Monday, December 31, 2007

"Fashion is made to become unfashionable."
Coco Chanel

Friday, December 14, 2007

A thought

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!'

Friday, December 7, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Signsl Meaning: Pay careful attention to the messages the Angels give you now. You have asked for a sign and they're delivering! (from Healing With the Angels Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Four of Swords Meaning: Energy now has a project to be directed to. (from the Witches Tarot)

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: joy

Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Guardian Angel Meaning: Your guardian angels are here and will never leave you (from Healing With the Angels Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: The Moon Meaning: You aren't seeing the whole picture. You are seeing "through the glass darkly." (from the Fairytale Tarot)

Today's Rune: Fehu Meaning: possessions and wealth

Friday, November 9, 2007

What Dragon am I?


A BLUE Dragon Lies Beneath!


My inner dragon color is BLUE. Click here to try the Quiz!


My inner dragon is the Water Elemental dragon. If there ever was a draconic example of a supple attitude, my inner dragon is it. Just sit back and go with the flow. *contented sigh* Click the image to try the Inner Dragon Online Quiz for yourself.





If there ever was a draconic example of a supple attitude, your Inner Dragon is it. Blues are the Water Elemental dragon - typified by their Steam breath weapon. Pretty creative, huh? It goes right along with your Inner Dragon's tendency to maim, but not destroy. Much like your native oceans and rivers will deform the rock over time, eventually wearing it away to nothing.

Humans shouldn't make the idiot mistake of thinking you're weak, however. After all you're a good 30 feet in length and you have a penchant for materializing out of any body of water, no matter how small. The element of surprise and limited magic capabilities are definitely yours. You also enjoy communicating with aquatic life-forms, hunting in totally inhospitable terrain (i.e. 3000 feet below the waves), and using your fluid nature to your advantage. Your enemies probably won't even see you approach in the first place. Your favorable attributes are the sunset, Autumn, water, compassion, peace, forgiveness, love, intuition, and calmness. Naturally, you pity the fool who'd try and prove that calmness part, he'd probably wind up being scalded. *small grin*

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What stone am I?







What Stone Are You?




Rose Quartz
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Drink More Water Meaning: Time for some cleansing.... (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: 6 of Swords Meaning: There is a choice in my actions. Think first, act later! (from the Gendron Tarot)

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: secret knowledge

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Hel Project

The Black Cat is sacred to Hel, so I chose to knit a washcloth with a cat design out of black yarn. I found the pattern online. (Notice, I didn't want a "Halloween cat", so this is a "proper, posed" cat design.) It's hard to make out the cat design, but it was done with knit and purl stitches.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Eve's corrispondences

Flower or Herb: I can't imagine a more appropriate herb than Adam and Eve Root, which is said to bring love and happiness (http://www.celticattic.com/tips_hints/health/herb.htm).

Colors: Crimson. Biblically, this color is used to describe sin (Isaiah 1:18) -- appropriate, since Eve is credited with original sin. It is also a color which means life blood, such as giving birth; and sacrifice, like being exiled from paradise.

Animal: The easy choice here is a serpent, the animal which supposedly tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. This animal should then remind women to look beyond the "easy, smooth talker" and search the facts for themselves. In addition, according to Ted Andrews' book "Animal Speak," snakes represent knowledge.

Stone or Gem: Amber. According to http://www.crystalworlds.com/, this stone will help in decision making.

Patronage of Eve

Patronage

* animals
* apples
* apple trees
* tailors

Prayer to Eve

Eve, Goddess of life, Mother of all,
Help me to love my children despite the heartache they can cause.
Help me to teach them to love each other in a way your sons never learned.
I ask for your guidance, also, to hear only truth and to remove false-talkers from my life.
Thank you for your gift of life.
So mote it be.

Eve the Goddess

Eve is another "Mother Goddess," similar to Mother Mary yet very different. Where Mother Mary is considered the mother of God, Eve is the mother of humanity. According to the Bible, she suffered. A lot. One of her sons killed another. As a mother, I can't imagine losing a child -- especially not at the hands of another of my children. Her pain and anguish must have been great.

Eve is important to tailors, which is nice since I like to sew. I plan to call upon her to help as I sew gifts for others for the upcoming holiday season. Although I don't practice it, I also believe Eve would be useful to call upon when preforming sex magic because of the Biblical result of eating from the Tree of Forbidden Knowledge (that being banishment from the garden, as well as make sex a shameful act). As mentioned at the school site, Eve would also be a great Goddess to call upon when taking a risk, but also for standing up for that risk. Unlike Adam, Eve didn't "pass the blame" (as much!) and has been blamed since that time. As women, we can learn a lot by her example. As I mentioned before, I belive Eve can be called upon for help with understanding our children. We may not agree with the actions our children take, but it should never stop us from accepting them as people -- or loving them, either. Finally, I can call upon Eve for help with animals. With six pets running around my home, I will ask that she would keep them safe!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Craft Swap

I like crafts. Not just "the" craft, but sewing, knitting, crochet, clay, cross-stitch, art, the whole gambit. (Heck, I think cooking is a craft!) I like the idea that we're able to put our energy into something and change it and make it better. Because of that love of crafting, I spend time searching at craftser.com

One of the cool things about Craftser is the swaps. Now, my kid is a teenager. Having mom make her stuff is "lame" and will get me the eye-roll every time! (Unless it's something she wants, ya know?) So craft swaps are good because I get to make stuff that SOMEONE will appreciate. Anyway, here's what my swap buddy sent to me. I think it's appropriate because it is all around the theme of the Spritual Mother in us all.

This is a picture of Mother Mary. I plan to hang it in my bedroom for a little extra protection. Or maybe the living room.


I love the idea of keeping "my heart" in a sacred space. Isn't that what moms do?



This, though, was my favorite. This journal was created for me! It has the High Priestess on the cover and the page markers are AWESOME!




I feel so blessed to have received such an amazingly thoughtful package!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Now on e-bay

Auction #1: a Celtic Cross reading

Auction #2: a reading to answer a specific question you may have

Monday, October 15, 2007

A personal message

Happy birthday, honey!

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Let it go Meaning: Forgive everyone.... including yourself (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: 10 of Coffins Meaning: Domestic happiness & good communication (from the Tarot of the Dead) Same card, different day....

Today's Rune: Mannaz Meaning: Self

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Come out of the closet Meaning: Make your real feelings and beliefs known (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: 10 of Coffins Meaning: Domestic happiness & good communication (from the Tarot of the Dead) The Hierophant fell out as I was putting this deck away. Something spiritual must be in the works.

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: Joy

Monday, October 8, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Yes Meaning: All doors are open and the path is clear (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: King of Pentacles Meaning: Experience of success (from the Tarot of Mermaids)

Today's Rune: Sowelu Meaning: Wholeness & self-knowledge

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Which tarot card are you?


You are The Hermit


Prudence, Caution, Deliberation.


The Hermit points to all things hidden, such as knowledge and inspiration,hidden enemies. The illumination is from within, and retirement from participation in current events.


The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. You do not desire to socialize; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. You prefer to take the time to think, organize, ruminate, take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent but these feelings eventually lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.


The Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing.


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Friday, September 28, 2007

How exciting!

I have some exciting news and I just wanted to share.

Well, let me start by saying I really like tarot cards. I like the artwork, the meanings, and the insight they give you. I know some don't believe in divination, but my view of the tarot is that it is one view of the future which you've already changed just by knowing this possible outcome. (Really, that makes sense in my head!)

Anyway, there is a metaphysical shop in town here where I've been buying some cards. It's a new shop, maybe two months old is all, and owned by a husband/wife team from France. The wife wanted to see a deck I'd purchased, so I brought them in. She wasn't there, so I started chatting with the husband. He asked if I read professionally, which I don't but is something I'd like to start doing. He asked what I'd charge and I said I would read for donations because right now I'm not in a position I need the money from that. The conversation ended with him saying "when you're ready, you can read here. We get 10 or 12 calls a day for a tarot reader."

