The Diary of a Part-Time Priestess

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Hey Cybersphere,

I’m new to this. So bear with me and my learning curve! Until I hear back from someone out there, I’ll use this for my own reflection; a digi-journal of my efforts at living a magickal life.

First off, what does that mean? Is it just uber pretentious, or is it a worthy goal? (Ok I live in Northern Minnesota, so saying it out loud is easily both)

I think magickal living is about taking joy in the little things. Having the emotional/spiritual tools to shift perspective and meet challenges joyfully. Honoring the natural cycles of life, internally and externally. Being really, really grateful for all of the things.

Do I do this every day? heck no. I fall apart sometimes and then I have to build my practice again. I know it’s part of the cycle, but I sure can recognize when I’ve let daily prayer slide too long, or need to give my altars a good refreshing!

chicken stockYesterday I made chicken broth. I finally used the last jar in the freezer and my frozen bones were getting unruly. One problem: I started so many projects that I completely forgot the broth cooling on the stove and fell asleep with my kidlets. Totally realized it about 4 AM while my fitful son went back to sleep. Fortunately the collective wisdom of the internet agreed with my first inclination: boil the stock well in the AM and freeze like you’d planned and you’re golden. The autumn is coming: the morning is cool enough to lower my jars’ temp perfectly for the freezer!

This morning I brought the baby to visit my daughter’s 3rd grade class room, then upon our return I discovered the culprit behind our struggling sunflowers: squirrels! So we paused on our way into the house to tie up the stalks- pretty tall ladies are getting a bit beaten up this year. squirrel sunflower

Well, my baby is rocking in his chair, I’m catching up on class prep for Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, freshening up the ol’ website, and dreaming up menus for the monster grocery outing I know we have ahead of us.

Beauty in the simple things! 😉 Cheers!

Here is my recipe for chicken stock (I usually have scraps of these vegetable on hand so I can make this whenever I need to)

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Chicken Stock
Rich, nourishing chicken stock! Add flavor to your favorite dishes or whip up the most delicious homemade chicken noodle soup. Just save your chicken bones in the freezer til you have a critical mass, then throw together this great kitchen staple so you always have some on hand!
Course Soups
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hours
Servings
pints
Ingredients
Course Soups
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4-6 hours
Servings
pints
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a large pot on the stove. If the water doesn't cover all the ingredients, just go ahead and add more til it does. Bring broth to a boil, then turn down the heat and let the ingredients simmer for 4-6 hours, adding more water as necessary. *Tip: if you do not want to monitor the water loss, cover 80% of the pot with a lid once simmering!
  2. Once your broth is finished cooking, strain out the ingredients so that you are left with pure liquid. Pour the stock into jars, leaving at least an inch of space from the rim for freezer expansion. Cool jars then place in the freezer for storage!
To Make it Magickal:
  1. If you would like to make this stock magickal, all you need is intention, openness, and love! As you add the ingredients, thank each one. As the broth comes to a boil, visualize the flame melding the properties of the ingredients together. As the pot settles into a simmer, infuse the stock with your intention:
  2. close your eyes. visualize a bright white light flowing into your body through the crown of your head and suffusing you with the light of the cosmos. plant your feet, and reach into the earth with your roots. draw up Her golden vitality into your body. you are a pilar of light and love, connecting the Earth and the cosmos like a great spirit tree. now, hold your hands palm out toward your stock, and visualize the energy you have called flowing out into the pot. infuse the stock with the energy as you hold the intention that this soup nourish and vitalize those who partake of it. when it is full to glowing, place your hands together and say a few words of gratitude to the Universe and release the energy back to whence it came. so mote it be.
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