Monday, November 29, 2010

We Are Here...

So, I promised a jewelry post.. And this is.. for the most part. :) I am part of an awesome team on Etsy called Pagan Team and they have posted a challenge. It's called "We Are Here" and asks the question "What will let the world see who we/you are in relation to our/your chosen path and craft/art?" It got me to thinking. What am I hoping to show in this piece? Well... I am me. I am a mom, I am a daughter, and a sister, and a friend, and a wife... But I'm also a Pagan, a witch, an earth dweller. So what do I want to say? My religious choices are a large part of my life, they define many of my masks, they impact a great deal of my life. When I think of who I am, I think of that before all others. I think of my pagan beliefs, I think of my family next, I think of my ties to the earth, and my love for those things. These things are the inspiration for this entry into the challenge for "We Are Here". I wanted to be able to proudly shout out my pagan beliefs, to show not only my own spiritual side, but to also encourage others to do the same.

It saddens me to see that so many pagans feel afraid to openly show their chosen faith. They are afraid of judgment, of ridicule, of loosing friends, family, of openly being chastised for their beliefs. It's fear that causes these reactions to begin with, I feel. Fear of what the symbol and the pagan way stands for. The pentacle (or pentagram as many call it) is a 5 point star, 5 points for the elements earth, air, water, and fire, and a fifth, spirit, all connected by a circle, symbolizing unity, wholeness. There is no right side up, or upside down meaning for a pentacle. There is no good vs. evil. It is simply a symbol of the pagan faith.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

TIme passing...

Thanksgiving has come and gone.. I'm sucking at this posting business lately. It seems time just isn't on my side. :P Solstice is coming up fast and I seem to be very much in a festive mood of late. I've been very excited this year. I think in part the kids are old enough that this year has become "fun" and exciting. I also think that I am very much enjoying the fact that the kids are old enough now to understand the meanings behind our holidays. My middle one especially, he has just blown me away with his understanding of Goddess and all things mystical. Seriously, he is one very old soul... This boy never takes anything seriously and he can sit with me for an hour and just talk about how he sees Goddess or what he knows about creation. It's truly wonderful. My oldest is still a bit in his own world, but that's ok, he's a new soul, like his mommy. :) Everything is still happening "to" him, not "around" him. So it may take him awhile. My youngest, well, we talk about it around her, but I don't expect her to pick up on it yet. She's only 3 after all. ;) So anyways, Solstice is just around the corner, and then we will "celebrate" Christmas with the grandparents and Santa will come on Christmas as well. So really, my kiddos are going to be very spoiled.. *grin* That's ok, they only get two presents a piece from us. We don't want them to get used to the idea that we will get them everything they want. I guess you could say I'm still quite "old school" in my thinking. More to come on Solstice later, as well as a jewelry post! Haven't done one of those in a while. I have several new pieces so stop by the shop.. *winkwink* Yes, I know, I have no shame... :P

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Samhain has past

Well.. Samhain has come and gone... Samhain marks the end of the Pagan year, a time when the harvest comes in, and in olden times, that was the end of the season, a time for reaping the change of the season to prepare for the long rest rewarded to those long seasons of work. While we no longer break our backs over acres and acres of our livelihood (well, most of us, anyhow), we do work through the seasons, on ourselves and Samhain gives us time to reflect on that. We can reap the benefits of our hard work, and resew the the "bad crop" that we didn't nurture to fruition. It's a time to celebrate change, a time to start a new year fresh and clean. It's also a time of guidance, a time when the veil of the spirit world grows thin, when we can ask for help and receive it. A time when we can simply say "Where do I go from here?" and the images we are given suggest to us a path to take, or a danger we may have missed, or a blessing in disguise. It's a time of reflection, a time of thanks, a time of togetherness, a time of fun, and a time of self.

Welcome to a new year everyone. May it bring you new challenges, new peace, new happiness, new sorrow, new life, and experience. May it be all you hope and all you need. May it be so.