Saturday, October 29, 2011

The 5th Blog

So this is going to be my 5th blog entry and I decided before I continue on with what I am learning through my studies, my crafts and others parts of my spiritual journey that I would share a little about myself and my reasoning for starting all of this.

So we already know I am 25 years old with one daughter and a baby on the way.  I am also engaged to the greatest guy in the world who I have spent the last 3 ½ years with.  We are getting married 10-19-2012 and I am VERY excited.  But to continue I also have my mom and sister, then there is my Dad, step-mom 3 step-brothers and 1 step-sister; all ranging from the age of 15 to 8 or 9. But it’s not so bad really.

I am one of two Pagans in my family (My Uncle is Pagan).   And thus my journey has stopped a lot due to circumstances.  But on a bonus side my sister from my mom’s side is taking an interest in Wicca and paganism and she is looking to me as a teacher but I myself have only begun my journey.  So make sure I stay ahead of her in studies and I do my best.  But I wonder if I should be the one teaching her at all..  But we do our best and I have guided her to read a few books.  I told her she gets to read “To Ride a Silver Broomstick” by Silver Ravenwolf when I am finished with it.

Sorry it has taken me so long to get another blog out but I have been busy with working, taking care of my family, and being pregnant.  But part of what inspired me to write was what I got in the mail the other day from my Uncle.  I got a bunch of stones! And not just any stones, beautiful stones; Crystals, Bloodstone, Garnet, and so much more! I took some pictures and added them here.  And I think I may need to ask Astraea for help with creating a website! >.>  :P

I am more into healing and helping abilities of stones, and crystals then I am the herbal healing or the magick of the world.  But then again I also have explained in a previous blog I don’t really think of it as magic but more as the energies that course through us and the world around us. Stones and Crystals can hold massive amounts of energy good or bad.  So next time you pick up a rock, even a run of the mill stone, think of the thoughts that are going through your head at that moment because that energy will be captured and passed to the next person who hold the rock.

I have a red crystal ball.  I bought it from China and I absolutely love it!  Now I don’t scry.  At least not yet..  What I do is when I hold my crystal ball I do my best to think positive thoughts and healing thoughts that way the next time I hand it to a friend or family member I know they are getting that positive energy that I put into it.

Well to finish this off this blog I have decided that I am going to start a 30 day Mini Challenge and pick one or two stones or crystals a day and write about their origins, what their healing properties are and other myths, legends, and facts.  So I hope this turns out alright.  I will start that November 1st.
Well everyone have a Blessed Samhain and may your fall equinox be full of fun!

Like Ever Burning Fires,
                        Phoenix Passionfire

                              Note- Finally added the link to the links and to this blog for the Stone Pictures.
                                                      There are not many but I will be adding more.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

End Chapter 1; Onward into Chapter 2

Well I have finished the first chapter and not much has happened for me since I began.  Although I do plan on in one year returning to these old blogs and reading through them and remembering the steps I took.  I wish I could blog more frequently but unfortunately I work nearly all the time so I do it when I have time.  Tonight I am kind of pushing it since it’s after Midnight.

I have learned a lot from the first chapter.  I enjoyed reading about the Principles of Wiccan Belief.  Although it is sad to hear that the Council of American Witches disband the year it formed.   Things might be different now?

Looking at the first page of chapter two I read the title Getting Acquainted.  Thumbing through it from what I can tell I am going to learn about the different “Kinds” of Wicca and Witches.  I think we are all pagans personally.

Sorry for the short blog but its late and I wanna play with my new Paintshop Photo Pro X3! Heh Like the new banner?

Like Ever Burning Fires,
                        Phoenix Passionfire

Friday, October 21, 2011

How I have come to walk along this path...

I didn’t always believe in Witchcraft or Wicca or anything like that.  But the idea of it always fascinated me.  And I loved and still love learning of the Ancient Gods we know of from Western Mythology and History.  Egyptian was and still is my favorite.  I was baptized when I was 12 years old of my own choice.  I don’t remember if it was Baptist or whatever so I always just said I was baptized Christian.

After that as I got older I really didn’t think the whole Church and Christianity thing was for me.  So longing for a Faith that would fit me I began to research different religions in hopes to find one I like.   My husband at the time (he is now my ex-husband) was or is Wiccan and he told me bits and pieces about what he knew and I researched from there.  I learned that in different forms of Paganism people worshipped the Ancient Gods from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian Lore.

During the time I am doing all of this research I am also desperate to have a baby.  My ex-husband was army and it was difficult watching all of those around me getting pregnant and having babies.  I had convinced myself after a miscarriage I had that I couldn’t have babies.  I remember it being late one night and I began to just talk aloud to myself but to me I was talking to Isis, the Egyptian Mother Goddess, Goddess of Fertility, & Motherhood.  I told her how I had always wanted to be a mom and nothing more and how horribly bad I wanted to get pregnant.

