Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Little About Me

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Obsessing over: The baybay! Lol, he takes up so much of my thought process now a day. From what to cook for delivery and after. What to do with the nursery and oh so many other things all baby related.

Working on: My blog. I am trying to get it more organized and put together. So keep coming back and check it out from time to time. Just bare with me if my blog looks a little messy from time to time.


Thinking about: Food! I am always hungry or munchie here lately. I blame my little Turtle for that one though.


Anticipating: Turtles arrival. I can not wait to meet my little boy!

Eating: Nothing at the moment. Just sipping on some water as I have been having some swelling going on lately.


Wishing: I could visit my family and friends more often. It really helps seeing them when I am stressing out more than I should be.

Linking up with The Paper Mama for her self portrait challenge/giveaway!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Magickal Monday's Favorite Books

Here are my top 5 favorite go to books:






If you are interested in any of these just click on the picture of the book you are interested in. It will take you to the Amazon page they are located on.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Liebster Blog Award


I was given this award by Two is Better Than One - she is pretty awesome!
Go check her out she is great!


About the Liebster Blog Award: 
Liebster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved' but it can also mean 'favorite'. The idea of the Liebster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers in the hopes that it will bring many new friends/followers. So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five other bloggers. 
Please stop by and visit them.

The Rules are: 
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. 
2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know. 
3. Post the award on your blog. 
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare- other bloggers. 
5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

I'm passing this award onto the following wonderful blogs! 
Stop on by and check them out!!

1. Robin
2. Destiny
3.  Amanda
4. Leona
5. Libby 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

24 Week Bump Update



Wow, I am 24 weeks along today. I can't believe how fast this is going. In just a few short weeks I will be in the double digit count down for Kaileb's arrival. I am super stoked! The nursery is coming along just nicely. I will have to post pictures of it sometime (when it is finished).  

Sorry I am not posting any of the weekly updates this week. Other than Kaileb is about the size of an ear of corn not much has changed and I really do not want to sound repetitive. Hopefully next week I will have something better to report.

I also wanted to apologize for being MIA this week. I have not had the best of weeks. Which once I get my barrings and head straight I will blog about it on Tuesday. Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Wiccan Rede

Yes, I am being a little lazy on this post. Only because we are sick here in the Meyers house hold. So I found this wonderful article on Wikipedia. Yes I copied it word for word. If you do not want to read it here, then I suggest that you at least go the wiki web page and check it out. Hope you enjoy reading about this as much as I did!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Wiccan Rede is a statement that provides the key moral system in the Neo-pagan religion of Wicca and other related Witchcraft-based faiths. A common form of the Rede is An it harm none, do what ye will.

The word "Rede" derives from Middle English, meaning "advice" or "counsel". "An" is an archaic Middle English conjunction, meaning "if." "Ye" is an archaic or dialectal form of "you" (nominative plural).
Other variants of the Rede include:

  • Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will. Note: this is the first published form of the couplet, quoted from Doreen Valiente in 1964. Later published versions include "ye" instead of either "the" or "it": "Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill — an ye harm none, do what ye will" (Earth Religion News, 1974); "Eight words ye Wiccan Rede fulfill - An' it harm none, Do what ye will" (Green Egg, 1975)
  • An it harm none, do what thou wilt
  • An it harm none, do as thou wilt
  • That it harm none, do as thou wilt
  • Do what you will, so long as it harms none

History
The Rede in its best known form as the "eight words" couplet was first publicly recorded in a speech by Doreen Valiente in 1964. A similar phrase, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law, appears in Aleister Crowley's works by 1904, in The Book of the Law (though as used by Crowley it is half of a statement and response, the response being "Love is the law, love under will"). According to B.A. Robinson of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, Crowley adopted this line from François Rabelais, who in 1534 wrote, "DO AS THOU WILT because men that are free, of gentle birth, well bred and at home in civilized company possess a natural instinct that inclines them to virtue and saves them from vice. This instinct they name their honor".

King Pausole, a character in Pierre Louÿs' Les aventures du roi Pausole (The Adventures of King Pausole, published in 1901), had a similar motto of Do what you like as long as you harm no one. Although Gardner noted the similarity of the rede to King Pausole's words, Silver Ravenwolf believes it is more directly referencing Crowley. Another notable antecedent was put forth by the philosopher John Stuart Mill with his harm principle in the 19th century. "Mill argues that the sole purpose of law should be to stop people from harming others and that should people want to participate in victimless crimes, crimes with no complaining witness, such as gambling, drug usage, engaging in prostitution, then they should not be encroached in doing so."

