Monday, March 28, 2011

Magickal Connections: Spell Bag Instructions



Mojo Bags

At my online shop, found at my website, I offer a variety of spell bags-- bags filled with the items that you need to cast specific spells. The ones I offer include: Make Him Love Me; Money Flow; Make Him Go; Shut Your Mouth.

I've had several people order these spell bags and then email me, unsure as to what exactly they should do with the magickal items enclosed, so I've decided to post some instructions. Later I may even make small instructional videos, but I like taping these videos outdoors better than anywhere else, so the weather is going to have to warm up.

The following instructions are pretty basic and will be used with any of the spell bags.



First, let's look at the items included in these bags:  1 small taper candle, 1 bottle of magickal oil, 1 small bag of herbs, 3 incense cones, a stone, and a small porcelain candle holder*  (*not shown).

After you've situated yourself in a comfortable spot to work-- some of you casting a circle to work in, and other's probably opting not to do this-- go ahead and light one of the incense cones.

If the herbs enclosed  are not all powdered, but include leaves and whole blossoms or petals, you'll want to begin by crushing or pulverizing them.  I use a mortar and pestle for this, but if you don't have a mortar and pestle, crush them up with your fingers.  If the herbs are a bit coarser than herbs ground with a mortar and pestle, that's okay.

Next, shake up your bottle of magickal oil and open it.  You're going to dress (anoint) your candle with the oil and then roll it in the crushed herbs.  Tip the bottle up and get some oil on your fingertips.   If you're working magick to draw something to you, you will hold the candle in one hand while you stroke the oil onto the candle in gentle sweeping motions towards your body.  If you're working magick to send something away, you will hold the candle in one hand while you stroke the oil on the candle in gentle sweeping motions away from your body.

After the candle is oiled, have the herbs sprinkled out on the surface you're working on in a long pile.  Put the candle on it's side and roll it through the herbs, several times if need be, until all or most of the herbs adhere to the candle.  Place the candle in the candle holder.

Keeping your intentions in mind, light the spell candle.  Allow the candle to burn down.  Make sure not to leave it unattended and to keep all flammable materials out of reach of the flame. 

Once this candle has burned down and the wax has cooled, you can use the large bag all of these ingredients came in to make a mojo bag.  To this bag you will add the remains of the candle wax and any of the herbs which might be left over, the stone, as well as personal items/effects that will make this magick more individualized and add to the energy of your spell.  These items could include hair, fingernails, or a photo of your target, a name paper, a small slip of paper upon which you've written affirmations, an item belonging to the target-- such as a button, an earring, etc.

Keep this bag in a safe and secret place, giving the magickal energy time to build and work.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Author's Corner: Questions & Answers


Where are you from?

I was born in Gardena California on September 24, 1957. My parents went back to Mitchell, South Dakota, three months after I was born, for my grandfather’s funeral. They stayed, and this is where I was raised. I’ve spent the last twenty-two years here in Fremont, Nebraska, about forty miles northwest of Omaha, raising a family of seven children.

Tell us your latest news?

I’ll be at Next Millennium in Omaha, Nebraska, in April, May, and June for book signings. I’ll also be giving tarot readings. I’ll be posting more information on this, including dates/times at my Facebook author page. You can also find this information at my website, The Witch’s Corner: ladyamythyst.webs.com

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I started my first journal when I was 12-years-old. I was inspired by Anne Frank, and I wanted to record my life and times in order to relish everything and to forget nothing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It finally dawned on me that I was a writer when I stood in the middle of my kitchen staring at a check in my hand that I had received for a short story I submitted to a magazine in Colorado. This was in the early/mid 1990s, when I was still in the process of having babies and running a very busy household. The idea that someone would actually pay me for something that I had written was mind-blowing.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I believe that it was the enlightenment and love of my spiritual path that inspired me to write my first book. The path of the pagan is so inspiring and so misunderstood by so many. I decided to write this book after a very dear high school friend, someone I thought I would be friends with the rest of my life, ended our friendship when I finally revealed to her that I collect tarot cards.

There was dead silence on the other end of the phone, and then in a very small voice she said, “That’s very dark.”

