Sunday, February 17, 2013

Everlasting Orchids

Saturday evening I was involved in a conversation on Facebook about a company that claims to naturally preserve the beauty of flowers, butterflies and dragonflies in jewelry. After some digging around I found there is NOTHING natural about this company.

To begin with, when they were asked HOW they got their butterflies and dragonflies, they side stepped the question with an *I'll have to get back to you on that*. They were asked again and again chose to not answer a very simple question, HOW do you get/harvest the insects used for your pieces? After repeated inquiries with NO response, they were removed from the friends list.

However, if you go to their Facebook  page and read their About section you will find this:

Our flowers are perfectly preserved from the inside out with a resin structure. Frozen in time, exactly as it grew. Everlasting Orchids based in Taos, New Mexico, specializes in REAL Gems from Mother Nature. Our Jewelry is created from AUTHENTIC - NATURAL Orchids & Butterflies ... frozen in time and perfectly preserved. Made From REAL Orchids & Butterflies!

While some may say there is nothing wrong with wearing the jewelry made from real flowers and butterflies, and even consider the items in question to be more than pretty and original, I cannot support or wear something that has the probability of being *harvested* while still living to be coated in a *resin* to "preserve the natural beauty" of the piece. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want to be wearing a pair of butterfly earrings and hear the screams of that same butterfly that has been frozen in time ringing in my ears ... 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I Did It!

I opened an Etsy store! Aoibheal's Attic is offering Tarot bags and altar cloths. And I'll be adding more items in the near future. So please stop by and check it out...

Aoibheal's Attic

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ideas … Yours?, Mine?, Shared?, Stolen?

It’s possible I’m being overly sensitive, but I’m seriously having a difficult time seeing random thoughts become the object of others posts after they have been written by someone else in their personal blog post.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sharing ideas. Get it?? IDEAS!!!

The problem I keep running into is where someone takes time to put their thoughts into words, write them down in a post, then share it with all of us in blog land, then someone comes along behind them and either takes the entire written word or the concept behind the written words and uses them for their own.  Without acknowledging where the information came from.

Yes, I know … everything written on the internet can be considered fair game. Most things are shared with Creative Commons. Others have a copyright attached to them.

All I’m saying is if you are going to write a blog, use your own ideas. Especially if you want to be taken seriously. If you read something and it sparks an idea, run with that spark, just don’t take the original idea and then use those written words as your original creative content.

And for the love of Pete … use SPELLCHECK! You have NO idea how difficult it is to try to understand what you are trying to say if we can’t make sense of the words you have written. If you can’t put a sentence together, use proper grammar and spelling you have NO business posting things in a public venue.

K, I’m finished for this time…

Something New to Play With…

I just downloaded and installed Windows Live Writer which is supposed to make blogging easier. Hmmm, Let’s see what this can do!


Desiderata is one of my most favorite pieces. There is such a warm and comforting meaning within these words. Even though it is considered to be a Christian verse, I have found it is more than adaptable to ANY faith, belief and spiritual walk. I have a copy in my Book of Shadows and each time I read it, I get a feeling of complete serenity.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be
greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career
however humble;
it is a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham,
drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
― Max Ehrmann

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wishing You A Very Blessed Imbolc...

I'm not very good at celebrating this particular Sabbat even though it means a great deal to me. I was born on Imbolc, and since I've begun following the path I've chosen, I *know* it's coming, I *know* it's significance, I just can't seem to figure out what I should do to honor this day. And I've found it's also possible for this Sabbat to be easily swept aside because it's not as exciting as Beltane, Samhain or Yule. I can always remember my birthday, why do I have such a difficult time honoring this Sabbat?

I still follow some of the Celtic teachings, and back in the early part of my new found spiritual journey, I made a point to at least light some candles in honor of Brighid.  This morning while going through my Facebook Timeline and responding to the wishes for a Happy Birthday and Blessed Solar Return, I came across a simple candle ritual that jumped out and said, here...DO THIS! This will give you the foundation you need to honor Imbolc, while at the same time helping to achieve some of the things you've been looking for.

I follow Seasons In Avalon's Facebook page and they always have some great information to share. I'm always excited when they post something, it's always informative and I usually make use of their sharing. If you click on the link above you will be taken to their FB page and can find this simple but powerful Ritual...

Since Imbolc is a Fire Festival, candles are the centerpiece of the casting.

1. Line up seven candles and place a small fireproof bowl in front of them.

2. At the foot of each candle place a folded note on which you have written something you want or need - physical or essential.

3. The candles do not have to match. They can be various sizes. You could use all white, all burgundy, or match the candle to the symbolic energy of the desire it's paired with.

4. Today (Imbolc) light the first candle. (Start in the south if you lined up south to north, start in the east if you lined up east to west.) Unfold your note and study it. Give it your FULL concentration for a full minute seeing that wish fulfilled. If your mind wanders start over until you've held that focus for sixty seconds in a row.

5. Touch the note to that candle flame and release the call to the cosmos that your desire manifests in the coming year. Place the remnants in the bowl and leave them there.

6. Repeat each day.

7. On the eighth day gather the contents of the bowl and place them in a container like a small box or envelope (not plastic). Place the container on your altar if you have one or in some safe place.

Next year on the eve of Imbolc discard the contents of your container and renew your spell. The key to your results is the focus you give. If you want this thing badly enough to ask the universe to rearrange itself for you, then you should be able to contemplate that thing for a minute.

I have already set up my 7 candles, and I've taken the time today to write the seven notes stating my intention and desire. Tonight, and each night for 6 more nights, before I go to bed I'm going to light one of the candles, concentrate on what is written on the slip of paper and then release me desire into the ether... I'm claiming this as one more step in my journey to OWN 2013.