Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Annie Ember

Hello all!

It has been a LONG time! And a lot has happened!

First and foremost, I chose a pen name. I was going to use Anne Elizabeth, but it's already taken by an award-winning, best-selling author. Instead, I chose Annie Ember. Ember has always been a name that rings deep with me. I love watching the embers of a dying down fire, and I love scrying with them. My favorite embers are those made with catalpa tree pods. They are GORGEOUS! After choosing Ember as my last name, I decided to do some digging on the internet about the name. I saw one post from a mother & father who chose to name their child ember while watching a campfire burn out. They said "...it didn't flaunt its strength, but it demanded respect." This quote made me pause, because it's very me.

Second, I am doing an ethnography project this semester for my English 102 that will be based at the one and only Circle Sanctuary! They do great work there, and they offer a place for pagans from all walks of life to gather and celebrate in spirituality and magic. They are truly an inspiration to me and I can't wait to get started (this Saturday for their Imbolc celebration, in fact)!

That brings me to my last but not least: I want to become a Pagan Minister, and I think that I want to do it through Circle Sanctuary. All of my life, I've been a great mediator, listener, non-biased feedback/advice giver, and spiritualist. Just recently, I've been working on becoming the ritual leader for my coven. And then I stumble upon Circle's Ministry Training Program on their website, and I think to myself "Oh my gosh, a job that fits me." I had never thought about being a minister, because when you think "minister," you generally think "Christian." But once I thought about it from a Pagan perspective, I realized that it's sort of who I already am, I just don't have the training. I have found my (second, the first being writing) calling, and I am answering that call!

That's all for now, folks!

-AE

Father Kieran from The Originals...another inspiration of Minister-hood, even as a Christian.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Earthsong Summer Festival 2014

This year, for the first time, some of my friends and I participated in the Earthsong Summer Festival! My friend Hayley sold her paintings, Dani her jewelry, and I sold my wands, boxes and scrying mirrors!

For me, it was a really amazing experience. I thought I'd sell one or two wands, tops. It turned out that I sold 5 wands and traded another. I also sold a scrying mirror and a box, and traded 2 boxes. I feel like it was a complete success, and it gave me a huge confidence boost!

The first wand that I sold was my Beauty & the Beast wand. This sold before the festival began to a woman who works at Earthsong. It's interesting that it was the first to sell because it was my favorite wand, and the most difficult to part with.




















The next 2 to sell were another two of my favorites, Serpent in the Night & Robin Hood.
























Next to go were the two boxes that I traded. One had a triple moon symbol and the other had the moon phases. For these plus $20, Ra Moonhawk traded me one of his legendary wands and a labyrinth heart necklace made of buffalo hoof. A friend of mine has been telling me about Ra Moonhawk and his wands for 6 years, highly praising his crafting, and this year I finally got to meet him! I am overjoyed and honored to coexist with one of his wands!















Next, I sold my Snow White box and a scrying mirror.

Then I sold my Gingko wand and traded my Rustic Rhodonite Root wand for a piece of indigo gabbro, both to the same man!























My final sale of the festival was my most recently made wand, Snow White and the 7 Chakras, which is one of the wands that I am most proud of, and the one that I most wanted to sell!












For the first time in a long time, I can honestly say that I'm proud of myself. I had an amazingly fun time with my friends, things that I made influenced other people's spiritual lives, I met awesome people, and I exceeded my sales goal! July 19 & 20 were all around GREAT days!














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Be Seeing You!
-AE

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Goddess of the Moon Pendant - a post for my cousin


There is a Moon goddess in almost every culture, although when presented on the image of a pentacle it is probably representing a triplicity Goddess of either Celtic or Greek origin. Moon triplicity goddesses represent the phases of the moon – waxing, full, and waning – personifying each in their own way. The goddess of the waxing moon (which is the moon growing brighter from the new moon to the full moon) is seen as a Maiden; the goddess of the full moon is seen as a Mother; the goddess of the waning moon (the moon growing darker from the full moon to the new moon) is seen as a Crone.

The Triple Goddess of Greek origin includes Selene (Maiden), Diana (Mother), and Hecate (Crone), although there is some controversy as to whether it is Diana or Selene who represents the full moon. It is also said that Hecate herself is a Triple Goddess of the moon and that she moves from a young maiden, into a mother, and then a crone throughout the cycle of the moon every month.

The Triple Goddess of Celtic origin is The Morrigan: Badb (Maiden), Macha (Mother), and Nemain (Crone). The Morrigan are also a triplicty of war. 

The crescent moon that the goddess on your pendant is holding represents either the waxing or waning moon, while the circle enclosing the pentacle can represent the full moon. 

The waxing moon is a time of new beginnings and growth (the Maiden).

The full moon is a time of empowerment and completions (the Mother).

The waning moon is a time of cleansings, releasings, and endings (the Crone). 

This pendant can represent and/or be used for all of these things. Anytime you start a new project, decide to end a bad habit, or doing anything of importance or change in your life, wearing this pendant and putting your energy and faith into it will make you and your efforts stronger. 

-AE


Monday, May 12, 2014

There's Static in the Air - Pagan Film Project Needing Participants!

There's Static in the Air is a film project focused on bringing to light the beliefs and practices of the modern pagan.

As a pagan of over 10 years, I've never been able to pin down one singular definition of paganism, and I've come to believe that that is because it's different for everyone.

There is no wrong way to be pagan, and that is why I invite pagans of every stripe to be in this non-profit film.

I ask that you share on film your beliefs, stories, practices, altars, sacred spaces, spells, rituals, and anything else that you believe makes you pagan!

Participants with their own cameras will receive a packet of questions, "scenes", and instructions.

Participants in the Janesville, Wisconsin area who do not have their own cameras will be visited by me to film their part.

If you wish to participate, send me an email at staticairfilm@gmail.com

Also if you have any friends that may be interested, please feel free to invite or refer them to the Facebook Group.

-Anne Elizabeth

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Llewellyn Proposal

Hello!

I've finally decided to do it. I'm going to sit down in my spare time (between taking care of my son and studying), and I'm going to pump out three full chapters of my Time book to send to Llewellyn Publications! 

I made the decision to finally do it the other day when I realized that pretty soon here I have to make the decisions that will shape the rest of my life. I realized that one of the most important dreams I have is to be a published Llewellyn author, and that if I have the time to make that happen, I shouldn't waste it!

I will also be working on possibly building a career in the culinary arts, and I will be studying more intently for writing, which is what I've always wanted to do.

This has been a short update, but hopefully I will  have more to write soon!

Be Seeing You!
-AE




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anne Elizabeth's Wands & Altar Boxes

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick update letting everyone know that I am now making and selling wands and altar boxes! I've been making them for quite some time now and finally decided to get into the business, since there's a pretty big market for this kind of thing now! Check out my Facebook page and my Etsy store!!!

Etsy Store
Facebook Page

Be Seeing You!

-Anne Elizabeth





Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Yuletide Update

Hello everyone!

A lot has happened since my last visit to the Well. My son Jasper is 3 months old, weighing 15 pounds, and measuring 25 inches long; I now live in what used to be a school which has a few spookables -- some residual, some active; I've decided that I want to try to plan a pagan/spiritual Summer Solstice festival; and I'm trying to learn a new type of magic.

The new type of magic has to do with using the stone Jet. I've read that it is good for absorbing negative energies, but thus far in my experience, it sucks all the energy from a room. I would like to learn to maintain what energies are absorbed into the stone and what energies are left alone. I'd rather not find out by dabbling, so if anyone can help me out, it would be greatly appreciated!

As for the Summer Solstice Festival, I live in Janesville, Wisconsin and I think it would be so much fun for a large group of pagans and spiritualists to gather for the Summer Solstice. Some could bring music, some could bring food, some could bring trinkets to sell; I think it would be fantastic, and tons of fun! Let me know if you live in the area and would be interested in helping to plan or even just showing up for the festivities!

Well, I don't have a whole lot of time, so thanks for reading everyone! Happy Yuletide!

Be Seeing You,
Anne Elizabeth