Archive for July, 2013

Mindfulness

three words i'm focusing on in my day.

three words i’m focusing on in my day.

Something I have been giving a great deal of thought is how our words and actions reflect not only on ourselves but the world around us.

I’ve been told that I am the world’s worst gossip.  I guess that is not a bad thing…just an odd thing to be told.  I guess in some ways it’s very true.  I don’t really gossip often and when I do it is usually about something that is common knowledge or some such similar thing.

This is not about any instance that has happened, this is not about me saying it’s wrong, this is not about anything other than some thoughts that have been in my own head for a while and I wanted to get them out.

I try to be mindful of the words I say.  Words have power and in using them I exert power over situations and can manifest both for good and bad in my choice of words.  I am not always successful in my attempts but I learn from each lesson presented.

What the heck am I talking about?  Well let’s think about it for a moment.  If words contain the power to shape the world around us, and make no mistake they do, how would you harness that power?  When presented with a situation that incites anger, do you lash out in equal parts anger and vengeance or do you take a moment to calm your thoughts to somehow constructively work and speak through the situation.  When someone hurts you, do you sleep on it or do you rage forward with tears flowing?  When you speak in anger do you feel sorrow for the pain you’ve caused?  When you speak from a place of love in your heart, do you feel the radiance and joy surrounding you?

Each of the above situations happen every day and every week to people around the world.  What does not always happen is that we do not revisit the emotions that we are tapped into when we speak, we do not revisit the feelings of those we may have hurt with our words.

I endeavor to be a better person and grow or evolve.  One of the things I do is I try to be mindful of the things that leave my mouth, when speaking and my fingers, when typing.  I know I will not always be perfect.  I know I will react rather than act.  I know I will vent.  All these things will happen but as I learn to be mindful of my words and control how I use my words, I HOPE that the people I hurt in the process of my life becomes fewer.

It is my hope as a human and a Priestess that I continue to grow in my lifetime and do good for those around me and in my life

Posted on 17 July '13 by , under Life. No Comments.

A bit of Kitchen Witchery – A recipe!

M&M Sugar Cookies

M&M Sugar Cookies

I love being in the kitchen.  There is something to be said for infusing your meals with energy and magick while still providing necessary sustenance to life.  Plus I really like sharing some of the goodies I make. 😉

OK So I don’t share things like this often but I’ve been on the hunt for a great M&M Sugar Cookie recipe.  I don’t eat them often and when I do  bake I send the goods off to the offices with Keith to share with his co-workers.

After trying a horrific recipe and well it was HORRIBLE, I found and modified another recipe and it was a WINNER!

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 Celsius)
  • In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and baking powder then set aside
  • In a larger bowl, cream the butter and cane sugar
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract
  • Gradually blend in the dry ingredients
  • Drop teaspoons of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  • Add M&M’s to the top of the cookie batter (they will spread out as the cookies flatten out)
  • Bake 8-10 minutes (bottoms will be golden brown)

This recipe is the closest I have been able to get to Mrs. Fields cookies and in my opinion this is tastier than those.  I like using cane sugar instead of white sugar it gives them a bit of a warmer flavor.  Hope you enjoy!

Posted on 8 July '13 by , under Kitchen Witchery, Life. No Comments.

Planting a Grove

Through the trees, the sun shines on me.  The birds are singing and my connection to spirit strengthens.

Through the trees, the sun shines on me. The birds are singing and my connection to spirit strengthens.

Some many months ago I spoke of wanting to start a local circle.  I put that on hold as there were many…MANY things that were keeping my plans up in the air.  Those “things” have all disappeared to the wayside.

This morning I reset my altar that is in the living room.  I spend more time in this room than I do in my office so I thought I’d fix the altar to reflect that.  it looks pretty great.  Later I’ll clean off my working table 😉 and set aside a little space for a candle and incense holder and a clot for them to sit on.

With life starting to settle back into a normal routine again I am feeling, once again called to start a local circle.  This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and well it’s high time I get it started.  I’ve been considering the how’s and why’s for so long that if I don’t get out of my head and into the world it will simply always be a dream.

At the end of my thoughts I’ve decided a hive or sister grove to Sacred Mists is the ideal way for me to proceed with it.  I’ve decided on a grove so that those who wish to enter can learn from one another and grow together in the bonds of friendship and light.  My maiden name translates to “of the Willow”, Willow has always been a favorite of mine and it just makes sense to have “Willow Grove of Sacred Mists” for my group.  Admittedly I do no t know a great many people in the area yet; however, I would like to get this started by Mabon at the latest.

Gatherers would ideally meet at my house in Vallejo as I have plenty of room (inside and out) for a gathering of up to a dozen or more people.  Tools are present and I would welcome any additions.  I am working on the logistics of “Grove Items and restocking” as well as a few other ‘bylaws’ that would be vital to having a local group.

I am looking forward to this next chapter with an amazing amount of peace and joy.

Posted on 1 July '13 by , under Circle, Growth, Life, Sacred Mists, Spirituality, Wicca. No Comments.

Sorry Satan doesn’t live here.

A modified elemental pentagram with bits added, symbolizing bits of my spirit and my joys.

A modified elemental pentagram with bits added, symbolizing bits of my spirit and my joys.

One of the things I do everyday is answer inquires about the school or products.  I LOVE doing this. It gives me an opportunity to help people understand what it is they are looking at or what it is the school does.

Sometimes…I get the very odd inquiry.  Usually it’s about if some such broom flies, if the wand shoots sparks, if a spell can give immediate money without any work.  I usually either giggle and then set to explaining the way energy works and what it is a spell really does.  Again I love my job and doing this.

People all over the world are losing faith in the system, in their religion and in many ways life itself.  We live in what I have called time and time again, a fast food world where everything is handed to us with napkins and on a plastic tray for immediate consumption.  The art of working for your goods, your food, your life seems to have fallen to the wayside.  This makes me sad, though I do understand it as I once lived like this everyday.  I was impatient, quick to anger, quicker to give up and worst of all entitled.  I am happy to report, through a lot of work I’ve overcome these traits. *wink*

Over the last (I’d guess several weeks now) the desperation in the air of inquiries has increased exponentially.  Each more heartbreaking than the last.  I want to wrap my arms around people and hug them and tell them it’ll be ok.  While unrealistic, I want to do it anyway.  People are reaching the end of their ropes.  I am seeing inquiries that state things like “I will deny the one true God and sell my soul to your master, Satan.  In return I want…”.  These messages (both at work and my personal email and blog), at first made me a little giggly because I mean really?  Do you think that? really?!  Then after the initial shock wore off I began to feel sad and really want to help these folks.  I mean if I don’t try, who will?  Clearly their own clergy is not stepping up to the plate to help them.

From the Goddess Festival in 2010. The embodiment of honoring the divine in another and seeing them in the now.  I honor you and see you.  May you be filled with love, laughter, magick and joy.

From the Goddess Festival in 2010. The embodiment of honoring the divine in another and seeing them in the now. I honor you and see you. May you be filled with love, laughter, magick and joy.

First and foremost let’s get this straight.  Satan, does not live here.  I do not believe in him.  I may joke around about him, but I mean really boogey men are so much fun to joke about.  I’ve been a practicing witch for more than 20 years.  I’ve been a Wiccan since 2002.  This is my path, this is my life and I am perfectly at home within it.

If you are looking for the easy out, to sell your soul and receive “fast food” good ness, you have the wrong person. We are Wiccan’s not Satanists. Let me explain what it is a Wiccan is so that you might be at peace.

A Wiccan is a follower of the religion called Wicca, a form of modern paganism. There are many traditions and branches to this tree; however, they all originate with Gerald Gardner who coined and brought Wicca to the people in the middle of the twentieth century. Followers are believers in a nature based balance of life. We honor the seasons of life and celebrate many holidays from which your the holidays in Christianity were based.

We believe in a God and Goddess from whom we gather strength and peace through a balanced worship and partnership with our Gods. We follow the tenet from our Wiccan Rede (or law) “An it Harm None, Do What Ye Wilt” which is like the Golden Law that many religions (including Christianity) follow “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

While many Wiccans are witches not all witches are Wiccan. Witchcraft is often practiced to help bring and attract good things to our lives but is always followed up by action in the material world so that our labors bear fruit. This is not about instant gratification.  This is work.  This is bringing and attracting like to like.

I am truly sorry to hear that anyone may be going through such a tough spot in life right now, it’s like that in many places with people leaving university, losing their jobs, losing their homes and the like. These challenges spur us to work harder, to search deeper and ultimately be victorious through the challenge.

There are no easy routes, no easy ways out of a bad situation and overnight success without effort does not truly exist. Don’t give up hope that things will turn around for you. Keep working at it and you will find your way through the darkness into the light. I have personally experienced many situations that seemed helpless but through my faith in my own path I emerged a stronger and wiser person for it.

Blessings to you,
-Lady Lilyth

Posted on 1 July '13 by , under Life, Spirituality, Wicca. No Comments.