Raven Fabal


Healing Helping Crystal Jewelry Just Listed in my Etsy Store!

Hello all!

I have great news! I have just listed a few new items of jewelry that can make you feel better, work more efficiently and look awesome all the while! There are many stones that can benefit us humans, but the ones that I recently worked on are going to be absolutely fabulous!

Double Tabular Quartz Necklace

First up, Tabular Quartz Crystal with “Baby” Tabular Quartz Crystals are the “Communicators.” These crystals are willing helpers in facilitating clear and helpful information between two people who may be having communication issues. This tabby having a baby stone on its flat side facilitates communication with children especially well. This piece is embellished with two silvery feathers, representing flight and freedom.

Tumbled Aragonite Necklace

Next up and so amazingly surprising, Aragonite! This is a pretty fantastic gemstone, and the tumbled pieces are a lovely soft beige and brown color with some ivory colored streaks. This stone needs no embellishments so I used a very simple setting and let the beauty and magic of the stone speak for itself.   Aragonite provides strength and support, helping to combat anger and emotional stress. Aragonite is attuned to the Earth Goddess, encouraging conservation and recycling. It is a reliable earth-healer and grounding stone. Aragonite transforms geopathic stress.

Baltic Amber and Tiger Eye Necklace by Raven’s Creative Outlet

Baltic Amber is next up, and you will be very surprised by the gentle energy of these richly hued Amber nuggets. I combined the Amber with Tiger Eye so that the whole piece works synergistically to promote courage, poise, confidence, and calm.  Meeting future inlaws? Job interview?  Difficulties at work? Throw this powerhouse of a necklace around your neck or even keep it in a pocket and feel the soothing blanket of calm wrap around you! Amber absorbs pain and negative energy, helping to alleviate stress. Amber clears depression, stimulates the intellect and promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression. It encourages decision-making, spontaneity and brings wisdom, balance, and patience.

Tiger Eye is a stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer. It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions. Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety.

Amethyst Point Necklace by Raven’s Creative Outlet

Last of the new stuff is a really pretty Small Amethyst point, with an unusual silver plated wrap. Amethyst invites peace into your life and helps curb any kind of addictive behavior. Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing. Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra. Amethyst brings peace wherever it goes. Known as the sobriety stone, Amethyst helps people break any addictive behaviors.

Please visit my Etsy Shop to see all these and more. If you have special needs, contact me, I may be able to help you! Next to be in the shop? I just received a truly amazing shipment of Lapis Lazuli, full of sparkle and that rich, cobalt blue that was such a favorite of Cleopatra herself! I’ll keep you updated!

Till next time, embrace peace and be happy!

 

 

Free Psychic Reading Contest!

It’s time for another Free Psychic Reading Contest!  I have always enjoyed helping people with my psychic readings, and now I’ve found a new way to let my Gift help people.  Each month here on my website, I will be holding a contest for a Free Psychic Reading. There is only one requirement to enter: You can’t have won a Free Psychic Reading from me within the last 6 months.  It’s fine if you have bought a reading either here or on my Etsy Shop though.

 

It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is make a comment on this post, and give me your first name, what subjects you would like to see addressed in future posts. That’s it!  I want to provide useful content for my following and this is a way to find out what you want, and at the same time, give back a little bit to all of you wonderful people that have honored me with your trust throughout the years.

I have many different types of readings available, both in person and on my Etsy Shop. The Free Psychic Reading will be one of my Advanced readings, so the winner will get the most comprehensive information available. 

The Deck I will be using for the Free Psychic Reading is the Sacred Circle Tarot Deck.

All entries need to be in by July 31st, and winners will be notified via personal email from me Please bear in mind that your reading will be published on this site, with names and other identifying information removed for privacy.

I will talk to you all very soon. Good luck in the Free Psychic Reading Contest!

Have a happy day,

New Hand-painted Dragon Eye Pendants in Raven’s Creative Outlet!

 

Red/Gold Dragon Eye, GLOWS in blacklight!

