This is the third, and final part of my series on ancestors, the dead, and inheritance. First let me apologize to those of you following this series who expected this piece on Sunday. We honor our ancestors every year, at Samhain. Sometimes, it is more often than that. It makes me think about how I want to be remembered. What do I want my legacy to be, and how do I want to be honored? It's interesting to think about. Maybe there's a way to look at this on a smaller scale. Conflict … [Read more...]
About CJ Blackwood
CJ Blackwood is a fiction writer and poet. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's in journalism and a minor in English and has been a practicing witch and Pagan for eight years. Though her path began with eclectic Wicca, it has now taken her to dusky realms of warrior goddesses, creative goddesses, and crones. It is mainly focused on self-development, social consciousness, and gaining as much skill within various forms of witchcraft as possible. Follow her and her various writing projects via her Facebook page.
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This is the second part of a three-part series I am writing this weekend, focused on ancestors, the dead, and inheritance, both magical and not. Connecting to our ancestors, the dead in general, can take many forms. We honor them at Samhain, we keep pictures of them in old albums. Those who practice the Day of the Dead sometimes put out food for them. I believe in the importance of honoring our ancestors, and the dead in general. I am one who believes that all things have souls if they come … [Read more...]
This is the first part of a three-part series I am writing this weekend, focused on ancestors, the dead, and inheritance, both magical and not. Despite the fact that I cut ties with my blood family, family as a concept is very important to me. I have a spiritual family, and I look forward to a partner, children, grandchildren, of my own. I want my own descendants to carry my legacy, whatever that may be, as long as it is positive. The legacy I inherited is not always positive, and … [Read more...]
I finally got back on anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication on Tuesday. They also drew blood because of past problems with hypothyroid, and because I am suspicious of a problem with low blood sugar. I am working on being accepted for a charity healthcare program here in Champaign, since I make just slightly too much to qualify for Medicaid. And the anti-biotic's, plus my Prozac, only cost like eight bucks total, without insurance. That's pretty nice. It's a relief that I have a … [Read more...]
All in all, CI Pagan Pride was a success. I was too exhausted to come up with a solid post on Sunday, but I'm sure some of you out there wondered how it finished up. We ended up running late. It was a combination of late arrivals to the pre-departure meeting at my house and a family emergency with one of the members. The upshot is we blew into Normal five minutes before my first event was supposed to start. After a couple of shout-outs by me and those coordinating the event, a few showed … [Read more...]
It's five A.m. This is how wonderful, and kind of insane, my life has become. I am awake this early because I need to prepare myself. For what, you might ask. Today is Central Illinois Pagan Pride Day, hosted by Pagans out of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where I'm originally from. I have not one, but two, workshops there today. The first I have done many times. This is a crystal workshop. I take everyone through choosing, caring for, understanding, and the many ways of using their … [Read more...]
I'm visually impaired (VI) and a practicing witch, with emotional disorders. I'm sure some of you wonder what that's like. Well, here are some facts to ponder. I bet you wouldn't guess some of them.1. I was terrified to light incense for the longest time because I can't see that skinny little stick looking straight down at it. Until I discovered those short Japanese incense sticks. Those were so manageable that I got used to the bigger ones pretty quickly.2. It's hard to dance around in … [Read more...]
I love being a fighter. I went into journalism so I could nail bad guys to the wall for being corrupt and immoral. This category of subjects would include anyone committing hate crimes or discrimination, people causing damage to the environment, the terrible people behind animal abuse, etc. I learned to be a fighter, to subjugate my actions to my will, no matter how I feel. And I have kind of a funny spiritual set-up. Maeve and Scathach are two rival Celtic war goddesses, and Maeve has … [Read more...]
I keep this little black faux-leather pouch, which originally came with a pill sorting thing in it, you know, one of those ones with daily containers for the week. Only instead mine has a polished ocean stone, an acorn, a horse chestnut, a cowry shell, a piece of maple bark, a chunk of shell so worn by the sea that it's pretty much a rock, and other things like that. It's for employing earth energy in rituals, or in some cases, helping me reconnect when weather traps me inside for days, which … [Read more...]
Recently Nornoriel posted a really good piece on his dealings with medication and the mental health system, and issues he has had with well-intended comments from other Pagans recommending the holistic approach. I confess I'm struggling a little to come up with posts right now, and as I'm covering today for Tara I thought it would be fun to continue in the same vein. This is not a countering piece. This is just the lens I see the debate of modern vs. holistic through. There came a point in … [Read more...]