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Friday, September 9, 2016

Religion Is Language For The Soul... Or A Penis If You Will

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, and I could blame a lot of that on real life getting in the way and zapping my time and energy. But a part of me just became lazy as well, and here's an attempt to zap that laziness away.

I'm apologizing in advance, as this is more of a rant than anything else...

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Today, I was in the bookstore, over in the "Self Transformation" section. You probably know it as the "New Age" section, but apparently "Self Transformation" is less scary to the sky followers.

Sitting on the shelves, and sticking out of the books, were little business cards. Naturally, my curious self picked one up to see what it was. I instantly regretted my decision, because a fire started to burn in the pit of my stomach, my jaw clenched, my eyes narrowed, and I let out a frustrated sigh.

Two bible quotes were on the front:

  • God is not a man, so he does not lie (Numbers 23:19 in the NLT version)
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved (Romans 10:13 of the NLT version)

And in big, bright white script was the word "faith." On the back was a web address: https://goddoesnotlie.wordpress.com (the actual link was to a specific post on that page, but you get the point).

I quickly gathered up all the cards I could find. I searched every shelf to make sure there weren't any hiding somewhere, and all I could think was how disrespectful!

Seriously, no other religious group does this! I don't see any business cards in the cookbooks saying if I eat pork I'm going to be damned; or in the fashion books saying if I show my hair I'm going to burn in hell. I don't see little cards with Buddha on them telling me that if I don't meditate daily, I'm going to be miserable in my next life. Like who does this?!

I recognize there are good Christians out there who are accepting and loving, and don't try to cram their views and beliefs down someone's throat, but as a general whole, Christians upset me the most.

Shoving your beliefs in someone's face, unwarranted, is entirely disrespectful. There is no other way to put it. It's just down right rude. Your beliefs are YOUR beliefs. Period. The end. There are people who belief in the same or similar concepts, that's great. But it ends there. 

You can tell me you'll pray for me. You can tell me I'll burn in hell, and that I'm evil. But those are YOUR beliefs. YOUR concepts and ideas. 

When discussing this matter with a Wiccan friend, we both agreed that we see these people as children. Why? Because they act like children. When they don't get their way, they throw a fit. The need attention or they'll keep repeating "mommy, mommy, mommy," until you finally acknowledge them. They don't understand boundaries, and they don't like to share. 

They don't get that when they show blatant disrespect for other beliefs, they're going to be met with hostility, backlash, and they're going to be mocked. Go preach to those who want to hear what you spew. Go preach to your own sheep. If someone is interest in "the word of God," they'll let you know. 

That's part of what draws me to Paganism. Paganism really depends on a person taking responsibility of their own spirituality. It relies on a person choosing a pagan path; on searching for what is best for them. It isn't, in most cases, something that is forcefully thrust upon a person. You really have to want a pagan path in order to be a part of it.

These people who unwarrantably thrust their beliefs on you, have filters over their eyes. They've filtered the world through their own colored glass until the are blind to the concept that there are other systems of beliefs out there, and that those beliefs are ok. 

I'm not a lost child that you can steer the right way. I'm not a broken toy that you can mend with repeated bible verses. I'm not a disease that you can cure with prayer. I'm a Pagan. I have a system of beliefs that you believe are different than yours. Here's the catch, they're not that different.

  • I believe in a higher power; a source for all
  • I believe in spreading love, peace, balance, and harmony
  • I believe in good vs evil
  • I believe in apologies and forgiveness
  • I believe in prayer and wishes
  • I believe all things were created good
  • I believe in faith and hope
  • I believe in beauty, individuality, and uniqueness
  • I believe in morals, and that wrongful actions have consequences
  • I believe in repentance
  • I believe in acceptance

Is that really all that evil? Is that really something you think I deserve to burn for?

Organized religions, when broken down, are all the same. Each has a doctrine, a hierarchy, rules/regulations for how to live, a system of beliefs that are adopted by followers, prophets, an ending goal and layout for how to achieve this goal.

My Wiccan friend said it best. He explained that religion is like language. For example, in each language, there is a word for "book." In English we call it "book." In Spanish, "libro." In German, "buch." French, "livre." In Swahili, "kitabu."

But it all means the same thing. It all refers to printed and bound sheets of paper, meant for us to buy, read, and (hopefully) enjoy. 

"Religion is like language for the soul," says my fellow Wiccan friend. It is the language our soul speaks, and although it may differ from that of another soul, it still means the same thing.

