Notes to self:
Be strong, but not rude.
Be kind, but not weak.
Be bold, but don’t bully.
Be humble, but not shy.
Be proud, but not arrogant.
Go to sleep with a dream.
Wake up with a purpose.
Generally good ideas:
🌿 Be present, not perfect.
🪨 Be love, be light, be peace, and definitely be a little go f*ck yourself when the situation calls for it.
🪵 Enjoy a creative mess as much as idle tidiness.
So many things have been happening that I might want to write posts about … so many wonderful things I’ve been documenting with photos, ready to share here soon … new dog, new recipes, renovating an old house across town from where we currently live, adventures, and more …
I’ll be back here with those photos soon!
This is the week of equinox here, daylight and nighttime exist in balance. 🍂🕰
The the intensity of summer sun is subsiding in Arkansas. Leaves are ready, beginning their journey to show their brilliant colors beyond green before browning and falling to the ground. Do you enjoy pondering the metaphysical?
🕰🍂 If a year existed inside of a mantle clock, autumn would be the magic hour.
🕰🍂 Your friend,
- Día de los Muertos ~ Skull Cheeseball
- Bloody Eyeballs!
- Favorite Beef Stroganoff
- Focaccia Bread! Happy Harvest Day!
- Mad Tea Party 2021: MyMsMellow in Wonderland
To start, I’ve opened an online Etsy store and created a Facebook page for “The Woo Woo Store.”
Fun name, huh? I’m amused/intrigued by all things Woo and Woo Woo and decided to just embrace it, enjoy it, and make light of some of the negative interpretations of the phrase “Woo Woo.” 😊
Like my Facebook page at: http://www.Facebook.com/TheWooWooStore
Follow my Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWooWooStore
I made two bracelets. I listed one of these bracelets on Etsy and on Facebook. Within the afternoon of posting, it was claimed to go to a local recipient! I sure hope she enjoys it! Quartz and Keys are a fascinating combination to me! I am sure enjoying wearing the bracelet I intend to keep!
Despite the fact that my shop doesn’t have any current listings, I hope you’ll like/favorite/follow my Etsy store! Etsy is such a fun marketplace, isn’t it? I’ll add more jewelry, a.k.a. Sacred Adornment pieces, and some made-by-me, handmade home decor items to sell via the Etsy store soon!😊
Please, consider using the little gray “Pinterest” button at the bottom of this post to help me spread the word!
Amber Hamilton Henson
Please, find my new website and bookmark! www.TheWooWooStore.ME
Tonight, I finished wrapping woody stems of basil from my garden that are partially dry, just a bit of pliability left. They’ll be great to toss in the fireplace and bonfires when they finish drying. They’ll sparkle and create an amazing scent.
Relevant photo found on Pinterest:
💞 carry on! 💃🏼
— Amber Hamilton Henson
ALMANDINE GARNET! KUMIHIMO!
So today, I wrapped a stone for the first time ever.
I used 16 gauge wire around my Almandine Garnet from SageGoddess.com to wear as a pendant on the Kumihimo necklace that my 13 year old daughter, Caroline aka “Cali,” made for me.
This is absolutely a favorite piece of jewelry, now.
This piece isn’t for sale, but SageGoddess has more gemstones and ALMANDINE GARNETS available on her website, and CraftingCali has other KUMIHIMO available in her Etsy store!
KUMIHIMO by CraftingCali on Etsy:
ALMANDINE GARNET from TheSageGoddess:
The grounded, wholesome, loving, cooperative energy of this assembly is amazing! 💞💞💞
Truly, I treasure it!
If you see this and use Pinterest, please pin us from this post or the products directly from either of the links featured! Thank you!
~Amber Hamilton Henson
I’m joining this October photo challenge, too! Yes, I’m participating in TWO photo challenges this month! What better way to celebrate the month of October is there than by letting loose your “InnerWitch!” 😃 Fun! Using only photos I take myself of items in my house, I think this a fun way to get to know everyone else that is participating on your own social media accounts, too! (I’m a few days late getting started, so I’m making 3 posts today to catch up!)
