Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Samhain Blessings


Today I am simply going to post a poem, 
have a Blessed Samhain everyone!

Ghost House
By Robert Frost

I Dwell in a lonely house I know That vanished many a summer ago, And left no trace but the cellar walls, And a cellar in which the daylight falls, And the purple-stemmed wild raspberries grow. O'er ruined fences the grape-vines shield The woods come back to the mowing field; The orchard tree has grown one copse Of new wood and old where the woodpecker chops; The footpath down to the well is healed. I dwell with a strangely aching heart In that vanished abode there far apart On that disused and forgotten road That has no dust-bath now for the toad. Night comes; the black bats tumble and dart; The whippoorwill is coming to shout And hush and cluck and flutter about: I hear him begin far enough away Full many a time to say his say Before he arrives to say it out. It is under the small, dim, summer star. I know not who these mute folk are Who share the unlit place with me-- Those stones out under the low-limbed tree Doubtless bear names that the mosses mar. They are tireless folk, but slow and sad, Though two, close-keeping, are lass and lad,-- With none among them that ever sings, And yet, in view of how many things, As sweet companions as might be had.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Harvest Moon



The days are growing shorter, and cold weather is coming soon, as autumn arrives in gala dress, riding on the harvest moon. 
~Annette Bromley

The Full Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon are unique because the time difference between moonrises on successive evenings is much shorter than average. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later from one night to the next. Thus, there is no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days following the actual date of the full moon. In times past this feature of these autumn moons was said to help farmers working to bring in their crops, or in the case of the Hunter's Moon, hunters tracking their prey. They could continue being productive by moonlight even after the sun had set. Hence the name Harvest Moon. 

The Harvest Moon is also known as the Wine Moon, the Singing Moon, 
"Blue Corn Moon", and the Elk Call Moon. 

In honor of the Harvest Moon I am having a special sale in my Etsy shop from 9/27/12 to 10/3/12.  25% off all Pre-made items.  This sale will not apply to "Made to Order" section.  Coupon code is "HARVESTMOON"


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mabon Blessings


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting 

and autumn a mosaic of them all."

-   Stanley Horowitz



An equinox is an astronomical point and, due to the fact that the earth wobbles on its axis slightly , the date may vary by a few days depending on the year. The autumnal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator on its apparent journey southward, and we experience a day and a night that are of equal duration. Up until Mabon, the hours of daylight have been greater than the hours from dusk to dawn. But from now on, the reverse holds true.
Mabon marks the middle of harvest, it is a time of equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the bounty the Earth provides. For finishing up old projects and plans and planting the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Mabon is a time of celebration and balance.
This is the time to look back not just on the past year, but also your life, and to plan for the future. In the rhythm of the year, Mabon is a time of rest and celebration, after the hard work of gathering the crops. Warm autumn days are followed by chill nights, as the Old Sun God returns to the embrace of the Goddess.
The passing of Mabon is inevitable and The Sun God should be mourned. We too, must remember that all things must come to an end. So the Sun God journeys into the lands of winter and into the Goddess' loving arms, but endings are a good time to celebrate our successes, thank our selves and those who helped us, and take part in the balance of life!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Purple Witch


I have created a treasury with some of my Etsy finds that coordinate with my favorite beaded spider, Angelica.  

Stop by and check out these goodies!


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NTAzNTAzN3wyNzIwNzUzMzQ3/the-purple-witch


Friday, August 24, 2012

All Hallows Eve...my Favorite Holiday!!



I have been seriously slacking on the blog front.....last one was April of last year I believe!  YIKES!  So today I have updated the look and feel of my blog and am going to try to do a better job of posting here.

So whats up with me lately....well with glass I have been preparing for the best holiday ever!  I am not so much into the commercial side of Halloween, but I love the history, and original meaning of the holiday.  I have been trying to move from summer colors, into autumn colors and designs for the past few weeks, and making Witch Hats...my favorite bead to make!  Of course mine are not traditional or the stereotypical type, like most everything I have made this year.....they are full of flowers.

Here is an excerpt on Halloween from wiki if you are interested:

The Halloween holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots, even though the etymology of the word is Christian. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning "summer's end". Samhain was the first and the most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish and Scottish calendar and, falling on the last day of autumn, it was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead. There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. To ward off these spirits, the Gaels built huge, symbolically regenerative bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice. In the Western Isles of Scotland the Sluagh, or fairy host was regarded as composed of the souls of the dead flying through the air, and the feast of the dead at Hallowe'en was likewise the festival of the fairies. ~ Wiki

If you would like to see more of my fall beads and hats - check out my etsy:

http://www.honeybearbeads.etsy.com