Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ch-ch-chaaaanges!!!



I have some super exciting news to share with all of you lovely witches!

But first, let me talk about the blog... ;)

I'm so sorry I haven't been writing much lately. The reasons why will be revealed shortly. But I do want to say that I will be getting back on the blogging trail very soon.

I have several ideas for new posts that I think will be exciting and enjoyed by many of you.

What are some things you would all like to see on the blog? I do plan on picking up my waldorf/unschooling witchling's series again very soon, if that is one that you're going to request. I also plan on posting more Youtube videos once my hair grows back out into an agreeable manner. Right now it's in that crazy, annoying "too short to pull back and too long to look cute phase".





Anywhoodles, back to the exciting news!






Okay, so this is actually a picture of Little a's pregnancy test, because I forgot to take a picture of my recent pregnancy test, but still! I'm pregnant with Baby A #3!!! 

I'm roughly 8 weeks along now, so still really early in this pregnancy, but I am so excited! Viking Man is excited as well! We are so looking forward to this new little chapter in our lives!

I'll be posting more about this pregnancy as it goes along, as well as information on unassisted home births and my prenatal care options, but I just wanted to share the exciting news with all of you!

Blessed be and have a lovely day! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What I've Been Up To




Recent Family Photo
There have been a few changes in the Newcomb casa since I last wrote all of you, which is why I haven’t been able to post as often. I apologize, but I should be back to posting more often, because I miss all of you lovely witches!

Firstly, my family and I are planning on moving in the next few months. We’re really not happy in the town we currently live in, which has filled us with the desire to spread our wings and find a new place to call home. We’re still going to be living in Arkansas, but we’re planning on moving up north and further into the mountains. The mountains are calling me, baby!


Viking Man and I have also opened up an Etsy shop, FINALLY! You can find our shop, Newcomb Apothecary, here. As many of you know, I am very passionate about herbs and herbal healing, so it has truly been a blessing to finally be able to put my knowledge and passion into something productive. Our shop specializes in herbal goods for magical and medicinal purposes, if you're at all interested, check us out!

Newcomb Apothecary Business Card
I've been taking on more freelance writing clients, as well as trying to grow the audience on my other blog, The Frugal Hippie Housewife. I'm doing this because Viking Man really wants to go back to college. I want to be able to bring in enough income so that he can focus on school full time and we can rely on my income to live off of. We've never lived solely off of my income before, so this is an extremely daunting task for me. Positive energy would be greatly appreciated during this time!

Aside from searching for new income streams, the family and I have been doing well! The kids are growing like beans - Little a will be a year old in August! I can't believe she's already that big. She's not walking yet, but she's trying really hard to! She can already say a few words and is still almost exclusively breastfed (aside from her obsession with raw bell peppers). Big A is two years old, can speak fairly well, is learning to form sentences, knows a good portion of the alphabet, and is almost potty trained. We're still doing a combination of Waldorf and Unschooling and we're loving it! Viking Man is now a manager you can find here
Babywearing at a Recent Field Trip
at our local grocery store, so he's gone often, but we love what time we get to spend with him! He's also been working on his Pagan blog, Stormwolf Speaks, which

My spiritual path has been kind of "jumpy" as of late. The kids seem to require more attention lately, so I haven't really been able to have much me time to just sit and meditate and do much spell work. Big A and I still try to work in morning prayers around the altar, but that doesn't happen as often as I would like. Basically most of my magical work has been devoted to my herbalism lately, which is lovely, but I would also like to be able to find time to get in some other magic. That's something I'm definitely going to be working on in the coming days and weeks. 


Life has been crazy lately, but my family and I have been holding on and making it! How have all of you been? 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Discovering Magical Traditions from Unlikely Sources




There tends to be a great deal of debate amongst Pagans in regards to hereditary witchcraft. Some believe that you had to have a family member who was a practicing Pagan who passed on their tradition to you. Some believe we are just born with natural magical abilities. While others believe that witchcraft is not hereditary and only comes through learning from an elder.

I have my own opinions on hereditary witchcraft. I personally agree that hereditary witchcraft does exist, but I also believe that you don’t have to come from a line of practicing witches to be a hereditary witch.
Both my mother and great grandmother have passed on magical traditions to me without even realizing it. Neither were Pagans, but they both have been strongly attuned with mother Gaia.

My great grandmother, whom we called Granny, was an amazing cook. You could give her a cucumber, a tomato, and some vinegar, and she could make a 4 course meal, complete with dessert, that could feed 10 people till they were full. The way she cooked was like magic. She knew how to blend ingredients together and she never even used a measuring cup.

