Jan 112012
 

11 random things 11 Random Things

Usually I don’t do meme’s and such, but I’ll make an exception for this one since I don’t have a particular topic to blog about today and it happens to be Jan. 11 it seems fitting to post 11 Random Things. However, I won’t tag anyone specifically – if you wish to participate and share the meme feel free (you can let me know in comments with a link and I’ll drop by to read post).

I’ve Been Tagged! (by keltikmystique

Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you have tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this.’ blah blah blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random things about me:

  1. I love the color purple
  2. My favorite food is pizza (extra cheese)
  3. I tend to procrasinate a lot
  4. I collect tarot cards and crystals
  5. I have way too many arts and crafts projects and book – it would take a couple of lifetimes to finish (as part of my goal to declutter my life I hope to reduce the excess projects and book)
  6. I have always wanted to write a book that will actaully get published (the three books I did write were written at the request of other people and when finished 2 were taken by the requestor and the third the person changed their mind and it was never published)
  7. I am currently hooked on watching old favorite tv series on Netflix (current series I’m watching – Bones season 6)
  8. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) 11 Random Things and I am really enjoying it

11 Questions I must answer:

  1. What is your favorite Season? Autumn? I love the changing colors, cool breezes, and my birthday is Oct. 30
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?  Two-week train trip with my grandmonther when I was about 10 years old, we traveled to Arizona, Kansas, and California to visit relatives.
  3. What is your dream vacation? Hawaii and swimming with dolphins
  4. Who is your favorite fictional character? Professor Minerva McGonagall ( Head of Gryffindor House, Transfiguration professor)
  5. Who was your favorite teacher, and why?  My art teacher in college, she was always supportive and was the first person to give me the confidence to be more creative and be open to inspiration
  6. Do you have a favorite comfort item; what is it?  My couch – because I can up up on it with my family, watch tv, read, relax, chat on the phone and it is located in family room where I have a lot of my favorite things on the bookshelves and a lot of my crystals.
  7. If you could be reincarnated as another living creature (non-human) what would you be?  An Elf (a Lord of the Rings type of elf)
  8. Did you have a reoccurring dream as a child; if so, what was it?  Standing on the roof of a building in a desert near a river, arms raised and felt like I was performing some sort of ritual.  I also always had the strong urge to visit Egypt, which I eventually did in my late 20s.  But it wasn’t until I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and their Egyptian wing that I saw a building exactly like the one in my dream (it was a temple that had been built along the Nile).
  9. If you could have any career you wanted, what would it be? Counselor (private practice)
  10. Do you have a phobia; what is it? Spiders, I’ve gotten better about them as long as they stay out of my way – but if one gets too close or on me I will most like scream very loudly and do whatever is necessary to get it as far away from me as possible
  11. What is your favorite movie? I have a lot favorites, but since I can only pick one – Avatar (but the whole Harry Potter series is also a favorite)

11 Questions for you to answer:

  1. What is the main reason you blog?
  2. What is your favorite animal?
  3. If you could have dinner with any one in history, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite tv show?
  5. What is your number one goal for the year ahead?
  6. If you could live in any kind of house, what would it be and why?
  7. What book(s) have you read in the past year or two?
  8. What is your favorite take-out food?
  9. What kind of pet do you have (or would like to have)?
  10. What is your favorite hobby and why?
  11. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Nov 082011
 

askawitch 4 How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan?

AC asked: How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan?

I know when, but I’m a little fuzzy on the how.  I first started being interested in Wicca when I was about 12 or 13 – but I am not sure how I even came to know about it and I certainly did not understand at the time what exactly it was that I was interested in – I just remember “knowing” I wanted to be a witch.  My father was Seven Day Adventist, who put the church above everything else (including his faimly) and attended church every Saturday.  My mother who married him when she was only 14 (and had me when she was 16) was a Presbytrian but did not attend chruch very often.  Since my father’s church does not baptize any one until they are older, when my mom and dad divorced my mom has me baptized in her church when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  The minister of the church played an important role in my life later on so I’m glad he was there (but that is tale for another time).

I was placed in a state run Catholic School for girls by the state in the middle of 8th grade (part of the tale I mentioned earlier to be told another time).  I mentioned to my social worker at the school my interest in becoming a witch and she surprised me a few weeks later with my first book on wicca, Witchcraft Today How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan? by Gerald Gardner.  I didn’t really talk about it much with any one, but I had trusted my social worker enough to mention it and I am glad I did because the book gave me something to hold on to and solidify my goal at the time which was when I  grew up I wanted to find a coven and become a witch.