I just completed some Hand-painted Dragon Eye Pendants and many other new treasures to go in my Etsy shop, Raven’s Creative Outlet! My hand-painted Dragon eyes

are just beautiful, even if I do say so myself. I create them by painstakingly applying layer upon layer of enamel, to build up a hyper-realistic look that shimmers and seems almost real.

This Hand-painted Dragon Eye GLOWS in blacklight.

I’ve been working very hard to get back on track with my crafting, and especially my woodworking, as that’s very difficult for me to do in the Wisconsin winter, on my open porch/workshop. More on that soon, but for now, there is a whole new world of goodies in my shop now, including my Psychic readings, Spell candles and more! Stop into my Etsy Shop and have a look today! I will be adding some more meaningful content to this site very soon. I’ve just been working very hard and meeting so many amazing people at Cosmic Delights, it’s been hard to find the time to write! 🙂 Speaking of Cosmic Delights and my readings there, I will soon be offering Palm Printing to go with the Palm Reading that I do!

 

Stephen and I are bringing back something we used to carry in our old store and expanding on the original idea, that is, Pewter jewelry and Pewter combined with semi-precious gemstones to provide both beauty as well as metaphysical benefits!  Not to worry I’ll be back with lots more information and new goodies to tell you about soon. Send me a question related to my crafting or psychic readings to be entered for a free advanced Psychic Tarot Reading that I’m giving away this month.  As always, if you have need of witchy services, be it spells, ritual tools or just ingredients for making your own magic, please contact me and I’ll see what I can do to help.

In the meantime, have a happy day!

New Magical Amulets for the New Year This Saturday!

Today, I made some new Magical Amulets! Using herbs, oils, gemstones and some secret ingredients plus just a pinch of magic, I make them in three varieties as well as custom Magical Amulets for any number of purposes. Many people use these to help them with everyday challenges. Some reasons to order custom Magical Amulets is so that they can  provide help with headaches, body pain, learning and retention of knowledge, courage and leadership and many more. The three pre-made varieties of Magical Amulets I offer are Peace and Prosperity, Money and Success, and last, but by no means least, Love and Passion.

Magical Amulets by Raven

I use many elements in creating these magical tools, including spellwork and gems. Some of the gemstones I use are

Some of the gemstones I use to make Magical items
  • Rose Quartz,  for love

  • Citrine, to bring positive feelings, and joy

  • Hematite, for grounding and to banish negativity

  • Aventurine, tom draw prosperity and success

  • Amethyst, to break addictions and bring peace

  • Clear Quartz, to magnify all other stones and spells

  • Tiger Eye, for courage and masculine energy
  • Sodalite, for pain relief

  • Moonstone for feminine energy and issues

I also use Cinnamon, Sage, Black Salt, Pink Salt, Clove, Rose Petals, Marigold, Catnip, Calendula, Almond oil, Cayenne, Tea Tree, and more.  They are enchanted, Reiki charged, Blessed and empowered to work for the individual who wears or carries them.

Catnip
Hot Pepper

These are a wonderful way to treat yourself or someone you love to a bit of good fortune! Easy to use, these beautiful creations work all on their own, empowered and positively charged. The magical work is all done, they need nothing other than the will of their wearer to direct their power.

These are similar in action to my Magical Spell Candles, but are ready to use, with no meditation needed. Their magic is passive rather than active, and is one of the most time-honored of magical items. Come by Cosmic Delights located at 2717 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704 and have a look at them, or phone (608) 467-3093 to make an appointment to see me on Saturdays for a psychic reading or consultation. Custom amulets and other items are available after a brief consultation to determine your needs.

Happy New Year, my friends!

Magical Amulets to Wear, Spell Candles to Fire Up Some Magic!

I’ve just created a new batch of Spell Candles and Magical Amulets for sale at Cosmic Delights, here in Madison, Wisconsin, where it is my pleasure to offer Psychic Readings each Saturday from 1 to 6 PM.  My cauldron bubbleth over with creativity this month and magic is in the air!

My Spell Candles are built up slowly, beginning with a pure white core, signifying purity of intent, and then slowly, layer by layer, I add herbs, oils, gemstones and good old fashioned spellwork until each one is complete.