Well, no, divination and the tarot are not dark at all. The tarot is such an inspiring tool, not only for divination, but to venture into your psyche through meditation and magick. I wanted people to know this. I wanted people to understand the process of divination, how it works, when it can actually be useful in unexpected ways, and how enlightening life’s journey can be with it.

I realized that the way to do this was through a book.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’ve been told by readers that my style is very ‘chatty and natural’. Basically, I write pretty much the way I speak-- well, for the most part. The formality of style depends on who I’m writing for, what the subject needs in order to be understood; and how entranced, inspired, or magickal I feel.

How did you come up with the title?

For my last book, “Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”, it was really pretty easy…I’m a professional tarot reader, it’s been a long round-a-bout route getting to where I am today, and I’m a witch. There ya’ go!

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

The experiences in my book are all real events from my life and the people/circumstances that I’ve encountered over years of professionally reading the tarot for the public. You meet all different kinds of people seeking answers to life’s questions, and their expectations of the tarot reader and a psychic reading are very diverse and sometimes unexpected.

In my book I’ve actually included real tarot readings I’ve done for clients, publishing them anonymously of course, to give an idea of exactly how this process works and what the end results will be like.

What books have most influenced your life most?

When I was a teen-ager, the book that most touched me and influenced me was, “The Diary of Anne Frank”. I was twelve years old the first time I read it, and I just naturally assumed it would have a happy ending…it didn’t. I was stunned. I re-read it then without the haze of innocence to shade the harsh reality.

Years later I discovered another ‘Anne’…Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her series of diaries and letters. Again, there was a tragedy included in the author’s life and these books, the kidnapping and murder of her infant son in 1932. But this time I got to read past the tragedy to see how the author learned to live with her sorrow and to rebuild her life. Anne’s books contained very poignant insights on life and how we cope so as to be able to live.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Definitely Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I lent a friend one of Anne’s books once, and when my friend had finished reading it, her amazed response was, “This lady is pure thought.” I also greatly admire Ann Moura, as well as Ly de Angeles and her beautiful literary style.

What book are you reading now?

I’m doing research now for my third book, “The Book of Magick” (working title), so my reading consists of books on topics relating to my research; books on crystals, stones, correspondences, animals, herbs, and such.

What are your current projects?

I recently finished my second book, “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire”, and have it under submission with a publisher at this time. This book deals exclusively with magick from the prospective of the gray witch, which might rattle a few chains. I believe the modern witch of today, greatly influenced by a mostly Christian society, has lost site of the true wise-woman of ancient times. This book includes information on not only magick that falls in the shady area of witchcraft, taking advantage of a darker and often misunderstood energy, but it also deals with touchy Wiccan subjects, such as self-initiation.

I intend to write a companion book to “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire” sometime in the very near future, most likely a study guide..

Right now, as I’ve said, I’m working on “The Book of Magick”, which attempts to gather correspondences for all types of magick, from a variety of paths, to make it easier for the magickal practitioner to coordinate their spell work and gather the items they need to make their magick a reality.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

The Mother Goddess…it’s the strength, resolution, and peace I find as a practicing witch and member of my coven that inspires me.

Do you see writing as a career?

I have a feeling that very few writers, except those who’s novels are destined for movies, can depend on a writing career as their sole income. As a free-lance writer, with no other source of income, you will also run into issues and concerns such as health insurance and retirement plans.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Overall-- no. I think my editor, Starr Price, did an amazing job at creating a wonderful book from my piles and piles of manuscript pages, coordinating all the information I presented into a magickal experience. I think an artist or writer would never stop tweaking their work if someone didn’t gently take it from their hands and say, “Okay, it’s done now.”

Who designed the cover?

The cover for “Tarot: A Witch’s Journey” was designed by Starr Price. I had no idea what she was going to do. She phoned me one day, saying that the cover was finished and she wanted me on the line when I looked at it for the first time for feedback-- it blew me away! My girls were behind me squealing in delight. I can’t tell you how many comments and compliments I’ve received about the cover to this book. I tell these people I take no credit for this, it was all Starr Price’s artistic talent and magickal muse.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I'd tell them to keep writing, keep writing, keep writing. It's so easy to come up with a million ideas that you never put down on paper. Don't just dream about being a writer, but actually do it. This requires determination, discipline, and perseverance, but the rewards are worth it in the end.





