Just a rambling post about stuff I've got going on because I feel like writing about it. :)
My dogwood trees have fat buds on them and if the weather stays in the 80's the way it has been, they'll be bloomed out in all their magically delicious beauty soon. Dogwoods have so much to offer, their branches, flowers, and berries. They've been reported for some time to be associated with wishes, protection, and secrets. This seems pretty accurate based on what I get from the dogwoods on my land.
I have three big sycamores in my backyard, that really seem to be coming alive in the last week. Awhile back I got the message that I needed to do a blood feeding of my trees, and it happened to be during my monthly cycle. So I gathered some menstrual blood, diluted it with water, and fed it to my trees. The transformation in the sycamore's energy was amazing. They seem much more awake, and more aware of me, than they did before.
I've posted this elsewhere, but here's my method of gathering menstrual blood since I don't use a diva cup - which appears to be most female witch's preferred way. Buy
a bottle of cheap wine in a clear glass bottle with a screw top. Open
it and pour the wine down the drain (for the love of all that is holy
NEVER drink wine that comes in a screw top bottle!!). Fill the
bottle most of the way with water, and when you have a blood soaked
tampon stick it in the bottle. You'll probably need to use something to
push it down through the neck of the bottle. Be sure and hold on to
the string. When you've got it past the neck of the bottle and
submerged in the water, screw the lid on over the string to secure it.
The blood will slowly seep out into the water, usually dropping down in a
line (similar to the way incense smoke rises in a line) and is very
pretty to watch for those of us who aren't weirded out by such things, very relaxing and meditative.
After a day or two, most of the blood will have seeped into the water
and you can take the lid off and pull the tampon out. You now have a wine bottle of lovely dusky red moon blood water for whatever purposes you need to use it for. :)
I recently ordered 3 new books I'm eagerly anticipating. Talismanic grimoires fascinate me. I am not a grimoire purist, there's no way I could take someone else's path (whether current or ancient) and follow it exactly to the letter, but by experimenting with the practices outlined in the ones I choose to work from I can learn new things and evolve on my own path.
On the subject of random looks - I'm not sure just what the hel's going on lately but everywhere I go people are staring at me like I have two heads! This is a sudden development, and as I just completed a rather dark magical work and haven't yet moved the remnants of it out of my home, I'm beginning to think I'm projecting something related to it that makes the local public quite uncomfortable. I'm a "hidden in plain sight" witch, not going around dressed in goth (although I think goth is lovely) or sporting a pentacle.. and nothing about my dress or demeanor has changed that I'm aware of. The remnants of the work will be moved on tonight and a cleansing of the space started, so I'm curious to see if this stops the "deer in the headlights" stares people are giving me.