Category Archives: Outside The Circle

After all…

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Sometimes it seems like whenever I get the slightest calm in my life everything else around me goes straight to hell! Especially things that I cannot control or influence, like what has been happening lately in Ukraine with Russia. I know many of my clients think about similar things, is it going to be like that movie Red Dawn back in the 80′s? The one with Patrick Swayze not the remake, though it had a younger Chris Hemsworth in it which was A-OK with me!)

The short answer is: we cannot possibly know what will happen in the world around us but the better our own lives are, the more capable we are to weather which way the winds of change are blowing.

The long answer is: get your own stuff together kids! Do whatever is necessary to be in the best place you can be no matter what is happening in the world around you, even if it is half a world away, it all has energetic influence on us. So now is the time to start thinking about what you need in your life to make it better – to sort out a love issue, to get closer to your family, to give extra time to your children, to find some time for yourself. It can be as simple as getting your hair cut or playing a pick-up game of basketball – whatever makes you happy and brings you a few moments of peace and joy.

Or perhaps you need more – take that vacation you have always wanted to take if you can afford to do it now, stop putting your life on the back burner. You deserve what’s good now, what you need to make you happy now.

You can change whatever you want to change or need to change – RIGHT NOW! No matter what is happening in the world, you are still in control of your life and can make it the life you desire. Trust me, i know these  things.

After all, I am a witch.

Know When to Let Go

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Magick can and will change your life. It certainly has for me and every single day I thank the Goddess for weaving her magick into and through me. But sometimes it’s better to know when to let go of a situation (or a person) than to keep on because the situation could be causing you energetic harm.

I’m speaking only of situations that take a turn into true negativity in the sense that it begins to take an emotional (or even physical) toll on you.

How do you know when to let go?

Here are some guidelines:

1. When the situation you are in becomes so convoluted (too many players, too many obstacles, too many issues to focus on) you need to figure out what you can let go of and what you can keep in order to focus your will and intention to the maximum degree.

2. When a situation (or person) causes you harm. By harm I mean physical injury, if they threaten you with physical harm, if they threaten those you care about with physical harm, anything remotely like this is cause for alarm. You do not need to be in a potentially life-threatening situation – ever. There is no fixing this on your end, please understand that and there is no way through magick to protect yourself from someone who wants to physically cause you bodily harm.

3. When a situation (or a person) causes you emotional harm. If you are emotionally traumatized you will know it by how you react to others (friends and family), by crying, feeling depressed, losing your joie de vivre. This is a dangerous place to be as well as the situation or person who threatens you with physical harm. The scars here may not be immediately evident but they are there and you will need help to let go.

4. When love is not love but obsession. When you love someone so much that you cannot think about anything else or do anything else, you are not in love, you are obsessed. We have discussed before that obsession derails magick, I have had clients ruin their own workings by not being patient and allowing the spell to work (and by impatient I mean they cannot wait even a few days!) because they are obsessed and this powerful force destroys all in its wake. Love is nurturing. Obsession is selfish. Love is a positive force. Obsession is negative force applied to get what you want and nothing more. When you are dealing with love a little obsession is required otherwise love would never happen – I am not talking about the emotions of falling in love, of being “lovestruck” but the kind of obsession that can result in being emotionally overwrought and losing all logic.

5. Know when to have a last ditch effort. This is part of letting go. Tenacity can be admirable but you have to know that sometimes things must end and that includes the energy you put into something that goes nowhere. Or perhaps it does go somewhere and then nowhere again, back and forth, seesawing through your life. Put a finish on it and call it a day. Liberate yourself from any kind of situation (or person) who plays games with your emotions and life.

Winter in Florida

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It is too cold right now for me to cast outside. For most people in the US, they would say of course it is cold – it’s winter! Well I live in central Florida my dears and usually our winter is pretty pleasant. Not quite as warm as when I lived in South Florida, but reasonable enough that I could still cast outside.

Last night I had to be by the window with a mug of hot chocolate, staring at the moon while I lit my altar candles. It was even cold near the window!

I bundled up in my blanket-y sweater, put on fuzzy socks and thanked the Goddess that the heat finally kicked on (after a strange smell – I think there might have been some leaves stuck in the vents).

The heat is still running right now and it is 29 degrees outside. Everything that was green is now brown and dead. I worry for the woodland creatures and feral cats and dogs.

At least yesterday was a beautiful sunny day even though it was very cold.

At one point after I read about the hard freeze warning I also read there could even be snow!

12 Years a Slave

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I rarely comment on non-witchy topics on this blog but I had to mention that I recently saw the film, “12 Years a Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender (with Brad Pitt in a small but memorable role) and directed by Brit Steve McQueen. It was one of the most affecting films about slavery I have ever seen and is perhaps the definitive film on slavery in America. It was painful to watch the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is abducted from a trip to Washington DC and wrongfully sold into slavery in Louisiana.

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Each scene is like a splash of cold water in the face, especially in contrast to the beautiful natural environments which are captured in bucolic splendor. The brutality and savagery of slavery seems deeply personal from this one characters unique perspective, because like us, he was born a free man and never had any idea what life as a slave could possibly be like.