 

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Tarot Special

During the month of March, I’ve been offering telephone readings– 15 minutes for $30.00. This offer will end when March ends.

Thank you to the people who’ve allowed me to read for them, it was certainly my pleasure, and it’s amazing what a connection like this can bring through.

One thing I have to mention– *Please* don’t call this number until after you’ve purchased this reading by clicking on the paypal widget and following through. Only after you’ve purchased a reading should you call this number to set up an appointment for your telephone reading. My schedule is busy and appointments must be made. I don’t give impromptu readings to strangers over the phone.

For more information on tarot reading by Lady Amythyst, or to purchase a reading, click Here

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kitchen Witch/Cottage Wytchy/Hedge Wytch

 
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The cottage witch/kitchen wytch/hedge wytch-- she's one and the same, and for me, this is the epitome of what I have always viewed witches as being ever since I was a child.

It is that unobtrusive and eccentric woman who grows herbs in her gardens and about her house, who has developed a unique and unusual relationship with the wild things that visit her yard and inhabit her grounds. It is the woman who has the ancient knowledge and wisdom to incorporate the magickal use of herbs into her everyday life—in the food she prepares, in the water and solutions that she uses to clean her home, in the incense she burns to smudge her living quarters.

It's not the flashy publicity oriented media image of a witch that people seek out...it is the quiet Wise Woman in the unusual house down the road; the woman people whisper about curiously amongst themselves, the woman cocooned in ancient mysteries and magickal ways.



This is the Kitchen Witch-- resplendent in her simple life-style that centers around hearth and home; the Cottage Wytch...immeshed in centuries of tradition and mystery; the Hedge Wytch...creating natural magick in the wild woods using the magick of the green, the magick of the stones, the magick of the Goddess.

 

*Note:  I'll be adding more thoughts and insights to this subject, as they come to me and as I have the time.  I love this aspect of the witch, and it's this image that is most familiar and most attractive to me.  I have to shake my head and wonder when I hear people referring to witches in negative and ugly terms.  I think...Apparently they have never met a hedge wytch!  The green witch is well-rooted in all three aspects of the world encompassed by these witches, and although some people may point out slight differences in a practice here or there amongst the kitchen/cottage/hedge witch, these simple and natural witches are much more connected and united than they are distinctive to each other.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hedgewytch Hollow: Certified Wildlife Habitat

 

Our home has been registered as “Certified Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation.  We are officially “Hedgewytch Hollow”.  There are several requirements that your land/grounds must meet in order to qualify for certification.  For anyone interested, I’m posting a link to the NWF at the bottom of this post.

This is a slideshow of “Hedgewytch Hollow”, created entirely with original photos taken by me.  Welcome to our world…Enjoy!

Hedgewytch Hollow

Here’s a link to the National Wildlife Federation:

http://www.nwf.org/

An Inventory of my Occult Books


I said I was going to have a quiet Sunday, and indeed it is just that. So much so, that I thought it would be a good day to try and get an inventory on books I've collected over the years.  I've tried this several times and never finished for some reason, and alas, this list too is incomplete.  I know that my two oldest children have borrowed books from my shelves and still have them tucked here and there among their own stockpiles, and one of these days I'll get around to gathering things up properly. But for now, the following list is what's lining my shelves at the moment...


Inventory of my books:

1.  Wicca:  The Complete Craft, D.J. Conway
2.  Solitary Witch, Silver Ravenwolf
3.  Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi
4.  Palmistry, Roz Levine
5.  Wicca, Vivianne Crowley
6.  The Wicca Book, Sally Morningstar
7.  A Grimoire of Shadows, Fitch
8.  The Astrological Oracle, Lyn Birkbeck
9.  The Goodly Spellbook, Lady Passion & Diuvei
10.  Utterly Wicked, Dorothy Morrison (signed by author)
11.  Witch: A Magical Journey, Fiona Horne
12.  You Are Psychic, Katz
13.  A Witch’s Notebook, Silver Ravenwolf
14.  Crafting the Body Divine, Yasmine Galenorn
15.  The Enchanted Candle, Lady Rhea
16.  What’s Your Wicca IQ?, Laura Wildman
17.  The Second Circle: Tools for the Advanced Pagan, Venicia Rauls
18.  The Witch’s Book of Wisdom, Patricia Telesco
19.  The Modern Witch’s Spellbook, Sarah Lyddon Morrison
20.  The Witch in Every Woman, Laurie Cabot
21.  Psychic Development for Beginners, William H. Hewitt
22. Chakras for Beginners, David Pond
23.  The Wicca Bible, Ann-Marie Gallagher
24.  The Spells Bible, Ann-Marie Gallagher
25.  Crystal Energy for Your Home, Ken & Joules Taylor
26.  A Wizard’s Bestiary, Oberon Zell Ravenheart & DeKirk (signed by author)
27.  Pagan Christmas, Ratsch & Muller-Ebeling
28.  The Book of Chakras, Ambika Wauters
29.  The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, Joanna Martine Woolfolk
30.  Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft, Raymond Buckland
31.  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination, Stephen Karcher
32.  Witches, Hans Holzer
33.  Crones Don’t Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen
34.  Dowsing for Beginners, Webster
35.  The Teen Spell Book, Jamie Wood
36.  Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye, Allison Dubois
37.  Diary of a Witch, Sybil Leek
38.  Old Souls, Tom Shroder
39.  The Ghost Hunting Casebook, Natalie Osborne-Thomason
40.  The Secret Teaching of All Ages, Manly P. Hall
41.  Celtic Magic, D.J. Conway
42.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Arthur Edward Waite
43.  Guide to Tarot, Sarah Kettlewell
44.  Reading the Tarot, Leo Louis Martello
45.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Wiccan Almanac
46.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Magickal Almanac
47.  Llewellyn’s 2003 Herbal Almanac
48.  Llewellyn’s 2005 Magickal Almanac
49.  The Witches’ Almanac 2004-2005, Elizabeth Pepper & John Wilcox
50.  The Witches; Almanac 2006-2007,  Elizabeth Pepper & John Wilcox
51.  Psychic Circle, Amyzerner & Monte Farber
52.  To Ride a Silver Broomstick, Silver Ravenwolf
53.  To Stir a Magic Cauldron, Silver Ravenwolf
54.  To Light a Sacred Flame, Silver Ravenwolf
55.  Moon Magic, D.J. Conway
56.  Embracing the Moon, Yasmine Galenorn
57.  Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham
58.  The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews, Scott Cunningham
59.  Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham
60.  Spell Crafts, Scott Cunningham & David Harrington
61.  Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic, Scott Cunningham
62.  Nocturnal Witchcraft, Konstantinos
63.  Witchcraft:  Theory & Practice, Ly De Angeles
64.  The Magic Power of White Witchcraft, Gavin & Yvonne Frost
65.  The Witch’s Book of Magical Ritual, Gavin & Yvonne Frost
66.  Elemental Powers, Amber Wolf
67.  Green Witchcraft, Ann Moura
68.  The Lost Books of Merlyn, Douglas Monroe
69.  Modern Magick, Donald Michael Kraig
70.  Book of Shadows, Phyllis Curott
71.  Silver’s Spells for Protection, Silver Ravenwolf
72.  The Magical Household, Scott Cunningham & David Harrington
73.  Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham
74.  Drawing down the Moon, Margot Adler
75.  The Gods of the Witches, Margaret A. Murry
76.  The Book of Magickal Art, Hindoo magic, & Indian Occultism, Dr. L.W. De Laurence
77.  The Everything Astrology Book, Trish MacGregor
78.  The Complete Book of Dreams, Pamela Ball
79.  The Everything Dreams Book, Trish & Rob Macgregor
80.  The Everything Tarot Book, M.J. Abadie
81.  The Everything Wiccan & Witchcraft Book, Marian Singer
82.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wiccan & Witchcraft, Denise Zimmerman & Katherine A. Gleason
83.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tarot, Arlene Tognettie & Lisa Lenard
84.  Guide to Astrology, Julia & Derek Parker
85.  Mythic Astrology, Liz Greene
86.  Darkside Zodiac, Stella Hyde
87.  The Astrology Directory, Annie Lionnet
88.  The Book of Runes, Ralph H. Blum
89.  The Learned Arts of Witches & Wizards, Anton & Mina Adams
90.  The Tarot Directory, Annie Lionnet
91.  A Magical Course in Tarot, Michele Morgan
92.  The Complete Book of Tarot Spreads, Evelyn Burger & Johannes Fiebig
93.  Tarot Mysteries, Jonathon Dee
94.  Tarot Tips, Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone
95.  Power Tarot, Trish MacGregor & Phyllis Vega
96.  Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition, Raven Grimassi
97.  Spells, Charms, Talismans & Amulets, Pamela Ball
98.  Herbal Medicine, Dian Dincin Buchman
99.  The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, Judika Illes
100.  Llewellyn’s 2008 Witches’ Companion
101.  1,001 Symbols, Jack Tresidder
102.  Tarot Reading, Bridget Reed
103.  Simply Tarot, Leanna Greenaway
104.  Visconti Tarot, Giordana Berti & Tiberio Gonard
105.  Spells Dictionary, Antonia Beattie
106.  Angel Signs, Heldane, Seraye & Lagowski
107.  Tao Oracle, Ma Deva Padma
108.  The Secret Language of Relationships (astrology), Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elfers
109.  The Complete Illustrated Guide to Palmistry, Peter West
110.  Crone's Book of Charms & Spells, Valerie Worth
111.  Tarot Plain & Simple, Anthony Louis/illustrations Robin Wood
112.  Essential Reiki, Diane Stein
113.  Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Estes
114.  Teach Yourself Cyrstal Healing, Roger C. Croxen
115.  Crystal Healing Secrets, Brett Bravo
116.  Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic, Catherine Yronwode
117.  The Grandmother of Time, Z Budapest
118.  Crossing to Avalon, Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
119.  Crystal Prescription, Judy Hall
120.  The Gilded Tarot Companion, Barbara Moore
121.  Summoning the Fates, Z Budapest
122.  The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries, Z Budapest
123.  Celestial Wisdom, Z Budapest

