The Blast of or Blasted Summer

June 28, 2012

It’s Summer full blast here. 100˚ here is pretty hot. Usually get  few of those days but usually later in the Summer.It is dry though, that makes it a bit better. At least for me. It’s a bit strange, we close the blinds and put up curtains so the Sun doesn’t come in. It’s a bit cave like when you think about it. Since we are 7,000ft we get intense heat. A few direct minutes and you really feel it.

I have really been thinkng about my Goddess Cards lately. I shall pull them out tonight. I do wish I could find an old iron bed to put outside for sleeping. Iwould love to pull out the cards outside with a lntern. I do find some ironbeds , but they cost too much, o they are queen size full. I just need a small twin size bed. I need one donated to me. I would put it onthe balcony or under the cedar frame. How wonderful to dream out there. Dreams are better outside. Sleep is better outside. When it is so hot, one tends to stay inside, therefore we become creatures of the night. What better way to conduct life then at night in the summer? I will be having a special guest for Sept. Wendy Rule and her husband will be doing a summer house concert here. See, now that is important to have an extra bed!

This morning I had my Chai tea outside on the portal with my hummingbirds. I had to first make sure all the feeders were full. Then I was graced with their holy presents. They have so much life and joy. They are truly grateful for the food I put out for them. They tell me all the time. They can also be a bit aggresive with each other. I guess that’s the nature of all things. If we look to the birds, the fowl, the creatures big and small, we learn from them. Sometimes I think there should be no aggression, but agression has been with all creatures since time began. It brought us to where we are, good or bad. It serves a purpose, I still struggle with that one. I understand being assertive, I think that is a good quality. I will continue to struggle with the agressive one.

Okay, here is another quip. Is there Solstice on the Equator? I have friend who lives onthe Equator and he said they had no Solstice. Hummmm. I’ve asked quite a few people and so far no one has given me a satisfactory answer. Tonight I’ll call Steve. He would know that, maybe. Off to feed my dog Rezi, she’s off the Rez. Getting pretty old that Rezi. Blessed Be,  Velvet

The Solstice

June 24, 2012

The day was grand with weather that was in the nineties. Sky as blue as can be. The greens looked greener the yellows brighter. Everything was crisp. I bought hambuger for burgers and Robin made potato salad. Guest, of which there were many, brought the rest. Beautiful golden beets, Sweet cherries from Cochiti, Watermelon, apricot tart. Blueberry cobbler, chips and guacamole and more. Our chef was great, even though we wanted him to have a day off, he stood protecting the grill. After eating and some libations, dusk began to set in. I wasn’t sure how many people were into doing a ceremony, as many of these folks had not been to a ceremony before. Well, I was asked to start the ceremony, it began. All the women in the four directions were new at this, and with just little info on the elements and a wee bit of prompting, it went beautifully. A good friend had brought a bundle with all the proper herbs and we named another friend to be the SunGod. It was perfect. Many friends who had not been to a ceremony before were really impressed and enjoyed to entire day. Many new friends were formed and lot’s of good eats and much joy was spread. Blessings for a grand Midsummer.

A Day Unlike Any Other Day

June 11, 2012

Yesterday was truly rare day a day to remember. In fact I shall never forget it!  I was leaving at 9 AM on my way to Albuquerque to see Mino, a Peruvian Medicine man. I was going for a healing and advice. It was a beautiful morning and I was a bit excited. I drove out of my gravel driveway on to my dirt road, the Cottonwood trees were spuing their delicate feathery seeds about. I got to the main road and there was  this peaceful quite. No one around. Only fairy like dust balls from the trees.  I drove about a 1/4 of a mile, maybe less and standing in the middle of the road was an Eagle. Yes, I said an Eagle!  She did not move or flutter away.  I  came to a complete stop.  She stood there staring at me motionless. It was at least 15-20 seconds, then all of a sudden she lifted her wings, full spread and kept them that way for a few more seconds. Seemed like minutes to me. It was so beautiful. She then slowly put her wings down, all this while looking at me . She stood magnificently and then she took off.  I of course could not move. I was overwhelmed. I had tears running down my face and didn’t realize it. I looked around to see if anyone was around to say ” did you see that?” Of course there was no one. I said a payer of thanksgiving and on my way to see Mino I called my sister. She quickly said, ” did he leave you a feather?” I guess I was so caught off guard, I  did’t even notice. My eyes were captivated by her eyes. I was on the interstate, so I told her I would look when I returned. I full well knew, with our winds, it would probably not be there, if in fact she had left a feather. I was content with just her presence. The day continued with the healing magic of Mino and the wonderful herb talk with Bernadette. We are so lucky to have people who really care about the our Mother Earth and about her children. My healing was great, but that I shall not talk about. My day was super blessed. My life has been super blessed.

