Explore

What does Explore mean to you? The meaning of explore has endless possibilities. I have to say when I hear the word explore I become so excited. Explore life, explore your practice, explore the outdoors, explore within yourself, explore a good book, explore…..

Personally, I love getting lost within a good book. That is my passion. I also enjoy exploring deeper into my roots and my practice. I love learning something new and implementing in into my everyday life.

Wake up every morning with the desire to explore. You will be surprised how much information and living you are missing out on.

Let us know what you find when you explore life.

Blessed Be, xoxoxox

Andrea & Krista

“An it harm none, do as ye will”

Wicca / Witchcraft can be very complex, and it’s a path of accountability and balance. . Although there are no commandments in Wicca or Witchcraft, there are guidelines.  “An it harm none, do as ye will” is the key point found within the Wiccan Rede. The Wiccan Rede is a statement that provides the guidelines of the “moral system” in Wicca and other Witchcraft or pagan based faiths.  These eight words are just guidance, it all boils down to your personal ethical code.

This key point needs to be considered carefully as you are responsible for  all the ramifications of whatever you wish to do. If your goal will harm none, then you are free to act. However, if your contemplation divulges that it will or could potentially harm others, then you have to decide if taking action is worth accepting the consequences.

What the Rede does is remind a Wiccan / Witches / Pagans that we ultimately are responsible for all our actions and the consequences of taking any action are what we will have to accept.

Krista and I did not personally grow up with learning this Rede, but there are similar “warnings” if you will that go with each faith/craft. I personally have Gypsy in my linage and my mom would always say…”Be careful what you wish/ask for? Be specific and willing to accept any consequence.” Talk about a kill joy during ritual. There is also “Karma”. Krista and I grew up both fearing Karma and waiting for her to get to it on some special characters we have encountered. Then there is the Law of three or three fold law, depending on how you learned it.

So, what does the Wiccan Rede  mean to you? How have you used it?

Blessed Be,  xoxox

Andrea & Krista

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Teamwork Magick

Today when I arrived at work I found this gem (picture of Teamwork below) leaning against my door. Apparently while a co-worker was cleaning out their basement they came across this picture and thought of me! How amazing is that? I cannot tell you how honored I felt. Two years ago the same co-worker gave me this picture (picture of Leadership below) and said after a meeting, they had a photo at home they wanted me to have because when they look at it, they think of me.

Why is this so important that I needed to Blog about it? Well, first teamwork is vital in anything you do. One person will run themselves ragged if they try to do everything alone and the journey will be tiresome. Second, having a team that learns, grows and works together will accomplish many things. Third, proper leadership and teamwork go hand in hand for a team is only as strong as its leader.

Teamwork is also important when it comes to our community and the path we follow. Krista and I work amazingly together. I am truly great full for that. My weaknesses are her strength and vice versa.  Krista is an Aries and I am a Leo, together we push each other to be better and strive for more. Both with our online business and the path we follow, we work together to achieve our desires.

Next time you have the opportunity to work in a team, strive to be the circle that encompasses the magick in order for the ritual to manifest. Everyone must be assigned a role (usually reflecting their particular skill set). Remember, (teams/family/friends) we all have bad days. The side effects of a bad day is the true reflection of the team. Can you bounce back? Does the bad day help show where the weakness is so that it can be strengthened? Ask these questions next time and learn from your mistakes.

Blessed Be, xoxoxo

Andrea & Krista

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Magick of Rose Quartz Stone

Rose Quartz is a wonderful stone to have on hand. Rose Quartz eases stress, grief, anger and fear. Can be used to soothe a restless child or animal. Rose Quartz has been said to ease pain and tension. It is helpful to detoxify or aiding in complexion. Rose Quartz has long been said to protect against intrusion and other spirits. When placed under the pillow will protect from nightmares. Can be used in magick for peace where there is war.

Magick uses: You can put rose quartz stone in a bowl of water to charge your water for facial cleansing (youthfulness). You can put the stone under a child’s bed to ease restlessness (please remove in the morning so the child does not grab and choke on it). You can carry the stone in your pocket to ease stress (reach in your pocket and give the stone a rub).

Rose Quartz also works well with other stones. Depending on what you desire, keep an open mind with Rose Quartz. Many have just associated it with love and forgotten how many other amazing uses it has!

*Remember to clean (sage smoke) and charge your stones (by the light of the moon or with the earth)*

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Just another Tuesday?

February 14th, Valentines day. The day of love or the celebration of the Romans feast of Lupercalia. Which ever you celebrate, make sure you know the history behind it. One thing everyone can agree on is that the Pagan Romans started the Holiday, although not as a day for love but for fertility and drunken beatings. Christians banned the Holiday as ungodly. Society has commercialized it for revenue and we continue the cycle.

I would prefer if the day would just go away. I do not say this to be bitter. I have a best friend (K), lovely mate (M), offspring (3 boys) and my dog Meadow to celebrate with, I just do not see the point. First why wait for one day a year to celebrate love? You should make those you love feel special every chance you get. Second, the wasted money (enough said), Last, there is such darkness behind the holiday that makes is weird to celebrate if you know history.

