Pretty Sky Viewing

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Tomorrow night will be another Venus-Moon conjunction. Yes, we had a spectacular one with the crescent moon in December, but this one is special too. Our beautiful crescent Moon will be mesmerizing-ly close to Venus.

Why is it special? Venus is at maximum brightness, being twenty times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. It can even cast subtle shadows on the ground! All this from the reflection of the Sun’s light on the planet. For North Americans, the Moon and Venus will look to be very close together. Much tighter than in December. And, to top it all off, the Moon and Venus are both in their crescent phases.

You can view it immediately after sunset. Enjoy the show.

Stevie <3

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Stevie <3

OK, I love Stevie. And I have posted before that I believe she’s an undercover witch. This is an old video but….she all but admits here and says in not so many words, “I am a White Witch, not a Black Magic Witch”. Would anyone care to discuss after watching this? This is my idea of totally mindless and frivolous blogging, but I love my Stevie. ;)

BTW, I have my Fleetwood Mac tickets all set for April. Waaaaahoooo!

Chakra Cleansing and Energy

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Thanks to the wonderful article that SunTiger wrote, Easy Chakra Rehab, I was inspired to do some further practice with my amethyst pendulum.

I have worked with my pendulum for years after first hearing about it in ’92 from Deepok Chopra. I have never gotten further than practicing swinging it with my mind and asking it yes or no questions. I’ve always known that it was capable of so much more and after reading Sun Tiger’s article I grabbed DH and we followed the article to the letter.

Initially, to warm up I did some energy work by visualizing a powerful energy ball between my hands. I often do this before or after meditating. I have only ever used the energy ball with myself. This time I centered the energy ball over DH’s navel and he felt the energy ball pressing on his abdomen every time that I pushed it down. In turn, I felt the pressure pushing back on me from his breathing! This was so motivating.

I then proceeded with the Easy Chakra Rehab that SunTiger detailed. I discovered that he had a blockage in his root chakra which made sense to me. We followed the article’s instructions and I was successful at removing the blockage. I re-checked all the chakras again and they were all cleansed. I was so excited that this worked. I hope DH is open to trying this on me. I want to be cleansed too. We’ll see. I will be trying this out on my friends next. So excited. :) Thanks SunTiger.

Minty Mermaid Cold Cream

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Making a mess in the kitchen again! I made up my favorite cold cream. Its luxurious and moisturizing for removing my make up. I use straight olive oil for removing my mascara and this for the rest of my face. A year or so ago I went from oily skin to medium/dry skin and this concoction does the trick. It glides off my make up and dirt from the day while super-moisturizing my skin. The aloe soothes and helps cut the oils and the mint helps to tone my skin. I follow this with witch hazel to tone my skin afterwards. These are my ingredients:

1/8c (or a bit more) vegetable shortening
1/4c aloe vera gel
1 tsp olive oil
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil

I warm the shortening until it melts then remove it from the heat. Let it cool for a couple minutes then fold in the aloe vera gel. Add the olive oil and keep stirring slowly for a minute. Finally, I add the peppermint essential oil then jar it. My label isn’t cute but, it’s just for me.

Nightstand Tag

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I got this idea from my subscription to Discover magazine. In each issue they interview a famous scientist of the moment and the end of the interview always asks them for a list of what is on their nightstand at that very moment. Leave it to a GEEK!

It’s always my favorite part of the interview. So interesting at times. So Valentine’s Day (which was very nice BTW) morning I thought it would be a fun idea to try with my new blogger friends. The idea is to post a photo of your nightstand as is and a list briefly explaining each item. (A bare nightstand is telling too.) Next, you have to tag 10 other bloggers and let them know by posting on their blog. Ask them to visit your post about the Nightstand Tag so that they know what/how to do it.

And even if you haven’t been tagged…do it anyway! Let’s have some fun.

1. My large reading lamp
2. Goodnight Sleep Body Lotion (Bath & Body Works), I swear this stuff works like a charm.
3. A copy of The Secret
4. A copy of The Witch in Every Woman by Laurie Cabot
5. my wireless alarm clock (necessary for frequent power outages, I have a back up wireless in my top drawer just in case)
6. wooden coaster which usually has a drink of water on it every night
7. Robitussin for my incessant coughing from the night before

OK, now I tag:
1. Amethystiana
2. Lizzie’s Logic
3. Clairedulalune
4. A Witch’s Way
5. Dolly and the Black Dog
6. Hocus Pocus
7. Little Faerie Tales
8. Sit for a Spell with Sun Tiger
9. Witchy Mama
10. Enchanted Inspirations

Done with Transferring Posts

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I am finally done transferring posts from old blog to this one. That was no easy job. Now the time jumping around will end. I just didn’t like the idea of having some of my older posts residing somewhere else. I’ve been blogging since 2001 in one place or another. My posts may not be numerous but they go back to the beginning of blog-time, so there’s a lot of history there for me. I like to look back on them from time to time like an old diary. I may get rid of the really old ones though.

I really like this blog site so much better. Happy I’m here and grateful for all the new blog-friends and readers. :)

Mermaid Inspiration Galore

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Thanks to both Sage Moonstone’s Hocus Pocus blog and Little Faerie Tales’ blog , I have been inspired in a big way!

 After reading these two posts a fire was lit under me that touched my mermaid desires. Let me explain a bit. I have had a mermaid motif for my master bedroom bath in mind for some time to go along with my beachy theme in the bedroom, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it exactly. I had this website bookmarked for things to buy and make and had my eye on this Mermaid sign for about 18 months. Then I read the 2 posts mentioned above and everything clicked together…not to mention that Little Faerie Tales had the same exact mermaid graphic in her post! At that moment I placed the order for the sign and set off to the craft store to buy the materials. Here is the finished shell garland that I was making in an earlier post. This video shows my bedroom and bath with 2 projects inspired by those 2 extremely creative and talented women. Their projects are much prettier but I think mine didn’t turn out too far off the mark and they make me so happy to just look at them: a tissue box and a little treasure chest. They inspire me to get more creative, do more projects, go in new directions, so I am really truly grateful to both ladies and their blogs.

Science Geek Alert: Green Comet Approaching

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An uncommonly green comet named Comet Lulin is making it’s closest approach to Earth on Feb. 24, 2009. Unfortunately for me, dark country skies will be required to see it. No one can say for sure, however, because this appears to be Lulin’s first visit to the inner solar system (weeeee!) and its first exposure to intense sunlight. Anything can happen.

Why is it green? The comet’s nucleus is spewing out cyanogen and diatomic carbon, both glow green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space.

To view it, set your alarm for 3 am since it rises a few hours before the sun and can be found about 1/3rd of the way up the southern sky just before dawn. Its closest approach to us will be on Feb. 24, just a few degrees from Saturn in the constellation Leo. Both Saturn and Comet Lulin should be obvious in the right sky conditions. Since this is a school night for me and the likelyhood of me seeing it in the city sky is very low, I will stay in bed. :(