Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Consider This Blog Officially Closed

Well, it's been a while, but only because I've moved onward to bigger and better things. 

As a freelance writer my work has exploded, and this year I've been teaching the Wiccan Way Grove online and it's going swimmingly. My first book, delayed due to work demands, is finally with my editor and will be coming out soon. 

I have decided to resume blogging, but not here-- if you want to keep up with me, my writing, my online classes and workshops or anything else I'm into, please visit my website (which is in progress but slated to take off):



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tips for Living Wicca: Don't Rush Your Rituals

I recently went to a Pagan Samhain retreat, and we sat down for a good, long ritual that lasted a couple of hours at least-- I'm not even sure, I lost track of time. At one point we all sat around and chanted the same thing for over a half hour (again, not sure, could have been an hour). 

It was refreshing... a lot of rituals I go to these days feel super-rushed to fit into a specific time frame. Or people grow impatient. Fifteen minutes of chanting and they feel like they're ready to move on or they're wasting their lives... but the truth is, being all time-conscious and trying to rush through like that leaves you only scratching the surface. 

My Tip for You Today: Give yourself the luxury of time in ritual. Perform your invocations slowly. Stand and close your eyes and sense what is going on around you-- take a minute to make sure the energies of each element are present, the deities have entered the circle, that the circle is properly cast. Spend a moment giving your full effort to cleansing and consecrating. Spend more time in meditation or trance to really let your consciousness go to those places where magic happens. 

This is obviously not something you can do every day, but when you consider that there's only an average of 21 rituals per year (13 lunar cycles + 8 sabbats), out of 365 days, surely you can set aside time for at least some rituals to really let loose and not make time an issue. 

Do you put time pressures on yourself in ritual?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Really Getting Back Online

Just took an awesome Pagan retreat, and here was my cabin.

After the kind of crazy-busy last few months I've had, it was much needed.

I finally feel like things have settled down a bit... thank goodness.

I just have to get back into a routine again.

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, so here is my first step. 

Oh, and check out my new website, a kind of 'headquarters' for all my writings and creative activity:

Sign up and be entered in a chance to win my E-book coming out by the end of this month (one of the reasons I was working so hard):