Archive | January 2013

This is my first reblog. I am doing this more for me than for anyone else. I want a safe place to put this spell!

bookofshadowsandblessings

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If you have read my blog you know I am generally an upbeat person. I try to focus on the positive because lets face it we all have the negative and it is easy to lose yourself in the Swamp of Sadness (if you don’t know that reference you NEED to watch Never Ending Story) This however does not mean that I am one of those naturally bubbly person. Now even people who know me, might be surprised by this. My positivity is something that is cultivated.

So when I need a little extra pick-me-up I always go for a bath. For one I love a bath. I use them for a lot of work but Blues-be-gone and Sick-be-gone are two of my favorite. For me the firs thing to do is draw a very hot bath.  I also sprinkle maybe half a cup of my detox bath mix in the bath. I make a batch of this use it till its gone then make a…

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Bewitched

Bewitched! Bewitched in some dictionaries is defined as “Being under the influence of witchcraft” or a synonym for “charmed.”

I am new to identifying myself as witch. And so, I do enjoy a good pondering on the subject…often. Anything from “Why do I consider myself a witch?” to “Who else in my family must be one?” to “Bewitched? What does that word mean to me.”

Last year, I would have stated that my witchcrafting talent was “protection.” Or perhaps the “art of protection.” But today, I would assert that I have no formidable talent in “protection” work at all. None. Instead I would say it is in “bewitching.” An my definition of “Bewitching” is to communicate or speak heart to heart with the spirit(s) of inanimate objects.

It is the spirit I seek to ask (politely) if they will watch over my home or car and children. It is the spirit of my doors and walls of my home or my car or a neighboring tree that I ask to help. It is not the common use of bewitched or charmed because I merely ask. I do not tell “it” or “them” to do anything. I do not invoke, summon nor command the spirits to do my bidding. Rather, acknowledge their existence, talents, beauty.  And I ask or request.  And I give thanks (but not often enough).

Usually, I speak very quietly in my head. And sometimes so quietly it is only in my heart. But, I speak. When leaving my car, I will ask it to be unnoticeable and unremarkable. When leaving my car, I will ask the car next to it to be bright and beautiful. And I will thank them in my heart for trying so nicely for me.

I thought that I had placed a “forgetful” spell on my home. So that, when a would be evil-doer comes along that they would “forget” to remember what they wanted to do. But I realize now, that I do not enchant my home nor cast spells around it; but I have been asking the spirits around my home to help. “Please distract anyone you know their intent to be evil. Please have them see something bright and shiny across the street. Please help keep my home safe from harm. Thank you” It is not me at all. It is solely the help of Spirit and spirits.

And so, my definition of Bewitched: to acknowledge and communicate with the spirits of the inanimate world in a heartfelt manner and to know that they listen.

Blessing Cards

photo-18Blessing Cards. On the sunny July day, over 12 years ago, my bridal shower took place. And on that day my Auntie asked everyone that wanted to write out a blessing for my husband and I. She then gathered them together and tied them off with ribbon. I never forgot them but I never opened nor read them. Instead I saved them. I saved them for a day, away in the future when either my husband and I could read these blessings on our 20th anniversary or in a time of martial crisis.

The last two years of my marriage have been exceedingly difficult. We had trouble to forgive each other. Instead, we found it easier to exude dislike and unconcern than to praise and support eachother. We found it easier to find nasty words on our tongues than to offer charity. Both of us knowing the other had one foot out of the door.

Still the blessing cards sat. Unopened. Waiting.

And then these past two weeks we decided we must either forgive eachother and move forward together or we must each journey anew and go forward separately. But we must go forward.

We decided to go forward together. Anew. We went into a forest and found a doorway. Not just any doorway but a doorway inbetween two pine trees. The width just wide enough for one to pass or two to squeeze through sideways. We placed a blessing of casting herbs on the floor and knotted the ribbon from our blessing cards around our joined hands. And as the trees and our loving creator as our witnesses, we renewed our commitment. we then found a nice place to read the blessings of those which loved us. Some of whom were no longer alive. But there words, some of wisdom, some of hopes, all of love were there with us. In support of us.

