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On Monday November 4th 2013 I officially graduated – I am a 3rd Degree Wiccan Priestess.

I started my path when I was a teenager.  I have been solitary.  I still remember the first time I entered into a circle with other people.  I have read and research and walked this path learning.  4 years ago I embarked on the next stage of my witchy ‘bucket list’ and begin my journey to gain the Wiccan degrees.  Technically I received my certificate for the 3rd Degree in 2011, Monday was my technical cap and gown ceremony.  The fact that this happened during a New Moon, and right before the Coven’s Samhain ritual (we celebrate 15 degrees of Scorpio for Samhain – Olde Calendar style).  I am now embarking on the next stage of my path, whatever that may hold!

I have found myself researching as of late Nordic tradition (as it relates to the Celtic heritage I have), Hoodoo (I have no idea why I feel drawn to that, probably a past life thing) and more that leans towards the Dianic aspect.  Not that I do not have total respect for the God, I just feel that push towards the Goddess so very strong.

Between the graduation, the new moon and Samhain – the universe is screaming its time for a change.

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Posted on 6 November '13 by , under spiritual. No Comments.

picking up marbles

The re-cleansing of my house has begun.  I am sorting through and getting rid of things we don’t need.  Cleaning out those little corners that never get looked at.  Even shampooing the rugs.. I never do that heh.. well ok with cats I do but its not my favorite!  I’ve been over the same spot in the living room 5 times and the water is still coming out dark – of course its right in front of where the lodger sits while he plays xbox.. that could be why.

I began moving my altar items to a table on my back patio.  So far just a few things, some shells from the Washington coast for West, my athame and a snuffer for South, the incense holder for East and a chunk of Amethyst sits in front of my Goddess doll for North.  I was asked if I was going to be hosting a ritual anytime soon, but that didn’t get an answer.  I need to reconnect to the Divine on my own for a little while.

The feeling that I am completely alone right now on my path has been overwhelming.  Not that I think the Divine has been eluding me, but more like those whom I thought were my sisters and brothers on this walk seem to not just be there anymore.  Oh sure, if they have a technical problem I am the first one they ask.  But for anything else?  I’m invisible.  My voice echoes in the silence.  Ironically some of our wandering flock recently returned and were greeted like returning heroes however I work my tail off to offer guidance, counseling, and generally all of the tenants of my  station aren’t ignored per say – more like accredited constantly to someone else.  At the beginning I put it down to just general confusion.  But even after corrections it just wouldn’t stick.  So into the background I sit for now because quite frankly, I do not know what else to do.   Because I need them, even if they do not need me.

Hence me kind of rebooting my spirituality.  Time to get back to what I used to do before.  Before all the sending energy and lighting candles, I would actually work my magick.  Good ole fashioned spellwork.  Knowing my herbs and oils and functions.  I already feel more of the real witch in me coming through.  Back to the Rootwork.

oh, to explain the subject?  I feel like my marbles are scattered all over the place – I am finally beginning to pick them up slowly.


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Posted on 12 October '13 by , under spiritual. No Comments.

A turning point

There’s been a change in the air.  Always happens this time of year, everywhere else gets ready to be house bound due to weather, while us Desert Witches can step outside and rejoice!

I am working on some sacred space changes, and altar modifications.  There is going to be some mundane things taking over the space where I have my outdoor altar right now so I am in the process of moving it onto my patio, which is good cause I have a spell brewing in my mind for tonight!

I need to get more magick into my life.  Yes I blame it on tv, another season with a few witchy themed shows always piques my interest and reminds me I need to embrace who I am, relish in it.  Not try and hide it away.

It can start as simply as this..

Shower Cleansing Exercise


“This exercise is so easy you’ll want to do it every time you take a shower once you’ve experienced how great it makes you feel! And assuming no one watches you in the show

er, you have all the privacy you need. For young parents or a busy household, normally the one place you have all to yourself for a few minutes each day for total privacy is the bathroom.


