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Pagan Prompts May 10, 2013

Filed under: Journal,Pagan — torip3 @ 2:38 pm

 -Share with us some of the things you teach your children about Paganism and your beliefs.
– At what age did you start including your children in on ritual and/or activities?
– What are some activities you have used to teach your children about Pagan spirituality throughout their different ages and stages?

I tried including my kids when they were young but they weren’t interested. It was hard to keep them focused. I have tried to use Circle Round for teaching but my boys found the stories to be boring. They did some of the crafts in the book but we’re that impressed. I have also tried Pooka Pages stories for the younger one but he didn’t like those either. My oldest was reading Silver Ravenwolf for a while and he has done the Raymond Buckland’s workbook. So, now we just talk about it, set up alters and do our private thing. (My boys are now  15 & 11)

 

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A Simple Woman’s Day Book July 7, 2012

Filed under: Journal — torip3 @ 3:01 pm

Outside my window….

It’s bright. It was fairly cool this morning when I took my hubby to work at 7:45, but now at 9:50 its starting to warm up. Probably gonna be a hot one.

Outside my window there is a huge pile of tree limbs that were cut down a couple months ago. We have slowly filled the landlords trailer and he has hauled them to the dump. However, the pile is still big.

My yard is dying! This damn summer heat kills my yard every year. Turn my whole side yard into a dessert. Literally, nothing but dirt. It sucks!

I am thinking…

About finishing the kids lessons while I anxiously wait for a phone call that says my son has made it back to town from summer camp and is ready to be picked up.

Around my house…

My youngest is enjoying his last bit of free time on the computer before his bubba gets home.

I am reading…

The lightning thief. My son has been telling me for a while that its a good book and I should read it. I waited, thinking it would be too kidish. I was wrong. Book hooked me from the beginning. Really good.

I am also reading Natural Witchery by Ellen Dugan. Awesome book so far.

But, I need to read faster because I have Destined (House of Night series), Made from Scratch and Withces End waiting to be read. I have them checked out from the library and need to finish them soon. Its so hard to get enough time to read though.

I am hoping…

My son had a great time at camp and comes home happy.

New creations from the kitchen…

Tried a pizza roll last night using the phillsbury refrigerated pizza dough. Hubby wanted it rolled. It so didn’t work to well. The bottom was very crisp and definately done but the top and insides were still a bit doughy.

Hoping to get the frozen pizza dough balls from Sam’s club soon and I’m gonna make pizza pockets, hot pockets, and more out of them.

In my life this week…

I made a new shopping list and to do list using Micrsoft Word. They came out really cute. It was just time consuming.  I didn’t get near as much reading done as I’d hoped. And didn’t get any chores done. *sigh*  

Adventures in homeschooling…

The boys lessons are going good, but we are way behind. We will be finishing up the Civil War this month, the were on to the Industrial Revolution. But we have a lot more topics to cover before we are finshed.

What’s working/not working for us…

I would love to be able to incorporate more Pagan studies into their lessons. I use some of the Pooka pages now but my boys are 10 & 14. Doesn’t always work. They need more hands on, but its hard. They are out of the whole little kids crafting stage. They need more advanced crafts and learning.  

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

 

changes April 7, 2012

Filed under: Journal — torip3 @ 3:45 pm

My boys are getting older and I’ve been trying to think of ways to better incorporate more Pagan “holidays” into our family. In the past it has been hard. I wasn’t raised Pagan and with society celebrating Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc we have always just kinda gone with the flow. Not celebrating the “religious” side of those holidays but celebrating them with the hunting eggs and such. Now that my boys are older I’d like to break away from the whole “Easter” and such and focus just on Pagan holidays. Its gonna be a huge change. It will be a completely different way of thinking.

I just haven’t completly figured out how to do it. Most of the things available nowadays for teaching the Pagan religion are for adults, younger kids or some for older teens. And most of the older teen stuff available is for Wiccans. My oldest has read most of Silverwolfs teen books and has decided he isn’t Wiccan. LOL.

I’d like to maybe just focus on the “holiday”, the God or Goddess for that “holiday”, crafts and herbs, etc I just have to figure out how to work it. I would love to teach more of the old religion way. But, I just don’t know if I can.

 

Prompt: Ostara/Spring Equinox March 23, 2012

Filed under: Journal — torip3 @ 12:56 pm

What have you done to celebrate (whether this year or a previous year) Ostara, what it means to you, the history or certain symbols seen around this time of year, or anything else related to the holiday/season.

