me that my efforts were successful. Isn't that cool?

I don't believe too much in coincidences, to me this was synchronicity, which (generally speaking) means simultaneous events that occur in your life that are somehow related in a meaningful way.

Do you believe in synchronicity? Has this ever happened to you? I consider this a wonderful blessing and an opportunity to strengthen my beliefs. :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dark Of The Moon

Dark Moon or New Moon? I guess depending on what your beliefs are, you may see tomorrow as the New Moon rising. I personally see the next few days as the Dark Moon phase, sometimes called the Dead Moon phase (to signify the end of the cycle and the preparation for a rebirth of the Moon cycle); I've also heard it referred to as the Balsamic Moon phase (anyone know why it's called the Balsamic Moon?).

I took these photos of the Moon on September 27th, 2015 during a Lunar Eclipse. It was wonderful!

When the Moon is completely invisible, that is the Dark Moon phase and it usually lasts from 2-3 days. I see the New Moon phase as the time when the moon shows a visible crescent. I live by the cycles of the Earth and the Universe so for me there is a big difference.

During the Dark Moon phase, I do a lot of soul searching. I look inward and reflect on the last Moon cycle and what I've learned about myself. 

I also make sure to take things very easy because I tend to get carried away at times and overdo it. These few days of the Dark Moon remind me to relax and enjoy some solitude and quiet moments, away from society and life.

The phases of the Moon really influence my day to day life.

The New Moon teaches you to start new projects and get excited about new opportunities. 

The Waxing Moon is a time for growth and following through on your plans.

The Full Moon is a great time for nurturing and taking care of your home, family and self. This is a time for women to celebrate their femininity.

The Waning ​Moon is a time of letting go of negativity and banishing toxicity from your life.

Then comes the Dark Moon where you need to just relax and reflect and get ready for the motivating power of the New Moon phase. As you look inward, it's a good time to set intentions for the coming month.

Here are some questions to ask yourself during the next few days:

1. What stands out most for you during the last month?

2. What were some of your greatest accomplishments in the last month? 

3. What were some of your greatest challenges? What can you learn from them and how can you grow from them?

4. What did you struggle with in the last month? Take a hard look and set an intention to change what isn't working for you.

5. What loose ends need to be tied up?

6. A big question I ask myself each Dark Moon phase is what have I realized? I can share this with you. I've realized I have a 50-year old body mind still thinks I'm in my early 20's! Thirty years ago I was a body builder and quite obsessed by it. Well I had the bright idea last month that I could get back into weight training, slowly mind you, but surely. My body told me differently and I had so many ouches and owies and a few kind of bad injuries that I had to deal with the last few weeks. Arnold Schwarzenegger I am NOT. I had to finally accept that my body needs a gentler approach to physical fitness and I'm working on that now!  :)

For the next few days, it's going to be raining so this is the perfect time for me to do some self-therapy and self-improvement. I have a few intentions I'm setting for the next month and a few goals as well. But mostly I'm going to spend some quiet time on the porch journaling and appreciating the quiet of the mountains before the tourist season officially begins in a week's time! And of course, with relaxation comes good food to share with Alex, tomorrow is fondue night and that's a great way to enjoy a quiet Dark Moon night! :)

Monday, June 4, 2018

Focusing On Your Senses

Springtime Rain in the Woods

Hi Everyone :) would seem I haven't had one little ol' thought in my head since May 1st lol! Oh you know how it is when gardening season starts, right? Everything in life is focused on the weather, being outdoors and then collapsing in bed with a glass of wine. :)

With all of the sunny weather lately, I haven't been near the computer much. But the last few days of rain have afforded me time to lounge about (and avoid cleaning the house)!! These three photos are ones I took with my Canon camera. I tried to keep it out of focus to catch the falling rain. :)

I decided that I'm going to do a bit of an exercise to become more in the present, and be more mindful. Every weekday I'm going to focus on one of my senses:

Monday: sound
Tuesday: sight
Wednesday: touch
Thursday: smell
Friday: taste

I'm doing this mostly on my morning walk with the dogs on the mountain. This morning is was POURING rain...and I mean dog-soaking to the skin pouring rain. But at some point, I said to the dogs "everybody stop, everybody sit." They are so well-behaved, even in the rain they follow commands! I love them! :) Then I said "what do you hear?". We often say this to the dogs and their ears perk up, trying to hear something. I took the time to close my eyes and focus on the falling rain and on how different it sounded when it hit the rocks, the leaves, my hat and the ground. It was wonderful! I love this exercise! :)

What do you do to practice mindfulness and live in the present moment?

As many of you know, Alex and I are in FRUGAL mode for the next year in an attempt to buy our first home two provinces over. :) I've crunched the numbers and it's going to be a challenge but we are both up for it! Are you in a financially challenging situation? Maybe ask yourself some hard questions. I avoided looking at the big picture for too long for fear of disappointment, but sometimes you just have to face your debt and spending habits don't you? It's part of life and when you face what makes you afraid, it empowers you to make a change and this in turn motivates you to succeed. :) At least this is how it works for me! :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day

A Blessed Beltane to those who celebrate! :) Today is Beltane, which I refer to as May Day. It's a day to celebrate the fertility of the Earth and the upcoming summer season. It's also a day to honour the garden fairies as they awaken from their long winter's sleep. These little creatures take care of the garden all summer long so it's a nice idea to leave a little plot of your garden wild so that they can mingle in safety. :)

A little fairy lore: If you drink water from a well after sunset on May Day, you will likely be kidnapped by the fae and taken to their realm where you will be imprisoned for a year and a day. Best stick to wine after sunset today! ;)

Alex and I went for a walk last night at sundown and caught this beautiful sky. Usually a bright colourful sky at sundown indicates hot weather the next day and the sky did tell the story! 

Charlie and Marlene

It's sunny and 20C today and I'm loving it. So are the dogs! Funny how it's so warm yet we have so much snow still! The girls are keeping cool on the snow in this balmy weather. :) The snow is littered with leaves and branches from the wind we've had the last few days. I spent the morning setting up my porch...aaah, the porch life returns! :)

I do a Tarot and/or Oracle reading nearly every day. I wanted to show you this card from my Celtic Tree Oracle...Isn't it beautiful? What do you think of when you look at this card? The first thing that came to mind for me was femininity. After reading about this card more, I wanted to share these very important messages that I got from it.

1. Cultivate an atmosphere of nurturing, compassion, safety and love.

2. Be the kind of person that you would like to have in your life.

3. Earth is a paradise, treat her kindly and carefully, she gives and we need to appreciate her bounty.

4. Accept the cycles of the Earth, but also the cycles of your life. Accept and appreciate where you are right now in your life cycle.

All of these suggestions are wonderful ones, good reminders too. Be generous and sweet! Enjoy your May Day! I hope this is the beginning of a warm and fruitful summer! :)