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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Witch Show And Tell

Witches love stuff. I love stuff. "Witch" probably means "hoarder" in some language...somewhere. As penance for my lack of serious blogging, I'm going to show you some pretties. 

This is just a regular old knife from the kitchen with a nice blonde handle. Not great for carving candles, let me tell you. But it's lovely for cutting things like bread or virgins fruit. It feels nice in the hand and has the added benefit of having been used for years by both my mom and grandmother in the kitchen. 

Witches Ladder my friend Granthrax made for my birthday some years ago. Those little skull beads are just cute as hell.

A crystal ball bought for me as a gift by an aunt who disapproved of my occult interests. This is the same aunt who bought my first tarot deck. The aunt who gave me a copy of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs. The same aunt who took me to see The Craft five times at the theatre. The aunt who introduced me to sixties rock, incense burning and meditation. Yeah. People are strange. (See what I did there?)

Hekate Brimo statue by the amazing Jeff Cullen. I have no words. She is beautiful and terrifying and I adore her.

Prayer card for St. Blaise who is the Christianized version of my namesake, the horned god Veles. This was a present from Evn at Lover of Strife the first time I met him. He doesn't blog anymore, which makes me sad.

So if you are reading this and have Witch Stuff you are cool with showing, I challenge you to do so. It'll be fun and we can all oooh and aaah over our Collective Hoard of Woo.

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