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Friday, June 21, 2013

Merry Midsummer

Merry Midsummer!
Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert 
Happy Faery Day everyone!

Midsummer, also known as the Summer Solstice is 
a special day for faeries. 
Some even know the day to be called Feast of the Faeries. 

Today marks the longest day of the year, 
the height of the sun's power, 
and the beginning of the waning half of the year. 

The Goddess manifests as Mother Earth and 
the God as the Sun King.

Dancing Fairies 
Magickal Energies of Midsummer
~ Love ~ Marriage ~ Friendship ~ Beauty ~ 
~Creativity ~ Power ~ Joy ~ Celebration of Life ~
~ Connection to the Faery Realm ~

Symbols of Midsummer
~ Spiral ~ Circles ~ Sun symbols ~ 

Colors of Midsummer
~ Purple ~ Green ~ Royal Blue ~ 

Trees Special to Midsummer
 ~ Oak ~ Ash ~ Thorn ~ Apple ~ Myrtle ~

Herbs & Oils Associated with Midsummer
~ Lavender ~ Mistletoe ~ Mugwort ~ Meadowsweet ~ 
~Lily ~ Ivy ~ Rose ~ Oak ~ Violet ~ Sunflower ~ 
~ Basil ~ Rosemary ~ Honeysuckle ~

Stones of Midsummer
 ~ Garnet ~ Amber ~ Citrine ~ Peridot ~ Carnelian ~
~ Emerald ~ Bloodstone ~ Diamond ~ Ruby ~

Animals Special to Midsummer
 ~ Deer ~ Stag ~ Bee ~ Butterfly ~

I created my very own 
Midsummer Faery enchanted potpourri mix.

Here is the recipe...
The Magick Muse's Very Faery Enchanted Potpourri
mistletoe
ash
apple
mugwort
rose petals 
thyme 
ivy
lavender
faery dust



Mix together, add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to 
give the potpourri an extra faery kick.

What to do on Midsummer?
  • Keep a Sacred Fire burning throughout the day/night.
  • Stay up all night on Solstice Eve and welcome the rising Sun at dawn.
  • Make a pledge to Mother Earth of something that you will do to improve the environment and then begin carrying it out.
  • Have a magical gift exchange with friends.
  • Burn your Yule wreath in a Summer Solstice bonfire.
  • Exchange songs, chants, and stories with others.
  • Let yourself go with ecstatic dancing to drums around a blazing bonfire.


Cottingley Fairies "Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie"
And I say Honor the Faeries!!!

Midsummer Affirmation
I am enchanted pleasure. I am joy and delight. 
I am the dance of freedom and the song of summer's height. 
I see with my soul into other worlds, 
and I join in the feast of the Sidhe. 
I am at one with my world, and at peace. 
Blessed Be. 


Midsummer information taken from Wheel of the Year classes at Avalon in Orlando, FL, 2001. 

Peace, Inspiration, & Love, 
 ~Amy 
 The Magick Muse 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Embracing My Body (part of a blog circle concerning books)

The book I'm reading right now is teaching me...

Marianne Williamson 
in December 2010. 

I got through chapter 1 and then stopped.

I picked it up again a year later...got through 2 chapters...and then stopped.

I strongly believe it is time...time to get through all 21 chapters. 
So far, so good...I mean...I've made it to chapter 3!

I obviously wasn't ready before, but I am ready now.

It was pretty much impossible to grow/live/be healthy in body, mind, and spirit in a shared 400 square foot apartment. 
My spirit was suffocating.

Good news, that is over. 

Now I have space. Space to create. Space to cook. Space to just be. Space to balance my body, mind, and spirit.

Every single day I feel closer to being me again, my authentic Amy is coming back 100%.

With that comes the realization of, 
"What the fuck happened to my body?"

We all cope in different ways. I've put on weight for several reasons...and I now know it is time to let it all go.

Reading "A Course in Weight Loss" is taking me on a deep spiritual journey concerning my weight. I have already felt a healthy shift...and I have 18 chapters left to go.

I started going back to the gym on May 6...I really do enjoy it. 

Plus now that I have a kitchen, I'm eating better. 

I have been against scales for many, many years..however when I ventured back into the gym routine on May 6, I hopped on. I figured I had to face me head on. I decided it was time to know. I hadn't weighed myself for probably 14 years. 
I've always gone with "how I feel". 
Well, I didn't feel good anymore. 
So, deciding it was time to embrace, acknowledge, and deal...
I stepped on the scale. 

Holy fuck balls. 

The number that came up was atrocious. 
My mind went through so many horrible thoughts...mainly, 
"Only really, really fat people weigh that much." 

Oh, gawd. What have I done to myself? 
I don't deserve this. 
I deserve better treatment from myself to myself.

