Wednesday, March 1, 2017

UU Lent 2017 - Quiet

First day of the month, first day of my work week, first day of the Christian holiday Lent. I'm still working nights so sleeping during the day. No one is here but my furbabies. Most of them sleep with me so they won't bark. Cellphone is turned off. House phone is turned off. Sign is posted on the front doors to keep people from knocking.

Quiet is important. I cannot sleep with noise. It can't be too quiet; I have the tv on very low - white noise I suppose. If it's too quiet, my mind starts wandering, going back to times when I was a kid, or replaying negative experiences wishing I had done something different, or wishing I had a regular daytime job.

Make time for quiet. Today's world is so fast-paced there is no time to think. We get our info in 140 characters or less. Our attention strays after 6-10 secs. Everyone is not into nature but find something that calms you, that quiets your thoughts. And do...Nothing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wintereemas 2017

Happy Winter-een-mas!

Each day celebrates a different genre. This list needs updating, though. My favorite games are platformers like Mario, Kirby, and Spyro. My least favorite is sports but I liked NFL Blitz before the NFL got greedy and only wanted to license Madden.

  • January 25th: Adventure / Action
  • January 26th: First Person Shooter (FPS)
  • January 27th: Fighting
  • January 28th: Real-time Strategy (RTS)
  • January 29th: Racing
  • January 30th: Role Playing Games (RPGs)
  • January 31st: Sports

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day of 45th US President

Article II, Clause 8
Before he enters the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." [Notice there is no "so help me God" in the Constitution.]

Amendment XX, Section 1
The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January...and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

Money Spell

With all things magical, remember the 4th step in the witch's pyramid: to be silent. In today's information age and better religious tolerance, we have no need to hide or be ashamed of our Paganism. However, use common sense. It is okay to share because some of us are not cut out to be part of a coven. It is not ok to brag. Work your magic and leave it to Deity / Universe to continue the process.

This spell is not a substitute for mundane (non-magical) action. What follows is a basic spell. I will post not what I did exactly because a witch's spell is her/his own and you should put something into the spell to make it personal.

You will need:
candle - whatever color YOU think of when money and prosperity comes to mind (ex. green, gold, silver)
oil - anything earthy, as Earth is the element related to prosperity (ex. patchouli)
physical money, quantity 5 - cash, not checks, money orders, or credit cards (ex. any denomination bill or coins)

You can substitute incense for candle and oil. Again choose an earthy fragrance pleasing to you.

Dress the candle with the oil (or light the incense). Speak as if you have the money you need. If you ask for a specific amount, add "and a little more" afterwards. Don't be greedy and be realistic.

Run the bills or coins over the flame / smoke (Be careful!), thinking of your intention. Place money on your altar or in your wallet. Thank Deity and extinguish candle with a snuffer. Once this spell has resolve, take the blessed money and give to a charity, church, or friend in need. Pay it forward!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bodhi Day 2017

Happy Bodhi Day!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to view the morning star at dawn as Buddha did since Venus will rise after the sun. Time to think about my Buddhist studies. Been sorely lacking in this department. Namaste!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice Tarot Spread

Blessed Yule!

My created winter solstice spread is brought to you by the Deck of 1000 Spreads. I know - there are a zillion spreads out there and it's nothing wrong with using them. However, when you create your own spread, a little something of your essence is added.

Start by placing the solstice card in the middle. This is the significator. I used the Ace of Pentacles from the Universal Goddess deck. According to my research of tarot and astrology, this card represents the 1st day of Capricorn. Feel free to use whatever card you wish. I've read that some will place the Sun card here.

The object was to use 8 places to signify the Wheel of the Year; Yule marks the beginning of the solar year for me. I ended up using 9 with 2 cards at the beginning. Starting directly above the center and going clockwise, the places for the spread are

1. Message from Spirit AND Message from friends and family
2. Positive influences
3. Hopes and fears
4. What is hidden (what should you be on the lookout for)
5. Immediate future
6. What to use in the future
7. Goal (for this year)
8. Outcome

This is a beginning of the year spread so you can use it for your birthday, whenever you start the magical year, Gregorian New Year, etc.

I used the Sun and Moon Tarot to read. While I won't tell you all the cards I drew, I did pull the Sun card from 2 different decks. How's that! Also the significator is Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck, good or bad. This reminds us that nothing is written in stone and the cards serve to give us a possible outcome.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Deck Review - Spirit de la Lune

This deck arrived yesterday. After pondering over whether I should get it or not, I went ahead and ordered it. Definitely worthwhile. The site listed 2-4 weeks as processing time; I got my deck in about 2 weeks. Well packaged. Padded envelope contained Easter basket grass and silver stars for decoration; what a nice touch!

The box: I have the 2nd edition so the box is completely square. The 1st edition cards came in a round tin. Around the box in silver are the phases of the moon. Opening the box was just a tad difficult. The width of it is just a little too big for my hand span. The lid is a snug fit so I had to shake the box a bit to it off. The guide book is perfectly square; 1st edition book was rectangular.

The deck: My first round deck! How fitting that it is a moon oracle. 56 (+ 2 reference) cards which contain 28 moon phases (as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere), 12 zodiac cards, 12 full moon cards, and 4 special moons. The artists call them moondalas (moon + mandalas). Cute! I haven't worked with the deck yet but as soon as I opened the pack just to scan them, I felt calmness. Maybe it's the roundness or the muted colors or the abstract art. I knew I'd made a wise choice. In fact, it has inspired me to make my own moon oracle but I'll tell you about it some other time.

Oracle decks are different from tarot decks. Oracles can be any amount of cards and the creators will need to provide a guidebook. Tarot is (usually) 78 cards with a major and minor arcana; the meanings are pretty much universal. The artists of Spirit de la Lune make comparisons of their oracle to tarot - full moon cards are major arcana, moon phases are minor arcana, and zodiacs are the courts.

The deck is packaged with the full moon and special moon cards first. Next come the phases/zodiacs broken up by suits. The guidebook explains each cards and includes spreads for each full moon. I love the little mantra / poem for each phase card! Cursive on the intro pages is a little hard to read but that just means you have to take your time to read it.

I rate this oracle 4.75 / 5 moons. Since the synodic month is 29.5 days, I wish 2 or more space or void cards was included so that we could follow the moonth with a phase card a day. I'll probably just make some placeholders out of black construction paper. The borders that indicate the elements could stand to be more different. I'm having a hard time telling the purples, blues, and greens apart.

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