Welcome To 2015!

So, traditionally this is the time for New Years resolution. I had always shunned resolutions, as they are usually abandoned before they even had a chance to sprout. But something about this year is different.

Welcome 2015

2014 has been such a turbulent year, that for 2015 I need clear direction. In order to achieve that, considering that we are self-employed, homeschool our children and belong to an alternative religion, any structure we give to a year has to come from ourselves. There is no one to tell us what needs to be done when, we decide. That freedom is wonderful, but it takes discipline if any meaningful work is to be done.

Therefore I chose to go for the New Years resolution, among other things (like using structures apps and programs to help me run the day to day of our lives), and I want to list a few of these here. Maybe in a year, when it is time to review the previous months, life will show itself as a little more calm.

Well, I can at least plan to make the trip a little smoother.

So here are my resolutions (which in true Law of Attraction fashion, I am posting in present tense)

1. I am loosing 15 pounds. I am currently heavier than I have ever been, touching the 140 mark, and I do not like it. Okay, I am now over 40, with a thyroid condition, but I am not giving myself a break here. It is time be back in shape. If I find any books, products or any blog post from other bloggers that help me along the way, I will share them here.

2. I am increasing our income threefold. I have done it before, so I can do it again. With that I mean hubby and I, and we got a pretty solid plan, and are a great team, so that is so workable. One of the ways to achieve this, is by using abundance magick and law of attraction. I will write about that, on the blog you are currently reading.

3. I am moving to Los Angeles. I have been talking about this for 4 years now, and every time something came up. This time, we have the means, the plan, the time frame, the combined efforts and energy, so that will happen. We got to do this before end of April. Did I mention we currently are living in Florida? Not sure, if I want to write about that anywhere yet, but knowing myself, I probably will.

4. I am writing more. Deadlines and all, I am making a list and sticking to it. I will post any updates on publishing schedule on my writing blog. I got a blogging schedule for all of my blogs, and plenty of resources to structure my offline writing. Any great (or not so great) writing books I find will be reviewed on my writing blog.

5. I am organized. I grew up with an abusive perfectionist adoptive father. So I became disorganized, slightly chaotic, and anti-structure. That does not co-exist well with the needs of bookkeeping, payroll and taxes. Just like it does not work well with kids who want to get into college. So, I bought the above mentioned apps and software, bookkeeping essentials, created a daily planner, and I am ready to go. Wish me luck. (I will write about those too – not on my spiritual blog, or my writing blog, but on my productivity blog – yes, I have three blogs!)

6. I practice a more consistent spiritual practice. The last year, I have practiced my Witchcraft on a very irregular schedule. Mind you, I am not Wiccan, I am a Hedgewitch and solitary, so there is no need for structure, expect a personal one. I feel that I can learn a lot from a more regulated, even if self-regulated structure, and will explore that in depth. And of course, as with everything, I will write about it. And that would be on this, exact blog.

So here it is, my list (albeit incomplete, considering that other goals involve other people, and I value their privacy) for 2015. This year, I know, with the help of the Gods, will be my best year yet. I am ready and open for all of the changes and wonderful experiences, as well as the lessons that it holds within, and I am grateful for the present that every moment of the coming year is.

In parting, I wish you all the best as well, as you envisioned, and however it is best for you.

Goddess Blessing

Claudia

P. S. This post is a “The Pagan Experience” Post, based on the prompt for January 5th “Resolutions”. I know I am a little ahead of the posting schedule for that group link, but this topic just demands attention on the first day of the new year!

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Take A Chance – Be Who You Are

Being a part of an “alternative” faith (meaning not one of the big 3 book religions) means taken a chance to be not accepted. I have tried – and failed – a few times to distance myself from that essential part of me, the practice of Witchcraft, the religion Paganism, the connection to my Matron, Hecate.

There are have been many reason for that – love, trying to fit in, being mad at some of the organized parts of the religion, but the Craft and my Goddess always calls me back. When I arrive at home, I am at ease. Simply because, as a Pagan Witch I am authentic.

