We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I Love A Rainy Night!!

Well, I may not exactly be enjoying all of this humid, rainy weather here that we have been having for months now on and off, but one thing is for sure, I love my rainy nights because they always help me sleep beyond imagination!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunday This and That

Saturday was The 3rd Annual French Fry Fest in West Reading, PA. This is a fairly new food festival which features all kind of different ways to make french fries. This event also helps to promote our local businesses including one of my favorite wiccan stores, "Celtic Myth & Moonlight." We had a delicious lunch at a place called "Chatty Monks Irish Pub" ...  

Deb and hubby Dave

Of course, I had to stop into Celtic Myth & Moonlight. While we were there, I saw these two new items which immediately made me think of our Mabon and Samhain rituals. I intend to place them on my altar this year ...

A crow incense burner and Moon incense sticks.

And finally, a leftover pic from Friday's lunch at the dairy diner ... having a lot of fun with J.J.! ... Love this kid!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A Day at the Petting Zoo

Yesterday afternoon, Deb, J.J. and I took a ride to the Oley Turnpike Diner & Ice Cream place were we had a nice little lunch ...

Then visited their petting zoo where they had all sorts of cool farm critters ...

Lots of goats ...

Miniature ponies ...

Precious fawns, this little girl was so sweet! 

A few alpacas ...

Some geese, peacocks, chickens, roosters, and this rather large pig taking an afternoon nap and staying out of the humidity of the day. He was smarter than we were ... 
Lots of cute Sicilian Donkeys ...

Say cheese!

"How's this for cheese?"

... and turkeys as well as many other wild animals.

Before we left, we all enjoyed a delicious cone of ice cream ...

I also took home a couple of bags of goody snacks ...

Buttermint chocolates (non pareil mints) and peppermint & spearmint candy. 

One my way home from Deb's house, I had to stop in the middle of the street to let a poor, lost and disoriented wild doe cross the busy road. I waited until she completely crossed and was safely into the wooded area across the street. Then, after I got home, I saw a little brown groundhog having dinner in our front lawn - something I personally have never seen since I have lived in my house as they normally do not get that close. In fact, I had to take these pics from the front living room window ...

Like the wild bunnies we have here, this fella was just helping us to mow the lawn. LOL!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fun Friday and twin pumpkins!

Leo and Merlin showing off their new Halloween kitty costumes ...


Thursday, August 09, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Astrology Affirmations & Mottos

I’ve been having a little fun with astrology lately! I think almost everyone is familiar with the zodiac and the Sun sign affirmations, but do you know what your sign “motto” is? Amongst my many books on astrology, there’s one called, “The Hidden Zodiac” by Sasha Fenton. In it, there is a section which breaks down our Sun sign mottos as well as the sign affirmations. So, here goes:

Aries:  (Fire/Cardinal))
Affirmation – “I AM”                    Motto -  “Everybody out of my way!”

Taurus:  (Earth/Fixed))
Affirmation -   “I HAVE”             Motto -  “What’s mine?”

Gemini:  (Air/Mutable)
Affirmation -   “I THINK”           Motto -   “Listen to me …”    
Cancer:  (Water/Cardinal)
Affirmation –   “I FEEL”            Motto -   “Does anybody really care?”

Leo:  (Fire/Fixed)
Affirmation -    “I WILL”            Motto -   “Who wants to play?”

Virgo:  (Earth/Mutable)
Affirmation -    “I ANALYZE      Motto -   “We’re not doing it right!”

Libra:  (Air/Cardinal)
Affirmation -    “I BALANCE     Motto -    “Is this the right direction?”

Scorpio:  (Water/Fixed)
Affirmation -    “I CREATE”      Motto -   “Let’s get to the bottom of it.”

Sagittarius:  (Fire/Mutable)
Affirmation -    “I SEE”              Motto -     “I know where you’re coming from.”

Capricorn:  (Earth/Cardinal)
Affirmation -    “I USE”              Motto -     “I deserve better.”

Aquarius:  (Air/Fixed)
Affirmation -    “I KNOW”         Motto -     “I’m just curious.”

Pisces:  (Water/Mutable)
Affirmation -    “I BELIEVE”    Motto -    “What am I doing here?”

Most of the astrology books which I have read discuss the usual criteria – your sign’s ruling planet, house, element, polarity, quality, body parts, virtues, etc. This book also talks about other aspects of your sign such as your Major and Minor Arcana tarot cards and your Sun sign “type.” There are two sign types – mental (Air and Earth) and emotional (Water and Fire). The emotional signs, “Act on emotions before thinking” and the mental signs, “Think before acting on emotions.” Of course, astrology and all of its aspects is much more complex than this, but I love the “tongue-in-cheek” humor all the same.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Moon Phases & our personality

I found some very interesting info recently regarding our birthday's and how the moon phase we were born under connects to our personalities. I had a hard time getting the spacing right on this post for some reason so my apologies in advance. 

