Imbolc Preparation


It seems odd to think of Imbolc preparation so early in the month, but after the secular New Year (which I celebrate because of my husband, but it is not my New Year) I start clearing things out.

I go through my mobile and clear out my contacts, messages and bookmarks.  I also clear out contacts and files on the computer.  I keep bookmarks in an email message on the computer, as I have had repeated problems with my computer account being lost and my bookmarks are suddenly gone. 

I go through my books and give any that are unwanted to charity.  I would do the same for clothing, but I had a clearout last July.  I used to clear out any cupboards, but with a toddler and medical condition I would not be able to complete this before Imbolc.

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No Altar


I follow several deities but at the moment I have no altars to them. I am planning an altar to Brigit as it will help focus my flametending, but there is no hurry as she has not asked for it and seems amused at my promise.

To be honest, this is because I grew up as a Scottish Protestant. We have asceticism and restraint built into our worship and our churches have little adornment and no golden objects in them.

If my deities required it, I have would have to do it, especially Sianon unless I like problems with the water in my house.

Seasons Change


This is the time when the seasons are busy changing.  I notice it the most in my garden; the ground is now too cold for weeding and I am busy pruning, clearing the drive and putting drainage holes in the lawn.

I notice it also in the produce available in the shops; raspberries are no longer found and turnips have become available again.

Deity Family Trees


I am currently trying to do family trees for the Irish deities without my head exploding.  This is because I theorise that various professions were handed down in families and I am trying to find out if my theory is correct.

For example, we have Ogma, who developed the ogham alphabet and his son Coirpre, who is a poet.  Thus we have writing as the family profession.

Samhain


I celebrated Samhain yesterday by doing a small ritual. I also watched “Arsenic and Old Lace” a black comedy set at Hallowe’en with lots of death and madness in it. I know a lot of people watch horror films, but I don’t like them.

I also carved a turnip lantern, which took the best part of an hour to do. It’s the hollowing out that takes time.

My husband was going to cook a dish his mother had cooked, but owing to an accident on the motorway he got back really late and we had a takeaway over a Babylon 5 film with Asmodeus in it, which was oddly appropriate as we didn’t know that when we started watching. I asked for “Sixth Sense” which would have been appropriate, but he didn’t want to watch that.

Turnip lantern (tumshie) ready to go on duty

Finding Spell


I don’t normally post my spells online, but this one is so specialised that it would be difficult to use it for anything else.

I lost my wedding ring while going on holiday. I was in the car and pulled my rings out of my coin pocket only to hear my wedding ring going “tinkle, tinkle, disappear”. Hubby searched the car three times to no avail and (despite being non-pagan) knew it would be a bad omen if it wasn’t found, so I had to roll up my sleeves and make a spell.

What is now two
should be three
tomorrow brings my wedding ring
back to me

In the name of
The Morrigan, Badb and Macha triplicity
as two of them
do not make three

I normally have three rings which my husband has given me : engagement, wedding ring and a garnet one he gave me for an anniversary. I either wear all three rings or don’t wear any of them, so they are a set.

I was nervous and unsure that this spell would work. Firstly, because I was ill when I made it. Normally I do divination to see if it would work, but if I did divination when ill all I would divine is that the tarot cards are very pretty, which was why I put in the deities, which I don’t normally do. The Morrigan is a tutelary deity of mine and has said she’ll give her help with spells, so when I needed a triplicity to complete the spell I invoked her.

The other reason for my nervousness was that I have never done a timed spell, but hubby was putting the car in for it’s M.O.T. the next day (a British car test which is a legal requirement) and was going to ask the mechanics to look for my ring. As everyone knows, often an item is found just after you have replaced it and I did not want this to happen. The mechanics found my ring sitting in the rear footwell, where my hubby had already looked.

If I had to do this spell again I would cut my normal circle casting down from nine jars with candles and items in them (search for my post on circle casting if you’re interested) to three, as it would amplify the intent of the spell, but I’m more than happy with the result.

How Traditional are you?


To answer my own question, I base my own practice on tradition but I am not going to vet everything I do scrupulously to make sure it’s traditional. Yes, elements creep in that I have made up, especially as I have no teacher, so my practice evolves from what I have read in books or on the net with things that are relevant to the occasion added in. This is most likely to happen in ritual, as I cast the circle and then speak from the heart and in the moment without script. I will research the festival beforehand, but what I speak is from my head.

Autumn


It is Autumn here in England. For me, Autumn is when the trees start shedding their leaves. They do this because they are getting less light. This is because the Earth rotates on its axis as well as rotating around the sun and the part of the sphere I am currently living on is slowly rotating away from the sun.

However, that is the scientific reason. I confess that I would prefer there to be an occult reason, but I have not yet found one that fits with my beliefs. I have heard the one about the Oak King and the Holly King fighting for dominance and Brigit giving way to The Cailleach, but it just doesn’t ring true for me.

When I became Pagan, many books I read stated that this was the season that plants started dying. No, they don’t. Farmers will confirm that there are crops which are farmed at winter, for example winter barley. Any gardener will tell you that some plants have foliage all year round. Grass lives all year round and can be found under the snow.

Returning to Meditating


I haven’t meditated in a long while. This was because I was always feeling tired and I had been told by deities not to meditate when feeling ill. Since I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I know it’s a disability to work around, not an illness and today I have gone back to meditating.

Thankfully there is no fall out from my deities from not meditating. I talked to them about it and they told me that since I thought I was ill and stopped because of that, I was doing what I was told. I have found in the past that “I didn’t know” is not a valid excuse when dealing with deities.

I’ve decided to meditate on Mondays. I want to meditate once a week and if I have a bad day with my fibromyalgia it’s not a good time to meditate, or if my son has a bad night then I won’t meditate on Monday because I’ll start falling asleep during meditation and annoy my deities. At the moment it’s far too easy to for things to shift to the right in my life (for example, I was planning to post this on Monday and it’s now Wednesday) and intending to meditate on a Monday ensures I do meditate once a week as I’ll meditate on another day if things are bad.

Other People’s Spells


A spell which has been given to you will never work for you; you have to design your own spells.

This is because you are not living in the writer’s world with all the associations the writer has. For example, a lot of people will say that green is associated with money. This is because in The States money is printed in green whereas in Britain money is printed in different colours for different denominations, so I do not have the association green=money and a spell that utilised that association would not work for me.

Your own spells work because you understand not only all the associations but how and why and the reason(s) it was put together.

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