Thursday, 18 December 2014

New Blog

I've created a blog for my tiny house project called 'Stacey' Tiny House Project' (yes I know, massively original right?) to show the journey of the creation of my tiny house herbal studio. I was going to document it all on this blog but I thought, why not have something entirely devoted to the project, plus if other tiny house enthusiasts come across it, it's strictly on the tiny house and not everything else as well. The plan is to begin actually constructing the tiny house in the new year, the trailer is almost completed (I will be glad to never have to wire brush rust again, let me tell you) and painted, so once that's done, the building can begin!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Grow Your Blog Party 2015

The Grow Your Blog Party is happening again next year and I am so excited that Vicki at 2 Bags Full decided to do it again as I had so much fun last year. I’ve been thinking long about my blog, it’s not had much action overall this year, but I’m getting into the groove again and hopefully it will equal more posts and photos and other bits n pieces.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Saturday, 6 December 2014

The Blooming Roses of Spring & Summer

There is something romantic about roses blooming in the garden, the eventual decay begins and adds another layer of beauty, for within this lack of perfect beauty, the true perfection of nature is found.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Nuummite - The Sorcerer's Stone

Recently I’ve been looking into working with stones. It’s not something I had actually thought about much given my preferred medium is herbs, but I was reading a blog post by Little Cloud of Insanity and she happened to mention working Nuummite. Not being a stone I had heard of before, I was immediately curious. I’m glad I fed my curiosity because Nuummite is a rather interesting stone.

Named the Sorcerer’s Stone, Nuummite is said to be one of the oldest minerals in existence, clocking in at an impressive three billion years. The majority of Nuummite comes from Nuuk, Greenland and is tied to Earth more strongly than any other element, geologically Nuummite comes from a volcanic origin so it also hold fiery depths within it. It’s a beautiful looking stone, at first glance you tend to think it is black but there are many layers within, striking iridescence of many different colours, it is wonderful to look at.

Nuummite is connected to the chakras and their energy, and while I don’t work with chakras at all, the potential for spiritual boosting by Nuummite is intriguing. It is known for it’s potent vibrations which is why it was given the name ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’, it can connect you deeply with any spiritual or psychic ability you may have, help with shamanic work and hedge crossing, is said to move growth in those areas forward quickly and will connect you quite deeply to earth energy. It is also said Nuummite energy can help with higher intellectual acumen and detail recall, which would be nice, I read so much that it can be hard to assimilate all the information into my brain. 

Because it can connect one easily with other worlds while hedgecrossing or journeying it interests me, as does its potential for past life work and healing. I’m going to experiment to see if it can help me with hedgecrossing, increasing abilities (should I discover any) and for focusing my mind while undertaking these actions. It’s no secret that I’m not one who can easily focus or quiet the mind. An energy worker once told me that my mind is fast and that is why I can’t quiet it and why I can’t stand being around a lot of people or lots of noise. 

I’ve not started working with it yet, I bought a tumble stone and a bracelet of Nuummite from the fantastic SheEarth to work with, I’m not even sure how one goes about working with stones but I’m looking forward to it. I’m trying to find different ways to grow my personal power and discover gifts, if any, that I might have. I’m thinking of just doing breathing exercises and connecting with it that way before moving up to guided meditations (which I generally do better with than trying to reach a meditative state myself) and see where I go from there. 

I will say though, when I hold the Nuummite, I can definitely feel the energy surging within it, now it is just a matter of finding a way to connect myself to that energy and working with it.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Oinment Brewing

Although I've been relatively lax when it comes to doing anything witchcraft related, I decided the other night to do something simple in order to get my mind back to where it needs to be. I love making things with herbs, I think I've probably mentioned this in my blog a hundred times. I've a curiosity about banes, walking the poison path is part of my journey as a hedge witch and also feeds the nature of the green witch. I've started growing my own and hope in the future to be able to use only my own herbs for any baneful needs (except mandrake...did I mention my love/hate relationship with the most stubborn herb in the history of herbs?). My journey into the world of differing ointments has been something I've been doing for awhile but without any true commitment or testing. I made the decision to truly dedicate myself to this path and truly connect properly on a spiritual level with the banes that I have. This lead me to making singular ointments for some of the banes I have: Belladonna, Henbane, Datura and Mandrake, and also an ointment combining all four.

The Datura I wildcrafted near to my home, the Henbane I grew, however the Belladonna and Mandrake I had to outsource. I have a Belladonna plant now and plan to get/grow more, so hopefully the next time I create a test ointment it will be of my own plant material - leaves and berries, whereas the one I've created for my personal experimentation is all leaf material.

I'll heat them through infusing all of that baneful loveliness into the oil and try them. This should give me a good indication of their strength and whether or not more herb material needs to be added. I am hopeful I can get it right, this way the experience with the herbs will be profound and enlightening yet not dangerous. Perhaps one day I will sell ointments and salves with these herbs, however that'll be a long way off yet as I really would love to make them all with herbs from my own poison garden.