October 1: “Path”
I’m solitary. Truly. My whole life. But, I am fascinated by the paths of others and enjoy the dialogue and learning from all walks. I don’t fit neatly into a religious package, yet I believe. I am primarily a nontheistic, nondeity yet Universalist believer/follower of energy. (I embrace, yet simultaneously reject many aspects of all formal religions such as Wicca religions, Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tao-ism, etc indifferently from one another, while collectively admiring/adhering to the beautiful, general driving goals fundamental to the establishment of each.) I work with what I know to be tools granted to me… Herbs, crystals, fire, bodies of water, astronomy… I’m fairly well read on a variety of religions, none of which I follow, yet I collect a wide variety of statuary. You can see a bit more on my personal fb wall, in a recent smudging VIDEO of mine or on my IG @WhatAmberLoves. My path is not NEW AGE; in fact it is quite ANCIENT. 💞
October 2: “Incense”
Yes! So much yes! Loose, stick, cone, and smudge bundles. I grow a lot of my own herbs to use as loose incense that I burn on charcoal discs. I have a fabulous aluminum feather stick incense holder that I adore. Cones I buy commercially, but may expand to try making my own soon. Smudge: I have white sage, cedar, palo santo, and a floral bundle, each for different purposes. I’m adding a few links that you may find of interest (recipes for DIY incense to correlate with astrological signs and spell work and a smudging link about the different bundles and the known properties of each.)
Link for incense recipes: http://www.oocities.org/incenserecipes/recipes.html
Link about known properties of various types of smudge bundles: http://www.sagegoddess.com/smudging-101-how-to-clear-your-space-with-sacred-herbs-resins/
October 3: “Sacred Jewelry”
Yes! Definitely. I have a few links on my blog discussing it a bit more in depth. For me, sacred adornment (jewelry) is more about actual stones, fossils, and feathers than man made symbols. Everyday, I choose which pieces to wear based on my intent and the known energy shifting properties of each stone and/or memory, sentimentality, family connection of the piece that I honor.
Links to the pieces shown in this photo:
Quartz Bracelet: https://whatamberloves.com/2015/08/14/sacred-adornment-quartz-memory-wire-bracelet/
October 4: Waning Moon
Labradorite, Quartz Sphere, & Astrophyllite
Book: The Book of the Moon, by Tom Folley
Day 5: Triple Goddess
Yes. Spiritual Embrace of Each stage of life and/or fertility cycle. Yes.
(antique pitcher from my grandmother, my mid century mod statue, fairy doll poster in my daughters’ room.)
Day 6: “Vessel of Water”
Gemstone Elixirs, here. Gem elixirs, also called crystal essences or crystal waters, have been used by many throughout the ages. They are a convenient way to use the vibrational energies of the crystals for crystal healing, magick, and more. I use the indirect method of stones inside a glass inside of my water. I choose stones based on needs/intentions of the moment. For example: garnet and obsidian for grounding. Sodalite for rest. 💞
Read more about elixirs on another site: http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/how-to-make-gem-elixirs-or-crystal-essences/
Read More about which gemstones and colors I coordinate with my chakras for energy balance:
October 7: “Talisman”
A talisman is an object which is believed to contain certain magical or sacramental properties which would provide good luck for the possessor or possibly offer protection from evil or harm. Many people wear a cross or a pentacle or so forth as talisman to protect themselves from harm and/or announce their religious affiliation. I use mine differently in that they’re inward, not outward. I don’t use them to deflect anything; I use them as reflective reminders/cues for continual self evaluation/awareness. The three I wear on one chain (or carry along for travel) are my dream catcher, chakra wand, and hamsa.
1) DreamCatcher: I don’t have any sort of nightmare issues, but my DreamCatcher reminds me to make sure I’m getting enough sleep and at the right times. This is essential for me and my unique needs.