The Long Rede
In 1974 a complete twenty-six line poem entitled "The Wiccan Rede" was published in the neo-Pagan magazine Earth Religion News. Each line contained a rhymed couplet laid out as a single line, the last line being the familiar "short rede" couplet beginning "Eight words...".

This poem was shortly followed by another, slightly different, version, entitled the "Rede Of The Wiccae", which was published in Green Egg magazine by Lady Gwen Thompson. She ascribed it to her grandmother Adriana Porter, and claimed that the earlier published text was distorted from "its original form". The poem has since been very widely circulated and has appeared in other versions and layouts, with additional or variant passages. It is commonly known as the "Long Rede".

Interpretations of the Rede
The Rede is similar to the Golden Rule, a belief that is found in nearly every religion. Not all traditional Wiccans follow the Rede; Gardnerians espouse the Charge of the Goddess as a guide for morality. Its line "Keep pure your highest ideal, strive ever towards it; let naught stop you or turn you aside, for mine is the secret door which opens upon the door of youth" is used as a maxim for ethical dilemmas.

There is some debate in the neo-Pagan and Wiccan communities as to the meaning of the Rede. The debate centers on the concept of the Rede being advice, not a commandment. The rejection of specific exhortations and prohibitions of conduct such as those given in the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments makes the Rede's character somewhat different from major religious texts such as the Holy Bible or the Qur'an. The Rede is only a guideline which the individual must interpret to fit each particular situation and unlike these Abrahamic religions, which actions "do harm" (and which do not) are not discussed in the Rede. What exactly does and does not do harm is therefore open to personal interpretation.

The concept of ethical reciprocity is not explicitly stated, but most Wiccans interpret the Rede to imply the Golden Rule in the belief that the spirit of the Rede is to actively do good for one's fellow humans as well as for oneself. Different sects of Wiccans read "none" differently. "None" can apply to only the self, or it may include animals and/or plants, and so forth. In essence, the Rede can be fully understood as meaning that one should always follow their true will instead of trying to obtain simple wants and to ensure that following one's will it does not harm anyone or anything. In this light, the Rede can be seen as encouraging a Wiccan to take personal responsibility for his or her actions. 

The Wiccan Rede  (long version)

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name, let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might in the fire it brings the God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
But - Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolg shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lammas night power is brought to magick rite.
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached its height time for Oak and Holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree By the Lady blessed you'll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend Lest you be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
True in love you must ever be unless your love is false to thee.
Eight words the Rede fulfil "An' ye harm none, do what ye wilt". 

The Wiccan Rede (short version)

Bide ye Wiccan laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Form the circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, singing out ye Witches' Rune.
Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss your hand to her times two.
When the rippling waters flow, cast a stone and truth ye'll know.
When ye have and hold a need, harken not with others' greed.
With a fool no seasons spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind ye threefold law ye should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is anow, wear the star upon thy brow.
True in Love ye must ever be, lest thy love be false to thee.
In these eight words, the Wiccan Rede fulfill
"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt."
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The 100 List [revisited]

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One of my besties:  Robin over at Penned Obscurities sat down and wrote a list of 100 things she wanted to do. You could call it a "Bucket List" if you want, but it's not a list of everything you want to do before you die. It is a list is 100 achievable actions that have been set out for yourself and are completely achievable. It's like a list of 100 goals. The point of this list is to challenge you to do at least one thing on your list every month/week/day. The point is it does not matter when you achieve these goals, as long as you have them and want to accomplish them. It is one you can participate in by recording your progress on your blog, journal or personal diary.

Robin started this list as a way to catalog her dreams, as a way to never lose passion for life. While creating this list, I will admit, the entire process of choosing what I wanted to put into it gave me some sleepless nights but not as many as it probably gave Robin. I would be asleep, or doing something random and then realize "I want this on my list!" Some of this stuff is silly and some of it made me melancholy—knowing that maybe some of these weren't going to actually happen (but I sure want get as many of them accomplished as possible).  I just have to keep a positive outlook and really try to put forth and effort to do this list. This list is s supposed to help you keep passion alive. So Robin asks, “What better way to be passionate than to instill hope, even if it is only in myself?”
With that I challenge you to write a list of 100 dreams and hopes that you want to accomplish in one lifetime. I challenge you to visit my blog or hers and tell us that you made your list and how you are going to document it.
 I set up a link for it so you can link up with us and show us your 100 list.

