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Finding the Warmth in Winter

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Winter’s darker days have set in and the darkest day of the year, Winter Solstice on December 22, will be here very soon. The sun dips into it’s darkest place in the sky and the temperatures drop. Celebrations surround this astronomical movement as the sun starts bringing more and more light each day the third day following Solstice. This continues as it moves to it’s position for Summer Solstice June 20, 2016. Many of the worlds’ cultures rejoice the return of the the sun to the other side.

For centuries, the sky’s darkness during this time of year has symbolised man’s ability to rise from life’s challenges. Though you may find yourselves in a time of darkness, remember that you will rise again. The sun always returns. The light inside you always will, too.

What will you do to shine your light brightly during the of dark winter?

Warm Winter Scene

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Do you decorate your home’s windows with warm candle decorations? I love dreaming of what’s going on inside a home with warm light pouring through the windows during a cold winter eve. Maybe there’s a fire aglow warming a loving mommy and daddy reading to their little ones under a Christmas tree decorated with memories they’ve collected together? Do you ever dream the lives inside the homes you pass on your daily commute?

What can you do to shine your light as a beacon for someone else? We never know who may be in need. Those who need love most do not always come in obvious packages.

Light brings warmth to the darkness.

Sending you much warmth and light for the holiday season.

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Non Scary Halloween

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Scary has never been my cup of tea. My mother innocently took me on the seemingly sweet Snow White ride in Disney World in 1993, and promptly had to find an emergency exit after I was paralyzed by the horrifying Evil Queen continuously popping up on our ride through the darkness. I also remember being overwhelmed by nightmares after fleeing a (probably very tame?) Haunted House hosted by the Catholic Church in my hometown.

My Halloween costumes have always been fairies or princesses- #NoScaryHalloween. Nothing has changed and as an adult. I’m that friend who can’t watch to horror films, handle the gruesomeness Game of Thrones, and closes her eyes on the dark kingdom ride at Busch Gardens.

Did you know, this holiday didn’t used to be so dark and creepy! Here’s a bit from Gwyndelyn the Good Witch to explain what the origins of the scary we know today as Halloween.

It’s important to remember, as we are surrounded by scary skulls, tombstones, and ghoulish gremlins that fear is NOT what Halloween originally celebrated. Halloween at it’s roots is a time to celebrate the Harvest – as we enter the cold dark months of Winter. Celts called this time “Samhain” meaning “summer’s-end”. The time where they would make haste in preparing for the Winter – a time of uncertainty as health practices were not as swift as they are today. Success of the last harvest was crucial to them surviving winter. These people relied on what came naturally form the earth to keep them healthy through the cold months. During this time in history the sun was what kept humanity alive- allowing crops, so it’s not wonder they strongly revered and respected it.

The Harvest was also a time to remember loved ones passed. This is where the death, skeletons, and dark side of Halloween has been drawn in and embellished. Though death may a scary thought for some, fear was never the intent of this celebration! Families held great respect and love for their passed loved ones and would even set a place at the dinner table for them on the night of Samhain. Remembering those gone is something that shows up in every culture in the world- think about The Day of the Dead in the Kingdom of Mexico! Our ancestors would surely not return to haunt and spook us, but instead be there as wise and loving guardians. We have the modern world to thank for the obscurement of this sweet tradition.

Surely we can change our minds to think of this day instead as a day to celebrate our lives and those who’ve gone before us?

Intrigued? Read more about Gwyndelyn’s Halloween traditions and the Good Witch Ball.

I hope you remember this when you go about Trick-or-Treating (Oh! Listen to this podcast to learn about the History of Halloween candy) with the vampires and goblins of your town through the homemade ghosts trees and plastic tombstones bought from Target. Perhaps you’ll start to see this holiday in the light instead of the dark.

Much love! Happy HALLOWEEN!

