Happy Dark Moon
Hey, I missed another dark moon, didnt I? At the last dark
moon I was planning on creating the Newsletter Archive for the website
and wanted to wait until it was done to send the newsletter so I could
announce it. Well, by the time I completed it, it was closer to the
full moon and I was swamped with work. So now, here it is, another
dark moon and I can announce that past issues of both the Dark Moon
newsletter and the Wheel of the Year newsletter are available for
viewing from the Newsletter Archive
Update on Venting About Vendors
While reviewing the past issues of my newsletter, I came across the
one where I was venting about vendors
leaving a show early . I guess this mainly happens to smaller shows
as it was a much different experience at Gibraltar Trade Center. On
Sunday just about everyone waited until the very end to pack up. Those
that did start early, did so only about an hour before the show ended.
There was one there who really irks me, she will remain nameless but
I have done several shows that she has been at. This person
feels she can show up when she wants (even if it is 4 hours into the
show) and pack up when she wants (after staying about 3 hours) and if
she feels like honoring the show with her presence, she may show up
the next day. Wow, how do I get that elevated above all others that
I can ignore the rules and do what I please?
Announcing a new Infinite Flame candle!!
We offer candles for each of the solstices
and equinoxes, and now we are creating them for the other four holidays.
We are going to create a Samhain candle that
will serve the purpose of connecting to those who have passed on. The
candle will be made on the night of the new moon and empowered on Halloween!
Hows that for cool!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, get a little carried away. The colors were obvious and Alicia
researched stones, finding the perfect one for it: smoky quartz. My
part is the scent, which was rather tricky as most references for contacting
the deceased only gave sage to clear the space, nothing for the spirits
themselves. The only scent I found associated with contacting spirits
is sweetgrass.....at first.....then I came across several references
stating equal parts lavender and sandalwood to attract good spirits
(as opposed to evil spirits). Now that sounds like a wonderful scent.
One problem....the price of sandalwood. This wonderful oil has jumped
in price over 100%. The bottle I have is priced at $12.29 and it is
almost gone. The lowest price I have found recently for the same size
bottle is $54. Yes, $54. Im talking about a half ounce bottle
(15ml). My online source, Natures Gift, has it at $100 or $140
depending on the source of the oil. Ouch.
Being that we only use pure essential oils in our candles, that leaves
us with two choices. Use another scent or up the price. My intuition
tells me this is the best scent to use. Soooo.....on the new moon we
will make 13 candles, empower them on the 31st, and these will sell
at $13 (the extra $1 to cover the cost of the sandalwood). Im
thinking they will be worth it : )
**This candle is now on the website, Samhain
Heres a little more on the two oils for this candle:
Lavender - element: air. Cleansing, healing, love, peace, relaxation,
calming, balancing, soothing. Calms the emotions, promotes relaxation,
sleep aid. I can attest to the sleep aid part, the first time I put
a few drops on our pillows at night, both my boyfriend and I slept through
the alarm! This is one of the few oils you can put directly on your
skin, it kills germs and is great for cuts, scrapes, and bug bites.
Not all lavender is the same, French lavender and American lavender
oils will have a different smell, I have compared several and I find
the French to be the better oil, but it is a personal taste kind of
thing, some like the American better.
Sandalwood - element: water (but I feel it is more earth) Spirituality,
healing, protection, wishes, calming and grounding, exotic, sensual.
Blends well with many oils. VERY popular with spiritual people, its
earthy scent adds an air of sacredness when burned as an incense. One
of the first oils I purchased and have always had it on hand for any
blend used for meditation or ritual. I often use sandalwood incense
to cleanse the house. The best sandalwood comes from India but that
is very hard to come by right now.
I found a page with much more info on sandalwood and a little about
why it is so expensive, go to http://www.scents-of-earth.com/sandalwood1.html
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