Upcoming Event: A Healthy Body

BlessingSummer2012-02Want to know how I survived illness, when I was months from death, a decade ago?

My shamanism saved me. A decade later, I still expect many joyful years.

A Healthy Body is a Seven-Week Intensive consisting of seven shamanic circles. These meetings include lessons I channeled to create my health, plus:
* an intuitive analysis of your health, with shamanic healing tips tailored to you
* individualized shamanic treatments of your body—every meeting! In other words, I give you healings.
*direct spiritual transmissions, every meeting, to strengthen your spirit so you can be proactive about your health. (If you don’t know what a direct spiritual transmission is, you could think of it as a blessing.) You also learn rituals to strengthen your spirit.

PinkDotStarts March 9, Thursday noon, EST.

Are you wondering how well my shamanism works for my clients? Here’s typical feedback from them:

“The first time in many years the pain from my herniated discs in my neck didn’t bother me. I became pain free from my chronic neck pain.”

“The treatment I received from you helped heal a gallbladder issue I’d had for years! I was told I’d need surgery, and was in pain, but not anymore!”

“I suffer from seasonal affective disorder. … Francesca really helped me to feel more energetic and enthusiastic and to be much more productive.”

Both complete novices and adepts report remarkable healing.

Enrollment is limited to ten people because this is an intensive. I work deeply with the group as a whole, and there’s also time for powerful work with each individual.

Circles are group meetings by phone: just dial the phone to participate.

SunnyDotThe group meets seven consecutive Thursdays, noon to 1:00 EST, starting Thurs March 9. Reserve Thurs April 27, same time, for a makeup circle, in case I am unavailable for one of the planned sessions.

SunnyDotTuition is $250. You might also pay long-distance charges; it depends on your long-distance plan; charges appear on your phone bill. The event’s area code is a U.S. #.

Use the PayPal button below to pay securely with PayPal.





Upon receipt of payment, your place is reserved, and you receive event phone number, etc., by email. No refunds. For more info, or to discuss scholarship, trade, or payment plan, call me: 814-337-2490.

Is health important to you? If so, be the rare, proactive individual who takes action and reaps the rewards. Enroll now before all the seats are taken.

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Hearth Witchery: Spinning and Weaving

I spun wool yarn, then wove it into an amulet bag for me to wear. I also want to use it to make offerings.

Below is a pic of the bag with offerings of dried paperwhites and a dried artichoke—a floral and thistle offering.

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I made offering by hanging the bag on a Goddess statue on my altar. But I could give offering by just hanging the bag on a wall, if it felt right.

I’d spun/wove a basket and liked the way it looked, so made the amulet bag match the basket. Here it is used as a pencil holder, but it would also be a really homey container for other things:

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Handcrafted items bless a home and all who are within it. Hearth witchery!

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Upcoming Event: Good Luck Triple-Whammy

Lucky3LuckBigSqDo you ever wish your luck was better?

Did you know witches can create good luck?

I will do that for you.

Throughout the universe is a flow of abundance, confidence, love, and life’s other goodies, including magical power, heart-healing, and whatever else you long for. Good luck is simply a matter of being nestled into that flow. I make that happen for you!LuckSqr I send you long-distance direct spiritual transmissions, three days a week, for two months, nestling you into luck’s flow.

Starts February 13. Thirteen is a lucky number.

You don’t have to do anything for the transmissions to work. I do the work for you.

LuckSqrGood luck is only useful if you take advantage of it. So, along with good luck, the blessing also boosts your ability to be proactive about reaching your goals. This transmission is a double whammy! You become more able to make both spiritual and mundane efforts on your own behalf.

Two months of mojo—that’s some powerful magic working for you.

Witchcraft has been suppressed because it frees and aids the rebels, the oppressed, and the wild ones. My entire life has been about using my magic for you.

