Wheel of the Year

I had been thinking alot about it recently.
I had switched my ideas about directions in conjunction with the wheel of the year.
Traditional is North-Earth, East-Air, South-Fire, West-Water.
Well, to me it seemed , (visualizing Samhain in the North), that North should be Air. This time of year, so little seems vital. It is the crispness in the air, the odd melancholy twinge in the breeze. And In the East, where lies Imbolc, it seemed correct that earth should be there. It is the time of the year of the stirring underneath the soil, life pushing through.. (there was much more to it, which I wrote at length in my Musings)

However, as proof of how ideas can change, today when going for a walk with the boys, I realized that we ARE in the season of Earth.

Samhain,The time between no-life, and life.

The seeds have fallen…
We are climbing inside ourselves… thinking, preparing.
Like the womb preparing its lining for a fertilized egg, spiritually we prepare ourselves. We cast off all the excess baggage that no longer serves us.
The trees have tossed down their dying fruit to rot, in order for seeds to embed themselves and grow.
Death is necessary for life.
But nothing is every truly dead. Just transforming.

Though it is not something we see , we know that the earth holds those seeds. In preparation. Everything needs a dormant season in order to grow.

Eventually, tiny miracles will occur, explosions of cells under the surface, like a woman newly with child… and then, as the season turns to Spring, that of Air, life takes it’s first breath…

But for now, we wait.

hm… just pondering.

A Different Twist on an Old Prayer

O creative Breath,

ebbing and flowing through all forms,

Free us from all constrictions,

so that the current of thy life

may move in us without hindrance.

Empower us with thy creativity,

and clothe us with royal dignity,

So that, fully at one with the vortex of thy desire,

sacred actions pour forth from us

with each breath we release.

Renew in us this day

our lifebreath, vigour, and passion,

And untie the tangled threads of destiny which bind us,

as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.

Do not let us lose ourselves in distraction,

but by the way of the breath,

lead us into mindfulness.

For from thy depths pour forth

the Way, the Life, and the Splendour,

from age to age, it is so. Ameyn.

As rendered by Mark Hathaway (www.visioncraft.org) based on the work of
Neil Douglas-Klotz (www.abwoon.comPrayers of the Cosmos, Harper & Row,
1990). May be reproduced in whole or in part if this citation is included.

Spellwork for Sale

This really bothers me.

I used to have my www.terraspirit.org site at Webs.com before moving it to wordpress, and at webs.com, you can create web rings. I had a Canadian Pagan webring.

I  was more than happy to add sites to my webring, as long as they were Canadian, and Pagan, and did not sell magic spells.

It irritated me to no end to stumble across sites from ‘witches’ offering , for a small (or NOT so small fee as in some cases) fee, to do spellwork on your behalf. A new love, a new job, health etc.

Now, I don’t know how many readers have ever watched the Secret, but if you have and if you do not know alot about Witchcraft, the Secret is pretty much the non-witches version of magick. You have a goal, and you visualize it, you send that energy out to the Universe/Divine/God/dess or what have you and that energy , in the form of your desire, should manifest.

A witches way of doing it is usually a bit more ceremonial and is much more fun, lol….. but the basic concept is the same as the Secret… loosely… anyhow….

So a person in CyberWorld offers to do a spell on your behalf, and I have seen the cost range anywhere from $10-$1000.00!

The whole idea behind the concept is that the person with the desire is to put THEIR energy into making this happen. If they want something bad enough, then they need to work at it to bring it about. If they are not a witch, and they don’t know how to go about doing this, and have come to one of these pages for help (as I have had happen to me, bieng contacted a few times by people looking for help through my site), then the best service you can do for them is  instruct them simply in the method of making this happen.

One does NOT need to be a witch to do this! It is a simple matter of grounding, focusing, and then directing that energy. If  a witch REALLY wants to improve the world in a small way (and he or she SHOULD to a degree want that, as we are all connected to one another!), then he or she will teach another how to do this, in the chance that this might help a person to realize their capabilities and help them to take ownership of their life.

I have come across those, who when you explain this to them, say “It’s too much work, can you just do it for me?” well then….. forget it. If you’re too lazy to do it yourself then you don’t want it very badly, and if you don’t want it badly enough, then it will not happen.

The even bigger problem I have with this is that for the most part it is BS. Sure, I bet some of these lovely people offering to do this for people REALLY take the $200.oo from some poor wanting soul , and then proceed to go to the full effort of building and releasing energy to make it happen – BUT for the most part, the person is simply taking the money, and that is it.