 

 

 

 

Apple Picking with the Royal Family

The Royal Family made their annual visit to the Avalon Woods this weekend. The woods are famous for their gorgeous apple groves that have been there for centuries. The Witches in the area keep them healthy and growing year after year. Azurian families flock here every autumn for apple picking, local honey, apple butter, pies, cider, and caramel apples.

Apple picking is one of Princess Genevieve’s favorite childhood memories. Her Grandmother Aurelia and her Queen Mum would bring her to the Valley of the Moon each season for autumn walks in the Avalon Woods. She looks forward to sharing this tradition with her family through the coming years.

Princess Genevieve apple picking
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The Royals paid a visit to Gwyndelyn the Good Witch for dinner before returning to the Palace.

What #Magic Means to Me

Earlier this month the Kingdom welcomed our newest character, Gwyndelyn the Good Witch. Though she’s always lived in the magical gwyndelyn the good magicKingdom of Azuria, she’s only recently shared herself to The World.  Along with her introduction our theme this month is magic, and I understand that’s not something that everyone can grasp. So, I’d like to explain what magic means to me personally.

Through years of submerging myself in literary themes of Fairy Tales, ancient myths and legends, and modern fantasy novels I see that magic has been greatly misrepresented into something evil and scary. The one character that always pops up in magic tales is the Witch. The Witch character is often portrayed as a very scary and evil being who wishes ill on others. I was extremely fearful of this character and remember Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella de Vil as terrifying images in my childhood.

During my most recent trip to Europe I became very interested in the Roman Empire’s suffocation of Northern/Middle Europe. The old pagan and earthen religions were near extinction as the Empire stretched it’s powerful hand.Knowledge was violently crushed through history as each new reigning power destroyed the wisdom of the one before. It is believed during this time, woman’s respected role was stifled and the ancient wisdom of healer, or Witch, as it was called, was twisted into something to be feared. Fear of magic only grew as the years went on. Isn’t it painful to think of the knowledge we’ve lost in every destructive war?

All of those aforementioned characters use magic in an evil way, supporting the long time belief that magic is evil. Instead, I like the think of Cinderella’s sweet Godmother, the Great Lion King Aslan, Gandalf, and Luke Skywalker who use their magic for GOOD. That is what magic is in it’s unaltered state. Magic is goodness. And if magic is goodness, then we all have it inside us. (I suppose even the most nasty people do.)

Okay, but what is magic to me? I know you want me to say it’s casting spells by adding eye of newt to steamy cauldrons like you’ve read in books. But to me, magic is the ability to create. Magic is changing your mind to make things better. Magic is the gift of choice we have in free-will. Magic is self-care and compassion for others. Magic is being open to new experiences and learning. Magic is setting a different course and brightening our world. You can’t argue that we all have those characteristics in us already!

And as for the spells… if “Witches” use spells to make things happen. Why can’t we? To me, a magic spell can be as little as a positive affirmation and a switch in mindset. It’s all mindfulness. Speak aloud or in your mind what you want to happen. We are what we believe ourselves to be.

If you have an important job offer that lands you an interview… cast a magic spell by eating a proper breakfast, dressing the part, saying self-empowering thoughts aloud before you leave the house, and believing you deserve the job. Then release and let doubt go- knowing what will be will be. If you do this before and believe the whole way through the interview it will come across to everyone.

That’s powerful stuff! It’s no wonder magic has been feared by those in high ranking power positions. You can see why the early rulers wouldn’t want regular people thinking they could do anything if they just believed.

Magic works in my everyday life when I change my perspective whether when waiting for my coffee at the cafe or sitting in horrible traffic. If I’m feeling annoyed and antsy to get on with my day, I make a simple mindset change and the whole experience softens magically. I encourage you to try it. (Does it work every time? No. Some days there’s something bothering me and I can’t find the positive of a situation. Daily I strive to be more understanding.)

