Permission


Some say that you should ask permission for performing spells. I agree with those who say that it’s not necessary to ask when you are doing curses, but what about other spells?

As in any relationship, I do a quick calculation as to how much trouble I’m going to be in if the recipient finds out I’ve done a spell. So far the answer has always been “it’s not worth it” and I have asked permission.

I have not yet been turned down and when the recipient has said “yes”, I have felt the spell working even before I have done it.

Relationship with Deity


I originally wrote this to answer a friend’s Facebook query, but thought it would make a good post so I’m reproducing it with some slight alterations to make it read better.

It may have been only priest/esses who had a personal relationship with deity, but when paganism was reviving there were no priest/esses. In order for belief to be revived, deities would have to contact people personally, especially as the structure for supporting said priest/esses financially to be priest/esses is no longer there. Also I suspect that deities are adhering to the way things are done in the modern day (deities having a personal interest in people) which didn’t start in the modern Church until the Protestant Reformation, which (in my opinion) did it to stop the Church having so much power over ordinary people.

Unfortunately we get a lot of pagans who represent deity as something that they’re not. In my opinion some of these are people who the deities have tested and failed, although some will be nutters or special snowflakes. Once I was doing a meditation and had Herne the Hunter turn up. It was an Irish sort of meditation so I gave him a hard stare and told him he wasn’t Herne the Hunter. It was Angus Og mucking around and I wonder how many he’s conned who didn’t know better.

For those who are not into deity, I’m telling you a few of my experiences to show you that some people have real experiences with deity and not all of them are nice.

The first was with The Morrigan. I was in serious trouble at work and I prayed for help. A thought instantly came into my head to contact the union, which had just started up at work. I went to the local union rep, who told me to join the union and they’d represent me. I didn’t learn until much later that he shouldn’t have done that, the union rules were that they couldn’t help anyone who was not in the union at the time of trouble and he should have told me he couldn’t represent me and sent me away. Two and a half years later I walked out of there with £7K in redundancy plus shares. My rep later told me that he’d overheard my boss’ boss say “Fiona’s off with stress, let’s get her out of here”.

The second was with Siannon. For fifteen years I rented various properties and in all of them something went wrong with water. I had it all : showers and toilets leaking and in one case the circuit board of the shower went on fire! This started before I became pagan, so I didn’t think about it until my normally very cautious now-husband left the taps on in the bath and flooded our flat and the two below it. I meditated and got Siannon. A while later, she wanted me to do something for her. We were going away for a day and staying overnight, so I said I’d do it soon. The hotel we were staying was 300 years old and was fine when we went to bed that night. The next morning we woke up to no cold water. This was just us. We were transferred to another room which had enough cold water so we could wash etc and then it ran out. The poor manager was having kittens in case the kitchen was affected (it had happened once before) but we were the only ones affected. Nowadays, when Siannon says “jump” I ask “how high”.

The latest was with Brigit. She asked me to follow her and I wasn’t keen, but I said that if she gave me a child I would do so. At that time we had tried for two years with one miscarriage and had been trying for a further two years after that. I was forty-two years old and had been refused IVF because of age and being too fat. She gave me a son and now I follow her. I’m still not keen, but I have to uphold my end of the bargain.

Not Doing Things


I’m having one of those times when things are slowing down.

This is mainly because I’ve been ill and if you meditate when ill it’s more difficult to meditate, plus the illness and any medicines (drugs or herbal) affect the meditation, skewing everything around.

I’ve also had trouble reading my daily horoscope, as the net connection has been misbehaving and also our local transmitter for our mobile company seems to be on the blink yet again.

I find these times annoying, especially the meditating as I feel so out of touch with my deities, but I have to remind myself that things will get back to normal soon and deal with it.

Samhain


This was the first year in a long time I have not carved turnips for Samhain. I did not get organised in time and as I have a baby son I would have needed LED tealights, which I couldn’t buy in time.

In the morning I did my Samhain ritual and finished writing the ritual to introduce our son to the ancestors. It was appropriate that he is nine months old this Samhain.

I watched the film Ghost. A lot of people watch horror films at Samhain; I don’t like horror movies as I am easily scared but I thought this film was appropriate.