 
First Edit:  (and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last)  I found three more books yesterday, one tucked with my son's tarot cards, another in my messy working arts n' crafts corner, and a third under the coffee table-- I told you I was a 'hit n' miss' housekeeper. 

Second Edit:  Beginning with number 112...

Third Edit:  Beginning with number 116... A dear friend was very generous with her books and sent me a box of gems.  They are most appreciated!

*Note-- since this post was originally made, there have been several new editions.  I don't think it's really possible for me to keep up with it.


A Body of Work

 

Some of the following commentary and excerpts from various essays have been posted before, here or there, can't remember all where.  Some of them may have made their way into a newsletter or two, others are reposted from my Myspace blog.  All of the following work is original, from Lady Amythyst, direct from Hedgewytch Hollow and The Witch's Corner.

 

The following essays and commentary are my own and are copyrighted. You can not reproduce this body of work in any form without my written consent. Contact Lady Amythyst at: witch_of_endore@yahoo.com

© 2006 Amythyst Raine, The Witch's Corner


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Are you empathic?

Most people have a certain amount of empathy (sympathetic feelings) for other human beings and even animals. It is this natural empathy that stirs compassion and in turn sets in motion good deeds, well-wishes, prayers, assistance, and mercy. But being empathic goes one step further. An empath can ‘feel’ or ‘sense’ the emotions of those people around them. When someone is talking face to face with an empath, the substance of their words will shine in bright contrast to their true feelings. An empath will know when you are lying to them. They will actually feel your dislike or approval, acutely. An empath will pick up the smallest of nuances in the expression of the eyes, the twitch of a facial muscle, an almost unnoticeable inflection in the voice.

But aside from keen awareness to these physical cues that most people are oblivious to, an empath will be able to feel someone else’s emotions as though they were their own. This phenomenon is amplified in large crowds and can become overwhelming and uncomfortable, as well as physically draining; which is why many empaths learn, over the years, how to block and shield themselves from other people’s emotions. It’s a necessary survival mechanism for many super-sensitive empaths. It’s also why some avoid circumstances involving large crowds of people.

Being empathic brings a different dimension to how you view the world, how you feel about specific people and circumstances, and decisions that you make. Would you want to know how certain people in your life really feel about you? About decisions and choices you have made? Would you like to feel other people’s approval, admiration, dislike, envy, disapproval— all without a word spoken? This is not always the blessing many people think it would be. It often sends you on an emotional rollercoaster. The phenomenon of this quirky psychic overload certainly reveals your true friends, but it also reveals adversaries that may wear the cloak of friendship, ulterior motives, as well as other shocking revelations.


