Some great ideas about how to express gratitude in meaningful, easy ways each and every day. Like I posted on Twitter earlier today, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire
“Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.”—Alan Cohen
I’m starting to write a bucketlist - things that I want to do, experience or accomplish before I croak. Some of these things, off the top of my head, I will definitely add to this later:
-conquer claustrophobia & learn to scuba dive
-run a marathon
-have a threesome (ooh la la!)
-walk on the Great Wall of China
-go on a vacation by myself
-write & publish a book on witchery
-become a successful blogger (more on this later, need to figure out how to quantify “successful”)
-become a headlining, world-class burlesque performer
-become completely fluent in French again
-build an off-grid, eco-friendly house to live in
-foster rescue cats
-go to Japan
-become a certified yoga teacher
-write & direct a film (probably a dramedy)
-take improv classes
-take singing lessons again —> sing in a soul or jazz band
-learn to play ukelele
-photobomb a world leader
-learn to develop my own film
-sail around the Greek islands
-create/buy/make the Rosa Mystica covenstead, we want to find an old Church and covert it!
-wear a dress that is entirely covered in rhinestones to a totally inappropriate function
-drive a 1957 Cadillac Deville
-zip around Rome on a Vespa and recreate Audrey Hepburn’s activities in Roman Holiday
-learn to pole dance
-pay for a stranger’s dinner at a fancy restaurant and leave without telling them
-leave a $100 tip for someone who really needs it
-send anonymous postcards to random addresses telling the recipient that they are beautiful, worthy of love, and generally fantastic
-see the pyramids in Egypt
-visit every Canadian province and territory (which may be related to my next one)
-take the train from Nova Scotia to British Columbia (or vice versa)
-eat completely raw vegan for a month
-ride an elephant
-make my own wine
-buy my mum a house
-plan and participate in a flashmob of choreographed song/dance, like something you’d see in a musical
-learn to swing dance (I’ve done a bit, but it’s been a long time and I really want to do more of it!)
-full sleeve tattoos on both arms
Versatile blogger award - super flattered, THANK YOU!
Thank you to the moxie Ms. littlecitywitch for nominating me for this award. She is pretty much one of the most prolific pagan bloggers/Tumblr users I know of, and I am so lucky to have her as a friend! She’s so sweet, and really I am beyond flattered! Especially because I haven’t been as active as I’d like on here of late. (Once my thesis project demon is slayed, I will be back in the full swing of things! I still have belated posts to make about Equinox & my witchy Passover Seder.)
So apparently those who have been what winning folks are supposed to do (according to her post):
Thanks the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
Share 7 things about yourself.
Pass this award along.
Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
2.) I have a large purple/blue/red port-wine stain birthmark on my left shoulder that I am constantly told looks like a bruise. I actually really like it, I think it looks like a nebula.
3.)My two feline companions, Serafina and Mercy (see below), are pretty much my favourite beings in the universe.
4.)I did competitive debate tournaments from grade six-my second year of undergrad. Basically, you probably don’t want to be get into an argument with me. ;)
5.)Despite the fact that I love to perform and be on stage, I’m actually very introverted and easily get overly stimulated in large groups of people. I’d much prefer to be at an intimate gathering with a few people than at a giant party.
6.)I have been considering legally changing my name for quite some time (I’ve written about this on here a few times before). I’ve never really felt overly connected with my given name and I feel like it would be a very powerful act (on many levels) to rename myself.
7.)I am very blessed to have found such an amazing spiritual family with the other founding members of my burgeoning coven, Rosa Mystica. They constantly inspire me and are all fierce as fuck. When I grow up, I hope to be half an awesome as the rest of them.
And my picks for nominees -
kitzuneh - creatrix, seriously magical, foxy mcfoxster
mylittlenestofvipers - stylist/costume designer, nerd warrior princess, purveyor of bling
life lived in analog - former roommate, lifelong friend, illustrator extraordinaire
lazy-lazarus - pretty much posts all of the best things ever, I think she reads my brain waves
conjuring seed - the cutest little zombie that I ever did see
Please don’t be offended if I didn’t mention you, these are just a few of the many Tumblr users whose posts I greatly enjoy and who I think really fit the “versatile” label and aren’t nearly as well known as they should be.
Hey all, hope everyone’s doing okay! I’d like to have a good ol’ tumblr-style discussion about something that’s been kickin’ around in my head for a little while.
I want to organize a zine (which will hopefully become a series of zines) which focuses on witchcraft. I would like to provide the…
Yes, to all of this. I know discussed this somewhat awhile back, am definitely still interested in contributing and helping out.
Also to anyone else who might be interested - check out the original post.
Hi, I'm 17 and I've been looking into paganism. I've always been very fond of mythology and my feminism has lead me to the the study of goddesses and Goddess which then led me to paganism. There's so much to it though and I don't know where to start. I also have crippling depression, and I'm looking for something healthy to help me. Where do I start? And is this religion unlike so many others opposed to homosexuality? (I'm bi, but lean more towards girls.)
Thanks for your questions!
First off - it’s awesome that you’re starting your exploration of paganism with studying mythology and goddesses, it’s a good starting point. To anyone who is just starting out, I always tell them to read everything and anything they can get their hands on. Read a wide variety of sources and see what resonates with you. Some authors that have good titles for beginners include Starhawk, Scott Cunningham, Ann Moura, Ellen Dugan, and T. Thorn Coyle. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find books at your local public library, or used bookstores (or, of course your local occult store is also an option.)
That being said, if you’re serious about the study of paganism and/or magic, you knowledge can’t be purely academic. You should start with some basic visualization, focus and grounding exercises. I don’t consider myself Wiccan, but I will say that Starhawk’s Spiral Dance has some great beginners exercises in it. It’s usually what I recommend to budding witchlings who come into my work.
If there are any occult supply stores near where you live it might be worth getting in contact with them to see if they have beginners courses, workshops, or open rituals. Witchvox has extensive regional listings of shops and resources.
I’m sorry to hear that you’re suffering from depression. I’ve battled it myself for large periods in my life, and can definitely empathize. Overcoming depression is a highly personal thing, and what works for one person may not work for anyone else. I am not a huge fan of medication, but I have friends it has worked wonders for. I have dealt with own depression through meditation, lots of TLC/self-care, yoga, and with the help of some great supplements recommended by my Naturopath. In my own case, I was an insomniac for many years, and once I got to root causes of my sleep issues, my mood improved a lot. Only you know what you need and what is right for you. For now, while you’re struggling, it might be good idea look into counselling or psychotherapy. I would recommend trying to find someone who does a lot of work with other LGBTQ teens.
Re: for your question about sexual orientation - in general and very broadly speaking, I think paganism is very inclusive, open and can definitely be queer positive. Over half of my coven members are queer, and many other pagans I know also would self-define as queer. However, paganism is an umbrella term that applies to a lot of different traditions, some of which might have aspects of heterosexism in some of their beliefs or activities.