I’m still working with Cosmic Delights here in Madison, doing Psychic Readings every Saturday from 1 PM to 6 PM. I’ve met some amazing people there and happily, I have had many of them become regular clients who I totally enjoy seeing very often. I am even beginning to work with some students on a one-on-one basis, to help them develop their own psychic and magical abilities!
Alas, I have not developed a class for groups yet, but Stephen, my husband and greatest teacher in this life, and I are working on that possibility. Perhaps a Magic 101 type of class, as has been suggested. I will update here and you may also call the store to see if there is anything new on the calendar.
Summertime is when I can finally get out and gather some wood for wand and staff making again, too! I will be working on some wood I gathered last year, (that which the hungry squirrels didn’t eat during the cold months, that it!) and hopefully will have some new wooden crafts to either list on Etsy or put int Cosmic on consignment soon!
I just brought some new Dragon Eye pendants and key chains into the store last week, so if you stop by, look for those, along with my latest batch of Smokeless Smudge, cooked up right here in my own little cauldron!
Summer is not quite here though, Solstice isn’t for a while yet, but it’s coming and that is one of my favorite festival days, so I will let you know what is going on for that occasion. Maybe even Solstice Readings Special!
Well, that’s about it for now. I’m sorry that I had to sacrifice March through June this year to Pancreatitis, but I’m back now and feeling so much better, I just can’t wait to get moving forward again!
Today I want to tell you all about Stones and Crystals and a terrific day of learning that happened recently at Madison’s Cosmic Delights.
At this Red Tent Womens Gathering, I was honored to introduce many beautiful women to the mineral kingdom. We explored the most powerful stones for women and how to use them in our daily lives. Red Tents are a great place for women to gather, recharge, find support and learn self care techniques.
Stones and crystals have many properties, features, and benefits, and while it is true that not everyone recognizes their metaphysical or spiritual properties, they quietly do their work anyway. Their are many reference books on the market from which to learn stone and crystals’ wisdom. Some are very good and offer an immense database
of information for anyone to tap into. Some others, not so much. I added a few suggestions to the stone guide which every participant received at this gathering, but in case you didn’t get to attend, my favorite gemstone reference books which include descriptions of ALL their properties, not just the scientific descriptions are:
Stones and crystals have been revered pretty much since life on this earth began for their beauty and by some, for the many spiritual and health benefits they could provide.
The Christian Bible mentions stones and crystals over 200 times. Mayan, Aztec, Native American, African Native, and Celtic peoples all recognized the many uses of crystals and employed them for rituals and ceremonies. The common belief is that minerals are of the earth, and thus connect us to the universal energy of our world. When we use minerals, it must always be for the best and highest good, to benefit all of us and our Mother Earth.
Perhaps you already know a lot about stones and crystals or have a connection to some that you keep with you or in your home. Many benefits can be had just by carrying them with you or keeping then in your home, working with them as partners in your physical, mental and spiritual well being.
Everyone who attended my Stones and Crystals for Womens’ Health Red Tent Gathering received a pouch with 7 stones to take home for further use. These stones were chosen for their ability to assist women with issues that are unfortunately all too common among many of our sisters living on Earth taday.
Stones and Crystals for Womens’ Health
Clear Quartz – Clear to cloudy in appearance, Quartz helps one to focus and enter a meditative state. It acts as a magnifier for the energies of any other stones and crystals near it, Helps increase personal energy field and shields. Creates almost a “buffer zone” around one who wears it. Assist in healing, and may be charged with intent and purpose to help achieve a specific goal. There are many kinds of clear quartz, with many varied abilities or focuses. To fully understand all the aspects of this stone, additional research may be helpful.
Amethyst -Purple in color, Amethyst helps to manage addiction, fatigue, and depression. It is a powerful energetic aid to developing spiritual growth and contentment. It draws peace to the bearer. Amethyst helps one to achieve a calm and peaceful state of meditation and can ease nervous system problems, mental anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. This stone can be a good companion stone for anyone working with psychic energies or attempting to channel.
Shungite – Black or silvery in color, Shungite is a very powerful, ancient healing stone. Silver or Elite Shungite is the rarest and strongest form. An excellent stone for empaths or anyone working in the healthcare, this stone absorbs and eliminates negative energies and health hazards to the body. Crystal healers call it the Miracle Stone or Stone of Life Elite Shungite brings positive blessings and positive results. It helps you to know what’s beneficial for a better and healthier future. Shungite infuses your aura with light, allowing only positive, beneficial energies to reach you. It provides a kind of protective shielding for psychics and empaths. It is also a very powerful protection stone, especially from electromagnetic fields and is a perfect stone to keep near your electronics.
