What a busy week already! Sometimes there are just no witchy things to report and discuss, but I think that there are a few for this entry.
I had a strange dream (3 or so posts ago), I baked bread, pie and cookies! I went to my 2nd Moon meeting with my coven.
I baked the bread on Thursday and it came out alright. It was a bit crumbly but very tasty. I spoke with one of my witchy friends and she said that it takes time and experience to "get to know" the yeast and how to work it. It is not as simple as following the recipe, so I guess the heat is off for now!
We had a bag of Cortland apples that were past their prime, so I made a pie. I wanted to use all of the apples because I knew we wouldn't eat them otherwise (I am somewhat picky about apples). Once they were all peeled, cored and cut I seasoned them with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of clove. I stuck them all in the dough I had already rolled out and they towered over the sides of the pie plate! Oh well, I thought, I can just make the top crust a little bit bigger. I always do have leftover crust. The pie came out wonderfully!
I tried the Rosemary Cookie recipe that is listed on my sidebar, it came out very well. I cannot say that I can really taste the rosemary very well but they are good. I have a rosemary plant from the summer that I used for this, and picked about twice the recommended amount for this recipe. Since I couldn't let it all go to waste, I chopped it all up and threw it in the batter. They came out yummy, like sugar cookies with rosemary. I brought them to my 2nd Moon meeting and they were a hit, as far as I could tell. The ladies all brought some home for their loved ones.
I wasn't sure what to expect for my 2nd Moon Meeting. It is supposed to be a 13 moon course, offering people like me some great insights and mentoring. Each prospective covener must go through this course, so we are all on the same page. There is this woman who is easily twice my age, that offended me slightly the first time we met. I thought I really wouldn't like her, because of her comment to me, but because she is so aged, she is wise and knows much. She likes to talk, so things can get drawn out but when learning, this can be a good thing. I think I am starting to like her very much. She has valuable insights for me and is always more than willing to help and explain things to me.
We talked about Inner Temple work. I have read the book (a little to quickly to get much from it) The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak, I thought I would know what they were talking about. The first question I was asked was, "Describe the inner temple". I had no idea if they meant the book, the concept, or an actual temple in my head. I told them about what I thought the concept was about, seeming I haven't any astral temple of my own yet. I guess most of them do have an astral temple. I feel a little behind on that one. I know that I have much work to do with meditations.
Another thing that we worked on was aura gazing. I haven't had much luck with this one either. It may have been the light when we were practicing, because I thought I saw a faint glow around my partner. But when I tried this later with my husband, nilch. I guess this is yet another thing I need to work on.
We did some energy work and pendulum work and much discussion about all of those topics. How about all of you? Any work with an Inner Temple? Aura gazing? Any tips, suggestions and anecdotes are quite welcome!