Wednesday, 12 November 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Well - I've been tagged for the first time by Mrs B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom


1. I have a massive fear of baked beans and tinned tuna. Even so I really like raw tuna in sushi!

2. At the moment I write this I am having cravings for scallops and Spam fritters - an not not the nice delicate flavoured, healthy, lightly seared shell fish the big fat greasy potato fried with a coating of batter that you get from the chippy! Which is made worse by the fact I am on a weight management plan which appears to be working. It's just on the principle of making small changes to diet and exercise that you can keep with for the rest of your life. I've not lost a huge amount but I'm going in the right direction and my waist has already lost an inch and a half. Shame I'm not yet feeling it really.

3. When I was little I used to run out of the bathroom after flushing the toilet at night convinced that if I didn't the "evil witches" would find me by the sound! (I still don't like flushing the loo at night when every one's in bed)

4. When I get stressed I can't stand standing on the cracks in the pavement or getting "in the way" of sharp corners.

5. The parts of my body I like most are my thumbs and my feet. Even though I have really odd little toes.

6. I have a mug obsession..... yes that's right, unlike most women who have things about shoes, handbags, etc I just can't resist a cute Mug! I also have different mugs for different moods.

7. The songs Grace Kelly by Mika and Basket Case By Green Day remind me of my teenage years. Although I know they made me who I am today I certainly don't believe your schooldays are the best years of your life!

I'd like to tag:
The Holy Dark from The Paramedic Brat
Both Mama Kelly and Lady Rose at 2 Witches Blog
Celestite at A Pagan Tapestry
Erin from Memoirs of a Solitary Witch


and I'll think of anyone else at a later date!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Friday Fill-In


1. My blueprint for success includes being someone else ;).

2. An uncoloured toffee apple was the last candy I ate.

3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is Creme de La Mer (I wish I could afford it right now).

4. Walking and meditaion can be good therapy.

5. I'd like to tell you about things as I think of them.

6. My intellegence and thinking skills are my strongest characteristic.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Meditating in front of the fire, tomorrow my plans include doing the laundry and baking and Sunday, I want to do some tarot study!

Cleverest children 'grow up to be Green'

THE brightest children go on to vote Liberal Democrat or Green, according to a survey.
The study by Edinburgh University researchers has found that childhood intelligence is linked to voting preferences and political involvement in adulthood.
The study – which looked at voting patterns in the 2001 general election – found that those with higher IQ ratings were more likely to vote Lib-Dem or Green in an election.
The survey – including cognitive tests at ages five and ten – was followed up with a study of voting habits at 34.
Those who voted Green had an average IQ of 108.3, with Lib-Dem voters just behind at 108.2. Conservative and Labour voters were further behind – with scores of 103.7 and 103.0 respectively, while voters for Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru scored an average of 102.5. Scottish National Party voters had an average IQ of 102.2. The research also showed that British National Party voters had the lowest average intelligence – scoring just 98.4. Non-voters were found to have an average IQ of 99.7.

Scavenged from:
http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Glenrothes-byelection-Activists-flood-in.4652904.jp

I had to share this with you as I felt very smug if I'm honest - knowing that my IQ (117 to 127 when not taking my dyslexia into account) and my Lib-Dem leanings are possibly connected.
The only thing I'm not quite so smug about is my partner (who I've always hoped I was a little smarter than) votes Green - could this be evidence of his higher intelect? ;)

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

I Don't Want To De Subjected To Your Music!!!!

What is it with some Bloggers, My Spacers, Pagan Spacers etc?

Why do they feel that just because we are looking at their page that, no matter how good or bad their music taste is, that we want to be subjected to a barrage of their taste of music?

I am fed up to the back teeth of going on various web pages to be blasted with mind numbing, teeth gnashing, infuriating noise!

I don't care what you listen to! I don't care how "good" your music taste is! I really really don't want to hear it! It just makes me want to get off of your site/page and stops me caring what you have to say or who you are!

I'm fed up with the noise! I'm fed up with it being IMPOSED on me!!!!! GAH!

A Late Friday Fill-In





1. My favorite food seasoning is Green Tabasco.


2. A two-stroke engine is music to my ears.


3. Lucky is waking up alive and well every morning.


4. The truth is something I take very seriously.


5. Many people don't realise how lucky they are.


6. Fair trade ground coffee was the last thing I bought at the store.


7. And as for the weekend, Friday night I looked forward to relaxing with my partner, Saturday my plans included My First Samhain Ritual and Sunday, I wanted to Sleep (But I worked instead)!

