A New Adventure

Monday, January 31, 2011

I decided, since I made a new purchase to make a new blog. I love to read. I read constantly. I recently purchased a Kindle Wireless Reading Device from Amazon to help cut down on the clutter that I bring in and to help save money on books. I can get many free books from Amazon, as well as pretty cheap books. It means less clutter and I'm saving money!

I've had my Kindle since Thursday and I've already finished two books. That's probably more than I've read in the past few years. I've thought about doing a 50 books in a year challenge but I'm still not sure if I'll undertake that or not. So I've decided to begin a blog and write up reviews on all the books I read, most of which will be in Kindle form. I plan on adding some Pagan interest books to the list at some point but currently I'm just delving back into my love of fiction.

So if you're a book worm and want to check out some new books, feel free to read along with me.
Scrawled in Blue .

Spring cleaning CONTEST!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I don't know about you but every year about this time I start feeling trapped, piled underneath clutter, unwanted and unneeded things. I start getting the urge to declutter, recycle and just get rid of stuff that is pretty useless to me.

I straightened up some things today, and even went through my wallet a bit. I found a giftcard that I've been carrying in my wallet for quite some time, I think years actually and I never use it! So, Lunar Circle readers, here is a chance for a free gift card!

If you win this contest, you will recieve One (1) $10 gift card to AMC Theatres.  Just a note, the little scratch part of this card has been scratched off but I assure you, this card has never been used and does not appear to have an expiration date.

TO enter:
Leave a comment on this post about your spring cleaning plans.

You can recieve additional entries by:
1) Making a post on your blog and linking to this one.
2) Becoming a fan of the Lunar Circle on Facebook (points to the sidebar).
3) Becoming a follower of this blog

Please leave me a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. The last day for entries is Sunday, Febuary 6th. A winner will be chosen on Monday, Febuary 7th.

Waning Moon: Let's get cleansing!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

One thing I haven't done in awhile is a cleansing on our apartment. I try to do one every few months to keep this place from accumulating too many crazy energies, especially since my partner and I tend to bring in a lot of stress.

So today, I went through and did a pretty basic cleansing. I sprinkled salt water around our place focusing on removing negative energies.  Then, I focused on our doors and windows to help keep things out.  When I was finished, I went to each door and window and drew the pentagram with my wand. Then I say a little chant. This can be something you've made up, or one based upon protection. I see the pentagram burning brightly, protecting our place and then I move on.

Other times when I cleanse, especially if I feel like there is too much crazy energy, I'll take a broom and 'sweep' up the energy. I don't actually make contact with anything, but I see the nasty, black energy sweeping into piles. I condense this into one giant pile, open the door and push it out, seeing the energy dissipating into the air.  Then I'll follow up with salt water, and pentagram blessings.

When all was said and done today, I light a stick of incense on the altar. Oh, and I made sure to clean up the altar space too. That definitely needed some brushing up.

Enjoy your sunday!

Quartz Crystal: The Universal Stone

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quartz is my favorite stone. I'm not sure why it is, it just is. I think Quartz can do everything. If you recall from my earlier post, quartz can help clear your chakras and remove energy from your body. It's a 'power stone'. It can amplify, absorb, store and balance energy. I keep one quartz point on my altar for removing negativity purposes as well as amplifying my personal energy.

Because it directs and amplifies energy, it's very beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. Quartz can be used to charge other crystals. Some refer to quartz as a "master healer' stone. I've seen sources that say quartz can detect food poisioning and draw out pain. And I can attest to that.

Whenever I have a headache and I would prefer to avoid using pain medication, I get a quartz crystal and lay down. Then I place the crystal in the middle of my forehead and just relax. I've had great luck with this method!

Other conditions quartz has been known to help heal are chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, depression, bone injuries, and intenstinal troubles.

If you've never worked with quartz, I'd highly recommend that you try. I have a spiral cage pendant necklace so I can place stones inside of it to wear and one of the ones that I tend to wear quite a bit are quartz. I feel much better when wearing one!

I need to start reading

Monday, January 17, 2011

I made an Amazon purchase awhile ago for a few books;
Everyday Sun Magic: Spells & Rituals for Radiant Living (Everyday Series) and Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series). I have made it through the first but I have yet to get through the second, and that was the one I was most excited about.

I really should write up a review for the first, and once I can get through the second, write up a review for that one. I enjoyed the first and I feel like it really gave me a different perspective on the sun.

I made the purchases because I really enjoy simple spells and magic. I'm not one for rituals, especially lengthy ones. I'm more of a 'do what I can when I can fit it in' type of person and I think Mor)rison really gave me a different perspective on spells in her book Everyday Magic: Spells & Rituals for Modern Living (Everyday Series). And her book on Sun Magic did not disappoint. So I really want to get into reading her moon magic book but it's been so crazy lately and when I get home from work I'm not interested in doing too much. I need to change that!

200 - Special Edition - New Years Spell Bags

Friday, January 14, 2011

I've been following her on Youtube and I've come across this idea and I think I'd really like to use it during a sabbat celebration or esbat. I know she uses the idea for the new year but I think the idea can be great for any time of the year.