Become a Photographer 
Write a book
Get Married 
Visit Germany
Go Snowboarding
Own a fish
Get my AA
Finish a Scrapbook (again)
Get braces (to fix my teeth)
Ride in a hot air balloon
Road Trip across the US
Fly in a plane by myself
Design a web page for Moon Garden Grove
Go to South America
Get down to 160lbs
Become Financially Secure
Visit New York
Own a turtle
Get published at least once
Have children
Write Poetry (again)
Showcase my Photography
Get my Bachelors Degree
Finish getting my tattoos
Make a table 
Go skydiving (with my husband)
Get Moon Garden Grove organized
Get Healthy (no more junk food)
Visit Ireland
Go back to Whistler and  snowboard with Emily
Learn to play the drum set (again)
Make a Herb Shadow Box
Paint my House
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
See a rain forest
Be known as a creative person
Get to know my “mom’s” family
Walk barefoot across a beach
Write a love letter to my husband once a month for a year
Bring up my GPA
Learn German
Inspire Someone
Make my own meals instead of eating out
Write through a journal from start to finish
Do Yoga regularly
Kiss in the Rain
Own a Cabin in the mountains
Go to Disney Land
Go see my Uncle’s band play live
Get my Masters Degree
Have a girls day with my mother-in-law
Upgrade my camera and lenses
Build my own Photo Studio
Take a hiatus from technology and people for one day
Mediate at least once a week
Start saving money (and not spend it)
Go to Alaska and photograph it
Read all of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales
Read all of The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
Design my Kitchen
Own a telescope
Hand make all of my solstice gifts
Go to Japan with my Husband
Actually make it out to visit Bri
Send a soldier I don’t know a care package
Paint a picture
Wish on a shooting star
Get a job I love
Learn Irish Gaelic
Have a guilt free shopping spree
Swim in the Ocean
Go to Hawaii with my best friend
Visit the Grand Canyon
Go to Vegas with my in-laws and husband
Never lose myself for someone else
Learn to trust in people again
Photograph my nephews
Actually finish my 365 in 52 weeks photo journey
Learn to make jewelry
Learn to knit
Get Laurel K. Hamilton’s signature
Get down to 140 lbs
Have an all natural at home birth
Get and write to a pen-pal
Own all the HP Books
Document my husbands’ range days
Design my house and not feel guilty about it
Learn to like tea
Cut soda out of my life for good
Spend 48hrs with only my husband
Learn to play the guitar or piano
Plant a garden of my own
Finish my front and back yard
Try a brand new non-American food
Learn HTML/CSS
Design my own webpage for my photography
Spend an entire day with the woman I call “mom”
Forgive myself for my past
Write the truth and not feel guilty about it
Do at least 5 things on this list in 1 year


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Turtle

It a little after 2:30 in the morning here and I am posting this from my cellular apparatus, but you guys I just had to share this picture with you.

Yes it is of my pregnant belly, but more importantly than that my MATERNITY belly ring came in finally! I ended up having to trim it down to size because it was way to long. I may or may not have trimmed it to short, but oh well Amazon was pretty stocked up on them, so I can always order more.

What do you think of it? Cute huh?


Thursday, January 19, 2012

23 Week Bump Update


How far along: 23 weeks

How big is baby:  about 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango)

Maternity clothes: Oh yes, anywhere from yoga pants to maternity tops and jeans. Although I do still find some of my longer tank tops still somewhat fit over my pregnant belly.

Stretch marks: Definitely getting them. Even though I have been slathering on the stretch mark cream and oils, I still seem to be getting them no matter what.

Sleep: Finally starting to get better. I am still up pretty late at night but when I do fall asleep I usually sleep for 8-10 hrs (not solidly because I have to get up and pee 4-5 times between then). I do have to say that this is much more enjoyable than sleeping 2hrs and being up for 6-8hrs before sleeping for another 2 hrs. Glad that seems to be over (knock on wood).

Best moment this week: Kaileb went through a growth spurt so he was not moving as much. I was seriously starting to get worried. I told myself and him that if he didn’t move I was going to call my midwife and have her put the Doppler on him. About an hour later my little wiggle butt was doing some sort of dance, almost as if to say, “I’m still here mommy, don’t get the Doppler!”

