Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing and Self Care--#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge @Plentiful_Earth


Though the month ended, I wanted to finish these up. However, a funeral, then a hurricane got in the way, so here we are, halfway into the next month (are we already??)  and I've got a few more to go. 
Day 27's topic was:

 Healing
Focus on some self-care today. What are you doing in your life to bring health and vitality to your physical and emotional body? Do you practice magical healing, or energy healing like reiki? If so, practice some healing magic today! If not, take some time today to learn a little bit about different kinds magical healing.

Well, at the time of the 27th day of August, I was doing (or trying to do) yoga every day. That didn't go over with my body well. Though exercise is good for you, too much is not good. So I had to go back to only 2 or 3 days a week.

And then.... OMG, all the things happened. Not only that damned storm and the stress of that and all that came afterwards, but...yes, a friend passed. Ugh! (and thinking that there might be another cat 3 or 4 around the corner. Oh crap!! Make it stop!)

So there's been a barrage of stress battering us around, here.

Magical healing? Does vegging and trying to breathe count? Because I myself don't practice reiki, but I have a friend who does and she's sent some my way a time or two. Also, years ago, I got into a car wreck and damaged my back, and a friend of mine charged a little icon with healing energy and brought it over to ...essentially apply it reiki style to me. I wish I had a picture of the little thing to show you but alas, I do not. (I don't even know if she still has it, that's how long ago this was!). I have no clue how to do it, though, beyond what I've read. And this even says you can't learn it on your own, so there we go. (Yoohoo, reiki practitioner friend o' mine! ;)

 Oh, well... I will admit to having invoked some healing gods and goddesses in the past(Apollo, Asclepius, and such) and a time or two for other people who were in dire situations (read: hospitals involved) that, as I've mentioned before, didn't work  ... I know we can't cure everything (can we not? Or are the cures for everything under the sun locked away by the powers that be because there's more $$ to be made in treatment?) but hell, it would be nice.

Did/does asking the gods to send healing magic my way work? Or (and this is a category where my skeptical side pipes up) was it just time and being attentive to my body and doing what my doctors said that did/does the trick? 

Who knows? I won't be doing gymnastics ever, but I am doing better today than I was all those years ago, so ... yes? As for the energy, a intent-filled wiping down may work (or not. I don't know if I'm still vibrating though, so that's a good thing, right?) I've never actually done reiki on myself though, as far some sort of energy healing goes, but yeah, I have had it done for me. Usually, I just pop whatever the doctor tells me and rest.

 What about you? Do you practice energy healing at all?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Post Irma Sunday--#Sundayblogs #BloggersBlast


Meme hosted by Kimberley of Caffeinated Book Reviews


So, Sunday again. This week has flown by! Why did I not notice? Well, do you recall me mentioning that hurricane we got last week? Yeah, I've had tree cutting and outside work to do. The good news is, we're almost completely finished. Said-tree is such a huge mother we don't have anymore space in our pile to put more cuttings.

stump by Juli D. Revezzo

That would be my husband's hand against the stump there. As a point of reference, his hands are bigger than mine. So it was....yeah. A job. (No, he didn't cut it with that rinky dink little saw. That was in the picture as a joke. :))

So now we just wait for the trash men to come and get it. That means...blessed time to veg! Woohoo!
Luckily we didn't get as much damage (or a power outage!) as others south of us.

Why yes, I am sore all over from the work that tree cutting took, why do you ask? While I did manage to find a new template for my blog (which I'm not certain I'm happy with all its bells and whistles yet) I haven't had much time to read this week, except for after nightfall. But I did manage to a) post a review for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on my book blog (Can't believe I forgot to do that.. I read it...like, over a year ago). And b) finished reading the second book: Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. What?? I didn't do any writing? Didn't even think about it?? Something must be wrong. Yeah....er, brain, fried? I did realize I didn't review the first Sisterhood book, so I've quickly posted one on my review blog. My review for Second Summer is scheduled to go up on the blog later this week.


Or so...

As for blogging, other than the review I just posted on my book blog, I did manage to get one out--no two! :)

Top 5 places I'd like to visit
and
So, that hurricane
and
Almost Ready (Which, thanks to Irma what's said in that post is pushed back. Grrr...)


Books I bought this week...only one:
a pre-order of A Mother's Love by Jolene Dawe

So that was my week. I hope you had a good one!


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Top 5 places I'd like to visit.



Top Five Places I'd like to visit.
If you're following along, I'm getting my inspiration for these posts from this list here.

 I think we all have some place other than home we'd like to be sometimes, don't we?  For me this list is easy. The hard part is putting them in order. I find sometimes my list changes depending on what I'm writing about that week/month/whatever. I do have a limitation, though. So often, there's not just a place I'd like to visit, but a time.

1) For instance, I'm sure everyone wants to visit Paris--but what about the 19th century Paris? :) I'd love to see what life was like there, then.

