Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Writing- It's like driving a car at night. You never see farther than your head lights. But you can make the whole trip that way. E.L. Doctorow

Art is the detour through which dreams find their way back to reality- Freud

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book of Shadows, Grimoires and Plain Ole Notebooks

Pagan Art Journal
Fabric Covered Composition Notebook

Hedge Witch Journal
I have been asked the question , "Do I have a BOS?"
The answer is yes, in fact several.
 To clarify,  I should say  I have several working notebooks and one hard bound book that I am transforming into my official Book of Shadows.
Phyllis Curott in her book, Witch Crafting, A Spiritual Study Guide to Making Magic, talks about creating a BOS.
  She advises  that your BOS is your personal compilation of invocations, rituals, spells, and magical techniques which you work and which you find powerful, meaningful, effective and evocative.
It is also her opinion that while there are many methods of recording your magical efforts ,writing by hand helps you memorize and also infuses your book with your magical energy.

Page from Practical Magic movie BOS
I totally agree with that statement.

As a basic Table of Contents for your BOS, P Curott recommends
1-Title Page
2-Dedication page
3-Invocation of the Goddess
4-Invocation of the God
5-Diagrams for you altar and markings for your working tools
6-In Sacred Space i.e.
  Purification of self, elements, of the Circle, grounding & meditation, Casting the Circle,Invocations, Statement of purpose, magic/ritual/spell etc. grounding and libation
7-Closing the Circle
9-Esbats,Full Moon rituals,chants,dances,songs, words of wisdom, quotes etc.10-
Wisdom and Insights
11-Tools of the Craft
12-Magical Information,
   table of correspondences,spells,potions,sigils, info. on herbs, stones,candles, crystals, magical alphabets etc.
Remember this will be your book, add what ever speaks to you or is meaningful to you.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pink Full Moon Over The Mesa

Letters, Snail Mail and Such

In 2011, Faye over at began a pagan pen pal snail mail list for those who were interested in exchanging letters.
I added my name to the list and checked it often in the beginning.
I noticed a lot of women younger than myself were eagerly posting and connecting up.
I felt a little disappointed, so I chose to reach out. Found a very nice woman younger than myself who answered and we began a correspondence.
Turns out fate would have it that this Pen Pal lived in an area very close to family of mine. My family there is very grounded in their beliefs and would probably be appalled to learn of mine.
     I got cold feet.
 My mind began contriving what ifs and thinking on how small some places can be and who knows who, so on and so on. I had good intentions but my follow through caved.
 I am sorry, Pen Pal friend.
I chalked it up to being and feeling still very new to the Craft and not wishing stir up trouble, real and or imagined.

Most of 2012 I was ill and dealing with dental issues and surgeries, plus helping my children move half way across the country and missing them like crazy.
 We have put our home up for sale as well and we are dealing with what all that entails.

      To my surprise I got an e-mail right before Christmas from a young woman who had seen my name on the Pen Pal list.
I had to go back to the list and reread what I had written then, so I could have a starting point to begin a conversation with her. Now I'm formulating what I will write to this young woman and how I might  find a common ground , a starting place from which to begin our letter writing.

When I went to  reread my intro on the Pen Pal list , imagine my surprise to find two other women had left me  responses last year.
Now I've got to get busy and reach out to these ladies, hope they're still interested.
 I also hope  that I have grown enough to find the courage and the will to hold back my insecurities and doubts so I can be an active participant in this venture of letter writing.

 It is beginning to look like I may be doing a lot of writing in the new year.