Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I was going to blog about it, but...

You should just go read what Thorn wrote here.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's been so long




Believe it or not, it's been a few years since I've done any baking. I can't tell you how nice it is to feel a bit like my old self again.



Friday, April 10, 2015

Et tu, Fluffy?

"Fluffy bunny" is really just a mean thing we call people who haven't had their hearts broken by Paganism yet.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fictional Works That Changed My Religious Beliefs

In the order that I read them:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Brothers Grimm

My mother once told me that if she'd known what would come of it, my first bedtime story wouldn't have had a witch in it. This was my first exposure to literary witches - and when I knew what a witch was - I called myself one from that day forward. Thus was born my obsession with Evil Queens, glamour, red lipstick, mirrors, vanity and baking apple pies for people.

MacBeth - Shakespeare

 Witch Number One was always my favorite.

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 

I am forever thankful to my second grade teacher for reading this to us - a few chapters at a time at the end of the day - and for showing us the Hallmark movie adaptation of the novel. When the '93 film starring Maggie Smith came out, I was obsessed, and still am. I have re-read the novel every spring for the last twenty-three years.

Wise Child - Monica Furlong

A YA novel about a young girl sent to live with a witch. I read this in junior high and it remains remarkable to me for being the only YA witch story I know of that includes flying ointments.

Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman 

Another yearly re-read. It didn't so much change any religious beliefs, but I would be in error not to mention it.

The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

Yeah, yeah, I know.

Book of Shadows/The Love Spell - Phyllis Curott 

Two fictionalized memoirs which I'm including and I hope the author, should she see this, won't find the inclusion offensive. Curott took her training in the first coven of the Minoan Sisterhood operating out of the Magickal Childe.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Just read everything by Neil Gaiman. Seriously.

Bell, Book and Murder: The Collected Bast Novels - Rosemary Edghill

When I finally met Real Life Initiates™ and asked for book suggestions, this is what I was given.

I'm sure there are a hundred thousand more, since everything I've ever read has gone into the stew, but these are all biggies.

What are yours?


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Witch Is Back!


Just when I complained that he wasn't writing anymore, he had to go and prove me wrong. Hie you hence, and say hello!

In other news: Spring finally arrived in Texas, after a real bastard of a winter. This year the equinox lined up with the new moon in Pisces and a solar eclipse. I'd like to tell you I lit a bonfire in the backyard and fed all of my concerns and issues from the past into the flame as the sun disappeared from view. I'd like to tell you I took a long cleansing bath and did the Water Spell For Emotional Hurts (from Lid Off The Cauldron by Patricia Crowther, seriously buy this book if you don't have it) to let the Moon take all of my feels into the great darkness. I'd like to tell you that as the moon waxed and the sun rose in Aries, I lit a candle to give power to all of my goals for the growing time of the year. 

I didn't do those things, but they sound like great ideas, right? Some of those things, the ones not tied to an astronomical event, might still happen. 

What did I do? I did all of my cleaning - the house, the car, internally - throughout the winter months so that come warmer weather, I would be ready to go. I got rid of a lot of stuff. I paid off all of my debt and banked enough overtime in the last few  months to equal my regular paychecks. I did all sorts of grown-up, mundane things to get my life in order and then I did a lot of cleansing, burned a lot of incense, and talked to the Gods a lot.



 I'm terrible at blogging these days. but you can find me on all sorts of other social media thingies where I'm a bit more active, should you be so interested.

I'm on Twitter, and I tweet almost daily. Veles @ Twitter

I'm on Tubmlr, which I hate for so many reasons.  Veles @ Tumblr

And since joining the 21st century and getting an iPhone, I'm also on Instagram.  Veles @ Instagram

I'm on Facebook too, but I'm not posting my legal name here.  :)

I want to get back to blogging this year, even if I have to write about my daily life just to have a subject matter.

I hope all of you out there are well and enjoying the turning of the seasons.