Sunday, November 1, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Tomorrow is Halloween, Samhain to us. It is OUR holiday, it is OUR day, it is OUR night. Lady A and I both hope that you all have the very best Samhain Sabbat possible. We wish you all a most wicked night and we truly wish all your magick comes alive on this most magickal of days. It is our Halloween, live it like you mean it witches! Brightest Blessings and a most Happy Samhain!!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Happy belated Birthday to Lady J, we are very sorry we forgot to post. We hope your special day was magickal and we love you dearly. Brightest Blessings, IO Pan
Tomorrow's full moon and it's another blood moon, what better time for magick and mischief before our Samhain Sabbat. The weather for Samhain is expected to be perfect although it may rain tomorrow. We still plan to be out enjoying our esbat and casting our spells. We hope you all enjoy the blood moon, BB
Saturday, October 24, 2015
It is no secret that my path as a witch began as a child on Halloween, it probably has for many of us. I was a young child of the 70's, i lived in a small town where many still decorated and participated in trick or treating, scary houses, decorations, and all the good things that Halloween is suppose to be about. I remember the cartoon Halloween specials, Charlie Brown being my favorite (and still is), and I remember the smell in the air with the changing of the seasons. Halloween was a magickal time back then in the eyes of a child, the dressing up in costumes, the candy and carnivals.
Yet, I drive around my town now and I see very few who still decorate. The people back then who did have either gotten too old, or have died and this younger generation does not take the time to buy candy to give out to others on this one time of the year. We live in the selfish, me culture now and the children of today are the ones who suffer from lack of knowing what Halloween is all about, or at least what it was when I was a child. I wonder how many people who call themsleves wiccan/witch/pagan even pass out candy to youngsters also wanting to enjoy trick or treating as we did so many years ago? I probably would not even want to know...sad really
For over 25 years my family had the halloween stop in my hometown. We decorated, had the scary house, the scary people, the decorations, the candy, you name it... We had generations who brought their kids here because they knew we were safe, fun and also because the parents wanted their kids to experience what they had when they were kids. It was magickal and we enjoyed it, but we had to stop it a few years back. Why. because of very unruly teenagers, unaccompanied by decent parents, profanity, stun guns, the whole crap became sickening to us, ruined it for the smaller kids who wore costumes and whos parents wanted them to come. We still pass out candy, we haven't quit that at least, if only for the small ones, the ones who matter.
It's sad that Halloween has become what it has in America today, sad that this country has degenerated to its present state, our children have no great pumpkin, just some crack houses down the block and they probably ain't passing out candy, least not the kind suitable...
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Just over a week away now and Samhain will be upon us. We are so ready for our Sabbat and Witches New Year circle. It will be the very witchy time of night when we will honor our ancestors and cast our magick once again. We hope you all are making preparations for this most important Wiccan holiday and that your own circles are blessed by the Gods and your spells bring fruition into the coming New Year...Blessed Be
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I was reading an article the other day from the Patheos channel and the discussion was on whether or not Wicca was increasing or decreasing as a religion. I really can't tell how anyone could honestly answer the question because so many of today's wiccans are solitary and it's not like we have some roll call where we could actually tell how many we are to begin with. I think the amount of honest, true wiccans are probably the same, I don't think we have grown. It's not the religions fault, no more than it is the christian religions fault that it is losing members, or for that matter spirituality as a whole in this country.
No, I think the problem is not religion, but the people of today's times. We live in a totally different world than we did even 20 years ago. The idea of true parenting disappeared around that time and the result is what we have now, generations with no spirituality at all...but they got a smart phone or some video game console so they think they OK...right... The effects of even 3 generations that have been half-ass ed raised this way is clearly evident, just go to a Wal-Mart if you don't believe me.
