A Women's Weekly Candle-lighting ritual?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tonight I came across a website for Jewish women that encourages them to take time on Friday evening to light some candles and recite a Jewish blessing. It wants women all over the world to get together, even in spirit to light these candles and take a moment for peace. If you would like to visit their website, check out Fridaylight.Org.

I automatically thought this would be a wonderful idea for Pagan women. Is this something that any of you ladies out there in cyberspace would be interested in? Do any of you have any ideas about blessings, times, days of the week, etc that you would like to share? I'm open for ideas. I think that working together to really market this idea would be a wonderful thing if anyone has any ideas they would like to share on the matter. I'm all ears.

Get Greener with paper-less post-its

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Notes are nice and so are lists but the paper we use by writing those notes and lists, especially from those famous post-it notes is rather high especially if you tend to write yourself about 100 different notes each day. You can however cut down on the amount of post-it notes you use by outsourcing them altogether (so you can save paper AND money!) and by using a computer program that runs on your desktop.

My favorite post-it note program for computers is called Hott Notes. It's so easy to use, you just click on the icon to run the program and right click on the icon on your toolbar and click to write a yourself a new note. The note will sit on your desktop where you can see it all day long. You can check off items from your list as you do them and you can just write yourself a regular note and stick it to your desktop. And, if you're bored you can also create notes that you can draw on. It's a great program that's FREE. So save yourself money and the environment by using Hott Notes.

Earliest reference describes Christ as 'magician'

Monday, October 13, 2008

Magician? Really?

I had actually said this to my partner awhile ago, I thought upon thinking back about the popular magician Cris Angel and his stunt of walking on water, I said wouldn't it be funny to find out Christ was really a magician.

And then up pops this little gem.

Discovery points to possible Pagan/Christain intertwinings

And soon enough I'm going to make another update on the direction I feel this blog should go. :)

50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags

Monday, July 28, 2008

I really hate plastic bags. I really do. I hate how people just toss them out and they get stuck into trees. They look terrible on the landscape. I hate how people rely on those bags like they're going out of style. If there is any time to make the switch, it is now. Squawkfox has 50 good reasons why you should make the switch.

1.Consumer Cost. At 5 cents a bag in many North American shops, the bucks add up! Ireland pays a hefty 15 cents per bag Plastax tax. Buying a bin or reusable bag can save you hundreds over the years. While keeping costs down is a concern for many, there are more pressing plastic matters at stake!

12.Recycling not financially feasible. Apparently, only 1 to 3 percent of plastic bags are recycled. It costs a whopping $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which can then be sold for a meager $32. This business model is a financial failure.

50 Reasons to Go Green with Reusable Shopping Bags

I've gotten bad at this

I am still around. I just finished my summer class so I'm about to embark on enjoying my last few days of freedom. I move back to school in a few weeks sadly which is something that I just do not want to do.

I do want to report on something interesting. I had to go shopping with my mother yesterday to help her pick out items for kid friendly grab bags for our family reunion. I came across a pack of light blue votive candles and instantly wanted them. I wasn't sure why, I just did. So I purchased them and brought them home. After getting home (and stuffing the grab bags) I discovered the candles are related to Kuan Yin, a goddess I feel quite the affinity for. It was a nice pick me up. :)

To Protect Your Garden from Animals

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well it is that time again. Gardens are beginning to thrive and animals are starting to eat the the plants you've worked hard on. No matter what we try at our house we've never had any luck with keeping animals at bay. Dorothy Morrison lists a spell I wouldn't mind trying in her book "Everyday Magic".

She says to stuff old pantyhouse with human hair while chanting "Deter all wildlife from this place so that this garden thrives in grace." Then knot both ends of the pantyhouse to form pouches and place at the corners of your garden. Those that seek to eat vegetables will not cross into the area.

Happy gardening!

Wildflower Extracts Easily Kill MRSA Superbug

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I think this story is an interesting one. I've been hearing quite a bit about the MRSA superbug lately. Several cases in my state and even around me in schools. It's amazing at how quickly it spreads and how it just cannot be killed.

So to hear that wildflower extracts, more importantly, the extracts of horse-heal,helenium, and pasque flower easily kill the bug is amazing news, especially amazing since people feel that natural products aren't affective in doing anything at all.

Wildflower Extracts Easily Kill MRSA Superbug

Does your sunscreen harm fish?

