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.
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. 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.
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?
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!
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?
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.
I was a Jessica Galbreth fan since the first time I saw her fantasy artwork at her old website Enchanted-Art Designs. I used her artwork on my websites and personally collected many beautiful prints, cards, journals and figurines. I was very supportive of her artwork and enjoyed keeping up with her on her blog too. In my opinion she painted the most beautiful depictions of the feminine divine in the darker aspects that I have ever seen and indeed it was her artwork that inspired my love and devotion to The Morrigan and put me on the path to discovering the warrior queen in myself.
To find that now, the reason I have not seen her art in over a year is because Jessica Galbreth and her husband converted to Evangelical Christianity (think Pat Robertson style and indeed she was intereviewed for his network here is the link) is like a stinging slap in the face.
Jessica has denounced all her previous art (and in the video on CBC it shows her tossing away her canvases in a dumpster) but the thing that has upset me the most are the followng comments she has made:
Jessica says she was possessed by a demon when creating her dark goddesses and other fantasy artwork.
Jessica says the occult is Satanic and only about power and secrets and death.
Jessica says she was empty inside because she was giving herself over to Satan through her belief in the occult.
Jessica says everyone thought she was a witch.
Jessica says the occult is dark and God is the light.
Jessica says there is only one true way to believe and that is to accept Jesus as your savior otherwise you are damned.
Jessica says God forgives only if you accept Christ as your savior.
Jessica says she contacted demons through a ouija board.
Jessica says she is ashamed of her Enchanted Art Collection.
Jessica says she bought into the “lie” that Christianity is all about the patriarchy and subjugates women.
Humans created religion and religion is all about dogma, which I do not believe in.
However I respect everyone’s right to believe as they choose and I would never say that someone’s beliefs are wrong. I would not tell a Christian that just because their beliefs exclude me as a Buddhist Pagan that they are wrong to do believe as they do. I just wish them love and peace.
I would never condemn a religion or a person who practices that religion because their beliefs are different from mine. In my practice of Buddhism there is no dogma. In my practices as a solitary witch I embrace all forms of spirituality and numerous Goddesses & Gods of different mysteries, paths and religions. I respect their history and stories. I respect their depictions in art.
I only personally worship the whole of the Universe, the spirit of the Great Mother, the one divine that is woven between us and the stuff that stars are made of. This includes both the light and dark sides of all nature. There can be no light without darkness. I value neither more than the other.
Buddhism has no deity but many Bodhisattva’s and Deva’s. My pagan beliefs have many Goddesses & Gods. But there is no Devil in any of my beliefs, no Satan at all. So for Jessica Galbreth to call pagan and occult beliefs Satanic is her ascribing to those narrow-minded beliefs that seek to persecute those who walk a different path.
I am heartsick about this and shudder to think that this talented woman who embodied the spark of the feminine divine in her artwork has turned her back on her previous art and beliefs and decided rather to close herself off to a wider world and connection with the Universal Love Force to preach exclusionary dogma that puts Satan and demons into beliefs where they do not even exist.
I still love her artwork. She did wonderful Goddesses, Fairies, mythological creatures and now she does Angels. I love Angels and work with them all the time as you know from my selection of Angel spells. My feelings are that Angels do not belong to Christianity that Angels are celestial beings and belong to no religion.
I am sad to see her guilting and shaming her own art and uncomfortable with her darker and more sensual depictions (which were still very tame) and hope that she will come to terms with it no matter what path she walks.
And to just let her know the Goddess will be here, always, awaiting her liberation, ready to welcome her back to love without dogma, without patriarchy, without guilt, shame or any requirements whatsoever that anyone believe in her.
For you see Jessica, she believes in you.
I got a comment today from a witch regarding my post 13 Ways to Tell a Real Witch on the Internet. She was somewhat misunderstanding (well, ok, a lot misunderstanding) but then she is young (from the style of her writing). You’ve got to nurture the witchlings though and help them if you can.
I had the impression from her blog that she learned about witchcraft through the Harry Potter books and films particularly in the sense that she believes in the fantasy elements of ”Hollywood Magic”, since she was making an argument that there were spells that might be able to change your hair color (she said something about using bleach in spell but as I said, that is not magick but science) and seemed pretty sure that there could be magick that exists that can change your gender or turn you into a mermaid.