The transmission is probably all you need to stay lucky for a while. But why take chances? LuckSqrGet a triple luck whammy: you also receive a full-color, digital, good luck charm. It is my original art, painted in trance, and I magically activate it especially for you. The charm helps ensure luck stays as long as possible.

Receive your digital amulet as a JPEG by email. (I retain full copyright of my art. Commercial use of the piece is available at additional cost.) I email you instructions on how to receive the charm’s blessing effortlessly.

Pay securely with PayPal. Which of the following options works for you?

LuckSmSq1) Pay now using the Pay Now button below, and you’re taken care of. Total fee: $260. You don’t need a PayPal account.




LuckSmSq2) Use the Subscribe button below to make two automatic monthly payments of $130. Easy! Payments appear on the credit card associated with your PayPal account.




Even if you’re a lucky person or powerful witch, do you need a boost? Please let me use my witchery for you. A spell for your good fortune will bubble bubble in my cauldron.

Magic is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. For more info, or to discuss scholarship, partial scholarship, or trade, call 814-337-2490. I do not discuss this work by email. This magic may not work for some individuals. I can’t give guarantees. Refunds unavailable.

Believe in magic? Tired of frustration, hesitation, and inner debate, instead of power? Buy now.

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Hearth Magic to Bless the New Year: Papercutting

hny20173I do papercutting to bless my home for the year ahead.

Sometimes I do it New Year’s Day. Sometimes I wait until the initial hubbub of the New Year has passed.

For a kitchen witch and anyone else who wants to do it, this magic is so easy that children can join in.

My ritual is simple and unadorned: I tend to make a new papercutting or two for my hutch every year at this time.

hny3Instead, you could put your cutting on your refrigerator, in a frame on the wall, or anywhere else.

You can cut symbols to represent your wishes, and color the paper cutting, but none of that’s necessary. The important things to me are: 1) a new paper cutting represents a fresh new start in the New Year, as if I’m letting go of any past debris, and 2) the simple bit of crafting can be considered a house blessing.

The paper in these photos is just plain ol’ letter-size copy paper. Use paper bags, newspaper, magazines, origami paper, or any other paper you have on hand.

For more about papercutting, check out my blog http://www.outlawbunny.com/2011/12/29/paper-cutting-shelf-paper-hearth-blessing/ … My goodness, I wrote that five years ago. Time flies!

Happy new year!

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Feeling Complete at Yule

2016simpleyulesmobI made a commitment to use what was on hand for the Yule season, instead of purchasing anything.

Nothing wrong with shopping, but this year I knew it’d make me lose my peace and center.

In contrast, creating a simple, homespun arrangement gave me peace and centered me. It does the same when I take a moment to look at it; just looking at it feels meditative.

I found pine cones on a walk. A friend could not cook her artichokes because they started to dry out. I let them finish drying.

Adding a bow to the pinecones and artichokes made the arrangement complete. I feel complete, too.

I wasn’t rigid about spending money for the holidays. I bought Paperwhite bulbs to force bloom indoors.

It felt right to buy them. They added to my being peaceful and centered, because I was buying them not to “have stuff”—I do not need more stuff—but to create an experience, an experience of floral scent filling my home midwinter, and of the oxygen inundation that occurs with winter bulbs indoors. Here are the paperwhites tucked behind my aloe plant:

paperwhitesI really wanted to get myself treats this winter. Using what I had in my home to make beautiful things created lovely treats.

I also made a donation to Standing Rock to help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. The best gift to give myself was that donation.

A few days ago, I opened the mail to a lovely surprise. My friend who’s also my Faerie Druidism student made—MADE—me a pendant: a silver branch with nine bells hanging.

I am so grateful for and delighted by this generous gift.

I also felt that not cluttering my consciousness with unnecessary shopping opened the way for something really special and unexpected to arrive at my door.