I am very grateful to my aunt for her blessing card idea. It was a wonderful moment for us to read them. My husband and I look forward to reading them again on an anniversary. I was thinking that blessing cards would be a wonderful addition to any bridal shower but also to graduations or other great milestones.

Law of Attraction

“Count Your Blessings” Primative Sampler Pillow by Stitchcrafts on ETSY

One set of authors on this subject have made themselves a nice living writing books, creating oracle cards and doing workshops. From my understanding they state it is to “help” people understand what the “vortex” is and how to get within “it” so that you may also manifest in a similar way as they advertise. I have tried to read their books. But when I pick their book up I just get angry at the flood of “greed” energy coming from their books. I do not think the authors really intend to make manifesting easy for people but rather disguise it with nuance and innuendo. This veiled “Vortex” is making a simple concept confusing. The concept is “Gratitude” It is “Gratitude” that will immediately connect us to the great divine.

Yes, our age old charm of “Count Your Blessings” is one of our greatest.  For it is that instant, when you are in absolute bliss with this life, that you should most urgently state and visualize your want, desire and need. How is that for irony?

The best books on the subject, in my opinion, are “The Science of Getting Rich” By Wallace D. Wattles, and How to Ak for a Miracle by Jennifer Knoth. Neither can be called “pagan” but the both clearly outline the steps for manifestation. If you were born or raised Christian and have any “filters” or hangups that are causing difficulty in manifesting, I think that the “How to Ask for a Miracle” can be very helpful.

Clarifying Witchcraft and Pagan for myself

I have had a difficult time distinguishing where my pagan path is and where my witchcraft path is. In an email to a friend and Elder I did a rather good job of clarifying the issue up for myself. I am sharing it here for others that may find it useful. 

I consider myself a witch because I commune with spirits. The spirits of the trees, the wind, the flame, the animals, those with a physical body and those without. I am a witch because these elements are willing to work with me for purposes of healing, manifesting, protecting and many times for their own purpose. I am a witch because the wind will call to me and I will answer. Not because it would be fun to stand in the wind during a storm but because my soul needs to be there. That it has a deep desire to feel the power of the and intensity of the air and an even deeper, stronger desire to harvest its power for good use. I am a witch because I feel my ancestors’ need to be recognized and to give them voice. Or because I understand which stones would like to protect our home and want to do good work and which ones would be unkind. And a thousand more reasons.
 
I am pagan because I believe that the universe was created not by Jehovah. I am pagan because I believe there are many gods. I am pagan because I worship a handful of gods. Because I worship the three phases of the Goddess by communing with her symbol the moon. I am pagan because I commune with the sun as a symbol of a male god. I am pagan because I am no longer Christian.

Liebster Award

liebsterblogawardI found a very nice surprise for me today was finding this award given to me by Heidi the blogger of  “Witchcraft and Me” Thank You  Heidi!!!

“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.” And this is most welcomed.

Here are the Rules for this Award

RULES –

Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees. I’m being lazy and using my nominator’s questions.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

11 random facts about me: 1. I broke my arm in second grade by jumping out of a tree in a “parachute.” The “Paracute” was my very short, full jumper skirt. 2. In numerology I was born a 9 with an 11 soul number. In Astrology I am Gemini. And in the Chinese Zodiac I am a Snake. 3. The 9, 11, Gemini and Snake all live together and get along very well. 4. I love Roses and Rosemary but I love Oakmoss even more. 5. In an abolute tpecast of myself I love the Lord of the Rings series (owning the extended versions of all 3) And love the Hobbit as well. 6. I can read and write backwards. 7. Horriffic speller. 8. Love fast cars. 9. A total cat person. 10. A total dog person. 11. Love to eat Kazoodles at the movie theatre.

11 Questions to I am asked to answer:

1. Describe yourself in eleven words.   A wide eyed child, scared, brave, adventurous, cautious, wild and mild.

2. What’s your favourite way to relax? A bath and a spirit journey or a cup of rose tea.

3. What does the term ‘witch’ mean to you? A person with a connection to the old ways and usually pagan. One that believes they are personally responsible for their actions and inactions, their lucky and non-luck.