I'm not a big water fan, but I do occasionally swim. Sometimes I do wear sunscreen. New studies have found that certain chemicals in sunscreen can harm the coral that tropical fish need to live. So before you dive into the ocean this summer, check your cabinets for anything containing paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone and a camphor derivative.

Sunscreen dangerous to tropical fish

Life Update

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Life has been crazy the past few months. My school year ended so I moved back home in early May. I've been taking a break from doing anything big online until recently when my online class began. I'm working towards my directors credential for daycare/preschool centers.

There's been a lot of personal drama as of late too. My mother has gotten herself into yet another mess that's really weighing heavily on my nerves and she's been trying to pull me into the mess when I'd just rather be left out of it. People don't listen however and would rather not listen to what you ask.

We have been blessed with many new animals here. Our cats had kittens. We did lose one a few weeks ago but we have five precious ones in our house and 6 outside from a stray. It's a madhouse here lately with all the pets. My poor mouse however lost his cage mate as he was old and sick so it's really a relief that he's not suffering anymore.

I hope to return with more information soon. Better than my boring life update!

Get rid of plastic water bottles

Thursday, April 24, 2008

With the latest information about BPA, a chemical often found in plastic water bottles causing a lot of health problems, people are more interested in getting rid of plastic bottles and using alternatives.

I found an article today about what type of plastics are mostly used for what items and how dangerous the chemicals in those products are. I must say I always recycle my bottles (contrary to the articles statistics) but now I'm not so sure I want to use those bottles as much.

Get rid of plastic water bottles

A small update

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The ghost hunting trip last Saturday was a nice trip. It didn't help that we had to deal with the type of girls that are friendly as long as it gets them something and as soon as they are finished with you, they talk about you evilly behind your back. That's not the point however, the point was to have a good time and to do some ghost hunting. The good thing was we did seem to experience some things. I was there not even five minutes and I had my hair tugged. We saw the woman in the window, a shadow going up stairs. That was pretty much it. My girlfriend and I are hoping we can go back before this summer is over.

Today, of course was Earth Day. I didn't do anything different. I did my usual recycling, walked to class, turned off the lights and just enjoyed my day. I hope everyone else did what they normally do and I hope it was a step in the right direction!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

How to Use Gemstones for Shielding

Friday, April 11, 2008

I posted below about working on a new shielding technique. This definitely is not something I came up with on my own, nor is it something I found online. This is actually from a book titled, "Crystals Simple Routines for Home, Work and Travel" by Christina Rodenbeck.

The book is a very quick read, but so much information is packed within it, it's hard to keep up with it all. Pair that to all the lovely pictures and this book is a great read for those really wanting to learn more about crystals.

This shielding technique is rather easy. The first step is finding a stone that you feel connected with. Or, a stone that you know or feel has very protective properties. Once you have done that, the next step is to cleanse the stone thoroughly in your choosing (smudging, running water, etc) and leave it to charge in the sun for at least three hours. However, you can leave the stone to charge for longer as you wish, as long as you use only the sun and not the moon.

One the charging process is complete, you'll want to program the stone by holding it in your left hand, imagining you and the stone surrounded by a bright, white light. Once you have that visualization, you'll want to extend the light around your body (at least 3 feet around your body). This is your psychic shield. Tell yourself the crystal that whenever you where this stone or have it on your, you shield is up and running. Then, wear the stone in a necklace or carry it on your person as needed.

Recharge your stone and reprogram it whenever you feel your shield weakening.

Ghost Hunting

I've been very interested in ghosts and hauntings ever since the passing of my aunt when I was a child back in 1996. After she died, a lot of strange things happened to me that really scared me, but yet intrigued me. The first 24 hours after her death where very strange. I actually heard her say something at one point, things moved around the house and I actually felt a phantom touch. Things at our house began to calm down after awhile but things at her old house did not.

Since then, shows like Ghost Hunters have come along and really renewed my passion for ghosts and hauntings. Whenever my partner and I discovered that our school would be taking a trip to the Moundsville State Penitentiary, we jumped at the chance to go for one of their all night ghost hunts. The trip is tomorrow which means I will hopefully return with lots of pictures and stories to post here.

Both of us are very excited and are getting ready for the trip. I am working on a shielding technique using gemstones (just in case) and we're trying to figure out what it is we may need, aside from the usual camera and what not.

