It’s time  — ravenhawks’ magazine

I’m in such a mood for this stuff. Had to share. ❤

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via It’s time  — ravenhawks’ magazine

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Posted in fall, mabon, pagan

Autumn Equinox — ravenhawks’ magazine

Beautiful! )0(

“Equal dark, equal light Flow in Circle, deep insight Blessed Be, Blessed Be The transformation of energy! So it flows, out it goes Three-fold back it shall be Blessed Be, Blessed Be The transformation of energy!” – Night An’Fey, Transformation of Energy

via Autumn Equinox — ravenhawks’ magazine

Posted in fall

Dusty’s Favorite Fall Movies

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I’ve been getting more and more excited for fall with each day that passes. I live in southern Ohio, so the heat right now is still raging, but that doesn’t change the fact that IT’S SEPTEMBER. I purchased my first pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks last week (I don’t care if that makes me “basic”, hahaha) and I’ve been going crazy on Pinterest trying to find fun fall crafts that are cute and affordable. The other thing that’s been on my mind lately are all the great fall movies that I love to watch during this season. Most of them are super corny and get bad ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (which is make or break with Derek), but I will forever love them to pieces.

Here are my top favorites (I have lots of scary favorites as well, but all of these are “family friendly” choices):

“The Good Witch” Movie Series

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There are seriously 7 of these movies and I love every one of them. Catherine Bell plays ‘Cassie Nightingale’, and in each one, all the characters get into all kinds of mischief. I don’t know what it is about Hallmark movies, but they have a tendency to suck you in, and this movie series has succeeded (at least for me)!

Here are all them:

  • The Good Witch (2008)
  • The Good Witch’s Garden (2009)
  • The Good Witch’s Gift (2010)
  • The Good Witch’s Family (2011)
  • The Good Witch’s Charm (2012)
  • The Good Witch’s Destiny (2013)
  • The Good Witch’s Wonder (2014)

Give them a whirl if you have the chance. I think they’ve even made it into a T.V. series due to its popularity!

 

“Halloweentown” Movie Series

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I remember the first time I watched the first “Halloweentown” movie when I was a kid and loved it. The first one will always be my favorite, but they are all very cute and now I really just enjoy watching them with Charlotte. I showed her the first movie last fall season and she loved it! They are great little family movies that are fun to make a tradition for each year.

Here are all of them:

  • Halloweentown (1998)

  • Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)

  • Halloweentown High (2004)

  • Return To Halloweentown (2006)

 

“Hocus Pocus”

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I think pretty much everyone agrees with this one. It’s timeless and always so much fun to watch each fall season. I’m sure everyone knows the leading ladies in this favorite are Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Nijimy as the three witches. This is another one that Charlotte loves and I love watching with her. *AND!* They’re making a sequel, which will definitely be exciting to go see!

 

“Practical Magic”

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This one is my all time favorite fall movie. Honestly, I could watch this movie any day out of the year. I have such a strong attachment to it for some reason, and I don’t even really know why. It’s just one of those special movies that has found a place in my heart. I love the setting, the feel, the music, the house, everything. I love Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as well. They are both two of my favorite actresses. I seriously want to be both ‘Sally’ (Bullock) and ‘Gilly’  (Kidman). It’s hard to explain, but I love the characters’ personalities so much. There is so much charm in the movie and I’ll always love it so very much.

 

I hope you liked my list! I know it wasn’t very long, but it’s fun to share these with you!

And before you leave, check out my favorite quote ever from “Practical Magic”.

Happy (almost) Fall!

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I have this framed and hanging in my kitchen. ❤

 

 

 

 

Posted in cemetery, fall, obsession

My Strange Addiction:Cemetery Edition

I am very drawn to cemeteries. There are several around the area I live that are full of the old, crooked tombstones from the 18th and 19th centuries. Those are my favorite. 😏 There’s such a peaceful and spiritual feeling in cemeteries. The ones I visit or plan to visit are enveloped in serenity and trees and wildlife. There’s always a stillness in the air that allows you to really reflect on all the lives those people below your feet may have lived, and also a chance to reflect on your own life. 

My favorite cemeteries around here are “Silver Street Cemetery”in Lebanon, the old Pioneer Cemetery in Lebanon on Main Street, “David Cemetery”in Kettering, and “Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery” near Beavercreek (where my dad rests). 

Recently I went to the one on Silver Street in Lebanon and snapped some pretty pictures during my visit. I’ve gone to that one several times just because once you enter its gates, the whole atmosphere changes. You can no longer hear cars driving along the residential streets or people talking outside on their porches or sirens going off at the fire station. Once you’re in there, the loudest sounds you may hear are the chirping of the birds or cicadas, and the whispering of the wind through the tree branches. It’s meditative and beautiful. 

I’ll share some of the pictures I took for you readers and hope you enjoy them. Try to imagine it the way I saw it and the feeling it gave me. It’s pure tranquility. 

There’s another cemetery I plan on visiting very soon located in Waynesville, a small historic town close to Lebanon. I’m sure I’ll  capture some photos there as well. 