So, I plan to take him up on that in the next few months. I want to do 20 readings where I don't second-guess myself and I want to find the "perfect deck" to use.

This is something I've thought about for a long time, so I'm very excited that it's coming together the way it is.

Which tarot card are you?

I Am

Which tarot card are you?


Suspended decision. Initiation, divination, prophecy. Turning point in psychic powers. Trust in inner voice.
Suspension, change, reversal, boredom, abandonment, sacrifice, readjustment, improvement, rebirth
He usually represents a time of feeling in limbo, being stuck or being prevented from moving forward. He's usually depicted hanging upside down with his hands tied - that's just what it feels like! We need to remain flexible and willing to let go of things, it's probably a time for sacrifice. Like the man in this card from the Murciano Tarot, don't sweat it, take some time out and be patient.
The Hanged Man - External Meaning: Spiritual awareness and the happiness and assuredness it brings. Sacrificing for a noble purpose. Reveral of one's current way of life. Inner peace. Developed intuition and prophecy. Esoteric Meaning: The spirit of the mighty waters. Reversing false images. Sacrifice. Energys: Water

Rambelings

Two blogs have ended ("Magickal Christianity" and "The rantings of a christian witch") and I wonder what that means. Sometimes I question the path I've chosen, but it feels so right in my heart. Does anyone else feel that way? Is there a "blogger" support group? I'm a member of the Coven of Christ group and that one is SO supportive. Maybe if others found their way there, they'd feel more uplifted.

I'm considering changing the name of this blog. I'm toying with the idea of "Gypsy Wolf" which also encompasess my beliefs. Or am I just blowing in the wind?

Anyone have any thoughts or advice?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: You Can Do It! Meaning: Pretty self-explainitory, if you ask me! (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: The Eight of Cups Meaning: Leave some goals to pursue others (from the Vanessa Tarot)

Today's Rune: Radio Meaning: A Journey

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tarot readings

I've decided that I'll do tarot readings on a donation basis. Part of my goal to become a professional reader. A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step, right?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Nurture Yourself Meaning: Take care of your body (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: The Queen of Discs Meaning: Take pleasure in your whole body (from the Sacred Circle Tarot)

Today's Rune: Othel Meaning: Being down-to-earth

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mary Magdeline the Goddess

Mary Magdeline has really gotten a bad rap over the years. She's been labeled everything from a psycho to a woman with a bleeding disorder to a prostitute. The Bible tells us only that Jesus cast out of her seven demons and that she then followed him and helped support his ministry. That wouldn't be an easy life today, and certainly couldn't have been two thousand years ago.

I can relate to Mary Magdeline. Sometimes we are maligned. Sometimes things don't go our way. Sometimes we have demons to face. I believe that by calling on her, she can give us strength to deal with our accusers, patience to see things through to the end, and clarity to look beyond our own demons of abuse or addiction or whatever.

One of her patronages is women. In addition to the list above, any prayer given on behalf of a woman would do well to be addressed to Mary Magdeline. I also believe candle magic would attract her attention, especially if the candle is anointed with myrrh or aloee, two of the herbs used during the days of Jesus for burial. (These would be similar to current embalming, or to various Egyptian herbs used for the pharos.)

Prayer to Mary Magdeline

Mary Magdeline, you have suffered. What today would be thought of as a mental disease was then proof of demons. Yet, Jesus saw something in you. Tradition tells us that it was to you He first appeared after the resurrection (Mark 16:9). I ask that you help me be more understanding of others when they deal with their own demons — and of myself as I deal with mine. Give me the courage to follow my destiny, as you left all you knew to follow yours.
This is my wish. So mote it be.

Mary Magdeline's correspondences

Flower or Herb: Rosemary. It is an herb of focus (http://www.bhia.org/herbal-supplements/brain-and-memory.htm).

Colors: Turquoise. This color symbolizes inner healing and the ability to love not only ourselves, but others.

Animal: Cat. This animal means mystery and independence, according to Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews. In addition, cats are able to see in the dark (http://www.sayahda.com/cyc1.html). How much darker could life be if you were constantly hounded by your own personal demons?

Stone or Gem: Amethyst. According to the Illustrated Book of Crystals, the amethyst calms the mind, enhances spiritual awareness, and relieves pain.

Patronage of Mary Magdeline

From the Magical Circle School site:

Patronage

* apothecaries
* Atrani, Italy
* Casamicciola, Italy
* contemplative life
* contemplatives
* converts
* druggists
* glove makers
* hairdressers
* hairstylists
* penitent women
* people ridiculed for their piety
* perfumeries
* perfumers
* pharmacists
* sexuality
* tanners
* women

Representation
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Twin Flame Meaning: Keep your heart open (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: The Moon Meaning: You aren't seeing the whole picture (from the Sacred Circle Tarot)

Today's Rune: Ing Meaning: Successful conclusion

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Wolf Totems

This is the totem my sister says I have. Information from www.animaltotem.com.

Wolves are the epitome of stamina, known to run 35 miles a day in pursuit of prey. They are highly misunderstood animals, who have gained the reputation of being cold blooded. In reality wolves are friendly and social creatures. Aggression is something they avoid, preferring rather to growl or create a posture to show dominance.

Even though living in close knit packs provide wolves with a strong sense of family, they are still able to maintain their individuality. Wolves represent the spirit of freedom, but they realize that having individual freedom requires having responsibilities.

Because wolf is a teacher and pathfinder, he comes when we need guidance in our lives. Those who have a Wolf Totem will move on to teach others about sacredness and spirituality. Wolf can also teach how to balance the responsibility of family needs and not to lose one's personal identity.

Wolf teaches us to develop strength and confidence in our decisions. He shows we will learn to trust our insights once we learn how to value our inner voice. This wisdom keeps us from inappropriate action. If wolf appears in your life examine where you need to develop more confidence and if you need more balance between friends, family, and yourself.

Which Fairytale Tarot Card am I?







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You are The Empress, the fairy godmother from "Cinderella".

Mother nature - Abundance and growth - Nurture and maternity - Delight in animals, plants and all things natural - Femininity as an archetype.

Youre the one who makes it all turn out right. You bring enchantment and happiness (and of course glass slippers) to those around you. Whether its by turning pumpkins into coaches, rats into coachmen, frogs into footmen or poor girls into princesses, you give the gifts of love, generosity and sheer magic that makes sure that your loved ones all live happily ever after.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Peace Offering Meaning: Be willing to forgive (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck) interesting... same card as yesterday...

Tarot Card: Nine of Pentacles Meaning: Wealth. (from the Sorcerers Tarot)

Today's Rune: Aansuz Meaning: Communication

Friday, September 7, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Peace Offering Meaning: Be willing to forgive (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Two of Wands Meaning: A partnership will soon become available. (from the Mystic Faerie Tarot)

Today's Rune: Dagaz Meaning: Prosperity and fullness

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My Frigg Project

Frigg is a Goddess of the home. Her animal is the cat and one of her symbols is the key. I did a "Cat key chain" in a shrinky-dink in her honor. I like this image (which I recreated using Photoshop) because of the multiple cats shown.

Do you see both cats?

What color is my aura?

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Chakra Meditation

I've really been trying to do more meditation lately, and I found this on another blog. Good stuff!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

What Mythological Creature am I?




You Are a Pegasus



You are a perfectionist, with an eye for beauty.

You know how to live a good life - and you rarely deviate from your good taste.

While you aren't outgoing, you have excellent social skills.