In the shower with the hot water running and all that luscious steam surrounding you, cross your hands over your chest. Take a deep breath. And another. Allow yourself to be in the moment. Note the feeling of the water on your skin, the sound of the falling water as it strikes the walls, curtain, shower floor, the gentle stream that opens breathing passages. As you stand there enjoying the sounds and feelings of the water, bless the water in your own way. Thank the water for providing cleansing energy. When you are ready, take a deep breath. Then, as you exhale, fling your hands down over the front of your body and out, visualizing all negativity being cast off from your body. Do a quarter turn. Repeat. Another quarter turn. Repeat. One last quarter turn. Repeat. now, raise your arms over your head and allow the water to rush over you. As you breathe in, think of the white light filling your entire body from the tips of your fingers to the soles of your feet. When you are feeling very good (stay in the moment – no thinking about anything but being right here in this shower right now), keep your left hand up in the air, palm facing the heavens, and move your right palm down to your side, palm towards the ground. Heaven is above you. Earth is below you. You are in the center. This is balance. The ability to walk between two worlds. Take three deep breaths, staying in the moment. Move the right hand up into the air, right palm facing the heavens, and move your left arm down, palm facing the earth. Again-this is balance. Stay in the moment. Totally secure. Totally at peace. Finish by crossing your arms over your chest. Say to yourself, “I am!” while you close your eyes and fill your entire body with white light. When you are finished, turn off the water and flick water drops from your fingers three times in quick succession. This portion of the meditation is done.


As you dry off, dress, and attend to any other bodily needs, think of nothing but what you are doing. Stay in the moment until you open that bathroom door. If you practice this every day you will be amazed at the concentration and ease with which you go about your daily tasks.”


“From Mindlight by Silver RavenWolf”

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Posted on 11 October '13 by , under spiritual. No Comments.

Almost at the end of the lusty month of May

I’ve been hit with a spurt of spring cleaning! Been tackling the cat’s room floor with a mixture that has eucalyptus oil in it which is making the house smell mahvelous! I have candles going on my entryway altar and my kitchen altar – I need to get some pictures of those to share again soon! My gnome army grows and I have more solar lights in my front yard which coupled with the blue lights that are over the garage make it look very fairy at night – again I’ll have to get a picture!

Its hard to believe that May is almost done – soon it will be Litha time!

I’ve been asked I do not know how many times how We, or I (Witches in the Desert in general!) can celebrate a Sabbat so vigorously that is all about Sun and summer – which for us down here means triple digit temps! Everyone assumes that at those temperatures nothing thrives or blooms. They are wrong! I have flowering bushes in my backyard that are growing by leaps and bounds as our temps increase! My lavender plant that I put in the ground the first summer we bought our house is just HUGE now! and that Aloe Vera I rescued from the side of the road (how dare people throw away good plants!) is adjusting fantastically.

Summer time in the desert means melons and Sudan grass and wheat and cotton in the fields. It means date trees sweetening their gifts. The Citrus trees are blooming and growing. It means high temperatures during the day, but beautiful gorgeous relaxing nights out around the fire pit with friends, listening to the birds in the trees. It means being creative if you forget your quarter candles on the outside altar and figure out how to use led tea lights and no one knew the difference! (haha)

But here’s the thing I remind everyone about Litha in the Desert – gather closely now..
Yes, its the celebration of the Longest Day of sunshine BUT

and this is the important part…

Every day after that gets SHORTER! From that day forward us desert dwellers can tolerate the heat because we KNOW

Fall Is Coming :)

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Posted on 29 May '13 by , under spiritual. No Comments.

Pagan Coming Out Day

well in all reality the day is just about over, but such if the live of the nightowl who gets up at 5pm.  I have been reading the various blog posts, facebook comments and youtube video’s today and love them all.  I wish I felt more inspired (where is that darned muse!) to wax poetic about it.  Make it sound really moving and memorable.  Leave my mark on the blogosphere with something so profound..

