Thursday, August 13, 2015

Visualize THIS.

Blessings, Darlings!

Today in an extremely fluffy Facebook 'witch' and 'Wicca' group - where I'm totally sure that no one has an initiation in lineaged Wicca or could explain what an egregore is and how that related to lineaged Wicca - I was ... informed ... that magic is all about visualization. 

So I asked if that meant that the blind can't do magic. 

This told me several things.  First, that people using the word 'visualization' haven't thought about that ableist phrasing, obviously. Second, that they are just parroting things that they read in bad books (or that their 'teachers' read in bad books).  Third ... that they have no bloody idea what magic is about.

Trust me - there would be a crap load of bleeding bodies around me if magic was just 'visualization'. At the very least, with all the magic user out there imagining/visualizing things - think of what would have happened to Donald Trump's hair by now!

No, magic is NOT about 'visualization'. It's about moving energy.  Beginners are often taught to move energy by using visualization, but ONLY because it helps them past a few limits they've put on themselves.  The visualization is NOT THE MAGIC. MOVING THE ENERGY is the magic.

And if you do not understand that, you fucking shouldn't be teaching.

Frondly (or not), Fern


Friday, August 7, 2015

Taking A Wider View

Blessings Darlings!

This morning, when I finally got up (I closed last night, got home at midnight, then spent an hour on the phone with Verizon because cable TV is down), the Chubby Hubby informed me the outlet that all the florescent lights in his lab are plugged into was broken.  He had already tried re-setting the circuit breakers, which were in the garage, but that hadn't helped.  He'd 'fixed' the problem by adding an extension cord and using a different outlet.

Okay.

I go about my day.  That includes getting meat out to thaw for dinner.  The big freezer, along with a small dorm refrigerator, are in the garage.  Once in the garage, I see a puddle on the floor from the dorm fridge - it's not working. No power.  Big freezer has no power either.  This is not good. Big freezer is full of meat, including two legs of lamb that the Spawn found marked down the other day.

Husband and I look at the problem together. Not the circuit breakers. All plugged in. Oh - that little red light on the outlet the frig and freezer and plugged into - THAT's where the problem is!  Push button to reset that, all is well.  Not just for freezers, but for the house alarm system and the outlet in the lab.

THEN CH tells me that he'd seen the puddle on the floor when he fiddled with the circuit breakers before I'd gotten up, but didn't think to connect it to the electrical issue.  Or think at ALL about where a puddle would have come from in a garage.   

CH had a narrow focus.  And had 'fixed' his narrow problem, sort of. But this was a broader-based problem, and it took noticing the broader-based evidence to fix it.  And a bit of luck - had I not gone to the freezer for meat, we might have lost EVERYTHING we had in the freezer.  And I would have had one hell of a tantrum.

All's well ... that starts with LOTS of observations.

Frondly, Fern

Sunday, July 26, 2015

You're not REALLY going to eat that.

Blessings Darlings!

Back in May I posted about eating weeds, and how bitter some of them are.  And WAY back, when I reviewed the Hunger Games books, I posted about how the author had clearly never eaten the dandelions she had her characters eat and enjoy.  And folks in Pagan groups online seem to post ALL THE TIME about edible wild plants - "And the seeds of plantain and etc can be ground into flour and cooked and eaten!"

Well, yeah, they can be.  But the odds are you aren't going to enjoy eating them.  That we know that they can be eaten is not a celebration of edible weeds so much as a commentary on how desperate folks have been in the past, by folks who are NOT desperate, and have never eaten them, today.

Yes, for us preppers and, probably, for us pagans it's important to know options that you have.  But that has to be coupled by having actually DONE the things you are telling others can be done.  Armchair knowledge without experience is 99% useless. 

I LIKE bitter foods, and can't eat most wild greens without 1 - only harvesting the youngest leaves; 2 - soaking them in several changes of CLEAN water before cooking 3 - cooking them; 4 - mixing the with other foods to help hide the bitterness.  My husband does NOT like bitter foods - if I was to assume that, in time of Great Need, I could feed him them, and I'd find out right quick that he'd ot be able to choke them down.  And a friend HAS gathered and ground seeds from plantain, cooked it, and found it pretty much inedible. 

"Intellectually knowing" that something can be done, "Intellectually knowing' how to do something, is not at all the same as having done it. This is both a prepper and an occult fact. 

Put down the book. Turn off the internet. Go out there and DO SOMETHING.

Frondly, Fern

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tea Time

Blessings Darlings!

I'm at my desk with a hot cup of tea, preparing to do a bit of divination by reading tea leaves.  This is NOT something I'm good at, instead, it's a skill I'm still learning.

And I bumped up against a limitation of this as a form of divination.

See, I'm checking out the not-visible results of doing a bit of a hex.  Normally, using Tarot cards, I could pull a card each for effectiveness, how doing it would effect me, how doing it would effect those around my target.  Mix, pull, interpret.  Pretty straight forward.

That's not how it works with tea leaves, at least for the readings I'm practicing now.  I'm just doing, for this divination, a 'how will this work out over the next month' reading, not a 'let's look at every house of the zodiac' reading.  (I DO plan to learn that later, but I really don't speak astrology).  So I would have to have one cup of tea for each and every one of those questions. 

That's a lot of tea to have, especially on a hot day.  My bladder just looked up at me and said "Really?  REALLY?"

So ... I'm just asking how it would effect ME. Because I'm that way today.

Now, what the heck does that elephant mean?

