Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Full Moon Joy

After a long day, in which I found out I have Strep Throat, I sought solace in the moon.


I stood under her and raised my arms. Drawing the bright, reflected energy into myself. The moon is like a battery. It's charged by the sun and then gives off this beautiful glow.

 Since it's late and I live in a busy apartment complex I didn't stay outside for too long. Many years ago I rented a house with a yard. We used to go outside and moon bathe when I lived there. I called it Goth paling, as opposed to sun tanning.

Someday, I'll find a space to practice outside in peace and love.

For now, I'll snatch moments of pleasure like this as I can.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lammas and The Wheat

Sometimes when I look around at world religions I think they are all obsessed with fertility and wheat. I suppose from a biological standpoint that this makes sense. Eating and reproduction are essential and can be very fun. Why  not make them sacred too?

However, I'm an outsider to both elements. First, I'm never having children. My husband and I are child-free by choice. He had a vasectomy years ago. I'm thankful for it everyday. (Now, that sounds dirty).

I'm also a Celiac with a separate wheat allergy. I'm allergic to corn, potatoes, apples, avocados, and rice. Most trees and grasses are also among my many allergies. My poor immune system is constantly working over-time.

Wheat is a big part of many religions. Christianity has the communion wafer. A lot of churches offer a gluten free wafer, but the Catholics do not. I've attended churches where I've had a gluten free wafer (although these are often made of rice). What are you doing in a church, you may ask. Aren't you a full-on Pagan lady. Well, I honor and respect Jesus and his teachings. I can't say that I care for the views and co-opting of politics of most of his followers. However, I love his sage qualities and feminine aspects. Ok, I'm getting off topic!

Tomorrow is Lammas or Lughnasadh. Well, I love holy days, but I feel at a loss at how to celebrate one so devoted to bread. I could try to make some gluten free oat bread. We'll see. I do know for sure that I will be surrounded with images and discussions of wheat and bread on my online communities. 


Why haven't I thought of this before? I guess I've ignored Lammas. I'm not a Wiccan, but I love the Wiccan wheel of the year. And I will latch onto as many holidays as I can. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Broken Solstice

Upon the summer solstice I decided to do something incorporating the four elements. Balancing things is very important to me. I also believe that the more we incorporate and are aware of the elements the stronger the spiritual connection we make to what we are doing.

So, I took a walk. Well, that's not all I did. Taking a walk is very important to my practice. Not only is walking a form of meditation, but it can be a miniature pilgrimage to whatever activity you are doing. Now, if you consider my blog name, Liminal Emma, you might understand more about why I love walking. Walking is something that is in-between. And I'm all about the journey.

On my walk I photographed parts of nature and communed with the hot summer air. Everything looked beautiful to me despite my allergies and how much I don't like the summer.


Here are some of the spots I visited and photographed. Earth is represented in the upper left corner. To the right is air. At the bottom corners are fire and water. The campus that we live by is abundant with both natural, and cultivated beauty. I try to feel grateful for it.

So, as I walked I soaked in the energies around me. Then, I reached my first stop. I went to an art shop to create a clay sculpture. 


This is the clay sculpture that I made. It's not perfect, but I had not worked with clay since grade school! I felt excited to think about how the clay was the perfect blending of all the elements. To me it was the most magical, physical object I had ever created. The wet, earthy clay dries in the air and is then fired in the kiln. Perfect!

I left my clay sculpture behind and was told it would be fired in two weeks, as they don't keep the kiln going very often. After I left the rest of my day was pleasant. I did things with more detail and intention. 

Now we fast forward to last week when I went back...

Unfortunately when I returned to get my fired piece the sculpture had been badly damaged. The pentacle was gone. I felt so confused and angered.

Maybe I should have kept it, but I threw it away. Whatever prayer I put into this as I made it is gone.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Three Years Gone

It's been a long time since I've checked in and written anything in this space. Soon after a pleasant Fall in 2009 I became even more ill and slogged through the past few years with a lot of suffering.

Thankfully, due to many surgeries and a lot of medicines my main problem is in remission!

So, here I am. I'm ready to take up the barely begun mantle of what I had left behind here.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Guest Blogging

I was very excited to be a guest blogger for Mrs. B!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks also goes to those who are following my blog now!

I had a lot of fun writing about Freya!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Harvest Moon Roundup

What a beautiful moon is shining on my doorstep tonight. Yes! The Harvest Moon is at a direct angle to my door. I stepped outside in a flowing gown tonight to greet the moon and was awed and inspired by her position. Thank You!

I am enjoying the season so much. Everyday I am trying to leave intentionally for the beauty of All Hallow's Eve.