So wish us luck :)

12 Tips to Reduce Food Contamination from Packaging

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Let's face it, we know more now than we ever have about what goes into the products that contain our foods. We now know, that some of the chemicals in the plastics our foods come in could be harmful to ourselves.

Care2 today has a great article on how to reduce food contamination from the packaging. It's straightfoward, to the point and very easy to follow.

12 Tips to Reduce Food Contamination from Packaging

Once again, life has gotten in the way

Being a college student, it often means not having enough time to do everything you want to do, not to mention enough time to do those things you need to do. Scheduling time is here again, and not to mention, the end of the year is quickly approaching.

I've had some difficulties registering for classes however that seems to have worked out in the end for me anyway so I guess I cannot complain about that. There have been some difficulties with a roommate, but that has been an ongoing issue that seems to have worked itself out, but yet it will only get worse as we are seeing a huge shift in their personality to an even deeper attention seeking attitude. Oh well, the year is almost over.

I really regret not being able to write here more often, but I hope, as projects come nearer and nearer, and the year finally winds down to a close, I will finally have time to write here.

Snow White was Really Green?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, I was exposed to Disney pretty often. I grew up watching the movies and the cartoons and heard about the movies my mom watched when she was growing up. Like many children today, I feel in love with Disney and was excited when I was finally able to go there myself when I was growing up.

So today, when I was reading my green emails from Tree Hugger and I discovered that Walt himself was really an environmentalist, it made me proud. Especially growing up, I can remember wanting to recycle and care for the animals and the environment as much as I can. So, did Disney help spawn my love for the environment? It's really hard to tell actually, but at least it's something fun to think about.

Snow White was Really Green-Walt was an Environmentalist

Australian Building His Own Stonehenge

I was surfing Witchvox a few moments ago and stumbled upon this article. I thought it was quite intersting and something that should be passed on. If you've seen the real Stonehenge and would like to broaden your horizons, or would just like to visit a place that is more open to touching and what not, then this would definitely be something you may want to visit when it is completed.

"Pagans and druids, mark your calendars and book your airplane tickets. An Australian entrepreneur hopes to open a Stonehenge replica by the Dec. 21 solstice, just in time for New Age revelers.

"I'm doing it because I can," said Ross Smith, the former owner of a successful microbrewery business who plans to build the monument on his property in Western Australia.

The $1.26 million project, to be called The Henge, will include 101 granite stones arranged in an inner and outer circle, a central altar, and will span 110 feet."

You can read the full story here: Australian Building His Own Stonehenge

Cleansing your aura

Monday, March 24, 2008

Since Spring is here, it's time for Spring cleaning. But that does not mean just Spring cleaning your home. It means Spring cleaning your body and mind as well.

I know that sometimes I just feel off and 'dirty' as if my aura has accumulated something that it shouldn't have. It's really an uncomfortable feeling too. Walking around and feeling down or just really blah in general. One of the easiest things I have found to counteract this feeling, and to really cleanse my aura is to take a shower.

I begin my showering routine as usual, and cleanse my body. However, as the water cleanses my body, I see the water removing anything that should not be there. The stress of the day, illnesses, etc. I see this is black 'particles' if you will being removed by the water and running down the drain. After I feel it's gone, I see the water as an energizing life force putting good things back into my aura and into my body. And I finish my shower as usual.

This is great if you don't have a lot of time to center yourself during your day. Extra time isn't needed as this can be accomplished during your daily routine. Of course, if you do not want to do the shower cleanse, or prefer to change up your routine every once in awhile, smudging yourself with sage is also a great aura cleanser. A salt bath works wonders as well, especially if you have more free time, and can be alone for awile.

Green Easter Goodies

I know I post a lot about green living, but it's important to me and I'm trying to pass the idea of green living onto everyone, including the Pagan community. Just because you're Pagan does not mean that green living is as important to you as it may be to some.

Secondly, I know it's past Easter, and I know you're probably wondering why I'd be posting about Easter on a Pagan blog, but let's face it, Ostara falls around Easter every year, and being Pagan does not mean that you don't celebrate Easter along with the rest of your family that is not Pagan.

Anyway, I discovered some green Easter items that I thought I'd pass on. According to the article I found, $14 billion will be (or has been) spent on Easter this year. So instead of putting all of that hard earned money into Easter products, why not try something different. Items that don't rely on tons of packaging or are actually made from nice, organic materials instead of that processed stuff. Besides, it's never really too late to celebrate the Spring season.