Frondly, Fern

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Egregores

Blessings Darlings!

Every group that lasts long enough has it's own egregore. To be clear, I'm not talking about Facebook groups here (tho some certainly do have one), I'm talking about groups out in the real, not digital, world. They are sentient psychic entities. They are created by the group mind, and then once created have a strong influence on the group mind.

We're all in multiple egregores, of course. A family usually has one - you might have one for your nuclear family, one for your mother's side of the family, and one for your father's side. Your workplace, if you have one, has one. Political parties have them. Hobby groups have them. Schools have them. A founding group of like minded folks get together to work on some goal, the psychic energy and will coalesce over time, and - rather like cosmic dust building enough mass and gravity that fusion starts and a star is formed - a sentient entity forms.

Every occult and/or spiritual study group, if it's around long enough, develops an egregore. Every coven. Every tradition. A coven IN a tradition is, obviously, part of at least two egregores.
Gerald Gardner, IMNHO, with his rather extensive occult experience, consciously set up the egregore for Wicca (just as he consciously set up the religion). He set up ways to become a part of the egregore, because that is what occultists DO.

We can call the entity the egregore of Lineaged or Traditional Wicca.

Decades later ... came Eclectic Wicca. It seems to me that it's based on Outer Court/not initiated/not part of the Lineaged Traditional Wiccan Egregore information about Wicca. Does it have an egregore? Sure. Does it have the same Egregore that Lineaged Traditional Wicca has? No, because to be come part of that egregore, Gardner set up a specific way to join THAT egregore - initiation, done in a specific way, and by an person who meets specific qualifications.

Is Eclectic Wicca a 'valid spiritual path'? Yes.
Is Eclectic Wicca the same thing that Traditional Lineaged Wicca is? No.

Now, I'm willing to bet that there are folks who agree with this.

And I'm willing to bet that there are folks who disagree with this.

So, let's discuss.

Frondly, Fern

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Anti-Racism Magic

Blessings Darlings!

I assume that everyone reading has heard of the attack earlier this week on the people - black people - at the Emmanuel AME church in South Carolina.  I'm going to provide a simple magic aimed at reducing racism.

BUT - before I get to that - I'm going to write about what racism is and what to do in the mundane about it. 

First I'm going to point out that the dictionary definition of racism is totally inadequate.  The dictionary (written by ... whom? think on that) defines racism as the same as 'prejudice'.  As an individual issue.  That's not correct, in my never humble view. In my view, racism is a societal power issue - you can be prejudiced against folks you don't have power over, but racism has IMPACT on daily lives of others. Racism requires power over the 'others'.  That can only happen when privilege is a basic part of society.  BTW - you might want to research why/how the AME church was created.

It can be hard to see privilege if you have it.  I guess that's kind of like not seeing air if you're a land animal, or not seeing water if you're a fish.  If you're not sure what privilege looks like, you can google things like 'how to recognize white privilege'. 

Actually ending racism is going to end white privilege. That's going to be a side effect. If you do the magic right, and it starts working at least in your local area ... if you're white, you may see changes in your life that you might not like. Police and courts might treat you the same way they treat blacks.  Because privilege is built into the legal and enforcement systems.  And the system is going to fight ending privilege.

In the Mundane - move out of your comfort level. 

To work on ending racism in every day life, you're going to have to speak up when you see/hear racism and prejudice.  Speak up when folks make 'jokes' putting down other races.  The terrorist in Charleston made lots of them.  His friends laughed.  

Have those discussions about race, prejudice, racism that might be scary for you to have.  If you're white, you fear of words is nothing compared to the fear of being attacked for your race by the agents of the state.

And, FFS (BTW, on MY blog, FFS means "For Fern's Sake"), listen to people of color when they describe their experiences.  Don't try to rush them to 'forgiveness' when the perps haven't asked for it, and when the attacks are ongoing. 

The Magic

This is real simple magic.  Go weed your garden. Charge the weeds with being 'racism', and root those weeds up. Let them dry to nothing in the light of the sun.  

That's it.  Really. Most magic is simple.

Frondly, Fern

Monday, June 8, 2015

Defrosting The Freezer

Blessings Darlings!

Being the busy little home maker I am, I'm defrosting the freezer as I type this.  We have an OLD upright freezer, 14.7 cubic feet, not at all frost-free.  We got it in January 1979, so it predates our 1980 marriage and LONG predates our 1987 Spawn. 

Every now and then (really, more NOW), it needs to be defrosted.  It's one of the easiest household tasks, if you manage things right.  And the one thing that is most critical, to me, in 'managing things right' is to use big cardboard boxes - the type to hold hanging files in - in your freezer to  hold things as a matter of course. 

Our freezer has 4 of those in use.  Two for meats, one for bones for broth and prepared broth, and one for fruits.  I also use the cardboard 'bases' from cases of catfood in two places.

The boxes do two things.  First, they prevent ice buildup on the TOP of the shelves.  This the cardboard bases to, too.  But on top of that, to empty the freezer before defrosting, and to re-fill after defrosting, all I have to do is move the box out or in.  No trying to find things to store that food in.  Easy peasy. 

Once everything is out of the freezer, I just put big pots of boiling water in, close the door, and wait. Thermodynamics FTW! Of course, I have layers of towels on the floor, but since the freezer is in the garage, mostly I just sweep the puddles out after I'm done.

Once defrosted, the old darling runs like a top. 

And while it defrosts, I get to multitask online.

Frondly, Fern