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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Reading Wicca



Hello Everyone!

Today, I find myself reading Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham, a gift from a friend. I have never cracked this book before now, even though I highly respect the author. I suppose there are two reasons that I have never read this book. The first is that the opportunity has never presented itself. My local library does not have a copy, I don’t know anyone with a copy, and I’ve never seen it at a local book store. 

The second reason is that it is called “Wicca.” I have always been wary about the word “Wicca,” because a lot of Wiccans and Wiccan-themed books are focused around coven work with a High Priest and Priestess, with initations and ritual proceedings to “reach the next level of Wicca…” I have never really agreed with or seen the point in that type of practicing, and for that reason, I have oftentimes passed over titles with the word “Wicca” in them. 

However, Scott Cunningham’s Wicca is much different than, say, Lady Sheba’s. He makes it very clear that there are no set rules to Wicca and that his version of Wicca was learned through experience and may be changed or practiced in different ways by others, because not everyone believes 100% the same as he does. So far in this book, I have read things that I do and things that I do not agree with, but he writes in such a way that I can take away what I wish from his thoughts and leave what I do not believe behind. I respect this because with the book that I am writing, I hope to do the same. He educates others on his belief system, but he openly states that it is not only alright but also encouraged to change what you wish.

While teaching what he believes, and what many other practitioners believe, he also tells you to follow your intuition and your heart. He refers to the Goddess and the God as just that: “the Goddess and the God.” But he encourages the reader to use any deity names they might feel comfortable with. While he talks about the Goddess and the God, you may be reading about and practicing with Hera and Zeus, Artemis and Apollo, Hades and Persephone, Shiva and Parvati, or any other number of gods and goddesses from any pantheon. 

I am only two chapters into this book and already I am respecting Scott Cunningham even more than I already did. I am inspired and gracious because of this book and I hope that someday, someone feels the same about my own writing. 

Until next time!

Be Seeing You!
-Anne Elizabeth


Monday, August 26, 2013

A Summer Update

Hello everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted here, and that is because I do not currently have internet at home. This is just a quick update post!

There's less than a month until my due date! Jasper Vincent will be here by the end of September, and we're all very excited.

Also, at the beginning of September, we will be moving into an apartment building that used to be a high school/junior high school. I've heard from a lot of people that some weird haunting-like things have occurred there, so I may be posting about some of that stuff in the future. Although who knows, a lot of the time people claim that old buildings are haunted just because it's easy to claim that, lol.

Anyway! My book is coming along nicely, I've made a lot of recent discoveries and it's growing more and more all the time.

Well,  like I said, this is just an update post! Hope everyone is doing well!

Be Seeing You!
Anne Elizabeth

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Update from the Well



Hey everyone! This is my second post of the day. I figure I should have one post about the big news and one about everything else, so here we go!

Over the past few months, I’ve been figuring out more and more who I am as a spiritual being. I’ve learned what pagan sacred days mean the most to me, I’ve learned more about the sect of magic that I’m building, I’ve learned that I’m excited to be a mother, and so much more.

It’s really an amazing feeling to finally know what direction I’m heading spiritually. In November, when I had that spiritual crisis, I completely started over with my religion/spirituality. All I knew at that point were the very basics of my belief system. Everything else was come-as-it-may.

The best way I can think to describe it is that in November, I started building a train track, but the only pieces that I had at the time were the outer tracks. The wooden planks have been coming to me along the way.

So far on this journey, I’ve discovered quite a few resources that can and do help me to build my spiritual belief system. Books, the wisdom of those around me, and most importantly things in nature have been teaching me about myself and about my beliefs.

My little one is growing every day, and each time he/she nudges me, I’m reminded that he/she is constantly growing and shaping, and that the cycle of time for him/her as already begun, and that a new timeline has also begun for me. This revelation has led to quite a few spiritual breakthroughs that I may share here at a later date, or that I may keep private until the time that I release my book.

As for my book, I have made quite a few large steps in the writing process. I started an outline for the book, which has sort of become a working table of contents. Ever since I started this outline, it’s been easier for me to sit down and write different chapters, single pages, and so forth. I’ve made a lot of progress, but there’s still a long way to go before it’s even near complete!

