To Early for Yule?

Seeing the craft stores already preparing for the Christmas season has my thoughts turning towards Yule.  I like to hand make decorations and gifts for the season.  This time of year, I also begin making things like my homemade vanilla extract to use in my baking.

Homemade vanilla extract is ridiculously easy to do.  I buy a small bottle of either a brandy or vodka.  Added to it, I use whole vanilla beans that are sliced down the length.  I scrape out a bit of the vanilla beans and add it to the liqueur, along with the vanilla beans themselves.  Place the bottle on a pantry shelf to steep.  I give it a shake to mix it all together about once a week.  For a pint size bottle, I usually add 6-8 vanilla beans to give it a good, strong flavor.  Once it has steeped for about 2 months, I strain the mixture and pour it into a bottle.  This vanilla will make a year’s supply for me.

Often, I make a larger batch of vanilla extract with the intent to use as gifts.  When making as a gift, toss a whole vanilla bean into the gift bottles.  Fill with the extract and decorate the neck of the bottle to make it pretty.

 

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A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft

Like most who follow the pagan or Wiccan paths, I am an avid reader.  I love to study and learn all I can along my journey.  I have been a book reviewer for quite some time now and will be reviewing books I enjoy that are Wicca related here.

First book that I want to share is a new title scheduled for release on October 8, 2017.  I was given an advanced copy for the purpose of reviewing by the publisher, Llewellyn Publications.

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ISBN 9780738750927

 

I was pretty excited to receive this book.  I am always looking for new ideas on how to practice.  This book is full of ideas that will inspire everyone from the beginner to those who have been on the witchy path for many years.  Here is the excerpt from the publishers:

Connect with your witchy self every day using small, easy, and fun practices. This book features quick and meaningful ways to integrate witchcraft into your daily life, inspiring you to take your magick to a new level whether you’re a beginning or experienced practitioner.

Deborah Blake guides you on a journey through the Wheel of the Year, providing witchy wisdom, affirmations, spells, questions to ponder, and much more. From connecting with nature to connecting with deities, A Year and a Day of Everyday Witchcraft explores a variety of modern Pagan practices to help you get more in touch with your personal path of witchcraft.

 

I found, as I read the book, that it truly delivers on what the description stated.  Each day, there is a new activity to do.  The book starts with January 1 and follows the Wheel of the Year.  You can use the daily practice on its own or as a starting point to build on to suit your own needs.  For a beginner, this book gives a nice, solid starting point in how to incorporate your witchy practices into your daily life.  I think back to my own beginning years ago.  How much easier things would have been if I had a resource such as this!

Definitely be on the lookout for this book!  It will make a good resource to have on hand.  For the beginners, this is especially a must-have title to add to your resource library.

For more information, you can find the book at the Llewellyn Publication website, https://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738750927

 

Welcome and Merry Meet

Greetings!  In pagan circles, I am known as Luna.  I am a Solitary, meaning that I am not a part of a coven or specific group.  I am currently still considered as being “in the broomcloset” since I live in an area completely intolerant of anyone who isn’t a bible thumper.

This blog is my way of connecting with others as well as a sharing my journey.  I will be posting my practice as well as reviews of books and resources that I find to be helpful.

I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you.