Oct 10, 2014

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Planet Mercury goes retrograde October 4-25 2014. This is when the planet of Mercury appears to be moving backwards around the Sun. Making everything seem more difficult. Difficulties with digital and electronic devices, relationships, communication, travel…

Being a Virgo it feels awful for me. Virgo’s ruling planet is Mercury. Mercury is associated with communication, emotions, intellect, travel, transportation,short trips, air.

I don’t feel like doing anything. When I do, it seems like it doesn’t turn out well.

October Mercury Retrograde began on October 4th 2014. I hit a deer the very next morning on the way to work. *lol* At the time I didn’t know we were in Mercury Retrograde again already. I actually did not look at my witch calendar until a few days later. After thing after thing after thing seemed to be going badly.

The graphic below has an old date on it. Maybe from last year. But it still helps educate us on what is happening during a Mercury Retrograde.

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I really like this little graphic. It really made me stop and think today. After I hit that deer. (The 2nd one in four months mind you). I was asking myself what is the Universe telling me? What message am I suppose to be getting from this? Today I saw this Mercury Retrograde graphic.
Reconsider. Repair. Reflect. Reconnect. WELL. That certainly speaks volumes! I didn’t even know what the word retrograde meant. NOW it all makes perfect sense.

I’m on my way to a job that makes me feel down, unappreciated, that they think I’m a machine, a robot, unhuman. Just an object that can not think for itself and just does what its told to do.
Very underpaid for the amount of physical, mental and emotional stress and strain C.N.A.s endure every day. I have not been a very spiritual being lately. I do not feel very connected to nature lately. I am so exhausted I barely feel alive anymore at all! I feel very out of sorts, disconnected, out of balance and unaligned. Hmmm… Retrograde… Reconsider? – Reconsider – where am I going. Is it someplace I want to be going? No. 
Repair? What do I need to repair. Myself. My spirit. My wellbeing.
Reflect? What do I reflect on at the end of the day? Is it something positive that happened throughout my day? No. How can I change that? – Reconnect!

Reconnect with a higher spiritual being. Reconnect with nature. Reconnect through meditation and ritual. Reconnect by reading, learning, doing…

Witch's Pyramid:
To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Secret.
Copied from PaganWiccanAbout.com

The phrase refers to four important reminders about the practice of Wicca. Although the interpretations may vary, in general, you can follow these explanations as beginning guidelines:

To Know refers to the idea that the spiritual journey is one of knowledge -- and that knowledge is never-ending. If we are indeed "to know," then we must constantly be learning, questioning, and expanding our horizons. Also, we must know ourselves before we can know our true paths.

To Dare can be interpreted as to have the courage we need to grow. By daring ourselves to step out of our comfort zone, to be something that people see as "other," we are in fact fulfilling our own need "to dare." We are facing that which is unknown, moving into a realm that is far outside what we're used to.

To Will means to have determination and perseverance. Nothing of any value comes with ease, and spiritual growth is no exception. Want to be a competent practitioner of magic? Then you better study, and work at it. If you make the choice to evolve and grow spiritually, then you will be able to do so -- but it is, in fact, a choice we make. Our will guides us, and will lead us to success. Without it, we are stagnant.

To Keep Silent seems like it should be an obvious one, but it's a bit more complex than it appears on the surface. To be certain, "keeping silent" means that we need to make sure we never out other members of the Pagan community without their permission, and to some extent, it means we need to keep our practices private. However, it also means that we need to learn the value of inner silence. It is a rare person indeed who recognizes that sometimes the unspoken is more important than the words we utter.

TODAY I woke up and decided to be productive in my business. And things have been going great today. I am a new Younique Presenter. I started reading through some files this morning and found an interesting Daily Routines List. I followed it. I actually got through the first actions! Wooohooo!!! So proud of myself!!  
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Oct 3, 2014


What we want, is not always the same as what we need...

I am happy to move forward and that new and exciting opportunities have come my way. I am now a qualified Younique Presenter!  I have struggled with the thought of leaving Passion Parties. It was heart breaking to me to give up. But now new opportunities have come to me that make it not 'as' sad. And I don't feel like I failed or that I'm quitting. My time with Passion Parties was a huge personal growth experience. It brought me closer to my sister Jenny and enabled us to be a big part of one another's lives, like never before.

But it feels as though it is time for me to expand. To experience other new things... 



