Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!

Hello Readers!

Samhain CroneAnd so begins my year and a day of DAILY blogging. Being consistent is one of my biggest challenges in life! So I’ve committed to writing something in this blog every day for the following 366 days. I suppose it will be quite a journey. Tonight is Halloween Eve! I set myself up for a little Tarot gig in my own community. I sent out flyers…. well, honestly, I walked my feet off putting a flyer on every door in my apartment complex. The flyer set the time, date and location of the event and asked people to call for appointments. There are 200 apartments. I got zero phone calls…… ZERO. I think I’m going to be sitting here doing nothing. Obviously, I didn’t promote this properly. But, I’ll figure it out…. eventually. Even if I get no readings tonight… don’t feel too sorry for me. I’m in Arizona, sitting by a beautiful turquoise pool on a crystal clear night. It’s about 70 degrees. It’s not so bad!

Further, I’m thinking about my Samhain ritual for tomorrow night. Last year at this time, I was preparing for a ritual for about 50 people. There were so many things to think about. I had to worry about food, about the weather, about the guests and the inclusiveness of the ritual. I also had agreed to be possessed. Yes, possessed. I was about to undergo a ritual where the Norns, the Nordic spinners of fate, would be called into me in order to give messages to those gathered. It was an auspicious occasion! And it was a time of chaos and wonderment! And it was meant to be.

Tonight, I prepare a Samhain ritual just for me. This is what is meant to be at this time in my evolution.

Samhain! The wheel has turned again. Another cycle comes to a close. It’s time to look back on the year past, and assess the progress, the victories and defeats. It’s time to look to the coming year and hope and dream and set goals and plan for what we truly desire. And it is time to look inward and work on our understanding of our deepest selves.

I am planning a lot of honoring of the ancestors, known and unknown. I was adopted. So there are ancestors, whom I do not know, who share my DNA and who deserve homage and attention, and I believe I can contact them. But there are also members of my soul family who’ve past on. And I will honor them and say their names and give them respect and gratitude for the things they’ve done for me. I honor Connie, and Faye, Dominick, Mike, Alfred, Angela, Suzanne and many others. I will attempt, tomorrow night, to commune with any of those who wish to contact me. Related by blood or by love. Our ancestors and loved ones who’ve passed have messages and information for us. I do hope you’ll try to reach those who are important to you at this time, while the veil is thin.

I wish you all a very blessed Samhain!

Working Witch!

office witch

 

Hello again, Readers! Witch in the World has had a wonderful week! Many good things are happening in my life. I live in this beautiful part of the world (Phoenix) where the weather is now becoming absolutely blissful! I have great friends and family and things are just looking up!

I was also transitioned from a Temp to a permanent employee at my job, which is great news! Yes, as a Witch in the World, I’ve not (YET!) figured out how to pay the bills for my privileged luxuries (like food and shelter) without a day job. Some day, I hope to sustain myself entirely on Tarot Readings, Ritual Planning and Teaching the esoteric and nerdy things that I’ve learned, but for now, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, I’m a paralegal for a fairly large national corporation.

This morning, in the break room, one of the attorneys in my department remarked to me, “So! I hear you are a Tarot Reader!”

I sort of froze and had an “ut-oh!” moment. I took some time to look at her and try to gauge (or divine) her feelings about such a thing. You never know whether such a statement will be followed by, “Can I get a reading?” or “You know you’re going to hell, right?”

It’s a shame that we still have to tense up about these things. I mean, she didn’t point at me and scream, “WIIITTCHHH!!!” … but it sort of feels that way sometimes if you think you’re being “outed” from the broom closet. You see, I’m quiet at work about my extra-curricular activities. Most people (at least in the corporate world) don’t think that Para-legal and Para-normal mix!

The company I work for is actually pretty progressive. I don’t think the “company” cares at all what my spiritual practice is. They, wisely, avoid the topic of religion altogether. Also the company seems accepting of “alternative” expressions. The first month I worked was LGBT awareness month. And there are a number of employees, even in the Legal department, sporting tattoos, piercings and purple hair. Many different styles of fashion are present as well. And I’m pretty certain there are a few other witches roaming the halls. (There is one lady in my building who has long black hair with one AWESOME white streak, who always wears black flowing clothing. I think I might need to chat with her at lunch some-time. Hopefully, I’ll find a non-threatening way to open the conversation!)

But all in all, I’m not “out-there” about my pagan private life at the office. The vast majority of the other employees portray a rather conservative look. And I’ve discovered that many of them are very religious and might be frightened, put-off or just plain freaked out to know there’s a witch in the mix. So I’m quiet. I’ve let one or two of the other paralegals know that I read Tarot in my spare time…. And it leaked.

I’m not so sure I want it widely known at the office that I’m a diviner. Being a Tarot Reader doesn’t make a person a witch, but there are those who would draw that conclusion. The thing here is that (probably) two things will happen:

  1. People will start asking for readings. Win! One already has! So my little moonlighting business grows! Awesome; and
  2. Some people will draw their ignorant conclusions and decide that I’m somehow mentally deficient in my belief in such “nonsense” – OR will be frightened that I might curse them <eye-roll> – OR (WORSE!) will become consumed with saving my soul.

And some of those folks in the second category may be in positions with influence over my employment – or at least over the atmosphere in which I work.

Now, as I said, it’s a progressive company and I highly doubt that I would be fired or even called out for being a witch on my own time. Besides, I am extremely good at my job and I have a kick-ass work ethic. So, I don’t think it would come to that.

(And let’s face it. The revolutionary warrior living in my soul would positively REJOICE at the opportunity to orchestrate a very large and VERY public fight over something like that!)

