Saturday, November 5, 2016

The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge: Picture of nature (water element)

The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge
The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge

Black River, Missouri
Black River, Missouri 
Black River, Missouri
Black River, Missouri

Black River, Missouri
Black River, Missouri

Black River, Missouri
Black River, Missouri

Friday, November 4, 2016

The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge: Witchy tools: athame

I can tell you what an athame is, but I don't personally use one. An athame is a ceremonial knife to be used during witchcraft and ritual. Some witches keep their athames sharp, so they can cut things, while others use dull athames. Athames make me think of something phallic, and that just doesn't appeal to me. I don't feel any internal pull toward using one, so I don't.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge: What’s your witchy background?

I grew up in the Ozarks, and my dad, like his mother before him, knew all the plants and animals that grew in the woods. My dad only took what he needed, and always was respectful to Mother Earth and Her creations. He knew what all the wild herbs and roots could be used for: cooking, medicine, etc. He taught us about the wildlife there, but unfortunately, when we moved north (though still in the Ozarks) most of the lessons I learned growing up discontinued, as we no longer lived near the woods, but four miles outside of town.

I've always been interested in healing, and not just for myself. I've been studying herbs since I was a teenager, but with the Internet so much better than it was then, I have access to more studies and more current information than I did then.

I have to be clear, that my dad doesn't consider this witchcraft. He's a Catholic, and considers witchcraft evil. Obviously it isn't evil, but I wanted to make clear that he's not a witch.

I've loved teas and studying the uses for them for years. Some of the most simple tea remedies include chamomile for insomnia or stress, cinnamon bark tea for heartburn, fresh peeled ginger tea for pain and inflammation, or peppermint tea for an upset stomach.

Lately I've been curious about kitchen witchery, especially after reading Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes by Kris Bradley. I plan on reading a lot more about it, as it seems like it might fit at this point in my life.

I also light candles and use crystals for healing and for sending my intentions out into the Universe. There are so many ways to be a witch, and you never stop learning.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge

Tomorrow I'll be starting The 44 Days of Witchery Challenge here on Pagan Spoonie. Over the next 44 days I'll be exploring and writing about witchcraft in my life. I'm very excited! Below is the list of days and topics I'll be blogging about. I'm so excited!

1. What’s your witchy background?

2. A myth or story from folklore.

3. Witchy tools: athame.

4. Picture of nature (water element).

5. A favourite Goddess.

6. A favourite God.

7. Air element.

8. A photo of a magical place outdoors.

9. A favourite mythological animal.

10. Your sun sign.

11. Witchy tools: oils.

12. Picture of nature (air element).

13. What are some of the witchy books that influenced you?

14. A favourite pagan holiday that you celebrate.

15. Thoughts on the afterlife?

16. Favourite witchy website(s).

17. Picture of nature (fire element).

18. Have you had any paranormal experiences?

19. Fire element.

20. A picture of a tarot or oracle card, and its meaning.

21. A favourite scent.

22. Current moon phase.

23. A favourite candle.

24. Your moon sign.

25. How do your close ones feel about your witchy path? Do they know? Why or why not?

26. A witchy podcast.

27. Picture of nature (earth element).

28. A picture of a witchy I-Want-It-Now!

29. Water element.

30. Witchy tools: wand.

31. A favourite pagan/witchy movie.

32. A pagan/witchy artwork.

33. Faerie of your choice.

34. Rune of your choice.

35. Something that I think people who don’t know much about paganism/witchcraft should know.

36. Flower of your choice, and its magical properties.

37. A famous pagan/witch!

38. Witchy tools: cauldron.

39. Something that inspires you.

40. Your altar, if you have one!

41. A spell you have done.

42. A favourite nature spirit.

43. A magical recipe.

44. Witch’s choice!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Witches' New Year!

Tonight at dusk Samhain began. Samhain is the Witches' New Year, and a time for new beginnings and letting go of negativity that may have plagued you in the recent year. This has been a particularly negative year for me, hence the absence of new blog entries. I entered a depressive episode of my bipolar disorder in early December 2015, and am just now starting to slowly come out of it. In the last month my depression has been moderate to mild, and I've even had a few days without depression. While I'd like the depression to be gone, it's still much better than the severe suicidal depression I've been experiencing since December. My anxiety is still quite bad, especially my social anxiety. DH and I have lost some "friends" this year, and it has effected my self confidence a lot. I can barely make phone calls, even important ones.

This year my Pagan New Years Resolution is to blog more often in Pagan Spoonie, while exploring my spiritual and religious beliefs and feelings. I also want to continue to learn about and write about studying world religions.

