Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy day...

For how busy and crazy my world has been, I am enjoying an incredibly relaxing afternoon. I am happily curled up on my couch and reading my newest book, Progressive Witchcraft, by Janet Farrar & Gavin Boone. Both of whom I have meet at Pagan gatherings. I find them to be incredibly informed and excellent teachers. Janet wrote the Witches Bible with her late husband Stewart Farrar in the 70's. I was told by my best friend and fellow HP that this book was especially helpful for those of us who are running or plan on running a group/ coven. A resource like that is not easy to find. So far I am loving the book.

The rest of my Saturday plans involve more reading as well as studying the skeletal system for my Anatomy & Physiology class. I think my body is finally adjusting to the crazy schedule I keep. This is the first time in the last month I have felt energized, it's wonderful.

Some point this weekend or during the week I need to revamp an Imbolc ritual for our celebration this coming weekend. I was given a beautiful Imbolc ritual from my best friends first HP. It is a ritual for a much larger group then we currently have, so I will be accomadating it to our smalller coven. I am so excited! The fact that the girls and I are now celebrating all the Sabbats together is somehing I was not expecting. On top of that the group has grown from me and 4 others to 11 of us total. I was already a part of a group that was originally based on the East coast. So now my girls and I have become a west coast branch of an even bigger group. I feel blessed in so many ways and the fact that Magick has become such a central part of my daily life only shows me how far I have come and how blessed I really am.

Blessed Be


Vegas...Woohoo :)

I guess I should start by saying.. HOLY CRAP! Everything is soo BIG! To call Vegas a place of extravagance really does not do it justice. Where else can two people get crepes for breakfast for $40.00. lol The strip reminded me a lot of New York's Times Square. Big billboards, signs/ advertisements everywhere. In Vegas, however, you get to see billboards of half naked women attached to vehicles whose only purpose is to go back and forth on the strip. lol. If that's not enough for you, haha you can just grab one of the handy fliers being handed out every 20 ft by men advertising for different strip clubs or phone lines. I found it hilarious seeing my boyfriend attempting to dodge these fliers, weaving back and forth like a ball on pong, hahaha.

We stayed at the Bellagio which was amazing! We saw the Cirque Du Soliel "O" show which was phenomenal. I will now see them every time they come to town. It was extraordinary. We went to Mandalay Bay to the Shark Reef., also amazing. I myself enjoyed the touch tank where I got to touch sting rays and other fish! He thought it was icky. LOL It was a lot of activities in a short period of time. All of it was incredible though. I want so badly to go back for my dirty thirty birthday in October. It was a vacation I definitely needed and he and I always have a blast together. :)

I can't wait to go back!

The Bellagio fountain show was amazing as well take a look.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Almost Vegas time baby!

I’m going to Vegas. For all of you who don’t know, this will be my first ever Vegas vacation and I could not be more excited about it. The boyfriend and I are going down Friday night, and his family will be arriving Saturday afternoon. We are going down to help celebrate his cousin’s 21st birthday. I have decided to leave the broomstick at home, but never you fear, I have packed the dress that is about 3 inches too short and does not allow for sitting! His favorite dress. Shocking right?

I am so excited to see all the sights and sounds and feel the buzz of the street. I no doubt will be coming home physically exhausted, if not even a wee bit hung over. Don’t worry though there will be pictures in the next posting Crafty Goddess does Vegas!!

Hmmm… Where could I get a handy travel broom?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Avatar and Paganism make the news together…

In a recent World Day of Peace message, the pontiff warned against any notions that equate humans and other living things. He said such notions "open the way to a new pantheism tinged with neo-paganism, which would see the source of man's salvation in nature alone.


Perhaps the pontiff is missing the point.

Neo paganism isn’t about worshipping nature as a god per say. It’s about god / goddess existing in nature and thus treating it with the respect it deserves instead of pillaging it for all it’s worth with no regard. The fact that Avatar is about such a concept further proves that religions are leaning towards a time of a more hands on and 3 dimensional type of spirituality. The believe it merely because I said so and you should is beginning to hold a lot less ground.

We are a collective on this world together. We can collectively destroy or create. The choice is ours. I look forward to the day when people no longer feel the need to hide in the broom closet and can speak of there Pagan beliefs openly and without fear. I smile because I believe that will happen in my lifetime.

