Saturday, November 1, 2008

Entering the Sheila-Na-Gig

1. For each element, you had to cross an obstical. Explain how you crosed to the caulrdron for each element.
For Earth: I walked. There was soft, cold, dirt "squishing" between my toes. I imagined my stone was in hand, and the scent of wildflowers filled my nostrils.
For Air: I used my Athame and I cut the air, allowing me safe passage to where I needed and wanted to be.
For Fire: This one was done in a blaze. I could feel the heat and see the beauty of the flames. It was an instant, as if riding on the flame itself.
For Water: This was a small canoe. I pictured myself at a lake I used to go to when I was growing up.

2. What messages were revealed to you, and what was the personal message you obtained?
The largest, most important message I got was that the past, present, and future are so intertwined. Everything is related. But I need to remember to take time for me in order to make my mark on the world -- the mark I was put here TO make.

3. Journal your experiance, thoughts and feelings for this ritual.
I enjoyed this ritual. I liked the calm that it inspired in me. I will admit that I had to try it multiple times as I kept falling asleep! Overall, though, I learned to relax. I learned that it's ok --and really, absolutely necessary -- to take things slow once in awhile.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Celtic Traditions paper

You are to reaserch all of the following traditions in the Celtic Path. Explain and compare the different branches of:

* Irish
* Scottish
* Welsh
* Gaulish
* Druidism
* Bards
* Faery

This was a difficult assignment in part because of the lack of information that still exists from ancient times. Let me start by defining the terms you've selected.

Celtic is an umbrella word. Not only does it relate to an ethnic group, but also to linguistic and cultural groups as well.
Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Gaulish all make up the Celts. The Irish people are from the island of Ireland. The Scottish people from Scotland. The Welsh people from Wales. The Gaulish people from other areas of Western Europe — namely France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany. Although it was said specifically of the Irish, it is true for any of these people, "Many notable cultural divides exist between the rural people and city dwellers, between the Catholic and Protestant people of Northern Ireland, between the Irish-speaking people inside and outside the Gaeltacht regions and the English-speaking majority population, and increasingly between new immigrants and the native population. ("

Druids, Bards, and Faeries are even more specialized. Bards seem to be the poets and storytellers of the Celtic world. Druids would have been the priests and "learned class" of the society. Faeries are described by Wikipedia as "a type of mythological being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural."

Therefore, the first few terms are really "region specific." People who follow these paths — Irish, Scottish, Welsh, or Gaulish — all have regional differences that would have to do specifically with that area of the world. What traditions are common in Ireland, may not be exactly the same in the areas we're considering Gaul.

Differences in Druids, Bards, and Faeries are even more interesting. In addition to possible regional differences, there is a problem with the lack of records from the era. Even the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids claims that there are many types of Druids, some montotheistic, some polytheistic. (

There is really no way to determine the "correct" way to accomplish any of these paths. Too much has been lost. Too much is currently speculated. Too much is just plain not known. Those who wish to follow this path need to understand that and take what resonates with us and leave the rest.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another Great Quote

"I … have to constantly balance "being a writer" with being a wife and mother. It's a matter of putting two different things first, simultaneously." Madeleine L'Engle

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Lupin

You like a nice, kind guy with a bit of a fierce streak and you don't mind if he comes damaged. Sure, he may take some convincing since his self-esteem's so low, but once you win him over, you know he's yours for life. Unless of course he has an attack of "I'm not good enough" and runs away, but luckily he's also good at making friends who will push him back into line if necessary.

(Art by Gold-Seven Used with permission.)

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Questions for Celtic Pagan Women

1. How do you define
  • Paganism: A polytheistic view of the Divine
  • Witchcraft: Using magic, often in worship, always as a way of life
  • Wicca: A religion incorporating both paganism and witchcraft

2. Why are you interested in the Celtic aspects of Paganism? I have Irish ancestors, so I think that's what originally drew me to the Celtic style, but the more I learn, the more it seems "right" with me.

3. What sets apart Celtic Pagan expressions from other culturally based Pagan traditions?   First, we don't have a lot of "facts" about these people. Not much was kept from then to today. It makes it difficult to know with any degree of certainty what exactly happened. Second, I think there seems to be so much of the Celtic path that was incorporated into other traditions. Finally, there seems to be a huge resurgence of this path that we just don't see in Ancient Rome, for example.

4. What are your first reactions to these words:
  • Celtic: an ancient culture originating in what is now northern Europe
  • Wicca: an earth-based religion
  • Craft: creating something out of something else
  • Witchcraft: performing spells
  • Pagan: worshiping multiple deities
  • Faery: fun, light, playful "spirits"; they remind us to be children -- in both positive and negative ways
  • Women's Spirituality: any spirituality practiced/believed by a woman or created for women

5. What are your spiritual goals in yoru chosen path? My goal is simple: to become closer to the Divine.

6. How do you feel about the societal stratification of the Celts? Every culture has/had some sort of stratification system. It happens.

7. How do you plan to reconcile the more negative aspects of the Celtic world to your own Celtic practice? Every culture learns and grows. Every person grows. There is a bit of the negative in each of us and we learn to grow through that. I believe the same in the Celtic world. There was negativity. It would have changed by this point, just as everything else does. I will take what I need and discard the rest.

8. What do you see as the role of women in old Celtic Paganism? This is a difficult question because of the lack of historical writing from the people. I believe, though, based on the Celtic mythology, that women were more respected than in other ancient cultures. Therefore, I think women held positions and responsibilities in each of the various levels of society. I think some women were responsible for teaching, others not. I think some healed, others not.

9. What attracts you to the women's spiritual aspects of Celtic Paganism? As a woman, I feel that Celtic Paganism empowered women more than other pagan traditions.

10. What do you hope to get out of this course? I hope to receive a deeper understanding of the path I'm drawn to. I also hope to learn about myself.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Where is the "school?"

The class I'm taking can be found at

They have MANY classes to choose from. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Introductory Assignment

The book referred to is "Celtic Women's Spirituality" by Edain McCoy

1. Please explain the difference between "religion" and "spirituality". Also discuss how these two terms are simmilar.
Religion is a set of beliefs — the "what," if you will. Spirituality is the "how." For some people, the way they approach their spiritual life is exactly how the leaders of their chosen religion tell them to. For others, the two things are completely different. Personally, I find a strict religion difficult to connect with the Divine. I know others for whom it's the strictness that they appreciate. That is the spirituality. The WAY you connect with the Divine.