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(The following is an excerpt from a longer work...)


About being grounded and at peace...for me that's something that has come with time and age. I've been through three divorces in my life, uncertainty, fluctuations-- financial, spiritual, mental, a variety of paths, faced a number of irritating obstacles, etc. I finally *arrived*...that's what it feels like to turn 50. I don't know why people dread aging and especially dread middle-age. This has been the best time of my life. I know who I am, what I believe, what I want out of life, the path I desire. I like myself, my world, my choices, and the energy around me. It's a hoot!

About men and commitment...This is the one thing I would change about my life if I could go back and make different decisions. I would choose to find myself first, to be a whole person on my own. I would strive for financial independence, spiritual freedom, dreams and goals that were mine alone. Only then would I choose to take on a partner and become one of a pair-- and even then, I'm sure I would insist on maintaining that unique mental independence that makes me who I am.

Commitment is a strange thing. It means different things to different people. I have one lady who is absolutely tormented at the fact that her lover, who recently went through a devastating divorce, won't marry her. At the other end of the spectrum, my Aunt has been with her man for almost 40 years. They were never legally married, but they are more committed to each other than many people I've seen who are. Commitment doesn't necessarily come with a slip of paper from our judicial system-- it comes from the heart.

Christianity has warped our sense of humanity with it's myriad rules and policies that try to dehumanize us. Not every relationship is meant to be 'forever'. It's a rare thing, as a matter of fact. I've only seen two couples in my life who were true soul mates and were in love and happy with their relationship until the end of their lives. I've seen many more who lived out a miserable existence, barely tolerating each other, because they believed it was expected of them.

Anyone lucky enough to find love should enjoy it while it lasts, whether it's for a season, a life time, or a fleeting miraculous minute.


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(The following is an excerpt from a longer work...)


About 'being out'...I'm so used to being Pagan that I really don't think anything about it, no more than if I were Lutheran or Jewish or whatever.

My mother is a witch. She has never tried to hide what she is and yet she has never deliberately flaunted it. But anyone walking into her home would know immediately that she is not Donna Reed.

My dad is a shaman, the 'ole gray wizard' he calls himself. They live in Loveland, Colorado, and he hikes the trails in the Rocky Mountains as if it were his own backyard. He climbs up above the treeline to perform solitary rituals. He says there's nothing like it.

My grandmother was a women fascinated by the occult. I grew up surrounded by books and conversation on astrology, numerology, and a wide assortment of paranormal topics. She was forever checking her astrological charts before any major decisions or doctor's appointments. She had her own little 'rituals' and odd things she did, but she never would have thought to fit herself with the title of witch. I think that's funny.

My youngest sister practices witchcraft, as well as two of my cousins, and three of my own daughters.

I guess, growing up with paganism, I didn't always realize how 'different' it would seem to people. I know that sometimes I get some strange looks from someone here or there, and I know that when people meet me, some will like me and others won't-- but that's the way it goes. And those that don't like me may not have liked me if I were pagan or not, or they may not be worth the effort it would take to get them to like me...insidious little circle, isn’t it?

Since I home school, I've never run into the grade school and high school 'Mean Girls' with my children-- thank Goddess, I had enough of those when I was in school...needless to say I never fit in, I was always a little odd, but they couldn't put their finger on exactly why. lol!!

I find that the older I get the less I care about other people's opinions. I also find that Pagan Rights is becoming a more and more important issue for me. I hope I don't offend anyone-- but I think that Christianity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world. It's such a do or die, my way or the highway, unforgiving institution. It’s a bully.

I must say that the worst case of disrespect and bigotry I've experienced has come from my husband's family. They are an ultra-conservative Iowa farm family who has nothing to do with us because I am a "Witch"-- I figure good for them, that's one less holiday meal I'll be responsible for. I don't have to listen to my husband’s sisters-in-law whine, I don't have to put up with his brothers' moods and life goes on here in our little household with a peaceful grace.

I guess I'm comfortable with my path and with who I am, so much so that I don't think about it all that much. I imagine, being raised in this house, that my children will be the same way.


