Quick Update

I have not posted since November!  I think I owe you an update, dear Readers!
Late last year, we made the decision to sell our house in WV.  We are moving up to Northwestern Massachusetts to be closer to my partner's parents.  Decluttering, packing, and cleaning have been my priority for a long time.
The good news is I will have some more Pagany posts coming your way soon.  I have a backlog of ideas!
I hope yours has been a gentle and happy year so far!
Blessed be!

Spell Casting - Some Thoughts

Spell casting is not the glamorous event that it may appear to be on TV or in the movies. It’s real, and it is hard, hard work. A lot of preparation is required before you get to the “fun part.” I have cast many spells during my time as a Witch.  Some were cast with a group.  Most were cast alone.  While it is very hard work, the process of building and writing the spell is always fun, to me, and watching things unfold is exciting. Truthfully, it can be addictive, but spells should not be your first go-to for every little problem. I just thought I would share some thoughts I have on the subject.

Here are some things to ask yourself before you cast any kind of spell:

1. Have you weighed the spell you want to cast against your personal ethical framework? Some people don’t care about that piece of it and are able to separate their ethics or morality or whatever you’d want to call it from their spell work, and that’s fine. It’s just a good idea to check in with yourself before undertakin…

Witch for Hire?

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I was recently approached by what would become my first client as a Tarot reader and Intuitive.  It all started with an email out of the blue:  "I need a really powerful money spell.  How much do you charge for this?"
I wrote the person back and explained what I'm all about, and that I don't charge money for my magic, but rather accept donations, if people are happy with what I do for them.  See, I'm one of those folks who doesn't believe in charging money for my magic.  For one thing, it's not my primary source of income.  It's not how I make a living.  The Craft is my life.  I walk it and breathe it every moment of every day.  If I can help someone along the way, and they want to give something back, I'm all for that. I just don't see myself hanging a shingle and slapping a price on what I do.  How would I, anyway?
People seek out psychics, card readers, and spiritual counselors, etc. for any number of reasons. …

Getting Personal: Inner Child Work--I Get it Now!

This little cutie was me.  I'm not sure what happened. LOL!

I admit that I used to poo-poo Inner Child work and write it off as "so much New Age fluff."  I'm a snob at times.  I can and do own that.  That said, my attitude toward this particular type of work was changed last year. 
The truth of the matter is that, as a woman who doesn't have children and doesn't feel particularly maternal, I just didn't understand what it was or what its purpose is. I do now! I never knew why I would want to do this work or how to start, how to connect with the most important child of all:  My own Inner Child.  It was my mother's death in 2016 that brought everything into perspective for me. 
What ultimately triggered it was not my mother's death itself, but some photos I found (included above) while going through some family documents and photos.  I came across this folding frame, and I was just compelled to stare at the photos for a while.  I found myself feelin…


I name everything. ...And by that, I mean...everything, or at least everything with some sort of sentience.  I name my computers, my mobile devices, and my cars.  I don't name my phones.  After all, you need limits. I have named my home.  That happened faster than I thought it would.  One day, we were planning our garden, and the name of our little homestead just came to me:  Sage Alley
Why do I name inanimate objects?  To be honest, I'm not sure.  It's just something I started doing when I got my laptop.  Those names don't really mean anything to anyone but me.  They are a way of identifying my belongings.  I put more thought into my car names, because I spend a lot of time on the road.  The cars are more like companions than belongings to me.  The one I dive the most has the most significant name, naturally.  (Jazz.  I named it Jazz.  It's a Chevy Volt, and the first time I heard it being driven and I was not in it, it sounded like one of the Transformers to m…

Why We Need Gates

In the past six months or so, my friends, I have gone from looking for community to being a co-organizer to a GROWING community.  The Gods do work in mysterious ways!

I've never run a group before, let alone a group for Pagans.  When a local friend and I took over what is now our group after the old one imploded, we became leaders-by-default.  By "leaders," I don't mean we are the Makers of All the Rules.  I mean we are the organizers.  She and I are the Man Behind the Curtain, the House Elves who keep things running smoothly. We try to make everything very Democratic.  All decisions are made by the group as a whole--or at least by those who wish to give input. Several of us also take turns leading Sabbats.
After our experience with the previous incarnation of this group and a couple of issues we've encountered since, we have learned that, even if a group wants to be open and inclusive, it's not always possible, and it's not always wise.  While we want t…

Finding Community in a New Place

Moving, as I did in 2015, from a very diverse area to one that was not quite as diverse, was very difficult, and it took me some time to adjust.  The first six months or so that I was here, I was focused on taking care of my mother, so I didn't give it too much thought and just made it work.  After she passed, however, I started to feel socially and spiritually lonely.  Mind you, my partner has been with me every step of the way.  That's not what I'm talking about. What I'm talking about is needing friends and needing spiritual community that resonates.
Once things settled down and we got into the groove of our new life in the country, I started to really hunger for Witchy company.  I had found community among other comics by this past summer, when I started my own group for comedy writers.  The spiritual side was trickier: I'm not out of the broom closet here.  So I waited.  
The waiting paid off toward the end of this summer, when I found that someone else had s…