I Hate to Rain On Your Parade But It is Important

Published September 1, 2014 by witchesbrew

witchesbrew:

Hey reader,

A fellow blogger needs help financing their website. They are fabulous and supportive members of this community. Please give a dollar or two to help them out.

Blessed be,
Ariande

Originally posted on Witches Of The Craft:

I hope everyone is having a super Labor Day. I am going to do some work around the house today. I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but it is necessary. Everyone knows we are in a financial crises right now. The ISP provider did extend our bill till tomorrow. We now almost have two more to raise the money needed to pay the bill. I guarantee you if we make it through this month, I will never ask you for another dime.

As I stated earlier no amount is too small. All donations are welcome and will be put to go use. You got up this morning and there wasn’t any daily posts, no Witches’ Almanac, no correspondences, no Let’s talk Witch. Stop and think would you miss them permanently? You miss the other information we supply daily? Heck would you miss us? I know…

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Aspects of the Goddess, Aspects of Self

Published August 31, 2014 by witchesbrew

There are several different ways to perceive the Goddess.  Some prefer to see her as an unknowable being and as the feminine balance of Spirit.  On the other hand, I and other practitioners agree with that sentiment but also break her down into different archetypes of women.  Some use the Triple Goddess model, others figures from Classical or Modern mythology, and many use both.  

Sometimes practitioners get caught up in one part of an aspect of the Goddess.  For example, you can look at Aphrodite as a Goddess of love and pleasure alone.  Yet that’s a mono faceted way of looking at her.  Aphrodite has a dark side, too.  In many of her myths she is ill-tempered and mercurial.  Each aspect of the Goddess has a personality of her own, with many strengths, weaknesses, and roles.  Too often, we get caught up with the desire to have a perfect deity with no flaws or quirks.  Yet, denying the imperfection of the Goddess is like pretending part of her doesn’t exist.  

All to often, we do the same thing when looking at ourselves.  We feel a particular label or adjective describes our entire personality.  I know I am guilty of this.  I like to think of myself as a mysterious, sexy, and smart woman.  And all that is true.  Yet, most of my friends and family would describe me as “cute.” This used to get under my skin and annoy me until I seriously examined who I am.  I mean, I’m currently wearing a Peanuts tee shirt with my hair in a ponytail and do get enthusiastically excited about just about everything.  Okay maybe they have a point…

Now just like the Goddess, a person’s personality has its dark parts.  For myself, I struggle with anxiety and depression that consumes me at times.  I also can be a little prejudiced against pretension and am a bit of a gossip.  I am not perfect, but I don’t mind.  My imperfect bits are just another aspect of who I am.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the Goddesses and Gods you work with and reexamine their personalities.  While you’re at it, take this Mabon and Samhain seasons and look at yourself.  Have you been missing out on a stronger connection with them because you never realized they’re just like you?

© Ariadne Woods

A Back to School Blessing

Published August 30, 2014 by witchesbrew

May your pencils always be sharp and pens always have ink,

May you use every cell in your brain to learn and to think.

Whether its the first day of kindergarden or senior year of college,

Apply what you learn with wisdom and knowledge.

In hard times of finals, term papers, and spelling bees,

Call on Athena, Brigid, Thoth, and Saraswati.

May the Goddess bless you with A’s, new friends, and a new set of skills,

And the God protect you from F’s and snowy day fire drills.

Be kind to other students, especially when they need a little help,

And remember to take time to run, play, and yelp.

Persevere through courses you need to give boredom a shove,

Embrace and follow your passion to find purpose and something you love.

So get on that bus and head off to school,

And remember to follow one simple rule.

Work hard for success and prosperity,

And blessings will flow with happiness for thee.

© Ariadne Woods

Magical in the Mundane Series: New Moon

Published August 28, 2014 by witchesbrew

There’s a lot of talk within the Pagan and Witch community about living a magical life.  This means bringing elements of spirituality into everyday activities.  In my practice, I like to coordinate different tasks to the moon phase.  Obviously this isn’t always practical or feasible, but it does bring a little bit of oomph into everyday life.

The New Moon, which I celebrate from the last day of the Dark Moon to the first night I see the Moon reappear in the sky, is a great time to start new projects or to set the metaphorical reset button.  Here is a breakdown of example of activities I like to coordinate with the New Moon.

Household

  • Change your sheets
  • Paint or hang new pictures or curtains
  • Plant crops or buy new house plants

Personal Care

  • Cut your hair, if you want to try a new style
  • Start a new diet or exercise regimen
  • Switch out contacts, razors, and toothbrush

Work and School

  • Propose a new initiative or policy
  • Start a research project, thesis, or dissertation
  • Begin professional correspondence with a new client

Social Life

  • Try a new hobby or activity
  • Ask a crush on a date
  • Go to dinner with a recent acquaintance

The common theme between all of these activities is beginning and newness.  Anything you want to grow, start it at the New Moon.  As you watch the Moon wax, you’ll be more inclined to continue your plans successfully.

