Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Questions on Yule–from the Deepest Well

This post is in response to questions posed by Aine over on The Deepest Well blog.

The questions pertain to Yule and doing a ritual.  The Yule rituals I have been in have all be done with my coven, the Coven of the Rising Phoenix.

Do you perform ritual at this time of year?

Yes.  Funny thing is that I have always done a ritual at this time of year.  Now the ritual may not have been of the Yule variety but what my family and I did every year since I can remember can be considered a “ritual”.  Every year we would all load up in a car and travel to the Grandparents houses to celebrate Christmas, eat to capacity and open gifts.  It was quite ritualistic. 

I still adhere to the family gatherings as work allows but I now have one more ritual to perform; the ritual to celebrate the returning of the sun, the Yule ritual.

Do I use someone else’s script, my own, or do I combine them?

I choose to combine them.  I find that combining a ritual that was written by someone else with piece of my own design it makes the ritual richer.  I might add a line to the calling of the quarters, or I might completely redo them but keep the rest.  For this year’s ritual I found a great ritual online that expressed exactly what I was looking for in some respects but not in others.  So I took what I needed, augmented where I needed and added what I needed and BAM!…Yule Ritual. 

Well maybe not so much BAM.  As I began to create the ritual, placing the parts and assigning parts to people I found myself with another’s mind.  Having never experienced divine intervention I was quite taken aback.  A part of the ritual, the working, was going to be making a Yule potpourri whilst chanting and charging the herbs.  I was “told” that is not what should be happening and I was given a “nudge” toward what should be done for the working.  I will admit that what I did write out and that we did do was quite magickal if I do say so myself.

Do I perform the same ritual every year or change it up?

The Yule rituals have been different each year with this year’s being the first one I have created for the coven as well as the first one my partner and I have hosted in our home.

What associations do you associate with Yule?

For me personally I will always associate this time of year with gathering with family and friends, whether it be for Christmas or Yule.  I will always remember waking up on Christmas day, getting all dressed up and going to church services with the family and then heading over to one of the grandparents house for dinner and gifts.  The smell of my grandmother’s cooking, my grandfather sitting in his chair in the kitchen, listening to the radio, usually a ball game.  He never did watch them on TV.  The sight of my other grandparent’s huge tree, decorated and stuffed at the base with wrapped gifts.  The anticipation of what was wrapped in the brightly colored and shiny paper under the trees and the joy of ripping said paper apart to get at what was hidden.  The screams of delight at toys and the silence toward clothes.  The warm and loving smiles from my parents and grandparents no matter how we reacted.  Even the hard times, for with out them we are less then we are now.  The shyness felt when confronted with relatives that I hadn’t seen since the last time.   Sitting in front of the TV, watching Rudolf, Frosty, and Charlie Brown all on the same night.  Eating too much candy and still wanting more. 

As my grandparents pass beyond the veil traditions are lost and associations change.  New traditions emerge and families that were at one time split return together to celebrate as one again.  Change in beliefs opens up new associations and new traditions.  Celebrating the returning Sun and the promise that in a few months warmth will again venture across the land if only for a time.  Gathering with new people whom I now consider another family as I celebrate with them.  Turning the Wheel.

 

Remember your past.  Keep hold of the traditions that you have whether they be relevant to your spiritual path or not.  They are a part of you, they make you, without them you are diminished.  Create new traditions and keep them as well.  Celebrate and Honor as you choose to do but remember your families, friends and the Divine in all that is.

 

Blessed Be!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Pendle Witches–Returning from the past

November 14 2011.  This was the first day that I heard of the Pendle Witches, specifically Alice Nutter.  Alice was charged with witchcraft in 1612 in the Lancaster Witch Trials and was later hanged.  The village of Blacko was the site of where Alice was seen at Malkin Tower, also known as Stansfield Tower and Blacko Tower, with what was deemed a witch’s coven. 
Now a memorial statue to Alice Nutter has been commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the trials.  It will be placed in the village of Blacko.
Statue plan to celebrate ‘Pendle Witch’ Alice - Peek Into The Past - Pendle Today
The next day I found more information on the Pendle Witches and the planned statue from the BBC.
Statue of Pendle Witch Alice Nutter to be commissioned
I was very intrigued by this news that after 400 years, what happened to these victims of fear and confusion will now be memorialized.  It shows that people are finally realizing how wrong the trials were.
What happened next is kind of eerie if you think about it. 
December 8th, 2011.  The BBC reports - 'Witch's cottage' unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire
The story even hopped the pond and was reported by Fox News -
Centuries-Old Witches' Cottage and Mummified Cat Unearthed in Britain
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/08/centuries-old-witches-cottage-and-mummified-cat-unearthed-in-britain/#ixzz1gF2LuBFg
You have to admit that it is quite interesting that only a month after the planned memorial was announce that this ‘cottage’ was unearthed.  Add the fact that within a wall of the building the mummified remains of a cat were found and it is hard to dismiss the claims that it belonged to one of the witches of Pendle.  Admittedly there isn’t any ‘concrete’ evidence that a Pendle Witch resided within the walls of the well preserved building.  This hasn’t stifled the talk and the supposition among the locals and witches from around the globe.
Is there some supernatural link between these two events?  Are the spirits of Alice Nutter and the 10 other villagers, who were executed for witchcraft, now setting out to uncover more history of their lives?  What will be found next?
Next year will be the 400th anniversary of the Lancaster Witch Trials, which were held on the 18th and 19th of August, 1612. 
This is an image of the original title page from The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster
Potts
The trial not only accused the women of Pendle but also other people, men and woman, from around the area of witchcraft.
It is nice to see that this information is now becoming mainstream and not relegated to the tabloids alongside who had the newest alien baby or the new date for the end of the world. 
I am going to keep a watchful eye out for the next installment of the Return of the Pendle Witches.
Blessed Be.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MULLEIN ~ Just what the heck it is.

