Saturday, 28 February 2015

Mandalas for Meditation by Midsummermoon

Mandalas and Zentangles





I came across something on the web that claimed that Zentangle and colouring, particularly Mandala colouring, could be considered forms of meditation.  I thought that this was different and decided to investigate and try for myself.

Mandalas have been used in meditation since the ancient times, particularly in the East.  In meditation mandalas can provide a focal point, either by simply gazing at the circular design, or by colouring and drawing mandalas.  This combines the calming meditative effect of the small hand movements of drawing and colouring with the focussing effect of the mandala.  Colouring is an effective meditation practice because it combines rhythmic movement and colours.

Similar thinking is behind the idea of Zentangle.

 “Zentangle is a method of drawing using simple repeating patterns.  Just as beautiful as the designs that are created, is the state of relaxed focus that comes from the practice of Zentangle.  Like yoga or meditation, this relaxed focus decreases stress, increases mindfulness, and enhances creativity.”

When I think about this it makes sense.  Frequently I have to attend boring, conference calls at work and often I find myself doodling on my notepad.  Often it is the same shape or images repeated, such as a box or an eye.

So I decided to give it a go and chose one of the new colouring books aimed at adults and spent many happy hours reliving my childhood whilst colouring the mandala and ‘doodling’ the Zentangle image.   I think that this technique could be something that I'd like to develop to see if I can improve and achieve some of the traditional benefits of meditation.
   


Friday, 27 February 2015

We have a donkey...

So yesterday, as you do on an average Thursday...Kitchen Witch adopted a donkey, not literally because the Kitchen Witch garden is way too small to keep a donkey in...

We adopted a donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary (where else really?) http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

The problem was choosing which donkey to adopt because actually we wanted all of them...it came down to names so we looked up the meanings and coupled with her little story the decision was made...(the non conformist bit in the story was the cincher really)

Welcome to Millie the Kitchen Witch donkey...

Her story:

Millie the mule is our very own Hollywood starlet with a number of fantastic performance tricks up her sleeve.

Before she joined us here at the Sanctuary, Millie loved to participate in medieval re-enactments using all her performance skills and really revelled in the applause from her adoring fans.

She has had a variety of owners including the Ministry of Defence, who found her to be too non-conformist to keep and so lovely Millie found a home at the Sanctuary.

and her name means:

In Latin the meaning of the name Millie is: Servant for the temple; Free-born; noble. Feminine form of Camillus. Famous bearer: Roman mythological Volscian warrior queen Camilla.

I have had the pleasure of visiting the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary on a couple of occasions, it makes a lovely day out and the donkeys are incredibly well looked after, I hope to go visit Millie there this summer.

Watch out for update blogs on Millie...

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Rituals...ice...and fire...

On Saturday 21st February 2015 Kitchen Witch will be holding our first open ritual of the year at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, 2pm start as usual.  The theme for this ritual will be LOVE ♥

Full details via our website hub www.kitchenwitchhearth.net or on the facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/558915544252390/?pnref=story

After the ritual some of us are heading to this...


Hosted by the fabulous Rich Lister https://www.facebook.com/iwalkonfire and www.theherosoul.com  he has very kindly offered a discount for Kitchen Witch School students (message us for details).

Come face your fears, and then freeze and burn them off...



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Chaldean Order by Starlitenergies

The Chaldean Order by Starlitenergies

How the Planetary hours and days are calculated…


While it may seem like they are random in order, it seems that it’s actually a somewhat complicated affair! Each day is divided into 24 hours as we know. This is determined by the time from sunrise to sunset divided by 12, and the time from sunset to the following sunrise divided by 12. The planetary rulers of each hour follow the Chaldean order. This is the order of the planets from Saturn to the Moon according to their increasing average daily motion. 

The Chaldean order of the planets seems to be: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and, Moon. Therefore, Saturn’s hour is followed by Jupiter’s hour and so on down the list.

The planetary rulers for the days are determined by what planet rules the hour of sunrise. In planetary ruler ships, a day is not midnight until the following midnight. A day is sunrise until the following sunrise. Each day, we cycle through the 7 planets used three times each, and then the first three planets in another cycle for a total of 24 hours (ooo a threefold cycle). The next planet in order is the ruler of the sunrise hour for the following day, and therefore the ruler of the following day.

As an example: If Saturday begins with Saturn ruling the hour of sunrise. Hour 1 (sunrise) – 7 takes us through a complete Chaldean cycle. Hours 8 -14 and 15 -21 completes 2 more cycles in the Chaldean order. That leaves Saturn ruling the 22nd hour, Jupiter ruling the 23rd, and Mars ruling the 24th hour. That completes Saturday, and brings us to the first hour of the following day. It is ruled by the next planet in the order, the Sun. Because the ruler of the sunrise hour becomes ruler of that day, the Sun’s day (Sunday) follows Saturn’s day (Saturday). This continues in an unending pattern, giving us the daily ruler that our weekdays are named after!

So how can we use the planetary hours and days?

This is one of the most basic applications of astrology. The energy of the planet ruling the day is increased on that day. Likewise, the energy of the planet ruling the hour is strong during this hour. Makes sense! This gives astrologers deeper insight into the influences of a specific time. It is also a way to select a time with more appropriate energies even if the ruling planets aren’t strongly aspected. You will have used a combination of planetary energy. For example, if you are planning a date Mars – Venus is a classic romantic combination. Try a Mars hour on a Venus day – this is always easy to determine, Mars rules sunset and the following hour on Friday evenings!

The use of planetary hours and days can be applied, even by non astrologers. Why not make a planetary hour chart for a week. When planning any activity choose a combination of hour/day with ruling planets whose energy seems appropriate for a more successful outcome. Actually this method has long been used by gardeners and herbalists. Planting as well as harvesting can be more productive if you choose the hour/day of the planet ruling the specific plant in question. This method, combined with moon phases, and moon signs can give amazing results! For herbs, harvest during the hour ruled by the planet reflecting the intended use of that herb.

There is an unlimited amount of uses for this method in spiritual matters. Meditation and chakra work can be greatly enhanced this way. Whatever chakra is ruled by the planet who is ruling the current day or hour is more active. For witches, use of planetary hours and days is quite traditional I feel. The most effective spells and rituals are performed on the appropriate day, at the appropriate hour. Some consider this incredibly important (I tend to be a little more impatient personally!! LOL!) Although anything that’s made such as incense, magical waters, amulets, talismans, and so on can be given extra strength by choosing the best time to make them!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Herbal Pathways Online Course

Our next online course is all about magical herbs, open to everyone one across the world.

Herbal Pathways

An eight week course delivered to your inbox each week together with a private facebook group for sharing your experience with others along with total support throughout the course (and beyond).

We will cover:

Basil
Thyme
Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Bay
Mint
Oregano

You will receive a pdf for each herb packed full of history, plant details, magical and medicinal properties, recipes, crafts and spellwork along with how to connect with plant spirits.

The course starts on 1st March, open for registration NOW www.kitchenwitchhearth.wix.com/herbalpathways

£20 (approx $30.33) for the full course (£15 for Kitchen Witch School students)