Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As Imbolc Approaches

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With Imbolc just two days off, I thought that I would share some resources that folks might be inspired by.
To start off with, some good information about Imbolc can be found on the Tairis website, as well as an article written by Mary Jones, Rethinking Imbolc, which is definitely worth a read. Also on the Tairis website is a write up about some traditions and ways to celebrate, and Tuacondate{a Celtic Reconstructionist group} has been kind enough to share the outlines from their 2010 and 2011 Imbolc rituals.
Before the festivities begin, getting some serious cleaning done is always a good way to start off. Since  Imbolc is associated with purification,  saining and lustration rituals are also suitable; collecting water specifically for these purposes may be desirable too.  
To celebrate Brigid's day, there are many fun crafts to do. You can make a Brigid's cross, a Brigid doll, and a bed for her to sleep in. I think that this is a great time for candle making too.
On the eve of Imbolc, traditionally people would leave out items for Brigid to bless, such as a brat Bríde, salt or water. Those are all left out here, along with a few other trinkets.
For those of us getting a start on gardening, some folks like to plant seeds on Imbolc, and this would be a great time to consecrate seed should you wish to do so. It is a little early for me to get most plants started quite yet, although I will be planting and consecrating heather seeds that my lovely friend from across The Pond sent me.
While not directly about Imbolc, I still think that the recently published Breath of Life: The Triple Flame of Brigid is a timely read. The essay was written by Kathryn Price NicDhàna and Treasa Ní Chonchobhair  of Gaol Naofa
Well, that is it for now. Have a great Imbolc, folks!



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Website Update

I have finally gotten around to making the Unfettered Wood website responsive to portable devices, and decided to do some updating and a wee face lift while I was at it. If you have any issues viewing the site, please do let me know.
Now time to get ready for Imbolc. ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

And the Winner of the Imbolc Giveaway is...

Entry number nine, Aztrid Davidson! Congrats Aztrid! I will be getting in touch with you to get a mailing address to send your package and an email to send you your cyber gift certificate. I can be reached via the contact section on this blog or emailed at unfetteredwood(at)yahoo(dot)ca.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope that you all will participate in my next giveaway which will be for Bealtaine! More info about that not too far off. :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Imbolc Giveaway Now Closed

The Imbolc Giveaway is now closed and I will do a random draw and post the winner tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday's Magic

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For me Fridays are perfect for love magic and spellwork for romance, fertility, beauty, harmony, and to focus on increasing all the desirable things in life. Pictured is a blessing for a romantic relationship. The working was done for our anniversary a few months back, and it was started on a Friday during the full moon.
The candle was carved with Ogham script with our names and intent, and then was anointed with a specially created oil. Stuffed into the candle holder {which is actually a vase} are herbs associated with love and other qualities we want to see continued in our relationship, along with personal effects. After the candle was burnt over the course of nine days, it along with the items in the candle holder were put into a charm bag tied with a pink ribbon.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Imbolc Giveaway

As promised on my last giveaway, I am doing another one for Imbolc. There will not be as much time to enter since Imbolc is not too far off and I want to make sure the winner has their pretties in time.

Below is what will be in the giveaway:

  • One $20.00 Cyber Gift Certificate
  • Brigid's Cross
  • 1/2 Ounce of Dried Juniper Tips
  • 1/2 Ounce of Three Sacred Fires Incense
  • Pair of Beeswax Home Blessing Candles
  • Square of Hand-Dyed Linen
  • Rowan Wood & Red Thread {to make a Rowan Cross}

$20.00 Cyber Gift Certificate
{cyber gift certificate example}
I will email a cyber gift certificate of $20.00 {CDN/US} value to the winner which can be used either purchase from my Etsy store or to purchase services on my website. {$20.00 CDN/US value}
Brigid's Cross
I purchased this Brigid's Cross from a crafter in Ireland. It is approximately 6 inches and is made with reeds. One side has been glazed for protection {by the maker} and the side that is pictured is natural. Hang in your home for protection or place on your shrine/altar dedicated to Brigid {the Goddess or Saint}. {$15.00 CDN/US value}
Dried Juniper Tips