Mullein, I am sure many of you have seen this very interesting plant but never gave it a second thought.  I was in that arena as well until we started to sell it in our online store, Grove of the Ancients Pagan Marketplace.  We were selling pounds of it to people all over the country and even some overseas.  That led me to do some research to find out why it was in such high demand.  I searched many sites and blogs and such to find that most all the information was the same.  I settled on one particular site, Botanical.com and the page on Mullein.  So here is what all the fuss is about.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mullein's Botanical name is Verbascum thapsus. Through history, Mullein has been known by many names.  Here they are - White Mullein. Torches. Mullein Dock. Our Lady's Flannel. Velvet Dock. Blanket Herb. Velvet Plant. Woollen. Rag Paper. Candlewick Plant. Wild Ice Leaf. Clown's Lungwort. Bullock's Lungwort. Aaron's Rod. Jupiter's Staff. Jacob's Staff. Peter's Staff. Shepherd's Staff. Shepherd's Clubs. Beggar's Stalk. Golden Rod. Adam's Flannel. Beggar's Blanket. Clot. Cuddy's Lungs. Duffle. Feltwort. Fluffweed. Hare's Beard. Old Man's Flannel. Hag's Taper.  It is quite interesting to see how people find names for things.  Many of the name are created because of how the plant looks.  The leaves are soft, felt-like and spongy so that explains some of them.  Other names originated because of the use as a torch. 

So where do you find Mullein? 

That is quite easy.  Pretty much everywhere. 

From the Botanical.com - "the Great Mullein, is a widely distributed plant, being found all over Europe and in temperate Asia as far as the Himalayas, and in North America is exceedingly abundant as a naturalized weed in the eastern States. It is met with throughout Britain (except in the extreme north of Scotland) and also in Ireland and the Channel Islands, on hedge-banks, by roadsides and on waste ground, more especially on gravel, sand or chalk. It flowers during July and August."

Now this bit says that in North American it is a 'naturalized weed'.  While this is how most agencies view this wonder plant, it is far from a 'weed'.  Here in Colorado, it is found in pastures, open-space, along roads, along rivers and lakes, and even in some yards.  If you are looking for Mullein in your area just head to local undeveloped field or open-space, it just might be there. 

Pray tell, what does it look like? 

Mullein has two growing seasons so it will look different depending on which season it is in.  Season one it will be close the ground and have only a rosette of leaves between 6-15 inches long.  In the second season the rosette of leaves will have a stem rise from the center.  The stem will have alternating leaves similar to the lower rosette.  As the stock reaches full height of between 4-5 feet tall a flower spike will emerge and this will house the many yellow flowers of the Mullein plant. 

So what can you do with this herb? 

The Botanical.com as a wonderful piece on this.  I am posting it here for your reference.

The Mullein has very markedly demulcent, emollient and astringent properties, which render it useful in pectoral complaints and bleeding of the lungs and bowels. The whole plant seems to possess slightly sedative and narcotic properties. It is considered of much value in phthisis and other wasting diseases, palliating the cough and staying expectoration, consumptives appearing to benefit greatly by its use, being given in the form of an infusion, 1 OZ. of dried, or the corresponding quantity of fresh leaves being boiled for 10 minutes in a pint of milk, and when strained, given warm, thrice daily, with or without sugar. The taste of the decoction is bland, mucilaginous and cordial, and forms a pleasant emollient and nutritious medicine for allaying a cough, or removing the pain and irritation of hemorrhoids. A plain infusion of 1 OZ. to a pint of boiling water can also be employed, taken in wineglassful doses frequently. The dried leaves are sometimes smoked in an ordinary tobacco pipe to relieve the irritation of the respiratory mucus membranes, and will completely control, it is said, the hacking cough of consumption. They can be employed with equal benefit when made into cigarettes, for asthma and spasmodic coughs in general. Fomentations and poultices of the leaves have been found serviceable in hemorrhoidal complaints. Mullein is said to be of much value in diarrhea, from its combination of demulcent with astringent properties, by this combination strengthening the bowels at the same time. In diarrhea the ordinary infusion is generally given, but when any bleeding of the bowels is present, the decoction prepared with milk is recommended. On the Continent, a sweetened infusion of the flowers strained in order to separate the rough hairs, is considerably used as a domestic remedy in mild catarrhs, colic, etc. A conserve of the flowers has also been employed on the Continent against ringworm, and a distilled water of the flowers was long reputed a cure for burns and erysipelas. An oil produced by macerating Mullein flowers in olive oil in a corked bottle, during prolonged exposure to the sun, or by keeping near the fire for several days, is used as a local application in country districts in Germany for piles and other mucus membrane inflammation, and also for frost bites and bruises. Mullein oil is recommended for earache and discharge from the ear, and for any eczema of the external ear and its canal. Dr. Fernie (Herbal Simples) states that some of the most brilliant results have been obtained in suppurative inflammation of the inner ear by a single application of Mullein oil, and that in acute or chronic cases, two or three drops of this oil should be made to fall in the ear twice or thrice in the day. Mullein oil is a valuable destroyer of disease germs. The fresh flowers, steeped for 21 days in olive oil, are said to make an admirable bactericide. Gerarde tells us that 'Figs do not putrifie at all that are wrapped in the leaves of Mullein.' An alcoholic tincture is prepared by homoeopathic chemists, from the fresh herb with spirits of wine, which has proved beneficial for migraine or sick headache of long standing, with oppression of the ear. From 8 to 10 drops of the tincture are given as a dose, with cold water, repeated frequently.

I have found the plant.  Now what do I do?

Well that depends on what you intend to make.  If you are going to make the ear oil, you just need to harvest the flowers from the plants.  This can be quite a challenge given that the flowers have no stems.  It is best to get the flowers that have fully opened and are near the bottom of the spike.  These are easier to remove. If you are interested in the Mullein Tea then you will need the leaves of the plant.  These can either be obtained by removing them individually from the lower part of the plant (not the ones at the very bottom as they are usually damaged and don't do well).  Remembering to only remove some of the leaves and move to the next plant, this is done to ensure the plant survives to produce the seeds needed to self populate.  Another method is to remove the whole plant by cutting at the base just above the bottom leaves.  I would recommend this only if the area you are harvesting from has a large number of plants.  Once you have the entire plant, it can be hung like other herbs to dry and the entire plant processed as needed.  More detailed information on the uses can be found at The Botanical.com.