2. What are the defining characteristics of Celtic Pagan spirituality, and how do they reflect in your life?
The characteristics of Celtic Pagan spirituality are listed on page xiii of the book. To summarize, though, it is a path that believes the Divine is everywhere and in everything; that magic is a natural thing; and that the Otherworld is a mirror of this physical world. These are things I was taught from an early age and grew up believing. Add in the fairy world and some festivals, and you have the Celtic beliefs! In my life, I make time for the fairies. I celebrate the holidays and festivals as best I can. I try to learn everything there is about the history of the Celts, because this is an ethnic path and without the history, you can't understand the people.

3. What are the defining characteristics of women's spirituality, and how do they reflect in your life?
These 6 characteristics are listed on page xiv. The main idea of this belief is that all women are worthy, all are a vision of the Goddess, all are amazing. While I can see all other women as part of the Goddess, I have trouble remembering *I* am part of Her as well. That is something I hope to "fix" with this course.

4. Explain how you can combine Celtic and Women's spirituality into one?
Personally, I feel that both "traditions" ask for women to be strong and independent. Because I find the history of the Celts so interesting, as well as the idea of strong women so appealing, combining the two ideals seems to fit my personality. I do not believe, though, that it is something that will take much additional effort because of the similarities that are already there.

5. What is the Cauldron of Life?
The Cauldron of Life is many things. It is the representation of the womb, where all life begins. It could also be a portal between worlds. In some mythology, the cauldron represented endless knowledge, endless life, or endless sustenance. As the book says on page xix, the cauldron is a "vessel of never-ending abundance." It is a symbol of the power of women — especially Celtic women.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Where's Waldo? or How come I'm not hearing what I need to?

Do you remember the Where's Waldo books? If not, it's a book for kids with pictures like this one and your mission is to find the hidden Waldo on each page. I'm usually pretty good at that.

Maybe it's because I *love* mysteries. Maybe I'm just pretty good at finding things. Maybe I'm just able to pick up on where the hidden object is. Whatever the reason, I enjoy any of those hidden-picture things. But lately I'm not seeing the hidden.

I seem to be so focused on the nitty-gritty crap of life that I'm not seeing the big picture. Truthfully, it's driving me nuts. I'm not hearing the spirits or the angels or my inner guidance or whatever your personal belief system calls it. But I don't know *why* I'm not getting those messages.

Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? Probably. At least a little. I know I'm not taking the time I need for myself. But how do I change that? I have a teenager who wants to spend the summer anywhere but here, and a busy life that doesn't always take place in my home or office. I need to take that time. I need to get out of the house. I need to hike through the Black Hills and be in nature. Yet, when I do, there's so much stuff I should/could do around the house that isn't getting done because I'm out "goofing off."

Is it the energy around me? Maybe. I feel like my teenager is doing all she can to pull away. Yes, I know that's normal growing up nonsense, but it hurts. She recently told me I wasn't the best tarot reader for her because I put in too much mom-stuff. That may not sound so bad, but I took it as I wasn't a good reader. It hurt. And even though I heard the words she said, it was her tone that said more than anything else. It hurt. A lot.

Is it work? Maybe. I'm still trying to write that mystery. I am stuck on a part and it just frustrates the hell out of me! I can't even hear messages from the Goddess Brigid (whom I just LOVE, by the way!). Then again, I don't feel much like asking.

Is it clutter? Probably. My office is cluttered and I spend a lot of time in here. Both for work as a web designer, work as a writer, to study, to read. I need to clear some things out and not let my family use my office as their dumping ground. Not for their stuff, their problems, or their negative energy. (And no, the family doesn't always dump their negative on me, but hey, Mom can fix everything, right?)

Am I just not listening? That could be it, too. I'm sure the lessons and the messages are there and I'm just missing them. I need to take the time for me. I need to do what's in/on my heart.

Am I not seeing the opportunities around me? Hmmm... just thought of this one. I really want to read tarot cards professionally. (Maybe that's why it hurt so badly when my teen said what she did.) I don't know how to start reading, though. Well, I mean, I *read* the cards and think I'm pretty good, but how do I get started reading professionally? How do I make that happen? Have there been opportunities that I just didn't see? Messages I didn't hear? If so, how did I miss them? Where did I miss them?

Bottom line is that I need to get out of this funk. I need to remember to ask my amazing husband for help, but not get bitchy when he can't do something (another long story...). I need to expect our teenage daughter to pull her weight (which, granted isn't much -- skinny little thing *grin*) around here before she gets to enjoy the reward. Most importantly, though, is that I need to take time for myself and not be so hard on myself when I fail. And I will fail. I'm still on this path. I still have plans and dreams and goals and I need to continue to strive to reach them.

I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.... Anyone?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Which Major Arcana Card Am I?

Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
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You scored as III - The Empress

The Empress is a maternal symbol. She is the mother figure who loves, nurtures and protects.
She will protect you, she will always be there when you are in trouble. When you fall over and graze your knee, the Empress will kiss it better.
Yet she is not a weak figure. Her compassion is strength. If her children are threatened she will stop at nothing to protect them. If well aspected in a Tarot spread, the Empress can symbolise security, protection and unconditional love. If badly aspected it can represent over-protectiveness, fear of risk taking and refusal to face the real world.

III - The Empress


II - The High Priestess


VIII - Strength


XIII: Death


IV - The Emperor


XVI: The Tower


XI: Justice


I - Magician


0 - The Fool


VI: The Lovers


XIX: The Sun


XV: The Devil


X - Wheel of Fortune


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Decision made

I've signed up for the Celtic Women's Spirituality course.

In case you were wondering! lol

Monday, May 26, 2008

Narrowing it down

I have it down to three classes to take.

The first is "Celtic Women's Spirituality" This is the "next" part of the Celtic Wicca class I just completed.

Next is "Meet your Spirit Guides." I'm fascinated by the idea of Sprit Guides, so I think this would be very enlightening.

Finally is "Kitchen Witchery." This is part of the HOW of my witchcraft. I really enjoy the kitchen, so that's where I seem to put my energies. More so than in the garden, for example.

At least I've narrowed the playing field. I"m seriously thinking I could take two, but then I look at all the rest I have going on in my life and know I should only do one at a time. Ah well....

