Friday, September 30, 2011

44 Days of Witchery: Day 4

Picture Day: Water

The Native Plants Center, Nacogdoches, TX. Boggy water, irises, cattails, and plenty of bees.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

44 Days of Witchery: Day 3

3. Witchy tools: Athame(s)

I have two, one of which is extremely non-traditional.

There you have it. My first Athame was a letter opener. My second was a kris knife a friend gave me. I still have that one stashed away for the day when I can do some much needed repairs on it.

The two I use now are as follows.
My older of the two is the deer antler pocket knife. I use it as an athame and as an art tool and for harvests. I am not one who believes that the athame shouldn't be used to cut. It's a knife! If the athame is a symbol of one's Will, it does not do to immediately castrate the item's central purpose of being.

The other I commissioned from Lupa. She is far more specialized and nothing feels like she does in ritual. She responds very quickly to me and is truly my ritual knife. She is not sharp, but her purpose is not the same as that of a pocket knife, and she does her job very well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

44 Days of Witchery: Day 2

2. A favorite myth or folklore:
There are so many I love. When I was a kid, I loved the story of Athena and Poseidon fighting over the adoration of the Athenians, and the "Clash of the Titans" movie was a good bet for me.

Then I got older and discovered Aesop, and the Celts as well, so I'll share a few.

Hercules and Pallas

Hercules, once journeying along a narrow roadway, came across a
strange-looking animal that reared its head and threatened him.
Nothing daunted, the hero gave him a few lusty blows with his club,
and thought to have gone on his way. The monster, however, much to the
astonishment of Hercules, was now three times as big as it was before,
and of a still more threatening aspect. He thereupon redoubled his
blows and laid about him fast and furiously; but the harder and
quicker the strokes of the club, the bigger and more frightful grew
the monster, and now completely filled up the road. Pallas then
appeared upon the scene. "Stop, Hercules," said she. "Cease your
blows. The monster's name is Strife. Let it alone, and it will soon
become as little as it was at first."

"Strife feeds on conflict."

My favorite Celtic story is The Cattle Raid of Cooley, because I love Cuchulain.
It is far too long to share in a blog, but can be read here:

Lastly, I also love the story of Psyche and Eros, though I didn't really enjoy it until I understood just what Psyche represents.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

44 Days of Witchery: Day 1

44 Days of Witchery - stolen from Tumblr
1. What's your witchy background?

I started off where a lot of people start, Scott Cunningham and the like in the library and the bookstore. It is really hard to describe the path I've taken. I did the out of the book Wicca stuff with a focus on the Greek pantheon (I was going with what I knew!), then more bookish pseudo-Celtic Wicca (what? I was a teenager, and didn't know it wasn't Celtic.) Then I started educating myself and went more towards Druidry, then to Gaelic Traditionalism.

But I never connected well with the Irish Gods that I was trying to chat with - except An Dagda, and he made it clear that he was happy to hang around while I needed him, but that was about it.

I drifted a bit. Life got in the way and I found myself in despair.
Then Sekhmet and Bast helped me out, and Aset too. I was Kemetic Orthodox for a good while. Then some of the Greek Gods from my early days showed back up and went, "Ahem." They reminded me of some promises I made a long time ago. The Kemetic Gods were cool with me going elsewhere with my life, so I did.

I followed the bread-crumbs and ended up with Hekate. I don't really have a name for what I do, but I love it here. ^.^ My Lady pretty much rules my spiritual life, and, sometimes that's a little scary, but I'm good with it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Anyone still here?

Life has been super crazy. We'll leave it at that. >.<

In an effort to re-awaken my blog, here are some surveys to answer some questions that folks might have about me:

1) How do you label yourself as a witch? (Pagan, Wiccan, eclectic solitary witch, Gardnerian Wiccan, Asatru?)
Wiccan-influenced Witch
2) Do you believe in or follow any gods, goddesses, entities? If so, which ones?
I believe in a bunch of Gods, but I am devoted to Hekate.
3) Name three simple things that make you feel like a witch.
1. I cast spells.
2. I commune with spirits.
3. I worship my Gods in witchy ways.
4) Are there any aspects of witchcraft in which you excel or have a stronger pull towards (e.g. herbs, candle magic, healing, or animal magic)?
I'm good with animals, tisanes (herbal remedies), cord magick, and I'm told I have talent for healing.
5) What is your stance on curses?
I don't think they're the wise thing to do, but my personal path is a lot about becoming a better person. Curses require a willingness to pay a price I'm not willing to pay. At least, I haven't found a reason to hex yet.
6) How many people (if any) know that you do witchcraft?
A bunch, both online and off. I couldn't give you an exact number though.
7) What age did you start practicing witchcraft?
I discovered witchcraft and started practicing around twelvish. My first sabbat was that Beltaine.
8) Are you pulled closer to the light or darkness of witchcraft?
I don't use those terms. I'm big on balance - don't avoid either. Dynamic balance is the way to go.
9) Name your favorite animal, plant and color to work with in magic.
Animal - Fox, Vulture, Horse.
Plant - Lemon Balm, Oak, Holly.
Color - Depends on what I'm doing, really. Red, Yellow, Orange, White, and Black are pretty common on my devotional altar.
10) Do you have any witchy friends where you live?
11) Is your spellwork done formally (all planned out with specific clothes and rituals done before starting) or done on the spur of the moment?
Either. It depends on how large a spell we're talking. Small ones, like finding my keys, are spontaneous. Spells for other purposes require more planning. Holy day rituals are usually sketched out and then the details are spontaneous.
12) Have you made your own tools before? If so, which ones?
My wand, staff, details on my athame, details on my drum, devotional artwork, altar cloths, runes, and ritual jewelry are all mine. My athame itself was commissioned from Lupa (
13) What are some talents that you have that don’t pertain to your spiritual self (e.g. singing, dance, artwork)?
There is nothing in my life that isn't spiritual. The mundane is spiritual. Breathing is spiritual.

