Ok, A few more ‘cause I can’t help myself. :P
Just wanted to share at least one photo from the wedding I photographed a couple weeks ago. The big glob of seeds coming at the bride’s head was thrown by her mother. :D
Well, that worked out well, didn’t it? I started a blog only never to return! I have definitely learned a lot about myself in the mean time. I did manage to journal for several months, and I have tapered off. I would look at my journal, sitting there, waiting for me, and then I just didn’t pick it up. As for this blog…computer problems, of course. Good news is I have a new computer. Bad news is I can’t currently get to everything that was saved on my old computer. I am hopeful that eventually that will happen. I had a lot of books and photos and man-oh-man did I have a lot of music on there!
I have been asked to help mentor new pagans. I’m not going to be a “First Degree” teacher or anything, just help folks get their sea legs. It can be disorienting, stepping into new waters, with no idea as the to depths that truly lay before us. The idea is to introduce people to basic terminology, and an understanding of what traditions or paths are out there. We will also help people with some resources, like books and websites to check out. We won’t take the journey for them, but we can tell them which way is East, and how to find it on their own.
Well, I’ve got books to read, so until next time: Many bright blessings and Merry Part!
A lot of people ask me things like “Where can I get an altar cloth?” or “Where can I buy/how can I make my own incense?” Right now you have an opportunity to get both! I am giving away 10 gift packages!
Each package contains:
- 1 altar…
I have more goals than I could possibly hope to finish this year. Hopefully, if I take them one at a time, I can make something of the list.
I do wish to do well in this my second “year-and-a-day.” I know it will be harder this year, but I look forward to everything that I will learn. For the history of magic and witchcraft, I have barely begun to explore the tip of the iceberg, there is so much information out there. I have been doing this the old fashioned way…books, at least for now. While I know you can’t believe everything you read, I do hope that if they managed to get published they had some credibility…. although there are many times it has been proven to be otherwise, even among pagan authors. I found everything I read about Hinduism to be so fascinating that I have started to forget everything else I have been reading about (like Buddhism, Shinto, Tao, Sikhism, etc.). Religion is truly a life-long pursuit, and to learn anything in-depth about more than one? Whoa…
I have completed the reading we had been assigned this week from Amber K’s Ritual Craft. If you haven’t read this book, please, do! It is so fantastic. She covers so much ground and so many aspects about rituals, you don’t even have to be pagan to appreciate it. Since my computer was out of commission for more than a month, there is a bit of online reading homework and an essay that I haven’t yet finished. I have printed up all I need though, so I can get started on that. I am also going to be the one to write the Esbat ritual for February’s full moon! And if my plate isn’t full enough with work and class, I am considering taking place in the “Pagan Blog Project” started by Rowan Pendragon (www.onewitchsway.com). I am too late for ‘A’, but this week is the first week of ‘B’.
And just for the cherry on top, it is my goal to journal, in one form or another, every day this year. I have set this challenge to myself because I always start out wanting to journal, do it a couple of days, and then forget all about it. So far, so good. I have been journalling long-hand. And considering how easily I have stopped in the past, I seem to have plenty to say now. That doesn’t mean it’s really anything worth reading (or writing even) but it’s just flowing out of me.
I hope to really grow something green this year. Everything I started last year died. Yes, we broke a record for the number of days over 100 degrees during the Summer, so it really was too hot for anything to grow. But that is no excuse for myself, only a learning experience.
Well, I have homework to do, then research on my alphabet picks, and work tomorrow. Cross your fingers that I come up with something remotely intellectually stimulating to say next time!
The discovery is, of course, that “man” and “woman” are fictions, caricatures, cultural constructs. As models they are reductive, totalitarian, inappropriate to human becoming. As roles they are static, demeaning to the female, dead-ended for males and females both. Culture as we know it legislates those fictive roles as normalcy. Deviations from sanctioned, sacred behavior are “gender disorders,” “criminality,” as well as “sick,” “disgusting,” and “immoral.
Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. writer. Woman Hating, ch. 9, p. 174, E.P. Dutton, New York (1974)
My Cubbyhole of an Altar
This is so gorgeous I had to reblog. Slow start, but irresistible.
tumblrbot asked: WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST HUMAN MEMORY?
Strange as it may seem, the smell and the taste of grass and the gritty texture of dirt.