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Daily Happenings: 8/24 – 8/30

August 31, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Wiccanate Privilege Workshop

August 27, 2014

So in the wider Pagan/Polytheist community there was quite the kerfluffle over the concept of Wiccanate Privilege.  My local community is behind the times…out of touch…clueless or maybe simply more tolerant.  I don’t know.  Yet I’ve started to see the possibilities of there being problems.

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Daily Happenings: 8/17 – 8/23

August 24, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

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Mary-El Tarot: VIII Justice – Ma’at

August 21, 2014
The card behind today's revelation

The card behind today’s revelation

So I bought this deck (Mary-El tarot) while at Dragonfest.  I didn’t want a new deck.  I have plenty, many of which rarely get used.  I’m sorely trying to let go of the things I don’t use.  So I didn’t want a new deck and the price was way more than I usually pay for a deck…yet it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.  The deck called to me and I have a suspicion that one of my divinities was the force behind my purchasing of this deck.

Yesterday I was reminded of my need to familiarize myself with the deck, so I’ve been reading the book as I make my way through the deck.  So far, I’m loving it.  The only card that doesn’t make sense to me is the Hierophant as I just don’t understand it.  However it is the Justice card that rung my chime for me today.  This card was one of the reasons why I bought the deck.  While the artist says this is Ma’at, I see Isis with a feather from her wings representing ma’at or truth and her connection with the heavens and a snake to represent her connection to the underworld.  Now I do not like Justice at 8, but at 11 for no other reason than that is what I’ve become used to reading through my years of working with Tarot.  8 is one of my favorite numbers so in this deck, with this image it is starting to make sense to me.

Long have I talked of getting a tattoo on my arm of a feather.  For me, it represents my role as messenger for Zeus.  Yet I haven’t done it for many reasons but mostly because I felt I was missing some part of the meaning it should hold for me.  Because of that I couldn’t decide how the tatoo should look.  After Isis smacked me with her clue-by-four, I also started to see it as connection to her but that wasn’t it completely it.  Something else was missing.  Reading and looking at this card brought what I think is the final bit of meaning for me.

As I read about the card and studied the card, one of the things that came to me was I love how the feather of ma’at was drawn.  This reminded me of the time that Ma’at (the goddess) had smacked me with her own clue-by-four some years ago telling me that:

There are many layers to ma’at.  What is true for one, may not be true for another.

 To thy ownself be true.  Know yourself, accept who you are.  Only then will you know freedom.

This is a direct quote from the journal entry (a couple of months before I found out I was pregnant with my son) I wrote after that meditation…and after I had to get my then High Priestess to help me reset my third eye chakra which was whirling very painfully from the meditation.  Heck, I still have a very physical reaction in that spot upon remembering that meditation.

Reading the entry on the above card, brought this all back answering other questions I’ve always had about Ma’at’s mythology.

“…know thyself, create thy reality, become thy greatest potential, ground wishes with action…Within her chamber…Ma’at weighted the heart of the dead; if it was light like her feather, like Truth, the heart, seat of the soul, would go on to live in eternity…If it was heavy it would be fed to the hungry monster, Ammut the Devourer.  Would it be that Ma’at is Life…and Chaos is the undivided source of life?  That in her scales the soul which is lighter than a feather is separated from the heavy flesh and sent to live on in Eternity…And that the heavy flesh it was bound in is fed to Ammut the Devourer, who is chimera, like the earth, like the grave or fertile soil, a place where all of our bodies go back to? …in the 8 you conquer your self.  It is time to settle down quietly and go within, and to pass the last test which is to know yourself, all of yourself in truth, all of it, good and bad…look in the mirror and honestly see the person within with no embellishment or flourish…when one sees himself clearly he sees the outer world clearly as well…8 is an internal process of reconciliation where one is purified and transformed…”

Yep, this was the final bit of meaning I was missing.  I now know what I want my tattoo to look like and all the reasons behind it.

Isis, Lady of the Holy Cobra

August 18, 2014

Aj / Melia:

Because I have always strongly connected snakes with Isis…

Originally posted on Isiopolis:

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I know, not a cobra…just a cool snake

We are repelled by them. We are fascinated by them.

Beautiful. Elegantly simple. One long muscle sheathed in glossy scales, some like brilliantly colored living jewels, some darkly and dangerously camouflaged.

There was a time when I really, really, really wanted a snake. I did my research. I discovered which kinds were likely to make the best “pets,” if I can even call them that, and how to care for them. Heck, both my Deities have serpentine connections; I should have a snake.

The holy cobra

The holy cobra

But in the end, I didn’t get a snake. We already had a fierce black cat and I figured the cat and the snake would pretty much drive each other crazy. Plus, I didn’t want to keep frozen baby mice in the freezer as snake food. Eeesh.

While I may occasionally see a little garter snake in my backyard (and…

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Festival/Daily Happenings: 8/10 – 8/16

August 17, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion. This is a continuation of the special edition of my weekly “Daily Happenings” from last week.  I didn’t keep a journal while I was at Dragonfest, Colorado so I will just be listing the things I remember.   Read more…

Festival Happenings: 8/3 – 8/9

August 12, 2014

Just a reminder…my journal blogs are mostly for me and the few people that truly want to know what I do on a daily basis.  Read or ignore as you please.  Unless otherwise stated, I greet my main shrines twice a day when home and say prayers before bed.  Warning:  may contain rants…rants by definition are not based on logic and are solely for the purpose of clearing headspace so that I can address things in a more positive fashion.

This is a special edition of my weekly “Daily Happenings” in that I didn’t keep a journal while I was at Dragonfest, Colorado so I will just be listing the things I remember.  Had a wonderful time (probably the best year in the 19 I’ve been attending) despite the bipolar weather. (Rather hot or rather cool and rainy).  I will be listing what I remember but it is probably rather incomplete.  I did greet my mini altar twice a day on most days.  I’m not going to say much about my son, ’cause we spent a lot of time bumping heads.  He did not listen to his body and gave me/us a hard time when we interferred.  He ended up spending more time than I want to think about confined to camp or stuck with me or Hubby due to his poor decisions.  I’d feel really bad except he wasn’t the only child who had issues…I blame it on the moon and stars as I have no other good explanation.  I only wandered down to the main drum circle a time or two…for a change it was more fun in our camp. Read more…

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