Sunday, May 25, 2008


I have the certificate that I passed the Celtic Wicca 101 class. So now what should I take? I'm still no closer to a decision, but I'm ready to start SOMETHING....

Monday, May 19, 2008


I'm waiting for Magic School to say "you've completed the course" since I've turned in the final essay for the Celtic Wicca class. I'm ready to sign up for another (this one was fun!) but I don't know in what. Aura Reading? Candle Magic? Celtic Women's Spirituality? Kitchen Witchery? Spirit Guides? Tarot? Runes?

So many choices.... I need to pray and meditate (a nicer way of saying "shut up and listen to the answers when you are done praying"). I seem to have no trouble praying. It's the meditating part that I find difficult.

Learning about myself

How many of you spend time learning about yourselves? How many do it on purpose?

I confess that I do not. I know me, right. Why do I (or should I) spend time learning what I already know?

Easy. Because I don't know me.

Or rather, sometimes I learn things about myself that (once revealed) come as a major shock.

I'm looking at the reading list I posted and I've noticed that I'm less stressed those months where I've read two or more books. It's not that I didn't have as much "stuff" happening, but I took time to make sure I relaxed. Obviously I need to do that to keep my sanity.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Final Essay Question: Explain Celtic Wicca and its practices and how you plan to incorperate it into your own specailized path.

In it's most simplistic form, Celtic Wicca is nothing more than honoring the ancient Celtic Gods and Goddesses in whatever way you are most able and in every way you are able. Honor them with your creativity. Honor them with your studies. Honor them with your life.

Because so little is known about how the ancient Celts actually practiced, Celtic Wicca is very much open to interpretation. The way someone today honors the Bard in them, may be totally different (thanks to technology, for one!) then was practiced eons ago. The same can be said with someone who walks a Druid path. How that learned society functioned and the rules it followed have been lost to the annuals of time. There is no one right or wrong way to follow that path, because we no longer know how it was followed at the beginning.

Personally, I plan to honor the Celts as a Bard. My goal is to write a novel and I believe that by following this ancient path, the Divine Spirit of the Universe will smile upon me and help me complete it. I also will do some "Druid" things, like never stop learning and embrace the spiritual world. I plan to use the Celtic Cross as a means to call the Spirits of the Quarters, as well as to meditate.

The more I learn, the more drawn I am to Celtic traditions. At this time of my life, anyway, I believe that's where I'm called to worship, to study, and to learn.

Monday, May 12, 2008

What is the purpose of the Celtic Cross?

The Celtic Cross was designed to honor the "four and one." The four arms of the cross can represent directions, elements, and time -- or all of the above at the same time! The circle in the center represents the divine spirit, also called the fifth element.

How is the Celtic Cross considered a pagan or wiccan symbol?

When the four arms area equal, the Celtic Cross provides a method of entering the sacred circle. By entering the cross on the north arm, a person can walk the circle, pausing at each arm to thank the direction and deity associated with that arm. As mentioned in the class literature, it is really another expression of the sacred circle.

How can you encorperate its use in your own beliefs?

I use the cross in a number of ways. To me, it is a reminder that everything is connected -- the directions, time, the body, people, and the Gods and Goddesses. Using it as a constant reminder of the endless path of knowledge, I find it a beautiful and visual way to call the quarters for ritual.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Explain the Celtic view on life after death.

The Celts believe in rebirth, as opposed to reincarnation. Where reincarnation requires the soul to be reborn with a new personality being developed (, rebirth does not. In rebirth the soul chooses whether or not to return to Earth or move on to one of the three realms of the Otherworld.

What is the Summerland?

Summerland is the spiritual realm where the soul rests. It is the first of the three realms and where the soul embarks on a period of review. Accomplishments and failures can be examined without the emotional responses experienced in the physical world.

What are your own views of the afterlife?

Personally, I believe more in rebirth than in reincarnation. I believe that there are lessons each of us must learn in order to have eternal peace and we may come into this life to learn them (and end up maybe learning others!) before being able to stop the cycle. I think this is why some people are attracted to certain times in history, for example -- because their soul remembers that time. I also believe that if we as human choose not to "do good" or to learn the lessons we came for, we will have to do it again. For example, I don't believe a serial killer who murders only for the thrill of it has learned the necessary lessons to elevate his or her soul. That person will either have to spend eternity on the Isle of Black and White or try again. At the same time, someone who spent their life doing good — such as Mother Theresa — will be rewarded greatly in the afterlife and even given a choice to return and continue, or remain in the Otherworld, possibly skipping directly to the third realm. Heck, she could even be elevated to role of Goddess for the good she did on Earth!

Monday, May 5, 2008

A view from the paparazzi

Hubby and I celebrating Beltain. Our child was "being slick" and taking secret pictures. hee hee

Another Great Quote

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.

--Professor Dumbledore to Harry in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," by J.K. Rowling

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Name the High Holy Days and the dates they fall on.

The High Holy Days, more commonly called Sabbats, are as follows:
  • Samhain: October 31 and November 1
  • Yule: December 21 through 31
  • Imbolg: February 1 (this holiday can also be celebrated on February 2)
  • Ostara: The Spring Equinox
  • Bealtaine: May 1 (although this one can last through May 6 and be celebrated on any day or group of days within that time frame)
  • Midsummer: The Summer Equinox
  • Lughnasadh: August 1
  • Mabon: The Fall Equinox

What time do the celebrations start?

Almost all the celebrations start at sunset and continue through until sunset the following day. The exceptions to that would be Samhain, which is a two day celebration, and Yule, which ends with the common New Year.

Using the rituals given as a spring board, choose a High Holy Day and create your own ritual. Explain what you did and why you chose to do it.

Given the date today, I chose to create a Beltain ritual which my husband and I will follow tonight.

The actual ritual will be as follows:
  1. We will open the circle and call the quarters. At the same time, we will light our bonfire.
  2. We will call the spirits, thanking them for taking the time to be with us and for any guidance and assistance they can offer as we celebrate.
  3. We will state our purpose for being there and calling upon them. This is the time of the ritual where we will vocalize our commitments to the goals we have. Because this is a family ritual, we will state family goals, as well as some personal ones.
  4. We will honor the Gods and Goddesses, especially Rhiannon, Freya, and the Green Man (who are all associated with Beltain). At this time, we will scatter some seeds in our "back field" (we live in the country and have one!). The seeds we'll be leaving are cucumbers, lettuce, and pink violas. The vegetables are representative of the sexual aspect of the sabat, while the flowers are for the welcoming of summer. Eating of honey bread (being cooked RIGHT NOW -- yum!) and drinking of wine will also take place here, as will leaving some for the spirits.
  5. When that's completed, we will have a moment of silent prayer/meditation.
  6. Finally, we will thank the spirits and close the circle.