I am looking for people ready to own their own business or make some extra cash. If you are ready for an inspiring experience contact me today :)
I am also looking for others in the same field to network with.
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Sep 5, 2014




The Younique bug has bitten me!! My daughter became a Younique Presenter. And I have tried my first Younique make up and 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara. And I LOVE IT!!!

I have a party going on right now that will be open until September 11th.
I'd love for you to come.
https://www.youniqueproducts.com/NicoleHanlin/party/507043/view

There is also a facebook closed group to participate in all the fun and games going on, earn prizes. And learn all about the products.
Check out the difference!

Excited about receiving my Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara!!

My before pic. No makeup






Younique is all natural mineral makeup. Gluten Free, Paraben Free. Not tested on animals!
I've never worn natural makeup before. I was very surprised and impressed.
I also bought the Glorious Primer. Which is a primer for under your make up. OMG! Feels like velvet!
I'm hooked!! I hope my party is a hit so I can earn rewards to buy more goodies.

The eye pigments (eye shadow) can be used so many different ways. It can be used wet or dry. It can be added to hair as a temporary hair color streaks, added to fingernail polish to create a new color, or added to your fingernail to create a soft glittered or ombre style. It can be applied to lips as a lip color. So it is possible to create a completely matched look with my eyes and lips! Wooohoo!!!

The lip liner. Well it doesnt smear off on your glass or cup! 







Aug 24, 2014



I am so excited!! Ever since I learned about Absinthe 3 years ago, I have wanted to experience it. It is from the 1900's. It is very potent. Made with herbs and Vodka (no less than 100 proof). It is outlawed in the United States. It originates from France. Nick named the Green Fairy. La Fee Verte means The Green Fairy. 

So my obsession and curiosity with Absinthe is in full swing with all my Absinthe tools ordered from e-bay. I love my glasses and can not wait to hold one in my hand! 

                          Authentic La Rochere Pontarlier Absinthe Glass
La Rochere Pontarlier Absinthe glasses have a  reservoir to measure the proper amount of Absinthe to pour in.


Absinthe Spoon and Sugar Cubes




I've downloaded some beautiful pictures too.









Aug 23, 2014

Finding the magick in each day may not always be an easy task. But is something worth looking for. Sometimes I miss the simple signs.  Do you ever do that? Get caught up in the everyday stresses and complications. It can be as easy as enjoying the sound and scent of a fresh rain. Watching a bird.

For the past week or so on my way to work. (It’s dark – 5:00 a.m.) A light – towards the East keeps catching my eye. A bright star and a smaller star. It’s been puzzling me. Are they always there and I don’t notice. Are they new? Is it a planet or something? Aliens?… Have I been watching a little too much Ancient Aliens?

Then today I was looking at my sky map iphone app searching for where Moon is located at the moment. Odd…  There are two planets just above our waning moon. Jupiter. Which looks like it is very large, compared to the planet Venus to the left of it.  Right where I’ve been seeing those stars!

Are we always able to see certain planets with the naked eye? I would not think so. Otherwise what use would there be for telescopes… It is all so fascinating and mysterious to me.

http://www.space.com/16149-night-sky.html

Interesting! Planets ARE visible during certain times… I love it!

Jul 28, 2014





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Jul 17, 2014



Old Religion

Religion, rites, ceremonies, are themselves as old as time. Even as a child I was drawn to a much older time than what I lived in. Pictures in my head of a woman sweeping her cobblestone side walk in front of her cottage. Windows made of unpainted unfinished wood. Wooden shelves with all kinds of plants, and bottles among them...

Old Religion. I feel very comfortable with those words. Lets go to church. Not so much. I've never felt like I have to be in a building following along with what someone else is telling me to do and doing the same thing that everyone else in the room is doing. That felt uncomfortable. Not real. Not natural.

Old Religion comes from many places and times in our ancient past. Whether I'm going to be referring to Celtic traditions which can then branch off into many other traditions of Faery Faith, Tuatha De Danann, Druids, Shamanism. Or if we are talking about Egyptian, Hindu, or Native American. These are all old religions. You just have to find the path that speaks to you.

I don't believe in blood offerings. And I do not believe in a single parent God or Goddess. I do not believe that we should be controlled by religious fear or that there is a dark demon waiting until we die to punish us. I believe in sacred promises, physical natural offerings such as flowers, milk, honey, seeds. I believe in many Gods and Goddesses. I believe in Karma. That the Universe gives you what you put out there. 