Rose Quartz – Pink in color, this stone can be helpful for headaches, skin issues, and fertility problems. It helps relieve the discomfort of menstrual or menopausal problems. Enhances love, both familial and romantic, calls love to appear or grow. A powerful tool for reinforcing current relationships, two of these stones kept together under the bed for a month form spiritual bonds to each other and then each partner keeps one of the stones with them, allowing the stones to draw the partners together, the attraction of each stone to the other helping to keep love strong.
Carnelian – Orange in color, this stone helps with all kinds of women’s health issues. It is a valuable ally in controlling emotional distress and easing loneliness, Carnelian can help one find supportive people. This is a very good stone for introverts and makes any kind of public speaking easier, and meetings more productive.
Citrine – Yellow to brown in color, this happy stone helps ease depression, backaches, enhances self-esteem, invites happiness, and positivity into one’s life. This stone’s golden color is symbolic of the golden rays of the sun, warming the soul and bringing cheer with it. This stone needs no cleansing as it’s energy is so strong and powerful it collects no negativity!
Amazonite -A beautiful blue-green color, this stone is named for the way it echoes the rich, green color of the Amazon river and the surrounding rainforest. Amazonite helps facilitate loving, compassionate communication. Sometimes called the “stone of hope”, Amazonite is very helpful in recovering from stressful or abusive relationships. The heart, upper chest and throat areas of the body may benefit from crystal therapy using Amazonite. Often regarded as a good luck charm, this powerful stone gently infuses the spirit with your truest intentions, liberating your soul from negative or confusing influences trying to throw you off course. Life may seem overwhelming and bewildering at times, but the Amazonite brings order to chaos with its pure light overflowing with love and hope.
If you would like to purchase such a collection of stones and cfystals for your at-home use, just send me a message and if available I will gladly provide you with the same collection for 15.00 plus shipping. I will also include a Reiki cleansing and charging of these stones and crystals plus a simple guide to each of the stones, similar to what you’ve just read
If you happen to be in the Madison, Wisconsin area, feel free to book a Psychic Reading, Palm Reading or Stone and Crystasl Consultation with me. Appointments are often limited because so far, I am only available on Saturdays so if you are interested, please call Cosmic Delights to reserve your appointment. 608 467 3093
I expect that we may decide to hold another stones and crystals workshop soon and this time keep it open to anyone who is interested. I will update this page with details, and also you may check on Cosmic Delight’s FaceBook page under “Events” to see what interesting, informative and spiritually uplifting events are happening at the shop!
Look soon for an upcoming workshop, likely to be a weekend intensive, featuring my husband Stephen and myself, teaching “Psychic Self Defense, how to Ground Center and Shield” elements we feel are necessary for anyone sensitive to the energies of others or anyone interested in doing any kind of magical working.
I have fantastic news! I have met some really terrific people, Luna Lynn and Andrew Frey who run a great local shop called Cosmic Delights.
Cosmic Delights is one of the most unique stores in Madison, and one that really must be exoerienced in person to be fully appreciated. In addition to their Tarot decks, books, gifts and a truly impressive selection of stones and crystals, Cosmic Delights has been carrying my witchy crafts, such as wands, staffs, Spell candles, Smokeless Smudge and more for a while now and after a meeting with them recently, we all decided that it would be great partnership if I began doing my psychic readings there on Saturdays.
I will be offering my Psychic Tarot Card and Palm Readings, although I often use a combination of methods when I feel it is necessary to help find the answers people really need, and to discover any messages from beyond our realm that may be available.
I am happy to announce that I will be at Cosmic Delights from 1PM to 6PM every Saturday, beginning February 3rd 2018.
You can learn more by visiting the Cosmic Delights Facebook event page here. If you can come out I would love to see you and perhaps provide you with a reading to help smooth the road ahead, as we go further into 2018!
I have a new Holiday Cartoon for you today! It focuses on two secular heroes, The Great Holiday Minger and The Star-Nosed Mole of Holiday Cheer. For many years now, I have been subjecting my friend Teresa to an annual holiday cartoon, usually depicting the Great Holiday Minger. Minger is our slang for flamingo and when we both lived in Florida, we formed the “Minger Appropriation Society”, whose goal was to appropriate all those plastic pink flamingoes that had been forgotten in some trailer park yard, or left to perish in some overgrown garden and upon liberating them, find them all good homes. Anyway that’s where the term “Minger” comes from. The quest for Minger appropriation and relocation continues.