Afterward, we can sit and watch the fire and I have a few Enya CDs that I think will be relaxing background noise as we unwind and reflect on the celebration.

I'm looking forward to this!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Another Great Quote

"What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility". Leo Tolstoy - writer / philosopher 1828-1910

Friday, April 18, 2008

Explain the 5 elements in Celtic traditions.

The five elements in Celtic tradition are similar to the five elements in other traditions: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit.  Of course, in the Celtic tradition, they are called by other names.

Earth, or Calas, is at the top of the equal-armed Celtic cross.  This is the dirt, rocks, trees...  all the substance we think of when we think of earth.

To the right, as you are looking at the cross, is Fluidity or Water.  As the name implies, everything dealing with or living in water is represented here.

At the bottom of the cross is Air, or Breath.  As the name implies, this element represents the wind, the breeze, even the very breath we breathe.

The final arm of the cross is Uvel, or Fire.  In addition to actual fire, this element includes the sun, and heat, and even light.

The center of the cross represents Spirit, or Nwyvre.  This is the element of the Divine that we, as humans, can not see or touch, but, if we are lucky, can sense.

How are these (the 5 elements in Celtic tradition) different from what you may already be familiar with?

I don't think the first four are very different at all.  Earth, Wind, Air, and Fire are common in all traditions I've seen or studied.  Even the element of Spirit is similar to other beliefs.  In the Celtic tradition explained here, though, it is slightly different — and more realistic to me.   I'm drawn to the fact that it includes the Spirit of humans, and not just the Divine.  I believe we are all connected to the Divine, and this view of the elements reinforces that belief in me.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Druids and Bards: a research paper

The following was written for the Celtic Wicca class at the Magic Circle School. The assignment was to select two areas of Celtic society and write a research paper on them. Well, it was a little more specific then that, but you get the idea!

For this paper, I chose to focus on the Druids and the Bards.

According to Wikipedia, a Druid was “was a member of the priestly and learned class” ( Everything I was able to find about them hinted that very little is actually known, and what people think they know is actually pieced together and extrapolated from the few facts that are available. The term “Druid” probably comes from the Gaelic word “doire,” which means oak tree. The root of the word also means wisdom (

According to The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, Druidism can be a spiritual path, a religion, or a cultural activity ( op=modload& name=PagEd&file=index&topic_id=1&page_id=8).

According to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Celtic Wisdom by Carl McColman, a Druid was an intellectual figure, held social prestige, and had political influence (p. 124). Druids probably also had extensive training in magic. McColman went on to say that Druids quite possibly also had training in sciences, law, philosophy, and medicine. The part that fascinated me, though, was the idea that the Druid class was also made up of “Anamcharas,” or soul friends (p. 128). These were the counselors and spiritual guides of the Celtic society. The book The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature by Jean Markale seems to be one of many texts completely devoted to the idea of the Druids being the spiritual leaders of their society.

Following that idea, The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids lists an interesting timeline of the Druids and their role in the spiritual health of their society ( The website states that spirituality existed in Europe more then 25,000 years ago and changed relatively little for the first 20,000 years or so. The spiritual practices of this time focused on the “circle of life” — the rebirth of the God through the Goddess. One of the most common way to show that — at least that have survived — are the mounds. One great example can be found at New Grange in Ireland, where a shaft is oriented to the Winter Solstice sunrise, so that the dawn rays can bathe the initiate in sunlight after his or her vigil through the night.

The site goes on to say that by the 16th Century, “the key text of Druid spirituality, transcribed from the oral tradition by Christian clerics, talks of the spiritual and magical training of a Druid, in which he is eaten by a Goddess, enters her belly, and is reborn as the greatest poet in the land. So from over twenty thousand years ago to the sixteenth century, we see a common theme - which we find again in the training of Druids and poets in Scotland up until the seventeenth century. There, to awaken their creative genius, they were told to lie in darkness for days, and after this period of sensory deprivation, they were released into the brightness of the world.”

McColman states that it was this era of translation that combined many of the Druid beliefs into the Christian tradition. He claims that The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids has held an important role in bring Pagans and Christians together in the name of religious tolerance (p.133). He states, “Druids can fill a unique role as ‘religious ambassadors,’ especially between Christianity and neopagan religions such as Wicca.”

Again, though, this is because of the modern Druid, and not truly historic one of which so little pure information is known. This is in part because modern Druidism is embraced as a philosophy, more than a religion (McColman, p. 133).

In his book, McColman lists nine steps to becoming a modern Druid. They are as follows:
  1. Become environmentally aware.
  2. Read all you can.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Take responsibility for your life.
  5. Make contact with other aspiring druids.
  6. Engage with the spiritual world.
  7. Let go of your cherished illusions.
  8. Become well rounded.
  9. Serve your clan.

In my opinion, though, these combine the steps most members of society should be taking no matter what spiritual path they pursue — changing “Make contact with other aspiring druids” to “Make contact with other aspiring (whatever path you are on).”

The second path I chose to research is that of the Bard. Whereas the Druids were the spiritual leaders and intellectual “workers” of their society, the Bards were the entertainers and intellectual “fun guys.” These were the poets, musicians, and storytellers. Bards were the ones who not only shared the history of the society, but also gave people an escape.

According to one web site I found, “The Bard was a repository of histories, stories, legends, songs and poetry of his people. Wherever the bard travelled, he was honoured and given certain diplomatic impunity. Before the invention of the printing press, books and scribes were very costly, and recently news travelled very slowly and inaccurately. The bard, due to his education in oral tradition, could be relied upon to know the latest news from his court, whether crops had failed to the south, or which roads were safe to travel. For some villages and towns, the bard was the only reliable source of information (”

The Bard allowed artistic endeavors to flow and often used those endeavors for spiritual purposes (McColman, p. 94). One reason this resonates so well with me, is that I believe artistic talents —painting, drawing, writing, music — are all gifts from the Divine.
Interestingly, Taliesin, Britain’s chief Bard, believed the same. In the story of Gwion Bach and Cerridwen (which can be found at various websites and books), we learn three things. First, talent is a gift. Gwion Bach didn’t ask for his responsibility in stirring the pot, nor did he ask for shape shifting powers. He received that wisdom because it was his destiny, and the talent to shape shift for the same reason. How different that story would have been where it not for those talents and gifts? The same can be said for OUR talents. How different would art be without Monet? Theater without Shakespeare? Music without Bach?