Being one’s true self – no matter what other people might think about the label or the religion is important. It took my husband a long time to accept that I can not live in the closet. Now I can’t get him to stop asking to read for him, or create change when needed.

I stuck to my essential self, a big chance to take, when the love of your life is on the line. At the end, authenticity and unconditional love won.

Everyone who knows me knows of my path, the reason for it, is because it is important to me not to hide. Sometimes that leaves to strange questions or stares, but I really do not care so much about the opinion of others that it will make me change. I welcome discussions, sure, after all we learn via dialogue, but that won’t change who I am as a practicing Witch.

This means that somehow though I have to balance my mundane job of being a Writer (okay there is nothing mundane about it, just bare with me for a moment), and the fact that I am a Witch. Should I become famous and achieve my goals of making bestseller lists, and create scripts for some kind of blockbuster, do I want to be known as the odd one out, by being open, by writing openly about my path?

The other option would be to not be open, to stop writing about what I believe in. For me, who has an opinion about everything, and has a way to big of a mouth to not speak my mind, that is really not an option.

So I am taking a chance. I work on both of my blogs, just like I work on both of the most important, most defining aspects of my life – I am a Writer, I am a Witch.

Blessed Be!

My Love/Hate Relationship With The Label Pagan

This is not a blog post about the definition of Paganism, nor the explanation of the many flavors that are within the community of Pagans.

This post is about the relationship I have with labels, and why, no matter how far I try to step away from the boundaries of anything that resembles a set religious practice, I am pulled right back, not only by some of the people whom I found via having called myself Pagan, but also some of the aspects that brought me closer to who I feel I am at my core.

I practice Witchcraft.

It does not matter if you would call some of the aspects New Age, and some old school. I watch the behavior of the birds to collect information, such as an upcoming unexpected weather change, or learn about the storm in someone else’s live. I light a candle for friends, add ingredients into my food with the purpose of change, and I am aware of the sometimes quick, and sometimes longer lasting presence of those who have passed beyond the veil.

There is ethically collected snakeskin in my Witchy room, next to one of three altars in front of which I chant.

Yet, I sometimes hesitate to call myself Pagan, simply because it is beginning to have the aspects of organisation and with that the burdens and less favorable aspects of religion.

Those are in my few, but are not limited to:

  • a telling by some that “this is the only right way to do things”. We are not a book religion, therefore there are no right or wrong way to do something, just YOUR way, as long as it works
  • creating a haven for potential abuse of power – may it be child abuse, or the misinterpretation of old texts to be used to force some sexual favors, ect.
  • the name calling, when someone does things a different way – such as calling people “fluffy bunny”
  • the drama – gossip, witch-wars all because of the need for dramatic power grab and attention getting.

Because of this and many hours of quiet contemplating I have come to best conclusion for myself – practice as a solitary eclectic Pagan Witch – within my family, not without – open to assist others with healing, or spells or even some basic knowledge, but basically practicing alone and for myself and those in my care. Calling myself only spiritual would be not true, because it is too vague to me. I know what I am, but I also know that I can no longer be a part of any community.

My first reaction had been to not only move away from communities but also from the label, and after more contemplation that proved wrong. Sometimes strong emotions bring forth rash decisions, that was one of them.

With communities I mean organized covens, not blog hops, or coffee groups, or online groups – as long as they do not belong to a tradition. I will not put a candle in the same spot, because a coven teaching says it should. I will only put it there, if thought, logic, learning and intuition brought me to the same conclusion. Not any other reason.

So this blog, while called now “Inspiration” will contain lots of magick, and spell work, and stuff that works for me as a practicing Witch, but it will not contain interviews with so called leaders in a religion that is originally non-organized, a practice rather then a worship. I will also write about aspects of spirituality that might not be what would be Pagan – such as Zen, if I feel like it.

I am eclectic at my practice, and this blog will show exactly that.

Enough time for transition – time to move on to bigger and better things.

And just to add at the end – Witchcraft is not a religion. Paganism is. I practice both, but one does not need the other, nor does it mean when one takes on one of these labels that they are practicing both. I just happened to practice both – now I wish you all a Happy and Blessed Full Moon!

Blessed Be!