Wicca 101!

Here we go! All the details!

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Class will begin on July 9th and run to August 13th. Content will be available on Sunday evenings. There is an in-person version also running, but space is limited and you must be local to Madison, WI.  For those interested in learning in-person, the in-person courses will be every 2nd week, with online portions the other week. Email me to discuss.

The course will have video content, PDFs emailed and a Facebook group to chat with the other students and to ask questions.

This course is the basics to help guide you to finding and creating your own spiritual path. Drop me an email if you are interested!

Bright Blessings!

Moon Magick at Work

The past few nights have been restless ones. The Moon energy has been calling and keeping several of us awake. This morning my son was determined to be up before our 5:30 am alarm. Caffiene for me today!

I have started to do a short 5 min flow of yoga in the morning and my son will sit with me and watch. Sometimes he does the “ha” breathing with me, sometimes he lifts his arms when I do, but usually he stands in front of me and snuggles in as I try to gently move around him. Sweet boy. He fills my heart.

I followed my intuition and packed up a mini altar to bring to work. I am blessed to work somewhere that I can be out and open about my faith. So I have set it up and it is in my line of sight, so all day long I will be reminded of my magick and the work I plan to do tonight.

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I used my battery operated tea lights and have a selection of stones and crystals. I also brought in my Goddess Cards and we’ve been pulling them throughout the morning.

You can also see in the background a few of my digital downloads that are available in my etsy shop.

 

It is nice to have something just in my line of sight. Even as I type this I can see the orange of the altar cloth and the flickering light. Whenever I look at it fully I run through the short mantra I created. I am slowly building up the magick so that tonight when I do my ritual I will be energized.

Pagan altar with battery tealights and a Bast statue

I have been prepping to film my Wicca 101 course and that will be available online. It is free of charge, this is my service as a priestess. First I am re-arranging my sacred space so that the flow works better for me. I hope to get the large part of that done tonight and then next week start filming.

If you are interested or know someone who might wish to take a Wicca 101 please feel free to stop by my Facebook page to send me a message.

My Little Familiars are selling well, I have had several custom orders recently. I am so happy that people love them. Feel free to check out the two listed in the shop and let me know if you are interested in a custom.

And lastly a bit of love for other shops, I recently used my birthday money to get myself two pairs of earrings. I love them! One pair is leather and shaped to look like feathers and the other is a silver spiral.  You can check out their shops here and here. Woman in earrings

Happy Full Moon! Work your magick and have a wonderfully witchy day!

 

Taking the plunge

I’ve been running New Moon circles for the past few months. They have been small and intimate and I’m enjoying my time in circle with friends. Last month and this month life has gotten in the way so we didn’t do them, but we still managed to connect at Beltane.

Community starts small in my mind. It is a seed that needs to be tended. I’ve heard others complain when an event only has 3 people show up.  I would celebrate that 3 people did show up and enjoy the smaller group energy. Yes, larger groups bring more energy, but with them is a bit more chaos as well. I’m happy to start small.

I made a decision to run my Wicca 101 again over the summer and to do online content as well as in person. I worry that I won’t be able to deliver my content in the way I want, but I am willing to try. Otherwise it won’t ever happen.

Last week I had a dream. In it I was in a large swimming pool with several other ladies. Most of these were ladies I follow on Instagram. We were doing some sort of exercise and the person I was paired up with suddenly opened up and began to release all their fears and worries. I witnessed it for them and guided them through. Someone else swam by and asked what we were doing and I said “We’re releasing burdens” Once we were done I swam away from the group and stared down the length of the pool. I began to swim. I didn’t quite put my face in the water, but then I told myself to get over the fear and just go in. I took a deep breath and submerged myself.

I floated down to the bottom of the pool where I crossed my legs and sat in the silence. I was held in the embrace of the water, my hair floating around me.  While there I began to speak to the Goddess and  I ran through an initiation to re-initiate and re-take my vows as a 3rd degree priestess. (I hold my third in my old coven) I then came up for air and the group was standing there in the water waiting for me. There was a sense of calmness, joy and belonging.

I’m holding onto that and as we are about to hit the New Moon I am ready to start my projects and get organized. My notes are coming together and I hope to start my filming next week. Here we go, into the water.

 

Names and the Moon

As a child I was obsessed with looking up what names meant. I loved to know what hidden meaning there was in a name and if they matched the people I knew. I was always so excited to know that my name had a cool meaning behind it and when I was older and got into Paganism it made me feel like it was fate. I was meant to be a witch. I remember playing on the porch at my dad’s house when I was 6 or 7 and telling my friends I wanted to be a witch when I grew up. Goal achieved little me. Way to go.

Of course the story of why I got named what I did wasn’t so cool. My mom just liked the name and had an albino rat with the same name. That is less mystical, but what do you do? Ha!

My given name Cynthia is Greek in origin. Quote below from Behindthename.com

Latinized form of Greek Κυνθια (Kynthia) which means “woman from Kynthos”. This was an epithet of the Greek moon goddess Artemis, given because Kynthos was the mountain on Delos on which she and her twin brother Apollo were born. It was not used as a given name until the Renaissance, and it did not become common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century.

I liked to tell people my name meant moon goddess as a baby pagan. We all went through that stage where we wanted everything to be super special, super woo woo and mystical. Everything is a sign at that point in our path. No judgement, we all go through it.  I also joked that this was the reason I had dayglow white skin. Glowing like the moon! It sounded better than “I’m just super, super pasty”.

Strangely, with this link to my name, I have never worked with the Greek Pantheon in any seriousness. I remember once pondering something about Hera and having Bast get seriously angry about how I wasn’t supposed to work with them. It felt like pantheon jealousy at the time, but I listened. Maybe it is something to re-visit sometime.

