PaganSquare is a community blog space where Pagans can discuss topics relevant to the life and spiritual practice of all Pagans.
Ugh, my on again, off again life.
We moved here to slow life down. It has been quite the adventure! Since 2009, I have had 7 jobs. That is more than Ihave ever thought I would have in my lifetime! My husband has had 2 since being here. I've started many projects and finished only a handful....
Unless you’ve been hiding under a particularly large rock for the last month you’re probably aware that the USA is in the process of setting itself on fire. Regardless of your political ideologies, chances are good that you feel pretty threatened these days due to the escalating violence that seems to be everywhere. We’ve gone beyond the point of “someone should do something about this.” We’ve officially reached “I need to do something about this.” It’s time for us to put on our big kid pants and actually do something about the state of the world.
In good times it’s usually enough to do subtle magicks to gently influence the state of the world, but we are not facing good times. In troubled times we need to do everything in our power to make a difference because no one else is going to do it for us. The most effective way to use your magick to actually affect the state of the world is to enhance your mundane actions. Unless you’re the Sorcerer Supreme (and maybe even if you are) magick alone is just not going to cut it. There is so much energy being thrown by all sides of the current political situation that the only way to cut through it is with mundane action enhanced by magickal action. We need to do both. Thankfully there are a lot of ways we can do this, particularly using pop culture magick.
Pop culture magick is particularly well suited for adding weight to our mundane actions. Characters like Captain America and Superman are already rooted both in popular consciousness and the American cultural identity. We don’t need to struggle in our magicks to find a sympathetic resonance with our goals of boosting truth, justice, and the “American way” because they’re already there. Our pop culture heroes are famous for making a difference in hard times, making them near perfect allies in these times. Further, because they are so rooted in our culture means that they already energetically touch just about everyone that we might want to affect with our magick, making hitting our targets that much easier. We don’t have to bring our pop culture magick to the mundane plain because it’s already there, ready to help us make a difference.
As with any situation, change has to start with you. For many of us the most difficult step in making a difference is the first one: getting off our couches and actually doing something. This is where you can do workings with characters like the Hulk, Princess Leia, or Mulan to use your anger and defensive emotions as a catalyst for taking action. Use the energies of righteous defenders like the Federation (Star Trek) or the Shadow Proclamation (Doctor Who) to motivate yourself into taking direct action like protesting and calling your local legislators. One of the most effective things you can do to actively change the way things are going is to phone your senators and representatives. You can boost the effectiveness of these communications by invoking righteous and persuasive characters like Superman, Captain America, and Aslan and letting their energies help you to make your voice heard. (If you have anxiety about calling your reps here’s a great article on making things easier on yourself) If you’re really uncomfortable calling your senators and representatives you can also email or write them a letter (though this tends not to be quite as effective as calling, it’s better than not making yourself heard at all). Use the courage, determination, and persuasiveness of your favorite pop culture icons to make your voice boom.
Another great way to boost your ability to make a difference is to enchant donations as you make them. Whether you’re sending firewood to Standing Rock, giving canned good to food banks, or providing hygiene products to local shelters, we all want to make charitable donations stretch as far as we can. We can do so by putting everlasting gobstopper charms on food donations, casting a bag of holding charm on clothing donations, or a Wisdom of Gandalf spell on book donations. You can enhance your volunteerism by invoking the strength of Fesik (Princess Bride) or the endurance of Strider (Lord of the Rings). Use your magick to heighten the impact of your mundane actions.
You can do even more if you’re comfortable casting spells on others (do this or not according to your own ethics). One options is casting clear seeing spells for the ignorant. There are a lot of frighteningly misinformed and mentally manipulated people out there that could use a dose of clear understanding of their situation. Call on characters like Hawkeye, Superman, or Wonder Woman to part the veil of ignorance and let people see the true nature of reality. Llasso of truth anyone or perhaps a Mythbusters spell? Another option is casting personal responsibility spells for the apathetic or inactive. Call on characters like Tony Stark or Buffy the Vampire Slayer to bring the full weight of personal responsibility on the indifferent. (See my July Boondock Saints spell against indifference) You can even take it so far as to cast guilt spells upon the perpetrators of injustice. Given the season, using the three ghosts of Christmas from The Christmas Carol seems terribly appropriate. The possibilities are endless.