About 2 weeks ago, I started reading Raven Grimassi’s The Cauldron of Memory. The book is about using pathworking and other spellwork to retrieve ancestral memories and to make contact with your ancestors, to learn from them. With that sort of description, of course I was interested right away. Picking up the book, I expected that I would learn new things, which I have. But I’ve also gained a new perspective on some things that I already knew, and when an author can create that new perspective for me, I automatically have a high amount of respect for them.

I wrote to the author a few days ago, and I’m hoping that someday I will get a response. His knowledge in the craft alone is spectacular, and his knowledge in the things that I’m interested in such as time and memories seems equally fantastic. I would love to hear his perspective on things!

Well, for now, I must go! I’m hoping to finish The Cauldron of Memory by the end of the day.

Be Seeing You!
-A 



New Life :)



Hello everyone!

I haven’t posted here in a few months, and that’s because my internet at home is down. I come back to you with some good news: I’m 4 ½ months pregnant! In May, my boyfriend and I will be finding out the gender of our little one. It took us a while, but we have names picked out. 

For a boy, we have Jasper Vincent. Jasper is for the stone, and Vincent is for Vincent Van Gogh, one of our favorite artists. 

For a girl we have Elysia Selene. Elysia is for the Elysian Fields of Greek mythology, which is the place in the Underworld where the just, honorable, and moral souls end up after death. Selene is for the Greek moon goddess of the same name. 

I am thrilled to be bringing new life into the world. It took me a while to get past the panicking part of finding out that I’m pregnant, and moving on to the happiness and excitement, but I’m finally here. Blessings to all!

Be Seeing You!
-A





Sunday, January 27, 2013

Drawn to Hades

Good evening.

Lately, I have been drawn to the Greek Underworld, also known as Hades, named after the god who presides over it. I have always been drawn to Greek mythology, but for some reason over the past month I've been very intrigued by the Underworld. It's different sections are all interesting enough on their own, and put together, it's all very fascinating.

Maybe this is my way of figuring out where I think I'm headed when I die, or maybe it's just a spiritual experience waiting to happen. Either way, I think I will be doing more research and meditation on the subject of Hades.

What section of the Greek Underworld most interests you?

What is something you have been spiritually drawn to as of late?

Be Seeing You!

Charon, the ferryman of the Underworld. Image found on Google.

Solitary Practice & Past Life Speculation

Good afternoon, everyone!

When I was first looking into paganism, the thing I wanted most was a coven of witches to help me learn and grow as a pagan. As I grew, however, I became more of a solitary practitioner. I do cast with my friends at times, but most of my work is done alone. It feels more spiritually right that way.

The first time I ever did any real casting work with other people, we used my altar in my bedroom at my old house. Next to my altar, there was a window that reached from the floor almost to the ceiling. It was nighttime, and the curtain over my window was open. As we set up the altar, I kept glancing out the window with a nervous sort of feeling. Whenever I had done solitary work before, my curtain had been closed.

Throughout that entire casting session, I felt the need to close the curtain, because I didn't want anyone peering in at us to see what we were doing. Mind you, this window faced my backyard, so there wasn't a huge chance of anyone walking by, but the feeling was still there. To this day, unless I'm casting outside, I never feel exactly right if I'm exposed by an open window. I've often wondered why this is.

I've never been one for past life regression, as it leaves too much to the human imagination, so here's one for past life speculation: when I get this nervous feeling, sentences such as "we shouldn't be seen," or "our craft should be hidden," surface in my mind. Oftentimes images will appear in my mind of other windows looking out on similar things, as if I were standing in a room centuries ago looking out on the evening before a casting session. Usually, I brushed these scenes and sentences off as nothing, but as it has happened so many times now, I have to wonder if I might be remembering pieces of a past life.

Because I am rooted in the old ways but feel the need to pave forward a road for others through a book of shadows of my craft, it would make sense that in a past life I was a witch of the burning times. They hid their craft from outsiders, but they passed it down through their bloodlines through personal books of shadows with instructions for spells and rituals, charms and brews. The difference is that they were forced to hide their craft from outsiders, while I am not. Religious freedom wasn't a huge thing back then, but these days it sure is.

I'm not telling you as fact that in a past life, I was a witch of the burning times. I am telling you that it feels like truth to me personally. Truthfully, we shall never know. I follow the Greek belief that on your journey through the Underworld, you must drink of the River Lethe and forget the memories you hold of your life. Through pathwork and meditation, it may be possible to recover some memories of past lives, but we will never truly know if these are true memories or if they are fabrications created by our own imaginations.