Roughly a month later I find out that I am pregnant after the Ex and I get back from visiting his family in his home state.  I have never doubted in my mind that Isis gave me my beautiful little girl.  I still believe to this very day that it was Isis who gave me my princess and I believe that Isis has done it again in this pregnancy.  Call me strange, I don’t care; It’s no different than a woman asking God for a baby and getting it.

Walking the path that I have chosen for myself make me feel like I have found something that helps complete me.  I feel good about my choice and have never thought twice about it after finding Isis, Osiris, Bast, & Anubis.  I am hoping to gain a better understanding of myself and the abilities that I know are within myself.  I wish to further my knowledge in Paganism to get a better understanding of myself, my past, and the world around me.

As we all know there is no Grandeur without Sacrifice.  And I know something is eventually going to slip away from me because of my choice of Faith.  I don’t talk about believing in Paganism with too many people openly because it’s more of a respect thing.  And that is what makes me nervous about my beliefs is family who isn’t accepting or won’t understand will shun me.  Family is everything to me and it would hurt horribly to lose any of them.

Like Ever Burning Fires,
                        Phoenix Passionfire

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Principles of Wiccan Belief

As I said in my previous blog I am reading Silver Ravenwolf’s book “To Ride a Silver Broomstick”.  I am not very far into the book and I am at my second ‘project’ that Ravenwolf gives in the book.  This time it is asking for more than just to write a simple letter as before just to get the gears turning.

But I guess in 1974, the Council of American Witches met at their Spring Witchmeet in Minneapolis, MN.  The people of this Council helped create a document called, “Principles of Wiccan Belief”.  The Council created this in an effort to inform and educate the general public and fledgling Witches.  I found a listing of the Principles for you to see.  Click the link here or check my links it will be posted there too. 

I am supposed to read through them which I have a few times now and see which ones I disagree with and I don’t really disagree with any of them.  I tend to be an open minded individual so it is hard for me not to see things from everyone’s view or not to understand it to some extent as to why it ‘is’.  The only one I really have any kind thought on is number ten.

Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy-of-life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the one true right and only way” and have sought to deny freedom to other and to suppress others ways of religious practices and belief.
Now the reason I have though on this one is because from what I have studied of the different pagan faiths of the past; Greek, Roman, Egyptian, ext. is that they too oppressed the people who had began to follow the underground cult that is now known as Christianity.  Yes I said it.  Underground Cult.  Look it up yourself if you don’t believe me.  

 Any who, I do not think it is right to force others to believe what others believe or anything to that effect but I do feel that we as Pagans, and Wiccans that we should have more tolerance to them to overcome that religious barrier.

Other then that I agree with rest of the 13 principles.  Created in  1974 by the Council of American Witches even though the council broke up that year the Principles of Wiccan Belief are still being used to this day.

Like Ever Burning Fires,
                        Phoenix Passionfire

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Start

I have started reading “To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft” by Silver Ravenwolf.  And I am borrowing a friend, Astraea’s Idea.  Start a blog as you read along with the book.  It sounded like a pretty good idea so here I am.  I am Phoenix Passionfire.  A mom of soon to be 2, my daughter is almost 6, and I am due March 28th.   And I am engaged to a wonderful man that is yin to my yang; he balances me out.

Any who; let’s get on with it.

What is the definition of the word, Witch?  The dictionary says; somebody with alleged magic powers, a follower of nature.  But this isn’t about what the dictionary says its more about what I think the word, Witch, means.  I agree with the Dictionary on the follower of nature part.  To me, a witch, is a wise woman, or man; not the creepy, ugly, & old women that Hollywood depicts them as.  A witch is a Wise Person who knows how to work with nature and the energies around them to create positive happenings for themselves and others.

I think it is unfair how society isn’t as accepting as it should be with the practice of witchcraft and other pagan rights.  It is a religion just like Christianity, Judaism, Hindu, and Muslim; and thus I feel that people of the Pagan Faiths should be allowed to practice without be judged just as those of other faiths are.   One thing is a postitive is that I see that Society is slowly becoming more accepting of Wicca, & Paganism.  People don’t have to ‘hide’ like they used to.  They should have never had to ‘hide’ to begin with.

I have accomplished so much over the 3 years that I moved from my hometown to the town I now call home here in Iowa.  So much has happened good and bad that it would take me years to remember everything and put it into writing.  The newest goal I have set for myself recently is to be successful in life and in my career.  Sure it’s not a great job but it’s a job.  I want to climb up the ladder and become more than just an employee and I just want to be successful and happy in my life with my family.  That’s not much to ask for is it?

Like Ever Burning Fires,
                        Phoenix Passionfire
*Personal Note- these are my views and no one else’s.  If you can’t take the heat stay the hell away from the fire.