There's a funny quote, that I believe applies here:

"Religion is like a penis. 
It's ok to have one. It's ok to be proud of it.
But it's not ok to whip it out in public and swing it around.
And please, don't shove it down my child(re)'s throat."

Yes, I just compared your system of beliefs to the flaccid, sweaty, meat sack that hangs between a guy's legs. 

You're welcome.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The River Nymph: Photography

This past summer, I was walking along the river's edge, when I saw a River Nymph playing in the golden, sparkling water. 

Below are the photos I managed to capture of the beautiful River Nymph.




















365 Love Challenges: January


January 1

Challenge: Help a stranger in need
Brainstorm: Give someone coins for a parking meter, open a door for a mother pushing a stroller, or offer to help someone who's carrying something that looks heavy
For Reflection:

  • When was the last time you saw a stranger in need of help? Did you stop to assist, and if not, why?
  • What, if anything, has prevented you from helping strangers in the past, and how can you overcome this?
  • Has a stranger ever offered assistance to you, and how and why was this helpful?
How did it go: who did you help, and how do you think it made a positive difference in that person's day?

January 2

Challenge: Ask your newest friends or coworkers when their birthdays are so you can make a note of this for the future. Then be sure to wish them a happy birthday!
Tip: Immediately put the birthdays in your calendar - whether digital or physical - and schedule and alert, if possible, os that you remember when it rolls around.
For Reflection:
  • Who are some new people in your life with whom you'd like to develop closer relationships?
  • What's something simple you can plan to do for these people to honor their birthdays? (Write on their Facebook walls? Send cards in the mail? Send e-cards?)
How did it go: whose birthday is coming up soon? Could you start planning something now?

January 3

Challenge: Ask a friend or coworker who seems frazzled if you can help with anything.
For Reflection:
  • How do you usually look or act when you're frazzled and in need of help?
  • How does it affect your life and your relationships when you feel overwhelmed?
  • What's the most helpful thing someone could say or do for you when you're feeling this way?
How did it go: did your friend or coworker accept your offer? If so, what did you do to help?

January 4

Challenge: Focus on one thing at a time today instead of multitasking, as an act of kindness to your overworked brain.
For Reflection: 
  • How do you feel when you try to accomplish many things at once?
  • What unkind things do you say to yourself when you struggle to do this effectively?
  • What can you say to yourself that would be kinder when you're tempted to do too much?
How did it go: how did it affect your state of mind - and your day - to focus on one thing at a time?

January 5

Challenge: Connect two friends or acquaintances that you believe could help each other, or who might hit it off romantically.
For Reflection:
  • Has a friend or coworker ever made an introduction for you that changed your life? If so, how did this affect your life for the better?
  • What might have happened (or might not have happened) if not for this introduction?
How did it go: were the people you introduced excited to connect with each other?

January 6

Challenge: Carry with you one thing that someone else may need so that you can help them out should the opportunity arise.
Brainstorm: You could carry a pen, an aspirin, a safety pin, a paper clip, or a Tide pen.
For Reflection: 
  • What type of things do you often need throughout the day? Do you have any of these items in your home?
  • Has someone ever offered you something they had on hand that helped you out? Why did you appreciate this?
How did it go: did you have an opportunity to offer the item you carried with you? If so, how was this helpful to the other person?

January 7

Challenge: Write down one to three choices that often compromise your ability to be kind, and for each, one proactive thing you can do today to address that issue.
Brainstorm: For example, if you're less kind when you're hungry, eat breakfast instead of having just coffee, or, if you're less kind when you feel stressed, take a walk in nature after work to clear your head.

1) Choice that compromises your ability to be kind:
    One proactive thing you can do to address this:

2) Choice that compromises your ability to be kind:
    One proactive thing you can do to address this:
3) Choice that compromises your ability to be kind:
    One proactive thing you can do to address this:

How did it go: if you put into practice one or more of your proactive ideas, how did these small changes affect your demeanor - and your interactions?

January 8

Challenge: Today, when someone does something that annoys or inconveniences you, choose to cut them slack instead of giving them a hard time.
Brainstorm: Be forgiving when someone cuts you off in traffic, or be patient when your waiter gets your order wrong.
For Reflection: 

  • Do you often feel the need to let people know when they've annoyed or inconvenienced you - and if yes, why?
  • What does this accomplish?
  • What would you need to tell yourself to be able to let it go instead?
How did it go: what helped you challenge your knee-jerk reaction so that you could respond differently?