That being said, because I have children and do not want to take this commercialized holiday from them so I keep it simple. I make them a special dinner (fancy heart paper plates, napkins and heart cups), I have a mailbox I made them (for XOXOX notes and a little something) and we have a heart cake. We do not say “Happy Valentines Day” but rather, I LOVE YOU! Yesterday, today and always!

For those who have no one they can think of to celebrate with, please do not binge on chocolate (although I do that every other day :-)), you are truly not missing out. It really is just another Tuesday! If you need someone to love, we have your back (and we promise not to hit you in order to make you fertile :-P)

Happy Tuesday! We LOVE you!

Blessed Be, xoxoxoxo

Andrea & Krista

Light your Incense and be still….

Lighting incense calms me on a different level. When my house feels chaotic, when I’m cleaning, when I do yoga, when I need to meditate, before ritual/prayer, bathing the smell and feel of incense is natural and calming. Sometimes we forget how simple it is to be in the moment. For me lighting incense brings me back to nature.

During the winter months, when nature is covered in a blanket of snow and I am unable to feel the sun warm my skin, I light my incense. I stare at the essence at its swirls upward and forms visions as if trying to communicate with me. I welcome the scent as the aroma takes over the space. I close my eyes and get lost in the moment.

As I write this, I have sandlewood burning. My 7yr old and 1 yr old sons have quietly left their spots from in front of the TV to move closer to the Incense. My 14 yr old son has wondered from out of his cave to see what I am doing. Lighting incense not only calms me but apparently lures my sons to me in a meditative state as well.

I want you to light your Incense today. There is no perfect moment. Right before a task, whatever that task may be, light your Incense and see how you react. Let us know what you were doing while your Incense was burning and how you felt. Make this a regular occurance and be aware if there is a difference in your mood. I’m off now to bask in the warm of my incense.

Blessed Be, xoxoxo

Andrea & Krista

Blessed Be….

How Blessed are we? This is such a simple question and yet many do not realize how Blessed they already are. Everyday, one says….I wish I had more money. I wish I better a better job. I wish I was loved that way…..etc.

When I catch myself fall into this, I stop myself and say…..I’m Blessed. I’m Blessed I woke up this morning. I’m Blessed for my best friend Krista. I am blessed for my kids. I am Blessed for my business. I am Blessed to be healthy. I am BLESSED.

Simple right? Everyday, when you catch yourself saying “I wish…” Stop and remember you are Blessed already. Once you acknowledge your are Blessed, additional Blessing will come.

We am Blessed for our loyal customers and followers. Thank you and Blessed Be.

Blessed Be,

XOXOX

Andrea & Krista

Mercury Retrograde- hold on 

Hello our Fabulous Friends,
          Just when we thought we were done with the January Mercury Retrograde debacle, Aprils is now upon us. For our friends who are not familiar with Mercury Retrograde and when it occurs, let us fill you in. Several times a year the other planets, such as Mercury appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion. This affects everyone and is traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.

In 2016, Mercury will be retrograde during:

January 5 to 25

April 28 to May 22

August 30 to September 22

December 19 to 31

 I’m sure if you think back to last year’s Mercury Retrograde you will remember having issues with your e-mails, internet and/or the way those around you interpreted your words. It wasn’t you or something you did, it was Mercury Retrograde!!!! So even if it’s a relief to know it wasn’t us personally it doesn’t help the matter but there are ways to smooth the affects of it.

Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry since the planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts and trust. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary. So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow time for extra travel, and avoid signing contracts. Wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

This is the part where someone tells you there is a “magic kit” that prevents Mercury retrograde from knocking on your door for a low price of $49.99! But alas we are not those kinds of witches. No kit or spell to make it go away but you can use oils, herbs, stones and crystals to help meditate and relax during this time. Of course we have those for sale. :-0 Use coupon code (MERCURY) to save 10% off your order. Click here to see our monthly specials. 
 Welcome Mercury Retrograde. Come on in and sit for a spell. Mercury Retrograde can be your friend if you work with Magic. Now is the time to learn those mediating techniques for clarity and becoming one with you. Take time to brush up on your magic and spells. Step back and observe those around you. Llewellyn has a wonderful article on taking advantage of this retrograde by reviewing your resolutions, reorganize, re-examine, recycle, renew, repair and revive.

 This, my friend is it in a nutshell. Of course there is more detail to the magic and mischief of Mercury but this is a newsletter and we don’t want to bore you. If you want to chat about it or learn more, please feel free to reach out to us!

Krista & Andrea
Your Everyday Witches

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Waxing Moon Today

Tonight’s moon is a waxing moon.  Waxing Moon means the moon is getting larger in the sky, moving from the New Moon towards the Full Moon. This is a time for spells that attract, that bring positive change, spells for love, good luck, growth. This is a time for new beginnings, to conceptualize ideas, to invoke. At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Maiden aspect.The period of the waxing moon lasts about 14 days.

Focus on all of the positive today to bring more into your life!