© Ariadne Woods

Mistaken Identity

Published August 18, 2014 by witchesbrew

On several occasions, I have received a lovely email or comment from a reader gushing about my blog.  I get super excited and touched by their words…until I see they really mean to congratulate another blogger or vlogger.  I usually pass the compliment to the appropriate party and will continue to do so.  But for the record, I am not TipToeChick or CharmingPixieFlora or anyone else.  I am Ariadne Woods, witch and grad student.  I do share good content of other bloggers and vloggers, especially if they say something in a manner I can’t express myself.

If a reader likes the content I post from another party and wants to express that, if I have the permission of the other writer I am happy to pass their contact information to you.

Witch Tips: Dating

Published July 14, 2014 by witchesbrew

Finding love can be an arduous and difficult task.  You look and search and come up with only frogs.  Well, I am not saying I am an expert in dating (far from it).  But I do have some words of wisdom.

  • Don’t Feel Like You Have to Date within the Community: Just because you are a Witch doesn’t mean your partner has to be.  A person’s personality and your connection to the person is more important than their religious affiliation.
  • Come Out on your Own Time: I don’t tell every guy who buys me dinner I’m a Witch.  Just the ones who stick around.  My best advice is to play it by ear.  And don’t be afraid to tell your special person about your witchness.  If they leave you because you’re a Pagan, then they’re a jerk and aren’t worth your time or tears.
  • Sleep With the People You Want to Sleep With (Within Reason): Yes, Witches are way more in touch with their sexual desires than most people.  And most people outside of the community tend to know that.  In my experience, that has led to a couple awkward situations of miscommunication and misunderstanding.  Bottom line: if sex is your end game when it comes to dating, go have some fun safely.  If your more into building a long term relationship with someone, then I suggest setting some boundaries early in the relationship and to make your likes and dislikes in the bedroom known early.
  • Spellwork is Futile If You Do Nothing: You can do every love-attraction spell in the book, but it will yield no results if you just sit on your couch.  Go meet new people.  Expand your social circle, enriching your life with both dates and friends.  If you are shy or introverted, consider internet services.
  • Know What You Want: Before you begin your adventures in dating, I highly recommend looking inward and examining what you want from a relationship.  Do you want to settle down, get married, and start a family?  Are you looking to date casually or seriously?  What role do you want in your romantic relationships?  What would you be willing to sacrifice?  Knowing what you want will not only make your path easier, but also more accurate to your spirit.

© Ariadne Woods

Small Magics

Published July 3, 2014 by witchesbrew

Let me tell you about two spells I did on the same day.  The first was an elaborate spell bag I planned for days for a very specific purpose.  For the second one, I found out I had to make an emergency trip home, so I threw a few gemstones in a bag, said the fastest possible blessing over them, and threw them in my bag.  Both spells worked perfectly.  In their basics I did the same things: applied knowledge with wisdom, visualized, and believed in the outcome I desired.  But the amount of planning I did for each spell was vastly different.  Mind you, I knew the circumstances surrounding the first spell for a few weeks, whereas the second event was a curveball.

The point is that magic doesn’t have to be crazy and elaborate, because let’s be honest who has time to perform ceremonial magic for everything.  Sometimes you have to work on instincts and let your knowledge guide you.

So, fellow Witches, what can you do to be successful in your spontaneous spells?

  • Take Your Magical Education Seriously: If there is one rule to being a good Witch, it’s never stop reading and learning.  The more you know, the easier connecting your problem to your magical solution will be.
  • Keep Your Tools Well Stocked: Ever go to do a spell and find you are out of the ONE INGREDIENT you need?  Yeah, not good especially in an unexpected situation.  Keep track of what candles, herbs, stones, or whatever your use the most and make sure you buy more when your run low.  If you are new to the Craft and don’t have a handle on your favorite techniques and tools, pick up some white votive candles and clear quartz since both are so versatile.
  • Be Prepared: Try to learn at least one spell for each of your five magical basics: health, wealth, love, prosperity, and protection.  Remember, they need to be quick and easy.  Once you’ve mastered those areas of your life, expand as needed to other needs.
  • Consider Ingredient-less Workings: Sometimes you want to do something instantly, but lack the tools.  So, do what you can with simple techniques, such as shielding.
  • Relax and Evaluate: How much time do you REALLY have to complete this spell?  Are things moving quickly or slowly.  If you have the time to plan, take it.  If not, use your short spells.

© Ariadne Woods

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