2016 Highlights

My best nine (well, technically 18) images from my IG accounts; @inkwitchery and @_beatnikbeauty.


What a crazy year 2016 has been! Shall I make a list of the highlights?

• I turned 37.
• Husband turned 38.
• We found out through an ER trip & then a blood test that L has lots of food allergies. As a result I changed my diet (paleo/allergy free) completely for him!
• We got season passes to Knotts Berry Farm!
• I joined the Tea Coven and met/got to know an amazing group of witchy women!
• Made new friends.
• Let go of old friends.
• We sold our first home (bungalow479)!
• We bought a new home (bungalow2609) which we love in a quiet neighborhood.
• We moved during one of the hottest Summers I can remember!
• Found out I was pregnant after we moved (no wonder I was extra tired, ha!)
• Found out we’ll be having a 3rd boy!
• We celebrated C’s 6th birthday!
• We celebrated L’s 1st birthday (and C’s, too) at Legoland!
• I successfully breastfeed L exclusively for an entire year!
• I’m still breastfeeding L even while 8 months pregnant.
• Completed L’s photo a day/Project365.
• C started First grade!
• We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary!
• I launched Inkwitchery.com and got back into beauty/makeup/style via IG (@_beatnikbeauty)
• We added a new gate/arbor to the house as well as landscaped the front yard.
• We’ll be celebrating all the major holidays in our new home.


Whew! Who knew we would have such an eventful 2016? I certainly didn’t. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2017!

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If you’ve followed/known me for a while you’d know I’ve had a number of domains/websites (or online journals, before they were called blogs) since 2000. It has been such a long time since I’ve had a proper website. In fact my last real update was Spring of 2013! A lot has changed and most of it has been documented on my Instagram account (@inkwitchery).

This domain is my renewed attempt at keeping a cohesive online presence that extends beyond the quick FB, Twitter or IG posts.

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Tarot Challenge : Day 05

When and where did you give your first reading? [ full list of questions here ]

My first reading (for myself) was back in early February at home when I was able to free up some time for myself (which is kind of hard when you’ve a rambunctious toddler around!).

I have not given readings for friends as they didn’t even know I read cards up until recently. In the beginning, I didn’t want to take questions and such when I wasn’t sure what I was doing yet.

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La Mer, Le Etoiles & La Lune

I cannot tell you how long I’ve been searching for the perfect wrap bracelet/talisman that incorporates all the things I love. I even went so far as to source the items/tools to make it myself, but was discouraged as I hadn’t the jewelry making abilities, the tools, nor time to devote to it.

I came across The Gypsy Rebel shop on Etsy, and immediately gravitated to Lindsay’s creations. Her shop is full of unique and magically delicious pieces. I couldn’t resist. So, with her talent and knowledge we co-created a custom piece to represent the stars, the sea, and the moon – the three things that inspire me – and this is what she made for me.

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Some Updates

First of all, you don’t want to know how long it took me to find a WordPress theme I can live with. I’m quite particular with website layouts/themes as I used to create them for my personal sites. I like things to be minimalistic, and font sizes to be a nice, normal, readable size – not too big, not too small. I haven’t updated here in a few days due to me not liking the look of my site, thus not wanting to write or update at all. I’m sure I’m not alone in this mindset. In any case, I like this current theme very much and I hope it won’t give me problems down the line.

Secondly, since moving  from Tumblr to my own server, I feel so much more… well, comfortable with sharing my thoughts. I will miss the constant information/reblogs that Tumblr provides, but my main objective with creating this blog is to get in tune with my spirituality, and be better organized about it. Having Bewitchery on my domain allows me to freely organize, categorize and add on to my blog as I see fit. I feel Tumblr is very limiting especially for the long term.

Thirdly, 2013 is fast approaching and I plan to participate in a couple projects, the Pagan Blog Project and the Pagan Insights Project. I’m looking forward to writing more, learning from others and meeting new and like-minded people through these projects. If you plan to join PBP and/or PIP, do let me know so we can motivate each other to write/learn/share! 🙂

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Coincidence or Something More?

Is there such a thing as coincidence? Are we supposed to take certain things as a ‘sign’ or omen of what’s to come? Or is does everything happen for a reason? Or are our experiences things that were going to happen no matter what we do? I find myself contemplating those questions often these days.

When I began to really delve into researching about Paganism, specifically neo-paganism, witchcraft, astrology (though, I’ve always been a fan of reading my horoscopes because of my mom), and tarot divination, I found so many interesting coincidences, and/or associations, and as silly as they may seem to other people, I found them to be significant.

  • The ruling sign of the “Star” tarot card is Aquarius. I’m an aquarius, my friends know me as Star (long story lol), and you all know my eternal, burning love of stars.
  • The astrological sign of Aquarius is associated with the planet Uranus, the Star tarot card, and the element of Air.
  • The number 4 (my favorite number!) is associated with the planet Uranus and the element of Air.
  • The Greek goddess Amphiritie is the ruler of the sea, or the personification of the sea. It’s no secret that I have a deep love for the ocean, the sea, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve collected seashells.
  • The Greek goddess Hecate/Hekate is associated with the moon, night, the sea. I see/hear/read of her everywhere and I can’t help but wonder if she’s making herself known to me.
  • Two gemstones I love are Labradorite and Moonstone; they’re associated with the planet Uranus and the sign of Aquarius, and the moon, femininity, and the goddess, respectively

Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m just reaching, but I can’t ignore all of those associations. (Also, correct me if I’m wrong w/ my associations!) All of this has really fueled my research into sea witchery, and witchcraft.

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