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Memorial Day and One of My Peeves

Today is a day in which we honor those who have served this country and given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue enjoying the freedom we have. People associate Memorial Day with the beginning of the summer travel season, BBQs, Picnics, and overall good times with friends and family and booze–or maybe that last part is just my family. All day I’ve been seeing posts on Facebook that thank these heroes for their service but I must confess that there have been many posts today which have also peeved me. You’ve probably witnessed them too and either ignored them or just didn’t give them much thought which I’m guilty of both with the latter being especially true before I learned the major difference between the two days. Maybe we just don’t really teach about Memorial Day in school as we should or somehow something is getting lost in translation but nevertheless for some reason I found it annoying. Maybe its just semantics.

I’ve seen pictures that people post of their family members who are still alive today who they are thanking for their service along with people who are simply thanking their friends and relatives who are currently serving. Believe me, I am all about giving thanks to those brave men and women! However, it just seems people are confusing Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day which is when we thank those who have served, and those actively serving, who are still living. Memorial Day is about remembrance and remembering those who gave their lives while serving our country. I don’t know why but it does deeply bother me so maybe I need to take some time and reflect on why that is. Besides shouldn’t I be more peeved by those who simply view it as BBQ day or beach day?

Anyways, I do want to express my sincerest and deepest gratitude to all those brave men and women who gave their lives so that I may enjoy the freedom I do today. May their lives never have been given in vain and should they always be remembered. May the Goddess and God bless them.

 

Brightest of Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

Memorial Day

 

I know this isn’t my normal sort of blog post and I really hesitated in posting it as it sort of seemed petty, if that’s the right word. I just really needed to get it off my chest. I also kept politics and rants off this post because that isn’t the intention behind it.

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Home-My Message from Hathor

Good Afternoon!

I have floundered in my desire to articulate the profound and overwhelmingly beautiful experience from a few weekends back that left me with an expansive heart and tears of joy streaming down my face. I was overcome with a deep sense of gratitude that almost was too incredible for words. In the very least, the only way in which I could ever hope to describe such an experience was a lesson from the Great Goddess Hathor Herself. Just know that even while writing this post, I have tears beginning to bubble in my eyes as I’m still so very thankful for such an eye-opening, aha! Moment. 😊

In my desperate attempt to place this lesson within context, allow me to explain my mindset before the experience. I was raised in a small town surrounded by mountains, so that regardless which direction you drive, they are there. This makes it absolutely beautiful in the fall when they are painted different colors. While I understood the beauty of my surroundings–and indeed back before I began becoming my authentic self, I was aware–I always wanted to move away. Ever since I was 16 all I could ever think about was moving up to New England. It called to me. Beckoned to my very spirit. I’m now about to turn 25 and that desire hasn’t lessened in the least bit. The only exception is now I’ve almost entirely forgotten the grandeur and beauty of my surroundings as I’ve become so focused on how much I differ from many of the residents. 15195883_10202357720262582_6775003807926241282_o

More than likely you already know where this all is headed. Anyways, a couple of Fridays ago I was headed to the cemetery that is almost a family cemetery. So many of my relatives are buried in this small little gated cemetery, located behind a small Methodist church, on top of a mountain. It’s one of the most serene and aesthetic view imaginable. I’ll have to ensure to snap a picture during my next visit. My grandmother, great-grandparents, aunts, and an uncle are buried there which I already knew. However, thanks to Ancestry.com and Findagrave.com, I recently became aware that my great-great grandparents are buried there as well. Before I began researching my family tree I didn’t even know their names and now I discovered they are buried in the same location. Talk about excited! I was determined to find their graves.

I’ve always been interested in my ancestry but no one had ever thought to ask questions, so you must understand how I could be so elated over such a rather trivial discovery. They were born in 1875 and 1879 which is incredible to me. Realizing it was Friday, Hathor’s sacred day, I allowed myself to begin the day be reveling in all that was pleasurable and beautiful so I decided to honor Her by doing my make-up. It may seem frivolous but it is a way in which I connect with Her. I digress and merely wanted to illustrate the point that I was already within this mind frame which I assume could only help any similar messages be heard.

