Monday, 29 December 2014

More Hippie-Gothness


Hair: La Riche Directions Alpine Green
Necklace: Smoky quartz, grounding, protects against electromagnetic smog
Dress: HolyClothing.com
Tattoo by Sammisideup.com


Top: Secondhand


Scarf: Secondhand
Dress: HolyClothing.com



Crescent moon and cat necklace- eBay
Tree of Life Chakra necklace- Lunaceleste.com


Dress: Tree of Life.com
Note that this Tree of Life dress totally leaked green dye on me the first time I wore it. Might be good to wash before wearing. Separately, of course!





Hooded elf coat: Euphoric Garments on Etsy


Top: Sell group on Facebook
Skirt: Christmas present, Clubhouze brand


Hairclip butterflies: eBay
Dress: HolyClothing.com


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Week in Review- 22nd- 28th December

 

Screaming Gingerbread Men (and Christmas tree) I made

What I did
First Litha ritual
Xmas
My dad's birthday

Reading
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (re-reading)
Jade Sky's Psychic Secrets
Among Others Jo Walton
The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft by Denise Zimmerman, Katherine A Gleason and Miria Liguana
True Green Home Kim McKay, Jenny Bonnin
True Green Life Kim McKay, Jenny Bonnin
The Spirits of Lily Dale by Christine Wicker
My Year Without Matches by Claire Dunn
Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have--or can accountants save the planet?by Jane Gleeson-White

Watching
Battlestar Galactica s01e03
The new Paddington movie
Living Big in a Tiny House episodes on Youtube
Sleepy Hollow series 2
The Vampire Diaries
Genova (Colin Firth)
Paul Smith: Gentleman Designer doco- I liked him, seemed very fun and friendly

Listening To
10 minute meditation Positive Magazine on YouTube. Lots of choices
Nick Cave
Loreena McKennitt
Eluveitie
Dead Can Dance
Nox Arcana's winter themed albums
Eurythmics/ Annie Lennox
The Cure

Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas

For me, Christmas itself is a quiet time with family, giving each other presents and having delicious food!


Here are a few things I got. I also got the dress as one of those presents you choose yourself.

 Guide to Tokyo, Julius Caesar Manga Edition, Deathnote 1
Creeper from Minecraft, Mirrored tea box


Happy Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Litha, family get together, or whatever you celebrate!

Monday, 22 December 2014

Week In Review: 15th- 21st December

 



What I did
Made more gingerbread

Reading
Jade Sky's Psychic Secrets
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft
Constantine comics
Pale As the Dead by Fiona Mountain
The House At Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
Re-reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
As you can see I am reading a lot of books at the same time!

Watching
Battlestar Galactica
Saving Mr Banks (Triggers: alcoholism, suicidal feelings)
Rewatched Thor
Rewatched The Avengers 
Saw a bit of He's Just Not That Into You on TV, I was offended by the glib and uneducated way they made fun of Wicca. and Wiccan is not the word for a male witch! Sigh.

Post on my Facebook:

Sunday, 21 December 2014

FIRST REAL RITUAL: LITHA

In the Southern Hemisphere, Litha is traditionally celebrated around the 21st. After checking a pagan calender I discovered that it would fall on the 22nd which was a good day to do it as it was a week day and would be fairly quiet while I did the ritual in the backyard.

After doing this ritual I asked permission that I might take a couple of photos to share with you all.

I did not manage to get all the ingredients for the ritual so I adapted it slightly, I have been reading about how you should adapt rituals to suit the materials you have. Therefore the herb part was not done but the rest was. I used nuts and seeds for the offerings so they could be put in the garden afterwards and birds and small animals could eat them. I didn't want to put out anything that would not be healthy for them to eat.


Circle of flowers for ritual


Ritual outfit- floral wreath and green dress.
  
I found these instructions online. I think it was on the Southern Hemisphere Pagan page.

"SOLITARY LITHA RITUAL

You will need:

Seasonal flowers and items to decorate your altar.

The means to create a small fire. A fire pit outside will work wonderfully, but an indoor fireplace is also fine. If you cannot build a fire, use some candles (red or gold are best).

Some herbs representative of happiness; lavender and vervain are traditional.

A small square of fabric and a ribbon; natural materials are best.

Any percussive instrument (optional).

A bowl or plate of seasonal fruits or other foods and a glass of fruit juice, red wine, or some other appropriate drink.

An offering bowl (only needed if you are not working outside and/or if you cannot build a fire).

Decorate your altar or working space with summery items. Seasonal flowers and fruits are especially good. Cast your circle and mark it out by walking sunwise [Widdershins in the Southern Hemisphere] around it and laying flowers around its perimeter.

Build the fire or light the candles and speak the following words:

At this time of life and joy when summer’s reached its height,
I honour the season and the sun with these flames burning bright,
And as the year begins to wane, I’ll keep with me this light,
To fill my heart and warm me when the day turns on to night.

Feel the warmth of the flames and imagine their light filling you. Sit by the fire (or candles) and place the herbs in the centre of the square of fabric. Fold the fabric up around the herbs and tie it off to make a pouch. Push all your troubles, pains, sorrows, etc., into the pouch. Throw it into the fire if you’ve built one. If you are using candles, place it on your altar for now.

