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Thoughts on tattoos

tattooI’m considering a new series of posts about tattoos, from its history, culture, to the individual, personal stories people have with their tattoos.

My own tattoo is the Triple Spiral Swirl which predates the Celts. What I love about its symbolism is that it incorporates many meanings:

- Birth, Death, and Rebirth

- Mother, Maid,  and Crone

- Land, Sea, and Sky

- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

I was a member of a coven, the Unorthodox Dirt Children, and members picked the symbol for our group. Everyone in the coven got one. Some picked purple, black, or green (which I picked), and they could pick where they wanted it. Some picked the lower back, upper arm, ankle, or calf. I picked the shoulder.

What made it special is that we cast circle before the artists began their tattooing, and members drummed while this was going on. My tattoo was also bought for me- a gift, from some friends (since I had no money for one).

Unfortunately, it faded a bit since I didn’t put enough lotion on it or something. I need to have it redone to make it look better, but I still like it.

How to care for a tattoo.

The coven also fell apart. Someone even joked about getting the tattoos led to that because as you know, if you get a tattoo of someone you love, you’re less likely to stick it out. I don’t know if I believe that, but the group basically imploded and never recovered.

I still like my tattoo, nevertheless.

I’ve discussed with my husband possibly getting ring tattoos. This way he can remove his wedding ring at work. He nearly lost his finger twice at his workplace, (He’s a fireman) and I told him that I don’t mind at all if he takes it off. He’s sentimental about it though.

Another tattoo I’d like to get is one of the Luna Moth or a butterfly. They represent transformation, and I feel since overcoming my Depression, it would acknowledge that.

If you have a story, let me know. I will post here. Add comments or ideas. I’d love to hear from you.

 

Spellbeggers

wiccan01Over the years, I encounter newbies in groups who come into Wicca, witchcraft, or paganism, with the idea they will master magick, grow skillful in their powers, and embrace all that is ‘witchy’. Some like to ‘spellbeg’, which means they ask for others to give them spells they can work magick for their own ends.

This is like asking for a recipe without knowing how to cook.  It’s likely to not work for them, not being there is something wrong with the spell but because the spellbegger has no idea what they need to do to make it work.

Spells require a certain level of concentration, focus of will and energy, and a general understanding on magickal principles. Namely, that any spell starts with the Self. You need to know why you’re doing it in the first place, what motivates you, what lessons could be learned, and is it something that works with the Universe instead of against it.

I like to think that magick is like a river with its own ebb and flow. It has currents, obstacles, can flow fast and hard or slow and easy.  You are a boat. You can work with the current or go against it. Spells are the rudder, sails, and paddles to help us along the way. Spellbeggers tend to flounder around in the water without direction or even understanding they are in the river. How can they expect anything to work, to give them a direction, if they don’t learn about navigation in the first place?

I, personally, am not of the school of thought where there’s dire warnings of magick not done right. It is rare to see backlash. Generally, nothing happens at all. There’s no directed will or focus, so the spell likely just fizzles out.

They are learning experiences. And who knows, maybe a newbie could work a spell just fine. If not, they learn through trial and error.

For myself, I’m not big on handing out spells, however. What are your thoughts? Do you have experiences in this subject? Please comment. I’d love to know your thoughts.

Pagans = environmentalists

Copy of IMG_0735Most pagans honor Nature in some form or another, so I think its crucial to our spirituality to also take action as a form of that honor.

Here are some suggestions/ideas:

Change.org is an online platform for petitions. Add your voice to many issues that arise, often alerts via email, or you can sign up via the site.

Votesmart.org is a wonderful site that enables visitors to look up laws that are in the law-making process, and to find out who votes on what. This empowers you to write to your representative (you can email via the site) to make your voice heard.

Politifact.com offers fact-checking on many issues.

Care.com is a huge online community that covers many activities for someone interested in the environment, social issues, and more. They have a click-to-donate page, message boards, and tons more.

Freerice.com and Freeflour.com both offer online free games for people to earn rice/flour to help feed the hungry. (I use these in my homeschooling for my son)

TheHungerSite.com offers more than just feed the hungry. Includes veterans, literacy, environment, and more.

Goodsearch.com offers a search site powered by Yahoo to help fund charities whenever you do a search online.

Greatsunflower.org is an interesting project to help study the bee population. You get free sunflower seeds and then you keep track of the number of bees that visit your garden.

Also try;

-Switch to a vegetarian or vegan meals to eat lower on the food chain. More importantly, learn how your diet impacts the environment. TryVeg.com offers some tips and recipes.

-Read up on the issues and learn about activist activities. Earthhopenetwork.net offers some neat articles.

-Recycle. We’re fortunate in our area to have curb side recycling, and the guy who led this told me it seriously impacted the landfill to add another 20+ years to it. You can recycle by giving to the recycling center, giving old stuff to shelters such as women’s shelters, animal shelters, or even churches (who help folks who lost everything).

-Volunteer. Check with local churches or shelters to help out. Work in a soup kitchen, clean out kennels in a dog shelters, or help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

10 best environmental sites and blogs

Do you already do anything to give back the world? Post in comments, or share ideas, links, etc. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.