In case none of you are astro-geeks like myself, you may not have heard about the Transit of Venus, a rare and very important astronomical event, as it involves a perfect alignment of Earth and Venus to the Sun at a precise moment (if it happens at night, we won’t see it, and if Venus is too low in the sky, She doesn’t cross over the sun). This is the last transit that will happen in our lives (unless any of you are lucky enough to live for another 100+ years!) and as you could have guessed, there are many magickal properties that will come along with this! If it has to do with the Sun or Venus, you can bet your ass that this event will amplify it. I haven’t been able to find any sources giving definite information as to how this will effect spells and/or rituals, but I say to just go for broke, going with the trend of this once-in-a-lifetime event. I will be preforming spells to bring love, luck and wealth into my life. My love-life has been rocky, and I definitely want to smooth it out and kick some things up several notches. As well, I will be entering college this fall, and I want a major boost in jump-starting my studying habits, which are currently very poor. And finally, I recently quit my job as a florist due to mounting stress and pressure, and I want to find a part-time summer job. Later, I may post up the specific spells I will be using, but it’s currently late. For more information on the Transit, click on the above link. It will give you dates and times of viewing in you area (be warned, some areas will not be able to view this event due to a lack of sun during the time) as well as history, and how to properly view the event (I don’t want any of you lovely folks going blind!)
To those that saw my picture with my ponytail in a hair twister, here is the website that sells them. They also travel the RenFaire circut, so if you’re a regular to those, you might see them as well. I highly recommend them, especially for my Veiling sisters that are looking for alternatives for beaches and swimming. Just this Friday, I went to Maumee Bay on Lake Eire in Ohio and swam all day with it in. I even went bridge-jumping with it and it still aye-okay! The spiral design is a plus and there are all sorts of decorating options that come along with them!
Well, I've come across your posts quite a few times over the last couple months, but I only just recently realised how much we had in common! Your last post really reminded me of my own personal approach to/views on Wicca (and Paganism in general), which can be unusual in a community as varied as this one. Anyway, I look forward to reading future posts of yours! :)
First off (and I always do this) ahhhh! thanks so much, I can’t take it!
Second off, wow, I… this is surprising, in a very good way. I’m so glad that I someone’s reading! XD And I didn’t think many other people felt similar - Pagans are always thought of as people that don’t have any rules, and by the number of people out there that don’t subscribe to anything or are Solitary, it’s kinda true - so it’s kinda, wow. That makes me really happy. So thanks :)
When I left Christianity, I left for a multitude of reasons. One being that I just didn’t accept a masculine God. Now, I know that technically, the Christian God is sexless. There are even references in some older versions of the Book of Genesis to a feminine God (it’s hard to tell in English, since it’s a genderless language, but I believe that the female pronoun is used somewhat in the Torah) As well, I felt very suffocated, and this probably didn’t help that I was raised Roman Catholic, known for being one of the strictest denominations in Christianity. I was often confused by a God that I was told was merciful and gracious, but had often shown me in history and in my own life to be very swift to judge, not to mention harsh. ’This is God’s way of teaching us,’ I would be told. But if I was a Child of God, shouldn’t I be treated similar to a child? Shouldn’t I rather be chided gently, then shown through examples how to properly behave? Yet, I never saw these. So I left the oppressive order of it, and jumped headfirst (after a long process of studying multiple religions) into Paganism, and all of it’s glorious chaos. Here was a world where I could pull & stitch together my own beliefs. I could define what religion was to me, specifically, and no one could tell me I was wrong. It was wonderful.
But then junior year came, and as the stress kept piling and piling on me, I found that there was nothing very secure to support me. Sure, the Pagan community was always there, but in my very personal life, I found myself slipping and slipping. I hadn’t ever really thought about patron Gods & Goddesses, and simply called on the Elements, the Fair Folk, and sometimes a God or two to aid me in spells. The Elements, as abstract figures in my mind, were nowhere near stable enough for me - perhaps because of a lack of full and complete trust? The Fair Folk, while loyal, can often be tricky and don’t often think in terms of human morals, and I was hesitant to call upon them for help at this time. So at my lowest of lows, who else did I find but Proserpina (Persephone) herself? Queen of Death and Rebirth, ironically enough. And she showed me that it was possible to dig myself out of the hole I had dug myself into. She never said it’d be easy, but she told me that I could do it. And I did. And at the top, I found Juno and Venus, two other Goddesses that I grew very close to. And I slowly moved out of chaos.
