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This Blog is On The Move!

I’ve mentioned in the past that I worked for a very long time to untangle my many internet personas that for one reason or another, I felt compelled to establish over the years. This blog was one of the last lone holdouts, established under an email address I no longer use.

I had a WordPress account under my current email, with a nearly empty blog. I’ve decided to move my blogging to that account.

My new blog is called Barefoot Pagan Life. I like that name because while barefoot Paganism is something that is a constant for me, my specific path is fluid. Without a specific witchcraft path named in the title, I feel it gives me a wider birth for blog topics.

I love to write about Paganism and witchcraft, but also like writing about living a simpler lifestyle, the greening of our lives with cleaning products, grooming products, and our habits to lessen our carbon footprint. I’d like to write about a wide range of topics, and truly hope to do so.

I’ll keep this blog open for some time, but I would really love for you to join me at Barefoot Pagan Life!

Thanks!

Posted in Wicca/Witchcraft

Autumn – A Time For Witches

Most of my online time is spent in the virtual presence of Pagans & witches. It’s funny, the couple times that I thought I had decided to leave this path, the next day I looked at my devices that are portals to the internet, and thought, “what will I do when I’m online?” I’m dug in deep, and paganism, Wicca, and witchcraft are simply who I am now.

I bring this up because it’s around this time of year, usually in mid August, that I start seeing lots of fall, autumn, pumpkin, and Halloween posts. Lots of them. On Facebook, most of my friends are not Pagan. I see a small smattering of these autumn posts from them, but nothing compared to what I see in the Pagan realm in which I immerse myself.

Part of this phenomenon is due to people getting tired of the dog days of summer. In the pagan world, especially in the witchcraft corner of that world, I think it’s something much more. I think that many of us in the witchcraft community “come alive” in autumn. I know I do. I think it is a much more magically charged time of the year.

Typically, my spiritual activity such as rituals or magick takes a nose-dive in mid to late summer. There is so much else going on in the summer, plus the heat does eventually take its’ toll. But I’m telling you, as soon as the calendar turns to September, it’s like a witchcraft switch is flicked on, and I become spiritually rejuvenated.

For a lot of us, it’s all about working towards Halloween or Samhain. While that is an important time for me as well, that’s not my end game, so to speak. Our home is a mixture of Moroccan bohemian and Addams Family decor. If I had to pick one word for it, I’d say mystical. Most people pull out their Halloween decor in October, but much of ours is out year round. We do have the kitschy stuff you buy at Target that we put out too just for Halloween, but the “good stuff” is out year round. I do, however, relish the thinning veil between the living & deceased at Samhain, and look forward to working rituals dealing with that phenomenon.

I do try to keep some perspective on looking forward to autumn. When you’re younger, it seems like you have all the time in the world, but as you get older, you come to realize that there are only so many summers, autumns, winters, and springs left. I try to stay mindful, and appreciate each season to it’s fullest.

But I do start my horror-movie-a-day on September 1st, so there’s that….

Thanks for reading!

Blessed Be

*Pictured above are a Peggy Karr Glass ornament, and a Jim Shore Heartwood Creek witch that stay out all year round!

Posted in Wicca/Witchcraft

Wiccan Joy: Releasing Negativity

b56eca1462b26476ab3078e04ada6cd0There are a bunch of things floating around in my brain this morning, so I’ll try to focus on a couple. It’s been 10 days since I posted here. I’ve taken a bit of a break from the computer, and have focused on becoming more physically active. I’m here to tell you there is nothing better for one’s outlook than,, a. getting outside, b. exercising, c. getting away from the computer and the internet. Getting started is the biggest obstacle, but now I can’t wait to get out there this morning.

I’m working on my joy, my happiness, and quieting my mind. The past few days I’ve been thinking about what kind of spells I could do to aid my goals during the magically powerful time culminating with the full moon on Thursday.

I decided to focus on releasing negativity and the pain of the past. Negativity is the main category of several sub-groups, such as jealousy and envy. I’ve fallen into the trap of feeling envious of the good fortune of others, which has left me brooding, deflated, and very depressed.

But during several long runs, I’ve found some clarity. I decided that I was not embracing my Wiccan spirituality enough. As a witch, I have the power to create change, yet I wasn’t even trying to do so. In fact, this negativing was actually pushing me away from Wicca.

Also, I realized that the negativity that I was feeling was attracting more and more negativity. Misery loves company, and I was even seeking out thoughts and reasons to be negative about more and more things. Snowball effect.

So what to do? The first thing was to grab onto Wicca and hold on tight. Not only for the magick, but for the religious spirituality, and the faith in the God and Goddess. I know there are lots of witches who shun deities, and I get it. But for me, a belief in deity, even in the most abstract form, centers me, and gives me comfort. I tend to get too logical at times, and question deity. Ultimately this gives me no comfort, so why give into it?

Secondly, I need to release the negative thoughts. I need to release the pain, the past, the envy. So being a witch, I went looking for spells. I found a couple of spells that I plan to adjust to my situation, and perform them in these next several days. Those spells are here and here.