Stand up and walk sunwise [ Southern Hemisphere: Widdershins] around the fire or candles. If your fire is not in the centre, simply walk around the circle. Play the instrument (if you have one) or clap your hands if you like, and chant the following words as you walk:

Turn, turn, turn, turn, the Litha fire is burning
Walk the circle, chant the song, the year’s great wheel is turning.

As you walk and chant, reflect on the year — now that it is halfway through, what have you learned? What has come to pass? What is yet to come? Picture a great wheel turning, a representation of the steady passage of time. Continue this active meditation for as long as you like. When you are ready to stop, sit by your altar again and place the food, drink, and offering bowl (if needed) in front of you. Speak a small and personal expression of gratitude for all that the Earth has provided and for the food and drink before you. Throw a bit of the food into the fire and pour some of the drink onto the ground (or put them into an offering bowl if you are not outside and/or you do not have a fire). Enjoy the rest.

Close your circle and end your ritual, putting out the fire or candles last. Go outside and bury the offerings if needed. If your ritual used candles and you did not burn the herb pouch, keep it on your altar until you can throw it into a fire. If you cannot, you can bury the pouch."

Source: http://spellbookofwitches.tumblr.com/post/25538094745/solitary-litha-ritual

I also decided to wear green for the rest of the day to celebrate Litha.

May your Litha also be bright!

Blessed be.

Laura Morrigan.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Wombat Friday: Christmas Theme

A very peckish Gabriel ponders whether it would be wrong to eat a gingerbread doppelganger of himself.



Well, it doesn't really look very much like me at all... should be ok!
 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Hippie Goth

You can see closer up images by clicking on the image, but unfortunately a lot of these were taken after the untimely death of my camera and are poorer quality as they were taken with a phone.

Top: Secondhand
Dress: HolyClothing.com
Clockwinder necklace: Redheart13 on Etsy
Clock necklace: Present





Star moon necklace, blue necklace secondhand
Belt is a necklace attached to another chain
Dress secondhand

OK, technically the rest of these are more Hippie than Hippie Goth but I thought I would just chuck them all in one post and save some time! :P


Dress: HolyClothing.com, shortened by me as I am too short and it dragged on the ground
Necklace: Smoky Quartz pendant from Gnostic Rocks (local shop). It has grounding properties and helps remove electromagnetic smog.




Dress: HolyClothing.com, also shortened by me as it was also too long for my shortness.
Same necklace as previous



Hair: La Riche Directions Alpine Green
Dress: HolyClothing.com
Necklace: Tree of Life Chakra necklace from Luna Celeste

Hugs and faerydust,

Laura Morrigan.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Green Faery Hair!


Congratulations to those who guessed it!

It looks quite a bit brighter in real life, more like this:






Edit: I forgot to say it is La Riche Directions in Alpine Green.

Australia Right Now

Well you may have heard by now that a lot is going on in Australia. I don' t usually make public comments on things that are politically charged but in this case i thought I'd make an exception. In case you haven' t heard the facts, it turns out that the gunman was a lone crazy individual who was on bail for suspicions relating to the death of his wife. It was a failure of the justice system, the mental health system, of gun control. He was not a member of a terrorist organisation.

Since this event Muslim leaders have stepped forward to condemn this man's actions and show support for those  injured or the families of the dead. Aussies of different races have used the #illridewithyou hashtag to show support for Australian Muslims fearing reprisal and offer to ride on public transport with them. It is amazing to see such an outpouring of love after such a terrible event.

I was lucky enough not to have friends or family involved and my heart goes out to those who did.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Week in Review 8th- 14th December


What I did

Pancakes on the Rocks and Gelato with Fiona and Dane.
Broke my camera :0
Bleached my hair for a new dye job. Anyone want to guess colours?
Made Aunty Betty's gingerbread recipe

Watching
The Vampire Diaries Season 6
Adventure Time season 1
Winter's Tale- one of those amazing things you wish you could write. Loved the bit with the jewels and the light!
Death at Pemberly Part 3
Battlestar Galactica s01e01 (I know pretty much nothing about this, so no spoilers, please!)
Dirty Dancing- One of my favourite movies

Reading

My Year Without Matches by Claire Dunn
Jade Sky's Psychic Secrets

Listened To

Nick Cave
Blue Oyster Cult
Omnia
Sopor Aeternus
Tom Waits
Dead Can Dance

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Pancakes on the Rocks

On Monday 8th December I went to Pancakes on the Rocks with the lovely Dane and Fiona and some of their other friends.


Dane, me, Fiona.


Getting excited over a two page pancake menu at Pancakes on the Rocks! You can sort of see my whole tattoo here!


Buttermilk pancake and chocolate pancake with chocolate and vanilla icecream!

Then we went for Gelato at Messina



Rhubarb and pear gelato


 

Cut out vine ceiling lights

 
 Waterfall outside a building. The city sure is a strange place!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Lovely Fairytale Houses








Leaves embedded in a resin floor or something similar:

















This would make an amazing mural!














Hugs and faerydust,

Laura Morrigan.