Posts Tagged ‘Imbolc Giveaway’

OK, so we have our Imbolc winners!

After a very complex selection process (meaning that I wrote the names on pieces of paper, folded them, put them in a bowl, and drew three of them without looking), we have the three folks who will be receiving one of the books and a package of new stick incense from Dryad Incense:

Joe SNW – Pagan Portals Brigid & Brigid incense

Shaina ­­– Bell, Book, and Candlemas & Brigid incense

SCPeoples – The Magick of Food & Brigid incense

Congratulations! I will be contacting everyone for shipping information soon (in the case that I cannot reach one of these three winners, I will select another person). I’m hoping to do this again next year, but we shall see what we can find. Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest.

Wishing you all blessings of Avalon and the Imbolc season,

Thistle & Dryad

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The world has seemed crazy the last couple weeks, but hopefully things will settle down soon and we can all focus on doing a little work looking within and enjoying the season of Brigid, known as Imbolc or Candlemas to us magical folks. 

Because I wanted to do something nice for the blog followers during a traditionally dark season, I decided to do a little giveaway. The Rekindle the Hearth Giveaway started on Jan. 12, but everyone still has three days to enter! 

We have three books that connect to Brigid and her season in one way or another. I’ll be giving each new book – along with a pack of the amazing new Brigid incense made by my friend at Dryad Incense – to a lucky reader. And if you love quality, handmade incense, I do encourage you to check out Dryad’s Etsy shop where she has many amazing blends (my favorites are Frankincense & Myrrh, Kore, and Vanilla Patchouli).

Ok, so on to the books.

First up, we have Pagan Portals Brigid: Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well. The Pagan Portals series by Moon Books is great for beginning to understand a deity or subject. This 112-page book by Morgan Daimler proves an excellent introduction to Brigid, covering her history and many names, symbol and animal connections, prayers and charms, and more. 

Another great connection to Brigid and the Hearth is food. So it’s no surprise that one of the giveaway books focuses on it. The Magick of Food: Rituals, Offerings & Why We Eat Together by Gwion is a feast for the food lover’s soul as it not only offers recipes but also a history of food and ritual, how food is used in magic, and rituals and spells to try. A treat for any magical hearthkeeper!

Finally, we have a cozy mystery, because sometimes the best way to get through a difficult time is to cuddle under a throw with your favorite hot beverage and a little bit of paper escapism. Bell, Book & Candlemas is the second book in the Wiccan Wheel mystery series by Jennifer David Hesse. It features lawyer Keli Milanni trying to solve the mystery of who vandalized the local New Age gift shop – without giving away her Wiccan faith that she has kept in the broom closet.

Now that you know what’s for grabs, how do you enter? 

Dryad and I would love for folks to follow the Parting the Mists blog and liked Dryad Incense’s Etsy shop, but we decided to keep it simple. Just comment on this blog post as your entry (the actual blog post – not the Facebook or Twitter post). Be sure in the comment that you provide a way to contact you. Let us know which book you’d like the most, and we will do our best to send winners the one they want, but some may want the same book so no promises. You have until Sunday, January 24, at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time to enter. We will draw three winners and announce them the next day and send the prizes on their way!

We hope you all enjoy this little giveaway. Blessings of Avalon!

– Thistle & Dryad

Some legalese for you: 

  • No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • This giveaway is open to United States residents who are 18 years of age or older. 
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law – please know your local laws. 
  • This giveaway is sponsored by Parting the Mists and Dryad Incense and is not affiliated with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter, nor can they be held liable.
  • By commenting with the intention of entering the drawing, you are knowingly agreeing to these rules. 
  • The giveaway prizes were chosen by the blogger and Dryad Incense. We were not paid to advertise these books, nor were the books endorsed or paid for by anyone other than the contest sponsors. 

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It’s easy to be too serious and down, especially now as the news of the world is often a bit dark. Remember as we head to Imbolc, it is a good time to look within and to also find what lights our path. Sometimes, that might be as simple as turning on some music and dancing in the kitchen or living room. Maybe playing with your dog or other pet or going for a drive wild the trick – whatever brings you a little joy and gets you out of your rut. Take a tip from Otter (one of my spirit animals) and go with the flow a bit.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Rekindle the Hearth Giveaway by myself and Dryad Incense! The deadline is Jan. 24. 🙂

Otter (Dobhran)- Joy, play, and helpfulness

Meaning: Otter invites us to play, to go with the flow of life and experience – to become a child again. Allow yourself the freedom and pleasure of relaxing and letting go of all your daily concerns. Otter could be prompting you to take a day or a weekend out of your usual routine to do something purely for fun. Your practical side may tell you that you cannot afford the time, but deep down you know that you need to care for yourself to be a real value to others.

Someone may even be coming into your life who will show you how to play again – something you may have forgotten as you excepted the responsibilities of growing up. Otter shows us that being playful can lead us to catch the salmon – the fish prized by the druids as the totem of wisdom. Drawing this card also confirms to us the sense that we are truly protected.

This card can also suggest that you may be “pushing the river” – going against the natural course of events, perhaps out of fear or stubbornness. Try letting go, relaxing, and trusting in life. Although Otter urges us to be playful, we must be aware of becoming the play boy or girl who uses play as an escape from the demands and responsibilities of adulthood.

Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington

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