This common juniper{Juniperus communis} was wildcrafted by myself. I am including in this giveaway, as it was traditionally used for blessings and purification {saining} in some Gaelic speaking places. It could be added to water for blessing or burnt as an incense during you Imbolc purification and blessing rituals. The winner will receive a half ounce in a re-sealable baggie. {$4.00 CDN/US value}
Three Sacred Fires Incense

My Three Sacred Fires incense, is a blend that I made to be burnt as a devotional offering to Brigid. It contains various ingredients such as heather flowers, motherwort, lady's mantle, rowan berries and cedarwood {partial ingredient list}. The winner will receive a half ounce in a re-sealable baggie.{$4.75 CDN/US value}
Beeswax Home Blessing Candles


These are candles that I make for home blessing for both personal and client use. They were hand-dipped by myself using premium local beeswax and contain rowan protection oil {unscented}, nettle leaves, meadowsweet, lemon balm, hawthorn leaves, and elder flowers {all the plant materials were grown or harvested by me}. The winner will receive a pair of these rustic pretties. {$7.00 CDN/US value}
Hand-Dyed Linen

I hand-dyed this linen a while back for magical purposes, using various plant materials and is suitable for pretty much any type of working. I am including it in this giveaway as I thought that it would make a great brat Bríde, but could also be used for other things such as poppets or charm bags. The winner will receive a square that is approximately 9 inches. {$1.50 CDN/US value}
Rowan Wood & Red Thread

The wee rowan twigs were wildcrafted by myself and the thread was left out to be blessed last Imbolc. I am including them in the giveaway so the winner can make their own rowan cross, which could be hung over the doorway for protection and blessings {the Tairis website has a ritual outline here.}.
How to Enter the Giveaway
Since Brigid is often associated with poetry, I thought that this would be a good way to celebrate this part of Her. In the comment section, share a favourite poem or one that you wrote {please be sure to give proper credit if it is written by someone else!}. The winner will be drawn at random right after the closing date. Below you will see all the vitals:
  1. Only one entry per person.
  2. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  3. The giveaway is open for all countries.
  4. To enter you must submit your poem in the comment section, otherwise I can't guarantee that I will see it.
  5. To enter you are not obligated to purchase anything from me or to subscribe to any of my social media haunts.
  6. All entries must be submitted by Monday January 21st, 2013 at 3pm EST.
  7. The winner will need to provide a mailing address to receive their pretties. The
    information provided will not be used for any other purpose than to receive their winnings. The information will not be given to anyone else, or sold to a third party.


Good luck! :)


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Spiritual Land Stewardship

Restoule, Ontario
For those of us magical practitioners and Pagans that work closely with the land and nature allies, we are likely to also be passionate about conversation and environmental issues. We may be members of environmental groups, grow some of our own food, buy local and organic, and take other steps to tread lightly as possible; others may feel that they are obliged to protect certain ecologically sensitive and sacred areas through more spiritual means.

Over the last little while I have been happy to note that there are others in my region who act as spiritual land stewards or are interested in doing so. With that in mind, I thought that I would share some resources that I have found very helpful, as well as a few posts that I have done in the past that might give folks some ideas.

Some of these resources are specific to my region, while some are for any region. I also think that any of the resources of a spiritual nature could be adaptable to just about any faith or magical practice.


Animal Tracks of Ontario by Ian Sheldon
Art of Conversation With the Genius Loci by Barry Patterson {I don't agree with all of this book, but I think that it is still worth a read}
At Home in Nature: Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America by Rebecca Kneale Gould
Birds by Roger Tory Peterson 
Discovering Rock Art in Ontario's Provincial Parks by Thor Conway 
Mammals of Ontario by Tamara Eder
Mushrooms of Ontario and Eastern Canada by George Barron
Native Trees of Canada
Old Man's Garden by Annora Brown
Ontario Weeds: Descriptions, Illustrations and Keys to Their Identification
Ontario Wildflowers: 101 Wayside Flowers by Linda Kershaw
The Book of Swamp and Bog by John Eastman
The Forest Trees of Ontario by J.H. White
The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Woodland Management

If you know of any resources that are not on here, please feel free to share them in the comment section. :)



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcoming 2013

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.
~Edgar Fawcett
I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays, however you may celebrate them, and may the new year bring many blessings to you & your loved ones!