I don't really see any religion in this country growing, we live in a godless society fueled by Hollywood and sports entertainment, and this is sad. There is no fix for this either, no revival of spirituality of any kind, this country is too far gone, like most of the rest of this world...the fault is all ours, and what we raised up, or didn't for that matter. For Wicca, I see in the future a return to the broom closet, a more private, spiritual affair for the ones who truly are what they say they are. I think the fluffys will turn somewhere else, and the 90's "do whatever wicca" will finally be a distant horrible memory. The traditional covens will continue as they have in the past and the solitarys will follow more closely to traditional wiccan guidelines.
I've seen my share of wanna-be's, i say good riddance. Now that Lady A and I practice alone, we don't have to deal with all the bullshit that comes with others...you see, a broom closet is a good place to be, we are not hiding our light, we just don't feel like sharing it. We feel many out there have done the same for whatever reason and found the peace that comes from it also. I can't help the loss of this country's spirituality in whatever form, but we will continue to exist as we have with our beliefs in tact. BB
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
For the witches sabbat of Samhain, we celebrate the passing of our ancestors, the last of the harvests, and the welcoming of the veil when it is the thinnest, when the magick is the greatest. So let the magick flow from you and release all the negativity within. Let your emotions bring the power needed for your Samhain magick, I know we will...
Release your past and all the negative emotions that may haunt you still. You see, people will only fail you, like some prerequisite for living in today's times. Dishonesty, cheaters, liars, fake, you name it. Release all the bad from the past year and pour it out onto your Samhain Sabbat, let it all go. It's the witches New Year, start afresh and learn from any mistakes made from this past year, release any and all that holds you back, do what thou will dammit!
We in our circle release all that has hindered, that has become an untruth, that is simply just a waste of our time.
Ignorance is bliss...
Sunday, October 4, 2015
We had us a nice bonfire last night, the weather was perfect! Danced, drank and had us a good time welcoming in this beautiful Fall and Ga. Southern winning again..now thats cause for celebration any day for me, lol.
For us, the Samhain season is already here, Lady A has been decorating our home and it looks marvelous inside. We love to decorate our home by the season's and she does a great job. Our gardens are doing great with our fall/winter crops coming along nicely, the bok choi and turnips are really taking off and our pumpkins look awesome. I swear I had no idea you could grow brussel sprouts in south Ga. but ours are marching along nicely and god I just eat em raw off the stalk.
Samhain is on a Saturday this year witch is both a blessing and a lil curse. A lil curse cause we will have trick o' treaters till well after 9 cause its a weekend witch means our sabbat will begin late. Well, Samhain is suppose to be at night imo, but I wish we could at least begin earlier and carry on through the nighttime, and o it will...believe that.
We have spent alot of time this past spring and summer in the shade garden cause this is our focal point when we do outdoor rituals. Our ivy has grown nicely along our tall fence and very soon it will be covered like the rest of the yard. We have laid statues and flower beds, redone the entire shade tent with walls and carpet. Our outdoor lanterns look great when lit in the dark. We keep our witch's ladder hung in the there also and now just use our own chickens and ducks feathers when we use it. We have also transplanted moss into the bare areas and it is spreading nicely into a thick green carpet throughout the shade garden. There is still much to be done to turn it into our vision...
Samhain always seem the most witchy time of the year, from decorations to the fall season to the very air it seems. We hope all are planning their own Samhain circles now and enjoying this most festive time of the year. Brightest blessings always...
Sunday, September 27, 2015
I have several of his books and greatly admire his writing, another truly great gone but not forgotten..
I have several of his books and greatly admire his writing, another truly great gone but not forgotten..
I took this pic just before dark last night. She was beautiful and rising. The firepit was lit, and the lanterns were aglow in the shade garden and were waiting on Georgia Southern football on a Saturday night, hell yeah!
O but soon enough, clouds came out of knowwhere and the moon disappeared behind some misty looking cloud formations with slight peaks of light every so often. Then she went away and it started misting, so we moved everything inside the shade tent. Then it started down and outright raining so hard and it was bouncing off the roof of the tent so loud that you could not even hear the radio broadcasting my Ga. Southern game.
