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 on: May 16, 2016, 10:05:00 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
There are many like you LS that can't get outside do to the weather or a job . You don't have to get dressed in robe or have a stone altar outside to celebrate them . You can make it simple and take just a few minutes or the whole day with all the bells and whistles . Even if it is only today a few words as long as you mean what you say or do , that is what counts .

Thank you for this reminder, og. I get a little disappointed if I can't do something big, but taking the time to do anything meaningful is just as good!

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 on: May 14, 2016, 10:20:16 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by oldghost
We see things as they are today but we must remember that when these ritual days started it was not just a single person or a group of several it was the whole of the people . Weather was just as big a problem for them , even worse . The Sabats were a reflection of how they lived ever day .

You see most of these rituals were based on celestial events , how certain stars aligned . These were times one could hope for the best things to do what must be done .

There are many like you LS that can't get outside do to the weather or a job . You don't have to get dressed in robe or have a stone altar outside to celebrate them . You can make it simple and take just a few minutes or the whole day with all the bells and whistles . Even if it is only today a few words as long as you mean what you say or do , that is what counts .

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 on: May 14, 2016, 09:55:32 AM 
Started by TheGreenWizard - Last post by oldghost
One thing you should always do first is to stretch and lossen up your muscles ; don't want to get a cramp halfway through your meditation session .I have heard that the morning is  good time also just don't have a double shot of espresso before you begin 😵 and use the🚽too.

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 on: May 13, 2016, 10:56:23 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
Thank you, Marisol! All excellent advice! I have a tendency to overthink things... :)

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 on: May 12, 2016, 04:34:00 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by marisol
I understand LS and if you are solitary you can do whatever  you wish in the way of celebrating the Wheel of the Year. I personally follow it very
closely. As far as celebrating I do as much or as little as I wish.

Beltane is more than turning animals out to pasture. It is a fire festival and also a celebration of fertility, of union between the god and goddess.
A time for handfastings, a time for thanking the earth and seeds for the life they sustain. Giving thanks for the return of spring. It's not hard to find something in Beltane to celebrate. I planted a few flowers and lit candles. It need not be elaborate unless that is what you want.

Following the Wheel of the Year helps me maintain balance in my life, it reminds me who I am and gives me great pleasure. Flowers can be bought and candles lit inside the house. Decorate your altar for Beltane. Do whatever makes you happy.

Blessings

 16 
 on: May 11, 2016, 07:39:10 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
I'm curious how important following/celebrating holidays/sabbats/esbats are to your practice? Is it very important to you that you take the time to create a ritual and/or celebrate at these times? Is it important that you celebrate on the official calendar day?

I know there are many different paths, and I'm curious! I've found that 1) life tends to get in the way, and I miss the day, and 2) often the weather isn't cooperating with the sabbat.

For example, Beltane just passed and it's a celebration of turning animals out into summer fields, Spring being fully upon us, and life bursting. Well, where I am in NH the spring has been slow in coming, nothing is fully open, and the symbolic yellow flowers of the festival are not yet in bloom, so it feels wrong to celebrate it on the official day. 

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 on: May 11, 2016, 06:59:16 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by LadyOfShalott
Firstly, Wow. I love this forum. I check in once and a while, and I'm always happy when I do. So many viewpoints, opinions, and experiences!!

Secondly, my thoughts on the OP: I'm new to this path. Officially following this winding road for a little over a year. I heard the term Eclectic Witch, and thought "That sounds about right," because I am often referred to as an eclectic person, in general. But now after reading all these posts I can see why it might or might not bother someone! I'm not bothered by the title personally.

As far as how I think of myself...I called myself a Witchician. Because it makes me giggle, and also, I think it's accurate. There is a lot of witchcraft and wicca that I just love, and really drives my rituals, but there's a bit of chaos magician in me that likes the idea of a practice completely removed from spirituality and religion and just uses my will to create change. Sometimes I feel spiritual, and sometimes I feel practical.

I also didn't know "high" and "low" magic was such a heated topic. Personally, I didn't think of it in those terms. I just, through trial and error, find out what works for me and what doesn't. I had heard the terms, but didn't know much about it. Reading Ashe's post that each is just a descriptor of if you are trying to commune with deity or not makes sense to me. I can't feel upset or offended, I supposed, because I didn't know there was anything to be upset about...(I had a similar experience with some choice curse words in high school after leaving a very sheltered homeschool life  :-p)

I think it's the words themselves that could put people on edge just by the fact that "high" (being above than) and "low" (being lower/less than) have attachments that might make one feel that one group thinks they're better than another. In my limited experience, magic practicing people have been pretty darn open-minded.

I guess the short answer is, I believe, there are an infinite number of ways to use magic and create change. People who follow very specific paths may find this "anything goes" approach awful, but if it works it works. Why does it matter how we get our results if we're happy and not hurting anyone? I've found that when I try to force it, or feel like "I have to do this thing on this day at this time" it doesn't feel right, but when I do something impromptu (not haphazard!) I find the whole process goes much more smoothly.

How about we all do what works for us, and not get bent out of shape when someone does it differently?  :-p  ;)

 18 
 on: May 06, 2016, 04:52:04 AM 
Started by TheGreenWizard - Last post by marisol
I've been told that the best time to meditate is early in the morning. Sometimes that isn't possible. I often worry about things that are going on in my family and find it difficult to focus. So I have to go back to basics, and concentrate on relaxation and breathing, etc. Get rid of what is holding me back. Then I can focus on what I want to accomplish.

Each day is full of the little things that make me too tired (emotionally and physically) to do the things I know I should. I have to make the decision that meditation will be number one on my list of things to do. Make the decision everyday, and
know that if I put it off one day, I will continue to do so. Meditation is a commitment I make to myself.

As og said, "If you are in a state where you cannot concentrate fully on what you are doing, then that is when something will go wrong." Take care of whatever needs your attention, then meditate. Start with meditating on what is causing the problem, such as anger or anxiety,etc. Of course these are just suggestions. We each solve our problems in different ways.

Blessings to all.

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 on: May 05, 2016, 02:42:48 PM 
Started by TheGreenWizard - Last post by oldghost
If you are in  a state where you can not concentrate fully on what you are doing , then that is when something will go wrong . Not only having something go wrong but you show discourtesy to who you are calling on . There is also the danger of making the circle wrong or not closing it . That can lead to something else coming through and that can ruin more then just your day

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 on: May 05, 2016, 05:50:08 AM 
Started by TheGreenWizard - Last post by Mystik Witch
og, just wondering if this would also apply to someone who has so much on their plate they can't get out to circle. Or are so tired at night they fall asleep before it is time to go out to circle? Just wondering.... Thanks!  ;D BB! MW

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