It will all be worth it

For the last *looks around suddenly aware that I’ve lost all concept of time* however many days, I’ve done almost nothing expect sit in front of my computer and painstakingly file for permits, reach out to wholesalers, start a new Instagram page for the business (you should go check that out by the way @mothermoonsunlightsister) to the point where my back is killing me and my butt falls asleep regularly.

But I can honestly say that it is all worth it. I have a few hundred *pause to pat self on back* items already up for sale and I’m in the process of putting together ritual box sets, and EVENTUALLY start a subscription box option.

I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to be able to do this, to even have the time to do it! I’m unimaginably thankful for Goddess leading me here and showing me that I CAN do this… and you can too. Whatever it is that you’ve been putting off, the dream you have that you always brush away like smoke in the air, DO THAT.

No, it won’t be easy, but you know what it WILL be?

WORTH IT.

Work, Coffee, then work some more

Sorry I’ve been absent the past few days, I started a business.

Yeah, you read that correctly. I’m apparently crazy enough to add more to my work load. Between being a Mother, a Wife, The Farm, this Blog and now…*insert dramatic drum roll*… http://www.mothermoonsunlightsister.com is my official online store, I’m currently on the lookout for Metaphysical, Pagan, and bohemian styled Wholesale shops to partner with, so keep your eyes peeled for updated inventory as the week goes on.
If you are a shop owner, artist, author or other interested creator who would like to partner with me let me know!

http://mothermoonsunlightsister.com

I’m excited for this opportunity and new venture!
I’m off to work on orders for now but I’ll be back tomorrow.
Xoxo, Mother Moon

Friday Favorites 4/24/2020


Ostara Tarot by Molly Applejohn , Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard & Julia Iredale

Of all the Tarot decks I own and have used, this one is quite unique.
I had never seen a deck that was a collaboration piece and the moment I laid hands on this deck I KNEW I had to have it.

Each artist has chosen a suit to illustrate in their own style and has done so in stunning detail. It’s amazing how different each set is yet how seamlessly they have allowed the deck to flow together by collaborating on the major arcana.

The deck comes in a gorgeous mint green box with a book included.
The cards are a respectable size with silver gilded sides that make this set even more exquisite.

Final thoughts

This deck is sturdy, absolutely beautiful, the book that is included makes it easy for the most novice of Tarot readers to use and did I mention how absolutely stunning the artwork is?
Honestly, if you don’t already own this deck, I highly recommend adding it to your collection!

Loose Labels

When does one get to call themselves ‘a Witch’?
What about ‘Pagan’? What does it take to be these things? Who gets to decide?
You?
Me?
‘Them’?
I don’t think it matters.

Something I personally feel that needs work in the Pagan Community is how quick some of us are to label someone else, then immediately tell another that they ‘don’t deserve’ their title.
Does it affect your practice?
Are they hurting anyone?
Then who gives a shit.
If someone has done the work, put in the time, effort, and honestly feels like they are ‘a Witch’ then they’re a Witch. It is not anyone else’s place to tell them they aren’t.
My Craft is different than yours, and much different from the next persons, so who’s right? Who’s the real Witch?
The Woman who has read everything she can, keeps a house full of beautiful plants, worships Goddess and works from an elaborate Altar, she’s a Witch.
The boy who hides his stones in plain sight from his parents, who has friends check out books for him at the local library and obediently bows his head silently for the Blessing at Dinner, he’s a Witch.
The Man who fights every day to beat his addiction, who carries Amethyst in his pocket and does a new Moon cleansing each month to rid himself of the temptation of his addiction, he’s a Witch.
The Mother who shows her children which herbs soothe tummy aches, who sages the room before bed to git rid of ‘the monsters’ so her little ones sleep peacefully, who lovingly takes spiders outside rather than squash them because every soul has purpose, she’s a Witch.
We’re all a part of something bigger than ourselves. This Family we’re all a part of is so beautiful, so amazing, so sacred, and it’s really time we start acting like it.

