Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Have you ever attended a public ritual? What was the experience like? Did you enjoy it?
I haven't attended a public ritual in a good long time now, but back when I was first starting out, those public rituals meant a lot to me and I'm thankful to those people who are willing to be open and generous in ways to build community
Monday, August 29, 2011
I know, I bet you're surprised to read that last comment. But it's true. I'm a big fan of the grey water system and can't wait to set up a full grey water system when we move into our home in June. Thankfully my husband is a good sport and accepts the methods behind my madness!
That said, another little area of eco concern for me is the waste that comes from art supplies, particularly acrylic paints, which I tend to use. I try to be conscientious about upcycling things as much as possible when it comes to my crafting, but it's not always possible. And crafting seems to come hand in hand with hording sparkly pretty things and using non eco products. So I'm curious about these goodies:
|Glob Natural Paint|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have so many thoughts about community that I don't even know where to begin. I've mentioned before that I started this blog in an effort to try to build community and I'll be honest, I'm thrilled beyond belief by how much this space has grown since I started it. All of you help make this project (both artistic & community building) what it is, and for that I thank you all.
Gratitude expressed: check! Now on to some thoughts on community I've been mulling over for a while now.
It's interesting to me how we (society, pagans, artists, etc) use the internet as a means to create community. And the internet can be an amazing thing, helping us reach out to connect with others around us and find like minded friends. Given that many of us are walking a path that we may or may not be open about, or living in situations where it's hard to find people who share similar beliefs, we can often feel like the odd (wo)man out. The eccentric one with the different ideas about faith, identity, etc., which means that I think that the sense of longing for community is a common theme amongst most pagans because community is a little bit challenging for us at times. Hence the popularity of pagan sites on the web. Hence the fact that many bloggers often make comments about needing some time away from their online community because they've not been spending enough time with the people in front of them.
But I also think that given that many of us a little off the beaten path, we might be used to being the lone wolf and as such, find it challenging to build community with others. No, this is not say that we're all social lepers cause we're not. I'm sure all of you have amazing friend groups and all that. What I'm thinking about is the explosive nature of some many public groups/gathering. Public groups disintegrate so often in our “community” that it amazes me. It seems like we’re loners a bit, a little different (or a lot) so we’re used to existing on the sidelines, but because of this, we don’t always play well with others.
Ultimately I think the challenge lies in the fact that we long for community but we are vehement about safeguarging our individuality at the same time. This can be contradictory to community building and sometimes it strikes me that part of the reason we (all of us) now find it harder to have a sense of community is because we are not so comfortable with communal thinking, sacrifices, or traditions.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The first is the Gypsy Dreams blog party, brought to you by Celia from Adventures of the Striped Stockings. I've never done a blog party before so I'm pretty excited! I'm busy dreaming and plotting my great Gypsy debut...
|30 Days with Marianne Elliott|
|Ali Edwards Halloween Project|
photo from her site
What about you? Are you working on any great new projects that you're dying to share? I'd love to know about them because let's face it, I love projects! (I'm such a glutton for punishment).
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This week’s prompt: god
What is your relationship with the gods? What do they mean to you? How do they manifest themselves in your life? Do you have a particular god who you work with?
This is a topic I have to admit to avoiding because my feelings about god are quite complex and tied in to my own rejection of Christianity and the patriarchal religions. I am slowly learning to reconnect with god and remember who he is, beyond the god I was raised with.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Ok, in case you didn’t realize it, I had a master plan behind my this week I am page prompts! And what was that plan you ask? Well dear readers, it was to make mini books for recording pagan path working.
So without further ado, let me show you what I’ve been working on:
For the outside I used 8.5/11 cardstock, cut in half and a round edge punch. Tim Holtz stamps, Basic Grey paper (it’s the beige paper with writing), K&Company stamp, cut up doilies, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, washi tape, red and black cardstock, and o rings.
I printed the page (I made a version that prints 2 to a page, it’s here if you want it). I glued it to the front side of the page so I could write more on the back if I wanted (you know, the private stuff that I don’t want to share with the internet but want to keep track of for me).