The second lesson we can learn from the Bard is that if we don’t use our talents, we can die. If you believe that your talents are gifts, then they must be used to better our lives, the lives of those around us, nature, the earth… the list goes on.

Finally, at least as much as if not more than any other, shows us the beautiful relationship between art and magic. In the story of Taliesin, he left listeners “spell bound” with his tale. The same has been said for many artists of all genres.

Those are the Bards. They use their art to change the world. There is a spiritual element to their creation and they show us that.

Just like he did for Druids, McColman lists nine steps to becoming a modern Bard. They are as follows:
  1. Make the pursuit of wisdom and spirituality a priority in your life.
  2. Befriend your inner genius.
  3. Claim your gifts and take them further.
  4. Play at least one kind of musical instrument.
  5. Get to know the history of your people.
  6. Get to know the myths that shape your path.
  7. Master the art of storytelling.
  8. Ask for Divine help.
  9. Put yourself out there.

These are the types of things I personally feel the need and desire to do personally. So where I believe society, as a whole, should follow the steps listed for Druidism, I find myself also drawn to these steps of the Barb because those are the things that bring me inner peace.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today's Question: What wish will I be granted?

Deck: Circle of Life

Card:The Tower

This card is rust colored! No doubt about it. Two angels (demons?) are hanging from the tower and looking below. Presumably, they're watching the chaos they've started. The LWB says "When all seems to come to an end, instead of letting desperation consume us, we must think of the evil we have escaped."

In response to today's question, I think this card is reminding me that even when things look like they'll go forever, it could have been worse.

Father's Eyes by Amy Grant

Another Great Quote

Watch your 'Thoughts,' they become words. Watch your 'Words,' they become actions. Watch your 'Actions,' they become habits. Watch your 'Habits,' they become character. Watch your 'Character,' for it becomes your Destiny.'

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Today's Question: What is my middle path?

Deck: Circle of Life Tarot

Card: Ace of Pentacles

This card shows a dragon with a "baby pouch" on it's back. Inside the pouch is a little boy with spots/markings that match the dragon's. Five acorns are in the background and the dragon is holding a ball of some kind with it's tail. The pouch covers the dragon's wings, but the dragon doesn't seem to mind. Maybe the dragon realizes it has to make a sacrifice (clip it's own wings a little) for the good of the boy. The LWB says "a careful assessment of your resources is often the first step to acquiring knowledge."

What does that mean in response to today's question? I think I'm supposed to step back, look at the resources I have, and decide where to focus those resources. My child, I think, needs to be let go a little, so that my own wings can spread just a little.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Response to an e-mail

I don't practice Wicca, but do believe and practice witchcraft. They aren't exactly the same thing, and I can't explain Wicca the way I can witchcraft as it relates to Christianity.

First, let me say witchcraft isn't a religion. It's a way to worship and live. Wicca is a religion with it's own set of rules and beliefs. I'm a Christian witch. I believe Jesus was God's son. I believe He was crucified and buried and on the third day rose from the dead. I also believe in the virgin birth. I believe, though, that God isn't just a "father" -- not just a male. There has to be a female as well for us all to be made in the image of God.

Now for my other shocking statement: Jesus was a witch. I completely believe that. Well, if He were around today, that's what He would be, anyway! He preformed miracles. He believed — and preached — that everyone had the power and ability to preform those miracles. He believed God was present in nature. He commanded the weather, and formed a relationship with the elements. He could channel spirits and talk with the dead. He foretold the future. And Christians are to live like Him, right?

Does that help? Or did I just raise more questions for you? If so, please ask and I'll do my best to explain where I'm coming from and what I believe.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

I hate it when the cards teach a lesson: Part 2

Here's the information about the car accident on April 1.

Another Great Quote

"Once we realize -- no matter what we attempt in life -- the 'worst' we can do is learn from that experience, then the whole idea of 'failure' fades from view and, in its place, freedom appears." --Guy Finley

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Today's Question: How can I find the calm that is my inner strength?

Deck: Circle of Life

Card: I literally had two cards fly out of the deck -- the King of Swords and the Knave of Chalices

The King of Swords shows a man's head and shoulders surrounded by some very fierce animals -- a snake, an eagle -- things with pointy beaks and forked tongues. The man is in the midst of a "war yell." The LWB says this card means "those who are capable of imagining the future can often decide it."

The Knave of Chalices shows an older woman (sprite maybe?) carrying a basket filled with water. There are birds helping to carry the woman and the load she's carrying. The LWB says "knowing how to meditate, even on our victories, is the privilege of the wise."

I look at these two cards and am reminded first of my husband with the King of Swords. The "war yell" thing is so him! The birds helping to carry the burden in the Knave of Chalices card reminds me to share my burdens. I think these cards are telling me that I will find that calm inner strength when I share my burdens with my husband.

I hate it when the cards teach a lesson

45 minutes after yesterday's post, my daughter called. She'd been in a car accident. Her jaw is broken and wired shut. Her car is totaled.

Stuff can be replaced. She can't.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Today's question: What is the vehicle to my next adventure?

Deck: Circle of Life Tarot

Card: 4 of Chalices

This card shows one broken vase (actually, the vases remind me of ancient native American pottery) with water pouring out to the ground. There are three other vases, presumably full. A women (water sprite?) is gazing into one of the full vases. The card reminds me of the phrase "don't cry over spilt milk." According to the LWB, the card means "we must not think excessively about what has been lost, but instead appreciate what we have." I think my next adventure, then, is one of moving forward and possibly cutting some ties to the past. This is a round deck, and the first time I've used it.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Today's Question: What project, study, work should I be focusing on?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 5 of Chalices

This card reminds me of the story of the Prodigal Son. A man in rags is begging in front of an older man, while a contemporary of the first is looking on from the doorway. The second young man has an expression of regret mixed with disdain. Chalices represent relationships and the fives are usually a conflict of some type. The LWB says this is a card of forgiveness (as exemplified by the prodigal son reference, I'm sure!). "Sincere repentance is necessary to resolve a problem." I can't think of anything I need to repent *about* in any project, or study, or even my work.