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To Whom It May Concern:

Publicly, you say all the right things; you display all the right images. You nurture a magickal persona, a nuance. You portray yourself as an authority on everything, and you have tricked other people into believing that you are just that. You act as an authority of steel that smacks down free thought for everyone but yourself…”My way is the only way.”…How many religions and cults and egotists have spouted those words?

At first I was charmed and awed by you, just as everyone else. But then I began to notice little chinks in the public persona, just little things at first, but enough to put a spark of doubt about you in my mind.

Then Jerry Falwell died and you posted a blog about his death.

As a pagan, he was about as far removed from my world and the spectrum of my spirituality as he could get. I didn’t pay any attention at all to this man—until he died and you posted that blog.

I was shocked.

The viciousness of your words, the complete lack of humanity was appalling. It was the epitome of bad taste and poor judgment and showed a complete lack of compassion for a fellow human being. It was vicious and mean. This blog grated against all the other quiet authoritarian, “wise woman”, sage words that you had posted before…and, as I rightly suspected, this was your real voice.

You slipped up here, exposing your real personality, if only briefly. But I knew it was only a matter of time until the artificial veneer that you nurture so carefully would crack, exposing the genuine ugliness that lay below.

Jerry Falwell? I didn’t know him, didn’t follow him, and probably would not have given his death a second thought—but then I read your blog.

Regardless of his religious beliefs or his politics…he was merely another human being among the millions on earth. He was a man slogging through life as we all are-- rising to an alarm clock, driving through traffic, paying his taxes, brushing his teeth.

And then he died.

Now he was a man who would never hold his wife again, never dance at a grandchild’s wedding, never offer a comforting hug to his children, never watch a sunset, have coffee with a friend, or pet a dog. Strip away from him all the labels society placed upon him, and it simplifies things tremendously…

He was a man who died.


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It's Name is Fear


I can feel something lurking near me, something insidious and full of guile and malice. It’s a sheer white mist that has its origins deep within human minds, curling and twisting its way from eyes to arms to fingertips, to computer keys. It creeps like a fog, swirling around desks and keyboards, creeping around still bodies caught in rapt concentration, their faces illuminated by the screens before them.

And it speaks…”you can’t”, “you must”, “thou shalt”, “thou shalt not”, “you will be punished”, “you will be sorry”, “tremble before me”…

It is the ghost of Christianity wearing a cloak of narrow-mindedness. And slinking along close behind it is a twisted, ugly creature, its predatory eyes darting here and there, searching for prey. Its name is Fear.

Its eyes suddenly open wide in shock and recognition—there is a being too elusive for Fear to touch. It senses her very near now and a shiver runs through its crippled frame. He sees her then. She steps from the shadows of the trees, tall and proud, the soft breeze gently lifting her hair. A flicker of emotion changes Fear’s eyes for the briefest moment.

This being raises her arms, slowly spreading her hands, her fingertips. She empties her lungs and takes a deep breath and can instantly feel the tingling on the souls of her bare feet as the energy of the earth is drawn upward, into her body. It rises swiftly, coming faster and getting stronger until it makes the skin on her legs rise in goose flesh. It begins to rush upward, through her thighs and her pelvis, her torso. Her arms begin to tremble, her hands to shake—the energy overtakes her and she turns the palms of her hands toward Fear.

For a brief instant his grotesque, deformed face reflects his own persona…and then he disappears in a shattering of colored particles, dispersed in time and place.

The witch drops to her knees, overcome yet with the energy still coursing through her body. She gently places the palms of her hands flat on the ground and feels the release and rush as the energy returns from whence it came. Her shoulders slump and she sighs in relief.

It is done.


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Titles, Respect, & Pagan Etiquette


Ethics within the coven...

The best all-around policy is to practice politeness to each other.  That's when we can use the old titles; they breed respect.  'Lady' Medea...Lady Circe, Lady Persephone.  The word 'lady' means "she who makes the loaf"; it is not a class title...This language will help you have dignity and confer honor upon each other. *


When I became legally ordained, I was given options for a title.  This title would appear on legal documents, on my ordination certificate, on the clergical card I carry.  All of the options I was given were based in Christian tradition, and only one of the options was feminine.

I wanted none of these.

So I chose the title of 'Lady'.