At least you can keep this in mind for next year. :)

Green Easter Goodies

Hello 3AM

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The past two nights I've played cards. Actually gotten up and stepped away from the computer for a few hours and done something different. And I can't believe how good it feels.

Unlike some (more like one) people that I know, I'm not a slave to the computer. Sure, when I'm home, I tend to be pretty bored and I'm here a lot, but I actually can manage to tear myself away and do other things. I don't have to sit here for three hours and then moan and complain when it's time to go do something productive. I get up and move on.

And tonight, actually moving away from the computer to do something normal, like playing cards was nice. I can't even understand the computer obsession anymore. What really is so popular about these things that you can't tear yourself away to actually accomplish something such as feeding yourself or actually seeing another human other than yourself. So you're not just conversing with blinking boxes.

I think I'll have to make it a point to do other normal things more often.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Earth Hour Update

Several entries back, I posted about Earth Hour, the event that began in Sydney that was now a national event. I didn't have an actual website for Earth Hour, and I must say I did not search hard for one, but I have come across the site now. Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is set to take place on March 29, 2008 at 8PM your local time. For one hour, you and your family will be spending one hour together in the dark. That means all lights get turned off. All extra running appliances get turned off. So, in a sense, you're just going to 'switch off' for an entire hour. Saving carbon emissions and becoming more at one and at peace with the world around you. How you spend your time during Earth Hour is up to you, as long as you do it in the dark.

Thousands of people and businesses around the world have signed up to participate in Earth Hour. Visit Earth Hour and sign up today to participate.

Low-cost ways to conserve water at home

It seems Yahoo has jumped on the green bandwagon. They now have an article section with green lifestyle tips. This article by Kendra Tupper is on conserving water at home, even on a budget. And, if you are using city water, these tips will also help you save money. Sometimes you have to spend money to help save money.

If you're trying to cut back on the water you use in the shower, from your toilet and doing everyday household chores like washing dishes or laundry then head on over to Yahoo and read Low-cost ways to conserve water at home

Full Moon Tonight

Friday, March 21, 2008

Since tonight is a full moon, why not make it a point to send some healing energy to a friend or the world. If you don't want to do anything major because of the Ostara celebrations, why not make some moon water.

Get some nice clean water (ocean water would be great) and put it into a bowl and set it outside tonight. Spend some time meditating on the Moon and all of Her energies tonight. Once you feel happy with your meditation, pour the water into a jar and seal the lid.

Be sure to use this water during the month in any spells that could use an extra energy boost from the Moon.

Blessed Ostara

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Today is the first day of Spring, and Ostara. We are finally seeing trees and other plants come back to life, the animals we haven't seen in months are out and about again. Not to mention, the winter weather is finally starting to drift away.

To Celebrate Ostara

Paint Eggs-Eggs are seen as a fertility symbol. And, if you happen to be rather closeted, painting eggs around this time won't get you too many strange looks. Paint them and use them in your ritual or other spring time spells.

Use Flowers and Bless Seeds-Place fresh flowers on your altar for Ostara. These help bring life into your home and help you feel in the Spring spirit. Bless seeds and instill in them your goals and wishes for the coming year. As they grow, as will your goals and wishes.

Clean House-Clean every nook and cranny of your home. Recycle items that you've been meaning to for months, donate clothing that you no longer wear, and finally clean under the fridge and those other hard to reach places. If you're comfortable with it and can use it, smudge your home with Sage. It will help break up those negative energies that have gotten themselves comfortable over the past few months.

Whatever you do, make sure you spend your Ostara with those you care about! Have a happy one!

How to recycle practically everything

Monday, March 17, 2008

Good news recyclers, there are markets for batteries and those other pesky items that you want to recycle but you just can't figure out how to do it. E-The Enviornmental Magazine recently published an article by Sally Deneen about the items you've always wanted to recycle but never knew how to.

Head over on to their site and read it, you just may end up surprised.

How To Recycle Practically Anything

Starhawk Denied Entry and Deported from Israel

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I'm sure you've heard about it by now, but if not, yes it's true. Starhawk, American activist and a big supporter of peace has been denied entry and was deported from Israel.

News articles are saying she was there to teach a permaculture course in northern West Bank as well as working with other Earth Activists to develop another project in the Bethlehem area.

Of course, this is a pretty big deal as Palestinians need to learn how to feed themselves considering access to resources is pretty tight right now.

