I have bad arthritis and carpel tunnel in my hands for various reasons, including age and hypermobility syndrome. That means writing and certain crafts are more difficult for me these days. One of the ways that I have adapted and still am able to journal and keep records is by using digital products and adaptive aids.

One of my favorite ways that I have done this, in the last year, has been Goodnotes. I have a couple of different digital journal products that I use on this platform for various purposes. I even recently upgraded from Goodnotes 5 to Goodnotes 6 to take advantage of some of the changes that the software has made. Though I use it on my iPhone and iPad, Goodnotes 6 is now compatible with Windows as well, which really expands the possibilities. (My laptop is Windows, for example, if I wanted to access the app there).

However, you don’t have to spend any money at all or learn a new app, if you don’t want to. Google Docs is free, readily available and cross-compatible. You can easily organize your files, rituals, and ideas in whatever manner that works best for you. I actually like digital files and digital backups. I have lived at like 20 different addresses in the 23 years that I have been married. It is really easy to lose things between moves and storage. The stuff I tend to still have regular access to are digital files.

An Overview of the Greek Gods

I follow a Hellenic path. I am not a reconstructionist, but like many people, I have been enthralled by the Greek Gods since I learned about them in school. The Greek Gods seem relatable, I think, because they have exaggerated personalities, but they are plagued with personal flaws and negative emotions despite their immortality and superhero-like powers. They seem very human to us, but also removed because of their deity.

The Olympians

The twelve gods of Olympus are the most famous ones and were indeed at the center of the ancient Greek religion.

it’s that time of the year where the seasons are not sure where they are, and I can relate. I’ve kind of been taking a break these last two months. Mostly, it’s summer, and a more outside time, plus we’ve been working on the store and getting that sorted. I think the biggest thing is that we passed a year in the house and the temporariness/newness has worn off and I want to get everything sorted, and in its place, now.

I am not sure what kind of energy the autumn will bring with it, but I am looking forward to it. I will be sad to see the warmer weather go, but I enjoy the passing of the seasons.

I’ve been largely absent for the last month, though I have been working behind the scenes on website/store stuff. Good news, is that Leland and I will be out in person this weekend. We will be vending for one day (Saturday) at the Bigfoot Festival in Baker City’s Geiser Pollman Park 1723 Madison St, Baker City, OR from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

If you are around the area, feel free to come by and say hi to us.

In my last post I addressed the idea of making your magic personal. There are those little things that you connect to that have personal meaning to you, and those are the most powerful. It could be a tool that you have, a picture or representation that resonates with you, an herb that conjures a childhood memory. These things tap directly into your emotions, your subconscious, and your direct connection to your magic.

On my altar, I have a beautiful compass. It is a lovely brass compass in a leather case. Aesthetically, it is beautiful and was a gift from my husband. Yes, it has a mundane use as a tool in determining the four directions, but it is there more for the metaphysical meanings. Inside the lid, it is engraved with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. It is a beautiful poem that reminds us that we have miles to go before we sleep. The compass keeps me going in the right direction, in more than one sense.

30 Study Topics For Beginner (or Any) Witch to Research

This is only an overview, and a place to get started. Let it spark your research. I often will take a moon cycle to do an in depth study of a topic (ie. chakras) and see where is takes me. No topic is in isolation. Chakras, for example, link to color magic, energy work, meditation, healing, yoga, Eastern philosophy. Maybe it will lead you to your next topic, maybe you’ll go back to the list and decide to study something else, like Tarot, next. One thing that I truly believe is that Witchcraft makes students of us all. We learn about ourselves and the world around us as we study esoteric topics.

Ok, my bad. That song makes me laugh every time I hear it, so when I had to write a post talking about working on “Self-Love,” I couldn’t help myself. I’ll pretend to be remorseful. This post is actually an intersection of topics. It is about my spiritual journey this year, the intercession of Aphrodite and some self – growth/care/love. It is about embracing the lessons of the universe as they come to you.

Hope that you all get to go out and experience the sun’s energy on this longest day of the year. Dance with the fairies, drink honey mead, and jump over the bonfire (though maybe, that should come before too much mead).