If you aren't inclined to head out and harvest the herbs yourself we have this herb and many others available in our store at Grove of the Ancients Pagan Marketplace.

Next week is Hyssop. (a rush of ohs and ahs fills the room)

Blessed Be!

Let the merging begin

In an effort to maximize my time and minimize the effort I have decided to merge my three blogs.

I found Windows Live Writer to post to the 3 blogs.  This will allow me to send out my postings a lot easier.  You probably already saw the test post.

What does that mean for the content of my blogs?  It means that the content will be expanded.  I am going to repost many of the posts from one blog to another in an effort to share all my knowledge.

Today will be the first day I am going to do this merging with a new/old post. 

Stay tuned and Blessed Be.

Testing Writer

This is a test posting using Windows Live Writer. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coming back from vacation.

I am coming back from a vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday with family.  I am going through emails, blogs and other stuff and thinking about what I am going to write about first.

Stay Tuned.

Blessed Be.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HELP the Domestic Pagan!!!

This is a call out to help Serenity Raven over at The Domestic Pagan with a problem she had with her URL.

The new link to the page now http://www.thedomesticpagan.net/.  If you have links to her please verifiy they have the .net at the end, not the .com as it is not valid anymore.

Thank you for your time.

Night of Hecate - Celebrate the Dark Goddess

I want to thank Aine over at The Deepest Well for reminding me that tonight is infact the Night of Hecate.  It is the prefect time for me to honor the most wonderul goddess Hecate.

I have found the great ritual over on Hecate's Cauldron to do tonight after sunset.  I need to figure out what kind of dinner to fix tonight.  My partner doesn't like fish so that is out.  I think a simple meal will be just fine and I will make some special items to take to a crossroads and leave in offering. 

Blessed Be!!!

Grove of the Ancients Pagan Marketplace - My Store

Okay.  It is time for a shameless plug.

Aside from posting to this blog I also post to a second blog here.

Grove of the Ancients Pagan Marketplace is my online store that I run with my partner and a friend.

We started out on eBay in 2009 and continue to have great success with it and expanded to a web presence off of eBay in 2010.

I am very proud of our stores, both eBay and the stand-alone one.  So I am going to plug the stand-alone one today.

We carry over 3000 items in the store.  We carry a wide variety of herbs like Angelica Root, Mugwort, Devil's Shoestring, Bloodroot, Mandrake and Horehound just to name a few.
We also have over 500 jewelry items for sale, including Pentagrams, Talismans, and even crystals.  If you need some items to put on your altar we also carry a wide selection of athames, chalices, cauldrons, and candles. 

Aside from the traditional items you expect to find we also carry trinket boxes, herb cupboards, and chests to put your smaller items in to keep them safe.  See them here.

Need a journal to start your very one Book of Shadows, Dream Journal or private diary?  We have a large selection of blank journal books.  All are bound in leather with pages made of recycled bio-mass to protect the vanishing forests.  They come in diffent styles and sizes.  The popularity of these journals causes them to sell out fast so our inventory is contantly changing so checking out the store often is recommended to see what has returned to available status.  To see what journals we have click here.  Along with the leather bound journals you will find hard bound, spiral bound, lined and unlined journals.

Statues, statues, and more statues.
Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Hindu.  Just some of the pantheons we have statues of.  Whether you are looking for the Mighy Thor or the beautiful and powerful Isis they are in the store awaiting you.

I hope you stop on by and check out our store.  We will be happy to have you.

Blessed Be!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Witch's Circle - Spells - A discussion

This post is in response to The Witch's Circle discussion on the blog The Deepest Well.  Fly on over and check out the original posting and read what others have said too.




Spells.

Everyone knows of spells cast by witches and wizards from reading J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series.  Admittedly I have my favorites that I wish I could really do.  Confundus being one.  With the return of witches to prime time TV on CW's The Secret Circle, the witch's spell is back in the spotlight.  A place it hasn't been in since three sisters, who just happened to be witches, Charmed their way in to people's living rooms each week.

Movies have had a share of spellcasting witches as well.  Practical Magic had its reluctant Sally Owens and her siren sister Jillian; as well as the aunts, Jet and Francis who would be happy to cast a spell for a fee.  The Craft saw spellcasting in the darkest of forms from Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachelle True).  Three seemingly ordinary women, soon realized the art of spellcasting when they bring Daryl Van Horne into their lives in The Witches of Eastwick.  Men also get with the casting in the tale of five male witches in The Covenant.  Even Disney, yes Disney has been replete with spellcasting.  Let us not forget the wonderful Substitutiary Locomotion spell used by the magnificent Miss Price, played by Angela Lansbury.



So spells are pretty common place in today's world, albeit the spiced up Hollywood version; but in some cases those spells the actors are casting have been in some part influenced by true crafting of real spells by real witches.

In The Craft, Fairuza helped the movie makers with certain aspects to ensure they did things right.  The new TV show The Secret Circle, the producer Kevin Williamson stated that they are constantly doing research in to the craft to ensure accuracy.  Does this mean that if you see a spell done by an actor on a television program or an actor in a movie that you can do the same spell to the same conclusion.  I wouldn't think so unless there is something I have been missing since I started practicing the craft.

A spell is more then just a bunch of fancy words the might happen to rhyme.  The wonderfully written spell to hear thoughts from Charmed isn't going to let you do just that.
As flame lights shadow
And truth ends fear
Open locked thoughts
To mind's willing ear.
May the smoke from
this candle into everywhere creep.
Bring innermost voices to my mind in speech.

A spell is something that is done by a person with intent and awareness to create change.  Yes, the words can rhyme and yes, they can be in verse.  But that isn't a requirement.  The words don't even really have to make perfect sense to anyone as in the spell from Bedknobs and Broomsticks.  Substitutiary is not actually a word but it get the point across nicely.  Spells also use energies provided by the caster to do what they are intended to do.  Without the needed 'fuel' a spell will more then likely fizzle before doing what it is intended.  I again reference the spell from above.  Watch the video.  Miss Price tries the spell once but nothing happens.  The shoes just sit there.  It isn't until they add music and dancing does the spell take effect and with some quite extraordinary results.  That is the addition of energies.

