There are several things Imbolc, or the Feast of Flames, makes me think of. It was the first sabbat I led a group ritual for, and indeed the first time I led a group ritual at all. So there is some significance there. There's also the meaning of the holiday. This is a time of hope, of making plans and looking ahead. As I said, it was the first time I led a group ritual. At the time I was studying with the Circle of the Spirit Tree in Bloomington Illinois. I had called myself Wiccan at … [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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I live with chronic pain. I have undiagnosed muscular pain in both hands, from years of typing, crafting, and other activities. I've got tendon damage in my left heel, and arthritis in both knees, stemming from a bad fall I took a couple years ago, off a curb and onto ice. I'm also prone to migraines and stress headaches.Thirteen Aspects of the Ouch Life1. "Dude, just get over it."2. I can't find my Allieve and I have a migraine. *curls up in ball*3. Stairs? No problem. … [Read more...]
Just a list that people might find interesting.1. There are audio versions of the testaments everywhere, but very few Pagan books. 2. I hate stoves. Accidents always seem to happen no matter what I'm doing. Usually involving hot water. Guess I'm brewing the herbs in the microwave. Or the coffee maker. 3. When the weather sucks, who wants to stand at the bus stop? And begging rides is depending on someone else, which makes us feel like burdens. And gas creates polution. So you don't get to … [Read more...]
I don't believe in resolutions for the new year. People like to resolve to do things, but they often don't achieve them. So their resolutions become more like intentions. Intentions without determination to follow through. I decided to start this rather complex spell last weekend on the first day of the full moon, known as the Wolf Moon in the Northern hemisphere. I don't follow the Maiden Mother Crone concept of the goddess. I respect the understanding of her that so many embrace, but … [Read more...]
This is a part of a series by Staff of Asclepius contributors. I think it is important to take stock of the year. For me the old Pagan year ended on the last harvest, or Samhain. Yule marks the beginning of the new. In between is a time to rest, and evaluate where we stand. What have I gained, what I have lost, what I need to change, what I wish to keep.I gained: --The first place I truly felt at home --a renewed knowledge of my own abilities as a psychic vampire --the recognition of … [Read more...]
Travel is both wonderful and terrifying simultaneously. I've decided to head out to Kalamazoo, taking a chance in order to meet a young woman I met through a friend. The thrill of it is manifold. Going somewhere new, trying new things, and maybe finding a girlfriend in the bargain. I like adventure, I like to experience things. The terrifying part harkens back to family issues. I'm taking a train north and I hope not to encounter any of them along the way. I always get anxiety headaches … [Read more...]
I think we are given the power to determine our own destiny, that every choice we make is a step down the path we cut for ourselves. My evidence is simple: we are given the ability to make decisions for ourselves. Undoubtedly there are lessons our souls must learn during this life, so we can move on to the next stage in our incarnation. So maybe there is some vague, pre-determined fate for all souls, namely their return to the fabric of the universe, which is woven of many threads tangled … [Read more...]
As newcomers to the Eastern seaboard of what is now the United States, we were not especially kind to those who showed us how to take advantage of the land's resources, nor to the land itself, even if supposedly there was this one day of sharing food together with the Native Americans. This is why Thanksgiving as a holiday has not had great meaning to me for quite sometime. Now writing this, I view the holiday as an opportunity to at last show that gratitude, long over-due. I think it is … [Read more...]
I've hit a brick wall lately, with all that is going on, and I'm scaling back a little. I'll be posting on Tuesdays from here on out, and I hope to get back to two posts a week. On top of the two blogs I work on, I have a group I manage, and I've been trying to get a handle on my health. I've been pretty stressed with that, because I've been trying to deal with my depression, anxiety, and thyroid problems. Things are moving forward. But today I had a eurology appointment, and it … [Read more...]
This is the second of a three-part series written by Staff of Asclepius contributors on death and rebirth, in honor of the Samhain celebration. In his post, Nornoriel discussed the many funeral rituals available to various Pagan groups and traditions, and the contrasting lack of rites for the dying. In college, I had the disastrous impulse to attempt a sociology minor. The only class I did well in was Sociology of Death and Dying. It gave me a perspective on rituals devoted to the dead, the … [Read more...]