April Showers

“April showers bring May flowers”… unless you get hit with a gnarly storm that almost wipes out your entire crop… It almost happened to us yesterday.
Much like any time a Spring storm rolls through here in Alabama, we had our eye on the sky incase it got bad. If you’re not familiar with weather trends in our lovely area, let me give you a run down.
Here in the south we have a few more ‘seasons’ than most.

I’d say “It’s funny because it’s true!” but it’s actually terrifying.

Our area was hit 3/3/2019 by an absolutely horrific tornado that killed over 23 victims and as someone who volunteered at the hospital to sit with families in the wake of that storm, that day will forever haunt me.

Yesterday we got hit with an insane amount of rain, there was tornado warning in effect, barn cats hunkered down on the porch, dog refusing to go out to go potty because she’s spoiled rotten and can’t possibly imagine getting her paws wet. I heard the chickens making a racket and peeked out of the kitchen window. That’s when I realized my entire yard was under water.
Here on the farm we have three huge pastures out in the ‘back’ of our property, one large raised bed garden right outside of our front door, a huge garden between our house and my Parents’ house and then MANY raised beds on their side of the property (Nana has really showed out this year!). So when I suddenly realized that my raised beds were spilling over because of all the sudden rain fall, I panicked.
I threw on my boots and ran out into what was quite possibly the most standing water I’ve ever experienced on the farm and that’s saying something considering most of my 28 years has been spent here.
Water almost up to my calves, I started digging out all the mulch and trying to figure out a way to drain this area of the yard in order to save all our peppers and tomatoes.
THEN THE CAT FELL IN
Orion is a wonderful barn cat. Fluffy as can be and quite possibly the most affectionate cat I’ve ever met, but he isn’t that smart.

Now don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t ask for a better cat. He’s loving, devoted and very inquisitive but that’s what always gets him into trouble. If anyone is working out in the pastures, he’s right by their side. He will follow any of us anywhere. One time when he was a kitten he actually followed me into the chicken coop and got attacked by a very upset hen! Thankfully he doesn’t go near the chickens anymore.
For whatever reason yesterday though, Orion decided I needed assistance and tried to come out into the fast flowing river that was now our yard and immediately regretted his decision. I had to catch the poor yowling and wide eyed little guy with a rake. *facepalm*
He’s fine, has recovered from his brush with death and has probably already forgotten about the whole ordeal. I managed to drain the yard after about 30 mintues of digging and hopefully the plants will recover.

The point of all this is, here on the farm, we get no days off.
Sick, tired, terrible weather, it doesn’t matter. There’s work to do here every single day and just when you think you can relax, something goes awry. April Showers can bring May flowers, but they can also wash away everything you worked for.

That goes for all of us no matter our situation.


Don’t get complacent and think that everything is fine and doesn’t require upkeep. Take care of the things you love, the relationships you’ve nurtured, the seeds you’ve planted, or you won’t experience the blooms later.

New Moon Ritual; April 2020

The New Moon or ‘Dark Moon’ in Taurus brings us energies of new starts, a time for things to begin again with a fresh slate and manifest new ideas and relationships with real substance.
In order for us to start anew, we must clear away negative and stagnant energies of the past cycle.
This ritual will walk you through cleansing and opening yourself up for positive change in our new season.

Gather Materials and Prepare your space

You will need:
Sage/Palo Santo or other cleansing herb of choice
Paper
Pen/pencil
White candle
Lighter/matches
Plate / dish with some water to extinguish paper

The Ritual

Start by gathering all of your needed materials and preparing your space. Place all the materials in front of you.

Once you have found somewhere quiet to sit with all your materials, smudge yourself and your space with your Palo Santo, Sage or whatever herb you prefer.

My go-to cleansing chant is “May light and love fill this space, and the hearts and minds of all those who enter here. Negative energy is not welcome.”

Set aside your smudging herbs and light the white candle.
As you do so, focus on your intention for the ritual: To cleanse yourself of the past energies and make room for the new.

Look into the flame and say aloud “I release all that no longer serves me” and let those emotions flow. Think of all the things you’re currently holding on to that no longer serve your Higher Self.
This process can be emotional and it’s important to allow those feelings to surface and be addressed in order for the process to work.
Let these things go, continue to say “I release all that no longer serves me” until you feel that you have released all these negative energies and feelings.

