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Friday, May 13, 2016

Revisiting the Unlucky Day


A few years ago, we discussed 13 facts about Friday the 13th.  I thought we would revisit this topic and discuss the origin of the unlucky day.

Although it is unknown exactly how this day became to be known as unlucky, although there are a few instances in early history, fear of this day is believed to have firmly gasped public attention in the 1800s.  Superstitions regarding Fridays and the number 13 had been in the mind's eye for hundreds of years prior to this however the two were not generally associated together until the Middle Ages.

13 is unlucky...
  1. It is believed that fear of 13 stems back to early Christian Religion.  Judas (the betrayer of Jesus) was the 13th guest at the Last Supper.  Now it should be noted, it is believed that the Last Supper was held on a Thursday.
  2. In Norse Legend, Odin also had a dinner party in which the 13th (uninvited) guest - Loki - caused problems.  
  3. In Hindu belief, it is unlucky for 13 people to congregate together for any purpose.  
Are you seeing a re-occurring theme here? 

Friday is unlucky...
  1. The name “Friday” was chosen in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg, also known as Freyja, who was the multitalented goddess of love, beauty, wisdom, war, death, and magicEventually Christian faith tried to convince the Masses that the Goddess was demonic, and thus, the day associated with her became "evil".
  2. Although the calendar was not in place yet, it is believed that the day Eve gave Adam the forbidden fruit, thus expelling them from the Garden of Eden, was a Friday.
Friday and 13... Together at last...
  1.  Although this seems to be a modern notation, and it not documented in history, it is believed that the Knights Templar were arrested on Friday, October 13, 1308.
  2. King Harold II refused to relinquish his crown to William of Normandy on Friday, October 13, 1066.  And it was forcefully taken the next day and caused King Harold's death.  Again, it is a modern notion looking back, listing this day as the ultimate in unlucky days.
Psychologists are quick to point out that when something negative occurs on a day it is permanently etched into our memory and that belief will outweigh all of the times this unlucky day was uneventful.  So basically, it is our collective subconscious that has deemed Friday the 13th unlucky and when you believe strongly in something, it often comes to fruition. 
 
For those that are fearful of this day, remember the most it can occur is 3 times in one year.  However it is possible to go 14 months without the 13th landing on a Friday.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

10 Ways to Make Your Bath More Amazing

As a working mom I love to find ways to center myself and to reconnect with myself and Spirit.  I find it hard to meditate.  And because I multitask, it’s rare to naturally create moments of stillness.  This is why I created the practice of taking a sacred bath.  It was the one time that everyone would leave me alone so that I could tune in to my guidance and reemerge from the sacred waters with clarity, peace and well-being.

You can read my upcoming book, The Book of Sacred Baths’ to learn out about the history of sacred bathing, the process of creating a sacred bath and receive 52 bath meditations, one for every week of the year.  But, you can start making your regular bath more fun with these 10 tips and begin to elevate this ‘every day hygiene habit’ to a sacred bath ritual befitting of the Goddess that you are.  It will help you move through your day with presence and power:  


1.       Clear the space:  Take away any old towels, bathroom mess or distractions.  You are going to create great energy so you will enjoy your sacred bath time and will be able to relax and focus: You can use palo santo wood or incense to create sacred space.  Here is one example : Peruvian Specialty Incense Palo Santo Wood Sticks(pack of 6) by New Age, but you can use sage, incense or whatever attracts you.

2.       Use a candle to invite in Spirit and make a prayer.  You can put it on the corner of your tub so that you can stare at it, make a prayer that matches the intention for your bath and you can blow it out at the closing of your bath ritual. There are so many specialty candles that represent your Spirit guide, angel or intention.  For example, if you are taking a sacred bath and asking Archangel Michael for guidance you can get this candle: Archangel Raphael Devotion Candle by Sacred Vessel Healing Arts.

3.       Use sacred music.   Music adds beauty to our life and rituals.  We take it in on a deep unconscious level and it shifts our emotions.  You can match the music to the intention you have for your sacred bath.  For example, if you are asking for angelic guidance, try some harp music like this to enhance your experience: AngelicHarp Music by Erik Berglund.