I got nothing

Lets see if I can dig out of my brain my thoughts on this day.  By technical standards I guess I am not ‘out’ to my family.  My husband knows of course, but beyond that, nada.  However, I do not go out of my way to hide who I am either.  I have been asked why there is a jar of water outside – my answer was because I was making moon water.  The little bits of herb knowledge I spout off, or always knowing what phase of the moon it is, or really (what must seem to them) intricate knowledge of the times of year don’t even phase them.  In fact many a joke has been made each time a new broom is bought that I must have needed a new ride.  I used to joke it was like don’t ask don’t tell – that doesn’t work anymore since that antiquated thing is GONE! :)  So on that basis, do I want to upset the status quo by pointing out the obvious?  I am not sure.  One day I know I will be asked, and I will answer, and will probably have to answer lot of questions (especially since my own father is a minister) but until then I will continue just being me.

Collecting her gnomes and fairies, talking to her plants, having ‘friends’ over during the lunar cycle, having the big ole star on the top of her garage and her halloween witches out all year round in the front yard (the neighbors must think I am very lazy!)

To those who came out today, and years before – Congratulations!  It is such a huge step and I am proud of you all.  For those like me – half in half out – its not a bad place to be :)

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Posted on 3 May '13 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Being in our local pagan community for a long time now, I’ve been to my fair share of open circles. While they have all been more excellent, being in a circle with people who were complete strangers was an often occurrence. So you have to ask yourself, how does one enter into a circle of strangers in perfect love and perfect trust. To whom are you giving this perfect love and perfect trust to? The person running the ritual? The people within the circle? The Divine? Lets delve into this.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust to – The HP or HPS? In an open circle you may or may not know who they are. And while true they have created the sacred space, they are still probably strangers.. so..

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust to – the other people in the circle? In an open circle again odds are the people are strangers. Sure there will be people you know, and of course they are worthy of your perfect love and perfect trust – but .. always but

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust to – the Divine? It is their space after all, cleansed and welcoming to them to be called forth. Anyone who passes through the threshold without pure love in their hearts is doing a disservice to the Divine in my books. Whether in a group of strangers, or by yourself if your heart isn’t into it, then why are you there?

However.. being in a circle with people you do trust, and love is a whole different ballgame. Uttering those words before entering into a pure circle of trust has such a wondering sense of peace. The even if one or two new people come and go, that original band you are connected to in circle, and out gives a completely difference meaning to those words.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, I bid you good night..

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Posted on 5 October '12 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Of course I already missed a day

Ahh Wednesday you went by so fast! That happens when I get up, make dinner, play game with the hubs online and then head out and be *gasp* social! By the time I had realized I already missed a day it was after midnight.. so I thought heck with it I’ll just post twice today!

As the night wore on last night I felt like crap – icky, sicky, woozy – the only good thing about that is that it means the weather is changing – finally! Triple digit weather in October just kills the fall mood!! I want to go outside and enjoy my little fires, not sweat nards off!

So I will leave myself with this thought – the concept of Perfect Love and Perfect Trust – it was a topic of conversation last night at our social event.. oh look at me being all posh – it was a gaggle of witches at Starbucks hehe.. I love the place but its getting expensive! Might have to hone some barrista skills of my own here in the future.. anyways. perfect love and perfect trust. Its something we say when entering into a circle, but how many of us actually think about its meaning?

I will write more on this later.. :)

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Posted on 5 October '12 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Day 2 – yay its Tuesday

Tuesdays are a bundle of running around, delivering things and getting home after dark.  Luckily for me my husband has the day/night off so we can do our other usual Tuesday tradition – Playing Everquest!


Good things today – new water filter put into the fridge, a new vodka to try, and a new dish tasted and loved – Carry on!


There might even be another fire tonight.. whoo!

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Posted on 3 October '12 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

31 days of Blogging .. hmm

Hello my name is Autumn and I must have gone nuts!  I’ve been seeing references to this NaBloWriMo and thought.. oh cool blogging every day for a month might help remind me I HAVE THIS THING!