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Recipe: Yule Sweets

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If you saw a version of the following post a few years back on my SageWoman blog, I posted it here too, for folks who don’t follow the other blog:

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Gluten and sugar-free dessert

Pagans do not have to worry about lumps of coal in our Yule stockings. But you can have chocolate lumps instead, yum!

My approach to the ecstatic path is down to earth and often quite simple. For example, last year I made a list of things to 1) keep my spirits up during the Yule season and 2) help create a happy season for other people.

Inventing a new chocolate recipe was on the list. … Well, the list didn’t just include inventing new chocolate yumminess. The real point was my consuming said yumminess. :-)

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will use the recipe again this year. Here it is:

This may not be to everybody’s taste. I don’t like my chocolate sweet, but I like it really dark and really chocolatey. This recipe has a lovely fruity undertone.

It makes about about a dozen chocolate lumps. All measurements are by weight.

In blender, blend 2 & 1/2 ounces pecans. Blend til most are ground well, but leave a little of them still in small bits. Put into bowl.

Add to blender 1 & 1/2 ounces each:
* frozen unsweetened orange juice concentrate
* water

Plus 1/2 ounce each:
* raisins
* dried coconut, shredded or flakes. It does not matter whether it is shredded or flakes, because it’s going into the blender. If you do not like coconut, dried apricots might make a good substitute. If you try apricots, let me know how it comes out. If you use apricots, I suggest you blend them on their own, til most are ground well, and a little are in small bits.

Blend until puréed.

Then put the blend into the bowl that has the pecans. (You’re going to need a spatula to get all that yumminess out of the blender.)

Add to the bowl 1/2 ounce unsweetened cocoa.

Mix all ingredients.

The mixture ended up too moist to roll into balls by hand. So I dusted a pretty little plate (on which I would serve this treat) with cocoa. Next, I used a spoon to put a lump of yumminess onto the plate, and then pushed it about with spoon and fingers until it was a dusted lump—not a lump of coal but of chocolate. I added more cocoa to the plate as needed.

Nobody’s going to care that these things are not perfectly shaped, because they taste heavenly, and the roughness makes them look beautiful.

Part of my commitment to walking an ecstatic path is to make positives out of negatives. So, when served, if these lumps get people’s fingers sticky, I’ll explain that if they lick the chocolate off their fingers, it will make their Pagan soul happy. :-)

Aside: Yes, I know the ecstatic path has serious, mystical aspects. Fact is, I am so comfortable with them that I can also be light-hearted about the path.

A light whimsical heart floats high and happy among the clouds. Eat these lumps = Be a happy fey-touched witch or other wondrous being. End of aside.

This is gooey goodness, so not for putting in Yule stockings. But while eating lumps, I was chatting on the phone, telling a friend how good the lumps taste. His response to my happy noises was “Organic orgasm!” An apt description.

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Day After Election

2016-11-09

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Today I will not give up.

I acknowledge my terror,
but I will not give up.
I acknowledge my anger,
but I will not give up.
I acknowledge my sense of hopelessness,
but I will not give up.

I will feel my terror, anger, and hopelessness,
but I will not let them be my permanent home.

I will use my terror, anger, and hopelessness as power.

I will believe in love’s power.
I will believe in beauty’s power.
I will remain an agent of love and beauty.

I will not be a doormat; I will go into battle if need be.
I do not know if I will survive the coming strife.
But my spirit will live.

I will not surrender my integrity.
I will be an agent of love.
I will find calm in the eye of the storm.
I will bring peace to all my relations.
I will trust the Divine.
I will continue to make love and beauty my home.

November 9, 2016

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Magic Basket

A ritual vessel to bless/empower goals, herbs, incense, etc.

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I made a basket for one of my shamanic students. The info below is for her and anyone who might enjoy it.

Hi, hon, I started your sacred art by spinning yarn on a wild rose stick from my property. I spin on a stick instead of a spindle or spinning wheel. Once the stick was filled with yarn, I spun on the other wild rose stick I harvested. Both sticks are blessed by and used in service to the Faerie Queen.