4. Use wonderful essential oils: Essential oils smell great, have different energies and may raise your vibration.  Try lavender essential oil for relaxation or jasmine or neroli essential oil for love and attraction.  Use good quality essential oils that are pure.  Some brands I use are NOW essential oils (I get them on Amazon), Floracopia essential oils or Young Living essential oils but I’m sure there are many others.

5. Say specific meditations to invite guidance about the life area you most want to improve.  The Book of Sacred Baths has step-by-step instructions with 52 bath meditations in the areas of health, relationships, career, emotions, Spirit and more.  The idea is to be still, have an intention or to ask a question and to give yourself time to really listen for an answer.

6. Drink an herbal tea afterwards that matches the intention and energy of your sacred bath.  For example if you want to speak your truth more, this tea is for your throat chakra: Visuddha Herbal Tea(throat chakra).  There are many examples of herbal teas that match intentions in my book.

7.  Get a waterproof journal so you can jot down notes of any guidance you receive afterwards.  When you relax in your sacred bath your consciousness expands and you are very relaxed.  I often get many ideas and messages but if I don’t write them down right away, sometimes I will forget them.  Check out this journal that you won’t ruin if it gets a bit wet, or buy your own pretty journal and write in it right after you step out.

8.  Get Lavender Epsom salts to take away any toxins to aid relaxation.  Here’s the one I like to use: Lavender Epsom Salts.

9.  Place a crystal in the bath that matches your intention.  For example, a rose quartz crystal is good to open your heart to love, as mentioned in this bookOr you could use a lapis lazuli to improve your communication.  My book explores many crystals and which intentions they support.

10.  Your Intention:  This is the most important thing.  It involves knowing the focus of your sacred bath and what you want to get out of it before you ask for Divine guidance.  You then spend your time just focusing on that and bring your attention back if your mind begins to wander.


To learn more, buy my new book, The Book of Sacred Baths:  52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit  published by Llewellyn Worldwide in August 2016.  It’s available HERE.  You can learn more about sacred bathing and bath products HERE.

Blessings & Happy Bathing!
~ Paulette

 

Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman is a licensed psychologist, dating coach and author of the upcoming, The Book of Sacred Baths, published by Llewellyn Worldwide.  She is also the author of Dating from the Inside Out, published by Atria Books and 19 others.  She’s a monthly expert in JDate's JMag and on Eligible Magazine.  She’s been an expert on television like the CBS Early Show & the AM Northwest Early Show and a radio guest on the Curtis Sliwa show, Pathways and others. Dr. Sherman was quoted on MSN.com, USA Weekend, the NY Post, Newsweek, Lifetime.com, More, Match.com, Foxnews.com, Fox Business, Crains, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Glamour, Forbes, Woman’s Day, Metro newspapers, Men’s Health, Seventeen, Men’s Health, New York Magazine, Web MD, Everyday Health, Complete Woman magazines, the Huffington Post and the NY Times.  She has a psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and does dating coaching by phone.  To learn more, visit her website at www.drpaulettesherman.com   and www.sacredbathing.com .


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

KWW: Cinnamon Honey

A local shoppe sells the best organic honey.  They have several flavours, but my favourite is the cinnamon honey.  However as busy as I am, I am not always able to pop in and purchase it.  When I find myself out of the flavoured honey i often whip up this Cinnamon Honey Butter.  It tastes divine on muffins, bagels and even pancakes and couldn't be simpler!


CINNAMON HONEY BUTTER
Ingredients:
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and mix until light and fluffy.


In addition to being tasty, honey also has a place in many religious practices.  In the Hindu belief it is known as one of the five elixirs of immortality.  In the Pagan community it is used in many spells - remember my Garden Blessing?




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Find out what it is all about HERE.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Ch-cha-cha-changes!!!

Brightest blessings, Witches!

It has been quite a while since I have opened this blog...  but I have felt a need to come back and revamp this.  I miss posting here.  I have not only neglected this blog, but also my path... and I find myself missing it more and more. It's time to dust off the altar, the Book of Shadows, and my keyboard!

I have many changes in mind for Mom's a Witch; it has started with a complete overhaul and new look.  I will soon be featuring guest bloggers, a monthly newsletter and book reviews and recommendations.  Kitchen Witch Wednesdays will continue, as well as Pagan Blog Prompts and I hope to add more Pagan Parenting aspects.  If you have other ideas, I would love to hear them.

Please excuse the mess, while I continue to update.





