This is a very special day for me. I know, I know, it’s a very special day for pretty much all of those who are of a Witchy/Pagan persuasion…but for ME it’s is also the anniversary of my dedication to the God & Goddess. Not just any anniversary either. It was 9 years ago today that I knelt before my meager altar and dedicated my life to serving the Mighty Ones and all that that entails.
That may not seem super duper special to some, you may be thinking that #10 should be the one I get all excited about, but NINE is a very special number. It is a Sacred number. A number that represents Selflessness, Fulfillment, Universal Understanding, Interrelatedness, Compassion, Tolerance, Forgiveness, Creative Energy, Generosity, Humanitarianism, a Profound Appreciation & Love of Life and Justice…you get the idea. So, I’m thinking this may be a very good year for me, spiritually speaking.
The years since my dedication have been filled with many ups and downs (as is probably the case with most, if not all of you), but I am grateful even for the low spots. I have learned to learn…or at least TRY to learn from every experience whether good or ill. Overall, my life has grown so much richer. I have learned to find Joy and Wonderment in the littlest of things. I have learned to be tolerant of those I do not agree with…although, admittedly, some still get under my skin…it’s an ongoing transformation.
I am looking forward to my 9th year of Witchdom (yeah, I said ‘Witchdom’…I like the sound of it, lol). I will strive to make it a year filled with the best aspects of the number 9, and I will continue to live the values of 9 in the years that follow.
Interesting tidbit that I read recently about what the Apostle Paul had to say about the “Nine Fruits of the Spirit”. Paul and I disagree on the whole “Spirit vs. Sinful Nature” portion of Galations (along with some of the things he says are sinful, ie: witchcraft & sex), however, I believe the Nine Fruits are something we should all attempt to incorporate into our daily lives and Spiritual Practice.
The Nine Fruits of the Spirit are:
May your Harvest of these Nine Fruits be Abundant on This and All Days.
Blessed Be )O(
While pondering what my topic should be for this week’s Pagan Blog Project, one word kept creeping into my mind: Bonds. I wasn’t quite sure what my brain was driving at, so I just kept going about my week. I revisited the task a few days ago and there it was again: Bonds. OK, I guess I need to write about Bonds…but I had such a raging head cold the thoughts just weren’t able to form completely. Today, however, my head is a bit more clear, and the musings are coming through…with the help of some well chosen quotes.
“Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together” ~ Stephen R. Covey
This quote seems very appropriate if one is discussing the importance of a Coven. One must already feel some kind of bond to join a Coven, but the energy created, magick worked and lessons learned while working together can forge Bonds between it’s members that are stronger than steel. Connecting through shared personal experiences is powerful…connecting through shared energy and communing with the Divine, is life affirming and changing at the same time.
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” ~ Richard Bach
This quote truly speaks to me. My “true” family is made up of so many I have met over the course of my lifetime (and perhaps a lifetime or 2 that came before). There are some blood relatives included in this, but beyond them are people with whom I have shared some of the most spiritually meaningful experiences times of my life, as well as some of the most trying. From friends that I’ve met online only to meet in person and find that we are truly cut from the same cloth, to long lost friends from school that turn up once more and turn out to be far more important to my life than I could ever have imagined they would be.
The Bonds we make throughout our lives are important, ALL of them. Even if something happens to remove someone from our lives (ended friendship, divorce, death, dissolved coven, etc…), we must honor the reasons we were bound together in the first place, because it is a part of our journey, and helped to create the people we are today.
We as humans are communal beings…we live to be connected…not always with other people, but with something. There are some who live without human companionship, but are truly fulfilled by their relationship with Nature & the Divine. As long as we have made a vital connection with something/someone, we are generally content. A life without a vital connections with Divine, Nature or Humanity can be a desolate existence and, in my opinion, quite unhealthy.
So, go forth my Pagan friends! Create, Cultivate and Nurture your Bonds with your friends, family, coven/community members, animals, the Earth and the Divine. It’s what we’re meant to do.
Big Blessings of Bonding Bliss,
I suppose I should begin with a general definition of what an Indigo is, so you’re not scratching your head throughout this piece wondering if I’m talking about humans evolving into large Smurfs or something. LOL
According to Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, The Characteristics of an Indigo are:
~ Strong willed
~ Born 1978 or later [Isleen's Note: This would be the Mass Majority of them. Many Indigos were born long before 1978. See Article: Indigo Generations ]
~ Creative, with an artistic flair for music, jewelry making, poetry, etc
~ Prone to addictions
~ An old soul as if they’re 13, going on 43
~ Intuitive or psychic, possibly with a history of seeing angels or deceased people.
~ An isolationist, either through aggressive acting out or through fragile introversion.
~ Independent and proud, even if they’re constantly asking you for money.
~ Possesses a deep desire to help the world in a big way
~ Waivers between low self esteem and grandiosity.
~ Bores easily.
~ Has probably been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD
~ Prone to insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares or difficulty/fear of falling asleep.
