Sunday, 23 January 2011

It's All About Me (Or, That Meme That's Been Going Around)

(I know, I haven't been here since forever; and after this, you may want me to go away and shut up again.)

I've seen this meme in various places, and finally decided I'd fill it out and put it up here.


Do you have a magical/Pagan name?

Yes, several. I have the witch-name I took when I was initiated Gardnerian, and I have my Kemetic name which was given to me when I took my Shemsu vows. Neither are related to my alias here at Blogger, or my Twitter handle, though I don't keep them particularly secret.

How did you find Paganism?

As a child I had a voracious appetite for information about exotic and mysterious and magical cultures--in short, anything that was nothing like my boring whitebread suburban 1970s world. I'd read anything that couldn't escape under its own power, and luckily for me there was no dearth of available sensationalist paperbacks in my youth, so I was reading Hans Holzer and his compatriots along with other more folkloric materials, and these all combined bizarrely in my little brain, fermenting eventually into my personal set of preconceptions which would later be napalmed by exposure to Actual Modern Neopagans. But more on that later.

I, uh, read about it when I was a kid.

How long have you been practicing?

Off and on since I was quite young. I would try to conduct little ceremonies like the ones I read about in my beloved encyclopedias, and my parents were kind (or foolish) enough to allow me to light incense cones (it was the 70s) and behave as strangely as I wished.

Are you out of the broom closet?

I don't precisely hide who I am and what I'm about, but neither do I broadcast it. It's usually not pertinent information.

Solitary or group practitioner?

Both.

What is your path?

Syncretic. Dare I even say eclectic. It's complicated.


D E I T Y

What’s your brand of deism?

Uh, agnostic animist?

Who is your patron God?

I don't have one, exactly, but I am exceedingly fond of Anubis, and He whom I have known since childhood as simply "the Leaf Man."

Who is your patron Goddess?

I was a divined daughter of Hathor in Kemetic Orthodoxy (Hethert-Sekhmet if you want to get technical about it), and beloved of Bast; does that count? I've also had a long-term connection to Isis.

What Gods do you worship?

I'm sorry, this question seems redundant.

Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddesses, or rather respect them?

I accept that which is commonly considered "darkness" and understand its place in the scope of things.

Do you worship the Christian God?

I do not; that is not my path. Remind me to rant on the subject of "Christian Wiccans" at another time, please.

Do you worship animals? Or plants?

Respect and work with, yes. And I recognize and honor certain animals as theophanies of certain deities.


N A T U R E

Do you regularly commune with nature?

I keep a respectful distance from it most of the time. Nature appears to want me dead. ;)

Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature?

I am not much of a camper, for reasons I've discussed on this blog before.

Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth?

There is no one singular moment.

Do you have a familiar?

Not in the usual silly-ass sense of the word, but I am very strongly bonded to one of my cats in particular.

Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual?

Yes.

Or a plant?

Yes.

Do you hug trees?

I have, but only ones I knew well.

Give them gifts?

I've left offerings, yes.

What are your favourite plants to work with?

Eh, there are some ingredients I favor over others.

What are your favourite trees to work with?

Oaks and maples are nice.


W H E E L O F T H E Y E A R


What is your favourite holiday?

Halloween, no question. It could be Halloween all year and I'd be happy. And there are LOADS of happy Kemetic holidays that please me.

What is your least favourite holiday?

I don't know what that means. If it's a holiday, it's probably pretty good.

Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?

Yes.

Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a Pagan holiday?

No.

Do you celebrate Yule on the 21st rather than the 25th?

I do both.

Have you ever felt the veil thin?

Yes.

Ever danced the Maypole?

Yes.

Know what the Maypole symbolizes?

DUH.

How do you usually celebrate the Pagan holidays?

Decorations, rituals, readings, research.


D I V I N A T I O N


Do you use Tarot?

Yes.

Do you use runes?

No.

Do you use a pendulum?

No.

Do you use dowsing rods?

No.

Do you use astrology?

I occasionally read my horoscope in the paper.

Any other forms of divination?

Bibliomancy, fortune cookies, and a couple of modern Kemetic-influenced systems.


S P E L L S


What was the first spell you did?

I think I tried to cast a spell in high school to get a favorite musician to respond to my fan letter. He didn't.

What was the latest?

I don't spell and tell.

Ever done a love spell?

Love? No. Lust? Yes, but it was a long time ago.

A job spell?

Not in the way that you would probably define a "spell."

A healing spell?

Sure.

What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed?

Hmmm.

What deities do you usually call on?

Hmmm.


C R Y P T O Z O O L O G Y


Do you believe in vampires?

No.

Werewolves?

No.

Shapeshifters?

No.

Elves?

No.

Fairies?

No.

Dragons?

No.

Nymphs?

No.

Sprites?

Just the Austin-Healey variety.

Mermaids?

No.

Satyrs?

No.

Ever “seen” any of the above?

No.

Ever used any of the above in magic?

No.

Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?

No. I'm not big on "believing" in stuff like this. I "believe" in their existence as tropes, as archetypes, as part of the mythic landscape; but when I encounter people who literally believe they see/interact with/gods-forbid-ARE any of these creatures, I want to thump them on the head, feed them thorazine and hand them off to a qualified therapist.


R A N D O M


Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?

I see a celestial body, and that's interesting enough in its own right.

Own a cat?

Three of them.

When you meditate, what does your happy place look like?

I don't know what that means. I do zen and mantra type meditations.

Do you work with chakras?

Typically not, though I have.

Do you believe in past lives?

Not really, though I'd like to.

If so, describe a few briefly:

N/A

Do you believe in soul mates?

I'm not even sure I believe in souls.

Do you have a spirit guide?

Well...

Is it always love and light?

Is it ever?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Thought for Today

When you don't believe in the literal truth of anything, you're free to explore the mythic truth of everything.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Portentious

I have to think that seeing a falcon sail directly across one's line of vision on the morning of the Heb Wer (festival of Horus the Elder, Heru-Wer) must be a Very Good Omen. May it be so!