Still people could make my work day unpleasant if they were so inclined.

But there’s another way to look at this. That moment of “ut-oh”, when I get down to the truth of it, is just me worrying “What will they think of me?” And, of course, I have to remind myself that it’s only whatthink of me that matters. And, honestly, MOST of these types of encounters end positively. The other person is, usually, either curious and sincerely interested or simply totally cool with the fact that I tell fortunes or cast spells or practice a different religion. So I have to ask myself, “Who’s the bigot there?”

Yes, I’ve been shunned, feared, treated rudely and, once, I believe, even horribly hexed by an entire congregation of folks holding themselves out to be “Christian”. (I’m quite certain that people who truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ would like THOSE kinds of “Christians” to GET OFF THEIR SIDE!)

Sure, there’s more work to be done, but the fact is, that I see hope. I see more smiles than scowls. I feel more acceptance than rejection, more love than hate (as it always has been and will be, because, of the two, only Love is indestructible). There IS hope for us witches/pagans and folks of alternative spirituality, especially, if we RADIATE what we have gained from our respective practices. As a witch and priestess, I have come to understand that fear is never the answer when love is possible… and love is ALWAYS possible. If you show the world what happens when you LOVE your spirituality; when you LIVE your true nature – caring, healing, teaching, learning, embracing ALL that there is – the world won’t be able to turn you away, or judge you. They will be too busy admiring you and trying to figure out how you achieved that. So, shine brightly, my pagan friends. Be the first to embrace and show love instead of shrinking from the possibility of rejection. Be the first to be kind, to smile, to understand and to remember that each person before us is also part of that Nature that we worship. And they’ll know we are witches by our love!

Blessed Be! 

Full Moon Fun

ImageSo, Friday night, I performed my solitary full moon celebration.  There is this weird phenomenon occurring for me since my move to Phoenix.  I am a classically trained Third Degree Alexandrian Priestess.  We start in the East, we cast circle a certain way – we have a bible, yup… a bible… of sorts.  But I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, even in the realm of paganism and for me, experimentation with other paths is essential to my spiritual growth.  How can I find out what I don’t know unless I explore?  I’ve always been drawn to the mythologies and the practices of the Norse traditions.  Asatru and Heathen traditions fascinate me, but I’m really a novice there… just beginning to learn.  When I moved from my large house with a whole room dedicated to my Altar Space and three.. yes THREE outdoor circles in the 12 acres of forest on which I lived (yes… I was a totally SPOILED witch!) to this tiny apartment in the city of Phoenix, I had to pare down my collection of witchy paraphernalia AND became very limited in where I could place my altar.  Well…. it faces North, which as I understand it, is the “Norsey” way of doing things.  So I looked at that upon arrival and declared that – well, I guess I’m a Heathen now!  With a smile and a wink.  Then what happened?  Well, as witches know, words have power.  The metaphysical shop and the group of practicing pagans I’ve found here seem to be largely Asatru, which is very cool!  After years of searching for the perfect rune set… I found it!  It’s made of bone and feels right to me.  So for this full moon, the Blood Moon, I consecrated my runes.  I requested Odin’s help in getting familiar with them and the mythologies behind them.  And something different spontaneously took place during my ritual…  instead of casting circle as I usually do…”I conjure thee, O circle of power, that thou beest a meeting place…. etc.”  I’ve uttered it a thousand times.  It’s rote.  I looked up at the Irminsul symbol (representing the Axis Mundi, the World Tree, Ygdrasil) that hangs above my altar, and I energetically cast circle by visualizing the tree as myself, branching out and supporting my spherical sacred space….  it felt really right to me.  When my rite was ended I drew the tree back into myself.  I don’t think that’s got anything to do with how a Heathen or Asatru Blot would be done… but I wouldn’t have discovered it without some exploration into those traditions.  So in the end, I’m crafting my own practice.  One that works for me, cobbled from many different paths.  And it keeps evolving and changing.  And I love that.  Because WE keep evolving and changing, and so should our spiritual practice.  

 

Blessings to all, and may all your moons, solitary or public, be magical and powerful.  

Witch Watch!

Lady dragonfly

 

Hello Blog readers!  I have chosen WordPress as my new blogsite!  As promised, on October 31, 2013 I will begin my Year and a Day with a Witch in the World blog.  But, I thought,  why not post a teaser blog here and there leading up to that auspicious beginning!  So here’s the premise;  I’m a witch…. a pagan, goddess embracing, dirt worshipping, spell casting, magickal mama!  And I live in a city in a small apartment.  And I have a corporate type day job.  Oh, and there’s my absolutely wonderful guy, an agnostic.  Yes, these things are in conflict sometimes.  For example; 1) Nature worshipping in the city can require a lot of creativity at times;  2)  Corporate life tends to shun the whole witch in the workplace thing- so there’s a bit of a broom closet to hide in there;  3) Sharing a small space with a non-witch and still wanting all my lovely witchy stuff (altar, apothecary, pentacles, black cat) can also be a challenge!

And, I think there are many other pagans juggling all of these things.  So the blog will be about that daily adventure.  I’ll post successes and failures, high points and low, spells and recipes, and quite often go rambling off on some philosophic jaunt.  It’ll be fun!  Really!  So watch this space for my witchy worldly antics and join in the conversation too!  I want to hear from everyone.  I’m not real tech savvy, so as soon as I figure out all the buttons here, I’m going to try to have unfiltered comment settings.  I’ll try to respond to as much as I can.  See ya in blogland!  And Blessed Be!