I'm leaning toward this card meaning I need to forgive myself. Not be so hard on me. I'm not perfect and really need to remember that.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Today's Question: Who/What are my ancient roots?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: Ace of Pentacles

This card shows two people working together to pour something (grain? barley? coins?) into a large sack while a third person stands and watches. A field is in the background. This is a card of abundance. I obviously had enough in my ancient roots. The LWB advises "incline the mind to exchange material goods and ideas, but don't show excessive interest."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Today's Question: What is my path to practical mastery?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 3 of Pentacles

This card shows a man with a chart and a "pointer stick." He's obviously teaching. There is a group of musicians in the background. Are they learning? Have they already mastered this lesson? Is it not their lesson to learn? I think this card is telling me that I need to take the time to study and not worry where other people are on their journey. This is my journey and no one can travel it for me. LWB says this is a card of promotion. "Sometimes you have to show off ridiculously to make your true abilities known."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Today's Question: How can I create equilibrium between what I need and what I want?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: Death

Here we have a mostly-naked woman standing on a pillow with the skeleton of a man "worshiping" her. This is a card of change. I need to KNOW what I want and make *my* needs and wants a priority over the needs and wants of others.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

This is part of an e-mail I wrote to someone who wondered what Christian Witchcraft could possible be.

Define witchcraft? Turning water into wine? Raising the dead? Casting out demons? Feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish? (You get my point!) Each of those miracles could have been witchcraft. Asking a Saint for help, to me, is no different than asking a Goddess. People perform candle magic every year when they make a wish before blowing out their birthday candles, or light a candle when they're praying for someone. They just don't think of it that way. Same thing goes for the "wise women" of old, right? The local midwife was certainly a green witch in practice, whether she "believed" that or not.

Overall, I guess I just don't hide that I perform spells. I embrace the idea/fact of a feminine energy that exists and helped to create the Universe.

Please share your thoughts.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Today's Question: What is it that I need to hold close to my heart?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 6 of Wands

I drew this same card the other day. Interesting. The card itself hasn't changed, so I must either need it's lesson or the card answers todays question as well. As I said before, this is a card of obstacles. I'm going to assume this means I maybe need to keep my problems to myself right now. Keep my obstacles where they won't bother others.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Today's Question: Who will assist me in the success of my endeavors?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 3 of Swords

This card shows a wealthy, learned man with a compass (not a navigational one, a geometry one) and a book. There's a "perfect circle" on the tile floor. The card means calculation. "Set aside feelings and act as rationally as possible," says the LWB. There is someone out there ready to assist me, but I need to approach my endeavors logically and rationally, not with emotions.

Another Great Quote

Belief in a cruel god creates a cruel man. ~Thomas Paine

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Celtic Goddess paper

For a goddess, I selected Brigid. A LOT has been written about her and I will only touch on some of what I found.

As the Goddess of Fire, Brigid is found in the home and hearth, she is also to be called on for inspiration and creativity. All of these aspects are important to me because I’m a mother, I work from my home (so I’m always here and cooking!), and I am a creative (as well as “crafty”) person. In addition, Brigid is the goddess of poetry ( and I am an unpublished novelist — yet another way Brigid does and is working in my life. To put it another way, Brigid is responsible for the Fire of the Hearth; the Fire of the Forge; and the Fire of Inspiration (

Lore about this goddess is abundant. It is believed that when Christianity overtook the Celtic lands, the Christians “converted” Brigid into St. Brigit. The goddess’s cross, which could have originally been a pagan sunwheel ( became a cross dedicated to Christ, allowing the ancient people to still safely practice and hold their beliefs.

With her “mother” aspect, Brigid is the goddess associated with Imbolic, the bringing of Spring. This “birthing” of the land is her responsibility. As the goddess of fertility, this is a perfect role for her.

One of the things I found the most fascinating about her, though, was the idea that Brigid had two sisters — also named Brigid. Together these three symbolize the Celtic Triple Goddess ( One datasheet I found online put it this way:

Brighid - a poetess, daughter of the Dagda. She is the female sage, woman of wisdom, or Brighid the Goddess whom poets venerated because very great and famous for her protecting care. She was therefore called 'Goddess of the Poets'. Her sisters were Brighid the female physician, and Brighid the female smith; among all Irishmen, a goddess was called 'Brighid'. Brighid is from breo-aigit or 'fiery arrow'. (

Brigid, in my opinion, is an amazing Goddess and I feel very drawn to her because of the “fires” she represents. There is so much information out there about her, though, that narrowing it down for this paper was difficult and I plan to spend more time studying her in the future.

Celtic God paper

The god I chose to learn about for this assignment is Oscar. I chose him because I actually named my dog after him. (I hope that’s OK, since he wasn’t one you had listed on the “Gods” page.)

According to, Oscar is the son of Oisin, and grandson of Fionn mac Cumhaill. As a child, Oscar was excluded and other Fianna refused to take him on their adventures. The web site goes on to say, though, that Oscar “becomes a focus for the idealization of storytellers; he is consistently the bravest, the most stalwart, the most frequently victorious. If a warrior is called for a single combat with a fearsome challenger, Oscar most readily serves.” ( The Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture claims that Oscar was one of the most important warriors of the Finn Cycle and adds that in Works of Ossain, Oscar is listed as the son of an aged poet ( =PA218&lpg=PA218&dq=celtic+oskar&source=web&ots=HlOvIjDqVf&sig=MwFB7pnzMtnCCYAXHrM6EorDWsw). goes on to state that Oscar accomplished the following tasks:
  • He wrestles with Goll mac Morna to establish himself as the strongest of all the Fianna. 
  • He engages in overseas adventures accompanied by Labraid Lámderg [red hand].
  • In Tóraighecht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne [The Pursuit of Diarmait and Gráinne], Oscar sympathizes with the fugitive lovers against his grandfather. Étaín is Oscar’s usual consort, although he is a pale lover compared to Diarmait. 
  • Oscar’s climactic moment in the Cycle comes in Cath Gabhra [The Battle of Gabhair/Gowra], when he mortally wounds the hated Cairbre Lifechair, whose dying act is to thrust a spear through Oscar’s heart. (

The slain hero is then buried under a cairn at Benn Étair. In the Christianized story of the Fianna’s escape from hell, Oscar is the critical player, wielding an unbreakable thong so that his comrades can break free. Also, Oisín tells St Patrick in The Colloquy of the Elders that “only God can defeat Oscar.”