Be Seeing You!


A river in Alaska called Lethe. Image found on Wikipedia.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

R&R, Back in the Game! :)

Good afternoon!

Over the past couple of days, I have been doing some much needed relaxation. For weeks, I've been saying "I'm just going to relax today, no research or nonsense!" but the night before last was the only night I have actually relaxed without studying or researching. Last night, I started back up on my research, and with the break the night before, I felt much more motivated!

As of last night, I'm working my way through a book about druidic practices, as they have a lot of information regarding time in magic and spirituality. I expect to be done with it by tonight.

After this summer is passed, I don't think I will have as much time to research time in magic/religion/spirituality as I do now, therefore I am taking full advantage of the time I do have to go through as many books as possible. I'm very excited for this project, as I have been for a while now. Collecting the pieces is my goal for now. Putting them all together is for a later time!

Be Seeing You!

Image found on Google

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Image found on Google

A Place in the World

Hello everyone (for the second time today)!

After my post about religious discrimination, I started thinking. Have you ever felt freed from a certain part of your life? I feel like I'm moving on from certain things and growing into others.

I've put my discriminations behind me. I'm graduating high school, which granted took me a few extra years, but I am doing it. I'm thinking about going to college part time. I'm writing 2 books that I am absolutely passionate about. I don't enjoy staying up until all hours of the night doing nothing at all. I can't stand sitting at home doing nothing. I'm interested in things greater than myself (such as: history of different cultures, astronomy, people who are famous for good reasons such as Princess Diana, and just a general thirst for knowledge).

I honestly feel like I've finally let go of any immature notions that I'd been holding on to. I'm changing into this adult version of myself, and quite frankly I like it. I once thought, honestly, that I had no future. That I'd somehow just fade out of the world. I didn't have any hope at all. Now, I have this vision of my future. I have a vision of what I want in my immediate future, what I want in my far off future, and different ways of how I might achieve these things, and it feels amazing.

I wanted to share this here both for my benefit and for the benefit of others who might feel as if there's no hope for the future. I'm not sure how it happens, but at some point, you will realize and know that you have a place in the world, and you'll envision your path to that place.

Be Seeing You!

Religious Discrimination

Hello everyone.

Today, my topic is religious discrimination. As a pagan, you would think that I'd be talking about discrimination against paganism, but I come to you today with words about discrimination against Christianity.

When I was younger, I rebelled against my father's side of the family. They are a very Christian family and having their religion pushed on me was something I always hated. Because of this, I decided that I hated Christians. Now, I was young, maybe 11 years old when this hate began, and it stayed with me for years.

In recent years, however, I have reevaluated my various Hates that I have carried with me and I have shed many of them, Christianity being one. Because of my bad experience with particular Christians when I was younger, I assumed that all Christians tried to push their religion on to other people, and because of this I wanted nothing to do with any of them.

Over the years, I have met many Christians who are okay with others having their own religious beliefs and who are really very nice people. At first, this shocked me. Then I realized that Christians who really follow scripture and believe in things such as "love thy neighbor," have a great spiritual system that they follow, and it makes them happy. Who am I to say that I can live by my spiritual system, but they can't live by theirs?

I've opened my eyes and seen a bigger picture now. It's bigger than feuding religions. It's a picture of acceptance and peace. My advice to my readers today is simple: love thy neighbor. This may be a Christian quote, but it's a quality life application we should all live by.

Pagan, Christian, Buddhist, Hindi, Islam, Jewish, whatever. See the bigger picture. Know that someone's spiritual system makes them happy. Accept that. Don't hate a person or a group of people because of their religion. Ask them what gives them satisfaction. Leave your mind open to new possibilities. Blessed be!

Be Seeing You!

Image found on Google

Friday, January 18, 2013

Leaving My Mark

Good afternoon!

Over the past few days, I have been creating the table of contents for my time book. Every time I make a change or an addition, I feel better about it. It's feeling more and more like an actual sect of paganism every day. The table of contents itself right now is my personal outline. I know what I want in the book and where I want it, now all I have to do is research and write!

I still have so long to go before it will be complete. It will never be absolutely complete, of course. But it's going to be a while before I will feel right about submitting this book for publication.

It feels so amazing to be writing this book. I'm leaving my mark in the world. I'm creating a new way of looking at things. I've never felt better about something I've done/am doing.