Belly button in or out: It is still in, but I have noticed that it is starting to come out. I have a really deep belly button (I refer to it as the hole in my stomach) so this will be the first time I have ever seen what it looks like on the outside if it does decide to pop out.

Cravings: This week I seem to want water, milk, and orange juice like it is going out of style. I am glad to report that my hash browns, eggs smother in Tabasco sauce seems to have disappeared finally.

What I miss: Same as always, being able to sleep comfortably on my tummy and being able to have a glass of wine every now and again. Oh and friends wanting to hang out with me besides calling me up because they need a DD.

What am I looking forward to: 5 more weeks left and then I am officially in my third trimester! Can’t wait!

Milestones:  Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that his increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as the dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.





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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Good Bye Black Hole


For the longest time I have felt like there is a black hole in my heart. Something that has yet to be filled up, even after I met my husband it was still there. Still weighing on me, still reminding me it was there. That was until I saw my little man for the first time. This black hole of mine started to fill up right then and there. It filled up even more with Matt came in and took my hand and at 7 weeks old our baby did a summer-salt as soon as our hands connected. Even the ultra sound tech was surprised that my 7 week old baby did this. It continued to fill up even more after we got to hear his heart beat for the first time.


I believe now without a doubt that when Kaileb arrives in this world and I get to hold my baby boy in my arms for the first time that this black hole will no longer exist. I will finally be complete. That whatever it was that was telling me something was missing in my life is now finally telling me my life is now almost perfect.  Don’t get me wrong, my life is far from perfect, but it is the feeling I get the more this black hole fills up inside me. That no matter what the world may bring, as long as I have my husband and son beside me I will be just fine.


To be honest I am really glad to be getting rid of this black hole of mine. It has plagued me for far too long now. Since childhoodhonestly, so good bye black hole, I really hope I never see you again!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Magickal Mondays


I met Lea online a few months ago when I was just pondering the idea of Magickal Monday's. She graciously accepted to do a few guest posts for me. Here is her first guest post. I hope to show off her and her cute little blog some more soon!
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Understanding Beliefs

I initially set out to write a post about interfaith, set out to try and help people out there who may be struggling to deal with a family that celebrates multiple traditions.  Instead, I got help understanding my husband, Joshwa’s evolving beliefs.  It was eye-opening to realize that this wonderful spiritual transition – an accepting and deepening of convictions – was happening before my eyes, in my husband’s quiet way.  And I was so busy trying to shove him into a Christian box that no longer fit, that I was making the same mistakes so many outsiders make about our Pagan community.

When we met, Joshwa had begun tentatively exploring his faith and what being a Christian meant to him.  I’d love to say that I started this wonderful transition of bringing my husband to a place of understanding the path he is on; but that honor lies with Brave, my husband’s dear friend, and a Hindi.  It was through interactions with Brave and his family that Joshwa got his first real look at non-Christians and the depth of faith and the outpouring of love he experienced with them confirmed what he had felt but been unsure of before – that there were more than one way to the Divine.  And then he met me, and I brought him into the enfolding warmth of the community that exists in my hometown – a bright, diverse community that spans all age groups and all manner of belief systems.

And for the last six years, I have been making assumptions about where our family stood, struggling to make a tradition that incorporated what I was assuming were aspects of his faith.  And I found myself endlessly frustrated as I attempted to incorporate church events (such as Christmas eve services, and Easter services) and found Joshwa at best blasé and at worst down-right belligerent to the ideas.  I had begun to worry that I had turned my husband away from his faith, but still I soldiered on, thinking that I was doing best for him, because one day he would wake up and realize that he’d allowed his faith to fall by the wayside and he’d want to embrace them again, and here they would be waiting for him, just as he left them.  But as I sat down to write the original article I thought I would be so clever as to write, I wanted clarification on a few things.

And that’s when I discovered, I’m not in an interfaith marriage, any more than most Pagan couples.  Yes, we worship different Deities, but in the end, Joshwa is no more a Christian than I am – at least not by modern views of Christianity.  You see, my husband is a follower of Jesus, but he does not worshipJesus.  Which means that over the years, he hasn’t celebrated religious Christmas and Easter, because he doesn’t believe that he should; because my husband does not believe that Jesus is important in and of himself – Jesus is merely the physical vessel of the Power of God (better known as the Holy Spirit), which is literally just the flexing of God's power. (by God, I mean Elohim, though we believe He is the same Divine as Danu and the Dagda, my own Deities)  He has been slowly developing these beliefs through close interaction with God – a close interaction that he has found through ritual the way we perform it.

