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A Joyful Lammas Day

Whispering Earth

Lammas, or it’s Gaelic equivalent Lughnasadh, is celebrated today in honour of the first harvest, the wheat harvest. Lammas is derived from the Anglo Saxon for ‘loaf-mass’ but was also known as the ‘festival of first fruits’ as the first berries are now starting to ripen in the hedgerows.

This is a time to be grateful for all the beauty of the natural world; for the harvest of herbs and foods, for the wildflowers and the insects that pollinate them, for our communities of friends and family and for the waters that feed the land and its creatures.

So often the nature of the human mind is to look for what is wrong and find ways to fix it. The coming months are a time to reap what we have sown and dwell in the simple gratitude of what we have, not looking for ways to change it or to make…

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Community and Culture: Promoting Healing and Change from Injustice

Another excellent article from The Wild Hunt highlighting great strides by individuals and groups to make our world a better place. Thank you, The Wild Hunt and Crystal Blanton for mentioning my organization, United Pagans of Color.

Community and Culture: Promoting Healing and Change from Injustice.

United Pagans of Color – August Meeting

Do you identify as a Pagan of color? Do you feel your voice has been silenced?

The United Pagans of Color will be hosting our first monthly in-person support group meeting in Long Beach, CA.

United Pagans of Color is a fellowship of women and men coming together to discover the hidden community experience. A place for members of our community who self-identify as a person of color to come share their experiences and participate in discussions of diversity as part of the hidden community, reclaiming our voices and our rightful place amongst the greater Pagan circle.

Our vision is to create a community healing working within sacred space which helps to build safety and social networks that are healthy and sustainable for all Pagans.

We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may grow on this common journey.

The only requirement for membership is the willingness to acknowledge the experiences of the Pagan of Color community.

This meeting is open to all allies (Pagan Friendly, and non-PoC) who wish to lend support to members of the Pagan of Color community.

Our primary purpose is to be seen, to be heard, and to be accepted; we are the Pagan community.

(18+) adults only

$5 donation

* No drugs or alcohol permitted.

* This program is not a substitute for mental or emotional health services.

For more information: United Pagans of Color

RSVP for the event HERE

Self-Proclaimed Witch

Dear News Media,

Please cease calling individuals of the Wiccan faith, “a self-proclaimed witch”. It’s insulting and downright disrespectful to the members of a religion. It promotes your sensationalistic agenda while perpetuating the Hollywood stereo-type that witches are merely beings based in fantasy. We, as practitioners of a religion, refer to ourselves as witches. It’s just a fact.

Would you do the same with members of other religions? Would you call a Baptist minister a “self-proclaimed Christian”, or a practitioner of Reformed Judiasm a “self-proclaimed Jew”, or even someone who follows Mahayana a “self-proclaimed Buddhist”? No. Why? because that’s simply who they are, even if they converted to that religion from another they are Christian, Jewish, or Buddhist.

However, I get it, you’re hung up on the term “Witch”. All the witches you knew about were either in fairy tales or from history books and none of them were real… well, not in-front-of-your-face real. You’re having an issue distinguishing the difference between fairy tale witches and real life witches. Well, get a grip already! Clearly, one has influenced the other, but they are not the same. So, when you’re doing your typical Halloween time sensationalistic story that includes something to do with Wiccans do your due diligence and the favor of pulling your head out of your collective ignorant backsides and recognize you are discussing/reporting about people of a religious group, not a movie or novel.

If you need any assistance in getting educated about Wicca you are more than welcome to contact me.

Thank you,

Yvonne C. Conway-Williams

Spell Casting – A Primer

I’ve been practicing witchcraft for many years, but only teaching classes for the last 11 years.

For the past 2 years I’ve been teaching an ever growing monthly class I’ve titled Eclectic Paganism. I labeled it as such because I did not wish to teach a specific tradition of Wicca (the tradition I’m in currently is a 4 year commitment for training), or be pinned specifically to Wicca. I have training in a variety of pagan traditions as well as healing modalities. I wanted to have the freedom to expose the students to a variety of traditions beyond Wicca alone.

Below is a basic overview I gave my students for a class on spell casting from a Wiccan perspective. My classes are a lot more interactive and plenty of discussion, but I also try to give them take home material as well.

  1. Ground and center. – Always start and end your spell crafting by grounding and centering. This helps bring you together fully for creation of, casting of, and releasing your spell work.
  1. Set a goal. – Focus on one goal at a time. Try your best not to have too many irons in the fire so as to eliminate scattering your energy in too many directions.
  1. Be realistic. – It’s ok to ask for things that are out of your immediate reach, but try to remain reasonable. Ask for love, not a whirlwind romance with Prince William. Ask for a job, even a specific type of job, but not to be hired on as the CEO of Toyota when you don’t know the first thing about cars, Japanese, or running a large auto manufacturing corporation.
  1. Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it.spell-casting  – If you ask for a new car be mindful of the taxes, insurance and other responsibilities that would go along with it. If you ask for a job perhaps you’ll want to add in location to ensure you don’t get that dream job in a city/state where you don’t want to be.
  1. Do the research. – Once you’ve set a goal choose the day and time that works best. Select the appropriate deity, symbols, tools, etc. Different goals have different needs for optimal success. Banishing work is best on the waning moon. Growth, prosperity, abundance work is better on a waxing moon. Thursdays are good days for money, while Fridays nights are good for love spells. Ganesha is great for abundance or removing obstacles, but Lakshmi is better for cash and finances. Love work might require a red or pink candle, while healing would be better with blue or purple, and hex breaking is best with brown, black, and sometimes white.
  1. Stay focused on your work. – Ensure you are undisturbed from your task while performing your spell. Eliminate any distractions. Also, it’s best to keep much of your work to yourself. People can inadvertently add unwanted energy if you tell them about your plans.
  1. Set a results time. – Instead of being indefinite try to include a time period in which you’d like this to come to fruition: 1 week, 3 months, within the year, etc. This isn’t always possible, but whenever possible do so.
  1. Your own creation. – If you write your own spell  try to create it as a rhyme or do it in a sing-song way. This helps to pull you out from the mundane and into the magical realm by removing the ordinary or “regular” way you talk. Also, consider repeating the key words in groupings of 3 to help reinforce your goal.
  1. Pre-made spell. –  Avoid words which you have no clue what they mean. You want to be able to remain focused on your goal so keep the language to that which you understand.
  1. Speak from the heart not ego. – When casting your spell, do your best to keep things on a positive note, and always speak from the heart rather than from ego. It’s been my experience that you’ll obtain faster and better results.
  1. For the highest good of all concerned. – Add this clause in all spell work to ensure the unpleasant doesn’t happen to make your request real. Such as… you asked for cash, so the universe saw to it you got it, in a big cash settlement from a nasty car accident. By adding in the clause the money might come to you in a way that doesn’t require broken bones.
  1. Cast protection. – It needn’t be a full circle filled with guardians of the towers, etc., but it should be a barrier to keep malevolent or mischievous energies out of your work.
  1. Raise the energy! – Chant, sing, drum, dance, do what you can to raise the energy, build it up and send it out!

Each one of these points can be elaborated, but this is just an outline to help remember specific points until you are more familiar with the process.

RANDOM MUSIC

This AMV features the song Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton, using footage from the anime Black Heaven.

Johnathan Coulton – Code Monkey