Friday, January 8, 2010

How to Spot a Pagan...

People often ask me how do I know when someone else is Pagan? It’s as if I would need some sort of Pagan radar, PADAR if you will to sniff them out of a crowd. The truth is a bit easier then that.

For one thing I live in the NW and a good portion of the people here even MANY self proclaimed Christians have very liberal and or alternative religious views. Not all people who follow the Pagan path also claim the title. Nature based religions really need not look much harder for a place to live then the beautiful wilderness of the NW.

The interesting fact is, however, that truthfully Pagans find me. Rarely do I meet a new fellow Pagan/ Wiccan friend at a new age store or retreat. I meet people there as well however where ever I go people find me. You may be thinking this makes no sense. Let me tell you a story.

A few months back I had not been feeling well and went to Urgent Care. I sat patiently in the room, they took my stats, the Dr. came in, said hi and he was waiting on results. He would be back when they were done. I sat and fiddled with my phone, waiting for results. Approximately ten minutes later he comes in.

“OK, we aren’t sure what’s wrong but you should be okay, all your tests came back fine.” Then he looks at me and sits down. He smiles, starts beaming and asks…”How much do you like fairies?” (Keep in mind my clothes are sitting in the chair next to me and I am wearing an ER gown.)

I laugh and think to myself of course this is happening. I smiled and said, “A LOT.”

He put his head down very modestly and said, “I have never told anyone this, but my grandmother used to tell me stories about these two fairies that lived and worked on her farm. My grandmother was a very well respected, smart and educated woman.”

I smiled and nodded so he could continue.

“I believed her,” he said. “Ever since then I have wondered and thought about fairies. My wife and I went to Europe and took a tour of places where they have had famous fairy sightings.”He started beaming and laughing, “I don’t know why I am telling you this?”

I smiled “don’t feel bad, everyone tells me things like this. I have had a romance with the Fae since I was young.”

“There is something about you. I just felt like I could tell you. I have never talked to someone about this stuff. This is so exciting.”

“There is a very large fairy conference in the NW perhaps you and your wife could attend some year. I know people who have been and they love it.” I suggested.

Anyone who has been to the ER knows that Dr’s are in and out. This Dr. did not want to leave my room. Instead he proceeded to bombard me with questions about Paganism, fairies, magick. All of which I was happy to answer. He thanked me and said he had always wanted to meet a “person like me” and it made his year. I thanked him while wearing nothing but my paper dress and socks, got dressed and left.

These are the interactions I speak of. Somehow people just know. Random strangers will talk to me about ghosts, spirits, talking to their deceased loved ones, fairies, magick, a plethora of different things. Telling me things you usually don’t talk to strangers about. What I believe is so ingrained in who I am that others seemingly can see it too. I am no longer bothered or taken a back by these types of situations as they have become so common place. For those who mistakenly think that Paganism or other alternative religions are for uneducated or lower class people have no idea the Dr’s, lawyers and OH yes government officials I have met along my way. Pagan’s are everywhere, and all types and classes of people. I am proud to be among them and luckily they are not too hard to find..

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 is off in a flash

I have been a novice of magick since I was in high school. When it really clicked in for me, however, and became a part of my everyday life was after the purchase of my first home. My ex husband and I it seemed, were not the houses only inhabitants. Since then I have practiced, learned, experienced and grown in my spiritual path.

I had a magickal group I was apart of I really enjoyed. It existed on the East Coast, while I existed on the West Coast. That group disbanded and morphed into a new group, of which I am still a member. While here on the West coast approximately a year and a half ago I met a group of women who shared in my spiritual beliefs and lifestyle.

It began very simply, just me and a couple of friends getting together for some candle magick. That lead to me leading a Mabon ritual of 5, a harvest celebration of 7, me getting an initiation to Brighid, and lastly we had a Yule celebration with 11 people and a Wiccaning. Whew how we have grown.

I now hear news of more people’s interest into our group. Groups like ours are special and not always easy to find. I am so proud that these people have chosen me as the person they trust to help and be there along their own spiritual journeys. It’s a blessing to say the least. I have promised to do my best to offer an ear, lend a hand, or offer support when needed. This is by far one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life. As such I felt it deserving to once again begin documenting this journey so that others might learn, enjoy and probably get a laugh or two at my expense.

Welcome and Blessed Be )O(