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Monday, October 18, 2010

Podcasts, Environmental Law, and Birthdays... I Swear They're All Related.....

While I was sitting in my environmental law class today (see, it all stems from here: related) my mind was reeling with the podcast I had started listening to on the bus. Okay, so maybe this all started with the podcast, but we're sticking with environmental law, and that is for a very good reason. Unable to concentrate my full attention on the professor, I was turning over some of the topics the author had covered, and some of the music he had played. I will provide links to both the Podcast and the musicians sites at the bottom of the post and anyone who happens to read this should check them out. All were phenomenal, putting me in a great mood and really making me think.

And when I say it made me think, I am not kidding. I've got seven topics to cover today. SEVEN! Magical and closer to ten than zero, quite an impressive number.

The first topic that came to mind was my family. This could be attributed to the podcast's focus on family, and to the fact that my birthday was yesterday. *Takes a Bow* Yes, thank you... thank you. But the combination of these influences really got me thinking: People are always telling me that I am an unusual person. Not "you wear your underwear on the outside and eat dog treats" kind of unusual, but the "there's something about you I can't really put my finger on" kind. Personally, I don't see it. I may be more sensitive than other people... and, okay, I may be able to communicate freely with errant spirits. But that's not that unusual, right? Right. What on earth caused me to be a spirit-relating, energy-buzzing kind of person? I think it was my parents. My parents share the same birthday, which is very close to Beltane. This has given them some interesting gifts and blessed them with the notice of the fey. If you add that to my birthday, an exact two weeks before Samhain, you may get yourself the answer as to why I am so unusual. I'd never thought about it until today, and that is really saying something. Following this train of thought, I realized my husband's birthday is less than a week after Yule. It will be very interesting to see how our kids turn out.

While in the midst of this starry-eyed revelry, my teacher started talking about drums of toxic waste. Of course, my mind immediately jumped to a pair of tribal drummers who were playing in the commons at my university the other day. See, I swear I was paying attention.... Drummers, right: At the time I thought about going up to them and saying how good they were, maybe ask if they taught others or knew of people who did. I would love to learn the drums. Alas I was too shy and kept moving, missing the chance. I haven't seen them again, though I hope I will. I will definitely be looking into drum lessons in the area though, starting with a local "hippy" shop and moving on from there.

Thinking of drums got my mind on tools of the Craft, and I thought about Besoms. I need to make one for a ritual next year, and I have no idea where to get materials from. I had heard that craft stores are good for it, but my local ones seem to be fresh out of knotty wood and reeds. So I took to the internet, hoping to find some information on what kind of wood I need, and where I could get what i was looking for. Witchvox came through, naturally.
http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usmn&c=words&id=14122
Armed with this article, I will be taking flight (get it???) to my local craft store once again. I am very excited about getting this Besom made! I wonder if the sales associates with know if their wood is birch, ash, willow, or something else? Hmmm...

Now for that podcast information: It is called "A Pagan Heart in Maine" and is highly recommended. The author is both funny and thought-provoking, making the length of the podcast a worthy enjoyment. I know I promised links to his featured artists' page, but I found something better. Below is the link to his website, and it features its own links to the musicians' home pages. Nifty, eh?
http://www.paganheartinmaine.com/

And finally, I would like to announce that I will be taking to Amazon later tonight, to review both decks of Tarot cards I currently own, a deck I once owned and then lost (sad face), as well as numerous books on the topic of the Craft. I will post a link to them on another blog post tonight, as well as some pictures I intend to take of the decks. Until then, Blessed Be!



http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usmn&c=words&id=14122
http://www.paganheartinmaine.com/

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guilt...

I have neglected you, dear blog. I have also neglected my crafts. Unfortunately it is because school has started again. But, I have been trying to make it up to you.

I started painting jars for the terrariums. You know, for the wedding? Yep, those. Pentagrams on the bottom of each for protection and spirals for decoration and/or guidance on the actual jars. Almost all the jars have lines of glue where the label was affixed at the factory, so we're going to put our own labels on the jars, saying why the plants inside were planted there. I'm loving this wedding more and more every minute.

Other than that I've been lazy. I'm sorry blog, I'll be better from now on!

A Fresh Beginning...

I tried to start this blog yesterday and for some odd reason it did not stick. So, I started again. Those of you who do not reside in my brain (Lucky you!) probably have no idea what this blog is about. A Pagan Path is the place where I post any and all links I would like to keep track of, people I think are interesting, places I want to encourage travel to... and they'll all be related to my religious journey. As the title suggest, I am indeed a Pagan. Wiccan, specifically, but I welcome all people to read my blog.

For a kick off, I am going to repost the links I had on my first attempt yesterday, then go on the add a few more and gush about my latest book plans.

Link one is to the Amazon page for a book of Pagan themed crossword puzzles, which is definitely going on my Christmas wishlist.
http://www.amazon.ca/Pagan-Puzzles-Ben-Gruagach/dp/061514828X?tag=witchgrotto-20

Link Two is to the Anticraft website. Although I can't tell if the authors are Pagan or not, the Wheel of the Year skirt featured in their book has me hooked on the website. I even adapted it to make a Samhain ritual skirt, of which I have not taken pictures yet. They'll be up soon, I promise.
http://theanticraft.com/

I had a third link, but I can not remember what it was. As a sort of fall-back, I am going to post the link to Witchvox's page. Because I can, and because if you don't know about Witchvox you should.
http://witchvox.com/

Now for the gushing part. I know I said that would come after the "new" links, but I changed my mind.

For years now I have complained about the lack of religious fiction for Pagan children and teens. Adults don't have much to choose from either, though I am partial to the Rowan Gant series by M.R. Sellars (http://www.mrsellars.com/). Silver Ravenwolf spins a nice Hollywood-esque tale, Laura Faria Stolarz books are highly recommended, and Cate Tiernan got me through high school (mostly). But none of them really look at what being Pagan means on a day to day basis, and a lot of them rely on over-dramatized renditions of the Craft. I would love to see a book focused on how being Pagan helps a young man or woman overcome obstacles, find acceptance, and generally be at peace with themselves. And a few more books with dramatic renditions wouldn't hurt.

My complaining has ceased to be meaningless. I decided that, being an English major and all, I could remedy the situation myself. I've dreamt of being a writer since I was ten and what better to write about than my religion! It lets me have a double dose of the Warm and Fuzzies, from the writing and the religion. Great solution.

Since the inception of this idea, I've added books of poetry to the list. Of course, childrens' poetry is a special subset. Needless to say, I can't wait to get started!

Now for those new links. Keeping with the pro-children theme, I've found some pages I would love to keep handy for when I have little ones of my own.

http://www.spiralgoddess.com/Kids.html - This link is freaking awesome. Its got coloring pages, stories, and a place to make a digital altar, which mom and dad can then print out for them. I wish I'd known about this place when I was a kid!


http://www.moondragon.org/pagan/ppptales.html - A great place for Pagan stories to tell the little ones or to read for your own enjoyment.

And finally, a great link for Pagan families!
http://oakdancer.com/

I wanted to post a link to Pagan baby clothes, but at the moment that seems to be a largely DIY arena. I am definitely entertaining the idea of a Triple Goddess baby blanket. I must start sketching these things!
 
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