Are spells important?  Well...yes.  I am with Aine on this one.  What is a witch without spells?  What is witchcraft without the occasional casting?  The two go hand in hand.

Which way is Witch.  Is there a correct way to do a spell?  If you pose this question to a room full of witches you will get a room full of usually different answers.  In my opinion there are as many right ways to do a spell as there are wrong ways. The best judge of this is you.  If you are casting a spell and something just 'feels' wrong then it probably is.  Trust in ones self and ones senses is one the most valuable asset a witch can have.  Do some more research on the spell, on the intent and on what is required.  Did you miss something in your preparation?  There are many people that will tell you that 'this is the only way to do this spell' and for them that may be correct but not all witches are created equal.  Thank the gods.  Of course it is completely alright to create a spell from scratch.

Rules.  To cast or not to cast?  I am going to defer to what Aine so wonderfully wrote in her blog.
As for the rules. Well, we have all heard some of the various versions of the Wiccan Rede. I feel that harming none is impossible. We are all touched by everything everyone does - as we are all connected. Inaction can harm as much as action. This is not to suggest that there are no rules, but every instance must be considered on it's own. It's always wise to think about your Work before you begin and to examine your motives and decide on the most ethical way you can achieve your goals. Sometimes this means doing nothing. Sometimes this means being very involved. An ethical witch knows what to do and what to stay away from, and the inbetween ways you can do your Work without disturbing things unnecessarily or unjustly. Sometimes it's a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. Nothing magical should be done in haste or extreme emotion. Magical Work should be done after much thought and soul searching. These are my only rules in regards to spell casting and I feel by following these rules, a witch will not do anything he/she regrets.
I found a wonderful book on the art of crafting and casting spells.  Power Spellcraft for Life by Arin Murphy-Hiscock is filled with great information on all aspects of spells.

As with all part of being a witch, read, and by all mean ask questions.

Thanks to Aine for these wonderful topics of which I have had so much fun writing about.

Comments are always welcomed so please leave one if you are so moved do so.

Blessed Be!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Pagan New Year - Starting over

Samhain has passed and like all other years we have talked with our ancestors and released what we have gathered over the year into the flames of the Samhain fire.

Now it is November and a new month and new turning of the Wheel.

Most of the world celebrates the new year on the calendar day of Janurary 1st.  But as pagans we see the new year as starting on November 1st.  I will admit that this concept took some time to grasp.  So now it celebrate two 'new' years.  One for my personal spirituality and one with the rest of the world.  Can't miss out on all the parties and watching amateur hour.

New Year's Resolutions.  Never been really big on them. Yea I used to make the occasional one about no junk food, quitting smoking (back when I smoked), all the usual stuff.  Did I ever stick to them...nope.  I think I actually quit smoking over about a week's time in July many years ago.  So yea, don't do resolutions.  I do however make plans for what I want to do in the upcoming time.  These plans can change of course based on any number of events that happen over the year but at least I have them down.

As far as my spirituality goes with the new year; I had a very interesting discussion with Hecate over Samhain.  With out going into too much detail, because it was between her and I, I need to focus on what I want and how I want it.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to your own path.  So that is what I am going to focus on this year.  Walk the path of my choosing, the way I want to walk it.  If I want to skip down it, fine.  If I want to stroll along and stop every so often to take in the scenery, that is fine too.  I will not be swayed by others who think I should 'walk this way' down MY path.  IF something blocks my path then I will remove it in my own way.  When a crossroads appears in MY path I will decide which path to take.




I will also be more cognizant of the gifts given me by the gods. Too often we trundle through our day and don't realize all that we are given. No matter how small.

Just this morning as I was beginning this post I looked out the large window next to the desk and a murder of crows passed by on their way to whatever a murder of crows does and saw more then a murder of crows.  I saw the goddess and I felt blessed.

This upcoming year I will pay more attention to these things as I believe everyone should.  The old gods haven't left, they just need to be remembered and honored and seen.

This new year we need to walk OUR paths, because it is OUR path.



Friday, October 28, 2011

The Witch's Circle ~ My Commitment to the Path

This post is in response to The Witch's Circle discussion on the blog The Deepest Well.  Fly on over and check out the orginial posting and read what others have said too.




I was raised Lutheran, which is one of the many branches of the Christian faith.  I believe I was baptised, I was a bit too young to remember that.  Growing up, I attended a Christian school until the 7th grade.  I dutifully went to church every Sunday with the family although from what I remember of those days I spent most of the time eating cereal that my grandmother brought in little bags or drawing on the attendance cards.  I also went to Sunday School whilst my parents attended Bible Study.  At this point I was commited to following the Lutheran faith, or as much as a child can be  As I got older I started to pay attention to what was going on and the messages that were being delivered.  Now Lutheran isn't as apocalyptic as some of the other Christian branches, but there is still the whole, "follow God or go to Hell" mantra.  What finally led me to "leave the Church" was moving away with my mother, going to a small public country school, and not attending church every Sunday.  I was able to take a breath and focus on being a teenager and becoming an adult.

I came to the worlds of paganism while trolling the section of book at my local Border's that is usually way in the back, the Metaphysical Section.  Cue the ethereal music.  I had looked at the book in these sections before but always under the radar when my family wasn't looking or I was alone.  But that day was different.  I made a point of going there, of taking my time and finding a book to buy.  I found the "Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard" by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, or it found me, I am not clear on that part.  I bought it that day and began reading as soon as I got home.  The more I read the more I realized that this is what I was missing all those long  Sundays while sitting in the huge church on hard wood pews.  I immediately made the 'commitment' to follow Oberon's teachings and set out to gather what I needed.