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I chose colors you like (I hope), adding others for magical and aesthetic reasons. It was fun combining colors for you because I got to create a palette I wouldn’t use for myself. It is designed for you.

I spun wool, silk, bamboo, and probably other stuff. There are various wools, including lovely curly locks and, I’m pretty sure, Cormo, which is a soft luxury fiber a little hard to come by.

The quarter and nickel in the photo show the basket’s size.
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To weave the basket, I made a makeshift loom. I used salmon-colored commercial acrylic yarn for the warp, figuring it would make a stronger structure. (The warp yarn does not show much except on the basket’s bottom.)

The basket bottom is a circle I felted from wool and other fibers. If memory serves, a big portion of it is Cormo. When you turn the basket over, you’ll see wool locks on the bottom.
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The following is the best shot of the inside bottom I could get. It’s gorgeous, with fuzzy wisps of locks rising like tendrils of magic reaching up to bless whatever you put in the basket.
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The basket is dedicated to and empowered for magical use—whatever you deem that to be, but here are two options.

1) Use the vessel to make wishes or set intentions. For example, beginnings are a good time to draw on magic, whether you’re starting a day or a project. Here’s a spell I put together based on a discussion we had during a shamanic counseling session:

Step 1) In the morning, contemplate the day ahead. Or at the beginning of a project, muse on the project. There are many ways to do this. Here are a few. You might choose your priorities for the day/project. Or think about what you hope will happen. If you do divination, you might use it for guidance about the day/project.

Step 2) After you spend a minute—or as long as you want—in contemplation, write down your intention, wish, hopes, priorities, guidance, or whatever.

Step 3) Put the paper in the basket. Or instead of writing, hold your intention, wish, hopes, … in your heart as you gently blow one breath into the basket.

Thus you’ve used the basket to bless/empower your intentions (or whatever) for the day/project ahead. Doing this on a regular basis in the morning can be a wonderfully witchy practice.

2) The basket functions as a witch’s pentacle to bless objects (except food). Empower an amulet, herbs (still in a container so they do not get into the fibers or vice versa), ribbons, etc., by putting them in the vessel for however long feels right.

If you don’t absolutely love the basket, please tell me; I’ll know it’s for someone else, then I will make you something else.

Guarantee: if the basket breaks within two years, I repair or replace it.

Respond here or by email, hon.

To anyone else reading this:

Until they are sold out, my Etsy shop carries talismanic art pieces remaining from when I created non-commissioned work: https://www.etsy.com/shop/outlawbunny

I usually only have time to make tailored talismans for my students, but sometimes accept other commissions for sacred art, channeled specifically for its recipient and blessed accordingly. Prices start at $130. Email me for information: outlawbunny at outlawbunny.com

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Finding Creative Joy

HatFlw2Finding Creative Joy:
Nine Tips for Doing Textile Arts Despite Disabilities

This post can also help anyone—including able-bodied individuals—tap into their creativity. Check out tips 3, 6, 7, 8, & 9.

Backstory: I use a wheelchair. My caretakers do chores I cannot physically manage, e.g., grocery shopping and dishwashing. A physician told me most people in my situation never get back out of bed. It took a year and a half of aggressive physical therapy exercise to be able to sit. Now I can sit all day. My point: I’m badly disabled and fabric arts make me deliriously joyous … despite my disabilities.

What works for me might work for you:

1) Experiment with adaptive methods, if a craft appeals to you but seems beyond your physical capacity. Be creative about it. Use your fine mind, intuition, and gut instinct. A creative personality just *makes stuff up.*

Example: I wanted to wet felt to make myself hats. Felting requires hand, arm, hip, and leg usage I do not have. Then a friend sent me a package with wool roving for packing material. I took that wool as synchronicity—guidance from the universe to try wet felting.

I wondered whether I could felt using my feet. Lo and behold, it worked.

