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Find Your Sparkle #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Every once in a while, life and its events get the better of us. Sometimes we let ourselves get bogged down in the stress of work and tasks that we forget to have fun. Sometimes things in our relationships don’t go as we’d hoped. Sometimes these things not only make us a little cranky…but we may also become withdrawn…or forget our dreams, how to relax & have fun…or even feel our self-worth slipping away.

When all this happens, we lose our spark. That little twinkle in our eye that tells the world we’re ready to take it on, and that it better watch out, because you’ve got some mischief up your sleeve!

It can be hard to get it back, that lovely little glint…but we can get it back. It could be as simple as hearing the right song, or string of songs, on the radio (or whatever musical device you happen to be listening to). It could be taking a few days to reconnect with old friends. It could just be getting away for a couple hours of peace and quiet so you can actually have an uninterrupted thought. A movie line, a song lyric, an incredibly astute comment by…anyone.

It can happen in many ways, sometimes we seek it out, other times it just smacks us upside the head and lets us know it’s back. lol Whatever the case, if that sparkle shows up, you’d better hang on to that sucker! That spark is what helps us to feel ALIVE! It’s what helps us find the humor in even the darkest of situations. It’s what attracts Joy into our lives.

My sparkle ran away for a few days…partly because I had to say farewell to someone I’d prefer was physically in my proximity on a day to day basis (aka: Bestest Friend in All the Land), partly due to being deficient in Vitamin D. I found it today. I upped my vitamin D, heard some of my jams on the way to work, and realized that he may be far away, but he’s always with me (So close, no matter how far…). Besides, he just recently got his own sparkle back…and remembering the glint reappearing in the eyes of my personal scoundrel (It’s a term of endearment, promise, lol) well, it made me smile. I was being a little selfish…a bit of a pouty pixie, to be honest, and I had to remind myself that everything isn’t about me.

So, if your life has gotten to be a little lackluster, start trying to see if you can find your sparkle. Trust me, it will make a WORLD of difference. ?

Find Your Sparkle #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Advice from Abe Lincoln #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan #Thanksgiving

As we head into Turkey Day here in the U.S. I am swamped with meal preparations, and last minute things to do around the house. My Best Friend in All the Land will be driving into town to share in the festivities, and a couple other dear friends shall be bouncing in as well (although their trek is a mere 10 minutes to his 6 hours…but I digress). As things are quite hectic I have just this simple message from our 16th President to share with you today…well, as he was depicted in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but still, it’s good advice.

I wish everyone a safe and Happy Day. Time for this Grateful Pixie to open some wine!

PARTY ON DUDES! 😉

Bonds: The Ties That BindWhile 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,

Isleen

I’ve been sitting here for a while trying to decide where to begin…seems sort of unfair to just jump back in with some sort of informative or political post without some sort of explanation as to what the hell happened to me in the last year or so.

So, I decided that I’d share what I had been up to while the blog sat untouched…and why I don’t have any regrets, except that I never thought to include my shenanigans here in the first place.

The past year has been spent exploring and building relationships. Relationships with Family, Friends…and with Myself.

My nephew (Let’s call him “M”) is in the Navy and he and his wife (Let’s go with “A”) moved back home (well, home for him) when he was stationed here to be a recruiter. There were family functions and a little bit of hanging out, and things were just trucking along nicely. Then I got an email from “A” asking me with help interpreting a dream…and with LOTS of questions about what my spiritual beliefs are, etc. Kinda blew me away, in all my time with Sacred Mists an Online Wiccan College, I have helped people get acquainted with their Path, and given my opinion on things, blah blah blah, but this was the first time someone in my mundane life had ever approached me with genuine interest outside of sheer curiosity about my…oddness, lol.

Long story short (umm, sort of) A & I met for coffee, and it turns out we have a whole lot in common, and things I had to say, mainly about my experience with prophetic dreams really put her at ease…and she ended up joining SM as well. I spent more and more time with A, M, and our mutual friends.

Last summer brought displeasure with my work life…almost quit outright, resisted. Hubby made me happy with Daughtry tickets…there was a Birthday Trip to Niagara Falls with Hubby, A & M, and a Ringo Starr concert. And then, I lost my mind and started my own business. I am now Head Pixie on the Isle of Enchantments. I work my butt off daily, and while it’s still a teeny tiny fish in a big humongous pond, I am fulfilled by the work.

I also managed to take my annual trip to Orlando to meet up with very close friends from Sacred Mists. This trip has become affectionately known as: Witches Gone Wild…and boy do we!

And while I did not participate in the day-to-day of SM as often as I should…my Yule Partners in crime and I did make the Sacred Mists Annual Yule Gift Exchange come off with out too many hitches.

So, I’ve been busy…but I’ve been filling my time with friendship, love, & self-fulfillment. These were things I had been shoving to the back burner while I tended to my spiritual responsibilities…I was all one way…then went almost all the other. Now I’m working on getting things back towards the middle. Once again, that Balance lesson is smacking me in the face, screaming at me to learn it. All I can say, is that I’m trying…and will continue to. Perhaps Balance should have a little sit down with Patience?? Just Sayin… 😉

Nope, No Regrets…Just, Lessons. How could anyone possibly regret any of this?: