The Light in the Darkness: Love is Sent to All

Many times we find it difficult to smile or to find the strength to make it through each passing day. I personally know the difficulty in finding happiness in the darkness. The only way to find your way through this darkness is to stumble by the dim candle light that is your faith. At first, faith starts out simply as a small flame, perhaps barely visible, but the smallest flicker can ignite a huge fire.

I think it is important to find joy in the smallest things in life. Whether it is the laughter of children, the moon, a rainbow, or a bit of much-needed rain, whatever it is that brings you joy, you should pursue it.

Meditation, which you have read throughout my blog, is a tool I choose to use when I’m stressed or really upset with a situation. Meditation takes the world away and it leaves you and your emotions. Ultimately, my friends, life’s big decisions are your choice, no one else’s. It is easy to find a person or a circumstance to blame, but in reality the only person making the decisions is you. Say no to unhappiness. Say no to feeling miserable. Find solitude in yourself for a few minutes, or maybe hours if you need it. It is a beautiful feeling when you can breathe and be strong in your own decisions.

I want everyone I come in contact with to feel uplifted and whole, I want them to be happy and full of joy, not because of my presence, but because I am happy with myself and what I do. Pain is inevitable, but it is our choice to suffer.

Take the reigns of life now! And be free of the oppressive power of fear. It’s inside of us, but that doesn’t mean it should control us.

Power and blessings are sent and received

Praise to the God and Goddess who provide my needs

I give thanks for this day

And I send love in every way

Blessed Be

Be strong, my brothers and sisters, it’s our time to shine.

Blessed Be.

Sheldon

 

Pagan Ethics

I have been wrestling with the direction I wanted to take this post for awhile now. Of course within Wicca there is the final line in the Wiccan Rede: “An if it harm none, do as you will,” but where does that leave most of us? Ethics seems to be mixed with the Law of the land. For example, if you steal a cow from your neighbor to feed your family, it is illegal to steal the cow, but is it ethical? You are feeding your family, sustaining life for those you love, but you are being dishonest and taking what is not yours.

This discussion of Ethical vs. Legal was presented in my Ethics course today. It provoked me to think, is there an ethical code that is accepted by most or all Pagan community members? Sure, it’s a great concept to do what you want, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone, but then the cow argument can be discredited. If the cow owner were wealthy and the cow was meaningless to him, then it is not harming him or his family. It is a Robin Hood type situation, but is it right to do so? Are ethics subjective to situation? or in reality, should they be solidified?

When we teach our children right and wrong we don’t specifically tell them, “This is ethical. If ‘A’ happens, then you respond with ‘B'” No, we simply lead by example. We tell the truth, keep our promises, return what we borrow, ask before taking an item, play nice. Kindergarten ideas and lessons really do follow us throughout life. There is a poem by Robert Fulghum that expresses this idea. It is presented below.

“Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.”

In truth, every faith can learn something from this. Don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t hurt those around us. Treat others how you want to be treated.

Ethical conduct is a serious discussion that needs to be brought forth by Pagans. As much as we wish to say we don’t want organized religion, Paganism is an organized, ritual-based faith. We have steps on worship and instruction on how to worship our deities, we may be void of a book, but that does not mean we can operate however we want. We are a faith based in love and gratitude, we are not vengeful, we are not spiteful, we forgive (we don’t always forget), we don’t get even, that’s karma’s job, we give love and receive love, it is time to make our ethical choices known. We are not without structure, we are the epitome of structure. Let’s publish our love, let’s be known as a force of purity.

Love to all!

Blessed be!

 

Finding Happiness

Love is on this earth!

What people seek most in this world is love, acceptance, and happiness.
Religion is the way many people cope with the acceptance part of life. Following a God or Goddess allows a community to flourish. People of like minds can be built and love can be found.

I would like to talk about Love now. The Greeks have a beautiful idea of love. They said that there were three types of love. 1)The love of friends and family, 2)The Lover’s Love, and 3) Love of God. Each love has its own specification and I believe that this idea of Love is very strong. Love grows over time, you love your parents, but in a completely different way that you would love a lover or your deity.

Everyone is trying to find love, but the thing is, love surrounds us everyday, Fairy tales are stories that help us maintain hope and help us prosper, but we need to find the reality and the allegory in the tales. Love and respect are found in everything on this earth, but we cannot if we are looking for the greener grass. Many times in life we cannot see the happiness and joy that is around us due to our circumstances, our past, the negativity around us and the negativity within our own hearts.
We need to let go of the sadness and the pain of whatever ails us so that we can accept the love that surrounds us. There is so much that the world has to offer, why should we try to escape it? Why no embrace it. It is almost as if we want to remove ourselves from the world so that we can be closer to our God or Goddess, when in reality they live among us, they have given us all of hte tools necessary to live a life full of love and happiness.

We should find happiness from within ourselves rather than the idea of a better tomorrow. Of course try and make tomorrow better than today, make it brighter, allow the sun to shine, but don’t miss the moment, don’t forget about the beauty of now. The grass is green beneath your feet, and by the time you travel to the other side the grass will have withered from the winter’s chill.

