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Well, it’s summer, just let us stick to that. Sooner than will be really fun school starts over again and then there wont be so much time to be outside enjoying the summer.

I got myself a new phone, old one started to literary fall into pieces, otherwise I would really have liked to keep it. But it’s no fun chasing

Tree stump with mushroom

Tree stump with mushroom

bits and pieces of it every time you drop it on the floor or on the ground. Excuse me sir, you’re standing on the front of my phone… oh, thank you! Lets see then, where did the rest go? So now I’m a smartphone owner… and not feeling very technical about it. I have a feeling my daughter knows a lot more about those than I do! I also found out where that memory card was in the old phone, just one mistake, I didn’t check out where and when the photos in the old one was taken so now I have a lot of those with no clue as to where and when. Some are really funny, others are something else. Or complete failures.

NSRW Phases of the Moon

Today I tried to find out what kind of apps there are for phones, besides games and Goddess know what else. And stumbled over something called Ghost Hunter. Ok, I’m into ghosts, that’s true, but are these just for fun or can you actually use them for real? Trying to find out, so if anyone knows anything about them or tried them yourselves, I’m happy for any information. So far I’ve downloaded one with moon phases that also tells me what astrological sign we’re in, element, Goddess and ruling planet. Nothing advanced, just had to try and see how things like this works. Remember I’m a complete beginner when it comes to this! And yes, I’m careful I know there are bad things out there in the world of smartphones just as there are here on the internet. Looking for a good antivirus program for the new “toy” just to be on the safe side.

And talking about ghosts, and now those of you who don’t believe in these just pass this passage by so you wont have to be upset over someone believing there is such a thing. There was something odd happening late yesterday. I was home alone since daughter had a chance to see her big sister one more time this summer, and I’m not sure what I was doing at that moment, besides being out on the internet and maybe on Facebook. There was something anyway, that just got me thinking of my dad and getting the feeling that he was beside me and I just wanted to let go of the computer for a couple of seconds to rest my head on his shoulder, giggling over some internal joke/memory. This is the first time as I can recall having a feeling of him being so close. My husband is another matter, he was very much present shortly after his death and on and off after that. But my dad, no, never until now. For real or not, it felt very real to me.

Next week will be Lammas, Lugh, Lughnasad or whatever you want to call it, feels like the Summer Solstice, Litha, was just some weeks ago and yet I feel like fall is just around the corner. Wondering in one moment how all the tomatoes will have time to ripe and in the next reminding myself that it’s just the end of July yet, calm down! Time is flying fast and I think I’m not really hanging on all the time. Well, whatever else is happening dinner is a must, just had a call from a young one who was asking for something to eat when she’s back home. You think homemade pizza will be ok?

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Ever been to an open air museum? Yes, we have one not to far off, and there we went on Thursday with rain that might start to fall. I had some plans for going there some day not necessarily this day, but it turned out to be a great one for it. What we really had been thinking of was taking a historical walk, but since we missed the bus it had already started by the time we got there. But we had lots of fun anyway, when we got there we went for something to drink and of course young one just had to have a heart-shaped cake, ok, this time but next time we’ll bring our own. I was curious about the little shop they have there too, made to look old fashioned early 1900’s but there are some modern things sold there too, among them books that are related to history of the places around and a book that came out just weeks ago. And being the sort of person I am, it’s of course about ghosts, strange happenings and things like that, told by people long time ago and present time of things and places. Really interesting and would love to go and see some of the places myself, if I can find them… not all are that precise of where they are, if they still can be visited.

But back to the rest of the day. We didn’t start out very early so we had lunch at home first. After her soda and my coffee we went looking at the animals, they have a couple of goats, some sheep, rabbits, hen and rooster, cows and some pigs that wasn’t very social this day. Daughter looked around in the old houses and buildings that they have brought there to let as many as possible see what it was like living then and the difference between those who had money and those that didn’t. Where we are? Oh, forgot to mention that. Me bad! It’s called Hägnan and located in Gammelstad outside Luleå, the church village there is on the World Heritage list so it’s worth going there if you are coming this way.

When we were done looking at the animals daughter took a peek into one of the old houses and was told by one of those who worked there that it would be a “Time Travel” for kids starting within 30 minutes, she was delighted and when we found out it was for free it was even better! They were all dressed up, partially anyway, as kids from the 1900-1910 and learned some of what kids that time did and how one was supposed to address older people. So they tried some different things, among them using a knife and cut a little peg for the rake, whisk eggs with an old fashioned whisk and things like that. Those who worked there made sure everyone knew how to handle a knife and keep safe distances, so no worries if you thought they were left un-attended.