I couldn’t find any correspondences for Oscar, but did manage to think of some that hold significance for me. For an animal, I chose the deer. Although I looked and looked, I couldn’t find the exact page, but I know The Encyclopedia of Ancient Myths and Cultures lists Oscar as a great deer hunter. Since does suggest that Oscar may have originally been an alternative form for Oisin (which means “little deer”) that may well be. I would also have Oscar be a god of humor, since he supposedly died with a joke on his lips, “provoking Fionn to weep as he does at no other point in the Cycle,” according to

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Today's Question: What do I need to let go off in order to maintain my balance?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 8 of Chalices

A wealthy man seems to be pulling on a stubborn pig/hog/boar. The man looks frustrated and the pig looks pissed. This card means effort. "Those who insist on casting pearls before swine will be left empty-handed." I need to determine where my swine is. What is it that I'm beating my head against a wall with? For one, my daughter's choice in friends. I need to let that go. They're her friends, and I can only "control" her. (For the record, they're good kids, I just don't care for the ditzy-ness of one and that one seems to rub off on my daughter.)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Today's Question: What will promise me financial gain?

Deck: Medieval Tarot

Card: 6 of Wands

This card shows a worried young man pointing to a broken bridge. His friend/companion places a hand on the first young man's shoulder as if to say "Dude, it will all be ok." This is a card of obstacles. The LWB says "some problems must be solved at the root, or should be avoided all together." First thing I think of is "money is the root of all evil." I'm taking this card to be a reminder that material possessions aren't all that and I need to focus my energies on OTHER types of gain.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Today's Question: Where should I be applying my mental energy now?

From the Shapeshifter Tarot

Goddess of Air (Arianrhod) *traditionally, this is the King of Wands card*

In this card, Arianrhod is shifting from the goddess into a large owl. Branches of an alder tree, representing spiritual knowledge, frame her face and stars (guideposts) and a comet (sign of something great to come) are in the background. The black cat at her feet is a sign of deeper magic. The card's keywords are renewal, power, and karma.

So in respect to today's question, I need to believe in myself. I need to spend some time renewing me and preparing for what's to come.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Today's Question: What is the best path for me to take to follow my bliss?

From the Sacred Circle: Rebirth

This card's artwork shows the rebirth of the sun after the winter solstice. In most decks, this card is called "Judgement" (though I like the name here, better).

The card symbolizes that my past actions helped to shape my present. In response to today's question, I think that means I need to go back to where I was. Perhaps I'm a little "off"" and need to back up in order to proceed? On the other hand, this card could indicate that the "new birth" has already begun. In that case, I need to be prepared for some changes. Change in attitude? In circumstance?

I guess there's nothing for me to do but wait and see!

Another Great Quote

"Be what you are and do what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." ~~ Dr. Suess

Friday, February 1, 2008

Imbolc plans?

I will make bread today and leave some out. Also some ribbon to be blessed by Brigid. I plan to do a creativity ritual today or tomorrow as well as an Imbolc one.

What are your plans?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another Great Quote

"Far away, there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." ~~ Louisa May Alcott

Today's Question: In what way will my dream come true?

From the Radiant Rider-Waite The four of pentacles

I have to trust in my gifts and talents in order to make my dream a reality.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Today's Question: What is it I really want?

From the Radiant Rider-Waite Page of Cups

The LWB (Little White Book) for this deck says the card means news, message, application, reflection, meditation. To me, this card means a message of love or emotions. Cups are emotions, and the page represents a message of some kind.

I guess I want to know that I'm loved and needed -- not taken for granted.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Today's Question: What is it that I need to revisit?

From the Sacred Circle Tarot 5 of Wands: Grounding

I'm taking this card to mean that I'm a bit stressed! I need to take time out: time to reflect, time to center, time to relax. The "on-the-go" speed that I've been running out is about to give way, and I'll be in some kind of tail-spin when that happens!

I need to make a better effort to find my center and live in it before I can take on any new projects.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another Great Quote

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - - Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Today's Question: What is it that is missing right now?

From the Tarot of Transformation

7 of Wands: Opening to Angels

I guess I need to remember to ask for help, and then to be open to receiving it. I must be missing the signs that the angels are sending or I'm missing my opportunity to ask them for help. Either way, I need to make an effort to receive what's "mine" from them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Another Great Quote

"In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~~ Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Today's Question: Who or what must I commit myself to?

From the Sacred Circle Tarot

9 of Disks: Gain

Interesting. This card indicates financial gain. One of my new year's resolutions is to save a certain amount of money by the end of the year, so I think I must really commit myself to doing that. I need to put a few extra bucks in the bank...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wicca in the Celtic Tradition

Having read through the lists of Celtic Wicca, I feel very drawn to a number of the traditions, specifically the Deborean, Family, and Arthurian ones.

The Family Tradition appeals to me because it is the style of Wicca I was brought up practicing. My heritage is very much Irish (my mother's father was half-Irish), and a belief in the "little people" and the "fae folk" and the stories and traditions that encompass that culture were an important part of my childhood, thanks to my mother and grandfather. In my case, these beliefs and traditions were very much mixed with main-stream Christianity to the point that I didn't see a difference. Embracing the ability to see spirits, or speak with the dead, was one aspect. Leaving a cup of milk for the fairies was another. In my opinion, turning the Goddess Brigid into Saint Brigid (keeping her tale the same, bringing her out of hiding, yet still making her "acceptable" to share with others ) is yet another way. Even using specific herbs for a sore throat or making certain foods before a journey are more than family traditions because of the magical/mystical properties around the herbs and other ingredients. The people who practiced this form of Celtic Wicca kept their family's traditions and rituals by sharing with their children and their children's children.

The Arthurian Tradition also intrigues me. Based on everything I've been able to find, not only is this the most well-known of the Celtic paths, but it is also the one based upon King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Each of the main characters in the legends is a hero of sorts. Deep at it's roots, this is a story of women's rights and empowerment. I don't believe that the legend is without truth, since by definition "Legends are fabulous stories that have some historical basis." ( I refuse to believe that there wasn't a tradition of Celtic beliefs to follow Arthur and his quest for the grail.