This post is a reminder to myself and to others about how great this project makes me feel. What are you feeling great about right now?

Be Seeing You!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Library Books!

Hello all!

The library is a wonderful thing! I've said that many times in the past and will say it many times in the future. I mean, it's a place where you can get books, take them home, and read them. For free. Obviously you have to take them back. But it's an amazing thing! The inventor of libraries is my favorite person ever. Unless of course that person is a terrible person whose only good deed was creating the first library. Oh dear, I'm rambling. Anyway...

Most of my research for my time book has been done with books from my local library (and the libraries from the other cities in my county). I have several books out now that have some useful information in them. Too many, actually. I have so many books to go through and so little time! And I have more waiting for me at the library today that I have to pick up. Over the next few nights, I will be pouring over these books so that I can return some of them soon! Tonight, I will be finishing a demonology book that I've had out for a while now. I wanted to finish it last night, but I got to the G's and I just got too tired to go any farther (I started with Z and worked backward).

The books I have waiting for me today are books on the history of the calendar. I'm very excited for this because there's so much history attached to calendars from different cultures.

Well, that's all for now.

Be Seeing You!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dreams & Goals

Hello all!

Today, I was doing some research on Llewellyn Worldwide. I had no idea that they were located in Minnesota which is one state over from where I'm at (Wisconsin).

This motivated me (more than usual) to work on my time book. My biggest dream & goal for this book is to have the Llewellyn moon on the spine.

For that to happen, I have to work twice, maybe three times as hard on this book than I would for any other publishing company. Referencing, cross-referencing, precision, and good writing are all things that must be present in my book before I will feel good about pitching it to Llewellyn.

This is my biggest goal and dream. What's yours?

Be Seeing You!

Llewellyn Logo

The Joy of Having a Vision

Hello all!

The title of this blog post is "The Joy of Having a Vision." By this, I do not mean a vision of the future, such as a psychic might have. I mean having a vision of what you want something to eventually become.

Over the past couple of months, I've been working on this idea of a time magic book. At the very beginning, all I knew was that: a time magic book. But now, I have a vision of what the book will look like. I have a vision of the contents, the different sections and what they'll be called, the whole layout.

I may not have everything written yet, of course that will take years, but I know what to write. I know how to write it, where it will go, what it should relate to, and that's a wonderful feeling! Having an outline of the book done is a huge step forward, because now I know exactly where everything will go, and all I have to do is write. Of course, I'm sure the outline will change over time, but the basics will stay the same.

I wanted to write about this because I feel accomplished. This is a long road I'm on, but I feel like I've hit a milestone. What is an accomplishment you feel great about?

Be Seeing You!

Example outline found on Google

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Research Mode

Good morning world!

Yesterday and last night, I spent a lot of time taking notes out of library books so that I can take a few back today. By the time I went to bed last night, I had a crazy cramp in my hand. It was awesome! :D

Today, I'm thinking of doing the same. I have a friend I'm going to be hanging out with at 4 or 5, but I've got plenty of time for research between now and then.

Yesterday, I finished notes from Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft and The Sacred World of the Celts by Nigel Pennick. Today, I'm going to tackle my second demonology book. I doubt I will get through it by 4:00, but it's worth a try!

Tonight will be the same as well. Research mode!

Be Seeing You!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Biddy Early

Hello all!

I come to you today in a very good mood. It's the mood I'm always in whenever I create something new in magic. Today, I've been working on a call to Biddy Early.

Biddy Early was a wise woman who lived in the late 18th century and early 19th century. She was said to have possessed a blue glass bottle containing powerful magics, and that just before her death, she tossed that bottle into the sea.

The call to Biddy Early that I am working on is a call for regaining lost pagan ways. I'm very excited for it, and I wanted to write about it here! That's all for now!

Be Seeing You!

Image found on Google

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

When Things Find Me

Good afternoon, ladies, gents, and those in between!

Today I come to you with advice that you have heard a million times from a million people: when you are searching and searching for something, and cannot find it, cease your search and it will come to you.

Now usually, when someone is given this advice, they roll their eyes and think "suuuuure." But I promise, it's true! It's happened with me several times. Every time my eye ring goes missing, I search for it for about a week, and then when I stop, it shows up a few days later in an obvious place.