With my path clear, or so I thought, I set up an altar.  I read more and learned more.  The more I read, the more the Ah-Ha moments came around.  Things resonated with me.  But there was, and still is this little bit of what was that sits at the back of the room and pokes me with a stick.  I ignored it and continued on with my reading.  I eventually joined the online school attached to the book and began studies there.  While it was fun it ended up not being the right thing and the first fork appeared on the path.

A rather lengthy and thought provoking discussion with a soon to be dear friend prompted me to rethink my commitment to my path and where I was going.  Yes, part of it was whether I was truly following the correct path.  I had my doubts, I will admit that.  The thing in the back with the stick again.  I didn't know what the the 'thing' was at first then I realized it was a part of my past.  My past as a Christian was still there and it wasn't going to be silent. Of course I chose to ignore it and move on with what I wanted to do.  I began to read more books on paganism and found that the path I choose is of my own creation.  I get to choose where I go and how.  Yep another ah-ha moment.  I was 'solitary' for quite a while but felt that I was missing something.  I soon realized what that was...a coven.  I came to the coven I am with now through a friend.  Of course they took me in with open arms.  I finally felt...well, right.  I progressed through the teaching of my Year and A Day and dedicated myself to the path, the craft, the coven, and the goddess.  But guess what, I again felt the poking of the stick in my back.

Renouncing my past religion never really crossed my mind until now.  Am I ready to do that?  Will I loose something of myself by doing so?  How will I feel once I do it?  Will I feel lighter, more at peace, more focused?  How do I do it?  Will it help remove the constant nagging of the thing with the stick?  These questions need to be answered I believe.

I have had some blocks on my path before.  I believed them to be one specific thing but maybe they have been my past religious commitment rising up.


So I am going to think about this, I am going to meditate, and I am going pose questions to my coven, my friends in the craft and my deities.

I am committed to my Pagan Path and The Crossroads that I may come upon, but I need to make it the only  commitment where my faith is concerned.


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Thinning Veil - This is Samhain

The thinning veil. Now is the time when whispers of those who have passed before us can be heard on the cool winds. The leaves are turning with bright yellow, oranges and reds filling the trees. The harvest is ending as the last crops are picked from the fields.
Pumpkins begin to decorate the homes, their carved faces glowing from candle and light. The Jack-O-Lantern stands guard.
This is SAMHAIN!!! This is HALLOWEEN!!!


Now is the time to honor those who have passed before us. We seek to speak to them once again, to ask questions, and to seek knowledge. We do so with reverence and awe since we know this will only happen this night, the thinning of the veil.

Take up staff and cast a circle vast. Welcome the spirits of element and guide, the Lord and Lady, beckon to our side. Enjoy the night and seek you knowledge, let loose that has kept you and cleanse your way. To the fire give all that is spent and cleanse your way. In crystal, mirror and water gaze, seeking knowledge through the ethereal haze. Dine with them who have eaten not. Bid you farewell to those who were called. Elements, guides, Lord and Lady to their halls. Close your circle and yet be sure that what you have gained is hallowed and pure.

Blessed Be!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Ghost Stories

Over at Blissful Moon, Lady Rose has shared her first ghostly encounter. She also asked the question of her readers if they believe in ghosts and if they have seen or communicated with one or more. Rather than filling a comment box with my stories I decided to make it a blog post, which is appropriate given the time of year.

My first ghost encounter was in the early 1990’s. I was living in an old Victorian house in Northwest Denver. It had been converted to apartments with two units in the basement, two units on the first level, and two on the upper level. The attic was closed off when I lived there. I lived in one of the basement units with my partner. The second unit in the basement was rented by a single guy named Justin. The units were separated by a thick Cinderblock wall. This was important for the first encounter with the spirit of the house. One night we were awaken by a knocking. The sound seemed to be coming from the brick wall but the knocking was more like on wood. It persisted for some time before we both asked it to stop and it did. The second encounter was solely my partner’s.

We shared the bathroom in the basement with Justin, so we had to leave our unit to use it. One night Shayne opened the door and saw an apparition of an older man standing at the base of the stairs leading up to the main floor. He said the man was transparent and that instead of walking up the stairs he walked into them. We began to inquire about who it could have been and found that the father of the building owner had fallen down the stairs and died when he hit his head on the sewer access pipe at the bottom. We never had any other encounters after that.

 I belong to a paranormal investigation group now so my encounters with the paranormal are a pretty common event.

While investigating a house in southern Colorado I experienced what it was like to have an entity physically touch me. While upstairs in the house I felt a chill go up my arm. A second investigator took a picture at the same time and it shows a ‘mist’ on my arm exactly where I reported the chill.  

During an investigation of a historical office building in Northern Colorado I experienced a woman whispering in my ear while in the basement. I only heard the whisper not the words. None of the other investigators with me heard it and none of the equipment registered it. Other things happened during that investigation but they were more environmental, less personal.

Colorado is famous for some very active haunted places; most notable is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

I have visited this place a couple of times and each time I had experiences. The first time was during a wedding reception. After about 20 minutes in the hotel I began to feel ill. I thought it might have been something I had eaten earlier in the day so I didn’t say anything, but as the night progressed the feeling got worse and unusual. I truly thought I was getting the flu. We excused ourselves from the reception and left the hotel. As soon as we left the grounds of the hotel all the feelings of ill had vanished. We didn’t return that night.

Me second visit to the hotel was solely to investigate the hotel, unofficially of course. During this visit we walked around the lobby and attached rooms, the lower levels and the ballrooms. The upper floors where a lot of activity is reported are off limits to all but paid guests. We did experience some things while walking around but not on the order of apparitions.

Personally I do believe in the existence of ghosts. I have seen too much not to believe.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Charge of the Goddess - Do you really know it?

The Charge of the Goddess has been around for some time.  The one that we are most familiar with was penned by Doreen Valiente the High Priestess of Gerald Gardner in the 1950's.  It is believed that the final work by Gardner and Valiente was derived from various sources.  Among these is the book by Charles Godfrey Leyland, Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

Normally during ritual the Charge of the Goddess is read by the High Priest and the High Priestess.  But during the last ritual I attended, our High Priestess was absent so I read the charge.  Now I have read the Charge before but never in a ritual atmosphere.  I will say it was different.