Perhaps she was trying to be funny or what she considered ironic. I hope that is the case and that she truly did not believe in the school of Hollywood Witchcraft.
She was filled with rage and that made me so sad to see someone expressing themselves with four-letter words, poor grammar, and ethnic slang. Had she anything legitimately interesting to say it was lost utterly in those affectations. She also only read the one article on this blog and investigated no further. This was not a list about REAL witches certainly or pertaining to them at all. This was a list for laypeople looking to work with online witches.
I was sorry to see that many of her blog-friends supported her angry missive and one even accused me of plagiarizing the list I wrote from something in a book from 1996. I would dearly love to see that since I wrote this on the exact day I posted it and it pertains completely to the business aspect of locating a witch on the Internet which would have been impossible in 1996.
This is just another unfortunate example of people who don’t know any better (and know not of what they speak) being rude to their elders, having no idea of courtesy, respect and manners. If she had offered her opinion in a polite and intelligent manner I would have been happy to discourse with her but to post such an insulting diatribe filled with epithets just for the sake of sounding “edgy” erased any possibility of communication.
Ah, the folly of youth.
It does not happen often but occasionally a client will agree to a payment plan and then not pay after I have cast the spell for them. This is most disheartening. Also sometimes a potential client will have an agreement to pay on their payment plan but then disappear or not make their payment when promised. I just had something like this happen and the client turned on me simply because I asked if she was going to make her payment so I could know if I should cast her spell this weekend or not.
She became quite nasty when my short question was completely legitimate. Then when I responded to her nasty email she played the victim, like I had done something awful to her after she had insulted my business and me personally as a witch.
She wasted my time and after I had showed her kindness and given her a substantial discount on two spells. I always try to help my clients when I can through payment plans and discounts if they are purchasing multiple spells.
I know it is not easy to trust witches on the internet because there are so many scams and cons out there. But I put everything out front to let you know that I am who I say I am and I am 100 percent accessible through email, Facebook, Twitter, online chat and phone (for emergencies). I’ve kept a blog for many years and I have been online for almost a decade. I am a verified seller through Paypal and also have all my other verified credentials right on the site. There are many photos of me. You can friend me right on Facebook and play Castleville with me for crying out loud! I’m not exactly hiding who I am!
I work very hard to give assurance to all my clients but as I am only one person I cannot spend my life working through a clients own issues with them just to get them to “trust”. It comes down to faith in magick – you must have this in order for magick to work. If you don’t then you are wasting your time and mine by consulting with me.
For those who believe in magick – THEY MAKE MAGICK. I help them. Making magick is my entire life, I’m the wisewoman of old who lives in the little cottage at the end of the lane. Only my little cottage is in suburbia and this is the modern age. But that does not make me any less a witch.
Have honor in your agreements. Especially when it concerns magick.
“Ever mind the Rule of Three, three times what thou givest returns to thee, this lesson well, thou must learn, thee only gets what thou dost earn.”
I really need this right now. Spiritually it has been a difficult time for me as a Buddhist. I live my life as a pagan, a witch in all my daily dealings but my religion – my true spirit belong to Buddhism and is embodied by the Goddess Green Tara.
I need her more than ever right now. I need her guidance.
I say her mantra 108 times and it does not seem to be enough for I need to be saying it 108 times by 10,000 times.
Here is a beautiful rendition of the mantra set to music and sung by Chinese artist Su Ching-yen.
In Tibetan “Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha”
In Sanskrit “Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā”
Tibetan culture, and some others, green is considered to include all the other colors.
The practice of Green Tara helps to overcome fear and anxiety, but devotees also believe that she can grant wishes, eliminate suffering of all kinds and bring happiness.
When called upon, she instantaneously saves us from eight specific calamities. The First Dalai Lama lists the 8, and interprets them as representative of corresponding defects, flaws, or obscurations:
- lions and pride
- wild elephants and delusions
- forest fires and hatred
- snakes and envy
- robbers and fanatical views
- prisons and avarice
- floods and lust
- demons and doubt
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
OM represents Tara’s sacred body, speech and mind.
TARE means liberating from all discontent.
TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions.
TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.
SOHA means “may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.”
According to Tibetan Buddhism’s beliefs, this mantra can not only eliminate diseases, troubles, disasters and karma, but will also bring believers blessings, longer life and even the wisdom to transcend one’s circle of reincarnation.