I know that there are Wiccan traditions out there that are very particular about who carries this title, and many of them have very specific requirements or very rigorous studies that must be completed before this title is conferred. 

I respect the effort it takes for the recipient to earn this sacred title. 

But as an electic solitary Witch, I have gone through my own personal initiations, my own rigorous coming of age, my own spiritual growth, complete with unending study, unending accumulation of knowledge and experience-- it is an ongoing life-long process.  It is a trial by fire, this pagan path, and we each come through it tempered as is steel, with our strong points forged and our power cast.

This post is in honor of every solitary Witch or Wizard, Shaman or Pagan out there who is working and striving to develop and build their own spiritual path.

Bright Blessings,
Lady Amythyst Raine




Note:  The Quote above is from:  "The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries" by Z Budapest.  For more information, or to view/purchase this book, follow this url:

http://www.zbudapest.com/books-z-budapest.html




 

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Sisterhood"...my thoughts


A Sister, should be a Sister, should be a Sister...*Forever*, it's not a 'when-I-feel-like-it' thing, it should not rely on the conditions of outside influences, human frailities/insecurities/or pettiness.  A Sister is someone you grow old with; and on your way to this destination, you pass all the other stages of life-- bumpy, smooth, unpleasant, and joyous...and you know, without a crumb of a doubt, that your Sister will travel this road with you, shoulder to shoulder-- to the end and beyond.



 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Schedule for Book Signings/Readings


I'll be at Next Millennium, in Omaha, Nebraska, on the following dates
for book signings; and I'll also be giving readings.



Saturday, April 23, noon-4pm

Saturday, May 7, noon-4pm

Saturday, June 25, noon-4pm

I'll post a reminder at Facebook & Twitter a few days before each date.

You can purchase a copy of my book,
"Tarot: A Witch's Journey",
at the following sites:

Order your copy at
Labyrinth House Publishing
Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

This book is also available at

Next Millennium
3141 North 93rd St.
Omaha, Nebraska

402 393-1121

Stop by & pick up your copy today,
or purchase it online: click Here

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Little Magick


Today was the perfect day, literally speaking, to tweak a little magick and give it a special nudge.  Although today is Tuesday and influenced by the energy of Mars, I used the hour of Saturn...the energy I needed for my little task.  The herbs were wormwood & cloves, salt, and an old hoodoo oil (which I'll not name here).  The candle was black.  

I love the feeling inside a cast circle.  It was exhilarating and the energy moved easily and well.  The spell candle is quietly burning itself out as we speak.

Magick was made...

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Tarot Card for the day is...The Sun.

Warmth and light, bright tidings, brilliance-- both mundane and magickal, physically and spiritually.  Although someone seems to have their 'head in the clouds'-- don't get too cocksure.  If you're always looking up, you might trip on something below.  Also, the phoenix rising from the ashes...pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes-- looks like you get a second chance.




I was going through some photos from last fall and came upon this one.  I took this picture standing in my livingroom, watching my husband burn autumn leaves in the driveway.  As I came from the kitchen, I wondered what the orange glow was.  No wonder the neighbors wonder.  When we have bonfires, hubby is in charge of the firepit-- I imagine he was in a past life too.






I snapped a pic of this tombstone on one of our outings to Ridge Cemetery.  It wasn't that the tombstone was so unusual, it was the fact that this lady was buried all by herself, in a huge wide expanse of ground between the Catholic & Protestant areas.  In fact, there's nothing else in this area except Nell and two willow trees, one of which she was buried under.  Why was she so segregated?  Perhaps she wasn't 'baptized' according to Christian code?  I guess we'll probably never know.  My girls took an immediate liking to Nell-- good vibes, from the grave, though the tree.  We stayed and kept her company for sometime.  I have a feeling we would've loved her smile.






My boy, Salem, has claimed several unusual spots around the house for himself.  This one is literally in 'The Witch's Corner'-- though he didn't get to keep this cozy nest, because eventually I needed the shelf space.  He also has a penchent for sharing the bathroom and hates closed doors-- he'll beg to come in with you, even rattling the sliding door if you don't let him have his way.  The first couple times he did this, I thought it was hubby-- and I was chewing him out...I open the door-- and it's Salem.  Spoiled boy.