Monday, August 20, 2012

Finding well-written myths makes the difference

Happily I found a book in my personal library called Druid Magic that has some stories of the gods in it and I loved reading those stories.  Maybe it's just the venue at fault and not the mythologies themselves?  I think I'll look for more reading from a "believer's" perspective.  I know the myths I grew up on were told as stories, not as something that wasn't true and had origins in this culture or that.

As a result of reading those stories, my opinions of the gods involved have shifted a bit, with a lot more understanding of what was the intentions behind the myths, rather than omg...the gods are behaving like bad little children.  I'm not interesting in dissecting each and every myth or digging through each word of an ancient writing to find "truths."  I spent a lifetime doing that in another religion.  I'm just interested in getting to know the gods, the spirits, the fae, and all other creatures of the other realms.

The cable guy came today to replace my dvr box and I had thoughts last night about putting my altar things away because it's very obvious what it is, and it's right next to the tv.  I decided not to, which was good in the long run because I don't think he even noticed it.  He was there to work and work he did!  Replacing all my cables just because he thought it would improve the quality of our service.  And he was the tallest human being I've ever seen.  He had to be at least 7 feet tall.  And weighed as much as a teacup.

The weather is spoiling me and I'm afraid I'll be disappointed soon when summer returns with a vengeance.  We've had daytime temps in the high 60s and low 70s.  And nighttime temps in the low 50s.  Tonight is predicted to be in the high 40s.  I love this weather best out of all the seasons.  I just don't think it's here to stay and when the heat returns it will be so hard to deal with.  But, as we never get more than a few weeks of fall before we start getting wintery weather, I'm going to enjoy every minute of this.  Although winter is my second favorite season.  Until about February.  Then it gets very old.

I haven't gotten a Blue Moon ritual written yet.  I have sorted out some books and things and found some interesting rituals I could adapt.  Not to mention finding some very good stuff in a book on spellcasting:  Power Spellcraft for Life by Arin Murphy-Hiscock.  I'm not very far into it but Zach has read it and really recommends it before I start writing spells. 

I've also decided not to focus on a hearth goddess as that seems to be a huge hurdle for me in moving forward.  I'm more comfortable with the Roman notion of household gods who take care of the mundane things but don't seem to have names or characteristics.  That seems to work well for me and has lifted a huge weight off of my shoulders.  Maybe not very Celtic but I'm not married to a rigid notion nor am I locked into a religion.  I may feel very uneasy with mixing and matching pantheons but this feels much more comfortable than a hearth goddess that I can't seem to connect with.  Time may change that but for now, it's the direction I'm going to take.

And having written that, I need to start supper and get the laundry out of the dryer so everyone has clothes to wear again.  I need to start hanging clothes out on the line but until I can get up and down the steps better, not going to happen.



  1. The whole Hearth Goddess thing doesn't sit well with me either. I'm starting to discover the importance of my local land spirit, however.

    Also, I nominated you for an award because your blog is awesome. No obligation to continue if you don't want to.

    1. I love the land spirits! I connect so well with them. And the faeries have really made their presence known in so many ways.

      Thanks so much for the award. I used to do them but found I didn't know enough other people to nominate and didn't want to leave anyone out so I just stopped doing them, but thanks so much. It does mean a lot to me.

      Your blog is amazing!

  2. We've had an amazing week of weather here too. Unfortunately it's ragweed season so I can't open my windows : ( I did spend the day at The Sisterwife's house though and she lives on the bay with not a tree or green thing in sight so that was nice.

    As for the Blue Moon. I look at it as a "through my wishes out there" moon. Since it is so rare, I often take that time to ask for, pray for or do magic for things I normally would think as too wanty or needy. I feel like it's a Witch's pass to be a little selfish because we all need to be a little selfish to be truly selfless.

    1. I've noticed an increase in my allergies but the meds I'm on take care of the horrible aspects of them. It was hot again today but I didn't even notice until evening. I just turned the fan on. :)

      That helps me a lot, Red, in figuring out what to do for my Blue Moon ritual. I've got some of the basics in place but knowing it's so rare, doing something that isn't normally done makes a lot of sense. And while I'm still trying to de-tox off of the whole "selflessness" thing, I like the idea of having a selfish day now and then. Thanks!