We just finished up our first raffle box for Madam Aubergine’s Mystical Tea event. This one features our Orange Moon mini spirit board, a selection of tea samples, and a honey bee hat pin. If you’ll be at this event make sure you grab a raffle ticket! Proceeds go to a very good cause – The Blushing Violet Project. We’re just a few days away!
he book was as beautiful as it was dark and haunting. It’s rather strange design suggested it was a handmade creation and most likely one of a kind. It was covered in a very rich material, with a collage of images on the front that almost looked like a shallow shadowbox. When looking at the book standing up it almost appeared to be an eclectic theater hosting a Halloween play and all manner of costumed and bewitched characters were taking part. At the very bottom of this scene were metal letters that spelled: The Frightener’s Society. Read the rest of this entry
Today we pulled the mountain card from the Tea Bats Lenormand deck. For me personally, it made my head bob up and down in a slow nod of yup, yup. The mountain represents an obstacle to be overcome, something that you have to push past. This doesn’t always mean a negative. There are plenty of things that stand in our way that we must get beyond, which ultimately improve us when all is said and done. We society ladies tend to feel that mountain staring us down a bit more than we’d like. There is always something to be done or some task to be completed, and time? So often there just doesn’t feel like there is enough time. However, there is no feeling quite as wonderful as the one that comes when the task is complete and we’re sitting down for tea and a laugh. Alright, it might be wine, we like wine too… but we’ll put it in a teacup for appearances. 😉
October is upon us. It’s officially time to get witchy! For those of you who are getting into the spirit of Halloween you can find some neat & free designs (one pictured below) at this link. Now go get that broomstick out of the closet and dust it off. It looks like a good night for a ride across the moon!
You know autumn is just around the corner when you drive down the road and hit a pumpkin paradise or walk into the dollar store and get overwhelmed with Halloween goodness. And if that doesn’t clue you into it, having strange creatures suddenly appear in your green places will do it. We’re not sure what these critters are. We’ll check with Mab and see if these little guys escaped the greenhouse!
Madam Aubergine is filling her parlor with her closest confidants for tea leaf reading, tarot, and tales of the arcane… and you’re invited too!
Join us for an intimate evening of inspired by Mysticism clubs of the Victorian era. Be transported by teas hand blended by the Orange Moon Tea Society, designed to awaken your sense of wonder; perfectly paired with Fairy tale treats & seasonal samplings. Explore tasseomancy, tarot & subjects too secret to mention in polite company; woven into a unique storytelling experience.
This is an East Michigan event and tickets are limited. Please visit the event page for location, date, times, and misc info. This is a fund-raising event for The Blushing Violet Project.
The card we pulled today was the coffin. The everyday person might get a shudder upon pulling this card but Attic folk just smile, sort of subdued like. This is not an inherently bad card as one might think. It’s a card that signifies a great deal about a need of change. There might be an aspect of your life that needs change, or closure… or the completion of a cycle so a new cycle can begin. Change is a part of life and what keeps our lives ever evolving.
As I pull these cards for myself I know for me it’s the completion of a cycle. For a year now I have been in mourning, rebuilding and finding a new groove in a life that was so different from this time last year. Things have hit an end point and I’ve accepted that change in the current of my river, so to speak. The elder goth in me says “Right on… gloomy card…” but the person in me who loves life (as goths actually do no matter what anyone tells you) realizes things have taken a turn and are getting better, more stabilized. I don’t hate on this card. And I love bats. 😉 You can see the whole tea bats deck here.
We closed out the convention with a wonderful turn out for our Wormwood Queen’s Tea & Tasseomancy panel where she taught convention goers how to read tea leaves. After that her gentleman served as master of ceremonies for tea dueling. Yes! Tea dueling! It’s a thing. Bella was our littlest and most adorable tea shoppe-keeper. And let us not forget our mischievously mustached table monkeys who helped out.
Here are a few more snapshots of our day at the Motor City Steam Con in Livonia Michigan. Pictured here our vending table and our Wormwood Queen with her gent Ted and their wee one Bella. Our day was busy! Much Orange Moon Tea was served in the tea room!
Our first day at the Motor City Steam Con was busy and found us quickly trying to find our convention legs. While our writer lady Miss Blue has been doing steampunk conventions since 2010, this is actually the very first steampunk event for the Orange Moon Tea Society. We were tapped to provide teas and tea leaf readings for the con’s Occult Tea event. Pictured here is a glimpse of the beautiful spread for the late tea and our Wormwood Queen giving the room a reading. Last but certainly cutest, her imps Bella and Gabe ready for world adventure.
Do you like spirit boards? Our society is a little mixed on the subject. Some of the ladies think they make lovely Halloween decorations. However, there was the incident with Lurva LaRue who accidentally nudged the planchette of one and ended up in a screaming match with someone from beyond the veil. The argument? She was not prepared to take on the responsibility of being a ghostly telegraph message deliverer when she had a hard enough time keeping up correspondence with her own kids! These designs are called functional art and include our O.M.T.S. logo and our wonderful tea bats. These items will be for sale at our sister shoppe The Attic Shoppe’s table.
Did you know our Butterfly Circus Tea makes a wonderful drink whether warm or cold? This tea is a very aromatic floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. So while the heat is taking out some of the fun out of drinking warm tea, why not try something new for your iced teas? You can pick up a tin through our Etsy shoppe here.
With all that’s been going on in our hectic tea lives, it’s taken a little time to pop back into Flossie’s Bat Emporium and put in our order of Tea Bats Lenormand decks to offer through our site again. Luckily they’ve just been listed on deck publisher The Attic Shoppe Trading Company’s website and are now available! And they’re on sale! This beautifully whimsical bat-centric lenormand deck comes in a cloth wrap and packaged in a labeled box tin. It also comes with a companion book of brief card descriptions/meanings and a little bat trivia. So if you want to practice a little “bat-tea” cartomancy, we’ve got the deck for you. View all ordering details here!
Our society’s own Wormwood Queen has put her first book out on the art of tea leaf reading! Tea and Tasseomancy: A Guide to Reading Tea Leaves: “A fun book teaching a centuries old tradition. Use the guidelines set forth to gain confidence and open your intuition. A perfect excuse to relax and sip a cup of tea while reading. Then try your hand at creating your own tea blends by experimenting with the recipes included.” Ready to try your hand at the art of reading tea leaves? You can pick up a copy of your own and get started here!
Sometimes it’s hard to think of hot tea in the summertime. At Orange Moon however, we don’t limit our tea to drinking hot, or cold, or limit it at all for that matter. For instance, our Wormwood Queen has turned her family’s Absinthe Tea recipe into a tastey sorbet. Would you like to try it? Here’s the recipe!
2 c water
1 1/3C sugar
Juice of one orange and one lemon
1 1/2 T Mere Henriot’s Elixir
Absinthe for drizzling
Blend 1C water and the sugar over a low flame for 10 minutes. Infuse the absinthe tea in the syrup. Cool, strain the tea, add the orange and lemon juice, and the remaining 25 cl of water. Freeze. Drizzle with absinthe just prior to serving.