Don’t miss beauty, or love! Don’t let it slip through your fingers.
Happiness comes if you want it to be there, don’t think that what you believe to be happiness is the only thing out there to make you happy. Maybe when something is going right you should embrace it, rather than finding the aspects that are wrong, find the aspects that are right. 🙂

Love to all, my friends.
Blessed Be!

Advice to Life

We live in a confusing world. We feel, more often than not that the great current that is the motion of the world is pushing us closer and closer to our final destination without warning. This leaves us confused and vulnerable. Then there are other times where we feel as if this current is placid and void of any type of movement. This phenomena occurs when we want something to happen now. It’s almost as if hte God and Goddess refuse to give us what we are not ready for, but when we think we aren’t ready that’s when they are throwing blessings at us.

I like to say, “Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.” This saying is so true, we wish so hard when there is no movement in our life, but when that movement begins, it is a surprise and we don’t know exactly how to take in the blessing. Our prayers are always answered. The God and Goddess always have reason, but only in their own season. Remember that.

Matters of the heart tend to come up more often these days because people quickly realize that life does not wait for anyone, we simply refuse to see the blessings around us. Friendship grows and love stems from that. Love is not instant, love takes time. Infatuation is confusing, it is the wolf in sheep’s clothing, we are fooled that this strong urge to kiss, cuddle, admire our infatuation, but in reality, we are meant to connect and grow. Friends isn’t the evil word here, no the word that should scare us most is complacency.

To be honest, as a community, we are lazy and complacent. We want the God and Goddess to bring forth blessings without sacrifice, we want people to come to us, we want a small spark of infatuation to catch fire and become a forest fire of passion. These things do not happen, not because you lack faith, not because you are not worth it, but because the God and Goddess reward those who work for what they want, and sometimes what you need and what you want are two different things. Happiness does not come from the most precious jewel, but the memories of the smallest pebble.

Live your life my friends. Emotion and love are a part of our lives, don’t get discouraged, don’t fall for the lies your mind tells your heart, be patient, be diligent, be faithful, allow blessings into your life, The God and Goddess, the rulers of our souls will not lead you the wrong way, take the path and enjoy the road that has been paved for you, look up from your feet and stand tall, be strong because you are worth it; you are light and love; you are the one the only you, the soul manifested from purity of the divine, you are and will always be loved.

A Guest Blog: Andrea’s Story

Mystic Goddess

We all have our stories. I find that telling these stories are meant for a reason, they are the power inside of us, the keys of attraction. After someone shares their life experience and their reasons behind their decisions and to see how they have grown.

The following is a story of one of my friends. She posted it and it made me really think, people who grew up in church, but had the soul and spirit of a Pagan, how do they feel? Where are they now?

Here is a short biography about Andrea, her story of being a witch, and following that, the actual story, I will post some thoughts afterwards.

Her Autobiography:

My name is Andrea Whitehead. I was born on 14 February 1989 into a very Christian family. One of my great great grandfathers actually helped establish a well-known church in my town many years ago. I first expressed signs of being a witch when I was a little girl. I loved to draw and my subject matter was ALWAYS women in dresses with every type of hair, eye and skin color. I loved fairies, astronomy, unicorns and mythical things and was very imaginative. In the ninth grade I got very interested in Witchcraft, but I was afraid of it because of my upbringing. I made a conscious decision to continue to follow Christianity. After high school, I attended a private Christian college because I felt myself slipping away from the faith I’d always been comfortable with. Overall, attending such a school had the opposite effect. In the midst of soul searching, I was able to look at things for the first time without a Christian bias. I was led back to Witchcraft by my fascination with the human aura. From there, I found numerous subjects which captured my interest that I’d always been wary of before. (My strong points thus far seem to be sympathy magick, and crystals; I have also been known to have a few psychic experiences and my clairvoyance is opening back up). This ultimately led to me discovering my Magickal Self and awakening to who I am meant to be. I am currently in training to be a Priestess because I have been convinced that I have been called by the Goddess to do so. I know it will take a lot of work because my upbringing has taught me to close off a lot of my awareness and abilities with which we are all born, but if She believes that I have what it takes, that is all I need to keep moving forward. I have much to learn, but I am looking forward to growing as a Witch and experiencing all of the wisdom the Craft has to offer.

 

Her Story:

“When I was a Christian, I went to church because I needed Spirituality. I needed to feel the loving power of Jesus. I needed to be reminded of Love. I needed comfort. I did NOT go to socialize… that aspect of church always made me uncomfortable. I never liked people coming up to ask me how I am and then only half-listen to my response before wandering off again or giving false interest in what I’m saying. I never liked crowds. You can ask anyone, when I went to church, it was NEVER to socialize. Nothing wrong with that, of course, it just wasn’t my thing. They weren’t really my kind of people anyway… Into sports, gatherings, frisbee, etc. I never liked those things. I wasn’t (and still am not) a social person. I am quiet, shy, and keep to myself around large groups of people.