One thing I learned from Granny that has always stuck with me has been to do things with intention. She believed that your emotions went into everything you made. So if you were in a bad mood while cooking, that attitude would pass on to the people who ate the meal you prepped. I still rely on that kind of concept today when I'm doing work as a kitchen witch.

My mother has always had a strong love for gardening, especially herbs. When I was a child, I would help her plant her herbs, tend to them, harvest them, and cook with them. I learned the process the plant goes through from dirt to plate. Her passion for herbalism was so profound for me, even at an early age, that it filled me with a desire to pursue a career as an herbalist.

Both of these women practiced magic without even knowing it. They were both intune with the energies of the Earth Mother and used those energies to help, to heal, and to nourish the ones they loved.

As Pagans, we can learn magical principles from people of all walks of life. They don't have to be Pagans themselves, but they just have to have a passion. As Pagans, we need to begin seeing the magic in everyone. Many people practice magic without even realize that’s what they’re doing. Observe these people and learn from them. Even if they’re not Pagans, we can still learn a great deal about spirituality and magic from them.




What are some magical traditions that have been passed down to you from Wise Women (or men) in your family? 





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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Finding Time for Spell Work and Rituals


Do you have a hard time finding time for spell work and rituals? I know I sure do. In this video, I discuss a few ways in which I can usually manage to find time for my witchy side.

Blessed be!

-Danie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I'm Now on Youtube!


Howdy y'all!

It's true, I am now on Youtube so that I can ramble about Witchy topics and delights.

In this particular video, I cover a bit more on my series about raising Waldorf Pagan children. I hope to get back to writing on that series soon, but for now, this video covers a bit on how I raise my kids up in a Waldorf Pagan method.

Hope you all enjoy and blessed be!

-Danie


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Discovering the Goddess Within Ourselves




Viking Man used to have me play this game in which I would pick my favorite body part on myself and explain why it was my favorite. He used to have me do this whenever I became really depressed (which happened a lot before I had kids). It may sound like a strange game, but unless you have suffered from low self-esteem, you have no idea how empowering this game really was.

Through this game, I was forced to look at myself in a good way. I had to observe my body and instead of my usual nit picking, I had to actually look and find something that I really did like about myself.

Slowly, this helped me build up my confidence and feelings of self-worth.

I haven't had to play this game for quite a while, until this week. This week the kids and I all came down with pink eye. My eyes swelled up so big that my mother lovingly referred to me as Egor; you know, the guy from Young Frankenstein? It was bad. To be honest, I haven't felt this ugly in a very long time.

During all of this, I remembered the little game Viking Man and I used to play. I decided to play it again to give me a little encouragement. This is what I came up with:

Today I love my lips. They're fairly far away from my eyes, so that's a plus. They're also fun, pretty, and always a decent enough shade that I never really have to worry about wearing lipstick or gloss. They're natural and fit my personality. With them I can express my love for my husband, give my kids a loving smile, and also express how I feel. They're playful, they're unique, and they are a part of me. 

I still felt kind of gross, but playing the game really helped me to focus on a good quality I have instead of my current bad quality.

Discovering the things that make us beautiful, whether they be external or internal, are some of the many steps we have to take to discover the goddess within ourselves. Some of us have to search long and hard for her. Sometimes she is hiding because of years of abuse and neglect, but she is in there.

From my own experiences in trying to find the goddess within me, I have noticed that this is probably going to be a lifelong endeavor for me. But that's okay. Just knowing that I actually do love myself is half the battle.

To be honest, I'm not doing this entirely for myself. I'm also doing this for my daughter, my husband, and my son.

My daughter needs to know that women are strong, and fierce, and powerful. She needs to know how empowering it is to be a woman. She needs to know that she is a goddess, just like her mother. She needs that example in her life, and I intend on being that example for her.

My husband needs a lover who loves herself. If I don't love myself, I'm never going to be able to fully love him. My husband needs a lover who is confident, fierce, and knows that she is his queen. My husband needs to know that I am strong like the goddess, but also soft and loving like the goddess.

My son needs to know that women are strong, fierce, and powerful. He needs to know that they are not to be controlled, but to be loved and supported. He needs to know that a woman deserves respect and to be treated like the goddess that she is. My son needs to know that women are soft and loving, but also incredibly powerful.

I'm still working on discovering my inner goddess, but I know now that she exists. When I feed and care for my inner goddess, she empowers me, strengthens me, encourages me, and loves me. I am working on caring for her, and she at the same time is working on caring for me.


This is me finally beginning to heal from pink eye. I'm starting to feel like my lovely self again, but for now, I'm just going to admire my lips.