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Question: How do you think that I can learn more about the magical lifestyle?

Well, as I've said many times, being a pagan is suiting your religion to you...as long as you are in a solitary coven. Others may guide you along and hold your hand, but ultimately, it's what you deem fit to your life.

I found this article that is extremely helpful in answering this question. It touches on sun phases, but the beginning is where I'm aiming.

"That’s all well and fine, but doesn’t the magical lifestyle call for a certain amount of spell-casting? And doesn’t that create a time management problem — especially when there already aren’t enough hours in the day? The answer is no, and that’s because a magical lifestyle relies on the available resources. Of course, this often means substituting something from the kitchen cabinet in lieu of that time-consuming search for a missing ingredient, or maybe even working up a new spell centered around the things already on hand. But that’s not a cause for worry either. Why? Because those who live the magical life know that successful magic relies more upon personal mindset than some list of ingredients. In short, they know that the practitioner is the magic. It’s as simple as that.

Because many practitioners depend solely on the energies of the Moon when it comes to spellwork, they go to great lengths to plan efforts around Her phases. While there’s nothing wrong with that, waiting around for the Moon to cooperate can be more than a little exasperating. When we need something, we need it now. And though we can certainly adjust our intent and wording to suit Her current mood, that takes time. Time we don’t have. Especially in today’s busy world" (Cited from the article that is linked just before these two paragraphs)


We all have busy lives, I don't practice as much as I would like to as I have a demanding job and having just moved (again) the unpacking isn't happening as quickly as I'd like.

For my magickal lifestyle, I practice kitchen witchery (which is great, because I'm a pastry chef) and Wicca in general. I get up too late (being a night baker) to do my morning greetings, but I speak to the Goddess and the God everynight before bed. I also give thanks for the people that I work with and the ability to make yummy things throughout my day. I ask for strength on my busy days, I also ask for opportunities on my slow days. I live my life through convenient prayer. I rarely do celebrations (sabbats and esbats) because my life hasn't allowed it to happen. Instead, I plan the largest ones (Samhain is a must! As well as Lammas!...Yule too ;)  ) and do them to the fullest extent.

A 'magickal' lifestyle isn't about being able to have time to meditate, or to do proper celebrations. It's about knowing that there is energy in the world and being able to interact and give thanks for it.


Here's a great place to start if you want to learn more about the magickal lifestyle:



The Wiccan Rede
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Bide the Wiccan law ye must,

In perfect love and perfect trust

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,

An harm ye none, do as ye wilt,

And E’er mind the rule of three,

What ye sends out comes back to thee,

Follow this with mind and heart,

An’ merry ye meet, and merry ye part



It's best to start simple. The Wiccan Rede is the fundamental law by which every Pagan lives (whether it be called Karma, or holy cupcake). Basically harm none, and you can do what you want. Try this out before you try to adapt to the entire magickal lifestyle. :) 

 


Question: ..most of the time I don't have the supplies so I can't really do the magick that I know I should. Any easy spells to do, so long as I'm keeping up with my magick?

What do you do if you don't have the proper supplies to do your magick

 
The answer to this question comes down to the basics of the craft. What are we working with? Energy. We manipulate energy in order to affect the things around us to get an effect. Your tools do one of three things:
  1. Create ambiance
  2. Help to focus your energy
  3. Help to bring your spirituality into the physical world
Yes, everything looks more official when you have a beautiful jewel encrusted (dull) dagger as your athame, and matching pillar candles with herbs and the God and Goddess carved into them, and not to mention a witch's rope, wand, work space, oils, and every other bits and bobs that come along with doing your magick.

It does seem daunting and extremely nifty to have all of these things, but then again...you don't really need them.

Focusing your energy can be done in many ways. You can focus it into a ball, through a wand, or even through your arm if you wanted. It's a tool to help you to concentrate and feel the energy to process it into a way that will be beneficial.

