Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sure I wanted to replace that piece of crap anyway (wtf happened to Toshiba? They used to make good laptops), but I was thinking more like 6 months from now after researching for a long time. Oh well, I suppose. So I lost most of my passwords with the drowning of the Toshiba, my husband dragged out his Toshiba laptop from 2006 and I searched and searched. I found as laptop I want, but for whatever reason, my desire for a tablet won out, so here I sit, tapping away on a Nexus 10.
I may have recovered most passwords, but unfortunately I haven't been able to access my hard drive to recover my saved-but-not-posted blogs. Soon, though.
In related news, I'm thinking of starting a tumblr blog. That's a story for another day, though, so if I figure things out, I'll post an update.
Monday, February 18, 2013
I really wasn't all that surprised to see this from Fox, but the fact that it was aired on a news station (or at least a station that considers itself "news") is appalling to me. This was a gross misrepresentation of Wiccans and Pagans, and I think they should be ashamed for reporting on something they know nothing about. If, after watching the video, you're interested in signing a petition, there is one going HERE for an apology, etc.
I wanted to take a moment to share why this has gotten under my skin so much, since things like this normally do not bother me. I won't go into the crazy stereotyping from the video...
First of all, I live in a very conservative, Christian, rural area. Most of the people around here watch Fox religiously and take what they hear/see there very seriously. It's not entirely safe for someone who is not a Christian to be open about their beliefs. Sure, they may not be chased down the street by people toting pitch forks and torches (or at least that's unlikely), but they could have their tires slashed, break lines cut, be beaten up, lose their job, or any number of other bad things.
But, the people here are very, very patriotic and become enraged very easily if those in the military are mistreated or discriminated against in any way. Those things can easily override any prejudices they hold towards other religions, sexualities, etc. They may not like that you're a Pagan, or gay, but they go nuts if they hear about a soldier being discriminated against for reasons such as those.
This thing with Fox has brought up Pagans in the military (I have no idea how) and people seem to be looking at it in a new light. I'm not saying they all are, but people that I personally know (and never expected to not agree with Fox) have become enraged by this Fox segment. They've put aside their hatred for other religions for a change because for some reason they're seeing this anti-Pagan mentality in a new light. I'm not sure if it's entirely because of the military Pagans out there, or if it's because they finally see how freedom of religion mean any religion, but I'm thankful for the change.
It takes baby steps to achieve change, and this seems to be just one of many for equality for Pagans. We are a minority, but we don't deserve to be ridiculed, bullied, beaten, etc. just because of our religious an spiritual beliefs. Somehow, it seems that this video is actually aiding Pagans because so many non-Pagans are voicing their opinion about it. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there pissed off because there's a petition against Fox, who think Fox was right about us, etc. But there are also a lot of people out there showing support.
Yes, Fox was out of line, but because of the public outcry over this video, some people are actually learning how inaccurate these misconceptions and stereotypes are, which is good for us. The more educated people are about Paganism and Witchcraft, the more accepted we'll be. It's going to take time, but I think this is definitely a step in the right direction for tolerance and understanding, even if Fox does not apologize (does anyone really expect them to?) and correct their mistakes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
- Rise of the Witch by G. Stewart
- Tiger's Eye by Barbra Annino
- Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
- The Coven by Cate Tiernan
- Blood Witch by Cate Tiernan
- Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan
- The Sacrifice by Evangeline Anderson
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
- Awakening by Cate Tiernan
- Spellbound by Cate Tiernan
- The Calling by Cate Tiernan
- Changeling by Cate Tiernan
- Strife by Cate Tiernan
- Seeker by Cate Tiernan
- Origins by Cate Tiernan
- Eclipse by Cate Tiernan
- Reckoning by Cate Tiernan
- Full Circle by Cate Tiernan
- Night's Child by Cate Tiernan
- Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats
(This post is so late because last week we had a couple of days of unseasonably warm weather (right after a huge snow), followed by a flash flood and a near blizzard. It was friggin' weird, let me tell you. So, in the midst of trying to check for damage from the flood, etc., I didn't get around to posting Friday, but here it is now.)
This is just how I feel about using curses, and I know many, may people disagree. That's fine, I get it. Here we go...
I don't have a problem with curses being used. But, in my opinion, a curse is similar to abortion. It is an option, but it should not be done "just because" or without careful consideration. Furthermore, you have to be willing to own your actions and any consequences that may come.
You don't begin a curse without really thinking it over. A curse is a final straw, out of options move that needs to be carefully considered, planned and executed. In my opinion, a curse isn't something you throw out there just because you can, and you should have a really damn good reason for using one. Translation: Being dumped isn't a good enough reason for a curse (again, in my opinion). What is curse worthy? Well, that's up to you to decide. I have a rough idea of situations that may push me to curse. I've been in situations that led to me considering them, but I always found alternatives that worked out nicely.
Basically, I think it boils down to how hard you've worked to find alternatives, how bad the situation is, and if you're truly willing to face the potential repercussions of sending out a curse.
On that note, let me reiterate that I am not Wiccan (as I've said before), and I do not believe in "white magick," "black magick," etc. I don't really believe in "good vs evil" either. Magick is magick is magick. I may go over my beliefs about magick, energy, etc. further in a separate post, but for now let me just say this: I don't believe in the rule of three so much. I do believe in karma, and I believe that (to a point) you get what you give. I think that there are situations where a curse may be a good option, just like physical violence may be an option in some situations. If someone were to attack me, I would either pummel them, shoot them (if I had a gun and a chance to use it), etc., or I would go down fighting and take a nice chunk of them with me if at all possible. I don't think of curses any differently, really, it's just a different method of defending/protecting myself.
I hope all of that made sense, but if it didn't I apologize. Again, I know people will disagree and I expect it. That's fine, great even, because that's part of the beauty of Paganism. We're allowed to have our own opinions and beliefs, build our own path/tradition if we choose.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I thought I would share this with you guys so you can see how simple it is.
I'm not a big fan of clutter on my altar, and living in a small place has forced me to get creative because I don't have room for a permanent large altar. This is just a big, antique ashtray with two stones representing masculine and feminine, a candle (which sort of doubles as a sort of miniature hearth flame), a stone for air, and a pretty bottle my husband bought me with some water in it. The bottom of the ashtray has sea salt to absorb negativity.
I love altars that are set up on small tray like things. I'm working on one in the bedroom right now, and I'm thinking of setting one up beside the bathtub. A while back I saw an altar set up in what looked like a very small fish bowl. Sometimes you have to get creative and the results can be great.