Remember, magic is something you do. Magic will not work if you do not make it happen. I don’t want you to think that you can’t just wish for something and it magically appears – well maybe you can sometimes, I’ve had it happen. But that story is for another time.

Look at Cinderella’s story. She may have had a Fairy Godmother help her, but if she stayed focused on the negative of her situation she would have never gotten into that carriage. Certainly a choice that changed her life completely! Remember, magic offers a choice. You may have all the good things you dream of laid out in front of you… and if you don’t jump… what good are they?

I hope this will give you a new perspective on what magic means so you may start finding it in your daily life. I’d love to hear how magic works for you.

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Good Witch Ball Invitation Download

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We had so many awesome comments about the Good Witch Ball and requests for the invitation! Thank you. So, we’ve decided to make it a free download for those Witchie Princesses at home. Now you can host your own Good Witch Ball in your own Stone Circle.

You’ll need to download the following fonts to be exact:

Rochester
DJB My Last Amen
Regency Script FLF

Download the file and get ready for the Ball. We have it for both WORD and Apple’s Pages.

WORD Good Witch Ball Invitation 
PAGES Good Witch Ball Invitation

Blessings,

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Good Witch Ball

Happy Magical Monday Good Witches!

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the magical ways the trees turn colors, apple harvest, the smell of cinnamon and roasted squash, and falling asleep with the cool crisp air flowing through my open windows. The beauty of this season never ceases to amaze me.

I’m in the peak of planning the Good Witch Ball, which I have hosted every Samhain since what good witch ball invitationfeels like forever.The invitations went out today, and I wanted to extend one to everyone to join us on the 30th of October. It’s the most amazing night of costumes, music, and magic that takes place at the Great Stone Circle in the Woods of Avalon. Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are from Samhain (pronounced sow-when) celebrations.

The first time I hosted the Ball was all the way back in the year 1228, when I was eighteen years old. Oh, now I’m really showing my age! It was that year the Great Fairy Queen, my Grandmother, Ora, which means Light or the Golden One, helped me first organize the ball and shared all the secrets of making it memorable and magical.

puppywood chandelier by canopy designsThe Samhain celebration, which you may know as Halloween, is a very special time for us in Azuria. This is the time of the last harvest of the year and the time where most of the creatures of the Earth begin their time of rest for the winter months.

One of my favorite traditions that we still keep today is lighting and raising the gorgeous woodland chandelier, like the one pictured, high into the treetops as the sun sets on the evening of Samhain. This symbolises lighting the way for a New Year.

Another wonderful, but often forgotten side, of Samhain is the time taken to reflect on the ancestors who came before us. This always makes me sentimental for my sweet Grandmother and other loved ones who are with us in our hearts. To honor those gone, guests of the Good Witch Ball bring an item to add to our Ancestor Heart Stone, which is in the middle of the Great Stone Circle. It may be a photograph, a lit candle, or a special piece of jewelry to remember them by. This is a special way to keep loved ones near while ringing in the New Year at Samhain’s Good Witch Ball.

There is a lot of misunderstanding in the word Witch. Sadly, the Witch’s traditional ways of celebrating Samhain was turned into a dark day long ago. Today people of The World dress in terrifying and ugly costumes to portray the things of nightmares. This was never the way the Witches honored this time of year. Guests of the Good Witch Ball dress in costumes the all Witches have traditionally dressed for this holiday, as what you want to be or bring into your life. This is a time to put on your brightest sparkles and show off the best of you to symbolize the ancient tradition of setting good intentions for the coming year. I hope that your learning about these age old traditions of Samhain might cause you to think about the way you celebrate this season.

With the onset of Thanksgiving and the Yuletide, this begins the time we draw closer to those we love. And a good thing, too! Because it won’t be long until it’s very cold outside. When we make time for our loved ones during the upcoming season, we should remember to joyfully honor those who are no longer with us.

There’s so much more to tell about the Autumn traditions in the Kingdom, but I really must get back to planning for the ball!

Blessings,

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