 

So now that I am a witch, why would I go to church? I no longer need to Christian Spirituality; I have found one that suits me better. What would be the point in going church? Not only is it boring and repetitive to the point of having my ears bleed but I have come to find that a lot (not all) of the Christian attitude and viewpoint sickens and disgusts me. The great love of Jesus — I can handle that. Preaching against homosexuality, witches, (that would be me, hint hint) and the general mindset behind jokes, thought processes, beliefs, etc –I can’t handle that.

 

Mom asks me to go with her often. I wish I could say yes. And a lot of times, I think the only thing stopping me is the issues listed above. But no, there’s more than that… If I go to church with my mom JUST TO MAKE HER HAPPY, I’d not only be damaging my morale but I’d be lying to her. You see, the Christian mindset is that if you see someone who is “lost”, you pray for them. You pray for them to “come back to God”. My mom has been praying for me. If I went to church that would make her think my mind is changing… that would make her think her prayers are working. And I am sorry, but any prayer with the intent of changing someone’s soul.. With the intent of changing someone’s beliefs or philosophies is a prayer wasted. I am a GOOD person. I do my best to be kind, empathetic, giving, understanding… WHY would you want to change me? I like who I am. To the trained Christian mind, being a good person isn’t good enough (which is something I also have an issue with). All the good you do means NOTHING if you aren’t a Christian. And I hate that she must think that all the good of who I am just cancels out. I find it so insulting that a Christian may look at someone who is good and still feel the need to pray for them to change.

 

All my life I have been taught that the idea that there are many paths to God is a LIE. That the ONLY TRUE path to God is through Jesus. This is the most damaging concept to Christianity because it disallows them to let others “live and let live”. (especially if they care about you).There are in fact, many paths to God. I am following one. Christianity is also a valid pathway. I just wish they’d understand that. My choices are my own, my spirit is my own. As soon as someone says “I don’t believe in Hell” or “I don’t believe in Heaven” their mind doesn’t even take time to ponder “Gee, I wonder why this person doesn’t believe in that” or “What if there isn’t a heaven or a hell?” it just automatically overwrites that as a silly statement, a lie to be overlooked. Shouldn’t belief be based on the tough questions instead of what you’re spoon fed?

 

Mom tries so hard to show me verses in the Bible that shows me where I am “wrong” but what a lot of Christians don’t understand is that I GREW UP HEARING THAT. I KNOW! You can point it out and preach it to me all day and it doesn’t matter because I don’t believe in the validity of most of the bible! I know that you think homosexuality and witchcraft and a bazillion other things are wrong because the bible tells you that. I know that you think I am buddies with the Devil (whether I know it or not because the Devil disguises himself as an Angel of light and is the master deceiver, yadda yadda…) I know ALL of this. So it really does no good. I KNOW what the Bible says. I KNOW what Christianity preaches. I KNOW how you think… And I don’t buy it.

 

Maybe someday when she accepts the fact that I am a witch, that I am not going to revert back to Christianity… when she accepts who I am and becomes tolerant and stops praying for my soul and worrying about my eternal salvation, I will go back. Just for old time’s sake. Just to show her that stepping inside a church won’t make me sizzle and burn.”

 

My Comments:

Andrea, you are a strong and very loving person. I find it beautiful that this experience brought you back to what you always felt, the love and power of the God and Goddess. They love you and are always on your side, you never have to fear darkness. The path of a Priestess is not only about abilities or the twisting of energy, but of finding light in every person and finding the God and Goddess in everything. This means to bring forth love and call down the elements to honor and praise the Deities we serve and coexist. Never lose sight of ritual and tradition. Even though abilities are fun and gifts, they are small mechanisms, in a full machine.

Light and love is sent and I will light a candle to send support for your journey.

Love to all.

Blessed Be!

Advice to Practical Magick

Good morning to all!

It is 2:33am and I cannot sleep, and I am continually feeling the urge to post, so I am going to give you all some advice to everyday magick that everyone should know.

First, rosemary bring luck in the garden and also keeps negativity at bay. If you feel down or sad make something that contains rosemary. It also protects your garden 🙂

Next, if you have nightmares, suspend a rock with a hole in the middle above your bed with nine knots, it will cleanse the dreams and keep any negativity from you.

Third, love. This is the purest magick because true love is not tainted nor provoked, it is natural and can invoke change to even the darkest of situations.

Fourth, sage is a grounding herb that allows you to connect to the world around you. It protects against spirits, sadness, and smells wonderful.

Fifth, food is medicine. It comes from the earth which was given to us by the God and Goddess. Let your magick happen in the kitchen, put love into the food you prepare.

An finally, if you have issues with electronic devises it is usually because of an imbalance of energy. Wear copper or place a copper piece in the device to ground your energy and absorb the excess.

Have a wonderful day. If you have any other practical magick advice feel free to post a comment!

Love is sent,
Blessed be!

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