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Sneezes, New Tarot Spread, Lamb, and the Kitchen Sink

I generally like to keep my postings short, and to the point but this one might be very different.  There is so much I need to catch up on and that I need to get off my chest.  I might come back later and add a Table of contents to help the reader wade through the fluff. I bet if you read my last post you are wondering a couple of things.  Well the answer is yes, or 42.

Actually last weekend was pretty awesome.  I went to an Imbolc ritual held by Rose Hollow coven and it was breathtaking.  It was just so overwhelming to meet so many nice people.  They were all very down to earth and genuine.  We were able to sit down with the members, and seekers before hand and talk about life.  There was laughter and merriment, and a tiny bit of drinking.  It felt comforting to just be myself around other people.  It is a feeling that I am really not use to.  We held ritual which was a first for me.  Not that it was my first ritual, but certainly my first with a coven or group of people.  I wont reveal what was said or even the outline but I will say a couple of things about it.  I went into this very open.  I had all day to prepare and it was constantly on my mind, which I think helped get some nerves out of the way.  For the item I had to bring I decided to take along a Tarot Card.  I choose the Ace of Wands.  It seemed like the best choice since I really wanted to find a symbol that had something to do with my business and creativity.

I still was getting over “first meeting jitters”.  Usually it takes me an awfully long time to open up to people. Sometimes years, which I believe leads to this misunderstanding that I am pretentious or snobbish.  Honestly I am just shy and lack social grace.  I find it hard within a large group to really let go.  It is second nature to me that when I go out into public to really close off psychically, probably for self defense.  I also tend to be a pretty even tempered person.  Meaning I don’t get over excited or under excited, I always try and keep my emotions intact to avoid unraveling when things don’t go my way.  This is a problem during ritual.  I should be happy and let loose.  I  hope that this is something I will be able to overcome as I spend more time with Rose Hollow.  It is ok to laugh and be merry and dance and act super goofy.

I feel good about the night as a whole though.  I know because my body told me so.  Something weird always happens to me when I am raising power.  I has been an indicator to me of when I am raising really large amounts of power.  I have to sneeze.  When I am raising power I have to sneeze.  During the ritual last Sat. I was trying very hard not to sneeze so I am happy that I was able to, even though I was a little uncomfortable, raise a decent amount of energy.  What about the readers?  Do any of you have weird things that happen when you raise energy for spell-work?

I have discovered that I have a sensitivity to Lamb.  The HP had prepared an awesome lamb dish for afterritual.  It was simply stunning but did not set well with me.  It is a problem that I thought I might have so I ate very little, but honestly I have never been in the situation to test.  I have had lamb in the past, and felt bad.  Each time however, I was eating a food that I have never had before so I couldn’t be sure it was the lamb or the other ingredients and preparation of that lamb.  My sincere compliments to the Chef.

So I got a request for a Tarot Reading from someone very close to me.  I wont say much about the reading but you can check it out here.  The reading did bring up a very interesting situation when reading for someone you know well.  Usually I don’t do readings for people who are really close friends or people I know well.  I find it hard if not in the right frame of mind to separate intuition from personal bias.  There are things about the person that you know that may cloud your interpretation.  Although part of me believes that knowing more may lend itself to a better interpretation of the cards.  What do the readers think?  Is knowing someone very well a reason to stay away from reading tarot for them?  What are possible pitfalls to this process?

Check out the Book of Shadows Section which has been updated recently.  I hope to add some more music soon, so stay tuned.

Finally, please send your kind thoughts for me and my wife.  She found out today the she is being laid off.  Her employer, my brother, is not sure that he can afford her anymore so he might have to let her go.  This did not come as good news, although me being the eternal optimist is hoping for the best.  Sweetheart if you are reading this, I love you and will always be here for you.

Blessed Be

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One less traveled…at least by me.

So it starts.  My mind is heightened and my will razor sharp.  If my intent were a shotgun it would be fully loaded, chambers full of deadly might.  I find myself perched staring down that gun with a target in sight.  Every moment wanting to pull the trigger but waiting because I know that perfect shot is coming.