People both admire you - and feel very comfortable around you.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Clear and Shield Your Energy Meaning: Eliminate clutter (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Four of Swords Meaning: Isolation (from the Celtic Tarot)

Today's Rune: Jera Meaning: Harvest

Monday, August 27, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Drink More Water Meaning: Take time to cleanse (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Eight of Flames Meaning: Transformation and success (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Thursiaz Meaning: Gateway

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Patronage of Mother Mary

From the Magical Circle School site:
Acadians; Africa (declared by Cardinal Lavigerie in 1876); against epidemics; against flooding; against lightning; against storms; archdiocese of Agra, India' air crews; aircraft pilots; Alabama; Alaska; Albania; diocese of Albany, New York; Alezio, Italy; Algeria; Almería, Spain; diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Americas; Andorra; Andorran security forces; Angola (21 Novemer 1984); Arabia; Argentina; Argentinian Air Force; Argentinian Army; Argentinian military chaplains; Arizona; Arkansas; diocese of Armidale, Australia; armies of Jalisco; Army of the Andes; archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia; diocese of Austin, Texas; Australia; Australian military chaplains; Austria; aviators Barcelona, Spain; diocese of Balanga, Philippines; archdiocese of Baltimore Maryland; Barletta, Italy; diocese of Bathurst, Canada; Belgian air crews; Belgium; diocese of Belleville, Illinois; bicycle riders; bicyclists; bikers; Bilbao, Spain; archdiocese of Birmingham, England; diocese of Bismark North Dakota; blood donors; boatmen; bodily ills; Bolivia; Bolivian navy; Bolzano, Italy; Brazil; diocese of Brooklyn, New York; builders; diocese of Burlington, Vermont Cajuns; diocese of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; California; diocese of Camden New Jersey; Canada; Catemaco Veracruz Mexico; Central Africa; Central America; Ceylon; diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina; Chartres, France; diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming; archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois; childbirth; Chile; Chilean army; Chilean navy; China; diocese of Chittagong, Bangladesh; Cistercian Order; clothworkers; coffee house keepers; coffee house owners; archdiocese of Cologne, Germany; Colombia; Colorado; diocese of Colorado Springs Colorado; Connecticut; construction workers; cooks; coopers; diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas; Corsica; Costa Rica; diocese of Crookston Minnesota; Cuba; Curinga, Italy; cyclists Delaware; archdiocese of Denver, Colorado; diocese of Des Moines, Iowa; archdiocese of Dhaka, Bangladesh; distillers; District of Columbia; diocese of Dodge City, Kansas; Dominican Republic; Donostia, Spain; drapers; diocese of Duluth, Minnesota Ecuador; Ecuadorian Army; El Salvador (10 October 1966); diocese of Elphin, Ireland; England; enlightenment; Enna, Sicily; epidemics; Equatorial Guinea (25 May 1986); diocese of Essen, Germany; Estremadura, Spain; diocese of Evansville Indiana; Extremadura, Spain; Exeter College, Oxford diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts; diocese of Fargo North Dakota; fish dealers; fishermen; fishmongers; flooding; Florida; flyers; Foligno, Italy; Forli, Italy; diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Indiana; France; archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; French air crews diocese of Gallup, New Mexico; diocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas; diocese of Gaylord, Michigan; Georgia; Germany; Gibraltar; goldsmiths; Granada, Spain; diocese of Grand Island, Nebraska; Greece; diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico; Guam; Guatemala Haiti; archdiocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; harness makers; Hawaii; Holsbeek, Belgium; Hondarribia, Spain; Honduras; diocese of Honolulu Hawaii; human race; Hungary Idaho; diocese of Imus, Philippines; India; Indiana; Iowa; Ireland; prelature of Isabela de Basilian, Philippines; Ispica, Sicily; Italy Jamaica; Japan; diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri; diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa; apostolic vicariate of Jolo, Philippines Kansas; archdiocese of Kansas City Kansas; diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, Missouri; Kea Island Greece; diocese of Keimoes-Upington, South Africa; Kentucky; diocese of Khulna, Bangladesh; Korea; Kretinga, Lithuania diocese of Lafayette, Indiana; diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana; lamp makers; diocese of Lancaster, England; diocese of Lansing, Michigan; diocese of Laoag, Philippines Lebanon; diocese of Leeds, England; diocese of Legazpi, Philippines; Lesotho; lightning; diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska; Louisiana; Luxembourg Maine; Malaga, Spain; diocese of Malolos, Philippines; mariners; Maryland; Massachusetts; Merizo, Guam; Messina, Italy; Mesocco, Switzerland; diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey; Mexico; archdiocese of Miami, Florida; Michigan; diocese of Middlesbrough, England; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama; Montana; diocese of Monterey California; motherhood; motorcyclists; Mqabba, Malta diocese of Nashville Tennessee; navigators; Nebraska; needle makers; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; archdiocese of New Orleans Louisiana; city of New Orleans Louisiana; diocese of New Ulm Minnesota; New York; New Zealand; news dealers; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Carolina; North Dakota; nuns Oaxaca, Mexico; Obado Bulacan, Phillipines; Oblate Vocations; Oceania; diocese of Ogdensburg, New York; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; diocese of Orlando, Florida; eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles for Maronites; diocese of Oudtshoorn, South Africa; archdiocese of Ozamiz, Philippines diocese of Palm Beach, Florida; Panama; Paraguay; Pasig, Philippines; Pennsylvania; diocese of Peoria, Illinois; Pergamino, Agentina; Petit Goave, Haiti; archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phillipines; military ordinariate of the Philippines; diocese of Phoenix Arizona; pin makers; diocese of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania; Poland; diocese of Port Elizabeth, South Africa; diocese of Portland Maine; archdiocese of Portland Oregon; Portugal; potters; diocese of Providence Rhode Island; diocese of Pueblo Colorado; Puerto Rico; Puerto Vallarta Mexico Racalmuto, Sicily; Ragalna, Sicily; Reggio Calabria, Italy; diocese of Reno, Nevada; restauranteurs; Rhode Island; ribbon makers; diocese of Rockford, Illinois diocese of Sacramento, California; sailors; diocese of Salina, Kansas; diocese of San Fernando, Philippines; apostolic vicariate of San Jose, Philippines; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; diocese of Savannah, Georgia; Savona Italy; archdiocese of Seattle, Washington; diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana; silk workers; silversmiths; diocese of Sioux City, Iowa; Skiathos Island, Greece; Slovakia; soldiers of the United States; South Africa (15 March 1952); South Carolina; South Dakota; Spain; Spanish air crews; Spanish architects; Spanish police officers; diocese of Spokane. Washington; diocese of Springfield, Illinois; Sri Lanka; diocese of Steubenville, Ohio; storms; Switzerland; diocese of Syracuse, New York Tanzania (8 December 1964); tapestry workers; Tennessee; Teutonic Knights; Texas; tile makers; Toa Alto, Puerto Rico; diocese of Townsville, Australia; Trapani, Sicily; travellers; diocese of Trenton, New Jersey; Tunisia; Tuscany, Italy; diocese of Tyler, Texas Uganda; diocese of Umtata, South Africa; United States; upholsterers; Uruguay; Utah Valencia; eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona; Venezuela; Venezuelan National Guard; diocese of Venice, Florida; Vermont; Viet Nam; diocese of Virac, Philippines; Virginia; virgins Washington; watermen; West Virginia; diocese of Winona, Minnesota; Wisconsin; diocese of Wichita, Kansas; Wyoming yachtsmen Zacatecas, Mexico; archdiocese of Zamboanga, Philippines; Zamboanga City, Philippines

Mother Mary's corrispondences

Flower or Herb: Lily. It means purity.

Colors: Dark blue. I don't have a "reason" for this, other than many of the paintings done picture her in a dark blue cloak.

Animal: A lamb. According to http://www.houseofnames.com, a lamb symbolizes patience under suffering. How much more suffering can there be then watching your child cruixified? In addition, there are references to Jesus being the "Lamb of God" (Rev. 5:11-12).

Stone or Gem: Turquoise. According to the Illustrated Book of Crystals, turquoise unites the energy of the Earth and the Sky.