This year has also been difficult on us financially. Things are really tight, and I probably won't be able to get much in the way of Christmas gifts. I do have Christmas gifts for my sister's step-daughter already, and want to get some presents for her step-son. I just don't know if I'll be able to afford to mail them by Christmas. While I've grown closer to my Mama and Daddy, I've become even more distant with my sister. This is the same sister (my only sister) who didn't invite me to her wedding, even though we promised each other since she was four and I was seven that we would be each other's bridesmaids. That's right, I wasn't invited. She married about four years ago, and claimed she had no way to know how to get a hold of me to invite me, even though a Google search would give all the information that she needed to invite me. Worst of all, she has never apologized. I want to let go of this anger. I don't plan on forgiving her, but I don't want to carry on with all that hurt and anger inside of me all the time. I don't have to forgive her to drop the negative feelings inside. I also want to dispel the sadness, hurt, and anger at the loss of "friendship" this year.

So I have a resolution to blog more, and a desire to dispel the negativity I carry inside. I hope you all have a wonderful Samhain!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Prayer to Epione #4

Disclaimer: This prayer was taken from the blog The Healer's Blade.  This prayer was not written by me.

You who face me in the night
seeking to know me
heed my words.
I am she who is the sacrifice for all
and all of the suffering of the world comes to me.
My touch brings gentle solace.
My kiss steals pain away.
I am Epione, once queen of Epidauros.
Your people have forgotten me
but I am here still.
I was there at your birth
my hand upon your mother’s brow
as she made her sacrifice in pain to give life to another.
I was there when you first knew heartbreak and despair
and it was my love that helped you heal.
At your death, I will be beside you
my kiss to take away your worldly pains.
At every turn, I am there
to swallow your agony and drink your tears.
All self-sacrifice for the sake of others
belongs to me.
You who hear my call have been chosen
yet the path of compassion
of love and kindness without prejudice
without choice
is not a gentle one.
Those who come with pale heart and trembling lips
my path will destroy.
Your feet will be numb with weariness
but it will not be enough.
Your hands will ache, your heart break
but it will not be enough.
You will pledge to me a life of service
but it will not be enough.
You will be brought low, humbled and scorned
but it will not be enough.
Only when compassion is your breath and blood
will you know me.
Only when you weep for all
offering your worst enemy what you would give your brother
will you be my child.
Only when you bare your throat on the altar of healing
yourself the sacrifice that will soothe others
will you belong to me.
And then the work begins.

Picture found on this website

Friday, January 2, 2015

Soon my altar will be put up, soon

DH got me three new things for my altar for Christmas, and I'm really excited about it.  We didn't do anything for Yule, in fact I wasn't aware it was Yule until someone said "Have a blessed Yule" that afternoon.  I've got everything for my altar: the altar itself, a cauldron, crystals, candles, etc.  All I have to do now is get it out of the box and set it up.  I don't use a wand, because it just doesn't feel right for me; instead I use my finger for the things other people would use a wand for.  I don't like phallic symbols or objects.
Witch cartoon created by Mark Parisi
Our kitty has been having some problems lately, so we are taking her to the vet soon.  If anyone would like to send up a few prayers for her good health, I'd appreciate it.  I don't care what religion you are.

This year I want to be more spiritual.  I want to celebrate all the Sabbats a bit more than I usually do, as well as observe the full moons.  The next full moon where I live is Sunday, January 4th at 10:54 pm.

I think the biggest challenge I've faced so far has been being able to concentrate when I'm in so much pain, like I am right now.  It makes it really hard to do magick or even celebrate the fertility or harvest of the land when I can't concentrate.  I need to start meditating again so that perhaps I can overcome these problems.  I have a CD on guided meditation for pain relief, and I really want to check that out.  I'm surprised I've had it as long as I have and not listened to it yet.  I put it up in the bedroom when I got it and forgot about it until right now.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Yule, Christmas, and New Year, if you celebrate these holidays.  If you don't I still hope the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 have been wonderful for  you.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Prayer to Epione #3

Disclaimer: This is a prayer taken from the blog underflow.  I did not write this prayer.

Soft-voiced Epione, beloved of skillful
Asklepios, mother of learned daughters four:
Hygeia who grants us hale and hearty lives;
Akeso who knits our bones and cools our fevers;
Panacea who holds the cure of all that ails;
and Iaso who knows of many remedies.
Blessed Epione, easer of distress,
to you do we turn when the torments of ill health
grow great, when wounds and maladies consume the soul,
when pain is cruel, bitter beyond bearing;
then do you come, sweet goddess, bringing comfort
and relief, easing the hurt. Goddess, I praise you.

Picture from this website