*A cool side note: with the fall season fast approaching, Lebanon and Waynesville will be hosting spirit tours in the most haunted places in town. They also do living history cemetery tours in Lebanon. I am stoked, to say the least! *

Posted in fall, mabon, pagan

Mabon

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I am, little by little, becoming more knowledgeable about Pagan holidays. It’s something I strive to welcome into my life more and more each day by reading, learning, and practicing. It’s very apparent that fall is my favorite season along with everything that goes with it. The last holiday I celebrated was Lammas, where I baked a loaf of bread which was representative of “reaping what was sown” during the summer months. Although I did not personally have a harvest of my own, my bread was made with the purpose and intention of bringing forth all positive aspects of abundance into my life. Derek and I wish to plant a small garden and herb garden in our back yard this fall in hopes of a nice crop and harvest next year. I am super excited about it!

The next Pagan holiday coming up fast is called Mabon (September 22). It’s a celebration of the Autumn Equinox where the summer’s sun meets the winter’s darkness. It’s a point in our year where daylight hours equal nighttime hours. It is also considered our second harvest. It’s a very balanced time of year, which really settles well with me, the Libra that I am. I am really looking forward to doing some more baking and ritualistic type things in honor of Mabon this year. Last year I acknowledged it and had a small fall get together with friends. This year I want it to be different, meaning, with a lot more intention. I want to really get my hands in there and create things in honor of each holiday, making it more a part of myself than myself being a part of it.

I know I’m a little early in the celebration of Mabon at this time, but I wanted to gear up for it and get one foot in the door. I have an enormous zucchini my neighbor gave me from her son’s garden, and I think I am going to bake a pre-Mabon zucchini bread! This thing is seriously huge and will likely yield way more than what would be considered a normal loaf. If it turns out well, I plan to share it with my family and friends at work. I’ll share pictures of it on my next blog post, just for fun!

For now, I’ll leave you with a Mabon blessing/candle ritual and the recipe I intend on using for my bread.

Also, if anyone who reads this could leave any kind of cool recipes or tips for me regarding any of this stuff, I’d appreciate it so very much. I love feeling like I’m a part of something, and I know there are others out there celebrating as well! Please, comment and share away!

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsps baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon

2 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat an oven to 325*  Line the bottom of two 9×5-inch loaf pans with parchment paper.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. Beat sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl, and stir in zucchini and pineapple. Gradually pour in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in raisins and walnuts, mixing to evenly combine. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Working with one loaf at a time, hold the pan on its side and gently tap the sides of the pan against the counter to loosen it. Cover the pan with a cooling rack, and invert it to tip the cake out of the pan and onto the rack. Peel off the parchment paper, and allow bread to cool completely.

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Posted in fall, love, seasons

Oh, hi August. We meet again.

When August comes, it really hits me hard how much I long for the fall. I have already made a blog post about the fall and how it affects me. It’s something that must have attached itself at my birth and has continued to grow and grow into something that isn’t just an excitement anymore, it’s an entire part of my heart. I honestly don’t know how to describe it better than that. When I start thinking about the autumn months, I get this feeling of inexplicable joy, like when you’re little and you’re waiting and anticipating for Christmas Eve to come. I will sometimes catch myself welling up with tears at the thought of sitting in my cozy house as the leaves change, drinking a cup of coffee as the kids play. It’s almost ridiculous, but it’s not something I can help. I am so extremely excited this year, especially because Willa, my youngest, is walking now and she can be more involved with Trick-Or-Treat. Plus, now we live in a cute little neighborhood where I know there will be tons of other kids walking around collecting candy on that haunted eve. We’ve never lived in a “subdivision” before and although I’d rather be in a cool, old house with lots of history and more of a yard, there are definitely some perks to living where we are currently.

I’ve also really become in tune with my spiritual side and it’s taken the shape of some smash up between Paganism and Wiccan. Hear me out on this because I know it can sound silly when you hear someone label themselves “wiccan” or “pagan”. There’s a lot more to it though. A lot that I’ve studied and will continue to study for the rest of my life. There’s something about those “religions” that really call to me. It has from a young age, and I can’t help but feel extremely at home and connected to anything that has to do with those subjects. I don’t say that I am any certain religion, but I definitely have leanings to those. The fall season is really deep seeded in Paganism. The upcoming Lammas holiday on August 2nd is all about reaping what you’ve sown all summer and celebrating all the earth has given you. Even if you haven’t personally grown a garden or harvested crops, with true intention, there’s so much you can do to still be a part of the celebration. I personally want to bake a loaf of bread from scratch and cook a small, yet abundant dinner.

Aaaand speaking of abundance. If you seek abundance, you will find it. That is a really huge thing that really works if you want it to. I think that’s what I love so much about the fall and what hooks it and reels it into my heart. There’s something about fall, the weather changing, festivities starting, families gathering together, that provide an intense amount of abundance of joy, happiness, warm and fuzzies, love, etc. I could go on and on about it. I am always and forever welcoming of the abundance of all things above and am working on abundance of patience, understanding, and acceptance. These are all things I’m sure all of us could work on in our lives, and if we really want it, we can have it.

Fall is upon us, friends, and this lady is more than thrilled (as you can tell)!