2) I'd like to go to Ireland, pre-Roman invasion. As part of that, I think I'd like to go...wherever it started and see what we could do to validate the existence (or lack thereof?) of King Arthur. :)
And Avalon, of course.


3) The time of the witch trials. I'd do what I could to see them stopped. On second thought, maybe that's not a good idea..  I'd end up dead, because time traveling would certainly brand me as a witch--eep!

4) Pompeii--1st century, of course. Why? OMG, for some reason I am obsessed with it right now. I think I'd like to land there early. Before August 24 (or whatever the date of the eruption of Vesuvius was--some say it wasn't August 24). Then I'd bop the first government official I saw over the head and tell them to evacuate the city--and coast! Yesterday. If I had to tell them I was an oracle and they better listen and get their butts in gear, or else, what would be the harm? ;)

5) And this one is, a realistic one, Italy in general. I've wanted to see Florence, ever since college (but what art history student didn't?). I may, one day. I just wish we would figure out how to build a working teleporter, first. :)

And those would be my top 5 ...er, places and times.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

So...that hurricane




Hiho, everyone! I hope you're well.

I haven't had a chance to post or do much of anything online since Friday.For those of you wondering, yes, we are alive and well, even though freakin' Irma decided to go right over my house! Yes, we evacuated, yes, we are safe. We went to a family member's house, and she had power the entire time, until about 1:30 AM Monday night. We had some storm damage that made my hubby nervous so we came home. Since then, we've been on cleanup duty (if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen a little of it). The storm was by no means as powerful by the time it got to us as it was over the Keys (I feel terrible for them--and Naples and Miami!) so we did not get that much of it here. Thank gods, because when we left, the news was making it sound like we would come back to just the foundation left! (picture Homestead, circa Hurricane Andrew, that's what we were picturing)

Thank the gods, no.

However, that damage I spoke of, if we had not boarded up, we very well may not've had a house to come back to (we think). Word to the wise, if they tell you to board up, do it. Yeah, it's a freakin' inconvenience and pain in the backside, and yeah you may just have to come back and take them down again, but you know what?  I'm really glad we did! 

Anyway, I'm all back to normal now, and should be back to my regularly scheduled madness. Remember what I said in my last post about Druid Warrior Prince being up by the end of the month? Given this five day break...I think I'll be lucky to get it (the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book) out by the end of the month. Probably more like early October at this point. Oh well. Please bear with me. And to everyone affected by Irma, all of you without power, and suffering in the crazy heat, all of you who may've lost your homes to this monster, my heart goes out to you. Please try to stay safe with whatever you're dealing with now.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Almost ready....pre-release check #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Why yes, of course we have a freakin' natural disaster headed our way. What else would happen when I'm waiting to get a proof copy in the mail? (*Finger hovers over order button* No, I suppose I should wait to order that final check copy...of what, you say? Oh, a little something of Celticy fantasy goodness!). But now, we wait because mother nature wants to throw a tantrum. :p Hopefully the stupid thing will turn out to sea and leave us all alone.

F-you, trickster gods!  

So anyway, yes, my next book is that close. Probably by the end of the month, (if we're still here, that is!)

If you're in Florida, stay safe, my friends.  *hugs*☔
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sigils--#30daysmagicalroots: Day 26: Sigils @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

Whoa! Now I'm really behind. Okay the prompt for the #30daysmagicalroots challenge day 26 was:

Craft a sigil that represents the path you are on or the path you want to follow. This is a deeply personal creation so put some thought into it. (Recommended Resource: Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D.)

I love me some Celtic spirals, but you know what? I don't work with sigils. Or, not for a long, long time. In fact, I can't remember the last time I used one, except...last full moon I was in a group ritual that made one. I'm not sure I can show you that one, and truth to tell,I can't tell (yet) if it "worked". Such is the facts with spells: sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. The thing about sigils, y'all? And I don't think 90% of the people upchucking them onto their covers (ala Full Metal Alchemist) understand this but.... they're used way more in ceremonial magic than in most other paganism--or at least wicca. (in fact so much was taken into paganism from ceremonial magic, I doubt many witches understand what came from where.) but it's always felt too... formal for me. (and slow, in fact, I was struck by that fact when I was reading a recent book,The Tower Alchemist by Alesha Escobar (which I am enjoying despite what I'm about to say). The character has to skitter to find something to draw on then activate the sigil to even trigger the magic. In the middle of a fight. Otherwise, I am enjoying the book. But if it was real life, and real magic,  if I was in the middle of a fight, bopping the bad guy on the head would work faster. *g* Sorry Alesha.