Tear your paper into a small piece and write down what you plan to accomplish this lunar cycle. (A whole sheet of paper will be a FIRE HAZARD)
These intentions can be as simple as “I will clean out my closet this week” or as important as “I will learn to love myself”

Hold your paper with your intention over the water dish, close your eyes and say aloud your intention, really feel it rise in you and commit yourself to the intent.

Light the paper on fire with the lighter or matches, imagine your intention rising to the Universe in the smoke that comes from it, and drop it in the dish to extinguish the flame.

Once you have completed these steps, take a few moments to reflect on the process and how you feel now that it is over. When you are ready, thank the Universe, blow out the candle and rise.

New Moon April 2020

Buckle up everyone, we’re in for one hell of a ride!
The New Moon (April 22 2020) is not only in the Sign Taurus, but conjunct with Uranus which means we are in for unexpected changes, excitement, rebellion and loss.
Great right? *crickets chirp* Yeah I know.
Given the current political climate and total shutdown of the planet thanks to Covid19, I think it’s safe to assume that this isn’t going to be a fun ride. The good news is we can remain safe at home, or take extra precautions to ensure we’re safe when we can’t be home. It’s also a good time to work on being better grounded and secure in our spirituality and mental state. Family and other close relationships will help keep us on the right path during these trying times, so reach out to those you care about. We all need to work together now more than ever.
The most important thing you can do during this phase is to work on personal goals in realistic ways and reevaluate your relationship with money and physical pleasures. Find Joy in the simplicity of life!

What can you do to make the most out of this shift and maximize your growth during this time?

  • Do a New Moon Ritual to manifest great things for this cycle.
    If you’re unfamiliar with how to do one I will be creating a seperate post walking you through the process soon!



  • Let go of what no longer serves you.
    I always recommend doing this at every New Moon because it helps to give us closure to things we no longer wish to carry with us into the next chapter. Stagnant energies, grudges and weights on our shoulders don’t serve us any purpose being carried on through life and it’s healthy and necessary to let these things go.




  • Light a candle and set an intention.
    This seems so little and insignificant but I promise it can bring real change to your life. Sitting and reflecting on your intention for the new cycle allows you to focus our energy on creating something positive.
    When you do this, light the candle and ask The Universe, or God(s) & Goddess(es) to shine light on you during this New Moon and illuminate the path forward to your intention.



Remember that we’re all in this together. We will move forward stronger, more intune with our Higher Selves and on to greater things!
Take care of yourself. Relax and try to find peace in your everyday.
Light and Love to you,
Mother Moon

Budget Witchcraft

Witchcraft, as with most things in our lives, can be as extravagant or as simple as we like. That may not be a ‘popular’ statement, but I promise you it’s true.
You absolutely can spend your money on hand carved Altars, gorgeous gems and crystals, handmade beeswax spell candles and so much more… but you don’t HAVE to.
Growing up in a big family and now having kids of my own I’ve learned over the years how to make a dollar stretch! So I’ve compiled a list of cheaper (and cheapest!) alternatives to those items on your wishlist to get you by in the meantime.



Candles

If you’re anything like me, then you have a collection of intricately carved candles that you just cant bring yourself to burn.
BONUS POINTS if you bought said candle and your reasoning for doing so was to have it for a ritual then decided it was just too pretty to light.
Fret not! Drop by your local Dollar Store where you can find THE CHEAPEST all purpose candles! I’m talking packs of tea lights for A DOLLAR!
In a pinch and need a candle now? Dig around in your handy dandy junk drawer for a birthday candle and tada! *Mini Magick*

HERBS

While I will always advocate for local or fair trade herbs or better yet growing your own, I understand that not everyone has the opportunity to shop as such. The solution? The baking section of your local Supermarket. Here you can find what you will need for most correspondence.