2) Hamsa: The hamsa is traditionally used to ward away an evil eye, but it reminds me to try to be a giving hand, because I trust that a hand that gives and is helpful never runs empty.
3) Chakra Wand: I wear this not as a tool to alter self or energy centers, but as a reminder to self evaluate and work on energy centers. I reflect with question and affirm with statement through each of the 7 layers of color:
Red, Root Chakra: Am I grounded and in touch with nature and my physical well being?
Orange, Sacral Chakra: Am I creative and seeking?
Yellow: Am I productive & task completing?
Green, Heart Chakra: Am I loved by others and loving others?
Turquoise, Throat Chakra: Am I communicating effectively?
Blue, Third Eye Intuition & Mind: Do I problem solve and draw inference?
Purple, Spirituality: Do I morally strive for connection with purpose as teacher AND student of all?
“I understand, I believe, I connect.”
(My personal talisman (x3) are important to me.)
October 8: “Witching Hour!”
October 9: “Shadow Side”
(My Selfies, blended)
October 10: “Cartomancy”
So most people participating in this photo challenge on their blogs and social media accounts will talk to you about fortune telling/divination using a standard deck of playing cards and/or show you their favorite oracle or tarot decks? I’m not. I’m going to switch gears and show you one of my favorite books in my collection and my (laughable?) inability to walk past a tarot machine without buying card(s.) I heart the fortune telling machines, especially card machines.
First, the book: Tarots: the Visconti pack in Bergamo and New York. It is a critical examination by Sergio Samek Ludovici; text by Italo Calvino, translation by William Weaver. (Parma: Franco Maria Ricci, 1975). This work was originally published in Italian as Castello dei destini incrociati. It reproduces the surviving cards from a Tarot pack that was created in Italy in the fifteenth century for the Visconti family. Signed by publisher Franco Maria Ricci, limited edition #701/3000. A deluxe edition, bound in black silk with gilt titles, printed on hand-made Fabriano papers. Tarot illustrations laid down on the top board; all housed in a slipcase. The present copy is in beautiful very fine condition, without marks or rubbing.
From the esteemed Italian publisher Franco Maria Ricci—who brought us Luigi Serafini’s famed and mysterious Codex Seraphinianus in 1981—comes a remarkably beautiful discourse on the oldest Tarot card deck known: the 15th-century Visconti-Sforza.
The Visconti-Sforza tarot deck had a significant impact on the visual composition, card numbering and interpretation of modern decks. The surviving cards are of particular historical interest because of the beauty and detail of the design, which was often executed in precious materials and often reproduce members of the Sforza and Visconti families in period garments and settings. Consequently, the cards also offer a glimpse of nobiliar life in Milan, which the two families called home since the 13th century. When commissioned by Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, and by his successor Francesco Sforza, the cards were still known as Trionfi (“triumphs”, i.e. trump) cards, and used for everyday playing.
I was lucky to purchase this book relatively inexpensively, despite the fact that it retails for around $350.00, now. You can read more about this book —> http://www.vintagememorabilia.com/index.cfm/page/franco-maria-ricci-tarots-visconti-bergamo-new-york
Second, my beloved tarot and fortune telling machines. Truly, I enjoy them. So much. Feel free to judge me about the fact that they seem a bit impersonal compared to person-to-person tarot readings and so forth, but it will diminish my interest in the arcade style machines no less. 🙂 They amuse me! I am including a photo of ZOLATAR and a few cards that I purchased from him recently.
Last, but not least, I just recently ordered a beautiful, new deck of gilded Lenormand cards that are still in transit via USPS and should arrive today or Monday. Want to peek at the set I’ve ordered? Here is the link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gilded-reverie-lenormand-ciro-marchetti/1117166654?ean=9781572817548#productInfoTabs”
October 11: Spell(s)
Let me call a circle first, please. :: My house blessing for guests at top left and my kitchen at bottom left are both my photos, by me. 💞
October 12: New Moon
Hopefully, you’ve taken the time to cleanse last night and this morning. If not, do so today, and set your goals. Today is about new beginnings, so use this new moon also to reinforce current goals. Embrace new opportunities in the next few days!