In most of the old religions there are rituals dedicated to the Gods and Goddesses for things that we want, don't want. Things we want to change. Crops to grow. Decisions to be made. Wars to be fought. And for peace within ourselves. I see old religion as a simpler purer time in our history. Burning incense created with some sage, frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, dragonsblood, amber, patchouli, whatever was available in their region locally. Light a candle, send your words up to the God and Goddess.

This is what attracts me to Paganism so much, is the fluidity of it all. How I feel when I light that incense I have mixed and created myself, and speak from my heart and soul. Touching and smelling elements that have been of the earth for so many thousands of years. Still being able to tap into that old ancient time...


   






Jul 12, 2014

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Jul 1, 2014


                               



I have never made my own insect repellent. I've never even used anything like that before. Because every living creature has a purpose. Right!?

But I have put too much hard work and love and caring into my plants for the grasshoppers to just come and eat them all up! My sunflowers are going down fast. And they have not even gotten to bloom yet. So, I searched on the internet of a 'natural' repellent. I found recipes containing garlic and onion and molasses. None of which I happened to have on hand that day. But for some reason I checked the ingredients of worchestire sauce. (thank you Goddess for that nudge) And worchestire sauce contains molasses, garlic, and onion!

 Worked like a charm!!! Try to eat my sunflowers! I do not think so!...


Jun 30, 2014


She appeared out of the starry mist. 
Yellow flowers in her hair. 
A wisdom swarmed within her stare.
The most breathtaking shades of yellow, gold, pink and red.
But I can still feel her dread.
Had those velvet lips ever felt the warmth of a kiss...

** graphic credit: Satellite Ghost at Deviant Art **


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This weeks challenge - warm color writing




Jun 29, 2014



 
Gratitude is this week's blog prompt. I am going to start off with the challenge though. This weeks challenge is Warm Colors-Art. I chose to work with a photo of myself. Taken after Passion Parties Convention 2014 was over with. My hair had been curled the night before... I was through being glamorous and just snapped a normal selfie. Then I changed it to a warmer color. Well darker at least. It felt warm to me. I'm not sure if 'warm' means blue or any warm type of color. And for all I know in the graphics world I may have actually turned it cooler. *lol* I'm not an official artist or art student.... But I do like the outcome of this photo.
Before
                                             
After

Gratitude... I am grateful to Manda first of all for the opportunity to really think more in depth about gratitude today. I am grateful for all of my plants, herbs and flowers that are still alive and thriving. I planted sunflowers, rosemary, echinaea, viola, cilantro, corn, potatoes, pumpkins, marigolds, forget-me-nots, moon flowers, lavender, candy tuft, moss roses and sage. I am grateful that I have a job to pay my bills. Although it is no longer my dream job, as my dreams have changed. I am still grateful to have it. I am very grateful for my Passion Parties business. I get the unique opportunity to give women a gift. The gift can have many names, many meanings for many different reasons. It could be the gift of feeling sexy, free, or empowered as a woman. It could be the gift of improving or changing a relationship. Creating a new relationship, reviving an old one...

I am also grateful to be an Independent Passion Parties Consultant because this wonderful company, this wonderful opportunity has given birth to growth. Personal strides in growth for myself. I do not think that I would have ever gotten on an airplane and flown someplace I've never been to before - and by myself! I do not think that I would have ever driven to a big city and found someone's house which I had never been to before. 

I am grateful for magick, wicca, and the power of the Universe. If I had not had the courage to finally open that door I would not have found all the personal power that I have today. I feel like I have a much higher self asteem because of magick and Passion Parties. And all that I've learned over the past 3 years.

Thank you Universe! Thank you Universe! Thank you Universe! And thank you to my God and Goddess who help me along my path... )O(

But these are not the only things that I am thankful for. To list all the things in this life that I am grateful for would be completely impossible. I have the most amazing family. I am not great at showing my love and gratitude. I forget to call on anniversaries. I don't get gifts mailed off in time. But I am grateful that I have the kind of family that those things don't really matter. We know how much we love one another...
Without the family I have, and was raised in. I do not think I could have love and gratitude for all of the other things...