But, we had the inside all lit up nicely, the walls of the shade tent kept the rain off so we decided to just stay outside and enjoy the rain as it poured all around us. Just like kids I reckon, but isn't it fun when grown-ups do just that every so often? It was for us anyway.
So this morning it is overcast and more rain on the way. Our much awaited lunar eclipse is tonight after 10PM and by golly if it wants to rain again well we will just have us a lil circle inside the tent. I hope not because i so want to see her in her full light. We need the rain so I ain't complaining, just have to improvise...not like its the first time the weather has crapped witchy plans for a circle.
Brightest full moon blessings all...
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Before I get started on this topic, let me state what I feel is truly the biggest difference between traditional forms of Wicca and the more modern flavors of today, its the absence of the fertility aspects of the religion. Wicca is a fertility religion and not some hippy-trippy nature religion and if you don't know the difference between the two then you will in no wise understand what I will try to explain as we go on. Yes, fertility as in sex. Our wiccan sabbats revolve around the fertility aspects of the Goddess and her consort, the God. In perfect love and perfect trust, traditional wiccans worshipped in skyclad covens and performed whats called the Great Rite, and no it wasn't usually of the symbolic kind folks.
The Great Rite, in essence, is creation. It is performed usually by the priest and priestess in imitation of the gods at certain circles and Sabbats. It is not actually sex magick, although I guess it can be made into an act of magick, its true intent is fertility. No I'm not referring to getting the priestess pregnant, not the kind of fertility I'm talking about, ha ha, although a priestess wishing to conceive could use the Rite in a magickal act i suppose.
The traditional Great Rite is a beautifully spoken rite as well. I'm referring to Gardners original wording of course. It is a lot to remember if you chose to use it word for word but its story is true and while it does contain some masonic usage, it also includes knowledge of sex workings from many cultures throughout many many centuries.
As for solitary practice, its rather impossible to enact this rite. There is always the symbolic rite and it works as well, intent and projection is always the key. Once again, sex magick would not be a problem but the Great Rite is something different.
The traditional Great Rite is normally performed in private but sometimes the rest of the coven remains present, that depends on the individual covens and their own comfort level. We don't have this problem because its just the two of us. It does seem ideal if the two enacting the rite are in a committed relationship of some kind, even at the coven level and not married or living together, etc.
In a future blog, I will discuss sex magick as best I can, but hopefully anyone who's read this can see that the Great Rite is not so much an act of magick but a reenactment of the wiccan way, an act of love in a circle with the wish for continued fertility in all our lives, and with this I wish you all the brightest blessings...
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Our newest Goddess statue is this beautiful Maxine Miller designed Hecate. The artwork is brillant and it makes a nice addition to our others.
Get with it witches cause this Sunday, the 27th, is the Harvest Moon, also called a supermoon. A supermoon that will also be a total lunar eclipse and the closest the moon will be to the earth all year. It's full at 10:50 pm so set your calenders now. The magick will be at its strongest then but the entire weekend should be bright and beautiful. I am so glad that i have that Sunday and the following Monday off. Now all I gotta do is plan for what all we're gonna do for the weekend...BB
Saturday, September 19, 2015
So we have decided to make the entire weekend a Mabon Sabbat..why not? The highs tomorrow is suppose to be around 93, perfect time for one last day in the pool with a feast later on and more time to celebrate the Sabbat...
"oh witchy woman, you will be wrapped around my finger, when you find your servant is your master..." i am the goat god!!!
The autumn equinox this year is on a Wednesday so we will have our Mabon Sabbat tonight under the stars and moon, the weather is perfect. At this time of the witches year when once again day and night are equal and we lean towards the darker half of the year, we hope that all our harvests are abundant and that the coming of the darker days brings rest and peace and regeneration of our magickal energies. Lady A and I wish all of you a most blessed Mabon season, blessed be all...