Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tools of the Trade

So, as you've seen I already had me some tools, but I never did manage to find an athame and a few other items. I either bought new or picked them up from nature or flea markets, etc. No matter what I needed I would only have items that felt right to me, and at that time not everything did (I may have bought herbs and oils from ebay from time to time). This time round a friend pointed me in the direction of Pagandreams, a uk based online shop, and I did manage to buy a few things. I'm excited for my parcel :) I just need to consecrate them when they arrive. I'm going to also consecrate all my old items which haven't been used in over 10 years; they certainly need it after all this time. I haven't bought myself any more books. I know there'll be hundreds more available than there were 10 years ago; Amazon wasn't around then (I should check this as I can't actually remember. I just know that if it was I wouldn't have bought my books from a book shop where I had to buy them in person if it had). I bought all my books from Borders, and even that didn't have a great selection. I remember though that the selection/section (it had its own little 3 tier free standing shelf and you could often find me there on my knees) did begin to grow. I couldn't tell you what it would be like today because our Borders closed but I can imagine that the section would have been huge after the Harry Potter and Twilight Films.

My first circle is going to be a long one :)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The beginning. Well kinda...

Where to begin? I may as well start near the beginning :o)

I found Wicca sometime in 2001 when I was 26. I can't remember exactly how or why but I did. I'm sure I'll have it written somewhere among my old journals. In fact I know I kept a spiritual journal, my very first book of shadows so I'll have to have a look as I would have hidden it somewhere. I've kept everything from that time of my life in a box. I dip my head in now and again because I just love looking at them. They're not anything special, not really but they are to me. My elemental candles, crystals, incense, runes, my little silver bell and candle snuffer. There's also a box within the box which contains my alter items. The smell when I lift the lid; oh my. Its the best smell in the world.

I studied for just under a year and performed some rituals but I really struggled to find time when I wouldn't be disturbed. I have three children and a partner and alone time didn't exist so after much frustration I packed everything away. Well it didn't actually end like that. It was much more gradual. Over the next 10 years my interest would return but never enough that I wanted to practice again. I would stick my head in the box much more often :) This year... or rather the beginning of this year, saw another return. I started to re-read my wiccan books, and think about the Goddess a lot more than usual but it was only about a month ago when I saw a book by Scott Cunningham in the bag of a friend that it bit me on the bottom and insisted that I finally think seriously about it again.

So I am and this blog is going to be a record of that. I'm really excited and happy. It really is about time that I came home. 

Blessed be )O(