In any case, this year I decided to combine the Great Holiday Minger with another of my holiday heroes, The Star-Nosed Mole of Holiday Cheer.
The following cartoon is the result. I decided to post it here and will post the older ones as I get them scanned in and touched up. I hope you like it and happy holidays!
The winter holidays, are a time when it is often difficult to be PC. It’s impossible to tell at a glance which, if any winter holiday another person celebrates.
It is a season when people often call out greetings to strangers and it seems they expect one to respond. Problem is, responding with a simple echo of what the other person has said is sometimes difficult, especially when your beliefs and theirs may be vastly different.
This is something I find bit difficult, being Pagan, with that faith being somewhat in the minority in my area. I have been told many times this month, “Merry Christmas!” God Bless You” and other such sentiments. While it is kind of nice for people to wish all these things, it has been pretty awkward when I have responded with “Blessed Yule!” or “Happy Winter Solstice!”. “Happy Winter Holiday” gets few sideways glances, too.
With so many commercials, songs and even bumper stickers proclaiming that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!”, what’s a poor Pagan to do? I must imagine that people who celebrate other non-Christian holidays feel similarly, for not once this season have I been wished a Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa or anything else that was not Christmas related.
“Although Christmas has largely been observed as a Christian religious holiday, that has changed dramatically over the years. The holiday already included many elements borrowed from other religions…” Pagan faiths in particular have often had their festivals and sabbats twisted to fit in with Christian beliefs, and even in this enlightened age, when that fact is commonly acknowledged by many historians and scholors, we see absolutely no Pagan themed decorations, greeting cards, etc. at this time of year. Unfortunately only some of what is commercially marketed for Halloween, reflects Samhain, for no Halloween is devoid of green, warty-faced witches (I know real witches of all colors, but green is NOT one of them and we’re no more prone to complection problems than anyone else!), not to mention the ever popular cartoon ghosts, fictitious monsters and more.
I LOVE dressing up and all the fun that goes with Halloween, it’s just that Halloween and Samhain, for me at least, are distinctly different. One demands fun, candy, parties, etc. The other is a time in which I reflect upon my ancestors, celebrate their lives and how they touched mine, honor them and often communicate with them. So I, being a glutton for joy, celebrate both. Besides, with my wardrobe, dressing as a Sorceress or even Witch is all too easy and who better than a Pagan to do so?!
As a bonus, Halloween is one time of the year when I can go out and pick up a few items for my home decor that actually reflect my personal taste, which admittedly runs toward the gothic, dark side!
But back to Christmas, etc. – I went to a local craft store this year, hoping for some pretty candles, etc. for Yule. I did find candles, and some lovely Holly and Oak leaves, but almost everything else was Christmas. Very Christmas. As a saving grace, and the only nod to non-Christmas decor, there was one, 2 foot wide display of hanukkah decorations and merchandise. I, for one loved the cute stuffed talking “Bubbe” doll. That was the only reference I found to non-Christian beliefs in ny craft store this year.
I love my Christian friends, and have a few friends of other faiths, (that is the ones who are so kindly willing to put up with my hermit-like ways!). I love them all as I have a love and respect for all humans and animals on our planet. It’s just that at times like these, I want to wish seasonal greetings or a happy winter holiday to everyone, without offending anyone in the process! Therefore, I would like to wish you all a Happy, Merry, Joyous, Blessed Rama-Chris-Kwanz-Hannuk-Yule and if I’ve left anything out, please know that it was no doubt a typo caused by my enjoyment of a bit of sherry and pork pie for Hogswatch!
Till next time, whatever you are or celebrate, I wish you happiness and love ~ Ravenbird
I visited Sumo Steakhouse & Sushi Bar here in Madison on December 4th 2017. The food was fresh, delicious and I was totally happy with the entire experience.
From the stylish entryway, to the authentic and sumptuous decor inside, to the charismatic Hibachi chef who prepared our meal with a dramatic flare, this entire experience is memorable. The staff is super friendly and efficient. The Sushi Chef at the honest-to-gods sushi bar was a true artisan and very happy to pose with is knife for my camera.
There are two private dining rooms for private parties, meetings, etc. and the seating, either in the main dining room or private areas is comfortable and even when dining in front of the Hibachi, enjoying the show with other couples or families, the experience still manages to be an intimate one!
The decor is both over the top and subtle, all at once! There are two huge (10 feet or more high) statues of Sumo Wrestlers facing off, ready to fight, that cannot be missed standing just inside the front doors.