January 9

Challenge: Do one small task to make someone's life easier.
Brainstorm: Wash the dishes so your spouse won't have to, offer to pick up your roommate's prescription at the pharmacy, or bring a tired, hardworking coworker a coffee.
For Reflection:
  • When was the last time someone did something little to make your life easier?
  • Would it have occurred to you to ask someone to do this for you?
  • Do you usually look for ways to make life easier for others? If not, why? What obstacles get in the way, and how can you overcome those?
How did it go: who did you help, and why was this small thing actually a big thing?

January 10

Challenge: Write down three things you hope people do and three things you hope they don't do when speaking to your child (or future child). Remember these things today when you're speaking to others to help you be kinder.
Brainstorm: DO listen fully, be patient; DON'T interrupt, get defensive.

DO:
  1.  
  2.  
  3.  
DON'T:
  1.  
  2.  
  3.  
How did it go: did you stop yourself before speaking unkindly to someone today as a result of this exercise? How did you feel, and how did this affect the conversation?

January 11

Challenge: Tell someone about an act of kindness you recently witnessed, to lift both of your spirits and to potentially inspire future acts of kindness.
For Reflection:
  • Why did this particular act of kindness warm your heart or renew your faith in people?
  • Did witnessing this change your day for the better?
  • How might it affect all of us for the better if we focused more on positive stories, like this, and less on negative stories that only bring us down?
How did it go: who did you share this with, and how did they respond? Did sharing this story affect you in a positive way?

January 12

Challenge: Let someone go ahead of you today.
Brainstorm: Let someone with only a few items cut in front of you in line at the store, or let someone get into an elevator or onto the bus first.
For Reflection:
  • Have you ever felt so rushed that you couldn't even fathom letting someone else go in front of you?
  • How do you feel when you're rushing, and how does your mood affect the people around you?
  • Might the potential for a positive, happy interaction outweigh the potential to lose a few minutes?
How did it go: how did the other person respond when you let them go first? Did it benefit you in any way to slow down enough to do this?

January 13

Challenge: Introduce yourself to a neighbor you've never met, or don't know well.
Brainstorm: Say hi when you're both taking the trash out, or, if it's currently warm where you live, sit on your front porch for a while after work so you'll see them when they come home. (Bonus: Relaxing outside is also an act of kindness to yourself!)
For Reflection:
  • Are there any neighbors you regularly see but have never formally met?
  • What's stopped you from introducing yourself before?
  • What's something you've noticed about this person's demeanor, appearance, or home that you could compliment?
How did it go: did you learn anything about your neighbor that interested or surprised you?

January 14

Challenge: Keep an eye out for someone who looks stressed or sad - a friend, a coworker, or even a stranger - and say something that might make this person laugh or smile.
For Reflection: 
  • When was the last time another person lifted your spirits when you were feeling down or overwhelmed?
  • What did they say or do, and why did it make you smile?
  • Did you learn anything from that experience that can help you lift someone else's spirits today?
How did it go: who did you uplift today? What can you learn from this experience to help others - or even yourself - smile more and stress less?

January 15

Challenge: Respond kindly to someone who is unkind to you.
For Reflection:
  • What's your knee-jerk reaction when someone is unkind to you?
  • Does it soften your anger to consider that there may be a cause that doesn't condone but at least explains the person's behavior?
  • How would you respond instead if you were "being the change you wish to see" in the world?
How did it go: how did the unkind person react when you treated them with more consideration than they offered you? How did you feel as a result?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Spread Love Where You Can, And Where You Can't, Spread Forgiveness

A wise philospher man (Goddess rest his soul) once told me, "...spread love where you can, and where you can't, spread a little forgiveness." This was five years ago, and this man has become very dear and close to me. And if you ever wanted to know who was the first person to find out I was pregnant with my (now four year old) son, it was him. I was seeking some guidance and wisdom, looking for a level-headed opinion on my options, and confiding in a friend.

It made sense, perfect sense. And in the back of my mind, this has always been the key to world peace in my opinion. After his death, I swore I would get this bit of wisdom tattooed on me. It's been over two years now, and I still haven't gotten around to getting it done.

