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