~ Has a history of depression, or even suicidal thoughts or attempts.
~ Looks for real, deep and lasting friendships.
~ Easily bonds with plants and animals.
Ms. Virtue also points out other traits or tendencies including:
~ A temper.
~ A warrior spirit.
~ An ability to detect when people are lying or situations are out of integrity.
~ Have a lot of Indigo Blue in their auras.
~ Highly sensitive to outside energies.
~ Sensitive to chemicals.
Doreen Virtue is one of many authors who regularly write of Indigo Children – A term that now, frankly, annoys me. Why? Well, if a vast majority were born starting in 1978, then a vast majority can no longer be considered ‘children’. But, that’s just me ‘Getting my Indigo Up’ LOL.
But I digress…So much of the information out there regarding Indigos has a very Mystic quality to it. Many books and articles make it sound as though Indigos are here to “save humanity”, and make a point of putting their “special abilities” in the forefront.
While many of the authors wish to merely explain what has been called the “Indigo Phenomenon”, it seems to me that it has turned into an unwitting exploitation of those who fit into the category. They unintentionally place huge amounts of pressure on these individuals to become and do something remarkable.
When I was first began my studies at Sacred Mists, I read an article that was posted by Lady Raven Moonshadow titled “Are You an Adult Indigo?”. I had no idea what the title was referring to, but felt strongly compelled to check it out. I was astounded to find that this article was describing me. It described me so intimately, yet I wasn’t mentioned (seriously, how could I be mentioned? It’s not like the author Knew me. Lol). I was totally flabbergasted and delighted all at the same time. FINALLY, I was able to explain (to a degree) my life experiences up to that point. I was elated to know that there were others like me. Knowing that there were others that came before me, and even more that came after. It was comforting…I mean, nobody wants to feel like a freak, right?
I scoured the internet and read many books, drinking in everything I could. Now, however, I have begun to realize that there is no real information out there…no answers in print for those of us who were/are seeking them. The answers are out there…but not in any book. The answers lie within each and every one of us.
Each of us, as Human Beings, has a purpose in This Life. One does not have to be an Indigo or a Crystal to be important and ‘special’. I have come to realize that the main difference between “Us” (Indigos/Crystals) and “Them” (those who are not) could be as simple as how “plugged in” we are to the Universal Web, and our drive to do something regarding the information we are privy to as a result.
For Part 2 Click Here: What does it mean to be Indigo? Part 2
OK, so today may be the 15th, but you’d think it was the 3rd. Why? You ask?? Well, because I saw 3s ALL DAY LONG!
As some of you may know (and if you don’t, you’re about to find out lol) I work in a bank. So, naturally, I see numbers all day long. So why was today so unusual? Well, almost every check I cashed today seemed to have a dollar amount that ended in 3. Not only that, but the time I say to myself “huh, no 3s in this transaction” I look at the customer’s I.D. and it expires in ’13 and his birthday was 3/13/83. Uhhh, ok so maybe there ARE 3s in this transaction, LOL.
Anyway, this got me thinking (dangerous, I know) why “3″? What is the significance of “3″?
As a Witch/Wiccan I automatically think of the Law of Return (aka: Threefold Law). Y’know, whatever you put out to The Universe comes back atcha threefold.
And as an avid Charmed fan I think of The Power of Three, LOL.
Then there’s the groups of three: Mind/Body/Spirit, Maiden/Mother/Crone, The Three Phases of the Moon, Past/Present/Future…you get the idea.
Three Represents Creative power & growth. Three is a moving forward of energy, Three overcomes duality, Three manifests and synthesises. Three is both Receptive and Expressive.
So what does all of that mean?? I know it, but how does it pertain to me? I went looking for some answers (as I like to know things) and I found this on whats-your-sign.com:
Three: The spiritual meaning of number Three deals with magic, intuition, fecundity, and advantage. The number Three invokes expression, versatility, and pure joy of creativity. Three is also a time identifier as it represents Past, Present and Future. Consecutive Threes in your life may symbolize the need to express yourself creatively, or consider your present directional path in relation to past events and future goals. Three may also represent promising new adventures, and assurance of cooperation from others whom you may require help. Three typically symbolizes reward and success in most undertakings.
OK, that actually made some sense to me. I have some new things I am working on as a result of my responsibilities as a Student Council member at Sacred Mists , as well as some things I am doing in my mundane life….I am a very creative person, and I try to work it into everything I do. But it’s the part that states that the new endeavors will be promising and that there is much cooperation and support from others. TOTALLY making some sense. And ya know what? No matter how many times I see things manifest, no matter how many times I read the Tarot accurately, no matter how many of my ‘feelings’ turn out to be correct….I still find it amazingly COOL! LOL
Anyway, I’m sure there’s something deeper to it, but I’m just too tired to figure it out. But I think I’m on the right track.
If you’ve got any insights, I’m all ears.
Blessings & Light…