I don't even think Caitlin has ever used one in the Antique Magic books. Her husband, Trevor, doodles of course, but if either of them have ever used true focused sigils in their magic? *shrugs* If they have, they haven't told me. Sigils are used a scant bit in Celtic Stewards Chronicles: there are sigils on the walls and gates and here and there in the background of different buildings the harshad druids inhabit. You might miss them if you don't read close  but they are there :). Not quite as front and center as in  Alesha's book but they are.

But as for using one in my other workings? Like I said, I can't remember the last time I did. But for this blogging experiment, I decided to try one. So I did some research, and found a formula here that I tried. What'd I come up with? This:


sigl by Juli D. Revezzo


:) Now you see why I don't share my doodles much! and you see how it still looks like words. So, make words into images? er, that's too much math for me! *lol*  Anyway, so that would be one made officially for this here blog post. The full moon's coming up again, so we'll see how/if it works. (*fingers crossed loosely*)


If you count less garbled pictures? I don't know if you count this but I have my logo...
*pets logo* Obviously, that's my favorite. It's Bran's/Morrigan's raven and...well, the crown, is not to be arrogant but their sovereignty. *nodnods* And I think means a heck of a lot more than any mixed up little "do it this way" sigil, In fact, it's so personal I would've liked to get it tattooed (but then I had that whole allergic reaction and we're afraid the chemical I'm allergic to might be in tattoo inks and thus, life threatening so I just use it as a logo. After all "They" know what it means, so who cares where it shows up in my life circle, right? :) 


But so, there we go. My babble about sigils.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moon shadows.... #30daysmagicalroots: Day 25: Moon phases @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

#30DaysmagicalRoots continues with the subject:
Day 25: Esbats


Create a ritual to honor the moon every month. Do you only celebrate the full moon? Try honoring the dark moon this month and see how it changes your practice.

 I have honored the moon phases for a long time. Maybe not every phase, maybe not every month, but there have been times.


More often than not, and this would be one of the more traditionally Wiccan things I do,  I'll try to check the phase, in order to phrase my wishes (waning moon to banish..bad habits or whatever, waxing more to bring in ...whatever the wish is). The waxing to full moons are the best times to pull in the energies of creation and inspiration these, in my opinion. I've used it lately in terms of learning new tarot spreads. 


 I've been trying to add more new moon work lately even if it's only to read tarot regarding some shadow work. Ethony has quite a few tarot spreads I've saved to try. I must say working at the new moon throws me a little off balance. I find it's a little more laid back than a full moon. So will I make this a constant in my practice? I'm not so sure.As ever, we'll see. I think I work them more into my stories than anything, lazy? Maybe but it's always good to try something new, right?


Sometimes I'll just do something like go outside and take a peek at it, if nothing else, throw a kiss to it. (I know some who like to howl at the full moon, even. :))


A formal ritual for it? *thinks* When I first started, yes, I would be more formal about it? How? Cast a circle, anyway you like, invite the attendance of your gods, and if you wish, concentrate on some good habit you'd like to cultivate this month. You can pour a libation of thanks to your gods, if you like, or bring out some crystals to charge with full moon's powers, should you feel like it. Or any other magical tools or jewelry you might wish.  Or just settle down for simple meditation, if you wish. After you're finished, release the circle and thank your gods. That would be the usual format of a full moon ritual.

Not that I always go to all that trouble, but if I'm feeling traditional, I might. Certainly, Caitlin and Beryl and their Starfort coven would do so!

What do you do for the full moon?

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Photo: Moonlight Landscape by Petr Kratochvil /Public Domain Pictures.net
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Can I have some aspirin? Or #30DaysmagicalRoots Days 24 Sabbats @Plentiful_earth #BloggersBlast

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Sorry this went out early, y'all. I wish blogger would move the buttons so publish and save weren't right freakin' next to one another! Ahem...


#30days Magical Roots Challenge, Day 24's prompt was: Special days.


What holidays from the wheel of the year do you celebrate? Create your own wheel of the year! You are only limited by your imagination.


These are always fun!  :) (And kind of ironic for this to come up again because I've had this conversation with a friend of mine this year).


Ahem. Regarding the traditional "wheel of the year". For years, I honored the 8 dates that most people think of as the pagan wheel of the year. 


1: Samhain

2: Yule

3: Imbolc

4: Spring Equinox

5: Beltaine

6: Summer Solstice

7: Lughnasadh

8: Autumnal equinox


Until, I started looking into the traditional/Reconstructionist side of the question. That's when I came to the conclusion that... it's a bit of a generalization (dare I say stereotype?) to say all pagans and witches follow that Alexandrian/Gardnerian Wiccan calendar (Alexandrian Wicca/Gardnerian Wicca). 


No, no we don't.Which I think is the hardest thing for newbies to grasp.  In fact, the truth of our festival cycles can be a bit more complicated.  Or it can be as simple as just celebrating the moon phases.