As I was sitting in church this morning, playing the role of the good and obedient daughter of my Catholic parents, I was once again taking advantage of the time to do some "mommy meditation," and reflection. I had finally figured out where I wanted to put this tattoo, and was reflecting on how much this bit of wisdom means to me. This quote has become my life's motto over the years, and I have tried to do my very best to living this bit of wisdom every day.

But there has been one life event that I have struggled to apply this wisdom to: the domestic violence,  and rape that led to the conception of my son. I could never love the man who so horrifically abused and assaulted me. There may have been a time I once thought I loved him, but looking back now, I realize it was not love, it was fear and terror that I tried to suppress and rationalize. I could never forgive him for what he had done to me. I love my son, and he is my world, but my son does not deserve to have been created from violent and horrific acts, and I certainly did not deserve to be the victim of such acts.

So how could I apply this wisdom to such a horrific and terrifying time of my life?

As I was being the dutiful daughter, it hit me. I would never love or forgive the man who so deeply hurt me, but I could forgive myself. It was something I had never done. I had never forgiven myself for allowing myself to be victimized. I had never forgiven myself for allowing such an evil person in my life. I had never forgiven myself for believing his lies. I never forgave myself for letting him control me. And I had never forgiven myself for not leaving him sooner than I had.

Spread love where you can, and where you can't, spread forgiveness. It never meant I had to forgive those who wronged me. I do not have to love evil people, and I do not have to forgive evil actions. In those life moments, where it seems I am surrounded by evil, I can love and forgive myself. And that is good enough.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lessons in the Correllian Tradition: Lesson One - Basic Intro

Lesson One: Basic Intro

  • Wicca
    • is a religion
    • not primarily about magic, although it does use magic
    • your place in the universe
    • your evolution as a spiritual being
    • moving forward on your personal spiritual journey
      • learning
      • growing
      • becoming the most you can be
    • a way of understanding and interacting with deity and the universe 
    • a life-affirming path of growth and expansion
    • based on reverence for nature and nature's cycles
    • teaches respect for the earth and all creatures
    • teaches us to reverse the natural forces of the universe
    • allows us to see them reflected in the world around us
    • has a great reverence for deity
      • approach deity through many names and forms
      • male and female
      • believes deity comes to each person in the way that is best understood by that person
      • believes the relationship between a person and deity is highly individual, personal, and subjective
    • strong moral base
      • treating each other in an honorable and loving manner
      • Do as you will, but harm none
    • a pagan or native religion
      • "pagan" means "from the countryside
        • reflects the fact that Pagans follow indigenous, native religions rather than "book" religions
      • built up over time as a result of people's observations and experiences
        • they are living, growing religions that can do change when change is needed
      • revere the natural forces and cycles of life
        • from observation of and interaction with these forces and cycles, beliefs develop
    • unrelated to book religions
      • book religions share common elements:
        • belief in a final day of judgment
        • a jealous and vengeful god
        • basic sinfulness of humanity (original sin)
        • superiority of male sex
        • idea of Hell or place of eternal torture
  • Wicca as a Spiritual Path
    • a path of transformation and growth
    • challenges and leads you to a renewed and enriched existence
    • not an exclusive religion
      • all paths lead to deity
    • one does not need to belong to a given faith or tradition to be a good person or to grow spiritually
    • learning to make your own choices
    • seeks to open your thinking, not limit it
  • To Be Wiccan
    • to move at one with deity
    • to honor nature and all that is in it
    • to acknowledge the life in all things
    • to be in harmony with all life
    • to work with seen as well as unseen
    • to learn the secrets of stones, plants, and animals
    • to speak to/with other-kin
    • to use every tool available to grow, learn, and become the best you can be
    • to use magic, meditation, and ritual to overcome limitations, fears, and imperfections
    • to move in harmony with deity
    • to move to the good
    • to be in accordance with your higher self

  • The Cornelian Tradition
    • strong emphasis on the philosophical aspects of Wicca
    • strong emphasis on the spirituality and inner mysteries of the Wiccan religion
    • liturgically does not differ from other Wiccan traditions
    • a unique attitude toward the Pagan community and its future
    • dedicated to the advancement of the Pagan people
    • believe strongly in the need for increased communication and cooperation between all Pagans, despite location or traditions
    • stress the importance of Pagan clergy as teachers and facilitators
    • stress the importance of strong public presence
    • emphasizes celebratory and initiatory Wicca
    • strongly committed to accessible public ritual
  • Tradition Leadership
    • Witan Council
      • made up of all temple heads, elders, and officers of the tradition
    • Correllian Council of Elders
      • heads and officers of the tradition and its most respected members
    • First Priestess and Priest
      • considered to be liturgical joint heads of the tradition
      • function as heads of the Correll Mother Temple
    • Chief Administrator 
      • the chancellor
      • represents and is empowered to act for tradition's leadership
    • First Elder
      • responsible for ceremonial duties