This all said, a stick found at the base of a tree would do the same job as a solid gold wand if you're using it as a focus point for your energy. There are those who will say that certain trees, elements, animals, deities, or metals that they have an affinity with will amplify their energy. I say, go for it...whatever floats your boat. This is a very personalized religion for us solitary witches...if we don't like something, we change it. :)

If you are speaking of herb lore, this is where it gets tricky. There are many herbs that have the same emotional response attached to them, but the healing properties are different. You have to ask yourself whether your spell needs this herb for the emotion attached to it (what it represents) or the actual healing properties. 

This is a quick example.

Thyme - It's used in love spells, but so are roses. These can be interchanged. However, if you interchange them whist using them in an herbal tea that you will ingest, the outcome can be horribly wrong. Both will taste quite nice, but! Rose may help to fight off infection while Thyme will help against a sore throat. ...Rose also is a laxative and Thyme in an abortant. Not quite interchangable.

As for things like candles, I do know that people feel the need to associate this craft with candles and black clothing, etc. I do wear a gown for celebrating my esbats and sabbats, it's not necessary. It helps me to focus and get my mind out of my everyday self. Candles are not necessary either. You can use unlit candles or even pencils stuck down into an eraser if your parents/landlord will not allow fires to be lit.


Tools are to help you focus your energy. Use tools that you are comfortable with, not those that others say that you should have. :)



July 08, 2010

So, I'm picking this blog back up, answering any questions that anyone may have. I'm going to be posting about topics that anyone wants to know about, and if there are no comments, I'm just going to make it up. :D

Again, I'm Mirr. I'm currently turning 21. I'm still a seeker, I like to be ready when I make my pledge.  I still have my familiar, Hexy. I've moved around, but the home situation is under construction right now.

I have an starter's BOS which I will begin to post once I unpack it.


So, anyone. Questions? Beginning topics?


Herb lore, crystal lore, witch status, familiars, animal guides...

Questions like, "How do you know that this is the right path?", "Who is the Goddess?", "Are there any different types of Wicca?", "What do I do if my parents are of a different religion and wouldn't approve of my being a Wiccan?"
Misconceptions. Many people have them, they're totally understandable. There is one main thing that people are ignorant about, and that is the difference between magick and assumed 'magic'. 

Just to let you know, I may not go into detail because I'm sitting in the library of my CATHOLIC Highschool...they're not very accepting of us witches.

Magic (not derived from the media) refers to magic tricks. Pulling a rabbit out of a hat is a magic trick. 

Magic (from the media's definition) is like Harry Potter. I am a really  big fan of Harry Potter, but I don't practice because of the fact that I like Harry Potter. Magic in the media is like superpowers, using spells that have instant results that usually get out of hand. 

Magick refers to energy.  Magick is energy. Doing magick is manipulating energy to influence things around you. The results aren't instant and you can't see them right away, but I assure you, it works.

Now, with the media. Many people believe that witches have long noses, no toes, or perhaps that they're all red-heads. Witches are normal people who believe in various things who can manipulate energy. Witches can be female or male, and I found out (in my readings) that a warlock is not a male witch, but rather someone who has taken a vow to the Goddess and has broken it. Warlocks have a hard time earning back the trust of your sisters (and/or brothers) and also the trust of the Goddess.

I shall continue some other time, away I go.


Blessed be to you and yours. <3  )0(

An Introduction

 This is an introduction. My first LJ, and my first journey.

I am going to document many things on my magickal journey that began on Samhain (Halloween) of 2007.

Either way, my name is Mirr, I am 18 and a seeker in the ways of the Goddess. I have a familiar named Hexamorph who likes to bite. I will post many a thing on this blog as often as I can manage...things like spells, rituals, prayers, herb lore...everything that I learn on my journey. 

This won't be some type of copy and pasting off of other sites...I will only post things that I have LEARNED (not copied and pasted) and have taken from my books. All of the things are derived from other places and people, and I will state if I have written it or not. I do a lot of divination and will try to tell you some of the cheapest places to acquire things for your craft. 


I am a seeker, but that doesn't mean that I can't help.

Anyways, for today, I will post only a quick prayer:

Mother Goddess, May the next day  be as beautiful as the last.


Blessed be to you and yours. <3   )0(