As far as the "seasons" historically, not every area of the world celebrated the same holidays (as others have mentioned). The Irish Celts didn't celebrate the equinoxes and solstices, but the Continental and British Celts did (supposedly). And no doubt there are others. Australians, for instance.  I blame trying to force phenomena into dates on the fact that...*drum roll please* the calendar is an arbitrary construct. Is New Years always January 1st? No. In some parts of the world, in the middle ages, under the Julian calendar, New Years happened in March. The Roman year began,variously, May 1, March 15 and January 1st. (Until the Gregorian calendar came along and "normalized" it to January 1) 


And in some cases, (like Italy) they kept the March date even after good ole George's decree. Some all the way up to ...the mid-18th century? (I believe that's correct). Some stubbornly stuck to the old calendar until the 19th century. So when is new years, exactly? *headache* You can see how, as a writer, this would make trying to pin a certain event to a certain date or day difficult. (Try, 'what day was Imbolc... every 500 years'! Yeesh! Which is why I didn't choose to set the battles in Celtic Stewards Chronicles "at the Spring Equinox" or any other equinox/solstice or saint day, *bigger headache*)


Sometimes, we can't even agree on dates. For instance, (to take a historical subject I'm intrigued by) did Vesuvius erupt in August? Or October or even later, like some scholars think is the case? Or even pinpointing the birthdate of someone. (for instance, a queen I'm fond of: what day was Elinor of Aquitaine born? and what year? Two different astrology sites think she was born in September. Really? The scholars and writers only ever seem to mention a year (which may or may not be 1124.) So where did not one, but two astrologers dig up the exact day?? (either September 17th or September 24th? and one says via the Julian calendar it's the 24th while the other says that by the Gregorian calendar it's the 24th. *shakes head*) Truth probably is, only Elinor's mother knows. Are we even sure she died on April 1st? That seems like a joke to me. So to try to pinpoint "was that date a Monday, Tuesday? "or "did  it coincide with market day" (see Druid Warrior's Heart!). OMG, it's rough.


But I digress (incredibly). So given all this back and forth about the calendars and what date goes where and how and before or after when? It's not surprising that we can't even agree on our holidays, is it? And, as I've mentioned time and again (and again) some of the seasons blend into one, depending on your location. So, by necessity, I've adjusted the wheel to suit my environment (I mean, as pagans, that's what we're supposed to be attuned to, right?). But, to specific holidays... I have about... a million? *lol* 


Samhain
This is an anniversary for me, so to speak, so this is a special one. It may or may not still be sweltering by Samhain, so I tend to use it more as a time to honor my ancestors.


Yule

I'm iffy on whether or not the Celts even celebrated this one before the invasion of/contact with the Norse, but it's Christmas, which I always enjoy, so it stays on my calendar.


Imbolc....

which is a strange one for us because this is the time of the year when we're having our coldest days of the year. Not exactly a "first sign of spring", is it? But... I revere Brighid, and since it's her day, I've kept it on my calendar. (And even used it as the ritual battle date in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles series :)).


Also, Beltaine

Beltaine is the beginning of my summer. Because this is about the time our temperatures start nudging the 90s.


Lughnasadh 

This date would technically be closer to our midsummer. And as I revere Lugh, this is one of my special days.


So what is that? Five?


And this year I've added Venus to my lineup, so maybe I'll do something for the Festival of Venus Genetrix (September 26). We'll see. I tried adding Vinalia Rustica, an Italian festival in honor of Venus (and/or Jupiter) that goes back to antiquity and takes place in August (the 19th). But...never could find anything specific about how she was revered at the time, beyond tending gardens, so just winged it with a libation in Venus' honor. We don't have grapes in my garden, but as she was also a garden goddess, I just, well, tended my flowers. :)

So, that would be seven (if I do that one in September). 

I haven't yet, but plan to, do something for maybe the Veneralia or Vinalia Urban (both in April) but we'll see.


If I add the Solstice and equinoxes (and various other dates), what would that bump it up to?  The solstice/equinoxes sometimes get combined with others. If I don't I skip them altogether. And if you watched my video of last year, you'll know there are even more! Not to mention daily devotions and then moon observations.


So, thinking about it, that's a lot of work! And do you see what I mean now to say "we all celebrate the 8 festivals" is a bit of a generalization?


I have friends who follow other pantheons who do different dates altogether.

I'll tell you a further secret: since so many holy days can get unwieldy, I admit it. Sometimes I don't do more than just mark them on the calendar and nod when I see them there, depending on what I'm doing. Sometimes, I even get lucky and release a book or two. So, I dunno. My calendar of what I do when has always been a work in progress. How about you, my fellow pagans? What are your special days?



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Wagon wheel photo by  Krzysztof Puszczyński from Tookapic.com
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Solar Eclipse weekend/end of August updates and I need suggestions #Sundayblogs #bloggersblast


Meme hosted by Kimberley of Caffeinated Book Reviews


*Edited to add* Blogger friends, there's a question for you, further down, toward the end of this post. I need suggestions.

