The Catskin Sisters have been around for several years now. Longer than I had imagined we would have been around. It is heartwarming to think back over the years and know that there is a group of women that I can call friends and magical companions.
Recently the Sisters have found themselves spread thin. Two of the members have found themselves in a totally different state than the original group. Leaving face time limited.
I was thinking about this. And how perhaps it is time to take the Catskin Sisters on to the next level. The two of us that have found ourselves in a new area are looking to create a group here while still maintaining contact with the original group back in Illinois. A Catskin Sisters chapter in Wisconsin if you will. Working within the same tradition to teach new Sisters to add to our knowledge base.
This means we need to codify the tradition in some fashion. We sisters have been working hard to get down the basic ideas and concepts that we work with every day. We are also trying to work through the few membership applications that we already have.
It is an exciting time for the group right now! Our new Facebook page makes correspondence easier and we are planning on renovating this page to be more a web page and less a blog.
If you are interested in keeping up with our doings feel free to like us on Facebook, and if you are in the area and would like to make contact you can do it there as well!
Would you know more?
I hope to do a better job in the future of keeping this blog interlinked with my personal blog (over at wanderingwomanwondering.wordpress.com). Here is a list of links to my seidhr and heathenry-related posts since September 1, 2011 up to the present.
Not So Subtle Differences?: Fylgja, Hamingja, and Animal Guides
On Night Owl’s Beak: Sayings of the Fylgja
A Thurs-Spirit On the Road to Nerthus’ Hall
Connecting with the House Wight
The Road to Helheim
I suspect there will be many more otherworldly adventures to come. I will try to share those experiences when I can and where appropriate.
I finally finished my protection project which I began well over a year ago, I’m afraid. The goal was to create 4 items to bury at the corners of my yard in order to welcome and encourage good things (love, friendship, prosperity, creativity, wisdom, etc) and keep out negative things (negativity, poverty, theft). Like many folk, we’ve had some imbalances in our life and I wanted to try and re-establish the balance. Here’s what I did.
I knitted 4 small bags out of a yellow/gold hemp and silk fiber, large enough to hold…
- 1 wooden disk about 1″ diameter engraved with runes. On one side the hubby and I engraved gebo (ᚷ), fehu (ᚠ), ansuz (ᚨ), berkana (ᛒ), and ing (ᛝ). The other side had four different runes, one on each disk. Those are: uruz (ᚢ), elhaz (ᛉ), cweorth (ᛢ), and stan (ᛥ). The last two found in one of Thorsson’s books. Once engraved, I blooded them with my own blood. The husband was good enough to pick out the runes for this. He’s had far more experience with runes and rune magic than I have so I rely on him.
- 1 each of: Smokey quartz, dragon blood jasper, and black tourmaline.
- 1 Cats eye shell each.
Tonight I’ll bury one in each corner of my property, after invoking the land whites who I’ll offer Goldschläger into each hole as I bury my little bags. I chose Goldschläger because I wanted to be sure gold made it into the burial and it seemed like a logical and practical choice. I may also call upon the ancestors and Thor to help in this warding but, really, I feel this is a white focused working.
I plan to make monthly offerings to the whites to continue helping with this ward in my home as well as at the property corners. I think milk or grains on the alter, Goldschläger on the corners, and cedar in the fire pit anytime we blaze.
Next project…wind chimes to purify as they chime. I’ve everything picked out, just need to acquire! (another project that’s been sitting on my self for far too long)
While roaming about on the internet, I found a neat site with recipes of a hoodoo, rootwork, and conjure nature.
I quote from the site:
“How to Make Your Own Cascarilla (eggshell powder)”
Whenever you use eggs, save shells. Wash shells out right after using the eggs and save them up for about a week or so until you have a “batch” worth processing. Bake shells at 350°F for about 8-10 minutes to remove the mineral oil coating and make them brittle enough to grind. Grind to a fine powder in a food processor, blender or coffee grinder (I use a coffee grinder). Make sure there are no sharp, gritty pieces.
Grind 6 cleaned and dried eggshells into small pieces with the back of a spoon until the shells become a fine powder. A mortar and pestle works great for this process. Mix together 1 tsp. of flour and 1 tsp. of very hot water. Add 1 Tbsp. of the ground egg shell powder and mix it together until it is a thick paste. This amount will make one piece of chalk. Shape the paste into chalk sticks and roll them up in a paper towel, wrapping them tightly.Allow the sticks of chalk to dry for 3 days. Your eggshell chalk will then be ready to use.”
As I’ve been getting interested in exploring sigil work, this magic chalk is easy to make and super useful…thank you to the unknown author for this great recipe!
I’ve begun a new blog, The Dreaming wood, that details my experiences, knowledge, and musings with regards to witchcraft, paganism, and natural history. Any essays relating to Seidhr will be there as well, so read if you will!
It’s been a while since I posted here at Catskins so I thought I would fix that today. I recently wrote about incorporating Vardlokkr into my seiðr practice. Feel free to check out my initial musings here. I also have sound files of me speaking the words/lyrics I developed, available here, if you would prefer that.
And last but not least, some tasty vardlokkr info morsels can be found here, courtesy of Linda.
As promised, the handout from the PSG 2011 workshop on seidhr and trance journeying presented by Cindy, Jenna, and myself can be found below. I apologize for the delay in getting this information out to those who were interested. If you have questions about any of the content, feel free to post your comments here and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Many thanks!