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Good Morning, Evening and Afternoon Everyone!

I’m so sorry about the delay, the amount of bad luck I’ve experienced this winter break…I don’t think anyone is going to believe me.

As everyone knows, I got sick thanks to my Little Bro and that made it very difficult and painful to type anything for a good week. After getting over that, I was feeling much better until my mom started feeling sick as well. I thought she had the same thing me and Little Bro had but it turns out she had a VERY bad flu that has been running rampant in forty-one states…and then she gave it to everyone in the house. We were all sick with MAJOR fevers, throwing up, and upper respiratory distress from Christmas into the first week of January.

You think, “Man, that sucks but everything got better after that, right?” Nope, thanks to either someone at Wal-Mart or someone at my brother’s school. I had to stay up Thursday night until 2:30 am Friday while my mom ripped through my hair and my brother’s with a lice comb and fumigated our rooms and bedding.

“Wow, that…really sucks,” you might say, “But it stops there…right?” Nay, it shall not I say! Next weekend, I now have to experience the wonders of oral surgery to remove a very painful granuloma that I’ve developed on the right side of my mouth…

Okay, thank you for letting me rant. Now here is the post I promised: Saint Expedite Part Deux! Finally!

I wanted to do a second post on this because of all of the wonderful feedback from the first post. There are two points that I want to touch on in this post: getting to know saints and ritual remains.

Many of the strict traditions of Wicca and Paganism (such as Alexandrian and Gardenerian) don’t really use saints that often if any that I’ve noticed. I think this is because many Christian saints started out as Old Religion spirits and deities that were Christianized when Paganism was persecuted; so many pagans, with some exceptions, use the original names to distance themselves from the oppression that Christianity caused. Take St. Brigit of Ireland who is worshipped by thousands and has many schools and churches named after her. She started out as the Goddess Brighit of the local pagans. As well as Santa Claus or Saint Nick who is a hodgepodge of deities including Nordic Odin and The Holly King.

But this does not mean that calling a deity one name is more powerful than calling it another. How I see it is that they are one and the same but also they are individuals, like two sides of the same coin.

When I started the St. Expedite spell, I took the advice of Dr. Lazarus Corbeaux, a hoodoo practitioner that when you are going to petition a saint or any deity that it’s a good idea to talk to them and let them get to know you before you do your actual spell/ritual. How I did this was that when I had my altar on the kitchen table, I sat across from Saint Expedite and introduce myself.

I know this may seem silly but there is a reason for it.

I simply introduced myself and…I talked. I talked about me, my family, my troubles my successes and things like that. In the morning I said hello to him and at dinner I ate at the table with him and afterwards I would light his candle and meditate my intentions with him.

This creates a bond between petitioner and petition-y, a friendship if you will. If a complete stranger came up to you and asked to borrow one hundred dollars or borrow your car, you would say no or possibly a ‘Hell No!’ If a friend you knew and spent time with and knew really well asked you these things, there’s more of a chance that you would say yes, and that goes the same with deities and saints.

Secondly, the subject of ritual remains. Ritual remains are all the stuff left over after a spell is completed such as candle wax, herbs, flowers, offerings and the like. With the pound cake, flowers and water in the spell, after my petition was answered, I placed them outside in thanks. With the paper with my petition on it, I buried it in my backyard and said thanks to him. The candle wax from the spent candle I chose to keep because I plan to make another candle for Saint Expedite using the wax. Some people dispose of the wax by burying it or throwing it away but I like to keep the wax I use because it is already concentrated and holds magical energy that it will boost the next candle that is made.

I hope I covered everything I left out wish me luck with the rest of my winter break!

Blessed Be )o(

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Blessed Be everyone!

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Next week is one of my favorite holidays, Samhain! (Pronounced “sow-en”)

What is Samhain you ask? You probably know it better as Halloween or All-hallows-eve. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Pagan Sabbat called Samhain gives people the opportunity to celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died, similar to Dias de Los Muertos.

It is also considered the Witches New Year because according to the Celtic calendar, Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. “This is a good time for us to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives. Once you’ve gotten all that unfinished stuff cleared away, and out of your life, then you can begin looking towards the next year” (Patti Wigington).

One of the things me and my family like to do is create an ancestral alter with images of our loved ones who have passed and decorate it with leaves, gourds, some food like homemade bread as an offering and 1 lit black candle to honor the dead. We also sometimes have a big bonfire outside, but this year we might not since there’s been so much rain lately, and I’m going to try to create a besom!

