Not using a candle or a representation for candle in a spell is the best alternative I can think of. Obviously with a talisman I may be inclined to draw candles, the whole drawing is usually representative of a standard ritual though.
Why do you need candles in a spell so badly? If you haven’t got or can’t light candles, do you REALLY need a stand in for them? A witch makes do with what is available. I don’t care if that spell you read says do this then this and light a candle. Make your own spells.
When engraving a candle many people discover that a nice curve will suddenly pan out into a long straight slash, sometimes cutting into a different part of the image you are making.
The solution is simple; warm your candles up first. 5 minutes in a tub of nearly hot water will do the trick.
Racial stuff coming up on my dash again and I don’t even follow the pagan tag. Here is my take.
Gods war and *stuff with each other using humans as vessels. The game has constantly evolved through innumerable phase spaces, once it was natural that gods cultivated tribes and nations of vessels with their preferred institutions we call culture. In other phase spaces your environment created a vessel desirable to a specific pantheons or individuals needs.
The game changed, gods hacked each others vessels and it was made common place for Loki to go and live with the Aesir, as an example. The solution to this was to make the world smaller; cross cultural travel and information sharing at the speed of the internet any vessel any where in the world could be useful for a god from any… team(?) Maybe for a day, maybe for a lifetime. Maybe some are even used like the communal cards in a game of texas hold ‘em. The game always changes.
This is the first time in England I have needed a builder of any kind. A little leak in the roof. In Australia my business was knowing all tradespeople and their reputations in my town, here in Sheffield I had no idea where to start.
After searching and finding nothing that appealed, I posted on Facebook ‘Paul Tabell I need you.’ This is the name of my preferred roofer and builder in Australia. It was in jest and an in joke with my mum and… no-one else would get it.
Then my search which until then had seemed fruitless ended. I got a call back from one of the builders whose phone hadn’t been answered. They came over to view the problem straight away, quoted a reasonable price within an hour and is available to complete the job the next day. It is only a small job after all. So today is the next day, the guy has been and gone. His name was Paul and upon leaving said ‘if you need me just give me a bell.’
Soooo, I used my preferred builder from another country as an archetype or what? Anyway, it’s time to burn some incense to Paul.
and I shake my head. It’s not the same to buy that which you can make for your altar. I can understand for collecting, just because it’s pretty, but why would you want to sacrifice a personal connection to a handmade item for gaudy baubles and beads on a…
I see all these people with altars…
Do you ever just not tell people you’re pagan? Not because you are ashamed of your religion or because you are worried about how people will perceive you but because you know the second THAT PERSON knew you were pagan they’d be asking for tarot readings and palm readings……
I tell people that I suspect tarot readings cause events to happen, that until i read the cards they probably have clear sailing ahead. Then I explain that the reading system I use assumes there will be or is some kind of difficult situation (why else would someone ask for a reading, right?) What happens if I pull the 8 of swords and someone you love dies?
After that nobody asks me for tarot readings and I am happy.
I was doing a reading late at night for a friend because I am nosy, however as I got the stones out in bed the rattle annoyed my partner who sent me downstairs.
Walking down the stairs in the dark a stone slips from my fingers and bounces down the stairs. I already know it is the ‘baby’ stone. I check at the bottom of the stairs, yep its the baby stone. I don’t normally accept stones or cards that fall, yet this one is different.
I throw the stones to ask more about the situation and the death stone is central, attached to illness, change and the baby stone.
Well shit. If these are wrong I will smash these stones to pieces and create a whole new set with different symbols. I kind of hope they are wrong, I know they are not.
In this I have found a reflection of Miguel Serrano’s cosmic egg. Originally the heavenly host is without number or individual nature, then (led by shemjaza) a number of angels go to the human world and make children (nephilim.)
They can not be allowed to return to heaven, the reason given is because god won’t let them back in. Regarding the cosmic egg once the shell cracked and the androgynous became two parts, projecting one part on the outside, then finding itself unable to withdraw her. Once an egg is cracked it cannot be un cracked.
This story also reminds me of Pandora’s box, and Adam & Eve. It is possible that this is just a theme which plagues our consciousness throughout time and culture. It is also possible that there are many cosmic eggs existing outside of time, and they crack and spill part of their contents into different stages of our worlds phase-space. The difference between Miguel Serrano’s female/male divide and Pandora’s box could be an example of the vast difference in the contents of each cosmic egg, or not.
The part that I am struggling with is the endless description of landscape that makes up heaven, and the meaningless numbers and positions applied to the heavenly host that remains. Is there actually some significance or is it just noise made by religious madness.
Certainly not the mass produced media of today. There would have been no collection of dream interpretations, no compendium of herbal correspondence with star signs, moon phase, planetary influence, metal, crystal and etc.
There was no instruction booklet that came with a deck of cards.
Depending on what you decide I mean by ‘witches of old’ (I haven’t decided yet) there was a slim chance that the witch could even read, their personal notes would be pictographic and probably based on the style of note taking put in place by their teacher. Would precious paper even have been wasted on note taking?
On the subject of teacher, that was possibly the only source of information outside of UPG. There may have been the possibility of witches from neighbouring territories communicating, once people experience differs by ‘x’ degree it typically ends in a mutual agreement not to continue -or- a bit of argy bargy. In my experience witches seem even less tolerant of new ideas and contrary information than a typical person.
I don’t mean to say that the way has been better or worse as it changed throughout time. I only want to draw attention to your ability to be an excellent witch without relying on an authors or tumblrs approval. Next time a person asks you to interpret their dream do not turn to a page in a book, simply work with your understanding of dreams and symbols as it stands at the moment, without worrying about being proven wrong or checked against an authority on the matter. Then wait and see how accurate you are.
somebody please explain godspouse to me because it seems super-duper ridiculous from the .2 pieces of information I know about it
Godspouses are black dressed nuns living in a cloister and are married to jesus christ.
As a former Catholic I’d like to state that it doesn’t actually work that way. Traditionally, nuns and priests do wear a wedding band on their right hand as a sign of marriage to god because right is the divine. It’s not actually a marriage so much as devotional. Also not all nuns live in cloister or wear all black when out of their robes (and yes, some groups can do that.)
Godspouses (as we see commonly on Tumblr) are more like a physical marriage in how they treat the relationship (sex may happen, children in astral realm, monogamy for the human spouse). Though not all of that is true for every relationship. Personally, have never heard of a godspouse(using that term specifically) who had a relationship with their deity that was similar to nuns at all.
Godspousing is marrying a god or goddess and having a very specific relationship with that god or goddess. The level of intimacy, boundaries, and requirements of each relationship vary from one person to another.
Rather than being a concise exploration of the relationship between nuns and YHVH or the human embodiment of Jerusalem (Jesus), it seems dawitchy was replying to the ‘super-duper ridiculous’ part of the OP.
As in; actually complex and exclusive relationships with deity exist in standard religions = is not so ridiculous after all.