How to Make Plarn

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's currently snowing here in good ole West Virginia so we've stayed in all evening. I've had a  bag of plastic bags sitting on my table for several weeks now that were meant to go to work with me. I use a lot of plastic bags at work, but I've already got too many to handle. I've been crocheting for a few months now and often thought about using those plastic bags to try my hand at making plarn, or rather plastic yarn. It's a great way to recycle, it's cheap and frugal and plarn can be used to make place mats, rugs, and bags.

Since it's been snowing lately and the ground is wet, I hate tracking around my place in wet shoes. I decided that I could just make a plarn rug to place our shoes on. So I set to work this evening cutting up some of the bags and tying them up to make the yarn. I've only finished a few rows so far and it's a bit harder to crochet with but I like the progress I've made. If only I can continue to keep up with it so I can finish it before Winter ends.

So if you're like me and tend to collect a lot of plastic bags, and can crochet, even just a few simple stitches this will be something great to do that can be used around the house.

Here's a pretty good video on making plarn if you're interested!

How to Make Plarn

My book of Shadows

Sunday, January 9, 2011

When I started this journal, one of my main goals was to have an online portal where I could post interesting things I found online relating to Paganism and Goddess worship so I could make my life easier with travel. I could have my own online reference which would make my life easier. I wouldn't have to lug a book around. I could just open up my computer and go.

Well tonight I actually broke down and began to work on my book of shadows, the real life one, not the internet one. I printed off some ritual ideas and I eventually plan on getting them into the binder. They're currently sitting on the printer still. I've had to shower and what not, work on getting ready for the work week so I slacked for a few moments. I suppose I could still put them in before bed as I won't end up going until after midnight.

Sometimes I do enjoy popping online and getting my information. It's nice not having to waste paper/trees just to keep stuff around. Sometimes though, I lose information and it's nice just being able to pull out my own book and use it for ritual and spell purposes.

Well I guess I am going to pull out some chamomile tea and put those papers in my BOS. Have a wonderful week everyone!

A Quartz Crystal Healing Spell

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I found this spell a few years ago. It's quite simple and is best performed on yourself. For this spell, you'll need two single pointed quartz crystals that have been cleansed, a bed or other comfortable surface which to lay and yourself.

Sit down and place one quartz pointing upwards below your feet. Lay down and place the other quartz above your head pointing down. Relax and feel the healing energy of the crystals beginning to work. Run the energy through your body and focus on your chakra's. See/feel the crystals breaking up bad, stagnant and any illnesses that are lingering. Continue to run the energy until everything feels clear or until you are tired.

Come back to awareness, ground energy. Immediately take the crystals and place them under running water to cleanse them. Then, place them in sunlight or moonlight to help remove what may be left and recharge them. Do this as often as needed.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower TONIGHT!

Monday, January 3, 2011

I really enjoy things like eclipses, meteor showers and the like but I missed the Yule eclipse last year because I had to work the next day and I would have been in a terrible mood if I hadn't slept.

Well I was just made aware that there is a meteor  shower tonight. So get some hot chocolate, bundle up and get ready to head outside, if at least for alittle while. It was pretty clear here earlier so I'm hoping it stays clear so I can walk outside and take some peaks.

I found a great website to check out for information if anyone is interested. Spacedex 2011 Quadrantids Meteor Shower .

Fire Safety-An Important life Skill

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I feel a bit strange writing this here but after today I'm reminded that it is important and that everyone in a home needs to be taught what to do if something arises.

When I awoke today, I smelled something strange and after investigating a bit more, I noticed that I saw smoke. When I opened my door, the hallway was filled with the smell of something burning and smoke, so was the rest of the house. My mother was still asleep and had no idea anything was going on. After frantically running around for a moment, I discovered where it was coming from, and thankfully, it was long out, but the place was filled with smoke.

I've had to go through fire safety training at work and that training has included how to use a fire extinguisher and what not. I think if possible, this would be a great family resolution for the new year. Even kids can learn how to use a fire extinguisher and it could be something that would save someone's life one day.

Also make it a point to go over your fire safety plan for your home. Come up with a meeting place in case something happens that is easily accessible but is far enough away from the house in case something happens. You may think it's strange but it's really never too late to be safe rather than sorry.

The New Year's clean up

Saturday, January 1, 2011

One thing that I've really hoped to work on for some time now was to work on cleaning out my home. I've been splitting my time between two homes. One where I'm from, where the majority of my stuff is and then one where I live when I work. The one where I live really needs a lot of help. My family are mostly pack rats, and since the passing of my grandmother, my grandfather isn't too keen on trying to get rid of things.

I personally have a lot of things that I can work on getting rid of. I have plenty of clothes that can stand being boxed up and donated. My room, although it doesn't contain a lot of things, really needs to be organized. I have stuff all over the place and have no room to really place anything other than what's already there. I can't really comfortably burn candles, incense or just do anything.

I took a few days off from work and I hopefully plan on organizing my room and seeing if I can gather anything together to donate. Also, I'd really like to clean out my car. It has a lot of things in there that really need to be gotten rid of. I personally keep the car rather clean but my partner has a tendency to shove things in there and leave them. I hate cleaning up other people's messes so I tend to leave them there. However I think I'll end up cleaning it out and next time, it's not my problem.

I always say I have plans when I get time off from work but I never get around to doing it. I really hope I can push myself to do it because it needs done. Of course, it's going to be a bit harder to organize my room because I now have a brand new 32 inch TV that I really didn't plan on acquiring. So that means more stuff is on my one dresser so it's more stuff to worry about moving around.