Merry belated Samhain, my lovelies! My I have been away for a long time. How have you been? Sadly my Halloween was fairly uneventful on the spiritual side of things. How did you spend your holiday?
Here’s some photos of my hide-away altar after I consecrated and dedicated it last night. Most everything here has dual symbolism for me… The pentacle on the wall is an old dream catcher that I wrapped some colored cord through— white for the Spirit and the Mother, red for fire, gold for air and swifting, blue for water and angelic protection, green for earth, then I bound each of the points together with black for protection and balance. There are still feathers for air, and I attached a small bell (also for air) and for bright energies (i.e., happy faeries). The votive candle is simultaneously a representation of fire, an illuminator, and an offering/prayer candle. The seashell is water and goodwill (it was a gift from a dear friend). My three favorite stones represent Earth. The white pillar candle is for the Lord and Lady, and the smaller purple pillar is for my Guardians and spirit animals. The wizard statue a symbol of power and will, and also a place for my primary guardian to rest close to me while I sleep. My stang was made with protection and action in mind (so it is sort of a weapon), so it is there for protection, power, easy access, and a nice place to store it because it’s too big to go anywhere else. The scarf is mostly for decoration, but purple is my favorite color.
In the first photo you see my oil burner (wizard and dragon). It doesn’t stay on my altar. I actually had it up there for convenience while I was dedicating it. Normally that space on top is still my functional nightstand that I now keep very clean and neat so that I don’t trap negative energies.
Good evening, my lovelies!
Before I can tell you about the quiet, yet bold move that I made yesterday evening, let me fill in those of you who don’t know my particular circumstances. The short story: I’m pagan; my husband and his family are Southern Baptist. They respect me, but I try to keep quiet about my faith out of respect for them.
That being the case, I created a hide-away altar yesterday, at the suggestion of my very best friend and sister-from-another-mister. I’ll post pictures of it later, but I turned a fairly useless bottom shelf on my nightstand into my altar (bold). It’s between the my side of the bed and a wall (and our bed is very tall), so it’s tucked away mostly out of sight, with a nice little hidey-hole that’s big enough for me to pray and do some minor workings (quiet).
I love it, and will be consecrating and dedicating it tonight, which I can also post pictures of.
Just wanted to share my tiny little, personal triumph! :)
Blessed be, my dears!
Anonymous asked: Merry Meet! May I inquire how you found your path, sister? I think you are a fantastic witch and I can’t wait to see more of your posts!
Why thank you and hello! I wish I had some inspirational, stunning story that involves spirit guides and visions, but alas, I found my path through years of meditation, thought, and prayer. I learned fairly early on to trust my instincts, and that’s how I practice today: intuition. I write my spells and rituals so that I can recreate them later and to organize my thoughts and focus, but I worry far less about what someone else has told me “the one right way” to go about things and more about what feels right, appropriate, and true for me (and my faithful Guardian) at the moment.
cultofthedead asked: I have always been upfront about my faith online and in every aspect of IRL.
Good for you! Thanks for sharing, and that you for joining us! :)
I have three new colleagues moving in to share my office at the University next week. While the room is much too large for one person (I’m simultaneously claustrophobic and weirded out by the hugeness of the space), four is going to be a bit of an adjustment. Because it was so neglected before I moved in there last summer and this is the first time I’ve really moved the heavy pieces of furniture, my focus has been on cleaning, which led me to this topic: the broom.
For witches, the broom isn’t just another means of keeping our homes spotless (I deal with stress by cleaning – it’s quite sickening how much of a neat freak I have become!) it’s a tool. Harry Potter and Halloween witches aside, the broom is a tool for getting rid of the physical dust and dirt and debris that turns our socks gray and makes us sneeze; it’s a tool for cleansing away the negative energy that gets stuck in dirty spaces.
Try this: next time you clean the house or your room, think of your broom (or mop or vacuum) like you might think of your wand or athame. As you sweep away the dust, visualize that you are also sweeping away negativity, sadness, gloom, fear, and all those sneaky little buggers that like to creep up and spoil a perfectly good mood. Make sure you have plenty of light when you clean, especially natural light if you can. I clean thoroughly every Saturday morning, and it looks like Candlemas: every single light is on and all the blinds are open, and I burn a candle behind myself in each room.
Try blessing your broom (or mop or vacuum) with a few sprinkles of ritual water or squeezes from a fresh lemon, a dash of salt (sea salt, if you prefer that natural power), and some basil (ground, fresh, or burn if you have some rolled in a smudge stick). Like cleansing any object, envision your broom being surrounded by a bright white, cleaning light. Great for brand new brooms or old ones that you have cleaned well.
P.S. When you move, don’t take your broom with you. Throw it away and buy a new one for your new home. New home = fresh start. Don’t take your dust with you. J
whoreofabaddon asked: Does it not anger your gods that none of them are special enough to be your one and only? A sort of polygamy of worship, if you would, wouldn’t please mine so I always wonder. Does devotion not factor into the power of magic you are given?
You asked me this so long ago. I’m very sorry it’s taken me such a long time to answer your question; I’ve been terribly busy.
I can’t speak for all pagans, naturally, because there are virtually as many roads to travel as their are pagans to walk them. I can tell you that quite the opposite tends to be the case for me. My power comes from the divine nature within my own soul and my ability to access it, but directly from a member of the any of the pantheons with which I might commune. My faith is not tightly bound in tradition or ancient texts, so for me the various names I may call upon or invoke are not separate deities, but different personalities of the same “one.” It’s a beautiful thing when you feel the presence of Nike and Athena together in your circle, for instance.
The only time that I have been unsuccessful in this is when I call on archangels. I tried once, without thinking, and my spells fizzled out before I could even cast it. To be frank, Michael does not like sharing the spotlight (totally my fault, but we’ve made amends)
Does that answer your question?
Good evening, my lovelies!
I have been out of town, working, catching up, doing a million things with only two hands and I have MISSED you all so much!
I’m in the process of brainstorming more topics for the future because I do not want to disappear. Let’s kick start my cognitive drizzle with a question, shall we?
I just refer to myself as a solitary, eclectic Pagan. Do y’all identify with a particular path or label, pagan/wiccan or otherwise? If so, what do you “call” yourself?
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