All this time, that's been brewing inside him, slowly developing until we sat down and talked about it, leading him to finally put into words ideals he'd been firming up within his own mind and heart.  And I'd never have known, would never have stopped long enough to find out if I hadn't decided to try to write a blog post for someone else - if I hadn't had that push to find out what, exactly my husband believed.

Don't forget to talk to your loved ones, even if you think you know them better than they know themselves.  People change - we always hope it's for the better - and the only way you're going to know about the change is if you open you ears and your heart and listen.

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”danni



Friday, January 13, 2012

22 Week Update!




How far along:  22 weeks!

How big is baby: He is 11 inches long (about the size of a baby squash, Kaileb weighs almost 1 pound.
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Maternity clothes: I wear maternity jeans and some tops, but for the most part have been rocking the hell out of yoga pants and long tank tops.

Stretch marks:  Starting to get some at the top of my tummy, hopefully they will not get to much worse.

Sleep: Getting a lot better. Seems like my sleep schedule is getting a lot better, *knock on wood* that it keeps up and I do not revert back to how bad my insomnia was.

Best moment this week: Kaileb rolled over and I was able to feel it. He rolled over from the bottom of my belly button and rolled to the top of it. It was the coolest feeling ever!

Belly button in or out: still in so far =]

Craving: Still craving hash browns, eggs and Tabasco. I have been drinking chocolate milk more and my strawberry craving is back now that I found a place that sells fresh strawberries. Score!

What I miss: Sleeping on my belly. It is my favorite sleeping position. And I really wouldn’t mind a glass of red wine right now too…

What am I looking forward to: Honestly I really do not know yet, I am only half way through this pregnancy so I guess I am looking forward to the third trimester.

Milestones: Kaileb is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and tiny tooth buds are starting to develop under the gums. His eyes have formed, but the irises (the colored part of the eye) still lacks pigment at the moment.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Creating your dream temple...


Do you remember when you were a child how much fun it was building a fort or perhaps a tree house so that you could have a sleep over in it? Do you remember how magickal that secret little corner of space became to you, or how the feeling of mystery and excitement would wash over you as you crawled through the small tunnel entrance into the spacious cavern that you dragged all your favorite toys, blankets and books into? 

Did you know that at such a young age, you sought out this special little haven perhaps as a dream temple and didn't even realize it?

Dream temples are prevalent all over the earth, created by the ancient societies as a special haven where they too could have their secret corners to let their imagination and dreams inspire them. While the temples of old were more formal and certainly more spacious than our couch cushion walled, blanket ceiling and armchair supported fortresses, they nonetheless served the same purpose to draw out a new mystical perspective from our beings.

Some postulate that dream temples, which simulated incubation, allowed the body to experience death; others thought it was more like the comfort of a mother's womb and thus allowed us to experience a place of birth. Whichever the case may be (it's likely and logical that both are true), it is important that when creating your personal dream temple you make it feel like a hidden cozy corner away from the rest of your everyday world. Your bedroom doesn't count! Let me explain why... First, your bedroom is part of your everyday world. You begin your days there and end them there too. After a period of time the body naturally begins to associate your bedroom and the bed/things in it as a place of sleep and everyday living (I know you're saying well yeah, that's why it makes a good dream temple silly). By a place of sleep, I am talking about a place of physical rest and restoration of your body, not so much a place of sleep where you will dream your magickal dreams. When your body becomes used to (adapts itself to) associating your bedroom with relaxation and regenerating itself, that's what it gets itself programmed to do. Now, if you change that and add a new sleeping place to your resources, one that is for magickal thought and dreaming your body has a new place where it can let out or maybe gain some of the inspirations you've been looking for.

Why does it work? Because for one, your body must get used to a new sleeping environment and can't access the mental program your bedroom environment has to get you into the rest and restoration mode. Two, the emotions evoked by a dream temple create a magickal mood in your body making you more receptive to those threads of thought patterns and energies. Three, the different ways that sound, smell and light does or doesn't enter your sleeping environment will tend to change your sleeping habits. For example, as the sun rises each day the light may enter your bedroom window, signaling your body to start awakening. However, if you create a dream temple that is almost completely void of light you might catch yourself oversleeping (and beneficially having more REM/dream time)!