Not much new to report this week. I've been busily stumping for the sale on Frigga's Lost Army (which ends tonight!)...




...and Watchmaker's Heart, of course.(And if you get them and like them, please leave a review!) I did try to take some hours away from it to try and experience the eclipse. Didn't go so well. I think I went out too late or something. But I didn't see nothing, live. (Boo...)


So I've spent a lot of time glued to the computer and let's not forget all the blogging I've done this month. I also woke up the other day with my bicep hurting, likely from all the typing. Gah!

Yes, I've been a typing/blogging madwoman this month, haven't I? I've been enjoying the challenge, and will be sad to see the topics end.What in the world should I babble about then?


(I hear you! "you should get back to writing your books!" I know.) I've also been in the post-release brain deadness (is that a word? If not, it should be!) since finishing Frigga's Lost Army. But Druid Warrior Prince is coming along swimmingly.

On the reading front, I'm about 2/3 of the way through Fires of Vesuvius. Interesting stuff! At least, I think so.  Also, about the same way through Second Summer of the Sisterhood. I watched the movie, night before last, though, and so am wondering how much from the book they actually used. Doesn't seem like much. We'll see.

Other books I picked up this week:
Kitchen Table Tarot.
Synospsis:

Learn to read with your own voice and get the answers to all of your questions.
For years, Melissa Cynova has been sitting down with friends and neighbors who are curious about the tarot. She's heard all the questions and misconceptions that can confuse newcomers (and sometimes more experienced readers, too). Kitchen Table Tarot was written as a guide for anyone looking for no-nonsense lessons with a warm, friendly, and knowledgeable teacher.
Join Melissa as she shares straightforward guidance on decks, spreads, card meanings, and symbols. Filled with real-life examples and personal explanations of what it's like to read the cards, this book tells it like it is and provides the information you need to read with confidence.

Yeah, well....it sounds good, so I plunked down my gift cards. I hope it's good. It looks like 2/3 of the book is card explanations. Since I have a book or two like that, I'm...skeptical. But a friend of mine recommended it, so we'll see.

Lastly, to my friends in affected by Hurricane Harvey, please be careful out there, and safe. Sending you thoughts of healing and strength to get through! So that's me, this week. How about you all?

AGh! Wait! Addendum. Blogger friends: I have been stung by Photo(f)bucket's slamming the doors in our faces. I was wondering...do any of y'all know, a) how much space does Blogger give us for images, and b) do you know of some place like PB where we can keep our images? I've got tons of photos from tons of posts (out of the 700+ posts here and I'd hate to try to count how many of them have Photo(f)bucket logos now. I've looked at what I *think* is my blogger images page (???) and I've used up roughly half of my space--that not counting everything that's still linked in from PB. I don't think I have the space to move all those images over here, + all my own. My only other option, if I can't find some place to save all those images is either just leave them full of PB logos (yuck!) or take them offline. I hate to do that to the authors I've hosted over the years, (to break their SEO hits by removing the posts or remove everything but one cover image from their posts) but... yeah. If I'm running out of space, I may have to. :( Suggestions? Please let me know in comments! Thanks in advance.

(And that is the only time I'm going to let this friggin' template throw big text at you because, I needs suggestions!)

Now then....
All the blogposts I've done so far (this week and others) can be seen here.

Others:
30daysmagicalroots: symbols
Solar eclipse and some ideas.
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

#30DaysmagicalRoots Days 21-23 Symbols symbols everywhere @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

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#30DaysmagicalRoots continues with the subject:


Day 21: Symbols
What symbols do you use in your practice and why? Are there any that you are drawn to? Try carving the symbol into a candle and burning it while you meditate on that sacred symbol. You can also draw it on a piece of paper and carry it with you every day. Or find a piece of jewelry with the symbol to wear when you need a magical boost.

What symbol do I use most? Because people freak out about pentacles, yes, even some 50-70ish years after the first adoption of it by Wiccans, not that one. So I've had quite a dig to find symbols that work for me. Mostly, I gave up (and I know this is going to blow some minds and make people wonder). In the absence of that, for several years, I've worn a Stella Maris saint medal I inherited from my dad (that looks a lot like this one). So it's sort of an ancestor-come goddess medal thing. It's sad that we don't have something like a cross that we can use and not have everyone either, a) wonder *wtf* or b) freak out about. I had a gal corner me once and proselytize at me, because? I was wearing a pentacle. To heck with that. :( I came home and put it away and that was the last time I wore one. (Stella Maris--aka star of the sea--is close enough to star-ish for me. :) I've always wondered how people would react to just a plain star but never experimented.)

