Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's Lunar Pic - Silvery Moons

Crescent Moon with Simulated Moonstone earrings

The moon and silver have been associated with each other since the first woman walked the cool Earth and gazed upon her quiet, serene beauty. Its lunar surface, reflected back to us in silvery light, was so obviously opposite from the garish light of the sun that she had to be its polar opposite; cool as opposed to the sun's heat, quiet and as reflective as the water she drives in Earth's tides. The tides that whisper in a woman's womb each month, so of course the moon was feminine in nature. Wear her with quiet pride, with love, with the secret sign to all those women that know that Moon imparts all her Sacred Mysteries to her human daughters.

Crescent Moon with Simulated Moonstone Earcuff and Earring Set

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Day of the Sun - Amber and Gold

After running around like a mad person today, by the time I sat down to list items for Saturday, the clock had turned it into Sunday. Guess the Gods had decided they could wait as I crashed for a two-hour nap as soon as I got home from San Gabriel Bead Company. If you are a bead whore as bad as I am, you also squeed if you went in these past three weekends and saw all the local Southern California bead stores were participating in their annual So. Cal Bead Shop Hop.

Bead Shop Hop 2013

Pegged as American's largest bead shop hop, I wish I hadn't been so busy the last two weekends and taken advantage of the fun of  running from bead store to bead store to bead store with my fellow bead whores. We are already planning next year's attack of the hop with much looking-forward to.

So, quickly (so I can go back to bed and dream of beads), three new items are up in the Etsy store this early, early morning; Striped Amber Faux Earring Triangle DropsStriped Amber Faux Earring Drops and our beloved Copper Feather Drop Earcuff.

Copper Feather Drop Earcuff

Why these particular ones? Well, Amber is a color sacred to the Sun and to Sundays. Copper may be a moon color, but the Copper Feather Drop sports a gold feather at the end and you don't have to be a MoonWitch or a SunWitch to figure out gold has been the color of the sun since dirt. Feathers have many associations in European folk magic, but since there are no real gold feathers, this one can be symbolic of whatever you want. Stop by the store and check them out. They are reasonably priced for great impulse buys that won't kill your pocket book - $5.95 & $7.95.  Have fun shopping!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday's Pics - The Day of the Dragonfly

Thursday being a day sacred to the Old Ones Jupiter and Juno, Zeus and Hera and Thor, the colors associated with them made today's Etsy store choices my favorite ones; Green and Royal Blue.

Asymmetrical Midnight Goddess Spiral earcuff and earring setAsymmetrical Midnight Spiral earrings

The Asymmetrical Midnight Spiral Goddess Earcuff and Earring Set and it's matching earrings were absolute joys to make, rich with these "oil-slick" like colors. Their iridescence is hypnotic - I could make jewelry from these colors all day and never get bored of them. Their otherworldly glow extends even to tarot bag fabrics, which I can never seem to leave in the fabric stores when the catch my attention.

Dragonfly Priestess Single earcuffDragonfly Priestess earrings

But by far, of the ones to add to the store that give me a shiver of excitement and purest burst of love are the Dragonfly Priestess Series. Copper, dragonflies and swarovski crystals made these simple, little designs so magickal for me, I can scarcely form the words for how they touch me. Read their story in the store listing - they were truly made with the purest love for the art of jewelry-making I could ever express.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday's Pick - The Egyptian Ankh

Deluxe Egyptian Ankh Earcuff and Earring Set

In researching the lore of the Egyptian Ankh, I ran across much lore and many attributed associations with it. Here are a few:

Symbol of Life
Spiritual Reflection
The Three Upper Chakras
The Masculine God
As a Symbol of Magick

Royal Purple Ankh earringsDeluxe Egyptian Ankh Earcuff

Some say an ankh can be used for healing and to promote psychic communication with the divine. This last is at least backed up by Egyptian depictions in wall paintings and on papyrii. It is also said healers often placed the Ankh over wounds or areas that required attention, to promote regeneration and divine healing.

Whatever symbolism and meaning you attribute to it, its power can be enhanced in your life by keeping representations of the Ankh around you - on your altar, in your jewelry, images in paintings and in your sacred Book of Shadows. If you want the power of thousands of years of magickal attunement to back up your workings with the Ankh, do your research into which attributes are accurate and date back the longest in human history. Do as much of your research off the internet as possible to confirm your 'net resources are from reliable sources - don't take their words for it! Without a doubt, the Ancient Egyptians hold the oldest records by far of its power and held it as one of their most sacred objects, so be sure to delve deeply into reliable lore surrounding their cultural references to this powerful symbol.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Enchanting Etsy Team!

I want to give mucho luv and a big shout out to the AWESOME Etsy Team of Keepers of Enchantment. A thriving, happy team of over 1,200 members, they shocked me yesterday after I joined by including my Celtic Purple Triad Single Earcuff in the beautiful Treasury Purple Haze!

I especially love the 4 Handmade Porcelain Deep Purple beads by beadfreaky. I spent almost an hour going over her wonderful, handmade beads and buttons alone, contemplating adding them to a line of designer divination and tarot bags - my next, crazy, non-beadwork project for our other Etsy store. There's just one problem; I favorited so many of her dragonfly, tree of life, goddess and hamsa designs, I wouldn't know where to start! How about by cleaning out my bank account and buying them all, lol!

'Purple Haze' by kukochan

A collection of enchanted and psychedelic pieces, made by the members of Keepers of Enchantment

Blue & Purple Hand Beaded Paua Shell Ribbon Necklace - EnchantedSoulUK
Blue & Purple Hand Bead...