{ Stock image from: Tanit Isis Stock }

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pagan Blog Prompts: May 2015


Please leave your link in the comments if you would like me [and other Withces] to visit.

:: May Blog Prompts ::

  1.  Beltane!!  What does this Sabbat mean to you?  How will you celebrate?
  2.  Fire is an important symbol of Beltane.  Do you use ritual fires - either in form of candle lighting or bonfire?
  3. My patron God is....
  4. Tools of the Trade: Do you have a cauldron?
  5. Being Creative: Do you have a faery garden?  How do you attract the fae into your life?


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pagan Blog Prompts: April 2015


Please leave your link in the comments if you would like me [and other Withces] to visit.

:: April Blog Prompts ::

  1.  Spring is coming!  How do you acknowledge the changing of the seasons?
  2.  April 22nd is Earth Day.  How will you celebrate Mother Earth?
  3. My matron Goddess is....
  4. Tools of the Trade: What was the first Wiccan/Pagan item you purchased?
  5. Being Creative: Share a picture of your altar.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Let go....



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pagan Blog Prompts: March 2015

Ohh my Gods! I am behind... I had thought I had "scheduled" this post... turns out I just saved it.  Sorry for the delay Witches!  And thank you for letting me know of the problem!!

Please leave your link in the comments if you would like me [and other Withces] to visit.

:: March Blog Prompts ::
  1.  Spring is coming!  Will you be planting an herb garden?
  2. My favourite herb for magickal uses is....
  3. An herb I have never used, but would like to add to my herb cabinet is....
  4. Tools of the Trade:  How do you store your herbs?
  5. Being Creative: Write a "garden gowth" spell or blessing.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pagan Blog Prompts: February 2015

Mom's a Witch, will now be supplying monthly pagan blog prompts for readers!  I know how hard it is to come up with posts sometimes... we want our blogs to be fresh and exciting, but sometimes we get into a rut or just have a huge case of writers block (guilty!!!).  Since the former sites [I used to use] that offered Pagan Blog Prompts no longer seem to be updating, I will make an entry monthly for pagan prompts.  There will be 4-5 prompts per enter (which means, one prompt for each week).

Sometimes, the prompts will be very vague, leaving much to your creative interpretations, other times I will use a guided journaling technique.

Please add your blog link in the comments so that I can come visit you!  Have fun -- happy blogging, Witches!

:: February 2015 Blog Prompts ::

  1. What is something you can do this month to bring you closer to the Goddess?  How can you strengthen your spirituality?
  2. My favourite thing about being a Witch/Pagan is...
  3. Tools of the trade - my prized Wiccan/Pagan possession is...
  4. Being Creative: You are a [stereotypical] cottage witch.  Look out your cottage window and describe what you see.  What does your cottage look like?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lughnasadh Blessings

Correspondences:

Symbols & Decore:
The sun, oak, birch & fir branches, sun flowers, lilies, red/maize/yellow or gold flower, love amulets, seashells, summer fruits & flowers, feather/flower door wreath, sun wheel, fire, circles of stone, sun dials and swords/blades, bird feathers, Witches' ladder.

Dieties:
Lugh (Celtic, one of the Tuatha De Danaan),
The Mother - Dana (Lugh’s wife & queen),
Demeter/Ceres (Roman grain goddess..honored at Ceresalia), Arianrhod’s golden haired son Lleu
(Welsh God of the Sun & Corn where corn includes all grains, not just maize), Other agricultural Goddesses, The Waxing Goddess, The Waning God 

Colours:
Red, Orange, Golden Yellow, Green, Light Brown, Gold, Bronze, Gray

Animals and Mythical Beings:
Griffins, basilisks, roosters, calves, centaurs, phoenix

Gemstones:
Aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, yellow diamondsand citrine

Herbs:
Grain, acacia, heather, ginseng, sloe, cornstalks, cyclamen, fenugreek, aloes, frankincense, sunflower, hollyhock, oak leaf, wheat,myrtle

Incense:
Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood  

Foods:
Loaves of homemade wheat, oat, & corn bread, barley cakes, corn, potatoes, summer squash, nuts, acorns, wild berries (any type), apples, rice, pears, berry pies, elderberry wine, crab apples, mead, crab, blackberries, meadowsweet tea, grapes, cider, beer