If you would like to read the entire article on Starhawk's entry denial and deportation, you can find it here Starhawk Denied Entry and Deported from Israel.

Spells to get rid of unwanted guests

Friday, March 14, 2008

With the weekend here, it often means people are going to start visiting friends and family. Sometimes though, we want nothing to with those visitors so here are two spells to get rid of those unwanted guests.

To Make Unwanted Guests Leave Your Home
The first idea is great because you can do it without anyone questioning your actions. Just take your household broom and turn it upside down so the bristles face the ceiling. The guests should leave not long after. Or, if you are brave and are the type of person that makes guests take their shoes off when they come into your house, sprinkle a bit of salt in their shoes visualizing the guests leaving.

To Keep Unwanted Guests Away From Your Home
Dorothy Morrison talks about keeping unwanted guests away in her book, "Everyday Magic". She says that before you perform this spell, all family members should be inside the house first. Once everyone is inside, all door handles should be smeared with patchouli oil. Once the door handles are taken care of, Morrison says some of the oil should also be smeared across the thresholds. Once the spell is complete, all guests should stay away.

Battle of the Bags-Paper or Plastic

Thursday, March 13, 2008

MSN has a great article today on plastic and paper bags. The article looks at the environmental impact of both bags and the laws that certain states are trying to push so plastic bags are no longer used. Only a few states however seem to be pushing for no more plastics and reusable alternatives. The article is two pages long but a nice read if you care about the environment and the products you use. Battle of the Bags.

And if you are looking for more in depth information on plastic bags, reusable bags and your impact (either because of your high plastic bag usage or your constant reusuable bag usage). MSN also has an interactive center with a lot more information on what it takes to make plastic bags and what happens to the bags once they are tossed out and not recycled. There is also a wealth of more information. Battle of the Bags interactive center.

There is even a section on the states that are working towards phasing out plastic bags. There are not many states or area's of states trying to accomplish this yet, as the plastic industry is working on counter attacking the movement but it's still worth checking to see if your state is listed. Surprisingly, West Virginia is on the list. This was something I wouldn't have known if it weren't for the interactive center.

Time to unclutter your life

Spring is almost here. Literally. I always get in the mood to begin cleaning or getting rid of a lot of things that have accumulated over the year. I want to recycle paper (and I have plenty of it), I want to try and find a way to get rid of the other things I never use either. However I always find it difficult to get rid of those things that I no longer need, use or things that could be recycled to help reduce the clutter. And, I always want to find time to clean too. I like having a clean house when Spring comes in, it just feels right.

So, in the spirit of Spring cleaning, I've scoured the web and have found some really great articles on the topic of cleaning.

The first article I want to point out is great for figuring out if if you tend to unclutter your items or tend to clean more. Are you an Unclutterer or a cleaner? is a good place to start before you begin your Spring cleaning process.

The Minimalists Guide to Simple Housework is great because it gives several tips on how to clean quickly and easily. Daily cleanings, the article says is great because it makes tasks such as sweeping the floor an easier and not to mention quicker task. They also suggest meditating while doing certain chores to make them easier. Of course, it's moving meditation but it's still meditation none the less. Great way to clean and get in some quiet time all at once.

Since I'm a college student, and a freelance writer, I use my personal experiences to write some of my own articles on certain topics. Living in a dorm or a dorm setting for three years has helped me come to terms with how to clean and how to clean quickly. When Spring semester rolls around, you'll probably find your room cluttered with items from last semester that just haven't made it home yet. Not to mention, impending room inspections may weigh heavily on your mind. So, I bring you How To Clean Your Dorm Room in 10 Minutes or Less. I've also realized that by not cleaning daily, even for five minutes can make things a lot worse when it comes time to do a big clean out (and my home when I'm actually at home and not school, proves it).Save Time Cleaning by Cleaning Daily

I've definitely given you a lot to read today, so hopefully you'll become inspired to start cleaning. And let's hope it doesn't take as long this year as it usually does!

CO2 output must cease altogether, studies warn

Monday, March 10, 2008

The task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures may be far more difficult than previous research suggested, say scientists who have just published studies indicating that it would require the world to cease carbon emissions altogether within a matter of decades.

Their findings, published in separate journals over the past few weeks, suggest that both industrialized and developing nations must wean themselves off fossil fuels by as early as mid-century in order to prevent warming that could change precipitation patterns and dry up sources of water worldwide.