Monday, 3 November 2008

Samhain Introductions

Well this Samhain I formally introduced myself to the divine and the ancestors.

I set up a little alter in the cosy sitting room, and asked my partner to stand guard so the dog didn't career in, eat my biscuits and swipe all my kit off of the altar (come coffee table) while I had my bath. I bathed in organic callendula petal and neroli oil sea salts and callendula petal and nerioli oil soap. Feeling thoroughly cleansed and refreshed I made my way back down the the siting room. The room had a completely different feel to it to normal - my partner had felt he couldn't change the lighting or put the TV on or anything - he knew the atmosphere had changed and it all ready felt like we were no longer alone.

As we are truly entering the dark time of the year I have swapped my usual white rock salt for a black sea salt - it felt very fitting as my earth element at Samhain.

I invited in the elements, requested their guidance and protection then called the ancestors and the divine. I could feel the gathered energies and presence within the room. I called out to them, that they may know me and meditated - I have no idea how long but I do know it ended up a very late night. After meditating asked for guidance on my path via my Tarot cards (perhaps more of that in a later post) and then shared some food and drink and said my farewells.

I had one of the best nights sleep ever afterwards and two days later I still feel refreshed and loved.

I think I could say my first ritual went well.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

The Podcast Awards - Support your fellow pagans.


As I hope you all know The Wiglian Way has been nominated for a podcast award.

You can vote once per day for the Wigglian Cheiftains at http://podcastawards.com/

I've made my vote! Why not pop along and make yours?

Friday, 5 September 2008

Good Grief - I have to share this!!!


Deadly spider in Co-op bananas


A cashier felt the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end after discovering a deadly South American banana spider nestling in a bunch of bananas.


The highly-venomous arachnid was spotted by Kate Whitmore, 25, as she unpacked a box of fruit to put on display at the Co-op store in Wayfield Road, Chatham, Kent.
The palm-sized eight-legged creature, otherwise known as Phoneutria nigriventer, ranks alongside the black widow and funnel-web as one of the world's most dangerous spiders.


Recalling the close encounter during her Monday night shift, Ms Whitmore said: "I lifted the lid off the box, ripped the bag open and in the very first bunch I noticed something.
"I picked the bunch up, held it close to my face and thought, 'What is that?' It wasn't a very nice spider."


After alerting her supervisor, the shop was promptly closed while the RSPCA was called out. They were advised to keep the spider contained and not approach it until the animal collection officer arrived.


Mother-of-two Ms Whitmore said: "He lifted the separate bunch off with leather gloves and put it in a box which had a separate container. He asked to borrow a pen and as he nudged it to try to move it into the container, the spider reared up, hissing and put its fangs out. It made us all jump."


RSPCA officer Anthony Pulfer said: "It was very aggressive and trying to go for me when I was putting it in the box. It was really jumping around and trying to attack me."
Ms Whitmore added: "We had customers coming in saying, 'We'll kill it for you, it's only a spider'. We thought, 'If you knew exactly what it was like you wouldn't'."
The spider was eventually taken away to be put down.

Taken from http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20080905/tuk-deadly-spider-in-co-op-bananas-6323e80.html

Friday, 15 August 2008

last.fm

I have truly discovered last.fm

This site allows you to listen to music and recommends new artists based on your music taste.

I am finding new Pagan artists that I love.

Not only can I listen to my favourites, such as Chalice and Blade, Spiral dance and Libana, while I'm in work, I've discovered Damh the Bard, Omnia, Emerald Rose, and Three Weird Sisters among others.

If you're on last.fm don't forget to check out my group Witchy Pagans I'm hoping to get together a group of people who have a similar taste in pagan music.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Why Purple?

Yet another post days or weeks in the making

Purple, to me, is a colour of leaning, of magic, of personal growth, of beauty, of richness (not just monetary), of inner calm.

The purples and violets are my favourite colours some thing draws me to them.

My favourite crystal, and the one I first bought when learning about crystal healing for the first time, is amethyst.

Is my Aura purple? No - my aura is blue/green (or at least it used to be) but my heart is.

Purple is associated with the crown chakra and thus our connection with the cosmos.


Emily Gems says:
Purple is the color of good judgment. It is the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation
http://www.crystal-cure.com/purple.html
I think that has a lot of truth for me within it!


And No..... nothing to do with the "purple haze"!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple

About This Blog and Me - Attempt Two

As I had to post before the last one was finished I thought I'd try again!


This blog is all about my journey along my path and where it takes me (Or I take it).

It is for me to see where I have come from and what I have learnt and it's to share that with anyone who's interested or maybe just nosey. It's about my emotional and spiritual growth. About my quest for wisdom and knowledge.

