Get off your broom challenge

I am still here! Still fighting the good fight, although i have n't been sharing it with you! Since the challenge begun i have lost 8 kgs. It used to be 10 but that did n't last! This week is the week before my period. It is coming, any minute now, and i have been so hungry all the time. I eat and after 10 minutes i am famished! What is up with that? I also gave in into the ultimate temptation at this time of the month! Chocolate! You see, i thought this year i would be baking for everybody cakes. So, i took a small bag of chocolate drops and one of chocolate glaze. They both ended up in my stomach. In 5 days i ate them all and wanted more. I did not get any, but still i wanted it.
Other than that my eating was very healthy. Many mini meals(lately maybe too many!) and lots of vegetables! I have been consuming lots of water and teas, and coffees too(i refuse to quit!). My work outs have been pretty decent. Except for the week i have been sick, i go to the kick box practice 3 times a week and i have the bruises to prove it. That is a lot of fun. I still think i am dieing during the warm ups(or wishing it, so they would end), but when the kick box actually starts i am on fire. I even enjoy the bruises. They remind me of what i accomplished.
I decided that 4 times a week is a difficult target for now. If i go 3 times one week and 4 the other that would be 14 practices a month. Half of the month working out is still amazing!
Now the holidays are upon us. There has n't been a year that i have n't gained weight till now. Lets see if i make it this year. I think the key is to have some ground rules.
1. No drinking. That's a tough one, but lets face it, these are empty calories.
2. No more than a candy per day.
3. If there is pie on the table, no more carbs besides salad.
4. Working out whenever there is practice.
5. Lots of water, as little salt as possible.
I am wishing happy and healthy holidays however you choose to spend it full of love, light and magick.
Be blessed.


A bonfire to remember!

Greetings blogfriends. The Winter Solstice is fastly approaching and i am excited and very well prepared for it. I have hung red ribbons on my trees in the balcony and red bows on the indoors trees. I have made with my family stars out of beautiful paper and stuck them to the walls. I have sprinkled glitter on pine cones and put them in my pots. And a few christmas lights here and there. I have decorated oranges with clove, made wreaths and beautiful pentagrams. But most importantly i am in a festive mood, ready to bake and sing and well celebrate.
But the night of Yule is not going to be about carols. In the darkest night of the year i am going to contact the darkest parts of my psyche. I am going to work on my shadow, acknowledge it and let go of everything that keeps me down. My fears, my weaknesses, my darkest of thoughts will be burned into the fireplace. For that occasion i have collected many twigs, pine needles, herbs, leaves and flowers. For every leaf, or twig that goes into the fire i let go of something that haunts me and gives me pain. It is a process i have begun at Samhein and will be completed at Yule. The first time i did that i had a bunch of natural items to burn in front of me and i remember thinking that i could n't possibly come up with so many things to let go of. A little bit later i found myself searching the house for herbs and things i could also burn. I did not want it to end. The feeling of freeing my soul and letting my spirit soar was nothing like i ever felt before. The Esbats that followed i repeated the process, waiting for that moment of ultimate release, waiting for Yule. So i collected A LOT! of things to go to the fire. For a while there was no room left in the coffe table to put a plate or a glass. My friends thought i have gone completely mad and felt sorry for Petros that had to put up with all the plants and flowers. I thought they were lovely, but everybody else thought it was too much except for a few witch friends that loved the smells, colours and energies.
I guess we are a weird group of people, quirky and perhaps a bit mysterious. But that is part of our charm do n't you think? What have you planned for the darkest night of the year?
Be blessed, be loved and be very very magickal!


A gift of magick

Since magic is altering the reality it should not surprise me when it is changing my life. But the feeling is overwhelming, and i am eternally grateful for it. It is molding my very soul into what i am supposed to become and guiding me towards the place i am supposed to go.
In witchcraft it is not just the effects that matter. The sensation of the experience takes your breath away, and makes you feel both more powerful and smaller than you ever felt.
Today i had the need to do something good for my mom and friend of hers and my husband. I just made one magical rosepetal for each of them(i have given you the recipe for it last year). It was not a ritual i intended to do. It was not something new, or elaborate but it was intense and powerful. The feeling caught me by surprise.
I thank the Goddess for it and all the gifts She has given me. And the smells are following me around everywhere i go as if it was spring.
I know i probably am not making any sense to you, but i needed to write this down and share it.
Be blessed my loves, be loved, be cherised, be healthy, lucky and grateful!


Herbal remedy-potion for colds

Greetings my beautiful blogfriends. How have you been? I am recovering from yet another cold without antibiotics. I am almost healed. My thumb is still in a splint but so much better, and Mercury is going to remain retrograde for just 5 more days. Yeih! Of course the total lunar eclipse on Saturday is going to be noticeable. I can't way for the madness to end. How are you holding on?
I am fighting my cold with magic and herbalism. It made me listen to my body and pay better attention. I made huge pots of this herbal remedy daily: St John's wort, chamomile, green tea, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, mountain tea(sideritis) and honey. I chose the herbs based on both the medicinal and magical properties. I charged with golden healing energy each cup. Also i chanted the spell for every cup as well.
The spell in greek is:
"Με τη δυναμη της Γαιας,
ο,τι θελω φερνω εις περας,
απ'την αρρωστια θεραπευομαι,
με φως κι αγαπη προστατευομαι"
Which translates:
With Gaias power,
I make my wish come true,
From my sickness i am healed,
i am protected with love and light.
As you can probably imagine it rhymes in greek and sounds so much better. I am glad i did that. It gave me strength and when i use antibiotics i feel weak. I usually take them because i have a sensitivity when it comes to my tonsils and if i do not treat the problem early it may get really bad. I feel grateful it is almost over, and i will get to enjoy the magical days that follow. After the Esbat the Solstice is just around the corner. There are decorations to be made and hang, gifts to be made and given, pastry to be baked and eaten. Not to mention, potions, candles, spells, rituals, creams, baths. I can't wait!
Be blessed, be loved and be very very happy!