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Pass it on! Do as much as you can, as often as you can. The time to recycle and cut back on your energy usage is now.

Earth Hour: Raise Environmental Awareness

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Like many college students I'm a member of the networking site Facebook. Facebook can be a good thing, especially when invites like the one I'm going to talk about randomly get sent to your inbox.

Earth Hour, according to the Facebook group started in Sydney Australia, and now they're trying to see how far they can take their event now. On March 29th at 8PM (your local time) you're going to simply turn off all of your lights for one hour. That's it. Turn off your lights for one hour and spend that time meditating. Light candles, meditate or spend an hour with family. Do something simple. And believe it or not, turning off your lights for one hour can have a big impact on the amount of carbon emissions released into the environment.

When this event happened in Australia, about 2.2 million people participated in the event. That amount of people turning their lights off just for one hour managed to reduce their carbon emissions by 10.2% which is like taking 48,000 cars off the road for an hour.

This would be an excellent event for everyone to participate in. The group says to tell everyone about it that I can, so I'm passing it on. I hope everyone can find time to participate.

Toronto Earth Hour

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Love

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Browsing today, I noticed a very intriguing article that I just had to highlight here. This article is adapted from a book written by Deepak Chopra called Kama Sutra.

None of this is my work. You can view the original post here.

Within every love story hides the wooing of the gods and goddesses. This is one area of life where the practical meets the mythical. For many people the experience of romantic love is their first experience of spirituality, although they may not know it.
The First Stage of Love: AttractionThe Law of Attraction states, "To be attractive, you have to be authentic." What makes a person attractive? The wisdom traditions tell us that attraction first and foremost comes from naturalness. Nothing is more beautiful than naturalness.
The Second Stage of Love: InfatuationThis law states that infatuation exists to open the door to a deeper, transcendent reality. Infatuation happens when the attraction between two people is so intense that it transports them beyond ordinary perception and the ordinary world becomes enchanted.
The Third Stage of Love: CommunionThe Law of Communion says that communion is contact of soul with soul. Communion is the sharing of spirit. Therefore, communion is the basis of trust. In this stage, lovers move into territory of the unknown, taking from each other what they did not possess alone.
The Fourth Stage of Love: IntimacyThe law of Intimacy states that in true intimacy flesh merges with flesh, and spirit with spirit. In intimacy, sexual energy and spiritual energy are recognized as one. Sexual energy is seen as the creative energy of the universe.
The Fifth Stage of Love: Surrender and Non-AttachmentThe Law of Surrender says that losing yourself in another person is the best way to find your true self. Surrender is the result of relinquishing the ego's last claims to separation. Surrender and non-attachment open the door to the miraculous, because miracles exist outside the realm of I, me, and mine.
The Sixth Stage of Love: PassionThe Law of Passion says that higher reality is experienced in the merging of the masculine and the feminine in one's own being. Passion for life and passion in love are the same thing. This is because life, in its essence, is love.
The Seventh Stage of Love: EcstasyThe Law of Ecstasy says that ecstasy is our original state. This is where we come from, the Garden of Eden, the state of grace to which we shall one day return. Ecstasy is the final stage of intimacy with spirit that flows through love.

Helping People and the Environment Just By Using Your Mouse

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Armchair activism is becoming quite popular. Some just do not have the time to to volunteer long hours after they do everything they have to do during the day. Some prefer not to volunteer but to give money. However, there are some people that just cannot afford to give their time or their money. Thankfully there is another option. Simple banner clicking using your computer mouse.

Care2 is one place you can go to click. You can sign up for an account or not, it's up to you. Signing up for an account means they track your clicking and how much you've helped during your time there. You can click once a day and help everything from removing carbon emissions to children and animals. And when you click, you know who the money is going to. The money is sponsored by advertisers that want to help too.

The Hunger Site The hungersite is really another site you can go to that will take you to several other places where you can help too. You can help feed the hungry, help animals, help literacy and other things just by visiting the above link. You can also buy fair trade items and other items that also help fund programs that help what they want to achieve. Visit them and click every day.

You will feel better that you've helped someone after you've visited the sites above. Happy clicking!

Make a Magickal Carpet Deodorizer

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My roommate and I decided enough was enough. We needed to do something to help absorb the negativity, and the stale feeling that our apartment had. In our short brainstorming session, we decided that mixing up our own carpet deodorizer would be a great option. Not to mention none of our other roommates would question what we were doing. We set to work.