Aside from her, I might've shown you my pig?

necklace by Wytch of the North, Photo by Juli D. Revezzo


(Isn't he adorable? Or she...It might be a female, but whatever...) He's representative (in my mind, at least) of Cerridwen, in Welsh Myth and also--more importantly--the Hero's Portion over which the heroes boast in The Story of Mac Dá Tho's Pig an old Irish Myth.*

(*For those of you who don't know, in a nutshell, the hero's portion was the complimentary first choice of the host's banquet, usually given to...well, the hero. Whether that be the fella that killed the most men on the battlefield that day or [in the case of the bards, the storyteller with the best story. ] You'll see an example of this in my forthcoming book Druid Warrior's Prince]:))

Er, that's the very long winded way of saying, no I don't really have one.

 Symbols that I like? Fish, cups, the Grail, all that watery stuff (hence, Stella Maris). As for the latest edition to my little family? I haven't found anything to represent her that I'm too keen on,yet. In a way, my characters do better with their jewelry than I do (like Caitlin and the necklace Arianrhod gives her). *g* I can't tell you how many times I've made something up for them but never been able to find a similar looking necklace/ring in real life. (And no, I can't design them myself, alas!)


Day 22: Self-Purification
Take a purifying bath (with sea salt for added purification if you like), smudge yourself with sage/rosemary/Palo Santo/, sprinkle with Florida Water/Holy water/Salt water, or hold a purifying stone like selenite. Take some time today to cleanse your auric field, rid yourself of any energetic ick that may be lingering, and see how much better it makes you feel. 


Smudge. *Gag cough*

Oddly enough, I did this on day 24, when I received a new tarot deck. :) (*ducks* I know, Arwen!) It's just something I've always done. However, purification via bath is one I indulge in frequently. (Well, shower. We don't technically have a bathtub! :)) Every once in a while I'll add some special scented soap to it, when I have it in my stores.


(Ironically, I've never used Florida water, probably because of the irony that something called "water" uses so much Vodka. That's makes the recipe a bit of a misnomer, doesn't it? Never mind.)


Day 23: Book of Shadows
Yes, I  have several. Don't know if you remember (or ever saw my video on it, from last year. Not much has changed from then to now (though for those of you who might remember my post from January on journaling... It's not going as well as I'd hope. I skipped all of July!). The magical journal (and this blog!) has seen more use this year then the "mundane life" journal (dear diary, edited three paragraphs today. Dear diary, edited three chapters. Dear diary, edited three words today" :)), but that even one of them has gotten so much use is a win. As for my book ...it looks a little like this:

journalbyjulidrevezzo


There are tons of downloadable "books of Shadows" pages available online, but as yet, I haven't added any into mine. Seems a bit of trouble to go to....but never say never. So it's still a work in progress.... as always with diaries. I do, however, have a...something of a book of shadows suggestions/template type thingie for my 4th tier supporters on Patreon. If you'd like to check my Patreon out, you can do so here.


Well, Ruth had to get the idea for her (fictional) diary somewhere, right? ;)

How about you? Do you have a favorite symbol you use,or way of cleansing space? or even a favorite book of shadows?

Related posts:
See more of my #30daysmagical posts here.


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(Notes: ie. Other things researched that couldn't be linked in the text: The Celts and their Pigs.)
The necklace was made by Wytch of the North.
write in journal/girl with blank journal copyright Walt Stoneburner/Flickr.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 20: #30daysmagicalroots challenge--magical ethics @plentiful_earth

#30DaysmagicalRoots continues with the subject:
Day 20:Magical ethics.
What are magical ethics? Write down a core list of ethics for your own practice. No judgement here-this is for you and you alone!



(Then why post them publicly? Never mind...)

Also, sorry to sneak the ten-days ago post in here between 19 and 20, folks. I can't believe I skipped those two days. Whoops! I can't be blamed. Regular readers know I don't usually blog this much every month! Especially not when I'm in the middle of launching a book and editing others)

Magical ethics. Well? While I don't follow the traditional...well, anything really, I do have a couple things. There's the usual don't steal, cheat, etc and then there's two big ones for me that sort of cover everything:

1) No love spells. Because well, a) manipulative, and b) I'm happily married so don't need to anyway.

2) I try to adhere to "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all". Keep quiet and don't make waves. Or to put it another way, leave everyone alone and hope they leave you alone. That goes for, well, all stuff as well as magical workings. meaning...

3) No curses. Oh, I may not exactly follow the rule of three (thank you Charmed for making it silly) but I do believe in Karma and hope it does its job. So, I may throw the evil scowl at someone/thing if I'm particularly ticked at them/it, but I don't generally tell people to F-off. At least not where they can hear me. :) Even if they accuse me without knowing a damned thing about me. Let me tell you a story of things I've been through and that people assume because of their first impressions of me (for instance, people have shied away from us...my family, I mean, because *shock of shocks* we're Italian [at least one side--we have a lot of sides]. No, I'm not kidding. It was a long time ago, thank the gods.) But so what? Still, I try to live by #s 2 and 3 above.