To the left are many booths for those who prefer not to sit hibachi-side, and a gorgeous metallic gold and amber colored set of sofas done in glove soft leather which surrounds an amazing fountain table, with koi and other beautiful details hand carved from Sandalwood. Not just for show, I saw several people just enjoy sitting here, chatting during my visit.
The food needs to be tasted and the Hibachi Chef put on a terrific show, especially delighting the two kids at our table. It was great fun for everyone. Many dishes here come with beautiful garnishes, including even real orchid flowers. The freshness of the sushi as well as the artistry with which it is created is amazing. The Hibachi grilled Sukiyaki Steak which I ordered was cooked to absolute perfection, rare, just as I requested and served with fresh vegetables, cooked on the grill which were both tender and crisp. I really enjoyed their fried rice, served with (no kidding) Yum Yum sauce. So good!
Sumo has a full bar, and televisions in just about every room, just in case the fabulous food and Hibachi show aren’t enough entertainment for some folks.
The place is absolutely spotlessly clean and even the restrooms carry out the rich feel of the rest of the place, with square basin sinks, and real marble flooring along with Oriental detailing at the ceiling and indirect lighting.
I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone, and can guarantee that the prices are very affordable and the experience is one you will not soon forget. Have fun and tell ’em Raven sent you!
I’m happy to announce that some of my own Solitary Circle creations are now available at a terrific local store, Cosmic Delights in East Madison, Wisconsin!
The owners Luna and Andrew are both great people, and bring a knowledge and experience
to this store that I’ve often found lacking in other metaphysical type establishments. Helping people find just what they are looking for, or helping them to discover what stones, oils, etc. will best help them is something I’ve seen first hand and I am very impressed with the kind and competent way they deal with everyone who comes in.
So, after years of selling my goodies only direct, at festivals and online, I am putting some things for sale at Cosmic Delights and frankly, it is I who am delighted for my products to be there!
Some of the Raven Fabal.com and Solitary Circle items you can now go see at Cosmic Delights include, my hand carved wooden wands, athames and staffs, Spell Candles, in Love, Prosperity/Success and Peace/Protection varieties, in a new votive size, simple to use, and sized small enough to get results started fast!
Another favorite from my very first days of selling spells and potions is my Smokeless Smudge! Brewed one small batch at a time, this powerful potion comes in a convenient small non-aerosol spray bottle so you can use this to cleanse your environment, no matter where that should happen to be! Car, home, office, anywhere it’s needed! Besides being a powerful cleansing potion made with Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedarwood and other traditional smudging herbs and resins, this stuff smells incredible and the aromatheraputic benefits alone help to make any place happier and more calm. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do, and share it with others who might need it. Great for a small gift under the Yule tree this season!
I have a small selection of Tarot/Rune/Dice drawstring bags there as well although I have just received a new lot of fabrics and plan to add more variety and more of the large size bags to the existing collection soon.
Did I mention that Cosmic Delights has a terrific selection of stones and crystals? In addition to tumbled and raw minerals, they also have some carved pieces and many wonderful pieces of gemstone jewelry as well. They carry tarot decks, books, and incense, too! As a matter of fact, they carry my very own, made right here in Madison, Solitary Circle Incense! So there are some very good things happening right now, and I hope you will pay a visit to Cosmic Delights soon! I’m sure you’ll be as delighted as I am! Tell ’em Raven sent you!
I wrote last January about a moment of kindness I experienced through a chance encounter with a stranger. My local Bagel Man, at Einstein’s Bagels located at 3904 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704. I’m giving the full address in case you should want to send him a holiday card after hearing about how awesome he is. I know I do! Plus, no kidding, best bagels (you have to try the French Toast bagels!) and most delicious coffee anywhere, super clean shop and friendly staff. Win/win, right?
Anyway, you can read the original article here, and it really touched me, how kind this fellow was to em, so it’s a pretty good read, I think. But anyway, I have gone through a LOT since last January, including almost a month in the hospital with pancreatitis (Oh Gods! How I missed my bagels then!) and a lot of personal challenges otherwise too. But I have to say that throughout all that trouble, every once in a while I would remember the morning when everything seemed to gang up on me at once and I was trying to hide my tears in the bagel shop when this wonderful, good hearted individual showed me an act of random kindness, and it warmed my heart all over again, every time I thought about it and even now, he touches my heart.
Well, I saw my very favorite bagel guy this morning, and finally learned his name and finally told him how much I appreciated his care and kindness on that long ago, cold and cloudy January day. I had been too well, I guess embarrassed would have to be the word, to talk to him about it before. I’m not sure why, and folks, believe me, I don’t embarrass easily! But today I spoke to him about it and I’m glad I did because I don’t think he had any idea of how profound an effect his actions had on me.