But the best thing we do is take a road trip to the cemetery and visit my mom’s relatives. It feels surreal when you go to a cemetery on Samhain. I would describe it as a weighty feeling on your chest and a warm prickly feeling on your skin. Every time we leave after leaving offerings on the graves, I have a head ach that won’t go away until we get home. But then a sense of peace washes over and the pain is forgotten.  I don’t know why that happens but I’m okay with it.

This year’s Samhain is…going to be rough because I’ve finally gotten up the strength to put up my Mush-Mush’s picture up on my alter this year. It’s an old Polaroid of her smoking a cigarette and wearing my favorite shirt she had: a tank top with all of the classic movie monsters on it like The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and others. It’s almost been two years but every time I look at it I can’t help but get misty eyed.

Well…I’ll keep you guys posted as to what happens and also I’ll be posting something really cool this weekend so expect that…

Blessed Be!

Blessed Be everyone! Long time no see!

Wow, things have been a whirlwind as usual. I can’t believe it almost the end of October. Where did all the time go and where was I? Samhain is fast approaching and then you know what the day is after. NaNoWriMo ! I am so unprepared that it is not even funny. I’m stuck between story ideas at the moment and thinking that I’m just going to eni-meni-myni-mo it if I can’t decide.

But enough of that for now…

The main point of this post (other than I missed everyone and a certain friend of mine keeps bugging me for a new post…you know who you are 🙂 ) is because of a video that I just watched on YouTube that made me a bit sad and also made me think a bit.

As some of you know, I’ve mention a wonderful woman in some of my previous posts named M. Flora Peterson aka CharmingPixieFlora. I’ve been subscribed to her channel for almost four years and she has been an inspiration to not just me and my mom but hundreds if not thousands of other. Her positivity and smile is so infectious that the next time something wonderful happens to you you’ll want to get up and shout “YAY!”

She posted a 35 minute long video to her channel, it peaked my interest because usually her vids are maybe 10 minutes max. But, what really got me worried was the title of this video unsubtly titled, “Good Bye”.  I watched it and I can honestly say that it broke my heart.

Now, Flora has her own business at http://www.mflorapeterson.com where she has courses and a placed to set up appointments for readings and spiritual coaching as well as a store with her books. But as many know, the web is a dangerous place filled with trolls and even Flora’s shield of positivity can be cracked as I learned when I watched her tell of all the hurtful things she’s been sent of people criticizing her for charging for her services and now she’s not sure if she’s going to come back to YouTube or not.

This is so sad because I love all of her videos and it would be a shame if they were taken down.

Dang trolls…

But I can see what the opposition is saying. Wiccan/Pagans have been debating whether or not it’s acceptable to charge for teaching classes or performing services for a while. One school of thought says it’s never okay because knowledge is something that should be shared freely at no charge to a student, because you can’t put a price on spirituality. The other group argues that it’s fine to charge because teachers need to make a living too.

I see nothing wrong with Flora asking for payment. If you go to her channel, she has over 300 FREE videos crammed packed with information and spiritual guidance for those interested in Paganism and Wicca, videos that she made on her own time because she wanted to share her knowledge. And because she shared her knowledge many people wanted her personally to teach them.

And sadly, our society today is driven by the ol’ Mighty Dollar and everything costs money. Supplies cost money and even time and energy costs money. Think of it this way, her vids on YouTube are Elementary through High school, free and don’t cost you anything and all you have to do it sit there and absorb. Then there’s college where you pay for your books and tuition and also the personal one-on-one time you get with higher learning.

Many people don’t understand the time and energy that goes into much of what many teachers do.  Whether it be a spiritual teacher or a high school one: the prep time, the supplies, weeks of stuff has to be planned out ahead of schedule. Not to mention the personal spiritual energy that goes into everything and that she is using her own supply of herbs and things that she had purchased for her own use, she is using in the name of others.

Now, though I agree that asking for money for supplies is okay, I don’t agree with some of the inflated prices than many so called practitioners ask for.

This is my own feelings on the subject and I hope that Flora will come back and keep sharing her wisdom with us. If anyone wants to know more on this topic, I highly encourage you to check out the wonderful blog of Ms. Patti Wigingtion at:

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/a/ChargingForServices.htm

And give some much needed love to CharmingPixieFlora at : http://www.youtube.com/user/CharmingPixieFlora

And at : http://www.mflorapeterson.com/

Blessed Be everyone and I’ll see you soon 🙂

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