Snowflakes…December 10, 2018

Christmas, Star, Snowflake, Banner

Flakes of snow begin to fall and I recall a quote from Novala Takemoto: “Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity. The snowflakes fall silently. Like my thoughts some of them drift away on the wind, others remain.

Unlike Mother Earth I cannot hear the snowflakes as they fall. Ever attentive Mother Nature hears the gentle call of each snowflake and gathers them close just as a loving mother gathers her child to her heart. Like a child, each snowflakes is different, each is special in its own unique way.

Although I cannot hear the falling snowflakes, I can feel the great power that each holds, a power that calls for inner reflection, silence and stillness. A power that provides a majestic tranquility that transforms not only the earth but hearts and minds.

With each swirling snowflake from the sky a thought, a memory, a dream, a hope, a heartache, a tear, a smile, a disappointment, a success and heartbeats of love come to visit, whispering to me in a most magickal voice. It reminds me that like a child if I believe, truly believe, there is magick and that magick that will reveal the clarity that I long to see.

A desire to experience and feel the magick of the falling snow calls strongly.  I step outside, I remain still. I am unable to mar the unblemished white blanket woven together from millions of snowflakes that lies before me. The moonlight bounces from each flake shining and sparkling like diamonds.

I turn my face up into the moonlight and the falling snow. As each snowflake lands on my upturned face I imagine that all the angels of heaven are dropping soft, feathery kisses upon my eyes, my cheeks, my lips.

As the snowflakes fall my heart and soul transform and fill with clarity and magick.

Feel the Magick…Experience the Magick

Jahcqi

#Magick #Cabin #Snow #Snowflakes #Moonlight #Mother Earth #Angel Kisses

 

 

November 26,2018…One Holiday Down

Thanksgiving Pics edited.jpgFor several days the Cabin was filled with family, laughter, giggles, fun, games, movies, magick and way to much food as the family all squeezed in for the Thanksgiving festivities. These times are truly a blessing. It is sad and quite when they all leave and  return to their own homes. If the weather and work schedules cooperate we will all be together again soon for Christmas.

With Christmas just around the corner I have been busy planning my Christmas gift list and crafting various gifts. I even ventured out Thursday evening for a Pre-Black Friday Sale with my youngest daughter. I came home empty handed but my daughter found several movies and games to contribute to her Christmas stash.

Saturday after the last of the family said their goodbyes my husband and I journeyed out for the day. For several months we had been seeing an advertisement for a  pioneer/frontier trading day at Fort Boonesboro. I was hoping that I might discover a unique Christmas gift or two but that was not to be. I was very disappointed in what they had to offer and display. Again, I came home empty handed.

Yesterday (Sunday) I decided to snuggle in on the couch in my fuzzy pj’s and do a Christmas movie marathon.  Sometimes we all just need a lazy day. Today, I put all the autumn/Thanksgiving decorations away. I am not ready just yet to bring out the Christmas decorations…soon though.

See the Magick…Feel the Magick…Accept the Magick

Jachqi

#Cabin #Magick #Family #Thanksgiving #Christmas #FamilyTime #FamilyFun #LazyDays

November 19, 2018… Busy, Busy, Busy

          

 

The past week has been busy, busy, busy with work, two birthdays (my son and granddaughter), a shopping trip for holiday dinner and craft supplies, crafting gifts and prepping for the upcoming holidays (Christmas and Thanksgiving). I am wore out just writing about it all.

When you get your granddaughter a camping barbie for her birthday and she says…but mamaw, I don’t have a tent for her. The light bulb goes off and you immediately start designing a campground and tent for her Christmas gift. I was so excited when I found fabric for the tent at Hobby Lobby that had a camping design.

A new grandson is due to arrive in January so when I saw the blue puppy fleece fabric, also at Hobby Lobby, it called to me to craft a tie quilt. Tie quilts are very easy to make, warm and very cute. Several other holiday crafting projects are waiting to be started but there is still time.

Yesterday (Sunday) the hubby and I made an impromptu trip to Douglas Lake in Dandridge, TN to do some crappie fishing and spend some “us time” before the family arrives for Thanksgiving in a few days. The temperature was a bit chilly, around forty degrees when we arrived (feels much, much colder when riding a boat down the lake and the wind is blowing) and  fifty-four degrees when we left but we were dressed warmly and fished the day away. Toward the evening we were blessed to see a bald headed eagle. He was beautiful and majestic. Our take home catch was not as good as we would have liked but that was ok, we did not come home empty handed.We enjoyed the day and time spent together.

A couple more days of work this week then I can prep a few dishes before the various family members began to arrive on Friday instead of Thursday for Thanksgiving, one day will not make a difference. The Cabin will be full of family, love, magick and laughter for several days. We will love and cherish every one and every minute. We will count our blessings and be grateful that we have all gathered once more at the Cabin.

Holiday Blessings to all.

See the Magick, Feel the Magick, Experience the Magick

Jachqi

#Cabin #Magick #Family #Thanksgiving #DIY #Crafting #Gifts

#Christmas #HobbyLobby #Fishing #DouglasLake #DandridgeTennessee

#Eagle #Love #Laughter #Magick #Blessings #Grandchildren

November 12, 2018…Big Girl Panties and Intent

Over the weekend, I was running low on a few staples in the pantry which led to the decision to make a quick trip to the local Super Walmart. Being the weekend and with the Thanksgiving and Christmas/Yule holidays just weeks away I dreaded the excursion.

” I pulled up my big girl panties” and did what I need to do. When I arrived at my destination the parking lot was full of cars and trucks. Not a good sign as far as I was concerned.