Prayer to Mother Mary

Mother Mary, you are the Goddess of Chirstianity. Help me to love my children in the way you loved yours -- disagreeing with their paths, yet supporting them as they walked. I ask for your strength and your compassion.
This is my wish. So mote it be.

Mother Mary the Goddess

Mother Mary is the triple Goddess. Her maiden aspect is as the teenage mother of Jesus. Her mother aspect continues throughout his life and into his death. She then spent the rest of her life in the crone stage. A virgin birth, by the way, is in many other Goddess legends.

I have never "worshiped" her as others may have, although I believe Mother Mary is a powerful spiritual diety who can answer prayers and bring about healing. Fortunately, I have never needed to call upon her assistance there. Should the need arise, though, you can bet I will!

During my research, I learned Mother Mary can be called upon for almost anything, including each of the states I've ever traveled to and just about every occupation there is. She acts as an interrsor -- much like I believe Jesus to. I plan to ask for her help in prayers and rituals whenever she crosses my mind. I also plan to use incense of frankensince or mirh when communing with her. In addtion, I want to eventually create something similar to a Catholic rosary to use with Mother Mary and other Goddesses who touch my spirit that deeply.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Flow of Prosperity Meaning: Stop worrying about money (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: The Witch Meaning: Determination (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Sewelu Meaning: Self Knowledge

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Let it Go Meaning: Have compassion for yourself (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Goddess of Boulders Meaning: Security, money, mother, teacher (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Laguz Meaning: Healing, power of renewal

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What form is my Patronus? (Harry Potter quiz!)







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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Nurture Yourself Meaning: Honor your inner voice (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Five of Cauldrons Meaning: Beauty, enthusiasm, precious gift (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Gebo Meaning: partnership, gifts of the Goddess, blessings

Monday, August 13, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Focus Upon Your Strengths Meaning: Do things to love and heal yourself (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Ten of Wands Meaning: Renewing of a spiritual calling (from the Celestial Tarot)

Today's Rune: Laguz Meaning: Healing powers of renewal

Sunday, August 12, 2007

God/Goddess -vs- Lord/Lady

I've been having trouble with the God/Goddess desingation. I was raised to believe there is one true God, so how can there be lesser gods? After much thought, I think I've finally come to terms with it.

Let's take the "one God" idea first. OK, so the commandment says "You shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3 & Deuteronomy 5:7). Does that mean there are no other gods? I don't think so. Today we take that line to mean that we shouldn't put work or money before God. But what if it means that there are other GODS and that the God of King David is the TRUE GOD? The HEAD GOD and we should remember that? Doesn't that seem more reasonable then a bunch of Egyptian slaves valued work more than worship?

Ok, so I got that line out of the way. Now where does that leave those lesser gods? I have decided to call them Lords and Ladies. I can't bring myself to call them God. I think there is ONE worthy of that title. The Divine. The Head God, so to speak. I have no problems asking a Saint or Angel for assistance, and I believe that the lesser Gods and Goddesses are helpers in that same way, but I can't bring myself to call on Goddess Frigg! I can, however, ask Lady Frigg for assistance!

I realize that it's a matter of symantics. What meaning do I give to the word Goddess? What meaning do I give to the word Lady? I also know that the Divine knows my heart, my intentions. By using Lord and Lady for the lesser Gods and Goddesses, I'm still giving them the respect for what is within their authority, while at the same time giving the Divine all the credit, respect and admiration of the one in charge.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Christian Witch Course Week #7

I know I haven't been as faithful in these studies as I should. In my defense, it's summer and I haven't been faithful to any studies lately.

This week's Christian Witch Course lesson focued on how certain books became a part of the Bible. Isn't it interesting how many items — things we take for certain as the word of God — were touched by man first? So much is determined on our understanding of the Divine message. How unique...

How long did the Apostols think Jesus would return in their lifetimes? At least 30 years. (I Thessalonians 4:15-17; I Corinthians 15:51-52)

And St. Paul didn't believe he was starting a NEW religion! He thought he was suplementing the Jewish faith!

How much have we lost because of human interpetation? How much have we lost because we didn't really listen to God?

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Spiritual Law of Attraction Meaning: Visualize and affirm only what you desire (from the Ascended Masters Oracle deck)

Tarot Card: Eight of Swords Meaning: Trapped by ones own bindings (from the Whimsical Tarot)

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: harmony, prosperity

Thursday, August 9, 2007

My Cerridwen Project



This Goddess is a "Goddess of family." One of her symbols is a cauldron. I had planned to cook a meal for *my* family in her honor, but my loving husband does much of the cooking (read BBQing) this time of year.

So instead, I created some "kitchen items." This apron is for an exchange I'm doing, but won't honor Cerridwen any less.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My Arianrhod Project

So much is sacred to this Goddess! I opted to incorporate her colors (red and silver) with weaving (or at least as much as I can do!). I crocheted a choker using red thread and silver beads.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Beauty Chant

I'm a lucky woman, and I know I'm a lucky woman. My husband and daughter both think I'm beautiful. Unfortunately, I don't see what they do. I will be doing a spell using the following chant so that I may see what they do. The chant is from The Pocket Spell Creator

Oh God(dess),
Help me to see
The beauty which resides within me.
Bring this beauty out of its shell
To the surface where it may dwell.
This is my wish, so mote it be.


I plan to make some bath salts and light a candle to go with it.

My Freya Project

Because floral bouquets and roses are both associated with Freya, I opted to make potpouri from some of the roses my loving husband bought for me.

Directions were found at: http://www.dabneyherbs.com/potpouri.htm

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Beatrix II Meaning: Right choices for the future (from the Voices of the Saints)

Tarot Card: Four of Pentacles Meaning: Saving money, attachment to personal possessions (from the Tarot of the Holy Grail)

Today's Rune: Nauthiz Meaning: need and strength

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Happy Lammas


How will you celebrate?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Whale (Soul's Path) Meaning: HONOR your soul's purpose! (from the Power Animal Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The World (Gaia) Meaning: experiencing connections from the Universe (from the Goddess Tarot)

Today's Rune: Thursaiz Meaning: new possibilities

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What color am I?

you are olive
#808000

Your dominant hues are red and green, so you're definately not afraid to get in and stir things up. You have no time for most people's concerns, you'd rather analyze with your head than be held back by some random "gut feeling".

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life can be bright or dark, depending on the situation. You are flexible and see things objectively.
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Squirrel (Preparation) Meaning: Get ready for BIG CHANGES! (from the Power Animal Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Hanged Man Meaning: wisdom, trials, divination, prophecy (from the Rider Tarot)

Today's Rune: Berkana Meaning: Growth

Thursday, July 12, 2007

My Sunna Project

In honor of Sunna, I opted to do a watercolor painting of sunflowers, her sacred flower.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A symbol for me....

I created a symbol — a logo, per se — for myself. This is the symbol that embodies my spiritual path. Everything from the colors to the smaller symbols have a direct meaning to me and my life and my spiritual path.

I'd like to know your thoughts on it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Goddess Sunna

I wasn't able to find much online about Sunna, even using the alternate name of "Sol." Wikipedia claims that Sol is the most common name for the personification of the Sun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_(disambiguation)).

The following is taken from an online article titled "What Would the Druids Do at the Summer Solstice?" (http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/midsummer/wwtdd-summer-solstice.html) which I found very enlightening:

Many readily will point out that the Sun has not been considered male by all religions around the world and, even in the Western Branch of the Indo-European, we find examples such as the Norse at times addressing the Sun as a Goddess, "Sunna", the very word from which we get our word "Sun."

The Sun DESERVES our love and worship and we deserve to love and worship the Sun, without guilt. The Sun is without a doubt at least one half of our reason for existence on this beautiful planet, the other of course is the great system of Life on the Earth's surface we call Nature. It may seem natural for us to see them as a grand dyad: Mother Nature and Father Sun; but it's not altogether necessary. The choice is up to you... must we then muddy it up with "mortal" gender and familial issues?

