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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))

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! 😉

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted. I’d like to say that it’s because I’ve been so fabulously busy that I just couldn’t spare a moment to do so…but, that wouldn’t be true. There were Winters plagued with seasonal depression, the Presidential campaigns/election/current term (UGHHHH!!!), as well as some minor illnesses, but it wasn’t all bad. 

In the aftermath of Bowie’s death I discovered – with the help of my 2 friends who make up our trio we call the “Bowie Girls” – that I have a love of painting. Much of my time has been devoted to expressing myself in this way, along with my photography. That, coupled with my family, work, and coven duties left me a little tapped out…I just didn’t have any oomph left for writing. (I also have a new grandson! So now there’s TWO grand-kids to amuse me! lol).

In any case, I’m being pulled back into this Pixilated world of mine. I’m not really sure what I’ll be musing about, but there’s sure to be a resurgence of Foresight Friday and Wednesday Wisdom. Hopefully, you’re not too peeved at me for my absence, I promise I’ll make it up to you.

I’ll be back Friday with some divination for y’all, in the meantime I’ll leave you with a quote to chew on. 

Even your smallest action can change the world for the better.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Feel free to comment with any small actions you think we can make to shake things up for the better. 

 

 

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

Give Peace a Chance #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan #Peace

Everyone is aware of the multiple attacks that happened in Paris this past week. The saddest part is that this was not the only horrific act of violence to occur. Two suicide bombers walked into a Beirut marketplace a day before the Paris attacks, which resulted in 44 dead and 200+ injured. Many deaths in the African villages of Ndassima & Mala (as part of ongoing religious violence) took place Monday. Tuesday saw dozens killed in a bombing in Nigeria, as well as a Russian jet destroyed by a bomb over Egypt. Add to that the seemingly endless string of fatal incidents here in the U.S. – whether they be incidents against law enforcement…by law enforcement…or yet another mass shooting.

The World as a whole is under siege by these and other assaults.  This fire of violence has only been fueled by the irrational, fear & hate filled reactions by those who’ve heard of them. The masses are rejecting the idea of taking in Syrian refugees for fear that they will be terrorists. The majority of comments I have seen on social media have been disappointing to say the least. Many have come from our pool of G.O.P. presidential…candidates, but the number from regular everyday folks of all walks of life and faiths (including pagans) is overwhelming.

What people in this country seem to be forgetting is that refusing these refugees dishonors the values of this country. The Statue of Liberty tells us this herself.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

It is up to us to end the violence. Each and every one of us, as individuals, holds some level of responsibility on the journey to world peace. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was asked about his view of the Paris attacks. He commented on the levels of violence and bloodshed of the 20th century and concluded that this century’s violence is in effect a spill-over of those acts. So, what should we do? His Holiness says:

“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”

I think that’s some pretty good advice. We need to work for peace, and we need to start at home, and EXTEND that spirit of peace beyond that of our friends and family. Rain compassion down on those who need it. Do something to help someone in need. Let go of any attitudes that make you question whether or not someone in need “deserves” help…just help.

Forget about the concepts of “Us” and “Them” for we are all one. “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace…”

I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. So let’s all Imagine, and Give Peace a Chance.

 

 

Roll with the Changes #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Divination Method: The Sacred Circle Tarot

Card(s) Drawn: 2 of Discs

Roll with the Changes #ForesightFriday #Divination #Pagan

Key Word(s): Fluctuation

My Interpretation: This coming week requires us to be flexible. Change is in the air, and while it can be difficult to deal with, DO NOT DESPAIR! The 2 of discs is about maintaining balance, which means that although there may be losses…there will also be gains. We can still achieve our goals, we just have to put in the necessary work and stay on our toes. We must be able to adapt to the situation at hand. Basically, pretend you’re Jareth maintaining control of his crystal ball on his constantly fluctuating hand. 😉

Spiritually, the 2 of Disks reminds us to become…or remain in tune with the ebbs and flows of energies, and the cycles of life. Those who adapt thrive, those who do not, perish.

So, to quote R.E.O. Speedwagon: If you’re tired of the same old story, turn some pages. I’ll be here when you are ready to roll with the changes.”

 

Go Ahead, Be a Weirdo #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

If any of you are like me, then you’ve been looked at as kind of an oddball for most of your life. It hasn’t been an unpleasant thing (most of the time). My nearest and dearest family, friends, and co-workers have lovingly referred to me as weird, odd, goofy, unique, bonkers, crazy, unusual, etc., etc.. I don’t mind, because they’re entirely correct! LOL I’ve always had a different way of looking at things, and that just means that life with me is anything but boring. 😉

It also means that I’ve had more than one chance to reenact this scene from The Craft:

Nancy and the girls pushed the boundaries of weirdness til they burst, but being weird in and of itself is nothing to be ashamed of. There’s a quote I recently came across that perfectly describes why that is so.

Go Ahead, Be a Weirdo #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

So go ahead, Be a Weirdo! Keep showing others how they can see things a bit differently. 🙂

The Three Bones #WednesdayWisdom

Good evening everyone! Hopefully you all had a wonderful Samhain, I know I did. It was a little damp here…but all festivities went on, and much Magick was made! 😀

But, that’s not what today is about, is it? It’s about what little nuggets of wisdom I can find and share with you. So let me tell you what I’ve found for today. I came across a quote from the ever-sassy Reba McEntire, and it absolutely resonated with me.

To succeed in life, you need three things:

a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

~ Reba McEntire

What makes these three things so important? Well, let’s break them down to see what each represents.

The Wishbone is our Hopes…our Dreams…our Magick!

The Backbone is our Strength…our Fortitude…our Gumption!

The Funny Bone is our Relief Valve…our Amusement…our Joy! 

Those are some pretty significant aspects of our lives encompassed in those Three Bones! So, keep dreaming. Stand up for yourself and for what you believe in. Most importantly, remember to not take yourself and life too seriously.

If things are getting you down…take some advice from the Monkees and LAUGH! 😉

https://youtu.be/F6qsbeLa2cM

Endings Don't Really Exist #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan

Some of you may be confused by the title of this post, but as most of you awesome readers are pagans, I think you’ll get what I mean by this.

I like to look at endings as beginnings that’ve gotten a bad rap. Think about it. A birth is the beginning of life, but also the end of a pregnancy. Ends are simply transitions and/or transformations. We simply move on to another state of being. This holds true whether we are talking a change in careers, a change in marital status, or a change from corporeal life to ethereal life.

That’s something to keep in mind this time of year. Not only are we currently in the midst of a seasonal transition…but as Samhain approaches it becomes much easier to catch a glimpse at the ethereal side of life as the veil between this world and the next becomes quite thin.

You may also want to mull the concept over if you’re going through something that traditionally feels like an end. Examine the situation and find the positives. What new thing has (or could) come out of this “ending”? What opportunities await you as you embark on this new leg of your life’s journey?

The Pixie commands thee to find that silver lining!! lol

Anyway, here’s a few quotes to drive home what I’m talking about…the first one is the one that sparked this little Ramble Train. It’s a little something that was stated by the Master of Horror, and my favorite author, Stephen King! 😀

“Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later,

it always come around to where you started again.”

Stephen King

 

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end

may also be the beginning.”

Ivy Baker Priest

This last one, including the photo, is mine. 😉

 Endings Don't Really Exist #WednesdayWisdom #Pagan