Dianne Sylvan Inspired Blog Challenge – I’m Proud of Myself For…

I’ve recently introduced the Iron Pentacle into my daily practice. One of the points I’ve been struggling with is the point of Pride. It’s hard for me to look at myself without comparing myself to others. It feels like kismet that Dianne would include this in her blog challenge since it’s something I’m actively working on. So, here goes nothing…

1. I’m very proud that I am actually pursuing Feri training. It’s been something I’ve been interested in for the last year and finding a training resource was difficult. I didn’t let that stop me. I beat down the proverbial doors until I found a training opportunity.

2. Still Feri related. I’ve been practicing my own brand of Witchcraft for over a decade. I was sure that I would have to alter the training to fit within my current practice, even though I knew I wouldn’t get the most out of my training if I did so. Surprisingly, I’ve kept all the practices authentic to how they were presented. I’m proud of the dedication I’ve shown to this experience.

3. I’m proud of the type of friend I am. Whenever my friends need me, even when I don’t necessarily want to, I stop what I am doing and tend to them. I try to be the type of friend I would want in the situation.

4. I’ve gained a quite a bit of weight in the past few years. Since I’m not okay with that, I’ve joined a gym. Let me be clear; I loathe working out. Still, I’m at the gym at least three days a week. I’m proud that I can push myself to do something that I don’t like.

5. Up until recently, when something didn’t go my way, I would respond terribly. We’re talking rage, tears, and pouting. Now, when I feel these emotions welling up, I can take a breath and reframe the situation in a more positive life. I’m proud of my growth.

This exercise has helped me connect with the Pride point of the Iron Pentacle. This may inspire me to do similar journaling on the other points. Stay tuned 😊

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Dianne Sylvan Inspired Blog Challenge – My Favorite Witchy Movies

Most witches I know detest witchy movies because they never show “true” magic. In my opinion, if you want real magic, make some of your own. For me, movies are supposed to be fantastical and over the top. That’s what makes them fun. So here are my favorite witchy movies, in no particular order.

1. The Craft

Why I love it: I love how the girls were outsiders and how little it bothered them. The idea of getting revenge on terrible people resonated with my younger self. I also love how there was just enough real ritual to make it believable.

Favorite scene: When the three antagonists fly through Sarah’s window in her dream and choke her. Neve Campbell’s laugh gives me chills every time.

2. The Mists of Avalon

Why I love it: First of all, Angelica Huston is amazing! Secondly, like the Craft, the movie has enough real magic in it that it inspired some of my early rituals. Almost every line Angelica Huston has in invocation-worthy.

Favorite Scene: It’s a tie. The first is when Arthur is in the burning church and prays to God. Vivienne appears instead and says “You prayed to the God of Heaven, but it is the Goddess of the Earth that has answered you.” The second is towards the end when Morgaine enters a church and sees a Goddess statue repurposed as the Virgin Mary and realizes that even though Christianity has taken over, the Goddess was still alive and well.

3. Practical Magic

Why I love it: It’s a great mix of romance and magic. I also love the dichotomy between the two sisters and their approach to magic and life. It also has a super happy ending full of love and acceptance.

Favorite Scene: When Sally goes to rescue Gilly, and they’re both in the car with Jimmy. Gilly uses magic and appears very close in the mirror to send a secret message to Sally. Amazing!

Those are my top three. What witchy movies do you love?

Dianne Sylvan Inspired Blog Challenge – Favorite Childhood Book

My favorite childhood book is The Little Price by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The first reason I loved this book is that I first read it in French which made me feel equally cultured and badass.

The book is about a pilot meeting the Little Prince in the desert after the former’s plan crashed. During their meeting, the Little Prince tells the pilot the story of his life. This book is 50% fantasy and 50% philosophy. For a witch, the themes and quotes from the book can easily be applied to magic and spirituality. For example:

– “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” (A little reminiscent of the Charge of the Goddess, right? One of the reasons this is tattooed on my arm).
– “What makes the desert so beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”
– “It’s such a mysterious place, the land of tears.”
I LOVE this book. I would recommend it to everyone. There is also a great cartoon version on Netflix! Check it out and let me know what your favorite childhood books are!

Goals for July

I really enjoyed the 30 days challenge about magic that I just finished up. Since inspiration has a way of slipping away from me, I decided to look for another challenge. As luck would have it, one of my favorite pagan authors and bloggers, Dianne Sylvan, posted her very only challenge.

Full disclosure, Dianne’s blog includes spirituality, self-improvement, pop culture, and vegan living, to name a few. Since my blog has only really focused on magic, I may end up changing the topic a little to fit with the rest of the blog.