At one point in our past, most of us, in a moment of rebellious insight threw-off the chains of our cultural conditioning and embraced things "witchy", "magical" and "Druidic" and found ourselves doing-so because of the beauty and truth and power we found in them. The resistance we broke-through in that moment was the web of falsehoods and negativity that society had spun around them. There is a similar agenda holding us back within our own subculture, a largely unspoken but ever-present agenda which would turn our face away from the sunrise...


So the sun, and therefore Sunna, should be embraced and loved and worshiped. I plan to do just that!

Thank You for the sunshine. Thank You for its warmth. Thank You for the rays which embrace me and that help the crops to grow. Thank You for You love.

The Goddess Arianrhod

According to http://groups.msn.com/whenpagansunited/listofgoddesses.msnw, Arianrhod will help with remembering past lives. This is very fascinating.

I found it interesting, also, that she was instrumental in the creation of Blodeuwedd and tricked into a relationship with Llew (naming him and giving him arms). I don't particularly care for her, but plan to ask her assistance with moon rituals. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting, though, and believe that she could help with those endeavors (as the Goddess of weaving).

The best tribute I found to Arianrhod was at http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474976744373. You should read it! It's amazing!

Goddess Arianrhod, bless this yarn I am to use.
Help me weave the ends just right.
Your blessing I do not wish to loose,
As I keep the goal in sight.
This is my wish, so mote it be.

The Goddess Cerridwen

I feel a great attraction to Cerridwen. She did whatever she could — what she thought was right — for her child. Of all the Goddesses I've studied so far, the Mother Cerridwen appeals to me the most.

One thing that really strikes me is that Cerridwen encompasses all three aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. You see her grow through her story. I like that. Women today don't stay stagnet. We grow as well.

Her cauldron holds the key to Wisdom, Inspiration, Rebirth and Transformation (http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~schubert/290/cerridwen.html). She has divine knowledge and is known for her creativity (http://www.lunaea.com/goddess/magic/cerridwen.html). I know that I like the creative aspect of her because of my aspiration to be a fiction writer.

Light a black candleCreativity is what I desire.
As I dedicate to you this fire.
Open my mind that I may hear,
and recieve from you without fear.

What Kind of Witch am I?


What kind of witch are you?




You are an Earth Witch! The Material Element of Earth is at your command. You feel out of your skin when confined to the indoors but instantly feel better once your bare feet are touching the Earth you love so much. You nurture all things you feel need nurturing and don't care what people think of you for it. Blunt to the point of having no tact, you don't like to beat around the bush, no pun intended. It takes a lot to get you riled up, but Goddess help the poor soul who gets to you. They'll probably end up 6 feet under... or deeper.Common Powers:Geokinesis- the ability to move rock and metal with one's mindFlorakinesis- the ability to control trees, plants, and flowers with one's mindHealing touch- the ability to heal another person with their touchShapeshifting- the ability to take on the form and abilities of another
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Friday, July 6, 2007

More of my beliefs....

Taken from an e-mail about my beliefs.

I believe in God and that He sent His son to save us from our sins. Was Jesus the ONLY son of God? I don't know. I tend to think not. By the way, I don't really believe God (The Divine Source of All) is male or female, but a bunch of guys wrote the Bible, and they used "He," so what the heck.

I also believe there is only one "Divine Source of All." Does that Divine Source (again, I'll use the word God) have any helpers? Yep! Other gods and goddesses, angels, saints, fairies, the holy spirit, really awesome people put in our path ---- whatever you wish to call them ---- they are all part of the same Universe, working for the Divine.

The Divine created all things. I can honor that creation by worshiping alone in nature (meditating), or praying to a saint (goddess) just as easily as I can on Sunday in a church service. Finding the balance is important, though. You can go too far in either direction.

Most people would never claim an old woman in the Appalachian mountains, who treats her neighbors with herbs and passes on folk wisdom while making dinner for the pastor is a "witch." Move that woman closer to society and make her 30 years younger, though, and they have issues! I guess that's what I do. I combine the old ways, the ways that honored the land and the spirits who are always around, and my belief in Jesus as God's son and that's what I get.

To honor God, we have to live by His commandments, love our neighbors as ourselves, harm none, and find peace in our lives.

Many people believe Christianity is a faith that considers itself complete unto itself. I think I know what they mean, but there are so MANY types of Christianity, too. Catholics are different than Presbyterians are different than Baptists are different than... you get my drift. I don't think any of them is completely "right" and I know that none of them are totally right for ME and my family. I know. I tried most of them. I also don't think Wicca is totally right for us. I read Tarot cards and Runes (which you know since you checked out my blog!), but I also read the Bible. They're both tools for my life.

Christian Witch Course Week #6

LOTS of reading this week -- or in my case, "these weeks."

I was greatful for the background in Judaism. And the two documents I found most enlightening were "The Laws of the Basic Principles of the Torah" and "First Centurty Judaism." My how things have changed.....

Even after reading these documents, I'm more convinced this is the right path for me. I thank God that I was able to find a way to combine my interests and beliefs to honor Him.

What Color is My Soul Painted?

What color is your soul painted?

Purple

Your soul is painted the color purple, which embodies the characteristics of sensuality, spirituality, creativity, wealth, royalty, nobility, mystery, enlightenment, arrogance, gaudiness, mourning, confusion, pride, delicacy, power, meditation, religion, and ambition. Purple falls under the element of Earth, and was once a European symbol of royalty; today it symbolizes the divine.

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Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Father, Husband, Brother, Son Meaning: Balance your male and female energies by both giving and receiving daily (from the Ascended Masters Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: Six of Flames Meaning: delay of projects, complications overcome (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Gebo Meaning: Love, partnership, good fortune

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Flow of Prosperity Meaning: Trust your heart's desire, even if you can't see clearly (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Eight of Swords Meaning: Self-confidence, self-defense, refusal of new ideas, difficulty to learn (from the China Tarot)

Today's Rune: Gebo Meaning: Partnership, blessings, gifts of the Goddess

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Wiccan Rede versus Teachings of Jesus

Had an interesting question come up this week on a yahoo list I'm part of. Someone asked how to combine the Wiccan "rule" of "An it harm none, do what you will," with the "rules" Jesus gave as to how we should live. Here's my response. I'd love your thoughts!

I look at the first part of the phrase ("An it harm none") and wonder. What won't harm someone? All of our actions have repercussions. We may not see them or know them for a very long time. I'm reminded of those stories where one persons actions (helping a boy with his books, or writing a list of what you like about your classmates) has major effects on the life of another (not committing suicide or making the kids feel they're worth something to others). Isn't that called the "Butterfly Effect?"

Our actions, however small and insignificant they may be to US, have the potential to help or harm many others. So, while the Wiccan tenet is to do whatever as long as it harms none, I believe that by following Jesus's teachings also, we have a better understanding of what *exactly* will harm none.

Just my 2 cents!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Am I a Slave to my Kitchen?

Take the quiz at http://quiz.ivillage.com/home/tests/kitchqueen.htm

Here's how I scored:
Kitchen Magician
You're in control (no one's likely to be poisoned in your kitchen) yet, somehow, it seems to happen effortlessly. So what's your secret? It looks like magic, but really it's natural efficiency coupled with a sense that there are other, more pleasurable things to do with your time than slave over the sink. So you tackle what needs to be done, with the minimum of fuss. And then you do something more interesting than scrub.

The Goddess Nott

Nott brings in the night (http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/norse/articles.html).

Most of what I found about her is what is written at Macleod's Norse Mythology Page "The goddess of night, Nott, is the mother of the earth, Jord, and of the day as well. She rides forth each evening on her horse Frostymane, from whose foaming mouth the dew falls." (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Dungeon/4785/Norse.html) Either her story isn't well known, or Nott is a "minor" goddess, compaired to some others.

