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New to Minnesota, my Israeli friend threw up her hands in exasperation.
“Augh!” she groaned. “Doesn't anyone around here ever talk about anything but the weather?”
Well, this is the Midwest. We have lots of weather here and we talk about it a lot. We're proud of our weather, and find it intrinsically interesting. Hell, we have weather here that can kill you. That's pretty interesting.
For pagans, of course, there's added incentive. Earth, Sun, Storm, the Winds: what we call “weather” is what the gods are doing.
We stood in the labyrinth to cast our circle. It’s an intimate space, about six metres across with the paths made of brick and the curves between the paths mosaic. The mosaic is in rainbow bands of colour, the outermost circuit red, then orange, yellow, greens blues and purples with the centre piece mainly white, an ‘om’ symbol picked out in a small glittering pattern of colour. Set into the grass in the community gardens it’s where we do our public rituals and – on this occasion – where we were for our monthly meeting. We walked the labyrinth in, passing and passing each other as our circuits lapped and turned and threaded through the journeys of others; separate but companionable. It was cooling down; the day had been warm and the bricks and tiles retained that warmth, fed it back to us when we arrived in the centre and sat down, welcoming, sheltering us.
I gave a keynote talk at the Conference of Current Pagan Studies January 23 on viewing social justice from a Pagan perspective. It went well and while the paper it was based on is much too long for a normal blog post, I have made it available as an article on my web page. After a discussion of social justice at a more abstract level, I end with exploring issues of Nature and race.
So I'm having a problem with a former friend. He's been projecting to me while I'm sleeping and putting his hands on me. I ended our friendship when he couldn't get understand that I was only interested in being friends (I am in another relationship) and I also believe that he took a sacred object of mine and was using it against me.
Last night I had a dream that I was in the bath and he appeared and was groping me. I did a spell to keep him away from me a month ago, when I cleared out some other negative spirits and everything was fine until early Sunday morning at 3. He texted me the next morning and said "did you like the way that felt?"
I reinforced my protective shield but he keeps penetrating it; I feel justified in binding him but I don't like to do it. Do you have a spell to protect me and keep him from reversing it on me? or a spell to reverse the binding if he's able to break through my shield and bind me? I just want him to stop bothering me and move on with his life.
Distressed in Davenport.