"A Course in Weight Loss" has helped me let go of all those nasty thoughts. It has helped me realize that my soul was weighed down, which made my body heavy. 
Horrible domino effect that I am stopping.

I am changing my thinking. 
I am becoming more aware and conscious of what I'm doing with my body and what I'm eating. 

I got on that scale again this week and I've lost 13 pounds. 
Progress! 
I am back on track.
Thank you Marianne Williamson for being 
with me on this journey. 

"Spiritually, your wanting to lose weight 
is not a desire to become less of yourself, 
but rather a desire to become more of your true self." 
~Marianne Williamson 

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This blog is part of the Flying Lessons monthly blog circle. 
Hop to the next blog to see what other books are inspiring us. 

Who knows where you'll end up?

Next stop on the circle is the amazing Kristen Fairgrieve
I wonder what she's been reading? 

May you enjoy our reading circle and 
have some bursts of inspiration. 



Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Magick Muse

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oracle of the Week~Bird~Goldfinch

Goldfinch
Inspiration: Abundance

Healing Colors: Gold, Black

Message: Abundance is a never-ending supply of fulfillment.

Prosperity and nature's abundance are qualities that reflect your life when you see a Goldfinch.

Goldfinch wants you to live your life with vigor and zest...and abundance. 

Goldfinch is symbolically connected to the sixth chakra, your third eye. Take time to acknowledge this gift. Use your perceptions to spiritually awaken others to more abundance.

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Thank you to my friend Cheri for allowing me to draw a card from this fabulous deck.

"Bird Signs, Guidance and Wisdom from our Feathered Friends"
Written By: G.G. Carbone
Illustrated By: Mary Ruzicka

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This week I choose the affirmation,
"Abundance is my birthright."
Thank you Goldfinch for the reminder.


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Magick Muse

Monday, June 17, 2013

This Week in The Magick Muse

Me & Mike at Heroes Con
This Week in
The Magick Muse

Reading: Medicine Road by Charles de Lint (I do believe in fairy tales.)

Listening to: A mix of The Postal Service, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Real Love Diplomats (inspired by seeing Mike at Heroes Con), PJ Harvey, and whatever sparks my fire.

Watching: Girls. Girls. Girls. Over and over. Can't stop. I just have never seen a tv show so damn realistic. Penis picture texts exist, people

Thinking about: Girls. Weddings. Heros Con. The Postal Service. I'm still coming down from the recent road trips Chris and I went on. My highlight was definitely the comic convention. Damn. It was soooo freakin awesome seeing faces I haven't seen for over 4 years. Made me super giddy. 

Learning: To relax on the weekends, self-care.

Doing: Forming a new routine. Again. But ready. Just taking it slow. 

Pet Peeves: Noise in the morning. Voices in the morning. Basically any sound in the morning.

Happy Thoughts: Our happy home, books, comics, Super Heroes, air conditioning, good smelling incense, and great friends.

Best Quote: "Live life like a ceremony. Take responsibility for your every breath. Be aware of all the wide wonder of the world that surrounds you and connects the thing you are to every other thing." ~ Medicine Road by Charles de Lint 

Looking forward to: Getting back into the groove of blogging.

Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Magick Muse

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm dreaming of a weekend alone.

http://jarederickson.com/colin-dunn-fortress-of-solitude/
I need some time.

I need some time for me, for my new biz, need to get started...

I haven't been able to catch up since we moved. 

We moved. 
Then there was that burlesque show I vended at that was a complete disappointment. 
Then a wedding weekend. 
Then another wedding weekend.

Ahhhhhhhhh...

Seeking solitude to get back on track.

This weekend sounds like a good time to be a hermit. 



Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Magick Muse

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This Week in The Magick Muse

This Week in
The Magick Muse

Reading: Finished "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris...it's June, so time for chapter 6 of "The Artist's Way".

Listening to: Still mad deep into Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Watching: Hooked on "Girls", I think I have just 3 episodes left...then I'm going to watch them all again. Brilliant show.

Thinking about: Trying to process how people can be mean and thoughtless towards their loved ones. I don't get it. I don't think I will ever understand.

Learning: I need more trips out of town. I need to explore. I want to see things. I want to do things. 

Doing: As I get back into the routine of things after a mostly excellent weekend in Maryland...it's time to hit the road again on Friday. I'm headed to a comic convention...then to see The Postal Service...then to South Carolina for another wedding.

Pet Peeves: disrespect

Happy Thoughts: Josh & Stacie's wedding vows made me very happy. Straight from the heart. Pure love.

Best Quote: You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings. ~Elizabeth Gilbert 

Looking forward to: Seeing The Postal Service Friday night...yay!

Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
 ~Amy
 The Magick Muse

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Love, Love, Love


Love Means

Love means
secret glances,

sharing dreams,
taking chances.


Love means
spirits bound,

contented souls,
happiness found.

~Donna Tanner


Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
~Amy
The Magick Muse