Goddess Nott, you work behind the scenes. Everyday doing what needs to be done — accomplishing so much with no recognition. Yet if you were absent, if you took the day off, things would stop. You are an intrigal part of life. Help me to accomplish my mission the same way, even if there is not the recognition I think I should have. This is my wish. So mote it be.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Retreat Into Nature Meaning: Work with pure flower essences, crystals, plant spirit medicine, or other natural healing methods; Commune with animals, trees, fairies, and other spirits of nature (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Seven of Swords Meaning: Release the old to renew the spirit (from the Llewellyn Tarot)

Today's Rune: Raido Meaning: A journey, life lessons, bring change

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Goddess Freya

This Goddess has multiple spellings for her name. She is Freya, Freyja, and Friia, from what I found.

I found a lot of information on her from http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/freya.html. In addition to being the Norse goddess of love and fertility, Freya is the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses. She is the patron goddess of crops and birth, the symbol of sensuality and was called upon in matters of love. She loves music, spring and flowers, and is particularly fond of fairies. Freya is one of the foremost goddesses of the nature and fertility gods.

The site says, "Her attributes are the precious necklace of the Brisings, which she obtained by sleeping with four dwarfs, a cloak (or skin) of bird feathers, which allows its wearer to change into a falcon, and a chariot pulled by two cats. She owns Hildesvini ("battle boar") which is actually her human lover Ottar in disguise. Her chambermaid is Fulla. Freya lives in the beautiful palace Folkvang ("field of folk"), a place where love songs are always played, and her hall is Sessrumnir. She divides the slain warriors with Odin: one half goes to her palace, while the other half goes to Valhalla. Women also go to her hall."

Freya, bless these runes. May they give the message I need to hear at the time I need to hear it. Help me to read them for enlightenment.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Goddess Skadi

Poor, Skadi! Her father was killed and the Gods offer her marriage?! Then she has to pick her future husband based on his FEET?! (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/skadi.html) Doesn't seem fair to me. According to the site, though, she did eventually leave Njord for the God Ull (God of justice and dueling, as well as the patron of agriculture). That marriage could possibly be why Skadi is the Goddess of Justice, Cengeance and Righteous Anger.

I found it interesting that at findagoddess.com, Skadi is listed as a "Tibetan Mother" and not either Norse or Celtic. The site says to call upon her for "Winter, Insight, Communication, Banishing and Protection."

I created the following meditation to Skadi. Light a blue candle and say:"Skadi, with your calming blue, open my heart and take my anger so I may not direct it at myself or another." Meditate on the lessons to be learned from this Goddess as the candle burns down.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Freedom Meaning: Allow the Universe to be supportive while you make any desired life changes (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Eight of Coins Meaning: Honesty. Candid confrontation of circumstance (from the Renaissance Tarot)

Today's Rune: Jera Meaning: Bring Change

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Goddess Hel

Hel is the child of Loki and Angrboda. Goddess of the Underworld, she is often portrayed as a "horrible hag, half alive and half dead, with a gloomy and grim expression. Her face and body are those of a living woman, but her thighs and legs are those of a corpse, mottled and moldering" (http://www.pantheon.org/articles/h/hel.html). Although another source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel_(being)) describes her differently. Wikipedia says, "Half of her body is a beautiful woman, while the other half is of a disgusting, decayed corpse; she enjoys forcing men to sleep with her, as she seems enchanted so that they find her living side unbelievably beautiful, but her dead side just as disgusting, so that they are mentally destroyed by looking at her. Women are less affected by her powers."

It is also suggested on the Wikipedia site that Hel is a later Goddess, and that she originally only held authority over the shadows. She currently is believed to have authority over those who don't die gloriously in battle.

Goddess Hel, there area few battles here for me to die.
I believe you to be a Goddess of the Shadow.
Help me learn the secrets of the the darkness.
Let my life be a reminder to look beyond the surface for what people can teach us.

My Branwen Project

I decided to make a "Chakra Healing Doll" in honor of Branwen. The pattern can be found at craftbits.com and the doll is made of red felt (for the first chakra) with white thread (the color sacred to this Goddess).

The Goddess Lofn

In Norse myth, Lofn is the goddess of forbidden love.

According to www.pantheon.org, "she smiles upon illicit unions." This was explained better by Dickenson College, where they wrote the following. "Lofn was the giver of permission. She was a goddess of the Aesir. She was often invoked to grant consent for banned couplings to join in matrimony. This authority was given to her by Odin and Frigg. Lofn's authorization cleared away barriers that would otherwise prevent lovers from staying together. Lofn is said to be a mild and gentle woman in nature." (http://users.dickinson.edu/~eddyb/mythology/Lofn.html)

With her colors being Red and White, and a symbol of rings, she obviously was the inspiration for some St. Valentine's Day traditions.

Lofn, Mighty Goddess of lust,
I call upon you and pledge my trust,
To bring me closer to my heart's desire,
And quench my thirst with burning fire.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Artistic Expression Meaning: Your life's purpose involves artistic endeavors, such as writing or music -- can also mean take a class (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Nine of Staves Meaning: Hidden enemies, risk and conflict (from the Renaissance Tarot)

Today's Rune: Thurisa Meaning: aid in study and meditation

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Demystifying Paganism

WOW! This is incredible! Very eye-opening.
WARNING: This video, while worth the time, is almost 24 minutes long.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Open Your Heart to Love Meaning: Forgive those who seem to have hurt you (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Eight of Swords Meaning: Fortitude and hope (from the Renaissance Tarot)

Today's Rune: Laguz Meaning: things hidden, psychic abilities

Friday, June 22, 2007

A meditation to Frigg

Goddess Frigg, help me to be the mother you are.
I desire to manage my duties as you did.
Let me feel your guiding hand, both near and far.
And share your wisdom in raising my kid.
This is my wish, so mote it be.

The Goddess Frigg

Frigg is an interesting Goddess. She has the power of prophecy, yet doens't tell what she knows. She is a wife and mother, and works with Odin (as evidenced by being the only other one to sit in his seat). She is the Goddess of fertility, love, household management, marriage, justice, motherhood, and domestic arts, according to Wikipedia.

She *is* the Mother Goddess!

According to findagoddess.com Frigg's direction is Center. She will manage Summer (as well as the items listed above). Although she has no totem animal, according to that site, she does have the apple and "golden objects" as symbols.

On a side note, I was unable to decide for myself if Frigg and Freyja were the same person or not. According to Wikipedia, "here are clearly many similarities between the two: both had flying cloaks of falcon feathers and engaged in shape-shifting, Frigg was married to Odin while Freyja was married to Óðr, both had special necklaces, both had a personification of the Earth as a parent, both were called upon for assistance in childbirth, etc. On the other hand, they sometimes appear at the same time in the same text." This will take some additional research on my part.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

My Power Element is....

Your Power Element is Earth

Your power color: yellow

Your energy: balancing

Your season: changing of seasons

Dedicated and responsible, you are a rock to your friends.
You are skilled at working out even the most difficult problems.
Low key and calm, you are happiest when you are around loved ones.
Ambitious and goal oriented, you have long term plans to be successful.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Find the Blessing in Your Current Situation Meaning: Instead of worrying, pray and use positive affirmations (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Moon Meaning: the past, hard feelings, regrets, laziness (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Ansuz Meaning: signals

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Today's Tarot

Oracle Card: Follow Your Heart Meaning: You're getting true divine guidance from your heart (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Five of Cauldrons Meaning: satisfied desires, a precious gift (from the Witchy Tarot)

Today's Rune: Sowelu Meaning: success and positive energy

Monday, June 11, 2007

What Type of Fairy Am I?

what type of fairy are you?

rain fairy
rain fairy
you like colors like green, turquoise, and silver. you like earth watching. it's interesting. whats your sign?
How do you compare?
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Thoughts on today's tarot

Hmmm... Ya know, the Oracle card I pulled today has been bothering me for the last few hours. I couldn't figgure out why, though, until I read my "About Me" section again. The card was "Teacher" and I'm not doing that right now.