Generic Pagan Survey
B A S I C S //
Do you have a magickal name? A few. Currently, Neheti, which I gained when I was active with the House of Netjer.
What does it mean? Neheti means "Shelter, or House, or Sycamore Fig" - all of which are intensely synchronistic and amazingly meaningful.
How did you find Wicca/Paganism? I've been connected to a lot of this since I was a kiddo, but I started really discovering my path thanks to mythology and a deep love of libraries.
How long have you been practicing? Ahem.... twenty-ish years.
Solitary or group pratictioner? Solitary with attendance at open rituals. I would join a coven if one of the ones that calls to me were near here.
What is your path? Unique.
Are you out of the broom closet? I'm not a stand on top of the car shouting my beliefs kind of girl, but I don't hide it either.

D E I T Y //
Who is your patron God? Don't have one. I've got a relationship with An Dagda, Amun, Dionysos, and Helios, but they're not patrons.
Who is your patron Goddess? Hekate, Hekate. Hekate. She's everything to me. Since she called me, she has spread out and expanded and changed my world.
What Gods do you worship? I send up the odd conversation to the gods listed above.
What Goddesses do you worship? Hekate first. Bast, and HetHert also get attention, much like the gods.
Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddess, or rather respect them? Fear can be healthy, or it can be crippling. Balance is important though and I have no trouble with looking into the void.
Do you worship the Christian God? Not really.
Do you ever worship animals? Not worship, but sometimes they act as messengers of the Divine. Totems are a whole 'nother bag.
Or plants? Not worship, but again, sometimes they're messengers of the Divine. Again, Totems should be separate.

N A T U R E //
Do you regularly commune with nature? Yes.
Ever walked barefoot in the woods? Yes, when I was little, but the ticks in this area are vicious, so I don't recommend it.
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature? Yes! I love doing that.
Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth? There isn't any one moment that qualifies - there are a few moments that totally blew my mind however. Those are experiences that cannot be shared in words.
What is your power animal? Fox and Vulture and Grackle and Leopard.
Do you have a familiar? I have a cat that seems to want to be, but no.
Have you ever called upon the powers on an animal in ritual? Yes.
Or a plant? Yes
Do you hug trees? Yes.
Give them gifts? Yes
What is your favorite flower to work with? Roses.
What is your favorite tree to work with? Oak

W H E E L . O F . T H E . Y E A R //
What is your favorite holiday? Samhain and Yule
What if your least favorite holiday? I struggle with the Spring Equinox.
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday? Yes, both on the astrological date and on the calendar date.
Ever taken a day of work to celebrate a pagan holiday? Not that I recall.
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21 rather than the 25? I celebrate Yule for a bunch of days - just the height is at the Winter Solstice.
Have you ever felt the veil thin? Every year. It is starting soon.
Ever danced the Maypole? No
Know what the Maypole symbolizes? Yes.
How do you usually celebrate the pagan holidays? It depends on what is happening. At the worst I simply take five or ten minutes to contemplate. At the best, there is a camping trip with a full ritual.

D I V I N A T I O N //
Do you use Tarot? Yes
Do you use runes? Not really
Do you use a pendulum? Occasionally
Do you use dowsing rods? No, but I would like to learn.
Do you use astrology? It stumps me.
Any other form of divination? I scry and am learning palmistry.

S P E L L S //
What was the first spell you did? That's really private. Not sharing.
What was the latest? I cast a warding spell on my home while I went on a trip.
Ever done a love spell? Nope.
A job spell? Yes.
A healing spell? Yes.
What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed? I don't brag about my spellwork. Sorry.
What deities do you usually call on? If a spell requires a deity's assistance, Hekate.

C R Y P T O Z O O L O G Y //
Do you belive in Vampires? Only psychic vamps.
Werewolves? Not exactly - Lycanthropy exists both as a disease and as a psychological disorder. I have known some people who were extremely animalistic though. Read Lupa's books for more info.
Shapeshifters? In the spiritual realm, yes.
Elves? They're a form of Nature Spirit or Wight.
Fairies? Again, Nature Spirit.
Dragons? Yes, another Spirit.
Nymphs? Nature Spirit.
Sprites? Nature Spirit.
Mermaids? ditto.
Sirens? ditto
Satyrs? ditto
Ever “seen” any of the above? Yes.
Ever talked to any of the above? Yes.
Ever used any of the above in magick? "used" no. Visited, bargained, and communed with some yes.
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian? Yes.

R A N D O M //
Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon? Yes. Depends on when you ask me.
Own a cat? Yep.
When you mediate what does your happy place look like? That varies with what I'm working on - it's a large place
Do you work with Chakras? Not often.
Do you believe in past lives? Yes
If so, describe a few briefly: That's pretty private. I don't share that with strangers.
Do you believe in soul mates? Yes, but not like you think.
Do you have a spirit guide? Yes.
Is it always love and light? No, thank all the Gods.