I think quite a few of us Wiccans and witches forget the power we have to create change for ourselves. I see many instances, on social media, of our kind asking for the energy and even prayers of others. While that can’t hurt, I think relying on our own power and energy is the ultimate goal.

I believe the goal of releasing negative and envious feelings, along with cementing my faith in this path I’ve been on for 12+ years, are two of the keys for joy.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment, or if you have any good spells or rituals pertaining to this, I’d love to take a look at them!

Blessed Be.

Posted in Paranormal

What’s Missing on “Ghost Hunters”

Ghost_Hunters_logoYesterday, I had time to fire up the DVR and watch the Season 11 premier of Ghost Hunters. I hadn’t really watched the show that much in the last few years, just catching glimpses of it. Not that he was the glue that kept me tuning in, but when Grant left, I just lost interest. Perhaps it had something to do with string-gate.

I was a big fan of the show up till that point. As I watched the show, I found myself reflecting upon what kept my interest in the early years. My conclusion? The interpersonal interactions of the original team was just as important to the viewer as the ghost hunting.

Let’s be honest here. No matter what ghost hunting show you watch, there is rarely ever something captured that definitively proves the place is haunted. There are noises, flashes of light, shadows, and sounds that your mind can morph into words. But apparitions or solid evidence of something happening? Rare, if ever.

What Ghost Hunters had that shows like “Most Haunted” lacked, was the fans interest in the members of the TAPS team. Here you had two guys who worked for Roto-Rooter, who put together a merry band of weekend ghost hunters. Jason & Grant were the founders, Donna was the organizer, Brian was the tech manager, Steve was an investigator along with Andy. Dustin and Tango may have been there from the start, I’m not sure. Oh, and Carl (whatever happened to him?) was the “demonologist.”

The interplay between the members of the group was as entertaining as the ghost hunting. The goofy set-up when Grant & Jason were on a plumbing job with Donna who called with a haunting job. Funny how the cameras were there at the right time at both locations.. Brian & Steve, who formed the goofiest team on the investigations, had some hilarious conversations.

We got to see how the team graduated from an office in Jason’s back yard to an actual office. As the show became successful, we saw new vehicles, new tech stuff, and the Halloween specials were great then. Then there was “Run Dude, Run” episode with Brian. Additionally, Brian was having some problems at home, so we saw some drama. The viewer felt bad for the guy.

All this made the viewer feel like they kinda knew these guys. Then came the shake-ups. Brian eventually left, and then shockingly so did Donna, then Andy. The show became a revolving door of investigators. Fans got to like Amy & Kris, but then they were gone. Then there was the 2008 Halloween marathon when Grant was accused of pulling a hidden string to make it appear his coat had been tugged upon, and allegations of piped-in voices.

Eventually Grant left, and so did I. I looked in a few times. The last time I watched a full episode before yesterday, there was a ghost hunting dog on the show..

The show lost what had set it apart from other shows like it. They had lost the “personal” connection between the investigators and the audience. It had become a procedural, and with Mike Rowe no longer narrating, Jason took that over. As a speaker & narrator, he makes a good plumber..

I’ll probably tune into a few episodes this season since they are leaving SyFy. I would guess they are moving to Destination America, home of all things haunted these days. It would be great if they could recapture the connections between viewer and investigators, but I’m not holding my breath. Success changes people..

Image above found on Wikipedia.

 

Posted in Cottage Witchcraft, Hippie Lifestyle

Hippie Witch Renewal

IMG_1231When I wrote this, I hadn’t realized today was the new moon. After reading it with that in mind, I realized it was a reawakening of sorts. Never underestimate the power of the moon.

Enough of a break. And no more declarative announcements about leaving Paganism/Wicca, taking breaks, or anything like that. If I need a break, I’ll simply take it. I’ve exhausted you & myself with that kind of stuff. I value you guys so much, and I need to remember that on a daily basis!

Yesterday was one of those internal, soul-searching days for me. Those are somewhat dangerous for me, as they can morph into a depressive state. There was a bit of that, but mostly I was just thinking about the person I’ve become.

I’ve often said that I’m mostly hippie and slightly goth. True enough, but the hippie is definitely overshadowing the goth. It started when I was pondering the fact that I’m still using store-bought liquid hand soap, which has about 20 ingredients I can’t even pronounce. I’ve decided to cut down on that, hoping to phase it out. Bar soap is healthier, and less drying. I found myself on Amazon, looking up soap holders, thinking these are what I will get.

While I was thinking about that, I was thinking about my deodorant situation. I’ve mostly settled into a patchouli & almond oil blend, similar to what I use as a facial moisturizer, but with a bit more patchouli. I do defer to Degree deodorant if we will be somewhere crowded, where people might be sensitive to patchouli. I’ve noticed that on days when I use the homemade blend, even if I sweat, I don’t stink. I think I’ve detoxed my underarms. Because I’ve gotten some oil stains on a couple of shirts, I am going to cut down on the amount I use, and see how that goes.