I do pay attention to the phases of the moon. I have tracked how I felt in the past and I know that around the Full Moon I don’t sleep well. I wake up feeling rested despite this, but the Full Moon energy gets in me and I am restless, wake up often and this phase is my time to get shit done.

Apparently my son has inherited this from me. Last month I was pondering why he had been sleeping so well and then had 3 days where he didn’t and why it felt like this cycle had happened before. Then I realized it was the 3 days of the Full Moon. So last night when he got super restless and full of energy I knew that he is a moon baby like his mama. I’ll track it for a few more months to make sure, but it is looking like he gets the moon crazies too.

Which funnily enough, his fave song from the newborn stage was “Werewolves of London” Awwwoooooo!

Bright blessings this Full Moon. I hope you get the rest you need!

 

 

 

Fallow Times and the New Moon

Fallow times can be a strange time. Every so often Bast will step back from my life and there will be a stillness in my practice. There is always the initial “Oh crap!” and panic when I feel the disconnect, but then I settle in and know that there is a reason.

Usually she moves back so that I can work with someone else for a bit, to learn a lesson or because I need my butt kicked into gear. Every time there is something that I learn from it, and every time she comes back and our connection is solid again. Eventually, she might vanish forever, but so far we have always been reunited.

It took a few weeks for me to really realize that we were entering a fallow time. I had noticed that Freyja was poking me more often, that signs from her were appearing all over and that distracted me a bit from the fact that I didn’t feel the closeness I usually did with Bast.

When I realized it, there was a sense that this was different.  I know there are several retrogrades occurring and we were heading into the new moon so the energy was strange, but I felt like I needed to really acknowledge this fallow time.

So I followed my intuition. I grieved in my heart for our separation and took many of my statues down to the temple space. I created an altar in the West quarter, covering it with a black cloth and then laid my statues and shrine items down on it. Then I covered it all in a beautiful blue silk cloth and said that when it was time everything would go back to where it belonged.

I sat with this feeling and felt the silence. I busied myself with cleaning my altar and redecorating for the season. I pulled out my pendulum and my tarot cards and began to work with them.

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I haven’t sat down to explore this new relationship with Freyja yet. She is definitely around, I found myself reading fiction books about her, and stumbling across memes and articles and all sorts of other things relating to her. 2 years ago I had told her that I wasn’t going to buy anything specific for her shrine until I knew she was sticking it out. She had requested roses and I said no, maybe later. This year my husband decided to plant a rose bush. One with big pink roses. “Well,” I thought to myself, “that is interesting.”

I have found myself putting on my winged scarf that makes me think of her. My amber jewelry has made its way into rotationmore often. Little things to remind me and nudge me. So we’ll see where this goes. I am proceeding slowly.

Leading up to this New Moon I have been really in synch with my intuition. I got to spend some time playing with divination tools and I have found myself slipping into my readings with ease again. My dreams are coming back as well, especially now that the little man sleeps better.

I’ve gotten my butt in gear and started my exercising again and I am trying hard to eat better. I am determined to teach my little man how to eat healthy and exercise so that he can live a full and active life. The only real way to do this is to lead by example. This moon has me thinking of health and living well.

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What are you goals this moon? What do you plan to manifest?

I am beginning to look over my Wicca 101 course and I have plans to create some videos so I can teach online. My goal is to teach again this summer: both in person and online.  If you are interested in my 101 keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.

Initiation musings

I was reading an excellent post on how you don’t have to be initiated and reasons why working solitary is great this morning and I started thinking about how every so often you see the round of “Do you have to be initiated to be a witch?”

I have worked in both non-hierarchical, non initiated groups and initiated, hierarchical groups. I’ve also been solitary. I’ve been around the witchy block as it were.

I’ve written before about initiation and how powerful it can be. I understand the yearning to feel like you are part of something. However, people need to think about the reason they want it and sit with that feeling to figure out if it is actually the right course of action for their spiritual path.

I had a friend who wanted to be initiated. She was determined to have someone else do it to have that experience and rushed into it. A very chaotic, disorganized person agreed to initiate them and it did not go the way they had hoped. Over the course of the next year she was very unfocused, could not settle, and was frustrated. She finally said to me one day “I think I made a mistake in having so and so initiate me”

When you are initiated you share energy. This is not something to do lightly. It is not something to rush. You want to really be sure you want this, be sure of the reasons for why you want this and be prepared to do the work. Research groups and their style of worship. Ask questions, learn all you can. Many groups have a dedication period first and that allows you to spend a year working with them to figure out if your energy meshes, if you like the people, if you like the way they work, if their group’s style actually works with your belief system and so on.

Be aware that not everyone is going to be on the same page as you. Not all witches are the same, not all covens or groups worship the same, sometimes it will take time to find the people that work with you. Don’t let someone else rush you into making a decision either. This is something that should mean something to you. Give it the time it deserves.

Initiation can be an amazing and powerful experience, but with it also comes a cleaning of the spiritual closet and a changing in your energies around you. You are putting an intention out into the universe and have to be prepared for the possibility of change.

It also doesn’t have to be done by another witch. There are many rituals out there to walk you through initiating yourself. If you aren’t sure of the groups around you and are sure it is the step you wish to take, then maybe self-initiation is the way to go. You can then create a ritual that really speaks to you and is going to work for the path you are on.

You also don’t have to be initiated to practice. Don’t let books, or blogs or other people make you feel your faith is lacking because you walk a different path. If you are satisfied and feel spiritually fulfilled then ignore anyone who tries to make you feel less. Your path is yours, walk it the way that feels right to you.