Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Days 46-50: The Sage

The Wise Old Sage.
I was excited about the Sage aspect of the Gods because they are so mysterious and comforting at the same time.  Whenever I think of a Sage, I picture a wise old man similar to the image above, which whom I can talk to about anything that is troubling me in my life and he will listen and lovingly give me the soundest advice anyone could ever give.

I love the quote that Roderick uses: "If you talk all the time, you have no opportunity to listen."  This is very true.  On my "calling on the Sage" day, I was to observe my silence and speak only when spoken to and to take a timeout and just listen to the sounds around me.  It's funny how accustomed we are to sounds but when you really just focus on them, its like a song, whether it be other people talking, someone sweeping the floor, or just the birds singing outside.

My Invocation of the Sage was a very unique experience, unlike any of the others I had before.  I lit my black candle and burned the white sage and closed my eyes and felt like I was in a large field of long grass that was blowing in the breeze, and when I looked ahead of me I saw the glow of a lantern, and as it neared me I saw the Sage.  It was nighttime and the moon was full and the only thing illuminating us was the lantern and the moonlight, as we sat and he said "wisdom is what you need" then he got up and walked away.  I saw the light of the lantern fading the farther he got away until I could see it no more.  When I opened my eyes, I felt invigorated. Touched. AMAZED by this experience!

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Book!

I love to read!  Happened to be in my local Barnes and Noble over the weekend and found a couple of books on Wicca and Witchcraft (after having to be directed to the Wiccan/Paganism section) and came across "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft.  
I love how the fundamentals of Wicca is broken down in this easy to read guide.  

I recommend this book to anyone like myself who is just getting their feet wet in Wiccan territory.  

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year, New Me - 2016

Happy New Year!

I am welcoming 2016 with open arms.  I hope that this new year brings me insights and the knowledge to strengthen my Witch capabilities.  I hope to meet new friends and hopefully find a coven of helpful Witches to guide me along.  

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2015 was a year of internal struggle for me.  I went through a rough period over the summer of pure miserable depression.  I didn't know what I wanted, and just having turned 30 I didn't know where I wanted to be in the next year or even month!  Some people say that they can always turn to the love and support of family members, but that is not the case for me.  We are all estranged, well except for me and my younger sister.  My father has a girlfriend and only wants to be around her and her kids/grand kids.  Me and my mother have a rocky past that we can't seem to get past.  My paternal grandparents are the type that I have to call or go see if I want a relationship with them, they wont come looking for me.  It's pretty much a fend for yourself type relationship with all of them.  Thankfully, I do talk to my sister everyday and we are very close.  I love my children and my little niece so very much and will make sure that I am not the enemy when it comes to them talking to me or needing me. 
 During my depressing, hot summer months I managed to gain an unbelievable amount of weight ( I am usually around 138lb) to a whopping 40+ pounds. UGH. I was also oversleeping well into the afternoon.   My lab work came back with high cholesterol and hyperlipidemia,  so I am working hard now to exercise and eat right to correct that.  I have an amazing boyfriend of two and a half years who is also working out with me and taking long walks so we get to spend some time together while getting healthy.  Being outside has helped me alot with my depression issues...something about nature has always been a release for me.  I don't like hot weather and prefer fall and winter, and unfortunately where I live, in the southeast, it has been 80 degrees even as I write this, on New Year's eve.  We have been trying to make the best of the unseasonably warm weather and going for long walks on the beach.
I researched Wicca and Paganism for a while before deciding to take the step to begin my 366 days of training.  I feel that it came to me in a time of need.  I am grateful for the concepts and the religion as a whole.  I love that it an earth based religion that isn't critical and hypocritical of other people's beliefs.  I think that is one of the main things about Christianity and some other like religions, that turned me away...feeling like you aren't good enough.  Looking down at other people who believe in other things.  And might I add, the whole trying to convert everyone!  Could you imagine if a group of Wiccans or Pagans went door to door like the Jehovah's Witnesses do?  There would be a nationwide OUTRAGE.  I could just see it now.  
I began my year and a day on November 30 and I will see it through to the end.  I also hope to try Mr. Roderick's "Another Year and a Day" when I am done.  
Here's to a New Year!