Reading it gave me pause and made me think.  Do I really know it?  How many read it and don't think about it?  They are just going through the motions.

I am going to post the Charge of the Goddess.  Full version by Doreen, not the version by Starhawk.  Read it and then really read it.  Think about it.  It is the pure Charge with all the old English so it might be hard to read at first but if you truly read it will flow easily.

Charge of the Goddess
 by Doreen Valiente
 Now listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Athene, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Isis, Bride, and by many other names.  At her altars, the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice.
Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month and better it be when the moon is full, then shall ye assemble in some secret place, and adore the spirit of me, I who am Queen of all Witches.
There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets; to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery; and as a sign that ye be truly free, you shall be naked in your rites; and yea shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.  For mine is the ecstasy of spirit, and mine also is joy on earth; for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideals; strive ever toward them, let nothing stop you or turn you aside. For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth, and mine is the cup of wine of life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality.
I am the gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice; for behold, I am the mother of all living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.
Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of Whose feet are the hosts of heaven, Whose body encircles the universe.
I who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters and the desire of the heart of man. I call upon thy soul to arise and come unto me.  For I am the soul of Nature, who gives life to the Universe.
From me all things proceed and unto me all things must return; and before my face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded, in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And thou who thinketh to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knoweth the mystery; for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire. 


Read it out loud as well as to yourself.  Feel the power as the words are spoken allowed.  Read it during your daily devotion as a way to honor the divine. Copy it into your book of shadows.  Keep it and know it.

Get Off Your Broom: Week 1 Check In

Yea I am behind.  I have been this way for about a week.  Go figure.  I failed awesomely last week on my eating habits and exercise plans.



Chips, Soda, and other things that I shouldn't be eating dominated last week.  Things at home prevented me from getting my walk in.

I don't have a scale right now so I still don't have a number to post.  Really need to fix this.  So what is my direction this week?  Honestly I don't know.

I know the mini challenges revolve around emotional eating.  I don't do that.  I eat when I am bored.  If there is a bag of Lays chips in the house they are gone in 60.  I hate when I do it too.  I work from home right now so I sit a lot and it is really easy for me to just have something sitting right next to my chair while I work.  That stops today.  Any chips in the house will only be used for lunches and I will only grab a few out to accompany the sandwich.  I am also going to see if I can find the Special K food plan  recipes again.  I found them before but they have disappeared again.  I might have to sign up with the site again to get them.

So after a bumpy start lets see what happens this week.


photo found here.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Get Off Your Broom Challenge - Catching Up!!!

So this is supposed to be Day 3 of the fitness challenge and of course I am behind.  I have a plan in mind but I need to write it out so that I can at least be held accountable.  So I am going to go back in time.  Hold on....here we go...

September 30th.  I read the list of mini-challenges and freaked a little.  I have never taken a picture of myself for a fitness thing before.  I thought about the whole smart phone bathroom photo.  That seems like the best option right now.  I will get the done and add it.  So what is my plan on how I am going to loose the weight I want and gain the look I want.  Walking is definitely going to be on the agenda.  Just around the block at first to build up and then further and even heading the paths near where I live and walk among the trees.  I don't know how much of the gym type working out I can get to because I don't have equipment nor a membership somewhere.

Eating is going to be the hard part.  Not the actual process but the substance.  I do enjoy my sodas.  I have left it once before and I can do it again.  I will just be a little bitchy for a couple days whilst the caffeine leaves my system.  I have a good meal plan already to go.  I swiped it from the Special K diet program.  They have a wonderful system and when I was on it over the summer for about a month I actually lost almost 12 pounds!  Why did I stop?  If I knew that I wouldn't be here, now would I.  No I have no idea why I stopped it.  So it is eating at least every 3 hours even if it is a small granola bar or a hand full of crackers.  Lots of water.  The whole 8 glasses thing.  Sometimes plain water sends my body reeling so I add the Crystal Light powders to give me a nice flavor.  I will not be giving up the meat though, that is one thing I refuse to do.  I will not be eating as much of the cow but I will be having some.  I will post some recipes as soon as I find the ones I got from the S-K plan.

So what are my measurements?  AAAAHHHH!  The HORROR!  Okay breathe.

Chest : 42in
Waist : 43in
Hips : 44in

Yea that is just wrong.  I don't have a working scale right now.  I need to head to Wal-Mart and get a new simple one.  My last weight was 220+ lbs.  My ideal weight should be about 180-190 lbs for my height.
Now the picture.



So there it is.

Fast forward to October 3rd.  I have started on the water.  I am going to go for a nice walk tonight.  Those might get interesting since the weather is supposed to be cooling off.  Going to see what I can rustle up for dinner that follows my plan.

Of course I am also going to seek guidance from my spiritual side as well.  I will meditate on all aspects of this challenge and seek help when I am feeling overwhelmed and the desire to quit.  I also ask for any encouragement from others as I will also give it where I can.

Oh...and is it me or am I the only guy doing this.  hmmmm.

And So It Begins.




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 1: What is your witchy background?


2004

This is when it all began, at least as far as my active studying is concerned. I was visiting a big box bookstore in a local mall and I was perusing the new age section. I always found myself drawn to that section of any bookstore and library. I saw all the common books by Cunningham, Starhawk, and Buckland but the one that drew my attention was the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. It took me a couple visits to finally get the nerve up to buy the book but that is what fanned the flames of the already burning fire inside me.

I read the book completely and decided to enroll in the online school. The experience I had while working with the school was great. I learned a lot and made some good friends but as time went on I began to realize that I was missing something. I left the online study and set out to find what I was missing.




2005


 I found it!

After a couple months of reading articles and stories on the internet I found that the path I was on with the Grey School of Wizardry was only a transition path which leads me to my current path as a Pagan, Witch, and Wiccan. I began to do more research on what it meant to be a Pagan, a Witch and Wiccan. At first I was overwhelmed.  