To look up yours, you can use the chart on this site:
(reference link:  https://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2017/06/what-your-lunar-personality-the-moon-phase-you-were-born-in-says-about-your-major-purpose-in-life/)
 New Moon:
If your lunar personality is New Moon, you focus your life on growth, progression and learning. You are always eager to discover something new, change your life for the better, and are keenly interested in evolving society and humankind. The combination of your interest in the world and your desire to improve it makes you a uniquely driven innovator – and that manifests largely in how you think.You are naturally curious, hopeful but sometimes self-doubting and depreciating. It can be hard for you to see a situation beyond your subjective view of it, and sometimes you can become frustrated as what you understand seems so self-evident, and you don’t comprehend how other people don’t see life the way you do.Pay attention to what you plant and create in the earlier stages of your life. You will reap what you have sown as you grow older.

First Crescent:
If your lunar personality is First Crescent, you are determined. You’re known for being interested, creative and at times, stubborn. However, it’s that insistence that you know what you want that moves you forward in life.You are someone who straddles between appreciating tradition and progressiveness, and you will find that often in your life, succeeding is not so much about trying harder, but allowing more. You will often find that the thing that is most holding you back… is just you. Pay attention to your 20s and your 30s. It’s in these years that you’ll have the most exponential growth.

First Quarter:

If your lunar personality is First Quarter, you are a rebel at heart. You refuse to accept anything if you disagree with it. You’re emotional and attuned to your feelings, and sometimes that can get you in trouble. You will have to learn to also value other people’s ideas and to not let your feelings get the most of you if you really want to thrive. You are someone who likes to evaluate what’s already been built, and then expand upon it. You’re a really important mix of “big picture thinker” and “small detail executor.” This makes you uniquely positioned to be someone who brings real change to your own life and the lives of those around you. You will be most productive in a self-designed career. Pay attention to the years just before mid-life, particularly your 30s and 40s. It will take you until then to really start to step into your stride, but once you do, you will be unstoppable.

Full Moon:

If you were born on the full moon or in the full moon cycle, your life is about creating the extraordinary in the ordinary, and becoming who you truly are. You were born with an important purpose in life, one you will become aware of at a young age, and will spend the rest of your time bringing into fruition. You are also a very sensitive person. You’re intuitive and empathetic, and take on the problems of the world. You are extremely aware of your emotions, and regularly go through periods of purging and renewing. This is all in service of your highest purpose. More than anything, your life is about growth. Even though you sometimes struggle with “irrational” feelings and over-sensitivity, you will grow through these and into your total self. You will notice that in your life you are gifted streaks of luck and “chance encounters” that help you manifest your highest desires. You are meant for the happily ever after in this life, you must only remember to keep working toward it. Pay attention to each season of your life. Every decade offers a new set of lessons, goals and achievements.

Waning Gibbous:

If you were born on the Waning Gibbous moon, you are a teacher by nature. You may not necessarily work in a classroom, but you feel a deep need to “leave your legacy,” and change the world in whatever small way you can. You are hopeful, interested, and future-oriented. Your life will be about bringing change to the lives of those around you, showing love in simple but important ways. You are less concerned about your ego as you are making a genuine impact on the world, whether or not you always get credit for it. You know, deep down, that what you sow, you shall also reap. You are someone who is interested in history, art and how different ideas can come together and coexist. In this sense, you are both creative and artistic. You are an intellect by nature, and enjoy having information at your disposal.Pay attention to the .after mid-life. You will find true peace in  your “golden years.”

Last Quarter:  If you were born in the Third Quarter moon, you have the gift of deep understanding. You have what other people would refer to as a “truth gauge,” and you’re highly intuitive. You’re also very opinionated. You reject mainstream opinions, and like to come up with theories of your own. You are a very skilled worker, especially when it’s for a cause you believe in. You are inherently mature, and will often display traits of that maturity at a young age.
You sometimes struggle with the opinions of others, and how deeply (or not) you will let your life be guided by them. Fear not, because as time goes on, you will gradually learn to think for yourself completely. Pay attention to your later years, your 60s-70s. That will be the time that you genuinely stop caring what anybody thinks, and boldly live your truth.

Waxing Gibbous:

If your lunar personality is Waxing Gibbous Moon, you are a healer and humanitarian. You care about other people sometimes more than you even do yourself, and the pain and suffering of others is something that you are not only highly sensitive to, but also want to help transform. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your mission in life is to help the world in some way. One of your strengths is that you are not so easily sold on the idea that worldly success = real happiness, and understand that truly feeling fulfilled and finding meaning in your life is about learning to help others and help yourself, too. Pay attention to middle age, that’s when you’ll really thrive. Not because your life will not be enjoyable until then, but because your peers will start reaching a deeper maturity and be able to recognize the importance of your contributions to the world.

Balsamic Moon (or Dark Moon):

If you were born during a Balsamic Moon, you are a thinker and spiritualist. You have the innate ability to understand things beyond this realm, and you often find yourself contemplating ideas, possibilities and existential theories. You were born with a culminate wisdom that will serve you and humanity greatly. You will not do anything that does not inherently make sense to you, and the deeper you accept your spiritual communion with the Universe, the more peaceful and light you will feel. It is your duty on Earth to channel some of the most powerful and healing ideas that aren’t accessible to people too stuck in their egos to understand. Pay attention to your older years, 60s-80s. You will begin to truly thrive off of what you’ve spent the past decades building.