For the past seven years, I've been home educating my daughter. She's going to high school next year, so I won't be teaching anymore. At least not in the same way I have been.

But I do feel called to teach the Tarot. I don't think I'm good enough -- rather, I don't think I have the knowledge to do this. I want people to know they can blend Christianity with being a witch. I want to show people how to do that. I need to show people how to do that....

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Teacher Meaning: It's time to pass on your knowledge to others (from the Ascended Master's Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Eight of Orbs Meaning: Save for a rainy day. Alternative meaning -- something may be given to you (from the Shakespearian Tarot)

Today's Rune: Isa Meaning: patience

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Goddess Branwen

Branwen is the Welsh "version" of Venus or Aphrodite. She is the Goddess of love and beauty, dying of a broken heart after the death of her brother Bran. She's the Lady of the Lake and seems to correspond with the first chakra.

According to Encyclopedia Mythica, she is one of the three "matriarchs of Britain" (http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/celtic/articles.html). One web site I found (http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/celtic/articles.html) says that while Branwen is usually thought of as the maiden, she has a number of the mother qualities as well.

Birds, particularly starlings and ravens, play an important part of Branwen's story. Heck, her name even means "White Raven!" The full moon in June belongs to Branwen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branwen)!

Finally, I found the following information from Wikipedia very interesting. "At Llanddeusant, Anglesey on the banks of the Alaw can be found the cairn called Bedd Branwen, her supposed grave. Now in ruins, it still has one standing stone. It was dug up in 1800, and again in the 1960s by Frances Lynch, who found several urns with human ashes. It is believed that if the story of Branwen is true then it must have taken place during the Bedd Branwen Period of Bronze Age British history."

Branwen, help me become content in my own universe. Help me to create and give love and friendship. Help me grow and learn to know my inner self.

Christian Witch Course Week #5

This week I finished Scott Cunningham's book. The Book of Shadows was interesting, and I did start my own. I have a 3-inch thick binder that I covered in some Halloween fabric (cats with hats, spiders, and candy corn). I have started to use that.

What I *really* liked was the "Before Time Was" section on page 123. I'll be using that in my own BOS. I also know that I need to be more diligent about adding my own prayers, chants, incantations, and spells to my BOS as I grow in my faith.

On a side note, I heard the BEST description of what I believe. Jesus is who I worship, witchcraft is how I worship. Doesn't that just fit?

Note: This completes module one in the Christian Witch Course.

Which Animal Totem Suits You?

You scored as Fox, You are the Fox. You are quite intelligent and use it to your advantage. You are a diplomatic person and use that to help your friends in times of crisis, not choosing sides. You are also very patient, waiting for what you want.

Fox

100%

Crow

92%

Bear

92%

Eagle

83%

Wolf

83%

Dragon

75%

Deer

67%

Bull

67%

Dog

67%

Salmon

67%

Ram

67%

Snake

50%

Stag

50%

Horse

25%

Which animal totem best suits you?
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Monday, May 28, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Whale (Soul's Path) Meaning: Honor your soul's path (from the Power Animals Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: The Moon Meaning: Dreams, illusions and desires (from the China Tarot)

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: Joy

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

On the verge of Mayhem

I'm packing. I hate packing.

I'm leaving for the writers conference (Meyhem in the Midlands) in the morning. I also am not a morning person.

All my clothes are already in the car. It's the "extras" that I don't have finished. Which earrings will go with which outfits? How much free time will I have? Should I bring one book to read? Or three? What about knitting? How much yarn should I bring? I think that's the stuff that confuses me more than anything.

I don't want to forget anything, but I don't want to take everything I own, either! Grrr.....

I'm excited and nervous. What if I go and find out that my writing isn't what I think it is? What if I find out that I suck? (Worse than just stinking!) What if....

Wish me luck and I'll try to post from the conference. (The computer is already packed, too!)

Monday, May 21, 2007

My Rhiannon Project

Because Rhiannon is the Goddess of dreams, I opted to create a dream catcher. I got the idea/directions from the CraftyHearthWitches group at yahoogroups. The colors I used are sacred to Rhiannon: Crimson for the pentacle; the hoop is gold; beads are green, gold, white and brown (OK, so there are blue ones, too!); and the feathers are crimson, gold and white. I added the feathers because birds are also sacred to the Goddess. (Sorry, the picture isn't that great!)

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Eagle (Spirit) Meaning:Trust in your higher self (from the Power Animals Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: Eight of Wands Meaning: Movement (from the China Tarot)

Today's Rune: Othilia Meaning: Separation (also means fear and emotion)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Becoming Ordained

Yesterday was amazing. I headed west with my dog and we ended up at Devil's Tower, Wyoming. If you've never been there, you are missing something wonderful. Photos or movies (like Close Encounters of the Third Kind) honestly don't do the monument justice. It is a very solemn area and it is easy to see why the Native Americans hold it sacred.

After a lot of walking and admiring the area and taking MANY pictures, we headed back.

Once home, tired and hungry, I read my e-mail to find a note saying, "It is my pleasure to welcome you into the clergy of the Coven of Christ Ministries." WOW! I was so excited!

I had read in "Clan of the Goddess" by C.C. Brondwin that we need to take those moments of pure bliss and relive them and cherish them. According to her, those are the moments that bring us closer to the Goddess. Those are the moments that we, as spiritual people, need to cling to in order to become all that we're meant to be.

Reading that e-mail, the one that said I am now a High Priestess in Coven of Christ Ministries, was one of those moments of bliss for me. It's something I've wanted and considered for many years (maybe not in COCM, since I didn't know such a wonderful group existed) and now that's a dream that has been fulfilled -- a moment of bliss to be relived and cherished. I'm thankful that I achieved this milestone and hope to be worthy of the honor.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Open your heart to love Meaning: Forgive others (from the Ascended Masters Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: Nine of Chalices Meaning: Love, attention, trust, fondness (from the China Tarot)

Today's Rune: Laguz Meaning: psychic abilities (also means fear and emotion)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Christian Witch Course Week #4

This week's assignment was to read section two of "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham. This section discussed the practice of magic. I found some of the basic points so similar to Christianity!

  • Invocation. Isn't that the same as asking God?

  • Thanking the Gods. Aren't Christians taught as children to give thanks?

  • Breathing and Meditation. I've always found I needed to be quiet and focused to pray.


Does any of this change my mind or my path? No. I feel called to continue learning this Earth-based Religion as an extension of my own faith. All Gods and Goddesses are part of the whole — the God I grew up believing in. I believe they're like the "junior executives" of His Universe. How would this book change that belief?

My Morrigan Project

I made Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans in honor of Morrigan. Wars have been fought over chocolate and coffee, fitting of her status as a Goddess of War. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac, appropriate for love. And what is more magical than taking one or two things and completely transforming them (such as melting the chocolate)?

I'm using the following recipe:

* 1/3 cup roasted coffee beans
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until liquid and smooth. Drop in a handful of beans, and stir them around. Scoop them out with a spoon, and set them out on waxed paper. Keep them separate. Continue until all the beans are covered. They will harden overnight, or if you are in a hurry, you can freeze them for about half an hour. Once hard, they won't stick together and can be stored in any air-tight container.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Focus upon your strengths Meaning: The more you bless and appreciate your strengths, the stronger they will grow (from the Ascended Masters Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: King of Wands Meaning: Sincere passion & success (from the Spirit of Flowers Tarot)

Today's Rune: Tiewaz Meaning: Warrior

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Goddess Rhiannon

After reading the information on Rhiannon, I really felt sorry for the Goddess. She spent years thinking she had killed her child!

What really resonated with me was that Rhiannon is the Goddess of writing, poetry, communication, creativity, fertility, art, ghosts, leadership, manifestation, movement and rest (http://findagoddess.com/). She also gives guidance to those who ask (http://www.goddess.com.au) and refuses to help those who won’t help themselves. As an aspiring author, I know I need to call on Rhiannon more often for my own struggles.