Chris Geddie, an awesome human being, said to me once.

Pain from regret last forever, but Pain from effort is only temporary.

I wish I could shake his hand today to tell him that his words resonate inside of me and drive my path as a Man, Wiccan, Husband, Business Owner, and Friend.

As is the Season, a series of events were set forth a couple of weeks ago when I met with the kind leaders of a local Coven.  After what seems like weeks of waiting I am able to carry on with that initial planting to help this little seedling grow.  This weekend is going to have more pagany events in it for me then I have had in many years combined.  It is my sincere hope that I am able to be genuine with the people I meet this weekend and that my heart and mind open so wide as to redefine what it means to me to be a Pagan.  Maybe that is setting the standard a little high, but as a solitary wiccan it is what I have craved most in my religious goals.  That goal better defined is to meet other pagans to worship, learn from, and live.  I am attending an Imbolc celebration on Sat. by Rose Hollow.  Then on Sunday the High Priestess has invited my wife and I out to visit some of the local pagan shops and to a public ritual being held by another local coven.  I feel on fire with excitement.  I feel doubly blessed that I get to share this experience with my amazing wife.

There is always a catch to walking the road less traveled.  Sure it may be exciting but there is a lot of unknown.  The obstacles I face currently is a relatively easy one, but I need help.  Everyone attending Imbolc was asked to bring something to represent a goal for the upcoming planting season.  The example was given that if you were going to exercise more to bring running shoes.  I am totally stuck as to what to bring.  My first impression was something to do with my business.  I started it only last year and would like to see it grow but I really don’t want to seem pretentious or give the first impression that money is that important to me.  Right now there is a lot going on for me.  I have my music with new instruments to learn.  There is my new relationship with this coven that I hope will grow.  Also, I have a new tarot deck that I would love to really get to know more personally.  Additionally I have this blog which I really want to keep expanding with more music and adding into the Book of Shadows.

What about you?  Share with me if you would what you would bring to such an event or even what you are focusing on this Imbolc.

I think the examples might help me brain storm.  Comment below or email me wiccantarot@gmail.com

My meeting with a High Priest and High Priestess

Friday turned out to be just a crazy good day.  My business made a good deal of money, I got a lot of work done, and after work went to a meeting with the HPS and HP of a coven named Rose Hollow.  Amber and Eric were such a nice surprise.  I really did go into this meeting with no expectations and was just glad to meet a fellow pagan.

My wife and I are currently looking for a Wicca 101 class.  We are at the point in our lives where we are craving some religious structure and find it hard to find that on our own.  We also are looking for pagan friends.  Our experience with having non-pagan friends has not turned out good so far, but that is a whole other post.

So, in the rain and through busy Dallas rush hour traffic we drove to a Starbucks and made a connection.  It is weird but afterwards I discovered that I might just have a prejudice against pagans.  I know this because I was so relieved that that Amber and Eric were normal and truly down to earth people.  I don’t know exactly what I was so surprised by but I remember thinking afterwards just how cool and honest they seemed.  It was also refreshing to hear that a Pagan group is active in the community.  Rose Hollow appearently does a good deal of charity for the area.  The HPS even told this story how they donated to a local church that they knew needed help with their coat and blanket drive recently.  In my head I am saying to myself, “Woah, that takes a real want to help someone,” but in actuality I just tried to play it cool.  I didn’t want to seem overly eager to be apart of this coven.  I have to keep reminding myself to hold back and be objective, but  I know that these guys are a good fit because of something I learned from the real estate business.  If during the visit to a property the potential buyers are already making plans and envisioning themselves in the property then they have already made a decision.  In my head I could already see myself banging a drum at ritual and think about what I was going to wear.

The initial meeting turned out well and we were invited to their Imbolc ritual here in February.  We are excited to get to know the rest of the coven.  I know even though I could get along with the HP and HPS that it is important that I get to know the rest of the Coven before making any definite decisions.  So far, so good.