*braces self for the flying tomatoes and vitriol*

Herm, what else?


4) I try to work, as my friend Mia said, from a place of love--even if I'm pissed. :)


5) I try to work from a place of the Celtic idea of honor (Yes, I have English/Irish/French-Gaulish [we're not sure which] blood and am married into English and German and one-generation out of London, English families. I'm also Italian--and possibly Greek!). All that to say what will hurt my honor, or dishonor someone else, I try not to do. (Try being the operative word. Am I always successful? Not when I let my mouth run off with me!)

Ingredient gathering.
I don't use animal parts in my magic--which includes things like being aware of what bird feathers are on the protection/legal act. Which I didn't know about until a few months ago but now I do, so... Also, don't pick the last of ... something...the last summer flower, the last, whatever. Just because it might go to seed for next year.

Generally, anything I use in my work I get from the store or an indie creator, who I pretty much figure (hope) I can trust to be ethical in their ingredient gathering.

Other than that? There's this list from John J. Coughlin that pretty much sums it up. Quote:

  • Which of the alternatives will generate the greatest benefit – or the least amount of harm – for the greatest number of people? (Utilitarianism)
  • Does the "good" brought about by your action outweigh the potential harm that might be done to anyone? (Mills' Harm Principle)
  • Will anyone be harmed who could be considered defenseless? (Paternalism)
  • To what degree is your choice of alternatives based on your own best interest? (Objectivism)
and

  • Are you choosing the alternative that demonstrates a genuine concern for others affected by your decision and/or are you responding to a perceived need? (Ethic of Care)
  • Are you willing to make your decision a rule or policy that you and others in your situation can follow in similar situations in the future? (Kant)
Yes to all that. So that would pretty much cover the topic, I think. Thanks for reading. :)

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#30daysmagicalroots days 11-12: simple spells and pantheons


#30DaysmagicalRoots continues with these subjects:

(Sneaking 11 and 12 in here because I seem to have forgot them, or erased them or something. *smacks forehead*)

Day 11 was write a spell... (This is easy, basically, stand in your happy place (backyard, sacred space) with a cup of your favorite tea. Barefoot if you can to connect with the earth. Thank your gods for their assistance (that day, that night), ask them for, whatever your intention happens to be (love, health, positive energy for your day, whatever). After you've had your fill of the drink, offer some to them pouring a little into a libation bowl, or if you're outside, into any spot you feel compelled to in your garden as if sharing it with the gods with your (more) thanks for considering your petition. If you want to write a little rhyming invocation to go with it (like Caitlin chants), you can. But you don't have to.

Or,you can even make a wish and send it, with a kiss (or howl) at the moon, if life. :) Yes. spells can be just as simple as that. 
Day 12: Deity: a) Do you work with deities? b)Why or why not? c) Are you a monotheist, dualist, polytheist, animist, etc.? d) Write a poem or prayer dedicated to a deity and give it to Them as an offering. (Bonus: share a poem or prayer you’ve written for one of your deities.)

a) Indeed, I do.

b) Why do I work with them? I've always been drawn to them.Maybe at first it was a romantic idea that sparked it in my mind to try it (hey, I can add them to this (insert story you will never see unless I'm 100 years dead first! ;)) story but they wiggled their ways into my heart and stayed there much more than any other god. That I would say is why. I'm a big myth-loving romantic, what can I say? :)

Whaddya mean you don't believe me??? Have you seen my blog or my novels? ;)

 c) mono/Polytheist... though I have one particular who's gotten the bulk of my devotion for decades, I'd still say polytheist because He's just part of a (much) larger family of gods that includes Celtic and Roman mostly...and a few others. :) And I did just put out a somewhat devotional historical fantasy novel to Frigga. So, she's on my peripherals too. A lot of the time they seem to present as Muses more than anything "Oh, hey, I have a great idea for how you can write ME into this story." *shakes head* Muses!

d) Done, years ago. Have no clue where I put the text of it. I just improvise and mostly just say "thanks for the fine day" or whatever it is thanks is needed for. Or something simple like "my lady (or lord, or lords and ladies or whatever) please...whatever and thank you for...what ever." Improvising your own is always best, in my humble opinion.



Related Posts:
Now, moving on to Day 13-15.
Wheel of the Year

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar eclipse, some ideas, and just a reminder .....#solareclipse

Ready for some solar eclipse vibes and magic! :) unfortunately, we've got a wait for it in my area, but...still nifty to watch on tv as it goes.  #solareclipse

Solar eclipse magic? Charge everything seems a good idea. :) I've got my tarot and crystal stuff ready to go. 
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This would also be a time to let go of bad vibes, (or so I've read). There are more ideas here and here.
Or you can just skip out, watch it on tv, and...reads some good books. Frigga's Lost Army is on sale, dontcha know (for $.99). *hinthint*. 
And, oh, yeah... Tonight, I am going to be taking part in the Landslide release and solar eclipse Facebook takeover celebrating author Philip Kessler's new release. It's going on all day but my time is 7-7:30 PM CST. (I believe that's 8PM on EST. I hope I have that right. Eep!)
And remember.....