4. There is the last slice of cake at a tea party, do you take it? No. Even if I would love too. I am assuming that I already eat one piece and found it delicious!

5. What’s your favourite hot beverage? Many Coffee in the morning, for a rare treat hot chocolate with cinnamon and nutmeg and a nice herb tea at night and sometimes lunchtime.

6. What is your witchy/pagan/occult specialty? Spontaneous chanting spellwork when working with other witches and manifestation/protection work.

7. Name something that made you laugh so much you cried. Sadly I have to admit when I watch the show Wipeout I sometimes laugh so hard I cry.

8. Favourite food? For breakfast anything I can put maple syrup or jam on. For lunch a really good tortilla soup. For dinner anything with my entire family.

9. Favourite perfume? Or me Samba or Paloma Picasso. For him English leather.

10. Favourite film? Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly.

11. If you could be anyone from history, who would you be and why? I don’t know. I would like to have been a woman of wealth and kindness, listened to for her words and experience but not taken as holy. One whose husband was her partner throughout her life.  And her children were well raised and did great acts of kindness and lived to have children of their own. During a time when oral tradition was cared for still and the night sky was only lit with stars and moon. Someone who knew no war and just peace. Any suggestions?

My eleven pics!

A Sacred Journey 

China Cat

When Death Calls

SpiderGoddess

Whispering Witch

Pagan Dad

Treegold & Beegold

Fae of the Roots

Andraste’s Hare

By Land, Sea & Sky

Spirit Stitch

Thank you again “Witchcraft and Me

My Questions for you:

1. How did you come to witchcraft?

2. What is your definition of witch?

3. Do you think anyone can be a witch?

4. When do you feel most like a witch?

5. Will you be going to PanTheaCon?

6. Can you share a witch joke?

7. Which element do you feel closest too?

8. What is your magickal talent?

9. What is your favorite food?

10. What inspires you to blog?

11. What is your favorite recipe?

Thank you!

About Me

IMG_0036Well last year was my first year with the Pagan-Blog-Project and it was a wonderful experience. Both in the putting together a short article of important thought (or dribble) but in the reading of wonderful writers and sharers of the craft. I feel that I have grown and matured into my craft in many ways and much and more is because of this blog project. If you are sitting on the fence about whether to join or not please join in!

In the fall of 2011 I joined my first coven and activity sought out any information I could on Witchcraft, Wicca, Traditional Crafting, Shamanic Studies. I always had one foot in the spiritual but this was my first departure from Christian theology. And I was scared. It took a lot of personal strength for me to get around the word “Witch.” But since my first step out onto this path I have met wonderful witches. Wonderful people by any name but they choose the name witch because it is most fitting. And thank the stars for the internet and making this an easys and safe way to communicate and find out more about a subject and find online classes and meet ups and book recommendations.

I want to personally thank Raven, Rider and Luna my first coven mates. For a wonderful witchy crafting experience, that let me really know that I have a talent as well as a heart in this tradition.

GreenHeart Grove a wonderful group of witches with hearts as large as the ocean

The Spider Goddess, Mazedasastoat and Celticawaitch for their moral support!

And Elayne Lockhart for warm wisdom and lessons and befriending me.

But I guess I really have not said much about me. I am a mother of school aged children, I am the one people ask if I can pick-up their child or look after them, a school/classroom aid (usually). I volunteered in the Navy for 6 wonderful, adventurous years. And for my beliefs:  I absolutely believe I am able to connect into the universe to help heal others, to manifest and make real my prayers and hopes as they pertain to me and my. That I help unborn come into being and help the dead into the spirit land. That I have a rich animal totem of all animal forms and that any will come to my aid when in need. That all Totem sprits will leave you if you abuse your power/authority with them to injury others. That our thoughts as well as our deeds are recorded for our history.  That time is the greatest mystery. That magick is real and it is Gratitude coupled with intent blended with desire or M=G(i+d). And whether you want to call it luck, miracle, magick, effort or by anyother name it is r e a l. That Trees are awakening again. That each tree and plant have a spirit. I have a great love for Wood Wands. That there are the 3 Shamanic realms of upper world, lower world and middle world (See http://www.shamanicstudies.com). That………….