Some of my past experiences with shopping and shoppers at this time of the year have been unpleasant to say the least. I was determined this trip was going to be different. Taking not one but several deep breaths I set my intent. Setting an intent is the craft of focusing your emotions, desires and will to change the energies surrounding you as well the the energies within you. If you are honest with your self you know we sometimes bring about unpleasant things and situations with the energies and thoughts we put out there.

My intent was to have a pleasant shopping experience. With another deep breath I straightened my shoulders, stood tall and entered the store. Hundreds of shoppers pushed carts throughout the many aisles. The intent was working. There was a calmness in the air, no one seemed to be in a rush, no one appeared rude or angry. Nearly everyone had a smile to share, strangers want to engage in conversation or ask if I was getting ready for the holidays.

The guy standing in the checkout line behind me shared his new career dreams and pictures from a recent trip he had taken. The cashier spoke of childhood traditions and plans for Thanksgiving while making sure that my purchases were loaded into my cart in a way so as not to break or squish fragile items.

For those who know me, you know one of my biggest pet peeves has to do with shoppers who do not put their shopping carts into designated areas when done with them. So, I must tell you that the best part of my shopping trip was when a young  boy offered to return my cart for me.

Pre-holiday magick? Maybe. Intent? Definitely. Magick and intentions do happen when you truly believe.

See the Magick…Feel the Magick…Experience the Magick

Jahcqi

#Cabin #MagickalCabins #Intent #Intentions #Magick #Holidays #Holiday Magick #Shopping

November and Goodbyes

Norman Hiking                                          leaves

water and minnows

Southeastern KY rocked some awesome weather and colors this past weekend as the Wheel rolled November into the spotlight.

Saturday, my husband and I joined my cousin’s husband and several of her family members and friends to say our earthly goodbyes to her,  scattering her ashes at the location she had requested. Genesis 3:19 tells us that we shall return to the ground from which we were taken, for dust we art and to dust shalt we return. After the tearful goodbyes we all gathered for lunch and memories that brought laughter, not tears.

On the scenic drive home we stopped in several different counties and visited with family. Conversations and plans for the upcoming holidays were made. I always look forward to time with family over good food. I found a new recipe for a Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream Icing that I want to add to this years holiday menu. I think the “bugs” will love  the chocolatey magick.

Sunday morning began with cool, clear pristine weather. It called to my husband’s mountain man DNA. Armed with drinks, snacks and camera he answered the call and I tagged along. Hi Ho, Hi Ho it was off to the mountains. We chose a trail in the Cumberland Gap National Park.  We met two single hikers and their dogs so we basically had the mountain to ourselves.

As we hiked we giggled and laughed as we invented stories and scenarios of “what might have happened” on the trail hundreds of years before. Whose footsteps were we walking in? Not only did the trail give us stories and beautiful scenery it gave us a workout.

The day was getting late and the Cabin was calling for us to come home.

Back at the Cabin we just were not ready to give up the outdoors. We wanted just a few more hours of outdoor magick.

Dinner, we could build a campfire and make that pot of chili my husband had been wanting. I pulled out the dutch oven, fondly dubbed the Witches Cauldron or Witches Pot while my husband built a fire and found the tripod. Into the pot went the ingredients. Oops! I nearly forgot the eye of newt (mustard seed). Boil and bubble into campfire deliciousness…and deliciousness it was.

It was time to say goodbye to the day, the warmth of the Cabin called our names. A glass of wine and the new episode of Outlanders made for the perfect magickal ending to our awesome day.

See the Magick…Feel the Magick

Jahcqi

#Magick  #Goodbyes #Outdoors #Hikes CumberlandGapNationalPark

#Cabin #Campfires #OutdoorCooking #Holidays #Outlanders #OutlanderShow

#Chili #WitchesCauldron #WitchesPot #Stories

 

October 31, 2018…Past Memories

        

Today as I sit in my writing corner here at the Cabin having finished off a cup of delicious Witches Brew (a purple, orange creme flavored frappuccino) from Starbucks my thoughts weave in and out on this magickal, energy filled Samhain/Halloween day.

To my left sits a small spinning wheel decked out for autumn. The wheel although not silver in color catches a thread of a past memory spinning me back to Samhain/Halloween eighteen years ago when I first met Arianrhod, a Celtic Goddess of the moon, the stars and the sky. A goddess of Feminine Power. A goddess associated with the silver wheel, owls and spiders just to name a few.

Spiders are weavers of webs, Arianrhod is a weaver of fate and destiny. As a sacred owl she flies into our soul to guide us. I first met Arianrhod in owl form. New to my spiritual journey I had been calling to the universe for a guide to help me as I walked my new path. My call was heard.

My children and I had been out Trick or Treating on a gorgeous, autumn Samhain/Halloween day. Dusk was just beginning to settle as we were driving back home. Our route put us on an isolated mountain road. There was nothing but trees and mountains on the three mile stretch of dirt road.

We had been riding with the windows down but the chill of night was beginning to settle in, we decided to roll up the windows. Just as my window closed, a huge owl hit the window. I immediately stopped and got out as did the children.

We looked all around but there was no owl to be found. A hit that hard should have killed it or at least left it stunned and addled, or so I thought. Unable to find the owl we continued on our journey.

As I lay in bed later that night I knew that I had experienced something spiritual and magickal. The owl had not died, it had not been stunned and addled. The owl, Arianrhod, had flown straight into my soul. My call had been answered in a most attention getting way.

Arianrhod had flown into my life. As the Wheel turned through the following seasons and years she told me her story. She introduced me to the silver wheel, the moon, the stars, the night sky, spiders and webs. Most importantly Arianrhod introduced me to my Power.

Nearly two decades later Arianrhod still inhabits my soul. She guides me as I spin and weave my fate…my path…my life.

See the Magick…Feel the Magick

Jahcqi

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