Patchouli is my default scent. We are a patchouli family couple, and even my wife loves it now. That’s good, because when I take a load of towels out of the dryer, there is always a faint patchouli scent. Patchouli is an acquired scent, but it took me about 3 seconds to acquire it!

We used to lead a more lavish lifestyle. Not a Donald Trump lavish, but a middle class lavish. With the onset of hippie-witchdom, that all went away. Gone are the days of full closets of clothes, buying unnecessary trinkets, overspending on gifts, or new cars every few years. It took a while to get away from the “I want, want, want” lifestyle, but we’ve managed to do it.

One of the hardest things to overcome was jealousy over some of the things other people have. Coming from a “keeping up with the Joneses” lifestyle to a self-imposed simple lifestyle is a process. Part of the process is realizing it involves sacrifices. There is a shift in  what makes you happy. Sure, the purchase of a new (fill in the blank) might make you happy for a bit, but we still have lots of stuff sitting in curio cabinets that brought us joy for a bit, but are now largely ignored. Not going out all the time was difficult at first, but spending quality time at home ends up being better.

If I could impart one piece of wisdom on those just starting out on their own it would be this: before you purchase something, ask yourself if that item will bring you happiness, and if so, for how long? If we had all the money we spent on things that brought us only momentary happiness, we’d have a lot more financial security, which would definitely make up happier! Find your base-line joy level, and stick close to it.

It’s hard to not want a lot of things if you spend much time online. My Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds are full of sparkly Pagan goodies that are tempting. Witchcraft can be practiced with no tools, or items at all, but you sure couldn’t tell that by the number of people and companies peddling stones, tools, crystals, oils, herbs, tarot readings, astrology readings, and on and on. I’m not saying to never buy anything. I have plenty of that stuff! And I’m happy people are able to make a living selling it. But it’s so easy to fall into a trap of constantly wanting more stuff. Sometimes to one’s financial detriment.

This has morphed, or perhaps was in the first place, a hippie stream of consciousness. I love how Paganism, Wicca, and witchcraft was able to rekindle my inner hippie. I am happy to have broken free from a total consumerism lifestyle.

I’ve subjected you to enough! Thanks for reading my ramblings, and I hope this finds you healthy and happy.

Peace, and Blessed Be!

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Taking a Break

05142d13d3c6822831385c11336d9114ed8a32-wmFor much of the last 4 or 5 years, I’ve spent a huge amount of time at my desktop computer. This has come at the expense of my social life, my family life, and my health. Instead of getting out and getting some exercise, I find an excuse to sit here.

Of the time I spend here at the computer, 90% of my time is spent on Pagan online interests. Reading blogs, writing blogs, reading Facebook Pagan pages, cultivating my Pagan Twitter and Google+ accounts, all take up lots of time. I’ve enjoyed this time for the most part, but I have come to realize that I’m expecting something out of it that I’m just not getting.

After a day spent online with Pagan activities, I’m increasingly no more enlightened or satisfied than I was when I sat down. For a long time, feedback from Twitter, G+, this blog, and other pages was exciting, and it still has its’ rewards. But I’m starting to check back on my social media more and more to see if anyone has reacted to something I posted. Lots of time.

When I get off the desktop to make dinner, I realize that I’ve let the day slip away, often at the expense of going outside, getting any exercise, running errands, doing chores around the house, or visiting family. I’ve started feeling empty because of this.

I like being a Pagan. The problem is, I think I’ve overloaded on it. I think it’s become more important than perhaps it should be, and I’ve forsaken other aspects of my life because of it.

So I’ve decided to limit my time sitting at the desktop, and let my spirituality take a backseat to other aspects of my life for awhile. Armed with an iPads, and an iPhone, I will certainly be able to stay connected with the world, but it might be time to spend my online time on other interests and pursuits. Maybe lighten up a bit, explore some cycling sites, and most of all, get out of the freaking house.

I was just going to do this without any explanation. But I have a good number of Twitter followers, G+ followers, and some nice followers here on the blog. I thought it would be considerate to explain my absence.

The thing is, I’m not having much fun these days. Summer is zooming by, and I figure I’ve got 4 months of cycling weather left, and I need to get out there and enjoy that time.

I’m not sure when I’ll be back, if I’ll be back, or how often, but I want to thank you all for your online friendships, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.

Peace.

Posted in Everyday Life, Wicca/Witchcraft

Peaceful Mind, Calm Spirit

I’ve decided to post more often here, even if it just a photo, or inspirational artwork that I’ve found somewhere online. As anyone who blogs knows, if you aren’t selling or promoting something, it’s difficult to come up with a constant flow of deep daily posts.

But I would like to feel like I’m staying in touch with those who choose to follow this blog on a more regular basis.

Today, I have to do something that I’m not particularly looking forward to, and fortuitously, I found this inspiration in my photos.

Have a wonderful day, and Blessed Be!

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