A Short History of Witchery Lesson…

bookofshadowsLast week I blogged about my lengthy re-creation/updating process of my BOS.  Well, for some reason– a “nagging” sort, I have also included a bit of the basics of a history lesson (the History of Wicca).  Yes, I was spiritually and intuitively “nagged” into including it.  So, I simply went with it and did so.  After all, there is nothing therein to be ashamed of, and it does provide a nice look-see into how modern witchery as we now know it and practice it came back into the mainstream of religious/spiritual practice from the edge of obscurity and near-extinction.  It’s just I personally have never heard of anyone including such in their “Shadows” before.  So, this is something new to me.

In any case, I was wondering if there are any other witches out there that have considered doing such also?  Or, is it a matter of my spirit being the “only one?”  I would hope not.

Please feel free to let me know in the Comments.  Thanks!

~Lisa

Setting and Achieving Your Goals

For many Pagans, there are times of the year when we ritually shed the old baggage and focus on new beginnings. Because of this, goal-setting can become an important aspect of our spiritual development. When we set ourselves a goal, we are basically saying to the universe, “This is my will,” and that’s how magic begins. One of the problems many people seem to have, however, is that they don’t really think about the goals they’re setting.

They may have unrealistic expectations, or base their goals on the behaviors of other people. Both of these have the potential to set us up for disappointment. To avoid feeling like a failure, let’s look at some basic guidelines for setting — and subsequently achieving — goals.
Start Off Small

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they set goals that are really huge, and that can be intimidating later on down the road. Sure, it’s admirable to say, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds!” But you know what? Those pounds come off one at a time. Why not set a smaller goal, like losing ten pounds, and then add to it once you’ve attained it? For many people, it’s easier to lose ten pounds five times than to lose fifty pounds once.

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How To Create a Daily Plan of Study

For many Pagans and Wiccans, it’s hard to find the time to dedicate to your spiritual growth. After all, you’ve got a job, kids, a life… who has time to read, right? Well, the fact is that you’ve got the same 24 hours in your day as everyone else. It’s up to you to decide how to spend it. If your spiritual growth is truly important to you, you’ll prioritize things so that you’ll have the time you need to learn and study.

Many people find that by setting up a daily plan of study, they can develop good habits that help them make time for their spiritual education. Here are some tips on how to do this.

What Should I Read?
People learn in a variety of different ways, and everyone has a different method that they prefer to use. It’s important to decide whether you want to read a variety of books all at once, or whether or not you prefer to focus on one book at a time. If you’re not sure where to start, consider something off of the Beginner’s Reading List. You should also read What Makes a Book Worth Reading? If you’re someone who has trouble paying attention to more than one thing at a time, it’s a good idea to just focus on one book rather than several. Once you’re done with it, move on to the next.

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Living a Magical Life

Living a magical life is something that one does twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Depending on the needs of your tradition, it may involve something as complex as daily ritual, or as simple as taking a moment to thank your gods each morning when you get out of bed. It means being in tune with the spiritual world around you, and staying in balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Let’s look at how you can adapt magical thinking into your daily life.

People find themselves drawn to Paganism and Wicca for a variety of reasons. Some may be trying to escape some other religion. Others may be looking for a sense of personal empowerment. Still others may realize that the beliefs they’ve held all along are in tune with those of a Pagan path. Regardless, once you’ve found your new path, there comes a time when you may ask yourself “How can I make this spiritual system part of my daily life?”

Are you someone who thinks about the principles of your tradition all the time, or only when it’s convenient? If you honor a particular deity in your path, do you do so just on the eight Sabbats, but not bother the rest of the time? Are you constantly reading and learning, or do you figure everything you need to know is contained in the three books you already own? In other words, are you a “weekend Wiccan”?

Living a magical life is something that one does twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Depending on the needs of your tradition, it may involve something as complex as daily ritual, or as simple as taking a moment to thank your gods each morning when you get out of bed. It means being in tune with the spiritual world around you, and staying in balance physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Does this mean you need to run around shouting “The Goddess loves you!” all day long? Not at all… in fact, the rest of us would appreciate it if you didn’t do that. What it does mean is there’s a difference between seeing Paganism and Wicca as something you “do” versus something you believe.

How can you bring more magic into your daily life? Try one, or more, of the following — and if something doesn’t apply to your particular flavor of Paganism, don’t sweat it. Use what you need, and set the rest aside.

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Magic Wands: The Ultimate Magical Tools

The magic wand is the most iconic of a wizard’s magical tools. It is the transmitter of a person’ will and desire, the very essence of magic. Of course, as a wandmaker, I could be a little biased. Yet, think of the ancient druids, think of Circe, think of Cinderella’s fairy godmother! Magic or druidecht (as it is in Gaelic) is very often performed with the aid of a wand. In the folklore and ancient records of sorcery in the Classical Age or in ancient Egypt, we find wands. Even the staff of the old wandering wizard like Gandalf is a wand (in fact, his name means “wand-elf”). (The word “wand” is really synonymous with “rod.” It is mainly a matter of length—if your wand is long enough to use as a walking stick, then it’s a staff.)

Even more recently than Tolkien’s Gandalf, J. K. Rowling developed another fictional world of witches and wizards with the Harry Potter series. We shall see if the books remain touchstones for real mages as they become “classics” of children’s literature, though to the present moment, they have had a tremendous impact on wands and wandmakers. In the Harry Potter series, Mr. Ollivander (the wandmaker) and the Hogwarts professors teach the young Harry and his friends about how wands work. In Rowling’s fictional world, there are certain trees that are “wand trees,” and you can tell which ones they are because they are tended by “bowtruckles,” little stick-like magical creatures. The young magic students also learn that the core of a magical beast inserted in the wand somehow makes it capable of directing the magician’s spells. In the film versions of the stories, the wands become blasters that shoot blasts of light with enough force to knock someone across a room.

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History…

Beltane Blessings!  Beltane/May Day history:  Yes, once upon a time Beltane was celebrated at the White House!  Washington, DC, USA Undated photo. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Beltane Blessings! Beltane/May Day history: Yes, once upon a time Beltane was celebrated at the White House!
Washington, DC, USA
Undated photo. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

About the Lord and Lady on my Beltane Altar…

Great RiteOkay… My emailbox has been blown up with questions as to where I found my Lord and Lady (Great Rite) statuary.  Here is your answer…

I purchased it about 4 yrs ago through Sacred Source.  I caution you, the current price of this particular model is a rather expensive $105.00, but here is the link:

http://bit.ly/1ziDuar

Enjoy and have a most blessed Beltane!

~Lisa