It’s also possible that Rhiannon is the “Lady of the Lake” from King Arthur’s legends (http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess_rhiannon.htm).

The story of Rhiannon reminds me of the healing power of humor, tears, and forgiveness. I will call on her for that, as well.

Goddess Rhiannon, I deserve the change in my life that you are there to provide.
Show me the path you can see so much better than I.
I feel the tears that you cried.
Please help me change my life to reach goals I hold high.
This is my wish, so mote it be.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Statement of Faith

I was raised Christian, although we didn’t attend church often — mostly just Christmas and Easter. As a teen, I realized I was missing something. I started attending church on my own, even walking to the church that was only a few blocks from my house. Eventually, though, I moved away, went to college and decided that sleeping in was more fun than going to church.

Eventually, I joined the military, got married, had a child, and got divorced. I wanted my daughter to have that spiritual family I felt I missed growing up. Once again I looked for a church.

Skip ahead a few years. We moved. I got remarried. We again looked for a church home. We ended up at a Pentecostal church that didn’t quite fit us, but it was close to our house. This church preached a very strict interpretation of the Bible. I was taught there that some of the gifts I’d embraced growing up — a talent for the Tarot; the ability to see, hear and sense spirits; an interest in things other than the Bible — were evil. Finally, I became dissatisfied with the “fire and brimstone” sermons. A disagreement with one of the staff pastors there led us to re-evaluate our situation.

We found a new church, one that embraced our family. The sermons focused on the love of Christ and reminded us of His love. It became a pleasure for each of us to attend the services! What a difference!!

Since that time — roughly three years ago — I have decided to embrace what I’ve come to believe are gifts from God and not something evil. I’ve come to realize that there is one God, but so many different paths to get there. The gifts I’ve been given are to be used to help others in any way I can. I’ve begun taking a Christian Witch course and also have been studying Celtic and Norse Goddesses to learn about my heritage (I’m about one-eight Irish) and how I can combine the Old Ways with what we now think of as Christianity. I want to show others how they can know the love of God and still follow their paths and dreams.

I believe Jesus was God’s son. I’m not sure Jesus was God’s only son. I look at Heaven as a boardroom. God is at the head, the CEO. On one side is the Holy Sprit and the other is the Christ. The rest of the table is filled with the other Gods and Goddesses and angels and saints who are ready and willing to help us along our own paths.

I am hoping to become ordained through Coven of Christ Ministries because I believe that I can follow the path set before me. I firmly believe that the Universe is calling me to help those who are in the position I was. I’m a good listener and I minored in both sociology and psychology in college. I’m able to assist people with their problems and find the answers they seek. (I can’t always do this in my own life, though!) Being ordained and associating with COCM is something that is “brought to my attention” often — through things people say or thoughts I have on my own. These are the signs I believe I’m supposed to be seeing.

In addition to assisting people face-to-face, I am a web designer and author. I know that I can use my gifts in both of these occupations, as well as in my personal life.

I see me closing my web design business in the next 10 years, and focusing on my writing, as well as creating crafts to sell on the Internet — soaps, candles, jewelry, clothing, each of them blessed and produced with love.

My family is my first priority. My faith is my second. I hope to continue to find love, peace and joy in both for years to come.

Christian Witch Course Week #3

This week's assignment was to read the preface, introduction and section #1 of "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham.

For the most part I enjoyed the assignment. I agreed with most of the information and found it to be enlightening. I especially found the section on the various tools to be informative. There are some aspects I will probably never use (dance, for example) but I still enjoyed learning about it.

I'm still very drawn to the idea of using the "Old Ways" and the celebrations of those ways. This is a path I really feel called to.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Open your heart to love Meaning: In addition to the obvious meaning, it can also mean to forgive those who have hurt you and to remember to love yourself (from the Ascended Masters Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: Five of Swords Meaning: Challenging situations may arise (from the Animals Divine Tarot)

Today's Rune: Isa Meaning: blockage, stopping a process, reflection

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The Goddess Morrigan

It occurs to me that Morrigan is a passionate Goddess. War, death, prophecy, magic, and love are all in her realm. Celtic Magic by D.J. Conway also lists her as the Goddess of dark magic and revenge. Findagoddess.com also lists shamanism and protection as her areas of expertise. Her symbol is a hag poppet and her totem is a raven.

There is a line at the Magical Circle School site that really sums Morrigan up well. "Her personality is associated with the sometimes frightening aspects of female energy." Morrigan is the original strong woman. She is what we think of a a powerful Goddess, but also a powerful person. She can stand up for herself and takes the time to do what needs to be done. Interestingly enough, she has spanned many cultures and times with her various names and association to the King Arthur legends.

I'm drawn to Morrigan's strength. I like her "take no crap" attitude. I plan to call on her for protection when I need it, using the following chant.

Protection from harm is what I ask,
Morrigan, please accept this as your task.

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: Drink More Water Meaning: Sorry, that's pretty clear, don't ya think? (from the Ascended Masters Oracle Deck)

Tarot Card: Death Meaning: Change; spiritual growth means pain; be aware of fear of change (from the Gilded Tarot)

Today's Rune: Wunjo Meaning: Joy

I decided to add runes to the list since I have two sets of those. One is a beautiful white quartz with purple markings. The other set was made especially for me by my sister.)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Today's Cards

Oracle Card: St.. Paulus Meaning: Contraditions and inner enlightenment (from the Voices of the Saints (OK, so not "technically an oracle deck, I don't think of this one as a regular tarot deck, either!))

Tarot Card: Lord of Swords Meaning: Stubborn and purposeful (from the Shakespearian Tarot)

Sunday, May 6, 2007

My Inner Goddess

According to http://www.goddess.com.au/home.htm#goddesssign I have an inner birth Goddess: Pele! Too bad I don't know anything about her. My work Goddess is Freja. (Could she be the same as Freya? If so, I'll get to study her in the Celtic and Norse Goddess course! I'm going to guess she is....) I'll have to do more studying to learn about these Goddesses and, by extension, myself. Good thing I believe that the only time you should STOP studying is...well, never. There's too much to learn!

The Inner Goddess yahoo group had some interesting information about Blodeuwedd this week. This is what was sent in the e-mail:

Goddess of the week: BLODEUWEDD

SUGGESTED MANTRA: CHARITY
Spring time in England heralds the charity event, Geranium Day – a perfect time to cherish Blodeuwedd.

SUGGESTED AFFIRMATIONS:
~ Acts of charity come naturally to me
~ I accept the wisdom that flows as youthful beauty fades
~ I realise the extent of my wisdom as I enter my wise woman years
~ I release my fixation on youthful looks
~ True beauty comes from within
~ There is beauty in everything I see

Related essences: Goddessence KWAN YIN 100% pure essential oil blend
for the heart chakra

Related gemstones: green calcite, amber, jet, black tourmaline, geodes

The Welsh flower goddess, Blodeuwedd (pronounced bluh-DIE-weth), was created from nine kinds of wildflowers – oak, meadowsweet, broom, cockle, bean, nettle, chestnut, primrose, and hawthorn – and given the name, flower-face.

HER MODERN ENERGY

Two magicians created Blodeuwedd as a wife for Welsh hero, Llew Llaw. Her beauty proved to be only skin deep, however, when she betrayed him for the sake of a lover. The magicians discovered her treachery and, showing mercy, transformed her into an owl.

Blodeuwedd’s journey from radiance to her nocturnal existence represents the evolution of beauty – blossoming youth eventually wilts, but with this comes the wisdom of age.

DO THIS

Foster inner beauty by being charitable. You don’t need to give away money to be charitable – you could give a helping hand or a well-timed compliment.

Love and light,
~ Anita ~
www.goddess.com.au


Interesting, isn't it?