“What book do I get?” “Which author is right and which is wrong?” “Which book is right for me?” These are all questions that I had while I began to explore my path.  

I finally realized that what I did was up to me and all the books I read were just for information and advice and that I needed to take them as such. By this time I had accumulated a few books and had managed to gather some nice items for a basic altar. I began to do some small rituals for the moons and even a couple Sabbats. I also began to assemble a Book of Shadows, although it was very elementary and didn’t survive much past its creation.

I was still learning and for some time I followed the Egyptian pantheon, doing rituals to Isis and Osiris for different things. I continued down this path for some time before a fork appeared and I had to make a choice on how I would continue my spirituality. The new path leads away from the pantheon I was working with and my solitary practice. The new path led to me finding a local coven. I also found that I was being drawn to a goddess that I had no information about, and a god that I was familiar with but I had never approached.

Hecate was speaking to me, actually calling and well…shouting. I didn’t realize it until someone in coven had mentioned something about her. After that I sought Hecate in meditation and found her waiting patiently for me. I have honored her ever since. The god I honor is Cernunnos, the Lord Hunter.

Today I am happily a member of a great coven and the path before me may be steep and winding at times but it is my path that I chose to follow, bumps and all.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Back From The Void

It has been quite awhile since I last posted.  There have been some crazy things going on in my personal life that took precedent over anything else and now that my personal life has evened out I can now get back to blogging and other things associated with it.

I am going to go back to Pagan Blog Prompts and post my thought on those items.  I have also found a list called, 44 days of Witchery, and I will be posting on those items as well.  The posts may be short and they may be long.  It all depends on what I have to say.

I am also going to be posting other items.  I think I had mentioned it before but my posts will not only be pagan orientated.  It should be interesting.  So, I hope that my readers stick around and I hope I get some new ones.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Success and My Radiant Soul

One of my new favorite blogs is One Witch’s Way by Rowan Pendragon; you can check out her blog here.

In one of her latest posts she announces that she will be offering up insights on how to ‘shine up your soul’.  She calls this – Your Radiant Soul.  Today is the first of the official posting of this new and wonderful idea. 

The topic is Success and Your Radiant Soul.  Along with talking about her personal insights on it, Rowan also poses questions pertaining to the topic for her readers to discuss, offer their own insights and advice.  So that is what I am going to do in this post.

So…Here…We…Go!

Success.  Like most people I too see success in terms of the monetary value not the personal joy.  I think that is because personally I have never been exposed to anything else.  I was raised during a time where a person was judged by what they had not who they were.  Today I think that is even truer now than when I was growing up.  We didn’t have computers, iPhones, iPads, DVR’s and Blu-Ray players.  We were lucky to have a VCR that didn’t break.

I am slowly seeing things different.  I guess you could call me self-employed.  I am part owner and manage two online storefronts that serve the Pagan community.  I get up each morning and after starting a pot of coffee I begin to think about what needs to happen today.  I can safely say that what I do brings me joy and with that joy comes some bit of success, because I know I am serving my community and their needs.  I certainly don’t do what I do because of money. 

If I had to make a change and actually find a paying career I would find it difficult to let go of my private time I have from working as I do.  I am alone most of the day so I don’t get interrupted when I am working on inventory or the financials. 

The final question that Rowan poses about success is a big one.  What would make me feel successful in my heart? 

More freedom to explore my spirituality.  That would be a good start.
I feel I am successful.  I am healthy, I have a wonderful family, I have great friends, a nice house, companion felines who love me and I them.  I have a wonderful man who I love dearly.  I am walking down my spiritual path, bumps and all. 
So I am successful in some places and not so much in others but then again I think that is how most people are.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A New Direction For Me

Lately I have been at odds with what to post on my blog.

Reading other wonderful posts have given me some wonderful idea.  I won't be using the nasty copy/paste option that some people like to use.  I will however be referencing their posts and if I quote them they will get due credit.

I am also going to expand on what I talk about in my blog.  While the blog will still mainly be about my path as a Pagan and a Witch I am going to post other stuff.  This will include things I like, things I hate, and things I do.

Stay tuned.  I have many projects so this will take time.

Blessings,
Michael

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice - Media in error



Today is the Summer Solstice.



Celebrations abound all over the world. Stonehenge is particularly busy today.

So I decided to check around the web and see what new articles were around about the solstice celebrations and goings on. There were a few on just a simple search. But I was surprised when I read these ‘news’ stories.

Here is what is a few of the articles said.
“Prior to the arrival of Christianity to northern Europe, cultures celebrated the arrival of the June solstice because it was seen as one of the few times of the year when magic was at its most powerful.

These days, the June solstice is celebrated as the start of summer, although at tourist destinations such as Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, Memorial Day often marks the start of the "summer season" for tourism.

But lest we think of the June solstice only in terms of suntan oil or maypole dances marking "midsummer" solstice celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere, it's also an opportunity to pause and remember those who are sacrificing their summer so that others may learn about climate, or Mars, or the cosmos as a whole – never mind penguins, fossils, and krill.” – Pete Spotts, Christian Science Monitor

“As per some Pagan beliefs, this point of the year marks the marriage of God and Goddess and a celebration of growth and life.” – IBTimes Staff Reporter, International Business Times

“The Swedish celebration is called Midsommar. Like European pagans have done for centuries, this celebration can include singing and dancing around objects such as a flower-studded maypole or a large bonfire. “ – MyFox Houston

Okay…so…yea…wait…Maypole?
Maypole? Really? The marriage of the God and Goddess? Really? *shakes head and walks away.
The problem with the Fox quote is that they have said that all European Pagans celebrate the way the Swedish people do.  This is far from the truth.

Since when did the Summer Solstice move to Beltane?

As you can see I chose articles that clearly show exactly how much people don’t know what the Summer Solstice means. I would have thought they would have done some research or something.

Of course I am going to send messages to the editors of these stories and inform them of the mistake and point them in the correct direction.

I also see this as evidence that there is a need for education on what people of pagan faiths believe and celebrate and why. I also encourage everyone to watch when Pagan events are reported on to see if they are accurately portrayed. This will help with continuing education.