Again, this year, I began to fall slowly off of the top of the mountain I’d perched on. And again, Proserpina (now with Juno and Venus) were there to catch me, and there they reminded me that no matter the name or the origin, They were all One, same as the God and all of His names. And I found myself longing for some sort of structure, something that I’d been severely lacking for three years.
It began with Veiling. I took up the Veil has a physical reminder of my love for the God and Goddess, and as a symbol of my religion. And I started on daily prayers that I’d found in a little pocket book of prayers for Wiccans. Before, I had never really said, “I am Wiccan.” If I did, it was because I thought it a bit easier to explain than the multifaceted term of Pagan. But the structure of Wicca was something I wanted so badly, but even then, I still struggled with it, because there were many people in the Pagan community - people I looked up to and considered friends - that described it as oppressive and misogynistic. But I still wanted structure.
Now, as I begin my year and a day study (which I would gladly repeat if I ever had to, to join a coven) I am finding peace. I’ve said in discussions with friends (about which ethnicity is the hottest - by the way, it’s Middle Eastern) that if the person I was in love with ever asked me to convert for them, I’d probably only ever convert to Islam. It a religion that I highly respect, and when I began Veiling, I was inspired by many Muslim women who spoke for the hijab, and how it represented their relationship with God, and how it made people focus on them, rather than their appearance, which was essentially what I was striving for.
Maybe it’s simply because I’m a Libra that I can’t stand any sort of chaos for long. I can start to feel physically sick if I’m surrounded by very chaotic energies for a long period of time. I prefer stability and something that I can rely on, and I have found that in the God & the Goddess.
I want to talk about something that’s been bothering me.
When we talk about neopaganism, the giant in the room is generally Wicca - it’s the most well known religion under the neopagan umbrella, the one that gets the most positive press, and it dominates the bookshelves in the ‘alternative…
I know that I’ve had difficulty finding a patron God, mostly because I still find myself in the Maiden phase, and maybe because I’m a woman, I just have to try harder to reach out to the God (especially since I’ve had very difficult relationships with men) but I do tend to reach out to Eros a lot, because relationships are something I hold very important in my life, especially ones that involve some sort of commitment/love.
Pagans have always lived in cities. The great city-states of the ancient world, from Rome to Athens to Cairo to Babylon and beyond, were places of teeming humanity — places where men, women, and children of all ages came to live within the places and practices that defined their existence….
Back in March, I went to visit my parents in Missouri. While I was there, I was horrified to find that the first little patch of scrub woods that I considered “my territory”, as it were, had been completely bulldozed and turned into a pharmacy. There wasn’t a single bit left. What made it worse…
I’m still reading about the miscarriage being murder bill but from what I’ve seen so far, it’s legit.
How is it even POSSIBLE that people that people are THIS insanely stupid, prejudiced and sexist?
Just stop messing around with women and their health rights. Just leave it the fuck alone.
Is it time I start a petition to protect human life?
As in, if male seed is killed by not being implanted into a woman’s vagina, that’s murder.
I think we should pass this bill.
Think of all the unborn children lost to masturbation.
Oh, I know, it’s such a tragedy!
And you know, when guys have wet dreams and have NO CONTROL over what happens to their “poor sperm” they should just be charged with murder too.
No wet dreams allowed guys! I don’t care if you can’t control it or not!
YES! I mean, I bet they can. They’re just lying about it, you know. And even if not, it’s about the LIFE OF THE UNBORN LIFE we need to protect!
Besides, there’s literally no healthy benefits for masturbation. Should be really easy to get this passed.
Except for the fact that this is telling a man what he cannot do with his body and that’s a complete and total outrage.
Why, if you told men what they can and cannot do with their bodies, they might start protesting in the streets! We certainly can’t have that, now can we?
How can you feminists be so HEARTLESS as to try and control men? Don’t you realise that they are living, breathing people? /sarcasm
Oh, I completely agree. I mean GOD FORBID we ask MEN to use birth control that changes the hormones in their bodies, can make them sick. OR if the birth control is good for them call them SLUTS for using it and can fire them for using it!
And it’s really horrible that we actually have clarify that this is sarcasm…
And take away their healthcare that covers things like Viagra? Oh no, we could never do that. I mean, if a man wants to have extra-marital sex, why the hell not? He’s simply trying to create that unborn life.
For those who have a Facebook I have created a group on there for us here in the Pagan community on Tumblr to discuss issues brought up in the community on here as well as a general place to talk. :)
This was actually discussed before with a few others and then just recently so I finally decided to make one for us. I’m still working on a better description and a note on there where people can briefly introduce themselves and post their Tumblr urls, but feel free to join the group if you have a Facebook.
Feel free to reblog this to spread the word to the others in the community here. :)