In our mixture, we used mostly baking soda to help absorb any stale odors that may have been lurking in the carpet. Then, we added a bit of cinnamon to give the apartment a nice homey feel, not to mention help attract harmony, love and money. Next, a bit of salt was added with a bit of lemon juice to help pick up any extra negativity we did not catch with the other ingriedients.

While mixing this concoction, I imagined everything working together to bring about a peaceful harmonious home that everyone could enjoy living in. We set the mixture out to dry (considering the lemon juice) and sprinkled the apartment in a clockwise fashion. It set for 30 minutes before being vaccumed up.

Not only does the apartment smell wonderful, I think it worked a little too well considering we found a roommate cuddling with a love interest on the couch! Try mixing up your own carpet refresher when you have the chance, just don't forget to add your own finishing touches, especially herbs or spices that will help bring about what you want. Add some visualization, and let it sit to attract what you want. Your housemates will thank you, even if they don't know what you did exactly.

Friday is almost here!

What Happened to Spring?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I thought Spring was on its way. After all, the spring birds were back, chirping and looking for food. The temperatures were starting to warm up, and tiny buds are starting to appear on the trees.

I guess not though. Or Mother Nature decided to throw a curveball our way. Had to make an evening store trip and it was snowing. Woke up this morning before my student teaching began to find everything covered and a two hour delay in affect. So I tried to get a bit more sleep before I had to go in, but I did not have much luck with that.

Seems like winter is taking its last stand.

How to Make A Wish Box-An Easy DIY Project

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Let's face it, everyone has wishes. We all have bad days, fears, wants, needs, etc. So, to help obtain those goals, wants and wishes, you can make an easy wish box that will last for years and help give you something to look at every day while you work on this goal.

To start, get yourself a small box of some kind. I used a small hinged, wooden box I purchased from a craft store for about a dollar. I also purchased small wooden embelleshments to place on top of the box. I went to town painting the outside and then the inside of the box in the colors of my choosing. I added glitter for a nice, sparkly affect, and then sealed the box so it would not chip. I glued on the embelleshments and voila. I had a wish box ready to place upon my altar or place somewhere easily accesible.

Remember, your wish box can be big or small, wooden or not. It's up to you. Just make sure the box and the decorations you use on the box speak to you. If it does not, what is the use in using those items? When you are finished with your box, feel free to use it however you wish by placing whatever you wish inside.

Happy Crafting!

What are we doing to our children?

Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm beginning to notice a trend in young females, and I definitely think it's due to our male dominated society.

Women that feel the constant need to have someone in their life. Some type of lover, and if those women do not get the type of attention they need, they feel terrible, inadequate and quite lonely. Then, ,they end up taking their frustration out on others simply because they feel the need to do so.

I've realized this mostly from a roommate of mine (but I have overhead many a coversation on the very same topic, from many other girls). Her family is quite the Christian, "my father doesn't have to do anything around the house because my mother does it all" type of family. The second someone shows this girl the least bit of attention, she becomes obssessed, staying up late, doing nothing but thinking about this guy. She gets her hopes up, only to be let down a short while later, because 'men are all the same'. They do nothing 'but treat her badly and are good for nothing'.

How are we raising our children? Especially our girls? Why are we grooming them to feel that men are the only things they need in life because it will lead to them being whole? Why are we grooming them to believe that they cannot be independent because a man is needed in their life to do the things for them they do not wish to do?

So everyone, remember to raise your children to be independent, not to feel as if they need to have a man or woman in their life to fully be whole. Treat them with respect, love them, and make sure they know they will be ok even if they do not have a lover in their lives. And make sure they know the love of the Goddess.

The First Post

Sunday, February 24, 2008

As this is my first post, I guess I should introduce myself.

Here, I will be known as Willow, but of course that is not my real name. I became interested in the Pagan path as a young girl. I was instantly drawn to it, picked up whatever books I could get my hands on and began to study it as often as I could. That was when there were numerous sites online that were updated regularly, so I constantly did research.

However, my interests began to shift from Wicca, to a more Dianic path. This really didn't begin to sink in until a few years ago, when I felt that the God and Goddess path just wasn't for me. Of course, there isn't much information online pertaining to the Goddess Path anymore, which is quite depressing. I hope to use this place to talk about personal Goddess information, as well as information that regular readers may benefit from. I hope you enjoy your stay.