Welcome to Yesterways Order of WiseCraft

Witching my way through the world one day at a time here at Yesterways Cottage, incorporating the ways of old with modern times. Join me as I journey on a spiritual path I call "Yesterways WiseCraft Wicca." Feel free to comment and ask questions -- I'll get back to you, I promise, Witch's honor.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Embracing Fall

Welcome to Fall Ya'll. You will hear that alot around Oklahoma right now. I love the cool mornings and late evenings. To me this is the best time of year. But then I say that in the Spring also. But there is just something magickal about knowing it is Pumpkin time! And the beauty of the fall leaves, the smell of smoke from the neighbors fireplaces and cookers smoking meats. I can't eat meat anymore because of my tick borne illness Alpha Gal but I am one of the lucky ones that can at least enjoy the pleasure of smelling smoking meat even if I can't grab it up and have a mouth full. With all this fall nostalgia going on, I had to break out Fall bling on my blog. I love the big tree! Bright Blessings to All! Rayven Michaels Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Recipes to try

I was perusing a Facebook food channel called Tasty and found some recipes that I don't want to lose track of, so I posted them here where we can all enjoy them. ;)

No-Bake Thin Mints You Can Make At Home

Posted by Tasty on Friday, August 7, 2015

Easy Microwave Mug Cake

Posted by Tasty on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Easy Baked Potato Chips (Hasselback Potato)

Posted by Tasty on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Posted by Tasty on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies

I'm perusing recipes and found this lovely brownie recipe to try.

3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies
Posted by Tasty on Saturday, August 8, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lemon EO Water

My Young Living Everyday Essentials Oil kit arrived today. I am happier than a hog in a mud wallow! Right now, I am sipping a nice bottle of water that I added 2 drops of YL Lemon oil to. Not only does it taste good, but Lemon EO has lots of benefits to the body: detox the liver, clarify the mind, ease constipation, relieve heartburn and help with blood circulation.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healing Power of Essential Oils

I have been an avid user of herbs and oils since I was a young woman in my 20s. My first herb book is tattered and worn from all the use. Using essential oils was an inevitable next step since they are the essence of the plant in a highly concentrated form. No tea or tincture can match the power of an essential oil. And just a little dab will do you. Some of the oils can be applied *neat* or undiluted while others require being mixed with a carrier oil to avoid unpleasant skin reactions. If you ever get undiluted peppermint oil on you, trust me, you will remember it. And warning, water is NOT your friend when an oil stings. Water will actually drive the oil deeper into the skin and in some instances, intensify the sting.

My oil purchases were always haphazard in the past. I bought them from GNC or the health food stores. I always knew that some brands were better than others but I for a long time I never really seriously dug into the whats and whys of it all. But when I finally did take the time to do it, one name came up over and over again -- Young Living Oils. It didn't take long to convince me that they were my oils of choice. They have a fabulous *seed to seal process*.

(Information from the Young Living website)

Seed to Seal

1.  Seed -Potent essential oils come from plant species that have been authenticated by Young Living experts. Species certification involves scientific research, field study, university partnerships, and on-site planting certification.
2. Cultivate – Through cultivation on the four Young Living farms, Young Living Essential Oils has mastered the creation of pure, potent essential oils. The company takes this knowledge around the world to co-op farms to certify that these farms’ growing processes meet Young Living’s strict quality standards.

3. Distill – Young Living’s proprietary low-temperature, low-pressure steam distillation process ensures that the beneficial plant compounds in every batch of essential oil remain uncompromised during the extraction process.
4. Test – Each essential oil must pass Young Living’s stringent testing to ensure the optimal bioactive natural compounds are present. Young Living uses its own internal labs, in addition to third-party audits, to verify that international purity and potency standards are met and surpassed.

5. Seal – Young Living completes the Seed to Seal process by carefully sealing each bottle of essential oil before shipping them to members worldwide.
 I'll be writing more on these fabulous oils and all the things you can do with them.

Bright blessings to all and
May those you pray to watch over you
Rayven Michaels
Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hostile Religions - Live in Peace - LIVE

I've been reading a lot of posts and arguments regarding hostile religions. Many point to ancient histories documenting hatred and atrocities of many religions against another. It is sad but true that ancient peoples harshly dealt with one another and that religion was often used in judgment and persecution against people. What is of more interest and concern to me is religion in modern times and how we deal with our fellow man. Unfortunately, hatred and intolerance is still taught in many modern religions. How people mete out that hatred and intolerance is wide ranging. Some religions teach that people without faith or of differing faiths need *saved* and brought into the fold of the *one true god* while at the other extreme is to annihilate and remove from the face of the earth anyone who does not convert and honor their chosen god. The former is a disrespectful annoyance and the latter is a terrorist movement by radical extremists.

It is understandable that people with similar beliefs and lifestyles will group together and live somewhat peaceably in their commonality. However, when any group of people goes militant and believes they need to make conquests of nonbelievers either by peaceable coercion or force, they have crossed the lines of civility.  When death is involved, they have crossed the lines of humanity.

Spirituality is a personal journey for each person and each person has the right to seek as they choose. No person should have the right to force their beliefs upon another. If a person wants to *witness* for their god/s, the best way to do so is to live as the best example one can be of the faith followed. People may then be drawn to that religious path or perhaps they will just honor you as a good and righteous person. All people do not feel compelled to follow a god of any type. This doesn't mean they are *lost* nor does it mean they cannot be just and good people in the absence of god/s. Too often religion is used as a crutch in the world to deflect responsibility for ones actions -- you will hear things like *it is the will of ----* fill in the blank for a god's name. The gods do not live our lives -- our lives are ours to live. I cannot imagine any god of any path desiring that we wipe out non-believers. I personally would not desire to follow such a god.

If a person is caught up in a spiritual path that makes mandates upon you to adjust your behavior and dress or be punished in this world and the next, then perhaps one should look up the meaning of a cult. When one loses their autonomous individuality and must synchronize with the members of a group with rules from prophets, they are nothing more than a puppet attempting to mirror the lives and actions of others. To me that is failing at life.  If you choose to give up the right to live and make choices in your life and instead deliver all your decisions over to elders of a religion or even to a god then you have abandoned your gift of life. You are not living you are existing in fear and failure because those religions will have you believe that you are unworthy and must strive under the yoke of sins committed before you were even born.

Chose your spirituality wisely, make certain it is truly your choice and not one of coercion or indoctrination, make certain you retain the right to think independently and able to act in accord with your personal conscience, that you fully understand what is asked of you and not blindly following because you *must* do it that way, and most importantly be the most loving and best person you can be on any path that you choose to follow -- love and honor your fellow man/woman and their right to live their lives under their own conscience.

Bright blessings to all,
May those you pray to watch over you,
Rayven Michaels
Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

Saturday, February 21, 2015

My new Labradorite bracelet

I love the Earthbound store. Every now and again, I venture in and prowl around to see if there is anything that intrigues me. Today I made a nice haul. One of my trophies was a labradorite bracelet. I admit the setting is cheap but decorative and looks nice. The big deal for me was the stone. I LOVE labradorite. It is a very amazing stone with lots of metaphysical properties. I've included a photo of the bracelet. I'm sad to say that the photo does not do the stone justice.

This stone has incredible metaphysical properties. Did I say that already? It is a seer's stone for sure. Here's a link to a website that gives a good accounting of all the wonderful properties of this stone:
Crystal Vaults.

If you don't already own a labradorite stone, I strongly encourage you to consider doing so. You will be very glad you did.

Bright blessings to all,
May those you pray to watch over you.
Rayven Michaels
Wiccan Witch of the Midwest