Candle holders, censers, dishes and the like

My all time favorite place to find these items are second hand shops/thrift stores.
I have found antique silver candle holders, silver plates that I use as a censer, wooden bowls, I even found a Besom once!
-AND I NEVER SPENT FOR THAN $5 FOR ANY OF THESE ITEMS- The opportunities are endless here because these stores are always getting new items. Try to make a habit of popping in one and having a look around before committing to purchasing a brand new, more expensive item somewhere else.

Journals, Book oF Shadows & Grimories

Quite possibly the hardest thing to shop for.
Most of us find one and fall in love with it because it’s beautiful, impulse buy it and then refuse to write in it because we don;t want to ‘mess it up’ but let me give a little word of advice here…
Nothing is Magickal until you make it so.
If you don’t write in it, fill it’s pages with your thoughts, art, collages, dried flowers or poems.. then why buy it?
So I suggest purchasing a cheap sketch book, or even a regular ole notebook and MAKE IT MAGICK. Put your artistic mind to work. Not artsy? Find images you like in magazines, print them off, or even use stickers to create a cover or pages that inspire you!

Books and other RESOURCES

If you don’t listen to anything else I say, listen to this, use Thriftbooks.com ! Here you can purchase new and previously loved books, dvds and textbooks.
It will save you money, and you can grow your library for a fraction of the cost!

Happy shopping my Darlings. If you do decide to go out and purchase items at this time, please remember to practice Social Distancing, wash your hands, sanitize all items when you return home and be smart!

Life After Goddess

I have always believed in The Old Gods. For as long as I can remember I have known that Paganism (although not knowing it had a name) was my Faith. My tender childhood days were spent talking to the trees, making little houses for fairies, braiding dandelion crowns and pretending Dragons lived in my backyard. At some point in my youth I recognized the difference between my mythical ‘friends’ and the overwhelming feminine power that had woken within me.

I have practiced Witchcraft in some capacity for as long as I can remember and I am so very blessed to have been raised in a family where this wasn’t cause for alarm or anger. My parent’s have always been very aware of the fact that I was cut from a different cloth than most, and when you factor in that my Grandmother is also a Witch…well… let’s just say nobody was surprised when my sister and I started our own little ‘coven’ at the grand old age of 5 & 7.
I continued my practice into adulthood and more or less focused on The Craft and not so much on my Faith, not for any particular reason really, just that my Craft was enough for me at the time and I didn’t feel especially connected to any Gods or Goddesses. Then in 2017 I hit my lowest point in life and everything I knew got turned completely inside out.
I had to walk away from a situation that was no longer safe for my children or myself, giving up my home, stability and everything I had spent the last 5 years of my sobriety building.


That’s when Goddess found me.

Alone, broken, empty and lost, Hekate reached out to me.
Goddess of the Crossroads, Torch Bearer, Light Bringer, World Soul,
Keeper of Keys, Goddess of the Sky, Sea and Earth, Mother of Witches
The Many Faced One
she found me and she saved me




For three years I have honoured her and have received so many amazing blessings. I have thanked her for all that I have been given, and asked her to lead me through the difficult times. Our Great Mother has always listened, always showed her face to me in my time of need, and always taken what I have freely offered. In our home we have two main Altars, one for the home, decorated according to lunar phase, ritual needed, season or Sabbat.
The other is Hekate’s.

She is not the type of Deity who softly nudges you back on track, anyone who works with her can attest to this. She sees our Souls, tends to the fires that burn within us to bring forth great and amazing things, the same way she will snuff that flame out if you don’t do the right thing.
Much like any other Mother, she loves fiercely and expects you to act like you have some sense. She is a Healer as much as she is a Destroyer and to call upon her in half measure is never recommended.
It pleases me to see that Hekate has received more attention lately, be it in Movies (If you haven’t seen the Hekate scene in Season 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, google it right now, it moved me to tears) or within the Pagan Community, she has had a sudden resurgence and I know that it’s only getting started.
Goddess, in all her terrifying glory is awake and she is here.
Her Witches hear her call, we bask in her golden light and know that we are sacred. We have joined together in prayer, in love and in trust to heal those with broken hearts, ease the suffering of those less fortunate, and raise up anyone who will take Her hand.
She is here. She always has been and she always will be.

One of the most incredible songs that I feel connects me to sacred Goddess energy