It doesn’t matter what action you choose to take in these times, so long as you do choose to act. The current political situation in the US has seen an unprecedented rise in violence against anyone viewed as “other” and we are all “other” in some way. This is not the time to “wait and see,” it’s time to take a stand before things get even more out of hand. Inaction in times like these is effectively endorsing bigotry, hatred, and fascism. Be brave and make a difference.
It’s a super New Moon in Taurus, with Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto all retrograde – what better time than now to work on breaking harmful habits and creating helpful ones?
In this post I will lay out for you four simple, effective techniques that have helped me completely change my life over the last five or six years, and I call them: Gross Yourself Out, Psych Yourself Up, Redirect the Flow, and Make It Special....
So this morning, the groundhog said we're going to have an early Spring. Later today, I heard claps of thunder for the first time in months, and the rain washed away all of the salt on my SUV. I started with a new agency a couple weeks ago, and I am now designated as "pre-license", as I am studying to move forward as a real estate broker. Ron even got me a new phone as a congratulations present - just the one I wanted but was holding off until I made more money. (I closed on my first lease with the new company yesterday!)
It has indeed been a whirlwind of preparation and change, which is just how I see the season. All year long, animals like squirrels store up food to get them by through the winter. By the time Winter arrives, a squirrel who did a great job will have the problem of too much of a good thing. They will bury nuts all over the forest, forgetting where many of them are buried. The following Spring, that mistake can become a blessing in disguise - planting unintentional seeds. Preparation and change. I hadn't planned on switching agencies as quickly as I did, but it was time to do so. The groundhog didn't plan on anything other than waking up this morning. El Niño is probably attributing to lots of change, including the storms around here instead of a blizzard. And yes, for people who pay attention to politics, a relatively no-name did a great job in Iowa. (Disclaimer: I am not much into politics, but that doesn't mean I don't pay attention.)
The thing is, the world is in a constant state of change. Some changes are subtle, like the first tiny knobs on a tree branch. Some changes are wildly noticeable, such as the first morning you step outside and see green grass everywhere after months of brown and white. How I handle the changes, big and small, determines where my life will go. It's certainly easier for me to adapt than it is for someone who's starting from nothing, or someone who has more hurdles. I just remind myself I know people personally who were given every opportunity, but because they were not able to adapt to change, they have problems I have a hard time envisioning for myself...
As we entered into March, a strange energy overtook me. Perhaps it was that, while the rest of the country remained captive of the snow and ice, the West coast has had a warm, early spring. Perhaps it was, as some astrologers suggest, the Pegasus energy surrounding the eclipse on Ostara.
Whatever the muse we attribute with providing motivation, I have felt an invigorating sense of determined purpose. After years of plodding through a collaborative project, my co-author and I are nearly finished with the revised manuscript. After years of a loss of mobility from a degenerative knee issue, I finally started taking my health seriously and used my new insurance to get physical therapy....
In order to change we must facilitate change. Change doesn't just come, no matter how much we desire it. Change is often painful, jarring us out of a comfortable, though dissatisfying existence, forcing us into molds that don't fit who we are, but will eventually turn us into who we wish to be. Change in our lives is not the gracefully seamless flow of color and scent we see in nature as the Wheel turns around us. Do trees suffer as they burst from summer's green to autumn's golden splendor? How does the goldenrod and the Michaelmas daisy feel as their colors brighten beneath the cooling autumn sun? Of course we can't know; nature's children keep their secrets to themselves.
It often seems that as much as we welcome change we are at the same time resisting it, fighting and forcing it back until opportunity has passed us by, only to leave us wondering what went wrong and wishing our circumstances (or we) could change. Why is this so, I wonder? I am as guilty of it as anyone, and like most others I recognize it, yet I still have to consciously remind myself that what I am doing (or am meant to be doing) really is to my own benefit, regardless of how much I detest it. Case in point: that excruciating half an hour on my elliptical machine every day, that half an hour I skipped this morning and will no doubt try my best to avoid doing tomorrow even though I know exercise is healthy for me, and if I want to do a 5K color run next summer I need to begin training now....