It’s important for us to remember things like that. Kindness, compassion, caring, whether in the form of a pat on the back, a donation to a charity or food bank, or even a bit of chocolate to cheer up a stranger on a grey cold day, all have their lasting effect on people!
The ones who do these seemingly small acts of kindness seldom get so much as a thanks, and more seldom still are they aware that they honestly made a difference for someone else, long past the time of the event itself. Here’s hoping that all of us can follow Bagel Man’s fine example and just care, and let it show, for that kind of thing is a beacon in the darkness for some people, some times, when they need it most. Also, guess what? I finally found out that his name is Steve.
Thanks again, Steve, the Mighty Bagel Man who makes the whole world a little bit better just for being in it. You rock Steve!
UPDATE – January – Well, now I am embarassed. When I went to Einstein’s yeterday, I saw my favorite bagel man and apparently I was mistaken about his name! I believe, based on intel I got from questioning a clerk (since I was far too embarrassed to ask the man himself), that his name is actually Phil. But you know what? I could be wrong again – and besides, superheroes don’t need proper first names. So, Steve, Phil, or whatever name you go by, thank you and you will lwys be Bagel Man to me!
I love the forest. The trees give me strength and their peaceful spirits listen to the sorrow within me and ease my pain. In other words, I am a tree hugger. I am also a witch and an artist and wood crafter. I have been inspired to seek out the green places here in my beloved Madison, Wisconsin these last few months, and many places before that, way back into childhood. My goal is always the same. First, soak up the green energy and peace, and after that, perhaps photograph the trees, other fauna and flora that I meet there. Often times, my visit to The Green is for another purpose – to take what the forest gives me, fallen wood and similar and to honor the Gods and Nature by creating something beautiful from what I find there.
I am lucky enough to recently have obtained a permit to collect wood on the University of Wisconsin Arboretum grounds and related areas. I am astounded by the bounty there. In only one trip out to the vast and completely natural forest surrounding the Arboretum I have found many large limbs that will eventually become staffs or walking sticks, and many branches that are going to make wonderful ceremonial wands.
I have recently completed a group of wands, primarily of local White Willow, which I obtain from fallen wood only. I also have some Dragon Wood in this batch of wands, too. I wanted to show you what I have and let you know that I will be adding new things very soon, including some rare wood items, using Paduk, Cocobolo, Zebrawood and hopefully, my favorite wood, Purple Heart.
I learned about rare woods from friends I met on the Artist’s Touring Association many years ago. At the time I lived in Florida and these folks hailed from Appleton, Wisconsin! Now I am here in WI and I wish I could get back in touch because these people were true artisans and their marquetry boxes are nothing short of amazing. But in any case, thanks to them, I learned of all different woods and their uses. I cannot wait to show you more of my work soon! You can look at more of my art, jewelry and wood crafting at my ETSY SHOP.
If you have any questions or comments, just message me and I’ll do my best to answer. I’m spending a lot of time in my studio these days, but I am trying to spend more time on here, as well, that is, whenever I’m not out, hiking in the green places. Soon it will be winter and hiking gets harder, so I’m taking advantage of this lovely season any time i possibly can! I hope you liked my photos, and remember, if you want or need something special and unique, witchy or otherwise, contact me, and I will see what may be done.
I love taking photos. Thanks to the age of digital photography, I can take tons of photos, and “develop them” on my computer. Oh what a lucky Bird I am! So here, I will post some of the ones I am either most proud of, or ones that I find to be the most interesting or bizarre. I hope you enjoy them!
A lot of what I love to shoot is macro or close to it, meaning the tiny details and creatures that most people miss in the daily rush of life. I love to sit silently in the early morning or late evening hours, in the forest or some other natural area and snap photos of the tiny things. Sometimes little critters come by to visit when I do this and one day, if I’m really lucky, the Fae might visit and possibly even allow a photo or two. One can but hope!
Sometimes though, I may be photographing little things, when a much bigger critter photo bombs me! This mamma duck didn’t say “AFLAC!” but she sure had the look! Turned out, she had another 5 babies in hiding and she was making sure I didn’t hurt them. Good mama!I am a tree hugging child of Gaia and there is, to me the Divine in every leaf, blossom or blade of grass. Spiders, snakes, and all the little creatures are parts of the grand kaleidoscope that is life. I’m going to do my best to photograph them all! There are prints available of any of my photographs. If you are interested, contact me. Otherwise, just enjoy!