Friday I pulled out my Llewellyn Sabbat Almanac and read about Samhain. Interestingly, I got the chance to take Irish Gaelic last year and our teacher, from Ireland, told us the Irish version of things. Lovely. They pronounce it a bit differently than "Sow-in" as most of us have been taught here and it sounds a bit more like "sayvane" or along those lines, but different parts of Ireland have wildly different ways of speaking the language.

Yesterday I came down with the flu and the best I could do was tend my poor dear indoor Mum. I am worried about her. I think I overwatered her. Usually I grow mums outside, but my apartment doesn't allow that.

Today I am still ill, but I got out some spooky, gorgeous Halloween decorations. Mostly I keep what people would consider Halloween items up all year, as I consider my decorating style to be pseudo Victorian Gothic punk eclectic.

I enjoyed the moon tonight and I pray I get better soon.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October is Here!

Finally it is my favorite month and the wonderful change of pace of being under the auspices of my fellow air sun sign, Libra! Balance me gently darling!


Vintage Witchcraft Graphics

~Magickal Graphics~


To celebrate the season of all things magical I took a gentle walk in the forest while sipping hot chocolate. I love the cold weather and we are having a gentle rain, but it is hard on my aching joints.

I will be a guest blogger on Mrs. B's 30 Days of Halloween and I am very excited about that!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Excitement

I have spent many wonderful nights lately studying the beautiful moon and that makes me incredibly happy. Have you read about a space device from India finding water on the moon? Very interesting.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Healing From Pain

I would like to make some type of bracelet or lightweight necklace of gems that induce healing. I'll be going to a geology tradeshow that has very decently priced items in the near future and so I am researching what stones are believed to hold pain relief. With the amount of pain I live in anything non-chemical is my friend.

Currently I use stretching, ice, heat, tiger balm, arnica gel, massage, passionflower, bach flower essences and when the pain is too bad Western prescriptions. I live a blessed life of mostly having a chance to rest, so I have the luxury of not being on regular medication for my pain issues. Thankfully my job allows a lot of flexibility in this area.

Breaking the pain signal is important. If you can interrupt the signal for awhile you can get some decent relief even if it doesn't last long. This is important to help the immune system because pain weakens it.

So far I have come across these gems as pain relieving and I will look into more.

Turqoise anti-inflammatory
Smokey Quartz and Tiger's Eye pain relief
Rainbow Obsidian pain relief
Flourite joint problems
Amethyst headache relief
Snowflake obsidian muscle cramps

If I can get ahold of some beads I will make a beaded pain relief necklace! I wear a moonstone ring currently and my silver wedding ring and switch out other jewelry. I also carry a large quartz crystal in my pocket at all times.


The Orange Cresecent Moon

Tonight the moon was beautiful and I gazed on it for a long time. It was a russet crescent. Gorgeous. I felt I could reach out and cradle it in my hands and that it would feel like water.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yay Autumn

Recently I had a series of dreams that had an important message for me. I won't go into all of it, but suffice it to say I was told that something related to applewood and appletrees and Scorpio was crucial to me. The additional images in the dream, that I won't detail, lead me to believe that this is associated with spirituality, psychic ability, and love. My Juno and my 8th house are in Scorpio, although most of the rest of my placements are in Aquarius and Pisces...

Well, the physical pain flare continues and a breathing issue has been added. I better talk to my doctor as soon as possible.

Tonight I made a delicious white shopeg corn and corn meal pudding with sage, great northern beans and a bit of sour cream, cheese, and olive oil. It's nice when I can put together a simple and inexpensive gluten-free vegetarian meal!

I ate a piece of chocolate and got a surprise in the wrapper. Yes, celebrate the fall. Normally, the Harvest moon is in September, but this year it's actually in October! Check out spaceweather.com for more info.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ouch


Fibromyalgia is not my friend. Here is an image I found on photobucket that is pretty awesome.

It's been a hard few days due to a major flare. My FMS is aggravated by physical activity. So, walking around the huge campus I work at is not good. I have been so sick and exhausted.

However, I have some upcoming doctor's visits and I think I will get some help from that. My other conditions make the FMS worse.

I am still excited about the equinox. I have just finished reading Ellen Dugan's book on it. I am very stoked about the sun changing to Libra.

Right now my husband has rigged up the computer so I can lay down and use it. Thanks honey! One of my cats is laying down near me and that is real bliss.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Equinox Preparation

Next week is the autumnal equinox. This begins the best time of the year for me. Fall. The collocations I love for fall are:

Fall in Love
Fall in Sync
Fall into

This is when I love myself. I feel in sync. I fall into everything I do with ease. Certainly I get these moments most everyday, but there is something special about this time. It feels magickal. For many years the fall seemed a terrible time for me. Something monumentally awful would happen. However, the last few falls have been wonderful times. I met my husband, for instance, several years ago.

So, I am prepared for the equinox and brimming with gratitude. Virgo is not a good sign for me. I will be so happy when we enter Libra!

(picture above is copyrighted to original owner, not me)