October 13: Divination (via book & Dice)
There are wide varieties of divination tools and methods of divination available. Some are more or less open to interpretation than others. Do you have or have you ever consulted “Madam Le Merchand’s FORTUNE TELLER,” specifically the “Ladies’ Love Oracle” section of the book, reading via dice? First, you pick a number 1-80 to have your question revealed from the list. Second, you/fortune teller roll the dice and sum their value. Last, you consult the chart in the book to find the page with the answer to your question based on the sum. It’s loosely kind of like a Magic 8 Ball, differing in that it reveals a question, then the answer.
October 15: Fairies
I have quite a bit of fairy statuary. All of the ones shown here are gifts from my Grandmother!
MABON 🏼:: Apples and Pinecones for me this week: picked up pinecones in my Grandmother’s backyard this weekend and I picked apples from my apple. The dehydrator is running tonight, so I’ll have plenty of apple chips ready before Equinox, September 23, 2015. 🏼
UNICORN (I collect ATC, Artist Trading Cards, a bit, and I thought y’all might appreciate this rare sighting of a Unicorn in my collection during this time of harvest season.) Artist: Barbara Garrett
In Family news, our girls are growing like wild flowers these days! Last night, we participated in a fundraising event for Robinson Band at Spirited Arts. A portion of ticket sales goes back to the Band. Each student painted their own canvas with a music note and got to keep the painting! Here is our 8th grade 3rd year flute playing daughter preparing her canvas:
Me, personally? I’m working on my public speaking. I’m more than a bit shy at times. I meditated with a few of gemstones recently and I feel a shift already!
GOAL: Manifest a new ability to communicate effectively in front of large groups. (Labradorite palm stones = new beginnings. Blue Kyanite = throat chakra / communication. Pyrite = abundance. Quartz cluster = amplification. Astrophyllite = manifestation.)
I hope all is well in your spaces, too! Best wishes! More soon!
As I mentioned in another recent post, I love Sacred Adornment, the act of intentionally selecting pieces of jewelry for a transformational purpose!
So, while I’m talking about jewelry lately, I thought it might be fun to coordinate a few pieces of my jewelry, rock/mineral specimens, and a few personal items in order to create images that correlate to each of the seven chakras, as I understand them to be. (Many of the pieces of jewelry shown are pieces I’ve assembled!)
As we journey through these photos, let’s begin at the root, shall we? We shall!
I feel. 🍁🍊🍁
sacral chakra: water, carnelian, reproduction
I do. ✨💛✨
solar chakra: Fire, topaz, tiger eye
I love. 🌿💚🌿
heart chakra: air, wavellite, green fluorite, love
I speak. 🎐💙🎐
throat chakra: your space, turquoise
ThirdEye Chakra: mind, sodalight, peacock ore
I understand. 💎💜💎
crown chakra: spirit, amethyst, Clear Quartz
Well? 😃 That was fun for me! I hope you enjoyed it, too! I’d love it if you left me a comment, to let me know that you stopped by!
— Amber Hamilton Henson
Here is a Quartz memory wire bracelet I made recently. Athena (SageGoddess.com) mentioned in one of her listings/posts that she chooses jewelry (sacred adornment) based on intent and the energy shifting process of selecting which jewelry will get worn each day. I totally relate. Jewelry is my thing! This bracelet mentally easily transports me to feeling as if I belong in either of the spaces/rooms shown! 🌿💎🌿 (I don’t sell jewelry; I only make it in my spare time for myself and daughters to wear.) ☺️
What do you think? This one is a fun one for me!
~Amber Hamilton Henson