Glossary

Correllian Tradition: Correllianism is highly philosophical and syncretic in its views, believing that Deity comes to the individual from within and that religion exists to help that process, not replace it. Correllianism believes that all of the indigenous, or Pagan, religions of the world are equally worthy and share fundamental concepts that are universal in nature, while at the same time manifesting external differences appropriate to their respective cultural origins. It also believes that Pagan religions must stand together and acknowledge each other's worth. In previous years, Cornelian Wicca was called Nativist Wicca, and it is still formally termed Cornelian Nativist Wicca.

"Do as you will, but harm none:" the Wiccan Rede, considered the oldest and most sacred Wiccan "law." Many traditions have "laws" or rules of their own, but the Wiccan Rede is the only one that almost all traditions agree on. Not all traditions agree on how thee word harm should be interpreted here.

The God: Consort of the Goddess, the God, who is represented by the sun, is lord of the cycles of life. He is seen as the god of vegetation and of the forests, but also as lord of animals. He is represented as dying and being reborn each year in a cycle with the seasons.

Polarities: The concept of polarity is the idea that the Universe is held in balance by the interaction of two equal but opposite forces. These are variously described as darkness and light, spirit and matter, yin and yang, and Goddess and God. Everything that exists is made up of both of these qualities to varying degrees.

Syncretic: Syncretism is the likening of disparate ideas in the belief that they express a common truth. In religion, syncretism is the idea that the different religions of the world all reflect the same basic truths, but in differing ways - and that these differences are essentially external rather than integral to the true meanings of the religions. Syncretism is a dominant aspect of historic and contemporary Pagan religions. Syncretism is the likening of deities from one area to deities from another. Thus, at the dawn of human history, the Egyptians likened the southern Amon to the northern Ra, being them as the same deity. Similarly, the Egyptians likened Ptah, Seker, and Osiris to one another, seeing them as one - a practice that extended throughout Egyptian religion. Much later, the Romans likened the Celtic Cernunnos and Secullos, the Germanic Odin, and their own Mercury to one another, again, seeing them all as one deity. The highest expression of syncretism in the ancient world was the worship of the goddess Isis, which in later periods taught that all deities were expressions of the same divine power, expressed as polarities - but this was by no means an exclusively Isiac view. The short-lived Priest Emperor Elagabalus created the most concrete example of syncretism in the form of his Elagabalium, a temple raised to all gods as one.

Triple Goddess: The three forms of the Triple Goddess reflect the three phases of the moon: Maiden (waxing moon), Mother (full moon), and Crone (waning moon). The Triple Goddess is the form of the Mother Goddess most often found in Wicca and underlying most Wiccan thought. Her symbol is the moon, and she is also represented by earth itself (often spoken of as her body), by the sea, or by the whole of the universe. Her spirit suffuses all things.

Wicca: Wicca is a nature-based Pagan religion focused on the worship of the Mother Goddess and her consort and the observance of the cycles of nature and the universe. Wicca is highly eclectic, drawing from many sources both in its origin and in its contemporary practices. Wicca also acknowledges and seeks to develop the higher powers of the soul through the practices of magic.

Wiccan Tradition: Tradition in the Wiccan religion is the term used to describe an individual denomination as distinct from others. There are many Wiccan traditions, including the Gardnerian Tradition, the Alexandrian Tradition, the Seax-Wicca Tradition, the North Wind Tradition, the Blackstone Tradition, the Lothlorien Tradition, and many more. All are equally worthy, and all, in theory at least, respect each other equally. As membership in any Wiccan tradition is wholly voluntary, it is never appropriate for a member of one tradition to pass judgment on the practices of another tradition, except in regard to whether a given practice is the right one for that member as an individual.