My Magical Amulets are created as wearable magic. Protective and constructive bits of magical energy, enchanted so that they will tune into the needs of the wearer.

Both Spell Candles and Magical Amulets may be created just for you for specific purposes just see Raven at Cosmic Delights, from 1 to 6 PM on Saturdays to place your order, or conact me through this website’s “Contact Me” page.

I currently offer Spell Candles and Magical Amulets in three varieties:

Love and Passion

The Magical Amulets and Spell Candles in this variety are a bright red in color and has many elements of oils, herbs and gemstones making it a powerful tool. My protected recipe for these includes many things. Below are a few of the elements I use.

Rose Quartz, to attract and hold love,to draw positive emotions out both for one’s self and for/from others. Besides those uses for a love Amulet, there are many other benefits provided by this beautiful pink gemstone. Rose Quartz is used to heal ailments of the thymus, heart, and lungs. Rose Quartz is also known to help heal breast cancer and is an excellent support stone for most other types of cancer as well.

 

Catnip is a very old and time honored spell ingredient. Often used to enhance beauty and draw love and affection, this herb and it’s essential oil are very effective when used in magical workings to create and draw love and passion. Interesting to note is that not all cats react to catnip in the typical way, and only about 70% of cats get the “playful crazies” from smelling it. However almost all cats, including some big cats get sleepy and relaxed from eating it!

 

A variety of hot spices and peppers are used in spells to inflame passion and make physical love more rewarding.  I choose to use the most proven ones, including Cayenne, Chili peppers and a few other secret ingredients to achieve the most potent results! Another little known effect of using hot peppers in spellwork is their ability to inspire a person to action and almost jolt one into forward action, often helping people to break laziness and a tendency to inactivity.

Money and Success

The Magical Amulets and Spell Candles in this variety are a rich green in color, signifying the wealth and prosperity they draw to the user. While success and healing are also part of it’s magic, this powerful tool can be a omen of great change for the user and also contains many different oils, herbs and gemstones adding to it’s power. Below are only a tiny bit of all that  I use in creating these Magical Amulets and candles.

Cash. Cold, hard currency! To enhance the magic in my money, prosperity and success spellwork, I use actual bits of American Money, legally obtained, and only in small, un-spendable bits, but these bits carry energy and are very powerful in their representation and, when combined in this kind of spell, very good at drawing to the user, more of the same!

 

Malachite attracts wealth and success. It also provides powerful protection, inspires imagination and creativity, which can help one find greater success! So often has Malachite been used by the wealthy and successful, it should be no surprise that Cleopatra used ground up paste of Malachite as eye shadow under her eyes, thereby flaunting her wealth and success! I do not recommend that use however, as powered Malachite is toxic! Fear not, faceted and polished gems are harmless.

 

Pine. Elements of many parts of this tree are combined in my prosperity spells. Pine needle oil, bits of cone and bark are used, too. Pine is helpful in attracting prosperity, purifying and helping one to stay on track and focused, which can help clear the way to success both materially and otherwise! Pine cones and wands ward off evil influences. Also of note – pine is said to increase fertility and help one to enjoy a active and vigorous old age!

 

 

Peace and Protection

This variety of Magical Amulets and Spell Candles are a deep purple color, signifying spiritual serenity, and safe, shielded protection.  Peace is the first job of this amulet or candle but this is a vibrant collection of ingredients that have been used for a long time for elimination of bad energy, chaos and for protection of the user.  While many of the ingredients are a close help secret, I’ve listed below a few  of the components that  I use in creating these Magical Amulets and Spell Candles.

Linden. This tree also known as Basswood or Lime-Tree is often associated with the Tree of Life. Linden wood exemplifies the power of attraction not only for love and harmony, but also strong protection. My Peace and Protection Magical Amulets and Spell Candles use the essential oil for enhancing Good Fortune, ending Sleep Disorders, bringing calm to the user.  The wood is added for protection. On a spiritual level, Linden can help relieve grief as well.