My little sister and I headed to the cemetery which is about an hour or so away from where we now live. Having moved to the city last year, I revel in every moment spent back in the country as I have come to realize the immense blessing it is. The entire drive up the mountain was full of nothing short of lush greenery, the earth delighting in life and pleasure (it was before Beltane), and just a much slower pace. I’ve always been grateful for being raised in the country as it instilled within me a certain set of standards, values, and traditions that molded me into the woman I am today.

I may have forgotten that you don’t have to religiously or politically agree about everything–or anything–to enjoy and live a country life. It isn’t necessarily the tenets of faith you believe, the politicians you elect, but instead is based on the quality of life and enjoyment you receive from the small moments. It’s sitting on the porch during the warm summer nights, watching the lightning bugs dance throughout the yard, while friends are gathered nearby around a bonfire. It’s about really cherishing family, appreciating hospitality, and simply embracing life to the fullest. That was my lesson. Neighbors willing to help one another out, families gathering together for large BBQs, or simply relaxing outside while you make sun tea–that’s country. It’s the way in which we’re taught how to treat people and that manners count. I was focusing so much on the extreme differences to even understand that there is still so much of me that is a country girl. And that’s just as it should be.

20170428_134647Hathor granted me this shift in perception, this glorious and amazing understanding, as I was driving back from the cemetery. As I drove back down the mountain with all these green and awe-inspiring (at least to me) landscapes, with people waving as I passed by or simply nodding, with my childhood rushing back, I was reminded that true beauty is always all around us. Sometimes we only focus on the negatives and life is always going to have a down side. When we do this, we miss out on the incredible experience we’re already having. I could imagine myself remaining in this state, in this small town, completely different, eccentric, and unique, with no quarrels or snubbed nose of mine, and I was completely overwhelmed with the majesty of such a realization that all I could do was cry. Cry sheer tears of joy and appreciation. Never have I had such a deep sense of gratitude, beauty, love, joy, or enthusiasm. It was only due to Her that I had this shift of perception and I’ll be forever grateful.

This doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t mind eventually moving up north. It simply means that I won’t sit here bitching and wasting every precious moment longing for a place to call home. I already have one and we can have many places we call home. But for me, this is it. This is my home. I’m a country girl, from a small town who doesn’t share much in common with my fellow men and women–at least not on the outside. Dig deep enough and there’s more similarities than possibly believed. IMG_20170430_232455_921

Thank you, Hathor, Great Goddess of Love, Beauty, and all Earth’s Pleasures for such a epiphany and I give you Honor through this post. You brought me home and that was certainly no easy feat. Dua Hathor! Dua Netjer!

Blessed Be, My Dear Friends,

The Autumn Witch

I did make a Youtube video to accompany this post. If you would like to check it out, click here.

 

P.S. I’m truly sorry it’s taken so long to post. I’ve recently had a bad bought of Strep then add in a broken tooth—whew, let me tell ya, it sucks! I will be resuming my regular blog postings as well as my Card of the Day. Follow me on my social media sites if you would like to remain in contact with me and also to learn of any delays in postings (that way you don’t think I just left you out in the cold! 😉)

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Card of the Day-10 April 2017

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Card of the Day

Gaia’s Garden

When most people think about abundance and prosperity, they solely think about money. While money isn’t bad, it certainly isn’t the only in which our lives may be fruitful–something this card is reminding us today. Take a look around and notice just how prosperous you already are. You’re alive. You have friends and family. I was always told that so long as you have food in your belly and a place to lay your head at night then you will never be poor. This doesn’t mean we don’t struggle in certain areas of our lives but instead we must be thankful and praise all that we do have. Be thankful for what you have and more will come to you. ❤✨🌼

“Abundance can be had simply by consciously receiving what has already been given.” -Sufi Saying

From the Wisdom of the Hidden Realms deck by Colette Baron-Reid

 

Card of the Day-6 April 2017

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The World (and 10 of Wands Reversed)

We actually had a jumper card which for me signifies the same so it only seems to drive the point.
Struggle is a part of life that most of us tend to get lost and absorbed in. We begin forgetting what motivated us towards our goal and end up becoming disheartened. If you have been feeling this way over a project, goal, advancement, whatever you have been feeding your time and energy to, know now all of your hard work is paying off. You are reaching fulfillment and completion of a cycle. We began as the Fool and now have come full circle to the World and with this fulfillment. And once again shall we return to the Fool as life is about cycles and the Tarot isn’t any different. Don’t necessarily jump into the next project-that definitely conjures up imagery of the Fool card! Instead allow yourself sometime to relish this accomplishment before moving on. Take a moment. Pause. Enjoy and be thankful.