 

I set up my personal alter, made a vision board for Ostara and worshipped in my own private way. It seems I’ve been doing things my own way for a little while now. I’m just not into the big ceremonies, at least not the way the Wiccans I’ve seen do them.  I have my own style and thats the way I like it.

Ostara is also my anniversary. (Most years. lol) I was married March 21st. So, to hubby and I Ostara represents more than Spring, flowers, etc. It also means love. We feel truely blessed by the goddess, we have overcome plenty of obstacles in our marriage and have survived because of the help of the goddess.

 

Oil Pulling January 30, 2012

Filed under: Frugal Living,Journal — torip3 @ 3:20 pm

How many of you have heard of Oil Pulling?

I certainly never heard of it until I read a blog post on it about 10 minutes ago. Apparently its an ancient Ayurvedic practice, thousands of years old. Basically its a natural, healthy dental treatment. You take about a tablespoon of oil(coconut, vegetable, Olive, etc) and swish it around the mouth (preferably first thing in the morning) for about 15-20 minutes. The oil pulls the bacteria out of your mouth and ever whittens your teeth. How cool is that? It has also improved mouth ulcers, poor gums, prevented cavities, and can detox your body too! Several people have had arthritis go away, allergy relief, sleep better ,etc. Everyone is different and it works fast on some people, slow on others. But according to the blog I read everyone sees improvment in something. I totally think its worth a try. Hubby has teeth issues and I get ulcers. So, well see how it goes.

Procedure: 1 TBSP of Oil (any kind) and swigh it around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with water and brush your teeth.

If you try oil pulling come back here and post a comment telling me your thoughts, if it worked for you or any tips. I’d love to hear from you.

To read the blog post about Oil Pulling in full hop on over to Simple Organic and check it out.

 

Finding time January 22, 2012

Filed under: Journal — torip3 @ 3:12 am

I am having such a hard time lately finding the time for the Goddess. I always have her on my mind along with 50 billion other things. But between homeschooling, finding recipes, cooking, freezer cooking, budgeting, cleaning, scouts, homeschool activity, etc  I just have a hard time finding the time to keep up with my alter or sit down and do a proper spell.
Life has a way of keeping me busy. I am always trying to keep us on budget, keep up with the kids lessons, constantly cook freezer breakfast, lunch, and snack items for the kids and hubby, cook dinner every night, make freezer dinners in case theres a night I dont wanna cook, clean, help oldest with scouts and keep everyone happy. I barely have time for myself. Much less anything else. I try to get to bed about 20 minutes early so I can read, something I really enjoy doing, but it either doesn’t work out or I am so tired I end up falling asleep.
I just wish there was a better way.

 

Prompt: Is it hereditary? January 20, 2012

Filed under: Journal,Life,Pagan — torip3 @ 4:08 pm

What I’m referring to here can be magic, witchcraft, spirituality, the things you can do that others around you cannot, etc. Another way to put it might be “Do you come from a family of Witches?” but that only works if you see yourself as a witch. Get what I’m trying to say here?

What you do and who you are – did it come from your bloodline? Or is it something you discovered and nurtured on your own?

 

I rather enjoy getting these blog prompts from Pagan Blog Prompts.  These topics can really be interesting.
Such as the latest one.
Its an interesting question.  First, I do consider myself a Witch. Not Wiccan, a Witch. And yes there is a difference, Not to everyone but at least to some, including myself. Its more of what I believe and how I practice thats different/
Anyways, I can’t say I come from a family of Witches. At least not any of the recent ones. LOL. I do believe that somewhere, WAY down the line there was a witch in the family. I do have some members that dabble. They “play” with Tarot. But that is the extent. I have always been different form anyone on my moms or dads side of the family.   I never knew Witches were real when I was growing up. I would watch movies where the witch was green with a wort on her nose and that so didn’t feel right to me. But I discovered the movie “The Worst Witch”. It was awesome. I know that was a lot closer to what witches were suppose to be. But that was as close to it as I got.
As I got older I discovered they were real. I was soooooo happy. I know what I felt and believed wasn’t fake. As soon as I discovered it was real I started to learn. I read and practiced as often as possible. My style of learning and practicing has changed over the years.
I do realize now that I have always been a Witch. Even before I knew what they were. I had strong magick abilities as a child, that were lost in the aging process. Whether that has come someone way back down my family tree, or if its just all me, I may never know.
But, at least my boys will be able to say they were raised Pagan.