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!

Time For Some Bloglovin!

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So glad that the A to Z Challenge month is over, and I can pay more attention to this blog. For the month of April, my writing/reviewing/movie blog  has gotten all of the attention, but now it is time to share the little bit of blogging time I have between both.

And I have so much exiting stuff planned!

First of all, I will continue to participate in the Pagan Blog Project. I know, I know, that was the plan all along, but hey, there are only so many hours in the day.

Upcoming book reviews: I have some really cool Pagan books I want to share with you, with upcoming release dates!

And of course, it is time to share some thoughts on the practical side of being a Witch, what I think of spiritual practice in relationship with food, real life Witchy living, and stuff like that.

So follow me via WordPress or Bloglovin – you can also find me on Twitter as @homeschoolwitch.

Hugs and Goddess blessings!

Careless Whispers – Words Are Power

One magickal principle suggests that words are powerful. Words create worlds, our chants, our spoken spells, and our prayers are an aspect of that.

But the power of words go beyond the times when we deliberately create change. The carelessly uttered words about another, a group of people and also about ourselves are just as important, specifically if they are repeated often.

Examining how you speak about yourself is an essential part of spiritual growth. Do you speak ill of yourself, do you put yourself down on a regular basis or do your words empower you? Becoming first aware and then moving to adjust your uttering just be a priority. Those words spoken in automatic terms are often an indicator of your inner well being, and therefore an important indicator to you what you need to work on.

So think beyond just the times what you say when you are in front of your altar or in conversation with others, but consider how you speak about yourself to yourself.

Hail Hecate!

Worry Dolls – Uses

As I begin my journey creating Worry Dolls and Spirit Dolls, I want to take some time to dive deeper into this subject through this blog.

Today, we will be talking about uses for Worry Dolls.

1. Release of nightmare – While nightmares have it’s place in shadow work and overcoming issues and fears, there is a time to release them. Worry dolls can be a tool to do so. Specifically designed worry dolls (based to Guatemalan Tradition) are placed under the pillow. One doll per day, continuing for six consecutive days, the dolls slowly release the hold of the nightmare upon you. After those six days you can either bury them off property, or cleanse them thoroughly to be used another time. Do not reuse those dolls without cleansing them first!

2. Release of Fears – Whispering your fears and worries of the day onto your Doll, allows it to hold them for you, giving you a chance to get your deserved rest. For this, make sure you have a special place close to your bed, dedicated to her, keeping her free from dust. This preludes the need for Nightmare Release Worry Dolls.

3. As a Home Guardian – Worry Dolls can also be used to absorb the worries and fears of anyone entering the home. Placed at the entrance, above it, similar to the tradition of hanging a broom, but less space needed, the doll can take upon herself the worries and fears, as your visitors, family members or yourself enters the room, which might have attached themselves during the course of a day. Again, keep her clean and free of cobwebs and dust.

4. As a Healer – stress, usually caused by tension, worries and fears that are unresolved can cause health issues. A cloth type Worry doll (specifically if this type of doll contains sacred herbs within her belly), can be gentle massaged within your hands, allowing the release and exchange of energy – the person in stress releasing the anxiety, while the doll takes on whatever the cause of stress is. This type of worry doll needs to be spiritually cleansed on a regular basis, and should sit on a space surrounded by crystals and herbs that release negativity. Some healer dolls have long strands of ribbon, wool or fabric instead of a cloth body, allowing you to braid them as you connect with the dolls healing aspects. Release the braids after each healing session, and cleanse the doll.

Shrine of Hecate Worry and Spirit Dolls are currently being created. I will post pictures as soon as some are ready for purchase.

Book Review “Everyone Prays”

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“Everyone Prays – Celebrating Faith Around The World by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian
Release Date: March 31 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

As a Pagan and a Homeschooling Parent, I am always looking for inclusive children’s books, and Alexis Lumbard’s title invited me to take a closer look.
A short, beautifully illustrated book to read to the youngest among us, this book shares a lesson on a common thread – prayer – that goes beyond the usual constraints of Book Religions. While it’s title could use some improvement, because surely not everyone prays, and it implies that everyone believes in a higher power, which is also not true, the book’s intent is appreciated. The diversity shared allows the child to see that there are many ways to connect to one’s spiritual journey, and that fact alone makes the book commendable. While detailed in its illustrations, the artist Alireza Sadeqhian complimented the simple words with warmth.

Overall I recommend this book as a spring board to discuss the diversity of religion and their practices, in an age appropriate manner, for example in a Sunday School setting.

Karma, The Law of Return, And The Three-fold Law

Do I believe in Karma? 

First of all if you ask 10 people what Karma exactly is, you most likely get 10 different answers. Karma to a Wiccan might mean a concept of The Three-Fold Law, which states that energy you give out will return to you in three – meaning if you put a “negative” spell upon someone you will receive three times the negativity.

Karma to a Hindu might mean something completely different. They could be revering to the following types of Karma:

Three types of karma:

  1. Prarabdha karma – karma experienced during the present lifetime
  2. Sancita karma – the store of karma that has not yet reached fruition
  3. Agamin or sanciyama karma – karma sown in the present life that will come to fruition in a future life

Buddhism and Jainism also include the concept of Karma within their religious path, but again the meaning is fluid. They could be revering to this concept:

Karma Niyama – order of act and result, e.g., desirable and undesirable acts produce corresponding good and bad results.

Which brings me back to the original question – do I believe in Karma?

I believe in the order of act and result, which to me is the definition of Law of Return. The Law of Return states that whatever energy and focus I put out, I will receive back. At the same time I do not believe in a judgmental Universe, that makes the decision if a act is positive or negative. It is our own perception of the Universe from a human perspective that makes an act positive or negative. Judgment is an entirely human emotion and a human choice. 

Therefore I do not believe in positive or negative Karma, but rather a giving and receiving of focus which creates expansion, a non-judgmental expansion. Law of Return is essentially the same as Law of Attraction as it brings what you focus on – the Law of Return rather specifically deals with the action aspect of return, rather then the emotional aspect of it, as LOA does. 

But again, I am not a practicing Wiccan, I personally practice an eclectic mix of Paganism, and I am practicing Witch. 

Hail Hecate! 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/daily-prompt-karma-chameleon/ 

Maiden – Mother – Crone – Honoring Lifestages

One of the things that I love about the Craft is, that it honors the woman (and the man) in all of her life stages. Each one has its own wisdom, strength, place and possibilities. And while each one of us experiences these life stages differently, they are seldom as openly celebrated as in the Pagan paths.

The Maiden – she is honored for her vitality and strength, her enthusiasm and power. She is the Shield Maiden, who fought alongside the men, she is the spark that draws a partner, with her wildness, that should never be tempted to be tamed.

The Mother – she is honored for her role of bringing life, not necessarily physical through bearing ones own children, but by being the aunt, the teacher, the one who stands up for the world through activism, and building careers for herself. She comes in many forms and whichever form she chooses to express herself in, her strength has matured to the fierceness of a lioness.

The Crone – she is the woman of wisdom, the holder of magick and power. She has learned her lessons, bears her scars well, allowing those scars to teach those whom are younger, or are asking for guidance. She is the calm strength, the one who does not need the physical to bend her way, her will is stronger then ever, her words calming or destructive. She is the Witch at height of her power, the one who sees through the veil. 

We can all learn by embracing all aspects of her, and only grow from honoring all of the life stages. They are inevitable, and powerful in their own right, and at their own time.

Hail be to Hecate, the Triple Goddess, the Goddess of all Stages of Life,  on this day and always! 

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