Friday, August 11, 2006

Sorry for not posting

Hey everyone,

So sorry for not posting for a bit. I've been down with a summer cold and can't seem to shake it. I've also worked three 10 hour days this week. So I am soooo tired. I can't wait till the weekend.

Well I'm off to work ( a women's health and family planning clinic)(no I'm not a nurse, I work in accounting) and thank the Goddess it's only 8 hours today!!!

I'll try to post some more this weekend.

See ya'll later.

Monday, August 07, 2006

What I As A Witch Believe

This is a tough one to answer simply, because among all the other things witches are, we are individualists. We each make our own relationship with Deity, and each grow and love in our own way. It is said that if you ask a room full of thirteen witches a question, you'll get twenty-five different answers. And it's true.

That said, mine is a spiritual path, a way of seeing the world and Divinity, and our relationship to it. It is a very simple ethical principle. It is a way of life. And it is a way of tuning into the shifting energies of life around us and tapping into those energies to make the world a better place; this is what we mean by magic.

I believe that Deity/Goddess is imminent in the world around us. Divinity permeates every living thing. . .and most of us define rocks, soil, water, air, fire, and the planet Herself as living things. Just look with an open heart at a dew-filled spider web or a lacework of bare winter branches covered with ice crystals, and you'll see what we mean. The Goddess is IN there. She's in each one of us, too.

The Goddess is often identified with the Moon: mysterious, and ever changing.
Many witches see the Goddess as three-fold: Maiden, Mother and Crone. The Crone is the figure most often identified with witches in popular culture, as the warty old hag who flies on her broomstick and harasses Dorothy, Snow White, and trick-or-treaters. Witches see Her as a grandmotherly figure of great wisdom and compassion, who sometimes challenges us to grow by tweaking our fears, and who helps us face death when the time comes. The Mother is the nourishing aspect who births, feeds, supports, and loves us. The Maiden is the playful curious aspect who encourages us to explore our world with joy.

I follow the phases of the Moon and time my work according to how its purpose harmonises with Her phases. I also tune into the energies of Nature around me and make a conscious effort to live, work, and play in harmony with them. I, and many others call this "going with the flow." We learn that there are times when action is appropriate, and times when we would better spend our time in reflection. There are times when we can build and accomplish much, and times when we can let go of habits we no longer need. Everything we do is a little more powerful when we harness the natural flows around us rather than fighting them.

And this leads into a discussion of magic. Life itself is magic: the cycles of birth and death, the processes of healing. Witches learn to nudge these natural processes by applying focus and will.

Beyond these processes of living well, yes, we practice the application of will to accomplish our wishes. We know from the outset that if we will something that will harm another, the chance of our work being successful are reduced. If what we wish is in harmony with Divine Will, our magic is simply a demonstration of our willingness to work within that Plan. We apply our focused will to the purpose we have in mind, at a time and in a way conducive to harnessing the energies of Nature that support our purpose, and then we let Divine Will determine the outcome for the highest good of all.

"An it harm none, do as ye will."

I seemy time on this Earth as an opportunity to grow, heal, learn, make amends for past mistakes, and allow my soul to evolve. In the process, I meditate, pray, sing, and create art, music, poetry and prose. I love my family and friends. I take great joy in the beauty of the world around mes and in making the parts of it I live in beautiful and healthy. I make it a goal to interact with my world in a loving respectful way, and forgive myself when I fall short. I help others, and I grow.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Seeking the Soul of a Garden

Dig, dig, digging deep. New roots need soft soil and plenty of room to stretch out in. You never know which way they'll spread or just how far. I have so many questions. And I come here dig, dig, digging for answers.

Deep within each of us lies a garden. An intensely personal place, this landscape grows from a rich blend of ingredients - imagination, memory, character, and dreams. - that combine in wonderful ways in our innermost selves.

I leave the old weeds and grass in, turning them under so they may add their nutrients to the soil where more desired plants will grow. A very big sacrifice to ask, but I know it is the way of the Goddes, it is what I have learned on Her path.

Throughout most of our lives, this garden remains hidden from view save for brief glimpses during moments spent daydreaming or in quiet contemplation.

I think of what will be planted here, determined not to repeat the old mistakes of careless planting. This time I want to get it right. I have the the knowledge and the resources. I just need to apply them. I'm free to create the garden of my dreams.

Our garden represents a personal paradise - a beautiful place designed specifically to capture the most positive and refreshing memories; a place that is both a sanctuary from everyday life and a place of rejuvenation; a place available to you at all times.

Designing a garden is a journey of discovery . . .you will open yourself up to the world within and around you, finding meaning in heightened feelings and perceptions, and long lost memories.

I call to the Mother Herself and I give thanks. I give my thanks for the beauty and blessings you have bestowed upon this little piece of garden that I tend. I have come to dig, dig, and in digging deep I find the treasure of me. The space to grow. New roots need soft soil. You never know which way they'll spread or just how far.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Put the Blame on Mame....

Margarita Carmen Cansino, a girl known to the world as Rita Hayworth, was one of the most glamorous actresses in cinema history, but she was much more than a beautiful face. Rita was an exceptionally talented dancer, and her performances embodied a combination of strength and sensitivity that set her apart from other screen sirens, and made her just as popular with female audiences. From her persona, it is hard to believe that the real Rita was a very shy woman with great insecurities. She was a much better actress than the critics ever acknowledged. It is a credit to her abilities that she was able to play characters like "Gilda" so flawlessly that the world thought of the person and the image as one in the same. Rita brightened America during World War II with her dancing in musicals like Cover Girl, and displayed her evolving acting talents in films like The Loves of Carmen and Miss Sadie Thompson. Starring in movies for nearly four decades, she became one of the all-time great Hollywood legends.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Privacy of My Path

Secrecy is nothing new to witches. I've learned to embrace and enjoy
the privacy of my path, to enjoy it as part of the witch-goddess experience. Don't think of yourself as alone, think of yourself as mysterious, as the wisewoman amoung the unitiated, waiting and available if others seek you out. You are the Lady of the Lake, the
Dryad - that which knights quest after but cannot ever find until they open their eyes with a pure heart!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Faery Care

Faeries are attracted to anything that glitters. Get a small basket and place in it offerings to the faeries such as candles, ground ginger, clover (only the three leaf), thyme, barley, foxglove, primrose, roses, and moss. Tie the basket with bright colored ribbons for an added affect. Be sure to replace the items often, as the faeries use that which is inside and leave the outer shell of the objects. Oak Hawthorne, and Ash Trees are among the best natural places to find faeries.
Outside of your faery garden look in these natural settings. Provide for faeries places in which to build their residence, shelter from the weather, and happiness.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Herbal Gifts

Today I have two easy gifts from the kitchen that use herbs. These are wonderful for small gifts or as an addition to gift baskets.

Rosemary Honey

You'll need:
1 cup honey
4 rosemary sprigs

Heat the honey in the top of a double boiler. Stir in the herband simmer lightly for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a container and allow to sit for one week. Heat again lightly (the microwave will work) and pour into a pretty bottle,straining as you do. Note: you can also use lavender or thyme

Caesar Salad Dressing Mix

1 1/2 teaspoons dried lemon peel or zest
1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Place in a snack size plastic resealable bag or a small jar. Will store for about 3 months. Makes one serving.

Combine the mix, 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil,and 1/4 cup wine vinegar. Whisk or shake until well blended. Chill til serving time. Notes: I did not add salt to this, but you could add a small amount. It makes a nice gift with a small whisk, a bottle of olive oil and wine vinegar.
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