To help you create your dreaming temple here are a few suggestions:

1. Create your dreaming temple outside of your bedroom if you can. 

2. Try to keep your space partitioned off from mainstream activity in the house, allowing you a safe haven of secrecy for yourself.

3. If you can, let the child in you come out to play. Pitch a tent in the living room; build your fortress with your couch cushions and blankets and nearby furniture; drape a blanket over the kitchen table, and sleep under it with the dog (don't sit up too fast when you awaken!); if you have a large enough walk in closet, dig the junk out of it for a few days and make yourself a nest. Glow in the dark stickers did you say??? Definitely!

4. Get a special set of blankets and pillows for your dream temple. Anoint them with a specific oil/scent that you only use for them. Why? Because once you start using these your body will associate the textures and smells with your special dreaming space, thus opening your mind to that mood etc.

5. If you can make your temple with secret compartments for your flashlight, your pens and dream journal do so! Secret compartments always add to the fun, and they keep you from waking up with ink stains all over your jammies!

6. Bring in some charged crystals if you like. I prefer amethyst, moonstone or clear quartz. I also try and make sure that the crystals I use are the soft polished ones, not crystal points because I don't like waking up to sharp pointy things digging in while I'm trying to dream.

7. Try and keep your dream temple easy to assemble and disassemble (if you must). If you have a spare room in the house however, you can make it your permanent dreaming space.

8. Don't over use your dreaming space! Sleep in your dream temple 7 days in a row at the very most (I personally try not to go over 4 or 5 days). If you over use your dreaming temple you may find that your dreams start dwindling as your body starts looking to re-associate itself with a program to relax and restore itself in your dream space. 

9. You may want to access your dream temple on the weekends or days that you know you won't have to get up at any certain time. My dream temple is particularly dark when I shut the entrance and that from time to time does keep me sleeping later than usual.

10. Most importantly keep it comfy. If you have a hard floor without any carpeting you may want to invest in one of those foam bed cushions. Sleeping on just blankets could leave you with an unwelcome stiffness in the limbs in the morning. Also temperature control... You may need lighter blankets in the summer etc. 

11. When using your dreaming space it is recommended (for many dreaming techniques) that you eat a light dinner if any at all, refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol the day before, and perhaps take a ritual bath beforehand.

The rest is for you to tailor to your needs. Good luck and blessed dreaming! 

~Windfox 8/04From Windfox’s Web of Wicca


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

21 Weeks!





How far along:  21 weeks

How big is baby: about the size of a carrot or about three quarts of a pound and is approximately 10 ½ inches long.

Maternity clothes: yes, I have been wearing them since I was 15 weeks along.

Stretch marks: I am starting to get some, but for the most part keeping them at bay with lotions and oils. Although I think I am going to lose the battle on this one though.

Sleep: Ha ha, what’s that? Seriously this pregnancy has my insomnia maxed out to the core. If I do happen to fall asleep before midnight I am back up around 2 or 3am and then asleep again around 7 or 8am which means I usually do not wake up until noon or after. Talk about your day being completely wasted.

Best moment this week: I started feeling Kaileb move around a lot more this week. I found out he loves cheddar broccoli soup. As soon as I ate it he started dancing in my belly. It was awesome!  

Belly button in or out: Still in, for now =]

Craving: Hash browns and eggs smothered in Tabasco sauce and chocolate milk. This has pretty much all I have been craving during this pregnancy.

What I miss: Being able to sleep on my belly. I used to do that all the time before I got pregnant. I can’t wait to do that again.

What am I looking forward to: hitting the 3rd trimester mark and call me crazy but I am looking forward to nesting. Maybe then I will actually have the energy to clean my house the way I want it to be done.

Milestones: His eyebrows and lids are present now.

I still do not really feel pregnant. Well other than the fact that I am seeing my belly grow bigger and bigger every week. I am so glad that I am taking pictures of this pregnancy to document it. Even if it is by crappy cell phone photos. I am still enjoying seeing my progress. Most days I just feel huge and struggle with the fact that I know I am gaining weight...although it seems to all be in my belly at the moment. I think that is because I have not really had any pregnancy symptoms what so ever. In the first trimester I was really fatigued but that is it. This trimester my energy is back and other than the food craving I have been having off and on, it still does not seem real. 

I am hoping it will soon since I am starting to feel him move more and more, but it is still so few and far between that it is easy to forget for a minute or two that I am growing a human being in my belly.