Saturday, November 8, 2014

I am privileged

As I pack up all the  stuff that has accumulated in my house over the last 6 year I  realize I am privileged.

We were supposed to move in 12 weeks ago. We have had many set backs that have made me want to stomp, scream and have a full blown 2 year old tantrum.

A few weeks back a cried I was MAD at the house things were just not going right I wanted to kick it. Instead I used brute force to chisel off the glued on bulletin board in the kitchen......

Ah release of endorphins  from working up a sweat,, that's better!

We were going to have a moving truck yesterday and make the big official move when the well pump went out ( we knew we were on borrowed time from the beginning!)

Now we must halt moving in. Not having  water is not going to work! I was mad, sad and frustrated again.

As I went to reach for something that s boxed away I thought to myself:

I have 2 sets of clothes out ( I could rewash those every other day here if I needed until we move. Some people only have 1 set of clothes and no where to wash them

I have food in the house and 1 pot not packed. I can eat I will not go hungry.

I have shelter and a warm bed.

I have my children's smiles and warm hugs.

I have chicken providing me eggs right now!

I am privileged I have so much more than so many in the world.

We knew buying a farmhouse would be hard work, we knew we would have to get a fixer upper in order to affords a good chunk of land..... I am privileged!

Some house pictures....
 The long hallway of shelves, These fit mason jars perfectly!
Getting cleaner slowly, Falcon digging in Robins Halloween candy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sage smudging the new house

November 6, 2014 a cold rainy full hunters moon
Tonight was a full moon so the perfect night to do the native American ritual of sage smudging.

What is sage smudging you may ask?
Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.

I have never actually done this before but have always found it interesting. 

Tonight it was just girls in the house: Robin, her friend, Canary and I. I asked her friend if she wanted to take part in this and she was excited to give it a try. I did ask her mom first as well making sure it was okay as this is a spiritual ceremony.

At the entry we said:
"This sage is cleansing out all negative energies and spirits... all negative energies and spirits must leave and do no harm.
We then cleansed each other bathing each other in the smoke.
We had some problems at first getting it to catch fire and really getting it to burn well and create a good smoke.

The girls and I chanted  
  Cleanse this house and make it clear 
  Only good may enter here!
  Blessings grace this cozy place 
  All joy and peace may it embrace
  Infinite Power of the Divine
  Protect and bless this house through time!

Above the girls are in the closet just inside the front door chanting and holding the smudge stick.
While they sang, and spoke this they danced and pretended to be smoke fairies. We made up many of our own rhymes and chants. speaking those out loud as well One I said while they danced was:
May this house be filled with joy
Let love and laughter fill the air.
 Outside after we smudged the whole house,
We were smudging the doorway outside. I love how the smoke billows in this picture.

After we went through the whole house (45 min later) We set the sage stick in a glass light fixture thar was already taken down took down to paint the ceiling. We set the smudge stick in the fixture just outside the front door leaving the door open so the wind could carry in more smoke. I guess it was not heat proof, it cracked and busted. Ah well, we did not like them much anyway!

It was cute listening to the girls laugh and dance and make up stories about being in an enchanted castle. They wanted the lights off to create a mystical mood and loved watching the embers turn firey red as they gently blew on them. I cannot imagine a happier house blessing than the sound of happy giggling girls.

The girls hid 10 pennies throughout  the house so our home will be filled with wealth and prosperity.

We will later bury a loaf of bread out side the back door so we will never grow hungry and our field be plentiful.

Robin's Deity of choice right now is: ARTEMIS a greek god who was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals and power over the moon.She was also a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of the girl child up to the age of marriage. So it was really fitting that the house blessing took place during the full hunters moon.

and we danced,  and sang, and giggled in the smoke in the moonlight in our happy, positive, and newly cleansed home........