Less than 3 hours left for our fundraiser!

Just three hours left, and $366 to go until we hit our goal! Can you help us get there? Please take a look at the campaign page and rewards… Even $5 would get us closer, and get you a reward!!

HUGE thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far!

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Our elemental altar is making me smile. The tealight holders are Himalayan salt, chosen for both their warm glow and air purifying abilities. The dish contains water collected at the beach yesterday, which I plan to post more about soon. I feel so happy and peaceful right now! 🙂

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Shiny!

Hubby and I have been doing extensive cleaning, de-cluttering and organizing this week. Tonight, I came across this little set of battery-powered lights that I got on clearance for under $1 last year. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it at the time, so it ended up stuffed in a box of randomness and forgotten about, When I came across it tonight, I knew exactly what to do with it! So I thought I’d share this brighter, shinier portion of the wee gallery above my altar with you. (It really is an extension of my altar, with very special paintings by hubby and myself, special pieces of jewelry that I have made with and for my spirits, and even a few gifts from friends and fans.) ♥

Tending Brighid’s Flame

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This photo was taken during this shift tending Brighid’s flame. Our shift technically ended at sundown, though I tend to act like it’s still my shift until I go to bed, which probably won’t be until the wee hours of the morning. I have been trying to blog about my experiences during our shifts since joining a smaller flamekeeping group, but the words have been hard to find through brain fog, so I thought that I’d share this photo to commemorate this shift, which was one that I shared with hubby.

My custom Brighid statue was made by Keith over at Clay Monsters – the art of K. Amarak Waters. I can’t wait to have him work on more pieces for us, once we have more space and funds!

DIY Gift Idea: Chalkboard Tray

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I love this! It could be so handy and adorable in use for spellwork ~ words for a group to recite together, or drawing sigils, etc. Draw a rune or crystal grid outline. Use to draw diagrams for little witches. The possibilities are endless! 

http://www.hellolidy.com/2012/11/20/diy-chalkboard-tray/

A special shift…

Flamekeeping

Sunday is Brighid’s day in our home, and I try to spend a good portion of most Sundays tending my hearth or working on jewelry. I also keep a candle burning always on my altar for Brighid — whenever I am awake — and maintain a flamekeeping shift with Ord Brighideach.

My first official flamekeeping shift was early in 2013, and I’m tickled that my current shift, which began at sundown, overlaps with my birthday. It feels pretty special and I think I will be able to create a powerful talisman to wear and help me connect to Brighid in the days, months and years to come. I am excited to see what I create, and hope to end my 33rd year — and begin my 34th one in this incarnation — on a magical note.

If you’d like to learn more about Org Brighideach, visit their website. In addition to giving flamekeepers a place and tools for organizing, they offer candles to flamekeepers which have been lit from Brighid’s Flame in Kildare; they ask only a small donation to cover their costs. Especially for those who belong to or feel called by Brighid, having a bit of Her flame on your altar is a wonderful thing. I use mine to light tapers, which I then use to light nearly every candle I light for any spiritual purpose. For me, it definitely adds something profound to the simple act of lighting a candle, whatever the purpose.