Ogma


Last week in meditation, Ogma walked in while I was talking to The Morrigan and announced that I was following him.

I have met him a few times in meditation and made offerings to Ogma before. One of his sobriquets is “honey-tongued” and since he is one of the champions of Ireland, I usually ask for his help when I need to fight with words.

I have no idea where this is going, but I will follow and find out.

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Words in Ritual


The other day I was unable to celebrate the Spring Equinox for personal reasons. So I thought I’d write a bit about words in ritual.

When I started out, I used to write everything down I would say on a piece of paper, but I noticed that at times the words would come out wrong anyway. So I now research the festival beforehand and when formulating the ritual I write (for example) “say a bit about how the Milesians landed in Ireland” when it is Beltane and then let the moment form the words in my mind.

Fashions


In paganism and witchcraft, as with everything else, there are always fashions. It used to be wicca and now hoodoo and traditional witchcraft are becoming fashionable because their practitioners can curse.

Do your research and read a few books about the path you want to follow before you jump in and make up your own mind about what you find.

Following something just because it’s fashionable will not be a good fit for you and you could waste years in the wrong path. On the other hand, if you research what is currently fashionable because it sounds like your sort of thing and then decide that it’s for you, then it probably will be.

Writing Spells


I am trying to write more spells. Urgent spells always, no matter who is writing them, get written immediately. These spells are less urgent e.g. a spell for my wassailing ritual at the Winter Solstice, where I am struggling to find a rhyme.

This has led me to put them on my phone, so I have them to hand. Unfortunately this means I’m writing them after work when I am usually dog-tired and wanting to play games. So far I have not had any progress with it.

Books to Avoid


When browsing in a bookshop there are certain titles that I automatically avoid. The first is “Celtic Shamanism”. The Celts (and let’s not go into what races were and were not Celts) had druids, which is a perfectly good system and I see no need to tack Shamanism on just because it’s foreign so must be the next sexy thing.

The other one is “Real Witch”. It’s as if the writer has to validate their practice to everyone else, whereas if you’ve had a few years’ experience you can tell within a five minute skim of the book whether it’s any good or absolute rot. The “Real Witch” stuff falls into the latter.

If any readers of this blog have titles that they automatically avoid for any reason, I’d like to hear from you.