Yeah yeah, it's been forever. I don't feel like doing an update-y post today though. Too much work. Instead, I found a questionnaire that I thought was pretty fun and might give ya'll a better picture of what exactly it is I believe in. Might help myself answer that question more fully as well.
I'll start writing regularly again soon, I promise.
Do you have a magical name?
No. Honestly, I think it's kinda silly. And I like my real name.
Does it have a special meaning?
How did you find Wicca/Paganism?
Oh god, it's hard to say. There seemed to be a period of a few months where everywhere I went I heard about it or saw something about it and I just kind of gradually drifted over.
How long have you been practicing?
It's hard to say, again. I think I did my first spell in middle school so that means...at least seven years. I think.
Solitary or group practitioner?
I've been to a few full moon rituals, but at my core I feel better about practicing alone.
What is your path?
I guess you could call it eclectic agnosticism, but that sounds lame. I keep my mind open to God, no matter where I find it, so my "path" changes regularly, or rather, it is regularly added to.
Are you out of the broom closet?
Yes, my family and friends know that I identify as pagan, but it's not like it's the first thing I spout out to new people I meet either. If religion happens to come up organically in a conversation, sure, I'll share, but I'm not one of those who say "Oh yeah? Well I'm a WITCH!" or whatever.
Who are your patron Gods?
I don't have one.
Who are your matron Goddesses?
I don't have one.
Which Gods/Goddess' do you worship?
I don't worship them. I see gods from most religions as archetypes that can be helpful in visualization etc, but do I actually think there are people up in the clouds who are intensely invested in my, or anyone else's, personal life? No. The only "god" I worship is the Divine Spirit or whatever the hell you want to call it. I should do a separate blog post about this question.
Do you fear dark aspects of the Gods/Goddess, or rather, respect them?
Fear and respect are not mutually exclusive. I both fear and respect the cruel side of nature and divinity.
Do you worship the Christian God?
No. But more power to those who do.
Do you ever worship animals?
Do you regularly commune with nature?
It depends on what you define "commune" to mean. I've been known to stare at trees for uncomfortable amounts of time. Does that count?
Ever walked barefoot in the woods?
No, that's dangerous. I'd do it in my yard though.
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature?
I don't really do camping. I know, I'm a terrible pagan.
Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth?
One time my best friend and I went exploring in the woods behind her house. It was awesome.
What is/are your power animal(s)?
Don't have one. This is another common thing in paganism that I find a wee bit silly.
Do you have a familiar?
I have pets who I am close to and feel like I have an almost human relationship with, but I don't know about familiars.
Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual?
Or a plant?
Do you hug trees?
No. But I like to lean against them. That's kind of like a backwards hug, yes?
Give them gifts?
Biodegradable offerings of milk or rose water or a scrap of paper with a message on it? Sure.
What is your favorite flower to work with?
What is your favorite tree to work with?
I like a good solid tree with not too many branches at the bottom so I can sit against it. Doesn't matter what sort of tree it is as long as it meets these requirements. Haha
Wheel of the Year
What are your favorite holidays?
Yule and Ostara
What is your least favorite holiday?
Not really a fan of Samhain. I know, I'm a terrible pagan.
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?
Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a pagan holiday?
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21 rather than the 25?
Yule is on the 21st. I celebrate it on the 21st. I also celebrate a family Christmas on the 25th, but it isn't Yule.
Have you ever felt the Veil thin?
Ever danced the Maypole?
I seem to remember doing it once when I was little, but I didn't know what it meant.
Know what the Maypole symbolizes?
Yes. *Eyebrow waggle*
Ever made love on Beltane?
How do you usually celebrate the pagan holidays?
Meditating or writing about the holiday, baking, whatever I feel like doing.
Do you use Tarot?
I use Brian Froud's Faerie's Oracle. While not tarot, they are oracle cards, so no but yes.
Do you use runes?
Do you use a pendulum?
Do you use dowsing rods?
Do you use astrology?
Any other form of divination?
Almost anything can be divination. I'm sure I do it all the time without even really noticing it.
What was the first spell you did?
Oh god, I think it was a glamour. Ahahahaha....
What was the latest?
Hmm, I can't really remember. I'm not really big on the Magick stuff. Probably a little something for emotional healing.
Ever done a love spell?
A job spell?
A healing spell?
Only psychological or emotional healing. I realize that doing a spell to physically heal an injury or disease is pretty dumb and, while it can be helpful emotionally to work Magick in conjunction with proper medical treatment, it shouldn't be used on it's own. The way I see it, Magick doesn't actually change anything but your mind's own perception of a thing. Before I go off on the subject, I think I'll just make a note that this should be it's own blog post too.
What was the most powerful spell you've ever performed?
My spells for clarity are usually pretty effective.
Do you believe in Vampires?
Elves? Faeries? Dragons? Nymphs? Sprites? Mermaids? Sirens? Satyrs?
No. ("But wait!" you say "didn't you say you used a Faerie Oracle?" Yes. I did and I do, but do I think faeries are real? No. The images on the cards represent universal archetypes, not actual beings.)
Hmm...I guess it might be possible.
Ever "seen" any of the above?
Ever talked to any of the above?
Ever called on any of the above in magic?
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?
Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?
I can see the man in the moon. My husband see's the rabbit, but I don't see it.
Own a cat?
When you meditate what does your sacred/safe place look like?
Do you work with Chakras?
I know hardly anything about them.
Do you believe in soul mates?
Not really. Maybe.
Ever met one?
Do you have a Spirit guide?
Is it always love and light?
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