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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Daily Tarot/Rune Drawing (Stay Connected Series)

One simple way to incorporate your beliefs in to your day to day life is by doing a daily Tarot/Rune drawing. Whether you prefer cards or stones it's all up to you - use what feels natural. If you are just starting to learn how to read this is a great educational exercise as well.

It's simple to do and take a total of 3 mins.

Simply shuffle your deck or mix your stones and draw one from the group. If it's a card or stone you are familiar with great, if not, take the moment to look up the meaning or meanings that card could hold for your day. Through the day as you go about your life try to see how that meaning has played out in your day.

For example, maybe this day you have pulled the LaJustice card from your deck facing heads up. The literal meaning of the card would be: Favorable resolution of conflict, Winning over bigotry or prejudice, Legal action or Litigation, Contracts, Settlement maybe even divorce... I could also mean Clarity, fairness, A straightforward choice or judgement...

So as you go about your day, try to see how this fits in, what were the cards telling you? Where they telling you something positive or negative? Should you be careful not to judge today, or is it time for your deeds to be judged?

The meaning in of your card in your day isn't for me to try to guess. But this is a great way to see what aspect of our lives we need to be cautions of from day to day and to see the Divine in action too. If our hand was guided to that card, there was a reason - it's simply up to us to find it.

If you wish to keep track of your daily readings and how you feel they come to pass keep a journal, but this could be something that could take a little more time out of your day - audio or webcam files are quick and easy to do though and would still allow you to keep track...

Enjoy and have some fun with it...

Keeping in Touch Series!

Each one of us has what is called a "Higher Power" for some this is God, for others it's Goddess and for still others it's simply our connection to nature or even ourselves. But in out busy lives it's easy to forget to make time to keep in touch with the higher power and start to feel disconnected or even depressed. When we start to feel this way the feelings easily bleed over in to other areas of our life. We begin to become stressed or anxious more often and can take out the "loss" on our friends and family - which in turn makes us feel even less connected... It's all a cycle.

But when we make the time to stay in touch, to make that connection on a regular basis we will easily see the benefits play out in out own lives...  The problem is that it's hard to find that time in between dealing with the house, the kids, the husband, the job and all the other things that come in to our lives... 

This series is devoted to finding ways for us to connect with that Higher Power without taking a toll on the rest of our schedule. While not all the tips and tricks here may fit your life or your beliefs, don't worry, I'm working to make sure that everyone has something that will fit their life.

Stay tuned for posts and start to see the difference in your life!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Chalene Johnson's How to Deal with Negative People

A Must Watch Video!! Enjoy!! I love this so much I'm posting it on both my blogs!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Witch by Lady Isodora

“Witch” on MP3
words and music by Lady Isadora
©1990, 2006
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
Why do you dress yourself in black?
Why don’t you use some other word
And get the devil off your back?”
I call myself a Witch because
A Witch is what I am
And like a Jew in Nazi Germany
I don’t define my name
To suit the Master Plan
The Propaganda Man
Never again! Never again!
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
You know we just don’t understand
People will think you’re sinister
You know they’ll say your soul is damned!”
I call myself a Witch because
I don’t believe the lie
That the Creator is a macho man
Who wants to tell me what to do
Until I die
For pie in the sky
That’s such a lie! That’s such a lie!
I don’t believe in Satan
He’s a poor excuse for Pan
I’m a child of Holy Mother Earth
And I’m gonna stand up to
The Propaganda Man
In every way I can
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?
Such a pretentious fantasy!
Magic is just a childhood dream
Come on and face reality!”
I call myself a Witch because
I’m not afraid to tell
That the magic is in Life itself
Not just in some ancient book
Or secret spell
And I know damn well
That there’s no Hell
Except the Goddess of that name
No, the devil doesn’t turn me on,
He’s too much of a chauvinist pig
No self-respecting feminist
Would be caught dead around
A masculine ego that big
“Why do you call yourself a Witch
And talk of Witchcraft openly?
Wicca’s a nice disguise to use*
When you’re in mixed company”
I call myself a Witch because
There’s power in the word
There’s power in the truth about
What we really feel
And who we really are
Live by the Star
And you’ll go far
Yes, you’ll go far
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?”
Because a Witch is what I am!
“Why do you call yourself a Witch?”
Because a Witch is what I am!

from The Queen of Earth & Sky
by Lady Isadora
©1990, 2006
Dance of Life Productions (ASCAP)

*As any good dictionary of Old English (Anglo - Saxon) will show, the original word wasn’t “Wicca” (male Witch), but “Wiccecraeft.” Read Isadora’s essay “You Say ‘Wicca’ and I Say ‘Witchcraft!’”, and check out her Society for the Prevention of Witchcraft Being Called “Wicca”™.

This song is by far one of the greatest songs I have ever heard! For me it's a daily listen!! It's honestly and truth mixed with pride and strength which for me, is the greatest combination! I have included the link for the MP3 download for those of you who want it. Personally I don't think I could go through a day without this song... It's very much the soundtrack of my life!

Blessed Be!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blessed Ostara

For those of you who do not know what Ostara is or why it's celebrated this will be a very educational post. For those of you who know the Goddess and celebrate her life stages, this day is a great day of celebration and I wish you many blessings!

The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

The Purpose of Ostara - Balance. The longest day and longest night, not winter and not yet spring, the rebirth of nature and the return of the God who comes to join the Maiden to bring new life and fertility to the coming growing seasons.
Ostara is the second of the Spring holidays that ring in the festivals for fertility. Not just fertility of self and body as many non-believers believe. But fertility of the earth for an abundant crop, and garden, a fertile mind for imagining new ideas and concepts; perhaps for work or home. Ostara occurs in mid-March and represents the warrior aspect of the God force.
This is the festival of balance. The day when the night and the day are equal in length. It is also the time when the God returns to life and balances the feminine energy of the universe with his masculine force. It is the season of courtship, when the God calls upon the Maiden Goddess and begins to win her heart. It is the season of love and learning.
On this festival a witch should review their life and find balance in it's events. If your expressions of living are unbalanced, then this is the time to ask the God force for help. If you're spending too much time at work and neglecting family or home; then pray for assistance and strength to balance your life.
Many witches also use this time to renew their tools and faith. As a courtship brings in new energy to ones life, so can this Sabbat bring new energy to your faith. When a female witch buys a new ritual broom, or a male witch purchases a new staff. Consecrate new tools, such as a new crystal ball, pendulum or even charge your favorite talisman. It's a good time for a new witch to conduct a naming ceremony, to acknowledge or request a ceremonial magik name. 
Whatever you do to celebrate this day, enjoy it!
Blessed Be!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Annabel Lee By: E.A.Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of ANNABEL LEE;--
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
She was a child and I was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love--
   I and my Annabel Lee--
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
   Chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsman came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me:--
Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of a cloud, chilling
   And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we--
   Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in Heaven above,
   Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:--

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea--
   In her tomb by the side of the sea.

Many people see the works of Edgar Allen Poe as artful ramblings of an insane and depressed drunkard... And I completely agree in most cases! Poe has always been my absolute favorite poet, I've even been to his childhood home - and grave. But this poem has always been a beautiful expression of love for me. The idea that love can extends far beyond life, space and time is the most inspirational thought I have ever heard. We all know people who found love and lost, and if we are lucky we will know that one true love in out life...  I was a child the first time I read this poem and even since, all I wanted was THAT kind of love!  So, here's to finding the Love you dream of...  Here's calling you Annabel!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010