This is my activism post.  I don't do these often, it takes something to really annoy me for me to post under activism.

Have a Blessed Summer Solstice!!!  Blessed Be!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What was it all about?


The contest is over.  The winner is chosen.  

I sit here reading over posts on blogs and on the Facebook pages of some of the blog owners and I start to get this eerie feeling deep in my core.  I will explain this in a second. 


First let me over congratulations to Mrs. B the author of Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom for her being voted the top faith blog in the Circle of Moms website.   








 

I would also like to offer my congratulations to Woman Living Well, I Take Joy, A Pagan Mom Blog, A Holy Experience, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Witch Mom: Parenting by the Light of the Moon, Tales of a Kitchen Witch, Hearth-n-home, who round out the top ten.  Well done to the remaining 15 blogs who also made the top 25 blogs; may this serve to further respect and knowledge between people and their beliefs.

Now for that eerie feeling.

It mostly came from reading the Facebook postings I found on some of the Facebook pages of the blog owners.  I am going to try to explain my thoughts as easy as I can.  

The voting was for the top 25 Faith Blog by Mothers.  The voting should have been done based on how well the blog author reflected her faith in her blog postings, or as the website says; “Faith is all around us, and it comes in many different forms. This group of exceptional moms nurtures both their families and their faiths to create homes filled with love.”  I think that was lost on everyone as the fervor grew over the fact that Pagan faith blogs were being allowed in the list.

I draw this conclusion based on the postings on Like a Warm Cup of Coffee’s Facebook Page.  I counted 20 posting asking for votes for the blog owner’s blog and other Christian blogs.  On Woman Living Well Facebook page there were a few similar posts.  I found similar posts on some of the Pagan pages but those were very selective and done by the blog’s owner.  On Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom her Facebook page is filled with news postings and links to other interesting information with only a slight mention of the voting.  Is this what the 'contest' was designed for?  I can not answer that questions and I leave it for you to find your answer.  

So I sit here and I think…why did I vote?  I voted because I believe that Mrs. B and Angela both represent their faith within the postings on their blogs in some fashion.  I am also guilty of blindly voting for other Pagan blogs because of the fervor and I wonder how many other ‘readers’ have done the same thing on both sides of the faith debate.  Not voting because they have read the blogs but because they were told to or asked to do so.  

I read a few of the Christian blogs and honestly found it very tiring to read because of all the references to scripture and the incessant quoting of said scriptures from the Bible.  It is not very impressive, to me at least, to continue to quote and reference a book over and over and over again. Where is the original thought?
I do hope this will open people’s hearts and minds to other faiths, beliefs, and religions.  We are a world of many.  Our country is a country of many and that many have the freedom to believe as we want without prosecution from any one group or person.
Blessed Be! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A roadblock on the path






I have recently come to realize that I have a huge roadblock sitting right smack dab in the middle of my spiritual path.  This epiphany came to me as I talked to my High Priest about how I was progressing toward restarting my initiation process.  


Let me give a bit of back story.  


I came to paganism relatively late in my life.  I wasn't raised with it.  I can't quite remember when I began exploring this path.  I do know that it was first in a book then an online school and finally with the coven I currently belong to.  I progressed nicely and soon dedicated with the coven.  The next step was to initiate. I thought I was ready, I was not.


Image found here.


During one of my infrequent meditations I was visited by my patron Goddess Hecate and my patron God Herne.  It was explained to me that I was not ready to undertake such an important task as initiation and that I needed to do much more before I was.  I was quite taken aback by such a overt communication but I was also grateful that my patrons came to me.  After the meditation I immediately drafted a letter to my High Priest and High Priestess requesting the my initiation be put on hiatus.


So now I come to the roadblock.  I don't do for me.  I am always doing for others.  I get up around 5:00am and immediately start doing for others.  I clean the kitchen, loading the washer and wiping down the counters.  I get my partner up and off to work.  I get on this computer and start checking mail and start working on our two stores.  I also fit laundry in there somewhere too.  I also seem to be picking up after our roommate.  Oh and lest us not forget the yard work that needs to be done now that spring is here and summer just weeks away.  So I don't do for me.


Why?  I am worried that if I don't do all these other things that they won't get done, or done right.  I am afraid to let got for even a short time.  I feel guilty if I take time for myself.  I would love to be able to just go into my ritual room, cast circle, and sit in the quiet and meditate.  So why don't I just do it?  I am doing it now.


I have expressed my feeling to my partner and we have agreed that I just need to take the time I need and not  worry about what needs to be done.  Easier said then done.  


So I am here looking at this massive roadblock and wondering how I am to remove it or go around it.  I think I should remove it so that I don't encounter it again further down the path.  






I ask my patrons for guidance and patience as I find my way again.


Blessed Be!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Way to go Mrs. B.

I just wanted to post my joy at finding that on Circle of Moms , Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom Blog is now in the top spot on the Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms

There has been a quite a bit of flack coming from some of the other contenders about a Pagan blog being in a 'faith' based contest. That was when Mrs B's blog was just in second place and now that she is in the top spot I can only guess that the complaining is at full speed.  One blog was even removed from the contest because of the hatefulness of a post made about Pagan blogs being in contention. 

I am going to quickly post what the definition of 'faith' is.

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Definition of FAITH

1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs
Take special note of #2 and #3.  While the definition does mention the Christian God, it doesn't leave it there.  It expounds upon it and to include other religions even if it doesn't name them.

So I celebrate Mrs. B's advancement and I am sure the votes will keep coming in and she will remain at the top.

BLESSED BE!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who I Am!



Each day I wake up confident in who I am, my spirituality, the choices I have made.

I am grateful for all that I have in my life; my health, my passions, my gifts, my partner, my family, my friends, my spirituality.
I am a simple person in my feelings yet complex in expressing them.
I see the beauty in the world everyday even if there is so much ugliness.

My gifts give me insight to other people and I am blessed to have such insights; it allows me to be a better person because I know someone has the same insight about me.

I...am...I am...I AM...me.








Blessed Be.