How I Am Dealing with the Problem

I was very inspired by the spirit of the spell cast by many Witches back in February, but for reasons I covered in that post, I opted out. I did a lot of thinking, and this month, I carried out my own.  The problem we are facing here in the U.S. is simply too big to let go.  We are in a lot of trouble, and the consequences of the actions that are being taken by these people will be far reaching and will set our nation back decades, not to mention the terrible, terrible damage that these actions will do to our beloved Planet.

After some time and much thought, I formulated a spell that both satisfied my need to do something about it and fit comfortably within my personal ethical framework. The spell was begun at the last New Moon (March) and was ended at the Full Moon on April 11. I left the Circle cast the whole time, though all action took place on those two nights.  In between, I simply reinforced the spell with a quick prayer and some specific movement.  The movement was meant to m…

Nature Teachings: Ant

OK, so this is a carpenter ant, but you get my point.
Many years ago, I participated in a guided meditation, during which we were meant to meet some of our animal guides.  I learned that day that I have at least one Insect Guide:  the ant.  I met Ant in one of its underground tunnels.  In the vision, I was very small--smaller than the ant--but I was not afraid, and the ant was not vicious. We simply had a conversation.  That day, I did not walk away with a clear understanding of what Ant wanted from me or what its purpose is in my life.

A couple of weeks ago, as I was struggling with current events, I looked up at one point during my meditation, and I saw one, lone ant crawling up the wall from behind my Altar.  My Temple is not on the ground floor, and the windows weren't open that day, so it seemed very random.  I just sat and watched the ant, and as I did so, the guided meditation I mentioned came back to my awareness. Finally, it occurred to me what Ant wants from me. Ant is n…

Why I Will Not Help Witches Bind the President

Starting tonight, many will be participating in a spell to bind donald j. trump . While I support my Brother and Sister Witches of all paths wholeheartedly, I will not be participating.  I have a few reasons for this. My purpose in writing this post is not to try and tell anyone they are wrong or are violating some "Karmic Law" or another.  That is not my place.  I'm sharing my reasoning, so that others who may be on the fence or who may be facing pushback because they don't want to participate can see a different perspective on the matter or can feel that they are not alone in having reservations.

I do not know where this document originated.  I do not know the individual(s) who created the spell, nor do I know their intent.  The intent is laid out in the spell itself, true, but I still don't know what the person's true intent is, what is in their heart.  For me, personally, this is an issue.There are too many unknowns around the execution of the spell. Yes,…

These are Trying Times

My better nature is being tested greatly.
This election was very hard on me.  It was hard on many people.  And things are getting even worse, now that 45 is in office and "doing his job."  As a Wiccan, I've been struggling very, very hard.  I've been feeling very angry and very betrayed by my country on a daily basis. It is true that, as a white woman, I have privilege (something I'm not proud of, nor did I ask for, but I have, nonetheless;) however, that does not mean I feel nothing for those who are different from me.  In fact, I would have to say that I feel way too much, sometimes.  I am an empath, and more importantly, I like to believe that I am a decent human being.  All I know for sure is that what is happening right now in the U.S. is really not ok. 

Like other Witches and Pagans, I have been working magic and praying and journaling and working on my own shit daily.  Like other Witches and Pagans, as well, I have been bumping up against my personal ethic…

The Grimoire Project

The desk was my grandmother's vanity.

In mid-October, I sat down and finally began to compile my Grimoire. For now, it's simply a timeline, with a few notes included with each entry.  I'm just trying to get everything documented in one place, hopefully in order. I was very prolific back in the 90s, so my material is spread across three different volumes, each one used for a different purpose.  So far, I have not included details of any of my rituals, and I have not yet decided whether I will include prayers and chants I have written.  I kind of feel like those are meant for their own volumes.  I may also number my journals and create an index.  One thing at a time, though.

What I'm finding is that this is the one area of my life where I have always felt confident.  I was a shy child, and I'm a shy adult, but as I read back through my journals, I'm realizing I have never doubted myself when it comes to Craft.  Not once.  (That's pretty cool!) This does not mea…

Principled Goals: Journals and Grimoire

My current journal, going on year 3
For a couple of years now, my journaling--and really, all  of my writing--has dropped off.  I simply did not write in it for a little over a year. I started again this March, and I returned to it today.  I'm hoping it will stick this time, because I have a big goal around my journaling.  Not only that, it enhances and supports my magical work otherwise.

I am at a place in my life now where I can focus back in n my spiritual work, and I am so hungry for it. Back in the 90s, I was very dedicated, very focused, and very active with the Craft. I am hoping to get back to that now. This will take some time and a lot of work on my part, I am aware. The last time, writing was an integral part of my journey. Hell, it's a part of who I am.
The truth is, writer's block hurts me. It hurts me like a physical injury. Losing sight of my writer's Muse is a  loss  that I suffer deeply. The fact that I am feeling ready to journal (and may…

Helpers: Gargoyles

John-One of my personal gargoyles and the only one with a name.

"John" carries that name, because--if I remember correctly--when I bought him, I believe the tag said that he's a replica of a St. John's Gargoyle. I can't confirm that, though.  Either way, the name, "John," just seemed right, so he's John.  John is the one I use the most, and he's very effective at what he does. (Too effective, sometimes, which is why I don't actually activate him  often!)  I have two others, one of which is plastic, but still does what I need it to do. I'm going to replace it, eventually.
Traditionally, gargoyles were used to protect buildings--usually churches and cathedrals--from evil spirits.  Technically, the statues I have are grotesques. Gargoyles were rain spouts.  That said, the ones that are not rain spouts have come to be called gargoyles today.  I've had a difficult time finding information on what they mean to other modern Pagans and Wtich…