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This Post Is a Spell

Let me tell you something else about witches: we don't hold with self-pity.

Feeling sorry for yourself (and poisoning the lives of those around you with your whining) concedes powerlessness, and that's something else we don't hold with.

Witches don't whine. We do something.

What we do, of course, varies from situation to situation. We specialize in indirection. Witches don't usually go for frontal assault. Instead, we look for a way around. Or under. Or over. Or between.

When you hear that sing-song “poor me” whine start to come into your voice, strangle it at birth.

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  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    Magic only happens with action -- 'the doing of it' to paraphrase you. Inaction is the antimatter of the craft. Get up and do!
Thirteen Reasons Why Monotheism Is Better Than Polytheism

Monotheism is better than polytheism because...

...it's easier. With monotheism, you never have to waste time wondering “Which god?” You'll already know.

...it's cheaper. Gods are like children: the more you have, the more it costs to keep them all happy. Think of what you could do with all that extra time and money.

...it's more unifying. Having different gods is just one more thing for people to fight about. Imagine how much more peaceful and conflict-free the world will be when everyone, everywhere, worships the same god!

...it's simpler. Think how much simpler life will be when humans are the only beings that have rights. In polytheism, you always have to be worrying about the rights of animals, trees, stones, rivers, mountains. In a monotheist world, you can forget about all that. They don't have any.

...it's more psychologically healthy. In a polytheist world, you always have to be thinking about relationships. In monotheism, on the other hand, you only have to look out for Number One.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    "Do we know the number of the gods? "It would be rash to say that we do. One should be content with a reasonable number." (Ezra Po
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    It's worth remembering that "polytheism" and "monotheism" are both terms coined by a monotheist (Philo of Alexandria). For pagans
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I would contend that all fully-realized paganisms are, in effect, ethnic religions. (Let me leave aside for the moment just how fu
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    Quite a few good zingers in there! I will say this -- I think the gods and how many and who prays to whom is the least important

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W3PHDRP+

A Modest Proposal

 

Face it, folks: there's strength in numbers. We need a term that includes us all.

Once “pagan” was our prime term of art, but since (like fractious adolescents) we tend to define ourselves by rebelling against what we're not, that simply doesn't work anymore.

So here's my suggestion.

I think that we need to take a page from the GLBTQI+ playbook.

(Interestingly, both “gay” and “queer,” originally intended as terms of inclusion, have since come to be used exclusively instead. Hai mai, it's nice to know that you're not alone in the world.)

We need to come up with a long, unwieldy, mysterious string of capital letters that's constantly bloating into a longer, more unwieldy, and ever more mysterious string of capital letters that never quite manages to resolve into a pronounceable acronym.

Of course, since—for all our egocentricity—we tend to have fragile egos, we need to be as inclusive as possible when we do this.

Let's see: Witch-Warlock-Wiccan-Pagan-Heathen-Druid-Reconstructionist-Polytheist....

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    How about a nice short one like FD for Fucking Different?
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Happy Pagan Bloggers we! Don't like what I write, then don't bother to read. So many posts out there to peruse, it's okay to pick
  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite says #
    Despite what I think I'm detecting as a degree of sarcasm, at least on one subject here, I think "we" are all a little too varied
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    BWA HA HA!! *snort*..Hahahaha!! So true!

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The Thirteenth Treasure

On first Mother Night, we tapped the box of red.

It was a nice wine for winter: chewy, hearty, a little leathery.

Next day, there was still wine left.

On second Mother Night, we drank more from the box of red.

Next day, there was still wine left.

Tonight, Thirteenth Night, we'll keep on drinking.

As for tomorrow, we'll see.

I'm beginning to wonder if what we've got on our hands here may not be that legendary box of wine that, no matter how many rituals you take it to, never runs dry.

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Chakra Healing Crystals: Rainbow Medicine

The concept of chakras originated many thousands of years ago in Asia and it is fascinating to see how it only grows in interest and importance over the centuries.The ancient philosophers and metaphysicians identified seven main energy centers in the body, with each chakra identified with a color of the rainbow emanating energy affecting the mental, physical, and spiritual balance of every person.  Chakra theory is at the foundation of many Eastern healing practices.  One of the simplest ways to achieve well-being is to place a crystal on the part of the body where a particular chakra is located.  Many people I know credit their clarity and health to chakra therapy.  One sure way to relieve stress and enhance the emotional body is the chakric application of crystals.  A goddessy girlfriend  of mine placed an amber stone in her navel when she was starting a business, and her personal power and drive soared.  These things do work!  Perhaps you might choose a ring for your left hand with a lovely pink or red stone to open your heart and bring both love and serenity.  Now, it does not get better than that, does it?

 

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Bust A Move: Capricorn Moon Jan. 4-6 PLUS New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse
Mama Moon enters the Earthy, Cardinal Sign of Capricorn on Jan. 4 at 10:55 am until Jan. 6 becoming New on Jan. 5 at 5:28 pm Pacific time. A partial Solar Eclipse occurs at 3:33 am which I’ll discuss in more detail in my New Moon Museletter.
 
It’s time now to BUST A MOVE as the 80’s rap song goes, and with a little help from take-control Capricorn you can kick off the New year with determination and will power.
 
It’s okay to be empathically attuned AND a team player right now. With Sun sextile Neptune and Uranus going direct in KICK ASS Aries prepare to break down OLD PATTERNS.
 
You may feel some anger and rebelliousness right now, but this too shall pass - Mama Moon moves fast. Reach out to a friend or a guide to help you gain perspective and move forward this 2019.
 
Wolf Magick
She is my protector, my luv, my guide.
With her by my side, I can fight the good fight,
no lies, just truth, and shining eyes.
 
With Luv and Sparkly Blessings,
Kathy Crabbe
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If you’ve been dealing with a situation in which you’re having a hard time making progress, everything is in line to move forward this month. Hopefully, that will be to your advantage. It’s all more likely to work in your favor if you are able to harness your enthusiasm and creativity to hard, disciplined work, and drive it towards practical ends.

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  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    Fun is also sometimes breaking the limits and overstepping the boundaries. That cannot be done if one does not have limits and bou

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