 

Patchouli Plant is one of my favorite herbs for protection and banishing of negative energy and entities. Spelling of the rich earth, this plant is reinforcing of one’s own personal power and helps add to the strength of all the other components in my Peace and Protection candles or amulets.  Interestingly, Patchouli is often substituted or graveyard dust in spells when that element is unavailable.  Other uses for Patchouli include money drawing, and passion spells. Bonus!

 

One of the most important and multi purpose elements of my Peace and Protection products is Amethyst. It is one of the most calming and reassuring gems, and is great for emotional problems and helps prevent worrying overmuch. Known for its metaphysical abilities to still the mind and enhance meditative state, its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments. Amethyst also helps break the negative cycle of addictive behaviors.

 

How to use Spell Candles and Magical Amulets

The main thing to remember when using any magical tool, like Magical Amulets and Spell Candles is to respect the magic. Always be mindful of the fact that your intent is the most powerful part of any magical undertaking, so keep your focus and intent directed toward your goal.

Spell Candles

When using my Spell Candles, it is of the utmost importance that you focus first on what you hope to achieve and visualize the desired result clearly before you begin. To begin, find a place that is going to be undisturbed for a while, and a flame proof base to put your Spell Candle on. Seated comfortably with the candle in front of you, light it and spend at least 5 minutes watching the flame, trying yo see within it’s depths that which you desire. If your belief system supports it, you may want to ask your deity or the Universe to help you find the result you wish for. Always being mindful of your purpose will help make your efforts successful.  Do not ever leave your Spell Candle unattended, and keep out of reach of children and pets. Monitor your candle as it burns down, trimming the oil, wax and herb crust from the edges each time you burn it, as these can fall into the flame if not kept trimmed and they are flammable.

Magical Amulets

Magical Amulets are very simple in their use. When I create them, they are purposed to serve the person who wears them, so putting it on is all that is needed to make the magic happen. To enhance their effect, a good idea is to hold the amulet in your left hand while meditation on the most important thing you wish to receive from use of the amulet. That simple! Take care to treat them gently. Although the glass bottles are durable, and the cork is epoxied in place after I fill them, they are breakable if dropped on a hard surface or take a hard impact.

Use for Positive purposes only!

Use with only highest and best intent, never negative or dark purpose. My products area all be spelled so that negative or dark use negates their spellwork and power. Used for good though, they can be an extremely powerful tool and can work with you to help make your life better!

I hope that this answers questions about Spell Candles and Magical Amulets, and that they bring to you all the good and positive energy you put into their use!

Blessed Be!

   

 

Summer Psychic Readings and Update

Greetings!

MONARCH ON RED FLOWER

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!

Psychic Readings by Raven

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.

Beautiful University of Wisconsin Arboretum, where I gather much of my wood for crafts

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!

Have a great Summer, everyone!

 

Red Tent Presentation, Stones and Crystals for Womens’ Health Went Great!

Hello, Dear Friends!
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.

Till then, I wish you peace and love,

Ravenbird

Local Psychic Readings Now Available at Cosmic Delights!

 

My dear friends,

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.

My Crystal Ball

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!

Brightest Blessings,

Ravenbird

New Cartoon “Holiday Minger Mole Happiness”

 

Happy Holidays all!

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!

Ravenbird

Holiday Minger Mole Happiness by Raven Fabal
Holiday Minger Mole Happiness by Raven Fabal

 

Winter Holidays? Um…Happy Hogswatch Anyone?

 

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.

According to Austin Kline, in an article for ThoughtCo.com, “Most people assume Christmas is a faith-based holiday and, as such, can’t be celebrated in a nonreligious way. You have to believe in Allah to celebrate Ramadan, right?”

My Yule altar this year

“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.

Turn of the century Halloween greeting card

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!

Talking Bubbe – OY VEY!

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!

A Holiday must-see film, The Hogfather, created from Terry Pratchett’s wonderful book of the same name. Find this and I promise you will love it!

Till next time, whatever you are or celebrate, I wish you happiness and love ~ Ravenbird