October 1st – in the desert – was 105 Degrees.  and I am going to go outside and light a fire!

Pictures will probably appear.. Ciao!

*edited to add for those who are wondering NaBloWriMo?  Click here  *


*edited again – Fire! 


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The first time I ever heard the Charge of the Goddess, I was reduced to tears.  I found it to be one of the most beautiful things I’d ever heard, and marveled at the inspiration Doreen Valiente must have had when she created it.  Let me share her complete version with you.

(I will slip some of my comments in)

The Charge Of The Goddess
Written by Doreen Valiente

~there is a smidge of internal controversy over this, as Gerald Gardner had published something similar that she adapted – in my mind however, she brought it all together

Whenever ye have need of anything,
once in the month and better it be when the moon is full,
then shall ye assemble in some secret place,
and adore the spirit of me,
who am Queen of all witches.

~I hear this, and I feel it pull like the bat symbol being shown in the sky – it beckons us

There shall ye assemble,
ye who are fain to learn all sorcery,
yet have not won its deepest secrets;
to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown

And ye shall be free from slavery;
and as a sign that ye be truly free,
you shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love,
all in my praise

~This part is due to the fact that Gerald Gardner was her teacher, and he was a firm believer in skyclad rituals.  I understand the meaning – nothing between you and the elements. 

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings

~that is the pure love that we have for the Divine, and the Divine for us

Keep pure your highest ideals;
strive ever towards them,
let nothing stop you or turn you aside

~this is something we all need to remember and keep close to our hearts

For mine is the secret door which
opens upon the Land of Youth,
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
and the Cauldron of Cerridwen,
which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality

~the power within ourselves, in our mind, the source of our magick

I am the gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man
Upon earth,
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;

and beyond death,
I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before

~the All She is always with us, was before, and will be again, the wheel ever turns

Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the Earth

~She is everything, the blooming flower, the green grass, the leaves falling from the tree

I am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man

~She is Everywhere

Call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature,
who gives life to the Universe.

From me all things proceed,
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of gods and of men,
let thine innermost divine self be enfolded,
in the rapture of the infinite.

~there’s the Wheel again

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest,
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverence within you

~She empowers us, breathes with us, inspires us, and shows us when we are wrong

And thou who thinketh to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not,
unless thou knoweth the mystery;
that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without thee

~this particular part I have recited many times.  Each time a seeker asks that all important question of “what are the mysteries” I recite it.  Sometimes they understand after that, sadly more often than not they do not know why I keep repeating myself

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning;
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire

~this is the part that always gets me.  That starts the tingle from my toes to the top of my head.  I feel the warmth emerge from the palms of my hands.  Every Time.

I love the way this incantation makes me feel so much that I wanted to be able to use it for all moon cycles.  But I realized this one truly shines under the Full Moon.  Upon doing more research I have come across many versions of the Charge – all beautiful creations.  All inspired by perhaps this original, or by the moon Herself, or heard the call of the Goddess.

So I began to wonder about the New Moon. The Goddess is of three definite stages during the New Moon cycle – Crone, ReBorn, Maiden.  After talking with Lady Qyzida about this topic we decided that if these Charges that we love so dearly were inspired by our Divine Mother, then why can’t we write incantations for the New Moon in her cycles!  I had the honor of receiting my Maiden New Moon incantation for the first time outloud at the last New Moon ritual at WicHaven Grove. Its short, but sweet.

“Gather my witches beneath my Maiden form
My Divine aspect be the light in you face in the dark
Guiding you, growing with you

You know me by a thousand names
and yet one that is sacred to only you

I am the sprout struggling through the earth
I am the fawn just finding her legs
I am the newborn speaking their first word

I am the absence of negativity
the fresh page

Know me on this night, and by this
Know that all things are possible

For my love is also new, and old, and forever”

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Posted on 25 August '12 by , under spiritual. No Comments.