Finally, I think that's what makes the Deborean Tradition so appealing to me. It's a way of combining so many of the Celtic traditions with the Native American ones. The Clan of the Forest Moon relies on Cherokee beliefs (, but I think any Native American tribe's traditions could be used. While this tradition seems to have been founded in the Smokey Mountains (, I don't see why the same principles can't apply to the people of the Black Hills. Since there is a strong Lakota population where I live, I think we as people should and could learn from the people who have inhabited this land for so long before us. I'm drawn to the "old ways" and in a country not even 250 years old, those ways really belong to the Native Americans.

No matter what "minor path" you resonate with, though, I think the Celtic traditions are the most "real" for me. I found the following definition at that summarized Celtic Wicca.

This sect concentrates on the elements, nature and the Ancients. With their great knowledge of healing, magick and nature, including plants, animals and stones, this tradition is probably the closest in structure to the ancients. They are extremely dedicated to preserving the importance of traditional Celtic values such as honor, courage, truth, strength, wisdom, and eloquence. Aided by the fey, Celtic magick is full of fun, yet powerful.

To me, that's what this path is all about.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today's question: What adventure am I ready to take on?

From the Sacred Circle Deck

The Chariot

I must be on the verge of an adventure -- ready to take off and make it happen! In this deck, the chariot driver is a warrior queen and the chariot is pulled by two horses -- one white, one black. Whatever the adventure is, there must be a struggle of good/evil that I (as the warrior queen/driver of the chariot) must face. The road won't be easy, but I'm ready!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Today's question: How can I remain disciplined in my pursuit?

From the Llewellyn deck:

Page of Cups: Imagination, artistic abilities. Compassion and understanding

I need to use my imagination, but not be too rigid. Open up to the possibilities before me.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another Great Quote

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Today's question: What will bring me a rush of creative inspiration?

Again I drew from the Tarot of Transformation.

The Chariot. This card is beautiful. Heck, this entire deck is wonderful!  This card shows a woman driving an ancient chariot pulled by three(?) horses through the cosmos.  They're surrounded by starts and you can see a world off in the distance.

This tells that that in order to get that rush of creativity, I need to get out of the world I'm in (that of wife and mother and housekeeper and bill payer and dog walker....) and into a space of my own.  In other words, sit down and do it!

Another Great Quote

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Today's question: What will keep me steady on my path?

I got a new deck, the Tarot of Transformation, so I opted to use that for today's question. I drew the Crone, The Light of Introspection. I guess I need to do more meditation. I need to "get back in my head" a little more. I need to make time to get away from the craziness that seems to be surrounding me.

Oh, in other decks, this card is called the hermit. Interesting.

Followup to the Jan. 9 question

Sometimes, you just have to wonder at how the Universe works, don't you?  Let me tell you how the cards I drew for yesterday played out in my life.

Monday (Jan 7): I signed up for an online writing class about plotting a novel using Tarot cards.  This is something that was right up my alley!  Awesome!

Tuesday (Jan 8): The critique I'd been waiting for from the Mystery Writers of America finally showed up. I ripped it open and was crushed.  The guy who did the critique really knew nothing about my sub-genre or paranormal cozies, wasn't in my target audience of women 18 and older, and did the entire critique in red pen.  All I saw at first was his "bleeds" all over.  Didn't help that he really wasn't very helpful in his criticism, either.  I decided I must be a lousy writer and was wasting my time even trying.  I asked the Divine Force of the Universe to give me a sign.  An UNMISTAKABLE sign, of course.

Wednesday (Jan 9): I had somewhat calmed down, although I was still awaiting that unmistakable sign.  Amazingly, in my inbox I start to get the information from that course I signed up for on Monday.  Assignment number one was to pick the deck you want to use for the purposes of the class.  So I go on a hunt.  I finally decide upon a deck (the Tarot Lenormand), and post an introduction along with my first assignment.  As I continue to check my e-mail I get the daily card drawing question from another list and do the drawing that made no sense.  Oh well.  All will be revealed and all that, right?  Moving on, I keep checking e-mails, going through the posts from the class.  I get an e-mail with the subject "Off-line" or "Off class" or something of the like.  The author of the e-mail wanted to know how much I'd done on my novel.  Would I be interested in an online critique group for MYSTERY AUTHORS?  Where at least one other (the author of the e-mail) actually wrote PARANORMAL MYSTERIES?   Sweet!!!  So I was given the opportunity to have an advisor on this project (the Hermit) and to share my writing with a group who's mission is to give me helpful feedback in an effort to get the book published (the 8 of Chalices movement of goods).  

Like I said before, sometimes you just have to wonder at how the Universe works.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Today's question: What good news is on its way?

I selected the Tarot Lenormand deck and drew the 8 of Chalices. Meanings for this card are travel, movement of goods, pleasant trip.

A movement of goods? The novel I'm working on? I received some bad news about that yesterday, so is there some good news on its heels? Will my husband surprise me with tickets for a cruise? (OK, probably not!) I'm interested to see how this plays out today.

As a side note, I drew for this twice as husband was "helping" me by holding the cards...tight... when I drew the first time. That card was the Hermit, meaning meditation, discretion, experience, and wise advisor. I didn't (and still don't) see how that card meant good news was on the way, hence the second drawing.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Another Great Quote

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers." ~~ Maya Angelou

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Today's question: What will head me in the right direction?

Once again from the Fantastical Creatures deck (my most recent purchase). This time, I drew Judgment. That tells me I have to be patient (I HATE that word!) and persistent, but if I continue in this direction -- which must be the right one -- my problems will be easily solved. Or else I'm seeing problems where there really are none.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Today's question: Where do I begin?

I drew the Moon from the Fantastical Creatures Tarot. This card has a unicorn standing on a hill in the moonlight with an owl in the background. I begin this year by embracing my dreams but also by having a plan to realize them. I must look beyond the illusion and magic of the unicorn and see the truth and wisdom of the owl.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

My bad...

I seem to have missed a uploading new assignments to the Magical Circle School so now I have to re-do those assignments. I don't know if I will. I'm thinking of it, but maybe I'll just "press on" and start new courses.

I will pray about it and see what answers I get....

2008 Card

I drew a card last night for the upcoming year. It was the Star: success against opposition.

Could be an interesting year...