Afterwards I went to a party in the afternoon and we went out for a meal as my husband had just finished an exam.

Then we introduced our son to the ancestors. We first consecrated a candle using his touch, spit and breath. This candle will be put away and used for any rituals involving him. Then we said a short piece telling the ancestors about his names and lastly we asked them to help us bring him up.

Quatrains


I have been writing quatrains for a while and until now I have not used rhyming sites or thesauri, reasoning that it was better for me to do things the hard way and work out rhymes myself and thus build my skill in doing so.

Unfortunately it results in spells that stink. Oh, they work all right, but the words only just fit into the meaning I want and the rhymes can be a bit convoluted.

While it is not necessary to write beautiful, flowing poetry in order to perform a successful spell, I would prefer that my words were more than one jump up from making sense. So I have resorted to using rhyme and thesaurus sites.

Studying Astrology


Studying Astrology

If you wish to study astrology the following books are useful :

Sun Signs by Linda Goodman : this gives detailed information on all the sun signs. Each chapter is divided into how to recognise them, the sun sign for men, then women, then children, then bosses and lastly employees.

Moon Signs by Sasha Fenton (or anything else by her as she explains things well)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astrology

Parker’s Astrology by Julia and Derek Parker. This is an extremely comprehensive book on astrology and will tell you how to cast and interpret birth charts.

Christian Astrology by William Lilly. There is nothing Christian in this book, he calls it so because it was written in 1646 when people were saying astrology was a tool of the Devil. This book is a very good book about using astrology to predict the future and answer questions posed by people. In days gone by it was used to divine whether the querent’s ship had arrived safely or if a women would become pregnant.

Using Astrology


Where astrology is useful is with my son. Everyone comments that he is an easy baby, but it’s just that he’s an Aquarius sun sign, which means he likes being independent. He doesn’t like being cuddled, but prefers to lie on his back and play or wriggle around.

Knowing that means that in later years we need to foster his independence or we will be in for trouble. Making sure he can be independent and enabling him to do things alone, but also being on hand to do things with him if he so chooses or give a helping hand if he will allow us.

He also has a Libran ascendant, which means he likes books (he absolutely loves being read to) and a love of music, which means that “Yellow Submarine” (which should be too long for him to like) can always stop him yelling, except if he’s cutting his teeth. One of the things on my to-do list is to get him out to music classes. The downside of a Libran ascendant is that he will argue for Britain.

His moon is in Sagittarius, which means he’s going to be a bit of a joker and unfortunately no loss to the diplomatic corps.

Churches


I am against Paganism becoming an organised religion and having churches and temples.

This is because people then naturally look for a leader to be guided by and take the leader’s word as gospel, forgetting that the leader is only human and thus can err.

Then we would have the same problem as the Christian ministers do : teaching the people to think.

We do not need a church or temple to celebrate the festivals and full moons that a lot of people celebrate, but I don’t.

Autumn Equinox


It’s a bit late to be writing about this, but last week went mental and I didn’t get time to post.

Unfortunately I also didn’t get to plan out my ritual, but had to do my usual standard one. I have seriously got to start researching the festivals again before I celebrate them, or I risk my celebrations becoming stagnant.

It went well, despite having a baby around. At first I was going to put the baby monitor on and do the ritual outside, with him inside. Then I realised he’d try to roll over in his playpen, get stuck, yell and I’d have to go back inside to sort him out just in case he was yelling for something else e.g. feeding or wanting Mummy cuddles.

So I took him into the circle as he hasn’t yet learnt to crawl and he was as good as gold. He’ll probably be crawling by Samhain, but I’ll worry about that when I get to it.

Protection


It is not often that you know your protective spells have worked. I have been putting protection on my house for years and a few months ago I had confirmation that what I was doing worked.

Unusually my hubby was ill, so my son and I were sleeping downstairs so he wouldn’t be woken when my son woke up.
At three in the morning my son woke up, but by the time I had switched on a light and made my way over to the cot, he’d gone back to sleep. I checked he was okay and it was then I heard two people walking past, which is unusual for our part of town, but thought no more of it and went back to sleep.

The next day we heard that a house a couple of doors away from us had been burgled. They had left their doors unlocked and the burglars were going past trying doors.

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