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 Hearts Enchanted








Jun 28, 2014




(near) Forks, Washington
The Hoh Rain Forest






Today I joined The Divine Secrets of the Blah Blah Bloggerhood! I already love the first prompt and challenge. This weeks prompt is 'places I've been'. - or want to go... The above photo is taken by my daughter when she and her family went on the Forks Twilight Tour in Forks, Washington. It is a dream of mine to go there too. It is so beautiful. So peaceful looking and oh so serene. Just my kind of place!

For anyone who does not already know I am a 'one of those Twilight people'. I had even thought it would be wonderful to move to Forks. I already know how magickal and wonderful Washington is. As I used to live in the Ellensburg area for 12 years. That is where my two kids were raised. And where they call home.


The water in Washington is very very blue and absolutely breathtaking.

I now live in Wyoming, in a small town called Greybull. Population 1800. It is very scenic and beautiful here too with majestic mountains, waterfalls and no shortage of awesome huge stones.
Shell Falls, Wyoming


Big Horn Mountains - between Cody and Greybull Wyoming
I am originally from Des Moines Iowa. I was born and raised there. I moved to Bakersfield California and lived there for 4 years. My parents and my sister and her family still live there. I lived in Ellensburg and Kittitas Washington for 12 years, and have been in Greybull Wyoming for about 13 years now.


signature tag colored by me
lineart purchased at ALP


Jun 24, 2014

  Bringing my passion dreams and success to light... - So mote it be. Blessed Be
Thank you for this fun & inspiring blogging Emberlyn Rayne




Jun 22, 2014




Today I was faced with a big decision. I have a Passion Party tomorrow night that is out of town. Out of state actually! I live 2 hours away from Billings Montana in Greybull, Wyoming. This was originally a very very exciting and happy thing to have happen to me. But through the couple of weeks since this party was booked with me. My husband and I are not doing so well. He makes a habit of coming home drunk, saying mean things to me. Then pretends like it never happened. Well the latest is that my gasoline card is being cut off that I use to go back and forth and I'm suppose to just 'figure it out'. So here lies the dilemma. I have $200.00 in my checking account. Do I go do this party, use most of my gasoline money (that is suppose to get me back and forth to work - I live an hour away from work). Take the chance of not having money to get to work and back home the next day?.. What if there are no sales at all.

But today after thinking all week long, do I go do this party or not. Will I get any money out of it? How will I go back and forth to work?.. I suddenly realized. Just maybe this party is what I need. Maybe the God & Goddess are giving me exactly what I need. So after trying to talk myself out of it all week long. I am happy that I am going to go do this party for my friend and do a good job.

If there are not any sales, then there are just not any sales. It's that simple. But on the other hand, by me going and doing a Passion Party I will get out of town for a while, which will feel good. I get out side my comfort zone. So I also get personal growth. I get my name/business out there more. I get to make some ladies laugh, have fun. Maybe I even get to make a new friend of two. I am making new connections. I get to make the decision to not take the easy way out. Taking the easy way out would actually only make me feel worse.

Of course I'm scared and nervous to find someone's house I've never been to in a huge city. But we do have Google Maps in this day and age *giggles* AND I AM A WITCH! I am powerful! I am strong! I got this!!

I believe the Goddess has aligned this opportunity for me for a reason. This party will be with women who are in beauty and nail tech school. Oddly enough thats what I'm wanting to learn too. I've wanted to be a cosmetologist since I was a little girl. I want to get out of nursing so very very desperately (i'm a C.N.A.) and would love to go to school for nail tech and have a hugely successful Passion Parties business!!


#witch #pagan #nature #brave #passion



May 24, 2014


I am learning about the healing and wellness of dandelions. Every part of the dandelion is useful and edible. The leaves are easy to spot from other so-called weeds in your yard. They resemble the open mouth of a lion.
Today I spent some time with my 1 year old grand daughter Leena,outside picking dandelions.


Fresh dandelions can be added to your salad. There are many medicinal uses for dandelions. I've done a little reading on how to cook with them to make cookies, wine,etc... too
I discovered a blog today that I like a lot.

Earlier - before we went outside Leena thought I was lonely. And brought some friends to sit with me...
lunch time for Nana and Leena. Scrambled eggs - cageless brown farm eggs with
rosemary, sage, cheese, bonfire witches salt, and a lil' ketsup.


Leena chasing after her 14 year old cousin Evey. Evey pick me up!! lol

At long last a wonderful laugh for Nana!

Now I'm ready to go Auntie Nicole's for a nap and give a big present in my panties! *hee hee hee*


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