I feel a call to nature and healing. I want to follow in the footsteps of the wise woman and midwife. I want to use herbs, energy work and magic for good, for healing and helping people. It is in may nature help.

I hope I will be able to document each landmark I pass and use this to understand my self better and help me with where to go next. This may and up as a long list of questions or a collection of experiences - I'll find out when I get there.


A little about me:

I'm in my mid 20s and already feeling old. I was brought up an Anglican christian but it was never forced on me - I just happened to have a Christan family and went to an Anglican school.
I think this might have something to do with why I occasionally will blaspheme with a christian slant. I have also been know to use "Gordon Bennett" and "Blooming Nora" but that doesn't mean I believe in them either! ;)

I have interests in:
  • Healing using herbs, crystals, energy work and naturopathy
  • Photography and photo editing
  • Computer games (PC mainly but a little PS3 now)
  • Paganism and witchcraft
  • Midwifery
  • Reading (factual stuff about what I've put in this list and Fantasy)

Not quite sure what else put put here so I'll post it and I'll see if I have anything to add later and I'll add it to a new post (this post has been in progress for at least a fortnight of lunch times - good grief I'm slow)



Any comments are appreciated - it's be nice to know if there's anyone out there reading this and anything that gives me something to think about is always good.

Monday, 7 July 2008

My Poor Love!!!

I just cannot concentrate today!

My cat is having his leg amputated after a cancerous bone tumour broke/dislocated his elbow joint.

The vet seems pretty positive that he will make a full recovery but I suppose we'll see after the surgery. They haven't been able to find out if it's spread at all but I suppose we'll find out in time.

I am miles away and I feel so useless!!! I'm not versed in magic as yet and I have never learnt distance healing. Even if i were next to him I don't think I could get into the mindset to heal anyway!

Please - if anyone is out there reading this - send love, healing and positive vibes! Anything you can do I will be grateful for!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

About This Blog and Me - Attempt one

The unfinnished post below was written this afternoon and saved before I had to dash out! as I left my office the rain started. When I got the where I was going it began to thunder. When I left the sun was shining brightly and the birds were singing in the trees. Some times I wonder if my thoughts are listened to!!!


I suppose an explanation of this blog may be in order should anyone stumble upon it!

This is a log of my wanderings along the path to find myself and my spirituality.
I believe it is probably a pagan path that I am walking, but that is one thing I will find out by learning about both Paganism and myself.

I am drawn to nature and nurturing. I love the smell of the rain and the rumble of thunder. I love the feel of the sun on my skin. I love the sound of the birds singing to and shouting at one another. I want to help people in a way that truly makes a difference. I feel my vocation is to be a midwife. I wish to be like the midwives and wise women of old (in my own way).

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

A Few Steps In

Well I thought I would have written in this more by now but I have really been to0 busy.

I'm writing in it now as I'm waiting for someone and I can't concentrate on the work I am supposed to be doing - it's not the easiest of things being all concentration and no fun!

I have got though a lot of Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft - by Denise Zimmermann and Katherine. I was reading this when I had my worried about Gods and Goddesses and Iam now not bothered by my worries. I am happy with the stories about the Lord and Lady and don't mind right now what I believe and what I don't about it. Just because I don't feel comfortable with the concept of entities does not mean they do or don't exist and I think I'll find a place I want to settle in with my beliefs in my own time.

I am truly loving my journey along my path - the scenery is beautiful, the birds are singing, the weather is warm and I'm sure I can hear some interesting folk just around the next bend!

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Lables

Why as humans do we feel the need to label ourselves?

By sexuality, religion/spirituality, class, colour, nationality.........

I find a need to pigeonhole myself, as if this will some how help me to know and understand my self. I feel so often that unless I know "what" I am I will never know "who" I am.

I just want to accept myself and know myself and be happy about myself - why do I need these statements in order to do that?

An Open Book

Today I woke to find the book I'm reading open at a different page to the one I was reading the night before - I have been Reading this book for several days now and every night I leave it open to the page it was on so I can carry on reading in the morning.

The page it was on was the 13 principles and the wiccan rede.

Is this trying to tell me something?

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Of Gods and Godesses

I'm currently reading my way through Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft - by Denise Zimmermann and Katherine Gleason.
I'm finding it hard to relate to Gods and Goddesses as entities - I get the "All" part, I'm happy with the Divine within you, me, nature and the cosmos, but I can't feel happy with the Lord and the Lady as separate entities of themselves.

Can I call my path a Pagan Path when I can't get my head round this?