That done, took some 45 minutes, and they were all talking their parents ears off about all they had done, at least until she found out about the corner where they had made a hay barn and they could go up a small stair on the outside and jump down in the hay! Guess who was there a looooong time… yes, my daughter and several others. They had great fun, they hay was soft and fresh so not  much dust. After that we had to go get some water to drink since someone had rosy cheeks and hair that didn’t need any raindrops to get wet. When we finally were on the bus back home she was tired but very happy, and considering we had been there for four hours it was lucky for us we had some left overs from the day before when we got home. If she slept well that night? Yes, you could say so.

Here’s some photos from that day, and the funny blue and reddish streak isn’t some strange energy moving, it’s my daughter jumping down in the hay!

Goats

Goats

House where they started their time travel

House where they started their time travel

Cow
Cow

Part of the kitchen

Part of the kitchen

Torpet

Torpet

Fence around the pasture

Fence around the pasture

Well

Well

Daughter jumping in the hay

Daughter jumping in the hay

 

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I promised I would get back to that part of the Solstice/Midsummer celebrations but all of a sudden a week had gone by and we went up to Arjeplog to visit the place where my husbands ashes are, and give daughter a chance to see for herself where this is. So three generations of women went up there and gave him some flowers.

 

Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers

 

So now I have time to talk about what we did, or more like didn’t do, previous weekend. Well, we didn’t dance around anything, we didn’t get naked and I didn’t do any special things really. What we did do… I started with trying to get up out of bed, stiff as a board to my daughters delight, and since we didn’t know if we would have rain before the evening me and daughter took a walk to the beach as have become a tradition of ours. We took some photos on our way there and took a walk in the labyrinth that was built there in later years. That was about as magical as we got that day. Oh, and we picked flowers!

 

In the evening when I went to my room for this summer that is up on the attic, and I’m pretty sure some younger ones will want to sleep there in a couple years too, and I started working with tarot and my favourite oracle deck for now, Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan. I made a 4-card spread first for the summer solstice and then another one with 5 cards. Both very simple but gave some very specific answers, like it’s time to really get going with myself, my life and all the other things on my mind. And start moving your ass before it’s getting to big for you! I pulled some cards from the Messenger Oracle too and got some really interesting answers from card 1: A New Day Dawns, and card 2: Seek Your Answers Within. It was almost uncanny how well it spoke to me and added to what I already had been given by my Druidcraft deck.

 

The next evening, on Saturday, I went on with looking at a Full Moon Spread. Even if the super moon wasn’t until Sunday I figured it would be a lot harder to make the spread that day. It was more about my own situation and what needs to be done And I tried a spread I’ve been using for the third time now at about the same time of year, about addressing your spiritual guides. It’s supposed to be first card that show you how many guides you have at present and then the other positions will be repeated for each and everyone of them. I don’t do quite like that, I ask for how many guides and the most important message at the time. For how many guides I have I got Queen of Wands, so I guess right there and then it was only one that had anything to say. I have a feeling of doing this spread at some earlier date and got something similar and more about who she was, if it was the same one that is, but I can’t find it. Disturbing! For her personality I got The Emperor (The Lord in Druidcraft) so I figured she can be a little bossy, the leader, but also someone you turn to for help with advice, practical things and so on.

 

Something I’ve been looking at during that weekend was things that appeared recently, and some have been around for a long time so I wrote down those and tried to find something they had in common.

 

Owl: Cailleach, Athena/Minerva, Demeter, Blodeuwedd, clairvoyance, the otherworld, witches, magic

 

Cat: Bast, Libertas, Freyja (or as we prefer to spell it here in Sweden at least, Freja), magic, witches

 

Cover of "Tarot for the Healing Heart: Us...

Cover via Amazon

 

So, Goddesses, magic, witches, and stuff that ain’t really of this world seems to be related to both of them. And probably other things that moves around that I haven’t really put my finger on yet. What I am doing is slowly working my way through Tarot for the Healing Heart by Christine Jette and maybe I’ll find some more answers for myself and my life on the way. Who knows, at the end of that book I might be finding more than I ever thought? Time will tell as it is said. I wont rush through this one, take it in my own pace even if it will be a long runner. But I’m also reading Crafting Wiccan Traditions by Raven Grimassi. Some things I’ve read so far is answers to questions I’ve never really got any idea of what the answer was. Or maybe I’ve never found the right people to ask? But this is also a book that I’m slowly going a chapter at a time with. No rush this time, trying to learn from previous experiences that  it’s better to go slow and remember what I read.

 

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