On Thursday, I got back to doing my monthly candle spell. Missed it for August, may have missed it in July. Thank the Gods that it seems to be something easily renewed. Also, surprise, some of the areas which fall under its scope are getting renewed focus from me right now. Whichever one feeds the other, I don’t care. The point is that it’s happening.
I’ve also done some spiritual counseling for a friend, and with it we both realized we need to get some supplies to get some things moving again.
Today is the first day of autumn. There has been no ritual, but I have taken in the changes over these last few weeks. Heka happened today (and thank you again for that Shefyt!), and before I go to bed I might have some time in my pjs with the apple thorn to see what shifts with the spirits.
My latest post is up on Pagan Activist today.
Stop stealing from your fellow pagans! AKA my thoughts on the recent discussions around people co-opting artwork and words and illegally sharing pdfs of books under copyright.
Read, pass it on, and don’t do it!
It seems the weather wights do not care that it’s the middle of August. The temperature is barely hitting 80, trees are already turning, and I am already feeling that turn coming on. It worries me, for the signs of global warming/weirding, but also reminds me to be mindful and that things are changing.
At least one change might be a good one. It was a windy afternoon as I was walking home from my bus stop. Fairly good gusts were blowing around but at least the sky was a beautiful blue. Coming closer to the house, I turned back to take in the afternoon and I swear I almost heard some of the spirits chattering on the wind. My attempts to come back to a more witchy spiritual practice are still coming in fits and starts. But something is starting to connect again.
I give thanks for this today.
I’m only just waking up right now but my excitement is too much and I want to put that into the post. This week my dreams have been a little more difficult to recall. and my sleep not so good. Last night brought a good night of slumber and dreams worth it.
I was in the back yard of the house in which I grew up, and there was some kind of magical gathering going on complete with people selling their wares. My time was focused around the crab apple tree which was in the background, but as dreams do some of the details changed. Now it had thorns coming from its limbs and the tree was seeding new growth nearby. These trees were so vivid that once I was awake I knew I had to do a little investigating.
And yes, I know some of you better versed in plants are snickering right now.
As soon as I started searching on DuckDuckGo, the first hit answered all my questions. There is indeed a plant known as a thorn apple.
And that would be datura, an entheogenic plant which I have in my possession. I think I might have some dried, but I know I also have some through one of Sarah’s ointments.
I know what I am doing tonight.
Also, the thorn part itself is showing other significance for me. A few years back I bought two necklaces from Beth with yarn cords and vials: one of a hawthorn and another a blackthorn. This summer I have also learned of a tree called the honey locust and I’ve developed a mild fixation on getting a hold of some of its thorns. I know where I can get them, but I will add that if anyone reading this can get more of any of these tree thorns, please contact me.
This is when patience pays off. My health has meant that I have had very little extra energy for anything outside of the bare basics. I’m starting to improve overall and it seems some part of my inner self is getting better as well.
I’m continuing my series of greening your magics on Pagan Activist, and this time it’s all about candles.
Today is Set’s birthday in the House of Netjer’s calendar. The first full day of Retreat, and the revelation of the annual oracle. The year is given to Heru-sa-Aset* and is about victory!
Yesterday I turned 39. It feels like my life is just waiting to begin. Again. Anew.
I had wanted to write something last night, as it was the last day of the Kemetic Orthodox year. My dsl conspired against me to do any writing on that front.
This year has been… I’m not sure. A lot of it has been a blur because of the health stuffs. Most of my energy went to keeping me upright and able to work. The last day of Year 20 was most notable for me in that I felt energetic, had a good belly dance lesson, and had no want or need for a rest during the day. While I know the healing process for me is a mix of ups and downs, the overall bar seems to be getting higher again.
I’m curious to know Who will be over the coming year. But I also do not want to rush it. For all that I am not going to the House’s Retreat this year and still working, I want to take something of a step back.
Plus tomorrow I need to celebrate my birthday along with Heru-wer. There will be good food, alcohol, and hopefully some time at the beach. That’s almost all of what I need for a birthday now.
Stay safe this week, everyone!
One benefit I have found over the last few years of blogging has been that it holds me accountable in some way for doing. Can’t spend all my time pondering because that just gets boring for me. I need to be able to back up ideas with action. Last month’s admission that I did not do any magic on either the ful or the dark moon was impetus enough to make sure I did SOMETHING this month.
And I did.
On the weekend before the dark moon I was able to get into something of a light trance state with some notable help. Yesterday I was unable to do full moon work at the moon itself due to family obligations, but today I am riding that energy for some continued spellwork. It’s worked the last few times I have done it and it’s something which benefits me so I might as well continue it!
This week I have my Pagan Activist post to put up and I am looking forward to getting that out of my head. I also now have blog space via Rending the Veil and am having an idea of what I might do with that. Because writing two blogs and contributing to a third is not nearly enough even when I do have chronic health issues!
the doing is happening again, even if only in small amounts. What I’d give to be able to do more.