*from the Rider-Waite Deck

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Brightest of Blessings and Happy Thursday,

The Autumn Witch

Card of the Day-3 April 2017

Card of the Day

The Ice Queen (Reversed)
Everything in the Universe comes from Spirit. The land, the air, our inspirations, etc. However, it is through illusion that we begin to think it is solely from the toils of our own labor as to why we have what we’ve been blessed with. Is it really? Through this illusion we become separated and distant from Spirit. Try to pay mind today to all the blessings of your life and recognize that they stem from Spirit. Be grateful. Say thank you. A simple way to do this is with a prayer of thanks over your food before you eat. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Merely saying thank you so long as you mean it and feel it within your heart goes a long way. 

With that being said, I am thankful for all you wonderful people who take your time to read my posts. Thank you! 
Card is from the Wisdom of the Hidden Realms deck by Collette Baron-Reid

Sunrise Magick

We awaken every morning and groggily begin our day. We immediately start thinking about the tasks of the day, fight the children awake and to school, ensure we have our morning brew, and just rush through the morning as our day begins. If you’re like me, you even complain about being up and just long to return to your warm bed and those wonderful dreams…Driving to work we may see the sun rising and being in our hurried, frazzled perspective only find it a nuisance as it keeps shining in our windshield. I’m so short that the visors do nothing!

This is our typical morning–for the most part. Agree? Well, think back to the last time you had time to yourself. Maybe you woke up before your alarm and were wide awake. Perhaps you were on vacation and wanted to soak up as much fun and pleasure as you possibly could. Either way, you might have had your morning cup of coffee and did a few minor tasks for the day. But did you watch  the sunrise? Recall the last time you watched the sunrise? What emotions and feelings did it evoke for you? Did it energize you? Give you a morning boost? Maybe that small act helped shift your entire day and allowed you a more positive and spiritually connected day.

Whenever I am able to watch the sunrise, I immediately am overwhelmed and inspired by the beauty and awesomeness of it that I grow completely silent. A smile comes to my lips as I sit quietly, observing. My heart seems to swell up with joy and I attune myself to the solar energies of the morning. I attune to the God–particularly the Boy aspect. Think about it, the sun is fresh and reborn for the day. Each day is a new chance for a new beginning! It doesn’t matter what shit happened yesterday as we have awaken renewed and refreshed. We have a whole new 24 hours (or whatever…I’m horrible at math!) and certainly don’t want to waste it rehashing the past!

Sitting in meditation, I do give thanks for the blessings in my life. If something amazing happened the day before then hell yeah, I’ll say a huge thank you! I just don’t like dwelling on the negative crap–which believe me, I am fully capable of doing! I give thanks then breathe. Those couple of deep breaths really help center myself and allow me to focus in on myself and my spirit. I can figure out how I feel and how it is the sunrise has left me feeling. What impressions did it give? By this point, I usually feel invigorated and begin setting my intentions out for the day while my eyes are closed and my face basking in the new day’s light. What an incredible feeling it gives you, my friends. That is Simple Magick. That small ritual, that little meditation, is immensely powerful and one of the most potent mood lifters while connecting you spiritually! When I feel a little exhausted or frustrated or whatever, I simply close my eyes and revision that moment. I feel the sun wash back over me and it does help.

I implore you to watch the sunrise sometime this coming week and journal about your experience. What sort of correspondences and magickal intentions did it seem to have? How did it make you feel? Did any Deities come to mind? How did it help your day? How did it spiritually and magickally assist you that day? If you feel inspired to, comment your experiences! I’d love to hear some sunrise magickal experiences from others.

 

Brightest of Blessings,

The Autumn Witch

 

 

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