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2) Keep experimenting. If a method doesn’t work, move onto the next experiment. If that doesn’t work, move onto the next. Creative people keep trying things until they find something that works.

My feet and legs aren’t strong enough to roll wool much (rolling is a step in wet felting). I experimentally tossed the wool in the clothes dryer, then went online and discovered a cool dryer can replace the rolling step, LOL.

2015Nwsltr2 3) Go with the flow. This and some of the following tips can help anyone—including able-bodied individuals—tap into their creativity. When I’m pursuing a creative direction that physical limits halt, I don’t let myself toss the project.

Going with the flow is part of creative process. Some of my best pieces occur when disabilities or something else block me from pursuing a vision. Follow the thread of forward movement that is possible, keep trying things, and be inventive. You’re creative, you can come up with something.

E.g., a few weeks ago, I started spinning fibers into yarn and, as of this post, I only spin on a pencil or stick. I absolutely love the process. Tried spinning with a drop spindle, but it was painful. Spinning on a stick goes slowly; as of writing this, I make little lengths of yarn, ranging in weight from .8 to .2 of an oz. I wasn’t sure what to do with such small bits of yarn, then realized I’d figure out projects.

ScarfYarnThink about the magical potency of spinning only on a stick and spinning just a bit of yarn: before the first spindle was invented, a single strand of a single foot of spun fibers must have been precious and wondrous. If I never spend a lot of time spinning and end up focusing on miniature weavings and other tiny projects, the spinning I do might be more by being less, because I’ll cherish and use every magical inch, as will my Gods.

4) Think size. Is tiny, small, medium, large, or huge best for you? I retain fine motor skills in my hands, by and large, but my arm use is limited. Small projects that fit in my lap—instead of demanding large arm movements—work for me. Someone good with larger movements but lacking fine motor skills might pursue big pieces that don’t require much detail work.

Here is a tiny wall hanging I wove with yarns I’d spun. A quarter is in the photo for scale:TinyWeaving

5) Take breaks. I try to not do too much on a project in one day. I take a lot of breaks, for a few minutes or even a few months. I take breaks not only to avoid injury but also, quite honestly, because sometimes I overdo it and exacerbate my illness so need healing. I also need breaks to build up my spirit when I get discouraged by disabilities. But sometimes the best way to get past the blahs is to push forward on a project.

6) Honor “random” ideas that pop into your head. Not all of them will be useful, but don’t automatically discount them without considering them first. For example, in the insomniac’s wee hours of a morning, a random thought occurred: “Stick?” I went on line and, sure enough, there was a video on spinning fibers into yarn on a pencil. I had a blast and began a new fiber arts adventure.

7) Make fun, peace, and self-fulfillment your priority. I have a high standard for what I do professionally. I have a high standard for my moral behavior. But unless I’m selling my art, it doesn’t matter how good it is; the important thing is that making art keeps me centered and happy, and might add beauty to the world.

I work hard to make something wonderful, but sometimes the best way to do that is to pursue fun, peace, and self-fulfillment above all else. This ties in with the next two tips.

8) Do not thwarted by perfectionism. One thing that makes textile arts possible for me is accepting major flaws in my pieces. For example, some hats I felted for myself could easily rip, but I know where and handle the hats accordingly. See above photos of me in hats I made myself. If I make something for a friend, I explain its imperfections and how to deal with them. I do not deny myself fun hats or the joy of art just because I can’t produce according to irrelevant standards.

2016-8-1SmAbove are some of my first spinnings. Over half of them are barely drafted, some are over-spun and otherwise problematic, and … I … didn’t … care. Spinning makes me happy. I won’t sell anything made with my yarn, so durability etc., is irrelevant. I plan yarn projects for which my spinnings are appropriate. That includes my not caring if yarn in an item breaks, because I’ll have made it for my own use and will enjoy the item for however long it lasts.