It’s very simple and hopefully, if I print them out in advance, easy to keep up with. I think it’s important to pay attention the ways we feel during certain cycles and to record the evolution of our path work so that we can reflect on it. That said, of course there are things that are private and things that can be shared, so I wanted a built in filter within the book, hence the front page public view and the hidden back.
Anyways, feel free to try it out or adapt it. If you do, I’d love to hear/see/read what you created for yourself (maybe your creativity will prompt and inspire a change in my project)!
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Go here for the details|
But enough of that... I'm seriously jonesing to have a Halloween baking inspired party, full of yummy delights!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
This Week I Am
I decided to combine the topics because let's be honest, sometimes we don't always have something to say about each topic! I used a font that reminded me of Bewitched, I hope you like it!
Let me know if you use it cause I'm a total busybody and like to see what people create.
Pathworking: I’ve been a little lax in my pathworking lately but no worries, not only do I have an excuse (work is crazy), but the Capricorn Moon is kicking my butt back into shape!
Creating, Planning & Trying: Working on a writing project, created a new freebie for the blog, and trying it out for myself!
Viewing, Reading & Listening: Still working on the ABC’s of Witchcraft and I am catching up with my blogs in my reader feed and podcasts!
Thinking & Realizing: about recent conversations with friends, doubts and magic, and about how
Feeling: excited to go see the Burlesque show at the end of the month I just bought tickets for!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
What do you think happens after you die? Do you believe in an afterlife? Do you think you'll travel to the Summer lands? Or some other "mythical" land?
A recent conversation with a friend left me thinking a lot about what the afterlife means to me. I realized that contrary to what I thought, I actually have some pretty distinct ideas about life after death.
Ironically my ideas about life after death center a lot around ideas of reincarnation and science: in the idea that nothing ever disappears, it just changes form. I believe that after we die, the energies that make up our consciousness either remain together and travel intact in order to learn something we are still working on, or to use the lessons we've accumulated and serve, or dissipate in order to reform in different ways, into different forms.
So once this life ends, I will move on to reunite with the vast ocean of energy that is the source before reforming into something new, parts of me existing throughout the earth/universe.
And honestly, while I have grieved those who have past, I think that thought is as awe inspiring as the idea of creation, which is why death is, on some level, to me, as much as a work of magic as birth.
But that's just my take. What's yours?
Monday, August 8, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|I even did the draw Old School!|
- your favourite colour
- which would you prefer: geeky, whimsical, witchy, or nature inspired theme?
- your address!
Thinking: about silence versus sharing and learning to navigate the divide between the two in a safe, helpful and non egotistical manner. When is silence helpful and when is sharing harmful? What does silence mean in an oversharing culture? When is talking more about me or more about you? When do I share because I want to help and when does sharing negatively effect my or other's growth? Big questions, still working on the answers in relation to myself. What do you think? I'm sensing a blog post on this topic in the making!
Listening: To a lot of TV on the Radio
Realizing: That I'm 34 and still feel as insecure as I did at 16. And yet, that is not really true. I'm far more secure and self aware than I was then, I just sometimes lose sight of the realization that I am stronger than I think
Trying: To draw a daily tarot card to meditate on during the day.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This week's prompt: divination
What forms of divination do you use/prefer? How do you go about learning them? Do you feel naturally better at one form over another?
When I was younger I felt that the runes worked best for me but now I find them a bit too black and white (for me). I love the tarot because it can be so complex and nuanced. And well, I love complicated things, what can I say?
For me, choosing the right deck was quite the process. My first deck was the Haindl tarot deck and I loved it because it has a multicultural, multi tradition feel to it which is what I wanted at the time. I still love this deck but ended up having to replace it when the deck itself started playing tricks on me and eventually a few of the cards just disappeared, never to be found again even though there's no reason for them to be lost!
I replaced it with the Thoth deck earlier this year and it's been an interesting learning curve. I like the deck though, which is interesting to me because my ex from way back when has this deck and I wasn't that fond of it when we were together. I guess sometimes our relationship with the cards and the interpretations change over time.
What about you? What's your favourite form of divination? Or your favourite deck?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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