Shadow Work

A lot of blogs and books discuss shadow work, but don’t actually tell you what it is.  What a tease!  It’s like telling someone about the wonders of chocolate, but not actually having any chocolate.  Well that’s just dumb.  So let’s talk about shadow work.

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Source: http://quotesgram.com/quotes-about-darkness-and-shadows/

Shadow work is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s the spiritual act of going inward, picking apart some of the less than pleasant aspects about your personality or your history or your views about yourself, and then putting yourself back together in a more authentic and wiser way.  Sometimes this happens in the context of a ritual or a shamanic experience.  Most of the time, shadow work happens quite naturally.  If you are the kind of person who is inclined to look inward in any capacity, then you are already doing shadow work.  The goal for shadow work is acceptance (of yourself, of your past, of your decisions, etc.) and transformation into the person you want to be. Continue reading

Witch Tips Special Goddess Series: Connecting to the Maiden

This is the first of a four part series with tips and tricks to connect to all of the aspects of the Triple/Four-Part Goddess.

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Source: http://sacredwicca.jigsy.com/goddess-ostara

The Maiden Goddess is the youngest aspect of the Goddess.  She is wild, young, unattached, excited, and carefree.  She is the Goddess of the wild, the flowers, and of the hunt.  The waxing moon is her symbol.  She represents all of life’s beginnings and possibilities.  In classical and mythological lore, the Goddesses Kore (Persephone) and Artemis correlate to this aspect. Continue reading

Breaking Tradition

Family means different things to different people.  For some, it is an unending source of comfort, love, and support.  For others, they are the people you like and love, but don’t necessarily need to see all the time.  For others unfortunately family can be a source of great stress and heartache.  And family does not have to be just the people you’re related to.  In some cases, the close-knit bond that some people feel for their family is felt through friendships.  Covenmates are often considered a second family to many Pagans and Witches.  And of course there is the family you create with a partner.

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Source: http://www.learningmeditation.com/

Whoever your family is, I bet you have established some sort of routine or tradition or common action that has been passed down through your lineage or your history.  Traditions connect us to our past and establish a framework to plan the future,  Here are a few of mine from my blood and friend families:

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Favorite Shops and Pagan Supplies

So like everyone else, I am putting together my W-2s and whatnot to prepare my taxes.  And it looks like I’m getting a little rebate (in theory, my accountant needs to look at my paperwork).  And while I am definitely putting part of that money away for a rainy day, I will use about $100 to treat myself to something special.  So I have been looking at some new products at my favorite shops.
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Which got my thinking, lovely reader, why not share some of my favorite shops with y’all?

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Three Imbolc Rituals

Imbolc is one of my favorite Pagan festivals.  It is all about preparing for spring and for new possibilities.  This time of year, you will notice that the days are getting longer and while it is still cold everything is beautiful and snow covered.

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Source: http://www.treadwells-london.com/event/imbolc-custom-lore-magic-2/

The deity associated with Imbolc is Brigid, the Celtic goddess of of inspiration, wells, the sacred flame, and healing. Continue reading

Ten Misconceptions About Paganism and Witchcraft

The university where I work recently held a professional development event about accepting and understanding transgender students.  A panel of students answered every question, no matter how trivial or controversial.  It gave people the opportunity to develop understanding in a safe and positive environment.

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Source: https://ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/oh-my-pop-culture-religion-christianity-and-wiccapaganism-in-pop-culture/

So in that spirit I hung out on Tumblr and found some common misconceptions about Paganism from outside of the Pagan community.  Now clearly my answers are from my experience of Paganism, so I am asking my fellow bloggers to chime in.  The goal is to create greater understanding of the Pagan community to promote greater peace and harmony. Continue reading

Essential Oil Sprays

As you my lovely reader may have noticed, I love essential oils.  I was first exposed to them as a kid.  Lavender oil was my great-grandmother’s remedy for everything from bruises to stinky sinks.  I rediscovered them as an adult and have been experimenting ever since.
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Dried lavender herb and essential aromatherapy . Source: http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Essential-Oils-for-Vertigo.html
One way I use them is combined with water and crystals in an atomizer spray bottle.  I love how this diffusion method envelopes the user in a cloud of scent.  Also I’m asthmatic, so incense isn’t tolerable in my home.  And when my practice began in college, I couldn’t have candles for ritual so I used sprays to scent my dorm room.  Eventually I began making them myself.

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