Mise en Place
The wood surface washed with florida water, the blue cloth spread, and the wolf fur laden with bone, skull, horn, and wing; the altar is remade and returned to its original home on the antique dresser with its bronze lions. Drums and spirit shrines cover the walls of the temple that is my room. It feels good – like everything is in the place it should be. Cooks would call this feeling “mise en place.” For me, this Vernal Equinox has been all about clearing out what I don’t need while cleaning and organizing what I do need and want in my life – both physically and metaphysically. Sometimes the celebration of a festival doesn’t have to mean a seasonal altar and meal – sometimes it means getting your hands dirty doing things to reflect the flow and energies of said season.
I bought a little cedar wood stand with lovely vine scrollwork last year to display my business cards when vending at festivals, but last night I decided to re-purpose it as a tarot card stand for working on a daily basis with my Wildwood Tarot deck. I pulled a card to reflect the next twenty-four hours and drew the four of bows/celebration – an excellent start to the season of Spring I’d say – especially with the beautiful sunny day I woke up to! Today is for shipping Stang and Cauldron orders of my delicious occult goods and then tonight I’m off to a ritual rehearsal with my fellow witches. Slàinte!