In some cases, that may be enough… because the person might TOTALLY believe that the magic is being done, they are visualizing the end result on their own, thereby bringing it about to some degree. But in other cases, the person just waits for the universe to hand them them something that they can be bothered or do not know how, to work for on their own. The end result of THAT scenario is quite sad, because not only are they out of money, but they also are left with a bad taste in their mouth for the ‘ Craft of the Wise’.

In the end though, the only REAL results are going to come from the person whom the spell is for.

This is not to be confused with something similar to the following : Your good friend is having a very difficult financial time. He has asked you if you can help with sending some energy to make things better. Along with doing a bit of spellwork on his behalf (which you dont charge for), you also tell him how to do it on his own. At least to some degree.

You see, its not the fact that someone is doing spellwork for someone else that pisses me off, but the fact that most of the time they really ARENT and that they are charging exhuberant amounts when in fact, what they should be doing is offering a wee bit of ‘how to’. What’s that old saying about teaching a man to fish?

Anyhow, I’m sure that was a scattered post, but I had just come across another site offering to help you find TRUE LOVE for only 250.00. Yuck.

Oh, and if anyone is interested as to why Magick really does work, check out

http://witchcraft.today.com/2008/12/06/quantum-witchcraft-and-alternate-universes-part-i/

Blessed Samhain! May the dead walk among us!

Today is the day. The official end of the old year and the beginning of the new.

The Veils between the realms of the mortals and the realms of the blessed ones are at their thinnest.

It is time to officially leave the past year behind , no dwelling on regrets or things undone. Instead it is time to march forward by completeing our inward spiral in preparation for our rebirth that will take place in a few months time.

I have always loved this time, even though we wont be doing anything fantastically festive. No halloween parties or big rituals this year. We have the little one, and the three teens, and Im 7 months pregnant. But we will have our dinner and put out places for the dead to join in and eat with us. We will give a last reflection and then goodbye to the year of the past. Maybe do some divination after the little one is in bed.

It is more the whole turn of the year that I love at this time. The move into the realm of Air. (i know many wiccans put Earth in the North, but our tradition has decided that Air in the North works for us best.)

We shift our thoughts to personal change and preparation of growth of things to come for the following year. Akin to working on waning moon magick. Cleanse with the Air element… smudge, incense… smoke out all the negative energy…..

Before any actual change and growth takes place, in any situation, personal planing comes first. So from now to Yule, we shed what it is we no longer want, we cleanse ourselves of ill thoughts and harbored anger so that by the time the season of growth comes in the season of Earth, at Imbolc, all is in place to bloom within for the year.

Blessed Be to all!

May you feast well,

May you Love, and Be Loved!

The Inward Spiral

Has begun.
And I feel good about it. I am satisfied with the way the year played out. My only regret was that I did not spend as much time in the garden as I had hoped, but my time was well spent in other areas.
My family has blossomed over the year, and we planted the seed of a new beginning for January 😀
(#5)
I really have no complaints.
Some fruit on the trees, herbs in the garden, a family that I love.
I am thankful indeed.
Thank you to the Lord and Lady for the fruitfulness of the season.
Thank you for the bestowal of family and love.
Thank you for my health and the health of my loved ones.
Blessed Be!

The Inward Spiral

Has begun.
And I feel good about it. I am satisfied with the way the year played out. My only regret was that I did not spend as much time in the garden as I had hoped, but my time was well spent in other areas.
My family has blossomed over the year, and we planted the seed of a new beginning for January 😀
(#5)
I really have no complaints.
Some fruit on the trees, herbs in the garden, a family that I love.
I am thankful indeed.
Thank you to the Lord and Lady for the fruitfulness of the season.
Thank you for the bestowal of family and love.
Thank you for my health and the health of my loved ones.
Blessed Be!

Vancouver Pagan Pride Day!

Happy Pagan Pride Day Vancouver!!!!
Akashik, and Ceall na Sidhe will be there. Akashik, performing some of his songs from his upcoming cd Long Forgotten, and Ceall na Sidhe and friends selling some of their wares. There will be musical performances by Mojo, and rituals put on. One ritual is for children especially!
It should be a great day for all!
I will be home with the children, because it is my son’s 14th Birthday today.
Happy Birthday Anthony!!!
Family will be here this afternoon, and when Akashik is done his performance, he will be back home too.
Have a fantastic day everyone!