The inspiration for this blog post, however, was not my eye ring. It was time in magic. I searched and searched for this, and I always came up blank. Now that I've stopped searching and started developing, small bits and pieces of time in magic are popping up in paragraphs in books that I happen to check out from the library or read from online. Developing a sect of magic is a very difficult thing, as I have said before, so when I find bits and pieces that help me develop it, I'm thrilled.

In conclusion, take this bit of advice: don't stress yourself too hard. If life and the universe aren't giving you what you're looking for, move on from it. Move on to other things. In due time, what you need will appear.

Be Seeing You!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

On Time & Arcana

Hello everyone!

Last night, I thought up some great ideas for time magic stuff. I'm very excited about it, and that's what I will be working on today. Over the past couple of months, since I made the decision to develop this type of magic, I've had some amazing ideas and I can't wait to share them with the pagan community!

Outside of pagan stuff, I've also been working on my fiction project Arcana. Last night, I got some really nice feedback from two of my friends whose opinions on writing I take very seriously and to heart. They both encouraged me to write more, and it lit a flame under me. Today I wrote a rough draft of a flashback scene for Arcana, and it was great. I will be working more on the scene tonight or tomorrow. That's all for now!

Be Seeing You!

Image found on Google

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Little Bit of Calendar History :)

Hello all!

Today while doing some timey research, I came across the names of the months and their origins. I knew some of them already, and I knew most of the origins for the names of the week days, but I wanted to learn them all. So, here's what I found out! 

The days of the week were named after the sun, the moon, and an assortment of deities. What's interesting to me is that barring the day of the sun and the day of the moon, all of the days were named for Norse gods/goddesses except for Saturday, which was named for a Roman god. 

Sunday - Sun's Day
Monday - Moon's Day
Tuesday - Norse God Tyr
Wednesday - Norse God Odin
Thursday - Norse God Thor
Friday - Norse Goddess Frigg or Freya
Saturday - Roman God Saturn

The months were named after gods, people, festivals, words, and numbers. September through December are named for numbers 7-10, and count from March rather than January. I assume that this is because the year for soldiers began in March, as there was no fighting in winter. 

January - Janus, god of gates and doorways. 
February - Februalia or Februo, a time of purification and sacrifice
March - Mars, god of war (Ares to the Greeks)
April - Aperire, which means "open" or "to open"
May - Maia, goddess of growth and plants
June - Juno, queen of the gods
July - Julius Caesar
August - Augustus Caesar
September - Septem, latin for 7
October - Octo, latin for 8
November - Novem, latin for 9
December - Decem, latin for 10

I love learning & sharing information about time and it's different subtopics. This is all for today, everyone!

Be Seeing You!

Happy Moon's Day (image found on google)


My Boxes!

Hey everyone :)

Last night, I finished painting my moon phase box! I love it. Painting is really fun for me. I have 3 boxes that I've painted for myself, and 1 that I gave to  my boyfriend. Here's some pictures of my 2 favorite boxes.











Sunday, January 6, 2013

An Arcana Scene

Hello everyone!

A few days ago, I asked my mom to take a look at a scene that I wrote for Arcana. It's great having a mom who's an editor because she helps me make good things even better. I really loved my scene, and after my mom gave me some advice about it, I rewrote certain parts, which made me love it even more. I think this scene is almost done.

The scene is about a Kelpie/Lorelei drowning a fey. They are both main characters of the book, and after this scene, they both have major life changes. The scene is pretty vivid, which I think is important. I'm really looking forward to having a big piece of this fiction project finished. I think today I will work on writing the prologue.

Anyway, I will be going to start my day now.

Be Seeing You!

The 7 Planets (Arcana)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Drawn

I had a realization yesterday. Everyone is drawn to a certain path in their lives. Everyone is drawn to certain occurrences or phenomenon. And there are certain things that they are drawn to for life. For Kimberly Sherman-Cook (author of In the Shadow of 13 Moons), it's the moon. For one of my best friends, it's the dark. For me, it's time.

I've always been fascinated by time and it's many subtopics. That's why I'm working so hard on this non-fiction project. The world has many views of time. Volumes and texts about it. But these are all scientific views on time. I want to show the world the spirituality of time. I want to share my fascination. I want people to be able to have a book to reference when they are looking for time myths or religious practices. Right now, that information is scattered in books old and new, in tiny paragraphs. My goal in life right now is to connect those pieces into one book. The research is long and tiring, but it's worth it to me.

Because I'm Drawn to Time.

Be Seeing You.