Monday, December 19, 2011


Hey everyone.

    I went on Facebook today, and one of my friends from high school had posted a link to a Good Morning America article about someone, assumed to be Pagan, in Michigan that posted letters on their neighbors mailboxes about how their Christmas light displays and various other Christmas traditions were Pagan in origin. Here's a link to the full article:

    After reading it, I found myself very disappointed with whoever was behind it. I don't like that this person felt it was necessary to 'educate' Christians on their own traditions, and, I really disliked their method. To be perfectly blunt, I think it was passive-aggressive, tactless, and beyond rude. I MIGHT have been able to understand if it were a Pagan trying to reach common ground with local Christians about tradition ancestry, but that's obviously not what's going on here. I feel the letter (from what of it I could read in the image attached to the article) displayed a "You believe (or don't believe) a certain way, and are, therefore, an uneducated idiot" mentality, and that pisses me off.

   Furthermore, the writer's tone seems to be condescending and patronizing, which, as I understand, is a common complaint many Pagans have about Christians. Of course, it doesn't help that the reporter and the letter receipiant she interviewed turned around with an equally condescending tone toward Pagans. Gee, that really helps our image... Honestly, I can't say I blame the GMA reporter for taking the spin she did (though, it is disappointing).

    The only thing else that I can say about it is this: EVERYONE is entitled to believe in what is right for them. Just because you believe differently doesn't give you the right to piss all over someone else's traditions. Whatever happened to being the change you wished to see in the world?

    Despite this, I still hope everyone has a Happy Holiday, no matter the holiday. Blessed be all.


Friday, December 16, 2011

It lives!!!

Hey everyone!

    Yes, I have returned, though, no episode in hand. It is on the way. Promise. Really. Don't believe me? Well, can't say I blame you, but, sincerely, I am working on episode 5, that will come out around Yule.

    Yesterday, Fire Lyte from Inciting A Riot wrote an article about shaking off Mercury Retrograde but dancing today, Friday. I'm all about that, seeing as I love music and dancing (and I have a music episode coming up in 2012). I made my playlist, which is epic. (lol) It has the most random collection of danceable songs I've ever compiled. I'll even list a few of them at the end of this post for you all to go look up and listen to so you can shake off Mercury Retro with a little bit of VII-flavor. ^_^

   Also, I've started listening to A Witch's Primer, a podcast by Ariel that is essentially a beginner's class on witchcraft. I've gotten to episode 3, and while there are things that don't necessarily mesh with my beliefs, Ariel's exercises are very helpful. I especially like the guided grounding and centering exercise. I recommend going to iTunes and checking it out.

    With all of that said, this morning did not start off well for me. I woke up late feeling groggy and I was late to work. I listened to a couple of podcasts once I got to work, I listened to a couple of pagan podcasts. I should probably state that I work in an office. A few calls came in, and before long, I was feeling anxious, like all my nerves were set on vibrate. I swapped the soda I was drinking for water, but it wasn't helping much. So, I decided to try grounding.

   It was awesome. Not only was I no longer feeling anxious, but I felt energized, for lack of a better word. I was happy, excited, and eager to do stuff. I made my playlist, put in on shuffle, and proceeded to dance around the office.

   In other magickal VII news, I have found my magickal name and wrote pages of notes on what I believe and questions I have about my path. Quite a productive day, and it's just afternoon!

    Have a happy Friday, everyone!


Sample of my playlist:
"Awake and Alive" by Skillet
"Black Irish" by The Devil Makes Three
"Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park
"Born For This" by Paramore
"Chop Suey!" by System Of A Down
"Circus" by Britney Spears
"Devil's Dance Floor" by Flogging Molly
"Explosive" by Bond
"Girl Anachronism" by The Dresden Dolls
"Higher Ground" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (mostly b/c it reminds me of Center Stage)
"Jenny Says (Live)" by Cowboy Mouth
"Little Black Backpack" by Stroke 9
"Look Them Act" by Balkan Beat Box
"Mercy" by Duffy
"Ojos Asi" by Shakira
"Popular" by The Veronicas
"Riot" by Three Days Grace (I think of Fire Lyte and Inciting A Riot everytime I hear it!)
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
"Stickshifts and Safetybelts" by Cake
"This Could Be Anywhere In The World" by Alexisonfire
"Up, Up, Up" by Givers
"Waking The Demon" by Bullet For My Valentine

Okay, so it's about half my list, but it's all good music (to me). Check 'em out for yourself!