9) Ignore Righteous Artisans. Whether you’re disabled or not, there will always be people who insist on “correct” methods and results for whatever art form is under discussion. Phooey! Many great artists produce wonderful work by ignoring those naysayers. Shifting methodology or results to accommodate my disabilities gives me the chance to express my creative spark.

Summary: If I brainstorm creatively and persistently, and keep a few simple things in mind, I find ways to express myself. Let me know if any of my ideas suit you, and tell me what methods you’ve figured out yourself. Together, we can do wonderful things.

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Spirit Offering

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I wove this small piece for a friend—for the magical child who lives within her and for the Faeries who live on her property. I wove sunset sand castles and other landscapes to explore.

My friend brought “Saori weaving” to my attention, explaining my philosophy of being oneself and ignoring rules that limit creativity make my weavings “Saori,” since Saori philosophy is the same as mine.

But there’s always plenty of room to grow. This weaving was another step along the path to freedom of self expression. It is only my sixth weaving, so clearly I need to grow technically, but this post is about non-technical aspects of my process.

My friend gifted me with spindles, with bits of her yarn remaining on the spindles. I’m sure this wall hanging is nothing compared to what she weaves, since she’s been at it way longer than newbie-moi, but her yarn wanted to return to her in a new guise. Making that happen was a way to thank her for her support of my spinning. The weaving used most of the yarn on the spindles.

Though this little piece is light-years from what a weaving can be, fulfilling my karma this lifetime requires a commitment to sending a lot of my visual art away, out into the world.

I have a different karma when it comes to my work as a shamanic guide this lifetime. That work, whether in a class, psychic reading, direct spiritual transmission, or book, must be polished, polished, then polished. For example, I studied poetry writing so that, when I channel during a class or one-on-one session, I have verbal skills honed to capture and speak the concepts and images the Goddess asks me to relay. But my visual art must be released into community regardless of how good I think it is or not.

(… Hm, the above paragraph does not take into account two things: 1) I and many others use our visual art to provide shamanic guidance. 2) I work hard at my visual arts. It is just that I work even harder as a shamanic guide. … Well, you get the drift of what the paragraph is saying.)

Part of this weaving’s theme is letting go of perfectionism, thereby letting my energy flow out into the community and universe. When we let go of perfectionism, Faeries come play with us.

My weaving friend praised the exuberance of my thick, uneven yarn. In the process, she mentioned she spins thin. I’m so ridiculously competitive that I took her words as a challenge, though she didn’t mean it that way, and I tried to spin thin with dark-green Corriedale wool. It was boring. That’ll teach me to do something other than my own style. I must be myself and let that self expression flow out to the universe. I added some of my thin green yarn to the weaving. (By the way, later I discovered I love spinning silk thin.)

This close-up has a quarter and a nickel in it, to give you a sense of the weaving’s small size:SpiritOffering2

The glass jewel is gorgeous, but I think the photo might make it look a little tacky. I wish the photo showed how the glass shimmers like a Faerie rainbow. It might be vintage Vitrail.

The glass piece continues the theme of being oneself. It and its setting were presents from my friend Willie Zuniga, who is a remarkable jeweler. Check out her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MorningGloryDesigns. Willie tried to help me learn technical aspects of layering, wrapping, and gluing metal components with stones to make jewelry. I tried hard but, though I managed to make myself some jewelry I like, mostly I could not get the hang of the techniques.

Finally, I decided to use metal components and stones I adored in ways congruent with my technical inclinations, like in this weaving.

I also wove in locks I got locally, as well as fleece and locks from Tina at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HermanHillsFarm, plus something else of hers that I think is fleece and locks. Tina is a master at dyeing and blending wool, though she humbly insists otherwise. I wonder if Tina knows how much Faeries like to watch her at her work. She’s a woman being herself.

I received no remuneration in cash or goods for mentioning anyone’s products. I praise work and link to shops to honor/support fellow artisans who do awesome work.

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