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30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-30-2017

There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.

And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)

Today’s question is:

What simple but profound thing have I learned as I’ve walked this path?

Wow. What a question. So many things… I’m not even sure where to start.

Maybe because I’ve been on this path so long that I barely remember what it was like not to be on it.

Maybe because so many of the things that I learned felt less like learning and more like remembering, or like recognizing a truth I’d always known but had never seen put into words.

And maybe that is the most profound thing that I’ve learned: to trust my own knowing, to listen to my own voice, and to follow my own truth.

 

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30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-29-2017

There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.

And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)

Today’s question is:

What advice do I wish I’d been given when I first became Pagan?

Write it down!

Write down every stage of your journey. The books you bought, the books you read, the tools you use, the words you say (or think) in ritual.

Write down everything. No matter how mundane or unimportant it may seem, write it down.

Then when you’ve been on the path for a decade or two or three, go back and read what you wrote and remember the witch that you were then, all wide-eyed with excitement.

Remember what it was like when everything was new and you were caught in a web of wonder, of feeling “Yes! This is right! This is exactly right!”

Yeah. I wish someone had told me that someday I’d wish I had written it all down so I could look back and recapture those moments.

 

30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-26-2017

There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.

And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)

Today’s question is:

My most memorable experience during a working is…

Heh. Okay, well…

Not really memorable in a magical, mystical way, but very, very memorable nonetheless…

It happened when I was just starting out. I had self-dedicated a while back but was finally setting up a permanent altar, and part of that involved consecrating the tools, including a besom.

Now, I was on a pretty tight budget so my besom was one of those little craft brooms (about two feet long or so) that you’re supposed to decorate and hang on the door.

At the time, being new, I was following a ritual I’d read in a book, and part of it was to bless your tools with each of the elements, including passing it through incense smoke and a candle flame.

I don’t know what those brooms are made of, but let’s just say that they should never be passed through a candle flame.

I made a mad dash from my bedroom to the bathroom, my broom flaming like the Olympic torch. I threw it into the tub and turned the water on, then set about repairing the damage: getting rid of the smoke smell before my roommate got home and trying to salvage what was left of my ritual – including mending the circle I’d just burned through.

I learned some good lessons from the incident, though.

One: be careful with candle flames.
Two: double check instructions against common sense.
Three: it’s okay to make mistakes and laugh at yourself.

 

 

 

 

30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-10-2017

There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.

And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)

Today’s question is:

My favorite Pagan authors are…? Why are they my favorites?

Scott Cunningham.  He was my first, and I love his gentle soft style. I think I have just about every one of his Pagan books and they are the ones that never seem to be up for shelf-purges. He passed through the veil far too soon.

Trish Telesco. Another down-to-earth writer. (Urban Pagan was one of my favorite books way back when.)

These days I’m looking for more traditional and less fluffy writers, though. And less “how to” and more… in depth explorations of spirituality and living life as a Pagan.

Alaric Albertsson’s book To Walk a Pagan Path is excellent and I want to get some of his other Pagan books.

It seems, though, that the longer I walk this path the harder it is to find authors who don’t set my teeth on edge. (I’m even pretty sure that if I’d go back and reread Cunningham or Telesco that I’d get irritated.)

I’m getting more discriminatory in my reading, I suppose, and there are some things that I really don’t like and are automatic turn offs.

I’m not a fan of books (or traditions) that are strictly Goddess-oriented. Yes, I understand that there’s a reason for them, but they don’t feel any more balanced to me than Christianity does.

Another turn-off is books or writers that are all fluffy and white light. You can’t ignore the dark. If you do, it eats you up and eventually controls you. (The Devil card in Tarot comes to mind.)  You need balance. The autumn equinox (no, it was never called Mabon*) is coming soon – a good time to reflect on said balance.

Anyhow, I guess I don’t have any favorite contemporary Pagan authors.  I’m going to have to remedy that.

 

*(The autumn equinox may actually never have been anything special to the ancients, either.)

 

 

Spoon-feeding

First, let me apologize for missing last week.  I somehow forgot what day it was until two days later when I was writing a post for my writing blog.

Now…

Excuse me while I rant…

First (or is this second now?) let me say that I don’t mind teaching.  In fact, I love teaching.  I love helping others find their way along the path or learn about energy or whatever.  I even loved it when I would have orientees at work.

(Granted, way back when I was starting out on this path I got dragged into the role of teacher kicking and screaming and objecting that I didn’t know enough to be a teacher.   My most often used line was “I’m a healer, not a teacher” – at least, it was until I was reminded that teaching is a form of healing.)

But, anyhow…  I like teaching.  I should have been one.

But I do not like spoon-feeding people!

And, yes, in the last few days I’ve had more than enough of that to last me a lifetime.

We’re supposed to be the wise ones, the knowing ones.

We’re supposed to take responsibility for ourselves and our paths and our learning. It’s one thing to ask for help with something you don’t understand.  And we were all new to the path once – that’s not the issue.

But asking what “eclectic” means instead of taking less than a minute to Google the word?   Seriously – it took longer for him to type the question and wait for an answer than it would have taken to open a new tab and Google it.

Another goodie was “Who’s Prometheus?”  Seriously?   The picture that started that thread mentioned him being bound and having his liver torn out every day for giving mankind the gift of fire and you couldn’t get some sort of general idea who he is?   Or look it up yourself?

Prometheus

Reading comprehension: it’s a wonderful thing.

So is Google.

Maybe because I came to this path before the days of the internet, when answers took longer to find than typing a couple words into Google, but this is really starting to irritate me.

I’m not saying don’t ask questions.  Asking questions is a great way to learn, and, frankly, no one can teach you if we don’t know what you need to know.

But before you ask, look things up on your own!  For one thing, following Wiki links is a great way to explore and learn about all sorts of things that may intrigue you, perhaps even things that you didn’t know about.  (I can spend hours following links in Wikipedia, sometimes to the point of forgetting what I started out researching.)

Granted, you aren’t going to find the answers to everything online.  Sometimes you need to talk to other people.  And most of us on this path are more than happy to answer questions.

I know I am.

As long as you’ve done at least some work on your own.  (Can’t find the info you want?  I’m happy to refer you to websites or books if I know of any.)

And sometimes you need an answer to things that aren’t quite as quick and easy of a look up – help for anxiety (there are a bazillion or two correspondences for everything), suggestions for spells, different tried and true methods of doing things because sometimes the way you’ve been doing things just isn’t working at the moment and you need something new.

And anything that requires a more objective viewpoint – for instance, it’s really hard to do a clear, non-biased reading for yourself.

Read. Learn.  Then ask questions about things you don’t quite understand:  sometimes you need to hear things put in a different way, and that’s where a teacher comes in.

I am more than willing to help people who want to learn.

But I’m not going to spoon feed you.