C is for Crafty, That’s Good Enough For Me

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By my own admission and chagrin, I am not a crafty individual.  I find I struggle with the developmental side of crafting – I am just not imaginative enough in THIS area.  That being said, Wicca, as I have learned is both operative and ritual; but the third aspect, the “craft” in the Craft, is my struggle.

I have learned a lesson however, one that I didn’t know if it was intended or just a byproduct.  Lady Atheona mentions that you cannot help others if your own cup is not full.  I see this as a GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER clause.  Witches should be self-sufficient.  I should not have to go onto www-dot-anything and spend a couple hundred dollars to get a “Witch-in-a-Box” kit.  Hmmm, maybe that is not a bad marketing idea, but I digress.

There is something to be said about making your own ritual tools no matter how big or small a role they play in your Craft life.  I have spoken to some degree about my runes, my besom, and my scourge.  All of these I have lovingly made by my own hands and I LOVE them.  It is very true that there are prettier, manlier, superbeast tools out there but to paraphrase the Marines. Every time I look at my creations, I think “This is my scourge, there are many like it but this one is mine…”

I have learned to sew.  Strike that and put it in reverse; my mother in all the foresight she had back in the mid-eighties, enrolled me in Home Economics in Junior High.  I learned to bake pies, make curtains and sew bags.  Lots of bags.  When I rolled up on my D and D group, my dice came in a black satin bag with gold braiding that I made.  I only wish I would have embroidered “Bad Motehrfucker” on it, to cash in on some badassery.  That was thirty years ago.  I have not sewn a bag, curtain or pillowcase until I found the Sanctuary.

This has become my favorite meme:
downloadI learned to sew again about 4 months ago when I had to spend about one-hundred plus dollars on a fifty dollar robe, which would have cost me eighty dollars if I would have had one of my peers make it for me (I get to wear a new robe for sabbat soon, so guess who is getting a call, my Lady?).  But I did it.  I sewed my robe, and it has served me well.  I need a new one for class, so I may have to find a pattern.  But, today, I sewed again.

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THE Red bags

We have a project / lesson tomorrow that requires a red bag.  Mind you, I was a pro at making bags.  Thirty years ago.  But I did it.  I sewed six small red bags with only two that look odd.  I will keep one of them, but the other five seem to be OK.  I am proud of myself and glad I got to help my classmates by contributing.

 
The lesson I mentioned, regarding being self-sufficient is much needed.  In my adult life I had become reliant on others in a lot of areas of my life over the last few years.  Like I mentioned in a post I deleted.  I was not even functional through March of this year.  My heart is in the right place, my intentions are golden and I am on the right path.  I am becoming extremely self-sufficient in areas within the craft and the craft and in my secular life also and it feels good.  This year and a day is not just about growing as a strong witch, but as a strong man, leader, son, father, husband, employee, and friend.  I am so blessed.

Other bits of news, Inner Circle Sanctuary has a display up and active at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, in their annual “December to Remember” event.  We have a presentation on the history of the Yule log and the Christmas tree January 3rd at 1 PM.

Coming up in December also is the Yule Sabbat ritual at Temple of Goddess Spirituality for us and those that are prone to it, Mars begins to shadow and go retrograde on December 19th, with full retrograde in January of 2016.

 

Revelations on Samhain

Samhain took place on the cross-quarter day this year and it was a night of mixed emotions for me.  From the exhalations of the group magic, to the meditations and revelations of the meaning of the sabbat; from the emotional high to the emotional lows; from the contact with my ancestors to some kind of scary assed apparition over my shoulder, outside of the ring of course.

Yes, that is right, the veil was thin and I had a decided visitor from the other world.  I and those within the Sanctuary have contemplated who or more rather, what this was.  I have decisions like an ethereal hang lose, Slimer, a Muppet throwing up the Great God Cernunnos salute (may you rock on), Jesus on the cross, an angel, my grandmother  or a hard as nails ghoulie with gnashing teeth and claws.  It’s that last one that has kind of thrown me this past week, so I decided to investigate, and yes my friends, I have figured out who has been reaching out to me from the veil.  Sorry fiends, but here is the big reveal…

The Veil is thin, see within the glow?
The Veil is thin, see within the glow?
We come closer to the truth
We come closer to the truth
Eeeeeek!!
Eeeeeek!!
Oh NOOOOO!!!!
Oh NOOOOO!!!!

Runes Experience p. I

The End
The End

There is a school of thought for those learning divination that you can become familiar with your tool by, say, pulling a tarot card each day and studying the image, the feelings, the texture, etc. and then at the end of the day, reviewing and see if you can intuit the relevance of the card to your day.

The beginning
The beginning

I designed and crafted a set of my own runes last Monday as my preferred divination tool.  It was a fantastic opportunity to pour out

my energies and personality into my own tool and I recommend this if you have the opportunity.  It is definitely an operative form of the craft, as you really find the tune of the runes.

The Middle
The Middle

This week for me then has been about charging and knowing and learning the runes; each day this week I have pulled a rune from my storage and looked it up.  I didn’t necessarily pull them randomly, I blindly reached into the bag, after a quick nod to the God and Goddess with the intent of pulling the rune that would reflect the impact of the day.  Both times so far, I was drawn to a rune that would feel warm or the texture caught my feel.  I decided I would consider it ‘murky’ only if it came out of the bag face down; both times however, they have both come face up.

On Wednesday I pulled Hagalaz and on Thursday I pulled Algiz.  Without going into definitions that day, let me give you the events of both days.  Wednesday was damned rough.  At work I was thrown under the boss and had to resolve many issues that were outside of the norm.  I had to have some uncomfortable meetings where I was asked to step it up and avert the issues.  I ended up working much later than I had planned, disrupting my opportunity to go see and participate in an incense class with LS at Chez Weiner (I love that name).

Thursday on the other hand was good.  The issues from the day before had been managed and I had the opportunity to make some good new contacts that may allow me, and have excited me, to take my career in a different direction.  And my boss had called out sick, which freed up a lot of my time to get things done.

So as I got home each night and reviewed the runes with the events of the day, I realized fully how special these runes were going to become to me.  I have always had a small nagging doubt about my ability to divine anything, let alone be able to tell someone something else of value.  Perhaps, if not indeed because of, the fact that I have an awesome bond with this tool – my intuition will continue to grow and I will become even more able to read and advise with the runes.  It’s kind of exciting.

Here is the BASE definition I have for each of the runes, and again, it is and will be the base definition I come from; everyone is a touch different.  I will let YOU determine how accurate you feel these ‘castings’ have been.  I know already how I feel.

Hagalaz – Crisis, Trauma and Unaware
Hagalaz – Crisis, Trauma and Unaware
Algiz – Visible movement, blockages removed
Algiz – Visible movement, blockages removed