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

#30DaysmagicalRoots Day 19: Sacred Space. #bloggerblast @plentiful_earth #SacredSpace #BlessedBe

Next in the #30DaysmagicalRoots challenge.
How do you create sacred space for yourself? Do you cast a circle every time you work a spell? Or do you have a dedicated space that you practice in? Take some time today to settle into that space and enjoy its sacredness.


How do I? And do I even? Well... this would be (short answer) a yes, and a no. (Keep reading for the how...)

 My character Caitlin (who, yes, she's so much in my head I sometimes forget and just write "Caitlin"as if any new visitor might know who I'm talking about. :))...anyway, she does way more physical invoking or building and tearing down sacred space than I do.(Come to think of it, so do the characters in my Celtic Stewards Chronicles ) I guess that comes from longevity. But again, I'm not really a step by step type of person. Once you've practiced for a while (I think, at least in my experience) once the room is used in that way a few times, it always keeps a bit of that energy. You can feel the "sacredness" of the space when you enter said-room. There's a different vibe to it from the "outside world", one that automatically can evoke a feeling of safety and comfort for you. Maybe it comes from familiarity, but I always feel it when I come in from the outside. And honestly, in my experience, (again) if you're familiar with that sacred space, I don't think there is any need to invoke it every time. You don't "create" the sacred space, you inhabit the sacred space daily, and take it with you. 


Or, that's just the way I see it. Honestly, I don't think about it most of the time. The sacred space is just....here when I center myself. And no it's not a dedicated space. It's just...everywhere. Anywhere I can call up my own centerdness. With trappings like candles or not....

elf by Simona Fioravanti; pretty but...don't get too close there, l'il elf!



I've talked ad nauseum about my troubles with burning oils and incense in sacred space (which really sucks when it's the traditional method of communing with certain new visiting goddesses!), but if that helps you feel comfy in your sacred space, go for it.

Returning to the idea of circle, while the shape and the camaraderie of meeting in circles goes back a long way (see King Arthur's Round Table) ...in magical work?  I'm fairly sure--don't quote me, now--but from what I recall the act of "creating sacred space" came to Wicca, if I remember correctly, from Aleister Crowley and ceremonial magic, which is something I never got into.

(Too stuffy! *wrinkles nose*) And, historically, the Order of Bards, Ovates, & Druids admits the use of circles in their system only go back to Gardner and some of his followers in the 1960s). Wow. That would make it a lot newer than I'd guessed! The Greeks, supposedly, according to Burkhardt, I'm reminded via second hand, used them. The Romans? er.... I don't remember running across it in the myths. But maybe. Some say yes, some say no. Magic was frowned upon (outlawed?) in ancient Rome, and they might be the (or at least one) origin of the stereotypical witch, so I'm kind of doubting it. But since they borrowed so much from Greece, maybe? (Another thing to look into!)

So supposing they didn't and it was only concocted in the 16th century or even the 60s, is it necessary for our work? That's the question that fuels a lot of my meditations and workings these days.I even have a cord for such work...beautiful thing my friend Beth made me a while back. You know what? I forget to use it more often than not. *facepalm* Let's just say it does the trick from where it's stored. :)

For a newbie I would say invoking a circle (ala the Farrars or Scott Cunningham's templates,  complete with maybe lighting candles, setting out the four elements, if that feels right to you) might not be a bad habit to get into and see how it feels for yourself. At the very least it can teach you how to call up a magical mindset when setting out to do your ritual/working. And if it works for you, great! Cast a circle to set up sacred space.

Also, simply walking the demarcation of your circle a few times (if you have the space to do it) can work too-- as it can for raising energy, ala my last post.

(Just to be real for a moment, I've been in group circles and stepped right over the edge of the circle, and can't tell the difference. Does that mean they didn't invoke it right? No. It's just the way it is. Sacred Space has more of a "shwoop" effect in fiction than in real life[it's where the two diverge]--same thing with "raising cones of power" if you ask me. The act of doing that never left me anything but exhausted. Exercised. Yes, that's good, but magical? Meh.).  Maybe, again, that's from years and years of using the same space.

After a while, you'll find a good way of involving sacred space in your normal space doesn't really have to take more than finding a peaceful place where you can do whatever it is you need to do to quiet your mind and focus on whatever your magical intent is. Like anything, once you learn the basics, set them in stone, as it were, you won't really have to think about it much. :) Like Joseph Campbell says above, let it be where you love to be.

So, what about you? How do you invoke sacred space?

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Related posts:
See more of my #30daysmagical posts here.
Wheel of the Year

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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