So to begin, my goals for July (in no particular order):

  1. I have been having some difficulties at work. This month, I either want to resolve those difficulties or begin making plans to move on to another position.
  2. I want to immerse myself either further in my Feri tradition studies. So far it’s been great, but I still sense a little resistance.
  3. I want to spend more time at home. I go out too much and need the alone time.
  4. I want to finish a painting since I haven’t painted in months.
  5. I want to get my gym routine in order. Right now, I go haphazardly at best. In July, I want to stick to a schedule so I might actually begin seeing results.

I’ll check in at the end of the month to see how my progress has been.

You can find Dianne’s blog at http://diannesylvan.com/

30 Days of Magic – Day 30: Keeping the Way Open

Today is the last day of my 30 days challenge. It’s been fun, but challenging to say the least. More importantly, it’s helped remind me of the quote from Donald Tyson, that also happens to be the tagline for my blog: “Magic is seldom spectacular because it seldom needs to be.”

It would be easy for me to let this experiment end as quickly as it started since I no longer need daily inspiration or motivation to practice magic. So, today I cast a spell to keep the sense of magic and wonder I’ve cultivated over the past 30 days going forward.
I cast my circle and lit a small purple candle at the foot of my Ganesh statue. I chanted his mantra until I felt the energy build to its apex. I threw open my arms and said:
“Opener of ways, bless my magic.
Let my path to magic be clear.
Let me be reminded of the magic and opportunity in my life each day.”
I visualized the circle exploding into a million tiny sparkles of light and spiraling out into the Universe to do my work.

 

30 Days of Magic – Day 29: Ganesh and the Kala Rite

Not necessarily about magic, but close enough to count I think. As I’ve stated before, I’ve recently started studying the Feri Tradition pretty seriously. One of my struggles has been incorporating my new practices with those I have done for years.

In the morning, I’d do my Feri practice starting with the Kala rite. I’ve posted about this before, so rather than go back over it, I invite you to take a look at that post first. In the evening, I’d set aside time to chant and work with Ganesh. Again, I’ve posted about my work with Ganesh previously, so check that out too. Lately, though, I’ve only been keeping up with the Feri portion of my practice, which has made me feel a little guilty. So, I sat down today to finally figure out how to fit the practices together.

Ganesh is a road-opener God; the remover of Obstacles. He rides the mouse, not only because it demonstrates his ability to defy the constraints of reality, but because on a mouse, he can get to the deepest, darkest corners of the world to clear a path through life’s obstacles. This is exactly what Kala does.

With Kala, you put all your complexes or the things that don’t serve you into a cup of water. Then, using your personal energy or that of your Patron/Matron, you transform the water into a potion that removes these complexes to open the way for you.

Do you see the connection? The answer to fitting the practices together is so obvious; I can’t believe I missed it. So today, I lit the candle on my altar. I poured my glass of water and put the energy from the constraints I’m facing into the glass. Then, I chanted one of Ganesh’s mantras until I felt his presence. I offered him the water to him and felt him transform the water into the potion of healing. I finished my daily practice and ended with a prayer to Ganesh to keep my way open.

I’m not sure that my practice is authentically Feri, but as the late Valerie Walker once said about the tradition, “If you don’t like the lore, go out and make your own!”

30 Days of Magic – Day 28: Protection Magic Part 2

Today I returned the ring to my friend and helped her to work some magical protection efforts. I walked in to her home and set up at her kitchen table. From my bag, I removed a box of sea salt, a sage smudge stick, a jar of rose water, and a bag of red brick dust.

I cast a circle. First, just large enough to surround the kitchen table. I invoked the Star Goddess and the Guardians, asking them to lend their energy to our magic. I blessed the items and charged them with the energy of protection.

I then pushed the circle outward, to surround the house. I pushed the circle out once again to surround my friend’s entire property.

I took up the sea salt and handed it to my friend. She sprinkled it around her property. While she was doing this, I visualized the sea salt forming a boundary that would serve as a warning to any who tried to harm her.

When she returned, I handed her the lit stick of sage. Again, she carried this around her property. I visualized the smoke fogging the senses of anyone who would attempt to cause her harm.
My friend sprinkled the rose water around her home. In doing so, she created a boundary that only love could cross. After she was done, I buried the left-over thorns from the jar beside her front door, willing them to pierce the spirit of anyone who would attempt to do her harm.

Finally, we lined each door and window with a line of red brick dust. Willing that anyone who should cross them that would do her harm would feel the full force of our magic.

We joined hands at her kitchen table and thanked the Guardians and Goddess for their assistance. Instead of taking down our circle, we visualized it forming a boundary around her home to solidify our spell.

I really hope that her stalker takes the hint and leaves her alone. For their sake.