Fine Art Print "Kissed by the Sun" - FairyTaleFigments
Fine Art Print "Ki...

4 Handmade Porcelain Deep Purple Beads - Hamsa Bead - Butterfly Bead - Dragonfly Bead - beadfreaky
4 Handmade Porcelain De...

Fairy Wishing Candle - Lost in the Fairy Mist - TheEvergreenNest
Fairy Wishing Candle - ...

Celtic Purple Triad Single Earcuff - TheEarsHaveIt
Celtic Purple Triad Sin...

Rainbow Galaxy Pendant - Celestial Space Jewelry - Rainbow Glitter Pendant - Nail Polish Jewelry Style - demiflux
Rainbow Galaxy Pendant ...

Polished Purple Amethyst Gemstone Bead Circle Hoop Earrings on Surgical Steel Wire - OOAK Nature Inspired Gift For Women - MountainUrsusDesigns
Polished Purple Amethys...

leather bracelet - leather charm bracelet - bracelet dragonfly - bracelet owl - bracelet cat - unique bracelet - black leather bracelet - - thebeachgirls
leather bracelet - leat...

Flower headband style ear warmer, crocheted, women, teen girls, pink item - DreamCatcherDC
Flower headband style e...

Purple Iris - pretty bohemian glass bracelet, gift for her, great for wedding party functions everyday - ShriKrishnaDesigns
Purple Iris - pretty bo...

COLOR CHANGING!! Vanilla Grapefruit Bath Bombs pack of 3 - SweetheartMoonSD

Classy Purple Feather Brass Gem Hair Comb Steampunk/Victorian - fairystitchfactory
Classy Purple Feather B...

Violet wire wrapped earrings in handmade, purple seed bead wire earrings, jewelry earrings with cabochon, bead earrings seed, cabochon - RasaVilJewelry
Violet wire wrapped ear...

Oriental Bollywood Kashmir Earrings - Dark Violett - SandstormArt
Oriental Bollywood Kash...

Handmade Purple Elven Poncho with Hood - EnchantedTreeWear
Handmade Purple Elven P...

Compact Mirror Acrylic Painting - "Pink Celtic Swirl" - Useable Art by Deb Ritchie - WildEthereal
Compact Mirror Acrylic ...


Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Seriously, though, if you're still reading this far and are an etsy seller who sells pagan wares, consider joining them. They are wonderfully generous and I can't wait to get to know them better. This is what an extended pagan family is all about - the love.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday's Pick - the Day of the Moon

Silver Pale Moon earringsSilver Pale Moon Single earcuff

The colors of Monday's pick from our earcuff and earring collections reflect pale blues and lunar silvers. They come in many styles that can be mixed and matched. Wear them as you gaze upon the moon and say hello to her for us. We will be looking up at that same moon and thanking it for reminding us her calm presence is always a strength in our lives.

Mondays most of the modern world is a day of chaos at the office, hustling kids off to school and planning what worldly projects one will tackle for the week, but your Moon-day evening is your own sacred time - especially if you are nocturnal or it's just your wind-down-from-the-day-time at home.

Return to that calm time to center and ground yourself and all that crazy energy so you can find a place of peace and serenity. For me, Saturdays and Mondays are that time, especially when I can see a setting crescent moon on my back porch, surrounded by plants, trees, incense and candles. Invite the husband/boyfriend or leave him to watch t.v., this time is for the feminine in anyone and everyone. Nurture it with what floats your boat on a moonlit evening.

Silver Pale Moon Earcuff

It is made even more special when you dress for the occasion. Cool whites (like the moon), dark blues and blacks always harmonize with lunar energies. Even better when you can go to the beach and walk its sandy shores with the lulling surf in the background! Pick something loose-fitting that floats on the breezes and is comfortable, take time to reach down to the sand or earth and dig your hands in, calm your mind and listen to your surroundings. They have much to tell us.

The book Spell Crafts reminds us blue is for healing, peace, psychism, patience and happiness. The color of the water,symbol of the ocean, sleep, twilight and the sky. To the Zuni Indians it was used to represent the West, the Land of the Dead - our final place of rest, along with the setting sun. Whenever I can catch a setting sun and start out my time with the moon that night, it is always a good meditation!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday's Pick and Offerings - Carnelian Healing Sun Goddess

Carnelian Healing Sun Goddess Earcuff and Earring SetCarnelian Healing Sun Goddess Earrings Carnelian Healing Sun Goddess Earcuff

Today's listings in my Etsy store featured the Carnelian Healing Sun Goddess Series. I chose to list these on a Sunday because that's the day sacred to the Sun (SUNday) and because of the fiery orange/white color of these beautiful stones I discovered in a bead shop long ago. They are paired with Gold - it being the Sun's metal, of course.

Carnelian is a healing stone, according to the renowned pagan author and Wiccan practitioners Scott Cunningham & David Harrington in their wonderful book, Spell Crafts - Creating Magical Objects.

For those who practice Yoga and pay attention to their Chakras, The Chakra Bible has much use for Carnelian. It is used to balance the Muladhara, the Sacral Chakra and can be used to reduce back pain. It also assists with rheumatism, arthritis and kidneys to balance water regulation of the body. It is associated with the Hara/Navel chakra's orange/yellow colors, thus helping with digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Regarded as a protective stone, Celtic warriors carried it mounted in jewelry or their armor to accompany them across the Great Divide or Afterlife.

I love the books I found in my library to help do the research - the are fascinating! Spell Crafts and The Chakra Bible are invaluable resources for those interested in Chakras and/or color magick. Here are the links to review them: