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I Take Myself Too Seriously

I just got off the phone after talking with my spiritual mentor. We discussed the importance of creativity, but mostly other very heavy topics. It was challenging, though she's kind and gentle.

What made it terrifying was that, after facing some ways I defeat myself, I phoned her to discuss them with her. Though they're nothing shocking, it can be scary to disclose one's faults, no matter how humdrum and unremarkable the faults or how nice the person to whom one is speaking. 

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Recent Comments - Show all comments
  • Bee Smith
    Bee Smith says #
    Our familiars are so clever! They always seem a bit ahead of the curve for what we need. Which is, truly, to not be quite so earne
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh, yes, we scorpios are deadly serious. Sometimes I think it can truly be deadly. Thank gods for my cat.
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    That's okay, Francesca, I also take myself too seriously. It's just one of the silly traits that make me so lovable! And, like y
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, I love your comment — both its contents and lovely language. Yes, my spiritual mentor is an awesome woman. What would surpris

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Perhaps, Love

I love You seems inadequate compared to You
All Your suppleness and splendor
But perhaps love is the right word
In spite of the fact that people say that they love tacos
(really they just like them a lot)
And I do like You a lot, too.
But love – is love the right word?
Is the starlight we see at night their real fire?
Can I get a little closer to it without burning up, Love?
Perhaps love is the right word.
Not “I love You,” but because You are love to me.

I had the pleasure of attending the Norse Gods Day of Magicin Port Orchard this weekend. If you’re in the area next year, I highly recommend it – the event was well-run and well-organized, and the people who ran it had the utmost respect for the Gods and for their devotees. They were kind, caring, and responsive of peoples’ needs – not just mine, but everyone in attendance. I got to meet some friends that I’ve only seen online previously during the event and the trip in general, and that was a pleasure as well. (Hi Angela! Hi K!) There were horses for the various Deities and people were allowed to have one on one interactions with Them.

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Sorry about the lack of posts this month!  I've been working a lot of extra hours at my day job and then I was busy with Sabbat celebrations.  In that spirit, I thought I would share a couple of Autumn Equinox related recipes from my personal formulary.

Apothecary by Sable Aradia.  Copyright (c) 2015.  All rights reserved.

Apothecary by Sable Aradia. Copyright (c) 2015. All rights reserved.

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, September 21

The legacy of Shakespeare's Macbeth lives on in comic form. The impact of fictional lore on the modern occult is considered. And one writer pays tribute to a forgotten classic of Disney animation. It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on news about magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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SCEPTER - Give Courage to Take Action

This week we're going to talk about Scepter crystals. I've never dug a Scepter crystal in Arkansas, but I have some that are Tibetan. All the pictures of the Scepter crystals in this blog post are Tibetan. Since I didn't have any really excellent pictures, I included a drawing (see blog post image, above) I did of a scepter crystal for my upcoming book.

So, as you might have guessed, Scepter crystals are crystals which have a scepter shape. We don't have a lot of cause to see scepters this day and age, so as a reminder, a scepter is the long staff that is usually topped with jewels and ornamentation which Kings and queens carry. They are symbolic of their rule, power and sovereignty. If a person was unsure which of the people in a line-up had the most power, they would simply look for the person wielding the scepter and they would have their answer. A Scepter crystal looks like a king's scepter in that there is a central "rod" which appears to be topped or capped with another crystal (the ornamentation).

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b2ap3_thumbnail_working-mind.jpgEmancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.
― Bob Marley

"Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
― Adrienne Rich

The chart of the Autumn Equinox will resonate until sometime around the Winter Solstice. The equinoxes are always points of balance, and this chart emphasizes that we are at a tipping point — globally, nationally, locally and personally. Change is in the air, and decisions we make now will have long-term repercussions. Fortunately, this chart offers much-needed inspiration, energy and opportunities to improve our connections with others. We are heading into a challenging Winter — but we will be given the opportunities and wherewithal to make a difference. Thoughtful, skilled use of the cosmic tides of energy and change will help us steer ourselves and our world toward a better future.

I expect that most of my readers do magic, meditate, pray, or have some spiritual practice they engage in regularly. There’s plenty of energy to light a fire under your practice in this chart, and I hope you will use it, because the world needs all the positive vibes we can send it right now. There are deeply destructive forces — patterns of thought and emotion — that have woven themselves tightly into the fabric of our culture, and it will require clear, focused work on the energetic/astral/magical levels by those who are capable of it to unravel and re-weave ourselves into a strong, sustainable, global society.

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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox (also known as Mabon) is almost here! Technically, it takes place very early this Wednesday morning. (So early, in fact, that celebrating Tuesday - tomorrow - would make just as much sense. So take your pick!)

As you probably know, the Equinox is a time of balance. The days and nights are precisely equal. Furthermore, the autumn equinox is when the sun moves into Libra: the sign symbolized by the scales of balance, and ruled by Venus: the goddess of beauty and love.

As a time of balance, creating harmony in the home feels especially right. And, as the moment when the harvest goddess Demeter bids farewell to her daughter (the springtime goddess Persephone) as she slips into the underworld, letting go and paring down also feels right.

The equinox is traditionally a harvest festival, so it's also a time when it feels appropriate to assess and celebrate your accomplishments and blessings.

Acknowledging the holiday - even briefly - can provide an infusion of soul nourishment and a sense of satisfying connection to the bounty of the earth and the Wheel of the Year. In case you're looking for simple ways to work your equinox celebration into your everyday life, here are six.

1. Take store of your pantry, give away extras, and let go of what's no longer edible. Go through your cupboards and fridge, and remove everything, one shelf at a time. Dispose of expired food and give away food that's still good that you'll no longer eat (i.e. donate it to a food bank or give it to a friend). You might also create a feast out of forgotten food that's still good, such as pasta, rice, and frozen or canned vegetables. All of these activities can support you in creating harmony, reveling in abundance by sharing the wealth, and activating stuck energy...All of which will raise vibrations and bless the season ahead.

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