MOVING DAY!

Hi guys!  Just wanted to let you know that you can now find me over at AmieRavenson.com.  That’s right, I moved all my stuff to my new host so I can tweak it, twist it, and make it mine!

I’M SO EXCITED!

I’ll also be hosting my new podcast there, though that will be a few weeks before I start releasing episodes.  I want to build up a nice stash of finished eps to cover my ass.

See you on the flippity flip!  🙂

 

Amie was here!

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New podcast project and office reorganization

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’ve been a little swept up in first edits on my novel, Altar of Change.  I’m nearly finished, and then I’ll be asking some friends to read through and hack it apart so I can make it stronger, better.

While I’ve been editing, I’ve had another idea gestating in my brain.  I watched this video on YouTube last week, and I felt very drawn to try and introduce a daily devotional element into my personal practice.  Since I don’t do anything quietly, without lots of examination, writing, and sharing, I decided that this might just make a fantastic podcast.

Bewitching Your Day was born.

I’ve been wanting to do more with this blog, and this is a great reason to move it to its own domain, which will be happening soon.  I’ll make an announcement on that later.

It will not only be the home of my typical bloggy ramblings, but it will also be the home of Bewitching Your Day, a podcast dedicated to finding spirituality every single day.  I will talk about various things that present themselves to me, or occur to me, and I will release a new (short) podcast EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR 366 DAYS.

Yeah, it’s kind of a big project.

Cleaning/reorganizing my office

We all need a little sacred space in our lives.  This office (my half) has been used for hardcore, marathon gaming sessions, working from home, job searches, storage for art supplies, and everything else.  I feel like I’m embarking on a new journey in my life, and I want this space to change with me.

So it’s time for me to clear the clutter and make this space a welcoming, creative, sacred place for me to do my thing.

In the spirit of honesty, let me show you what I mean.

My dirty office 1/3

My dirty office 1/3

My dirty office 2/3

My dirty office 2/3

My dirty office 3/3

My dirty office 3/3

 

I’m a strong believer in receiving omens

The omens have been good on this one.  I keep seeing hawks everywhere I go, and they’re a symbol of finding your life path.  I’ve been searching for some time, and this just feels right to me.  Also, a tarot reading I did on Mother’s Day (Tarot and Tea 2014) was very positive.

So I have a feeling that things are about to start looking up!  I wish you luck in all of your journeys as well.  🙂

Spirit branch offerings- April pink moon

We tied and crafted two new offerings for our spirit branch tonight. 

My offering was green and gold and used yarn, embroidery thread, aventurine beads, and a piece of jade tied to a turmeric root for healing.  I annointed it with some healing oil and lit a healing candle once it was attached to the branch.

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Bear and I also created an offering together to bring some passion back into our marriage.  (We tend to get derailed by our hobbies and my pain level, and sometimes we just forget that we’re total perverts for each other.)  This one used 3 strands of yarn, a purple velvet pouch, a garnet (good for passion AND our birthstone), damiana, jasmine blossoms, and two rose petals taken from my bouquet, which also hangs in our bedroom.  We annointed it, and each others’ hearts, with some fire of passion oil and lit a seduction candle.

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Tomorrow I’m planning on making us some Damiana tea and finding some time for hot Bear and Goat nookie.  🙂

Herbs for fibromyalgia (and other chronic inflammatory diseases)

More herbal goodies I’ve been working on.. Also getting ready to do a block of editing on my first novel to hopefully *gasp* put it ‘out there’ sometime in the near future. 🙂

Herbs for fibromyalgia (and other chronic inflammatory diseases).

Ravenson Reagents

My life changed about 2 years ago.  I began to realize that the ‘normal’ aches and pains of being a woman in her late 30’s weren’t all that normal.  A lot of other people my age weren’t feeling the same things I was.  Furthermore, those ‘normal’ aches and pains were getting a lot worse.  They were beginning to affect my mood, my energy level, and my ability to cope with ‘normal’ life things like stress and sleep.

I talked to a friend who has fibro, and found that a lot of my symptoms were very much like hers.  So I went to a doctor, who ran blood tests to rule everything else out.  She did.  We were left with fibro.  And here I am.

It’s been a tough road trying to learn how to manage my symptoms and keep from crashing and burning.  I’ve learned that meat is bad, sleep…

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Ostara feast menu

I was going to have better pics, but I used too much Veganaise on the potato salad, and Bear got creative with purple food coloring on the eggless frittata.  We’re still working on tweaking recipes for a book I’m working on called The Vegan Pagan.  🙂

Ostara Feast:
* Baby spinach salad with strawberries, mushrooms, sprouts, sunflower seeds, and a tahini/miso/strawberry dressing (I’m calling it Persephone dressing)
* Eggless tofu frittata with vegan sausage, onions, tomatoes, and vegan cheese
* New potato salad with green beans, green onions, Veganaise, and tons of dill

Dessert:
* Bubble green tea with coconut milk

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Spinach strawberry with Persephone dressing

Happy Ostara everyone! 🙂

Spirit Branch pt 2

So we dug through my ribbons, yarns, and beads, created something that was meaningful to each of us, and said a few words as we tied our first offerings on.  Then I lit a candle and some kyphi to enhance the atmosphere for some meditating I want to do later. 

The spirit branch is sparse, but it’s only going to grow more and more beautiful with time.

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Spirit Branch

My wish/focus for the next month is trying to relearn focus in meditation and having a regular spiritual practice. 

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Amie's spirit branch offering

Bear’s focus is to build momentum from his last paid voice over job to try to get more jobs, and start to make a living from his voice over work.

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Bear's spirit branch offering