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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Yemanya

Key Word(s): Golden Opportunity

Basic Message: “Important doors are opening for you right now. Walk through them.”

My Interpretation: Yemanya reminds us that life ebbs and flows like the tides, and because of that timing is of the utmost importance. The appearance of this card indicates that it’s time to pay attention, because opportunities are going to present themselves to you in the coming week.

Yemanya is a protectress, supplier of means, and a granter of wishes – so she won’t be presenting you with anything that you can’t handle. After-all, you’ve been hoping for something, right?? Well: The door’s open, Sugar. Walk Through It!

Some of you may be caught off guard, but don’t let fear of the unknown make you hesitate and miss your chance. You deserve this. Seriously, reach down and connect with your inner Stuart Smalley.

You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it people like you!

 

Magick in the “witchy” sense is the Art & Science of harnessing and manipulating internal and external energies in order to create change. This change may be in ourselves, those around us, our environment, or even our world. How does this relate to art? Well, if you have ever been moved by a painting, a song, a poem, a film, or a photograph you have experienced exactly what I’m talking about.

Films, photographs, paintings, et al. have the ability to change our moods, evoke strong emotions, bring back memories, remind us of our dreams, inspire us…and even change our minds. These pieces are brought about by artists who tap into a source of energy deep within them to craft and create these images, words, and sounds. In doing so, they hope their creations will touch the lives of others…but, the act of creating their works undoubtedly creates change within the artist themselves.

The intent to express oneself can often be compulsory – it MUST be done. This unpredictable drive from within to make ones voice be heard is, at least in my experience, impossible to ignore. While in the midst of creating, we aren’t always sure what it is that needs to be expressed until the work is finished, we take a step back and examine the finished product. I personally feel as if a weight has been lifted when I finish a piece (whether it be a painting, a photograph, a spell, or a ritual). I have been transformed simply by getting it all out…whatever “it” happens to be.

If a piece moves someone other than those who create it? Well, that’s the best kind of magick.

I found a quote from a writer that pretty much sums up all that I’ve been rambling on about:

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.” Alan Moore

I agree with him wholeheartedly. Now, go forth and make some Magick:

CREATE ALL THE THINGS!!!

Divination Method: The Goddess Guidance Oracle

Card(s) Drawn: Oonagh

Key Word(s): Easy Does It

Basic Message: “There is no need to hurry or force things to happen. Everything is occurring in perfect time.”

My Interpretation: Basically, just chill. Don’t try to force something into happening, and don’t wear yourself out to please others. My head is bursting with movie quotes, song lyrics & fables (oh, my!) right now. So seriously, take your pick on how to approach this week:

~  ‘A queen is never late. Everyone else is simply early.’ Queen Clarisse Renaldi (The Princess Diaries)

~  ‘A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early; he arrives precisely when he means to.’ Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

~ ‘Easy like Sunday morning’ Lionel Richie

~ ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ Aesop (The Tortoise and the Hare)

~ ‘Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand. Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.’ The Eagles (Take it Easy)

~ ”Cause there maybe times when you think you lost your mind and the steps you’re takin’ leave you three, four steps behind. But the road you’re walking might be long sometimes, you just keep on steppin’ and you’ll be just fine, yeah. Ease on down, ease on down the road.’  Dorothy & Scarecrow (The Wiz)

Last, but not least: ‘Slow down, you move too fast.’ Simon & Garfunkel (The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy))

Yesterday was Election Day here in the U.S., not a Presidential year, but there were LOADS of local elections held nationwide. Gubernatorial races, State House & Senate races, Mayoral races, as well a plethora of other small governmental committee, board and Judicial races. These types of election years don’t usually garner lots of media coverage, but this year? These – normally viewed by the general population as “minor” elections – have brought about some startlingly positive results (In my oh so very liberal opinion).

I woke up this morning to find that several local area GOP incumbents have been ousted by a Democrat. While NYS as a whole is viewed as a “Blue State”, the county in which I reside is generally VERY “Red” (Right-wingers everywhere, y’all!), so this was some pretty exciting news!

This, coupled with the news of key Dem wins elsewhere:

  •  Ralph Northam (D, VA) and Phil Murphy (D, NJ) each won Gubernatorial races against the current GOP Lt. Governors of their respective states.
  • Philadelphia, PA elected liberal Democrat Larry Krasner as their new District Attorney who has promised to end mass incarceration and the death penalty. (Go, Larry!!)
  • The cherry on top: In Virginia, yes Virginia, Danica Roem (D) defeated Del. Robert Marshall (R) in VA’s 13th district becoming the first openly Transgender candidate to the state House of Delegates – she will also be the first Transgender candidate to be elected and seated on ANY state legislature! (You go, girl!)

Now that I’ve rambled on about elections you’re probably bored to tears, but hear’s where this all got goofy with pop-culture wisdom in my little Pixie brain. As I read the news of these remarkable victories across the nation I started to hear George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90” in my head. Confused?? Don’t be! Lemme ‘splain.

This wonderfully deep song by the late and exquisitely talented crooner is about him reclaiming his identity and reveling in the joy that he felt in finding and being his true self. In my mind, that is what’s happening with these elections. We are reclaiming our national identity as one of diversity, one that helps its citizenry, one that looks out for the health of future generations and our planet.

Freedom! is the battle cry of the Democrat, the Liberal, as well as the Republican who is sick of having their party’s ideals distorted and eclipsed by an overwhelmingly self-serving demagogue.

I think there’s something you should know
I think it’s time I stopped the show
There’s something deep inside of me
There’s someone I forgot to be”

Life is about “Give and take”, you cannot keep taking from We the People and expect we won’t fight back. Our country was built on the ideas of lifting people up to be able to fulfill their dreams, not tax them into obscurity and use them as virtual slave labor to help the rich get richer. So, let’s keep this up people. The utterly important Congressional Mid-Term elections are next year. It’s time to stop our nation’s descent into the past. Keep fighting the good fight, and we have a real chance at moving ahead to a brighter future.

Freedom!
Freedom! (oh freedom)
Freedom! (my freedom)
You’ve gotta give for what you take
Freedom! (hold on to my freedom)
Freedom!
Freedom! (my freedom)
You’ve gotta give for what you take”

So, sit back, relax, and listen to the awesomeness that was the lovely George Michael.

Do NOT, however, sit on your laurels…continue to resist.

Today is November 1st. Many people are either at work, running errands, or checking off things on a very long To-Do list – but not me. After a busy day at work and a very late night at our coven’s Samhain ritual, I am taking a day to do a whole lot of NOTHING!

A long time ago, I read something Thich Nhat Hanh said:

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

I didn’t always understand what he meant. I mean, resting and relaxing are often equated with laziness – and who the hell wants to be thought of as lazy, right?? Well, I no longer give a shit about that. lol I know that I do what I can do on any given day. I also know that there are days…far more than there should be, when I push myself past the limits that my mind, body, and/or spirit have imposed on me. When I exceed those limits for too long, I pay the consequences with sore muscles, achy joints, headaches, fatigue, and even illness.

People do not run on batteries that last as long as the ones represented by a  long-eared drumming mascot are purported to. If we live life as though we do, we will burn out fast. We need to live as though we run on rechargeable batteries…because, essentially, we do. We need to make sure we carve out time for physical, mental, and emotional respites in order to refill our energetic coffers. This can be done through meditation, sleeping in, an at-home “spa day”, a movie night with close friends  – or you can do what I’m doing today, sit on the couch in your PJs and binge watch Stranger Things.

Alrighty folks, I’ve used up all my allotted brainy thinks for the day. lol Heading back to my binge fest! 😉