Blessings to all. I hope the Sun is shinning in all your hearts. Take time to feel the positive in your life.  Velvet

Venus Abound

June 8, 2012

I was speaking to my son yesterday about this Venus phenomena and as he spoke  his excitement began to make his face glow and his grin became wider. He was as excited as a young child. He is forty-three. He of course began explaining the importance of the last transit due to the mathematics, and so forth. I was so glad that he could still have a sense of wonder. We are very close, he was born on my, now our birthday. He too, is a Wiccan if anything at all.

I have since spoken to many people and everyone was watching. That totally amazes me. I’m actually  very proud of “people” for acknowledging the “Universe”, the “Solar System”, the “Heavens”. Imagine these minuscule little beings, looking toward the skies at the same synchronized time. All over the globe. Venus uniting the world. How cool is that?

On another level many women I know had various strange things happen to them from physical, to sprirtual, to emotional, or panic attackes. We must be atune also, to the fact that we just had a solar eclipse and alignments of the planets. How much can a body take? Is it our American sensitivities? Did other women, from other countries have the simular feelings. I know it’s soon, but did  anyone do a study, a poll?  I do say women, because I mainy spoke with women. Maybe many men has simular experiences too. Just an interesting thought.

Summer Solsice is just around the corner. It seems to happen quicker every year. I had planned to host a party. I do think it will be for more than our circle. I may invite the neighbors, I don’t think they’ll mind the ritual. It’ summer after all. Here in the valley we have a bit more water than Santa Fe, so we are also a bit greener. The trees this year are also bountiful with plums, apples, some cherries and peaches. the currants seem good too. Oh, and apricots. Canning will be good this year. Last years harvest was so hard here, everyone decided to do a small garden of their own rather than our large community garden. The last few years, the last the freeze has been too late. Hence, we’ve had no fruit.

Speaking of gardens ans such, where will I be this time next year?? In Northern California, in France, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica? Will I have a garden, maybe just yerbas para medicina. My internship is coming to a close and I must walk the path I am to take. The curandera from Guatemala told me I was  born ready. It comes from my Abuelita. It’s in the hands. My son is gifted with the fire in his hands too. Next week I will be seeing the Peruvian Curandero in Albuqurque. He too, said it was time. This path is a hard one, but I must begin. It has all come together this year. Before my eyes it has come together. It must be Venus! It must be my transit, it must be our transit. Wish me luck and well being. Well. good night and Blessed be,  Velvet

Well, more big …

May 20, 2012

Well, more big changes. My spouse and I have decided to go on separate paths. I guess we were on separate paths already. It just took us time to realize it. Now all kinds of stuff has been changing. Choices of what to keep. What to store, what to toss, what to give away and especially what he wants. The splitting up of stuff has not been to hard. It’s been hard on the animals. i know that seems strange, but the poor things don’t have an explanation why things aren’t always on schedule. Why things aren’t the same. 

We are on  different journey and it can be hard when you’ve been on sort of the same journey for almost 20 years.

It will be scary, sad, exciting, happy, angry, all knowing it will turn out fine. Actually better than fine. I will be selling my beautiful home. The creek, the trees, the garden, Flock of hummingbirds. Can you say flock of hummingbirds? They are so lovely. I will miss them. I will miss my home. Another journey, another home.

I am beginning to take account of what is important to me. I keep going through things and choosing what not to take with. Another process, okay, enough with the processing. I’m getting too old for these processes. It’s time for me to sit and teach. That’s what I want to do. Things my Grandma taught me. Things I’ve learned. Things that have come to me. I am a Crone! Yes, a Crone. I need more preparation. I don’t need to process. Well, my dear friends, that is the preparation. It’s obviously the one I need. So I guess you just don’t stop processing. Even the end is a process. And how does one prepare for the ultimate process? All the questions and traveling through the answers. Some times several times. Good ting travel isn’t liner. We’d be out of the Universe! I like the speed of walking so one can see the landscape.  But sometimes there are miles of the same landscape and you have to say can we push the speed button? Unfortunately that’s probably the time you need to slow down. Then you miss the lesson and you have to go back. We all go back until we learn that lesson. Guess what? The minute you think you learned that lesson, there’s a twist and maybe you have to try it again a different way. What a trip. What a fascinating trip. Everyone says the lesson is in getting there. I think it’s not just getting there, it’s what you do when you get there.

Happy travels in you mid, in your soul, in your head and in your life. Blessed Be, Velvet

End of an Era

August 12, 2011

Well all you Witches, it’ been a while since I’ve been writing. It has been a very difficult time for me. My 20 year old “little Bear” dog died. We actually had to put him down. It was time as he could no longer move his hind and front legs. I held him most of the day, the Vet came at around 6PM. He just looked me with his sweet little black bead eyes. He knew it was time. I laid him on our table on a blanket. He laid there for at least an hour, me just petting him. When the Vet decided to give him the medication, he left. He didn’t need the medication at all. He was so peaceful. He had been ill for a few months, slowly he lost control of his limbs. He was the heart of our family. I mourned for a bit of time. In fact, I am still mourning. It is definitely the end of an era for us.

Peace, Blessings (and as my grand daughter says), and puppies.     VW





Memorial Day/Night

May 30, 2011

Blessings all,

Today our country celebrates Memorial day. I have decided this year to encompass, empower and embrace this, usually military holiday. I am doing it my way. I am against the military, against is a stong word, but I do not endorse it what so ever. I am creating an alter with photos and names of those, I know, who have crossed over. A little ritual and a little incense and some blessings. Love the Ancestors. They are always guiding me in the right direction…should I listen, that is another story. I shall keep the candles going on until tonight. All day I have been thinking of my Grandparents and my Parents. I appreciate them more now, that they are gone. Especially my Parents. Funny how that happens.

I have been making jewelry  these past few days. mostly necklaces. I have been thinking about closures. They need to be part of the piece, not just added to finish. I can get caught up in the materials so easily. I just examine the stone or the finding, over and over again. I’ve always like jewelry, since I was about  4 years old., that I can remember. I would walk up to the pink house and play the children there. They were Gypsies, but that meant nothing to me, except, that they had twirly skirts, jewelry and lots of beads. The Mom would sometimes make us sit at the table and string beads. “It was good for your fingers,” she would say. She would also let me wear her high heels. The other ladies were not so nice. They would not stay too long. Not long enough for the children to go to school. But, they would always come back. Other Gypsies would move in and out all the time. Grandma said it was the Gypsie  house. I should light a candle for the Mom. She would have to be gone by now.

The week was filled with music by Wendy Rule, as I bought her CD.  Flashes of the ritual we did also keep coming to me. All good.

The hummingbirds have returned full force. I fill the feeders 2x a day. I only have 5 feeders this year, as some broke in storage. Those  little gnomes in the storages love to break things when they get bored. It’s  like stealing one sock! They only steal one.

I love to have my, first of the day coffee, with the hummingbirds buzzing about. We have a little cafe’ table and a few chairs outside on the portal, we sit and enjoy our little flying critters in the moring. They come about looking at us, and  they even come to the windows and stare in. Hummingbirds have been in my life forever. The winds have been so strong this year, (I think due to climate change), but it doesn’t seem to affect them as much. I guess food is a driving factor. Winter has really left now, though it seemed like forever, because the nights were below freezing. It’s truly magic how everything looks dead one day and the next day the trees are full of leaves, the wisteria is lovely and the Russian sage picked up where it left off. The veggies are starting to come up and flourish, as are the strawberries. The little Johnnie-jump-ups and the Pansies such an added such beauty. I recall the Navajo prayer, Walk in Beauty. I truly feel Beauty all around me. Blessings, Beauty and may the Faries brighten your day.  Mitra


Magic all around

May 25, 2011

Magical friends,

I meant to write on Saturday, but alas, it’s Tuesday night. Somehow time just goes by.

On Thrusday I drove to Albuquerque (NM) to the Blue Eagle to attend a workshop run by Wendy Rule. The workshop was wonderful, intense, musical and magical. The love, between Wendy and Tim just glowed throughout the room,  just an added touch to the magic. Casting circle with Wendy, was like casting a poem. It was truly beautiful and spiritual with a bit of whimsy. I left at 10PM and drove home to Santa Fe. I think I got home aroung midnight. My husband had fallen asleep, but awoke as I oepned the door. I was tired, but could not stop talkng about the workshop.

On Friday I ran some errands, picked up 4 bales of afalfa for the horses. Washed the green eggs. Got some fresh spinach from the garden .Took care of little Bear. He has so much spunk. He’s 20 years old and still looks like a puppy. He’s a bischon and a minuature poodle. He has become a grumpy old man and has lost the use of his hind legs. My daughter-in-law is building him a cart so he can move around. I think his self esteem would be better if he could move.

Friday about 4PM I got dressed, kissed Vic goodbye and headed out to ABQ around 5:45. It’s such a lovely drive. The Sandia Mountains change colour by the time of day. Blues, grays, even pinks. The clouds wonderously fluffy with dark streakes running through. The drive is about 45 min to ABQand another 20 to the store.We all got there about he same time. Wendy started with creating a circle. Her voice is strong, soft, wild and tame.Mezzmerizing to say the least. Her songs were sweet, lovely, sensual , loud, soft and from the heart and soul. I truly recommend seeing one of her concerts, if one should get the chance. Closing the circle was as magical as creating one.The evening ended around 10:30, so I got home around midnight. As I drove home there are long areas of vast darkness and no sounds. About half way home I turned to look toward the moon,(which I usually do) It happened to be hiding behind a little mountain. Soon it appeared. Bright orange and in an oval shape. I knew it had been waning, but usually you can see where it has been waning. This this was like an oval and a harvest moon. I had to stop the car and just look t it.

I relized that though the concert was perfect, there was something missing for me. The moon, and here she was in all her glory. Her face so bright it shed light on me in the car.

I met some great people at the concert, including Wendy and Tim. Mitch who owns the Blue Eagle metaphysical was so gracious and delightful. I felt magical all weekend  long.

Sunday I worked on jewelry and on the photogaphy for the website. So much to do and not so mush energy. I plan to try to keep the magic as long as I can, I play her CD in the car and listen to the lyrics and try to sing along. It is wonderful to feel fulfiled after meeting and a concert. Should you have the opportunity to be where she is playing, get a ticket and spend a bit of time in the magic of her music. Time to say good night and blessings for some wonderous magical dreams.  BB, Wyckedvelvet

Enjoy the week and never forget that mgic all around.  Blessed Be.   Wycked velvet

Saturday our grandson, Gustavo came to spend the day and night with us. It’s always something new to learn from him. This, remember is my Super hero.

Summer is finally here

May 8, 2011

The weather has finally changed. The Sun is warming our area of the earth. The green is  spreading.  Oh, and so special, the hummingbirds are back. My lovely hummingbirds.  There’s lot’s of work to be done now. The Community garden has been plowed and the seeds are ripe for planting. The Acequia is running, so the rest is up to us.

Our dog, little, Bear, is getting worse and we will have to put him down soon. It is sad when a loved one must leave. He’s been with us so long. I don’t want him to hurt or be frightened. I will be with him until it’s time to crossover. Bear has been the best friend a person can have. Letting go is so hard.  My heart aches when I think of him not being here. Time will go on but the memories will remain. Spring is rebirth. The end, the beginning and the end again.The middle is our life.

Here I go into the night again.

April 29, 2011

It’ almost midnight. I’ve had a busy day. Stayed up reading way to late then dashed out this morning to meet with my Web design person. It was a great meeting. I also got a chance to put some of my collection into the studio. My little studio is looking really warm and ready for working.
Tomorrow I have some things to photograph. I need to find some old photos of my Grandmother. Things are never were you think they are. I have a few pieces of clothing I need to photograph also.
Jen ,my Web person will be gone week and I must get some work for her to post. How exciting this is. I have been listening to the Goddess chant and it is really magical. I would like to add it to my website, but just as a whisper. This may encourage me to get better at blogging.  Must to to dreamland now.  Blessings through the night.