(Aster wrote: )
Whenever we move, we deliberately leave behind our old broom. They can become charged with the energy of the old place and it's considered bad luck to bring them into a new dwelling. I dont have a special broom though, just a plain old kitchen broom. I suppose if i had a beatiful besom i'd probably 'cleanse' it instead of tossing it.
we usually leave or throw out the household cleaning brooms, and that's what caused the confusion with DH, who is atheist but tries. i had a $50 handmade twig broom, and a small altar-size besom that was also OUR HANDFASTING BROOM and he accidentally tossed those too. he knew i was really mad about the handfasting broom, so when he realized what he'd done he crawled from the front door to the bedroom all the way through our apartment on his knees begging my forgiveness! it would have been cute and funny if i hadn't been ready to throttle him.
i'm dropping hints that a new broom would be an appropriate gift for imbolg. he also owes me a new copy of laurie cabot's power of the witch
since his evil psycho hell cat crawled into the box and shredded mine.
we finally tried our snowman experiment this weekend: we have a 6"-8" snow-gnome living in our freezer. i thought it would be a fun pre-imbolg, seasonal activity. i filled a bowl with snow, and ds and dd's goddess-mother sat at the dining room table with gloves on and made an indoor snowman, complete with button eyes, baby carrot nose and felt scarf and hat. we then set him on a plate in the freezer to see how long he'd last removed from his natural habitat. a domesticated snowman, if you will. i want him to make a second one to go on the balcony in view of the window, so we can see whether snowmen fare better in their natural environment or relocated to artifically controlled conditions. of course, the snowman may live longer, but we must take into consideration that since his mouth is made of yarn and he therefore can't talk, he will not be able to communicate his feelings about his new home to us. he may live a long time, but perhaps he will suffer severe chronic snowman depression. removed from natural light, seasonal affective disorder may be a problem. we explained the terms, conditions and risks of the experiment to our snowman, but as he has no arms he was unable to sign a consent form, we have to hope we won't be getting any calls from any snow attourneys. to be honest, we are a little unsure of scientific ethics in regards to snowmen. i do hope we haven't crossed any lines.