Study Questions:

  • How does Deity come to a person?
  • Who has the right to decide the best way for a person to interact with Deity?
  • What is a Wiccan "tradition?"
  • What is meant by the term polarities?
  • What is the one "law" that almost all Wiccans agree on?
  • What is the original meaning of the word Pagan?
  • What are the "book" religions? How do they differ from Pagan religions?
  • Are Pagan religions and the book religions related to each other?
  • Is Wicca an exclusive religion?
  • Other than Correllianism, name a Wiccan tradition.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Finding Your Spirit Animal

Everyone loves animals. Some more than others. No matter what your specific degree of affection for the animal world, every human on earth has an animal spirit guide. Animal spirit guides, also called power animals, animal totems and fuzzy buddies, are animals that are spiritually and emotionally connected to us.
Different people have different animal spirit guides. The type of animal that walks in your shadow (not literally) bestows upon you unique natural powers that may help you adapt to new surrounding, become leader of the pack, or bite the heads off of all of those who oppose you (literally).
Chances are, you have already thought of an animal that you want to be your animal guide (it’s a shark, right?). Well, think again, buddy, because I’ve got news for you – you don’t choose your animal spirit guide. It chooses you! You can’t just say, “Wow, sharks are so cool! I want to be just like them – dominant, cunning and completely hairless.”
That’s just not how it works. Unfortunately, you have to wait for your spirit animal to come to you. Luckily, there are a couple ways to bait your spirit animal out of hiding so that it will reveal itself to you. According to the Native Americans, the first to harness the power of spirit animals, there are two ways to effectively find your animal spirit guide:
The most ideal way to find your spirit animal guide is through intense meditation. Start by journeying deep into the forest, desert or produce section of your grocery store. Then, draw a circle around you and bless the area with a sacred medicine, such as healing sage, soothing mint leaves or tough actin’ Tinactin. Sit in the middle of the circle and meditate. Breathe deeply, in and out. Clear your mind completely and open your heart.
After a period of time – from several hours to several days – you will hear something. It is your spirit animal coming to greet you (or possibly the produce manager telling you the store is closing). Your spirit animal will speak with you. However, unless you speak Wolf (or whatever) you won’t understand a thing the animal is saying. That is okay, though, because you have found your spirit animal and soon it will teach you how to speak in howls, meows, chirps or ca-caws so that it may guide you in your daily life.
Alternatively, if you don’t feel like meditating, you can probably just open up a zoology book or something and stop on a random page. Then, you could pick the animal on that page that you like the best, and maybe that can be your animal spirit guide.
Once you have found your spirit animal, it is important to connect with it so that it can more easily guide your path. Learn everything you can about it – what it eats, special skills, life cycles, its baby making process, etc. Then, find ways to honor and get close to your spirit animal in the physical world. For example, if your animal is a forest creature, go camping and gain reverence for the forest. Or, if your animal is a bird, build a nest out of twigs and stones and put it in a tree. Then, sit in the nest for a few days (naked), grooming yourself with a papier mache beak and incubating the eggs you bought from the supermarket.
After you gain a better understanding of your spirit animal, it will help guide you spiritually, mentally and sexually. Eventually, you will achieve your full potential and you and your spirit animal will become one. At such a time, you will transform into a superior half-man, half beast transmorph that possesses the power to both drive a car AND rip the flesh from an antelope through sheer force.
Just as Mother Nature intended.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Altar Blessing

The first time you erect a permanent altar, you should bless it. If the altar ever becomes blocked with negative energy, perform the blessing again.
You will need:
  • Sage wand or incense
  • Broom
  • Tools and decorations for the altar
  • White candle
1. Place the altar in the desired location. Light a sage wand and waft the smoke through the area to remove any negative energy. Symbolically sweep the area clean with a broom.
2. Cast a circle around the altar and invite the elemts.
Inviting the elements -- recite:
"Air, element of east
South, element of fire
Water, element of west
Earth, element of north"
If there are others participating in the blessing say "Please join me in blessing my ritual altar" and recite it again. If you are alone, recite it twice.
3. Invite the deities, saying "Lady of light, lady of the moon, lady of wisdom. Lord of earth, lord of the sun, lord of knowledge. Please join me in blessing my altar."
Same rules aply as in #2
4. Lay down an altar cloth if you are using one, then arrange the tools on top. State what each tool represents as you possition it (for example: "The chalice represents the elemnt of water").
5. Light a withe candle and place it at the center of the altar. Close your eyes and visualize a white sphere forming around the altar. Say "I cleanse and consecrate this altar for my magical purposes. May it provide grounding and correct energy."
6. Thank and release the deities; release the quarters and open the circle.