After watching this film, I realized I never had any idea either. This film should be required watching in schools like we had to watch “The Sorrow & the Pity” to learn about the Holocaust. Without such a film depicting the way events unfolded (taken from the book of the same name written by Solomon Northup in 1854 after he was liberated) there is no real way to understand or comprehend slavery in America. It has (to put it mildly) been white-washed from our history.

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Everything is all right now, we have a black President. We love Beyoncé. The Kardashians have their TV show and Kim has Kanye and North West. Everything is totally cool, right?

But then there is Paula Deen. Remember what she said? And the patriarch from Duck Dynasty? Racism is still alive and well in this country.

Everything is NOT all right.

Every person in this country who thinks they know the history of slavery should see this film because trust me, you do NOT know anything about slavery.

Veteran’s Day

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All I can is thank you. To pagan vets and all veterans on this day and every day, I honor your service to our country.

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Yesterday (and today) is Dia de Los Muertos. I love this holiday right after Halloween. Here is what Wikipedia says about it.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the Christian triduum of Hallowmas: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

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Do you tell?

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A couple of days ago I had a lovely conversation with an older lady about Jesus. She went on a bit and we discussed his presence in her life and her love for him and the help he had given her through difficult times. At no time in this conversation did I tell her I was a witch/Pagan/Buddhist.

There have been times when I wear secular jewelry that you can easily surmise what my spirituality is (pentacles and malas etc) but I had nothing to indicate my beliefs.

It wasn’t that I am not proud to be a witch, to be Pagan, to be Buddhist. I am of course and thoroughly comfortable and happy in my skin of being who and what I am in every way and equally happy to see someone else embrace the love of their spiritual choice too.

I didn’t want to distress the nice lady (possibly) by saying that I was a witch. Or even Buddhist. Believe me I have had Christians come calling to the house and stood there explaining the tenets of Buddhism in the heat and while I do not mind giving a glimpse into my faith, it’s not my ideal way to spend my time.

I can usually tell who will be horrified, shocked or confused by me telling them I am witch so I just keep it under my hat (witches hat). I do not want to trouble old ladies or people going door to door about Jesus. There is no need.

I’m open to debate on this though. Pagans are welcome to weigh in (as well as non-pagans). What do you think?

Check out my Pinterest!

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I love Pinterest and have recently decided to add additional boards that highlight my love of cooking, of Japanese miniatures called Re-Ment, of dollhouse scale miniatures, nature, Buddhism, altars, and who knows what else! I may be adding other boards that include a book-list showing books that have inspired me or a board with some of my favorite films.

I hope this helps you to get to know me better as a person and not just a witch.

So much goes into my witchcraft from different arenas in my life, like my love of art and illustration fosters the creative spirit in my spells, my fascination with crystals and love of herbalism, but also my DIY spirit too and crafty ways making candles, magickal oils, soap, all kinds of things that are part of witchy traditions as well as a layperson (muggle) life.

I also get inspired by nature and when I cannot go to the sacred places I wish, I can armchair travel through pinterest. I can also discover many new things too, places I never even knew existed, a quaint street corner in an Italian village; all such things inspire me and bring a greater depth of knowledge to my craft.

I would love for you to share your pinterest boards with me too – it is such a wonderful way for us to visually express who we are. It can also help me in casting spells for you, so if you have boards available please let me know before I cast. The better I know you the stronger and more powerful a spell I can cast for you. That’s why I always ask for photos of you because seeing you puts me in touch energetically with you and believe me when I am on the astral I can see you so clearly it is as if I am right with you in person.

Helping you actually helps me ultimately, the more I practice my art and craft the deeper it goes and I want to celebrate this with you!

Please share!

New Year’s Day

The year of the snake began today and I am casting my Chinese New Year’s Day Good Fortune Spell tonight. I have caught up on quite a bit of work after the holidays and since I worked through much of it I will be taking off the next few days to rest & recharge. As well as to clean up the house from the holiday festivities.

I have a short list of resolutions though I do not really believe in them I like the aspect of clearing out the negativity that builds up over a year and getting ready with a clean slate for the new year.

There is such possibility in a new year, a hopefulness that the ills from the past year will be healed and good things will come in their fashion.

1. Work smarter not harder. I will be updating my sites very soon with new artwork, new spells, new formats and I am excited for this. It is my ten year anniversary as an online with and aside from being a writer and journalist (and producing my websites) this is the longest job I’ve ever had! Can you say best loved job too? It is!

2. Spend more time with my family. See my brother and sister-in-law more, spend more time with Mom and communicate with extended family more often like Aunt Diane, Auntie Marcia and my cousins.

3. Love more and love right. Not sure how to do the love right part, that will be a work in progress.

4. Concentrate on building healthy habits. Eating more organic, buying more local fruits and veg and cooking healthy food at home more often.

5. Read more. That’s why I have a kindle, a nook and an iPad! Oh and real books too!

6. Take a vacation. It’s been too long.

7. Organize my kitchen, my closet, my garage, my office. (I am almost laughing at this!)

 

What are your resolutions?

Harvest Good Feelings

Just wanted to thank all you wonderful people who read my blog and are my clients. It is you and my family and loved ones that I am most grateful for on this day of Thanksgiving 2012.

The wonderful Harvest Witch you see here is by the talented artist Nikki Burnette. You will see more of her work on this site and mysticspells.com very soon!