I had only been exposed to organized Christian religion up to this point in life and it totally didn’t make sense to me.  According to his organized religion my father was going to go to heaven because he gave lots of money to the church and attended regularly, yet he was a child molester, neglected his family and even let us go hungry sometimes in order to give money to the church.  I was going to go to hell because I wore makeup and didn’t attend church.  The Presbytrian church seemed ok, but void of any depth or meaning for me and  still part of the same Christian-Bible belief system similar to my father’s.  The Catholic church’s ritual and worship was interesting and had a some depth of spirit to them, but the religion itself just didn’t make much sense to me.  Living at the Catholic school we all knew the “secrets” of the nuns and priest and knew where they went to secretly meet and engage in the natural behavior of what a man and woman do together.  I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, other then they were being hypocrits – because the nuns and priest required we all attend church whether we were Catholic or not and insisted we were all going to go to hell if we ever did what they were doing “outside of marriage,” but yet they were “doing it” behind the trees, in the offices, and various other “secret” spots around the campus and they were going to go to heaven because all anyone had to do was ask forgiveness at the very last minute of life.

Another reason I think Wicca appealed to me then (and still does) was where I grew up.  The house I grew up in was along the Delaware River.  I spent hours and hours walking along the banks of the river and resting on the large rocks that were in a little hollow place surrounded by tall trees.  This was a place I felt at peace, safe, and nurtured and I would spend hours there just breathing in the fresh air and watching the river flow by.  I felt connected to the earth and the trees.  It made more sense to me that “God” was in nature and not in a church, that “God” was more an abstract force of nature and not a judging figure in a robe to be feared.  The concept of the Divine Spirit as a Goddess rang true for me, and it made more sense to me that the Divine would be both male and female in nature (two sides of same coin) and in Wicca that is how the Divine is portrayed.

I graduated high school at age 16, I skipped my junior year so I was able to leave the school early and return home.  A couple years later I found out one of the girls I attended the boarding school with lived near by and became friends.  She knew my interest in becoming a witch and told me about a woman who lived in Yardley, PA who had a small occult shop in a room in her house and who read tarot cards.  I was thrilled to get to meet this woman, Ellen, and signed up for her tarot classes and bought my first deck.  After she got to know me she invited me to an open circle Sabbat celebration and my I eventually joined her coven, I was about 19 at the time.  Along with open circles held on the Saturday closest to the Sabbat, her coven met at the “exact” time of the Sabbats (based on the planets and it could be 3:00 a.m. or noon time didn’t matter that is when we met) and we met every full moon too – there were no excuses and we were not allowed to miss.  I learned a great deal from her.

Through the years there have been many ups and downs, twists and turn along my spiritual path. I eventually started my own circle for a few years. For the past 18 yrs or so I’ve been a solitary wiccan, I also study qi gong healing, and my tarot cards collection has grown to almost a 100 decks so far.  I still consider myself a Witch (Wiccan), but I do not follow a particular tradition or path of wicca.

Thank you AC for asking.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Related Posts:
I Am A Witch.
Wicca 101: an intro­duc­tion

 

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Oct 312011
 

Halloween2011 Celebrating My Birthday

Yesterday, Oct. 30th I turned 56 years young! I had a lovely weekend with my family and spent time relaxing.  I’m also taking today off with my hubby to spend time together, we are going to see the movie Puss ‘N Boots.  Hubby took me shopping for clothes over the weekend.  I was in desparate need of some sweat pants and long sleeve shirts, and a few things for work too.  All my clothes from last winter are size large and I’m now in a size small pants and medium tops.  I was thrilled to pick up two Halloween shirts, I had to give all my other Hallween shirts away last year because they were size 1X and 2X.  One new Halloween shirt is orange and says “witch in training” (pictured yesterday’s post) and the other is black with a spider web design that says “Meet Me On The Web,” (pictured below) both are just perfect for me!  We also picked up bagels from my favorite bagel shop for a birthday breakfast, and as a special treat they had pumpkin bagels and pumpkin butter to put on the bagels (yummy!).

And an added bonus, I won a blog contest on Friday, my prize is a Halloween parcel from Kallan, who you may know from The Secret Life of the American Working Witch:  A wand and dreamcatcher, both handmade at Sosanna’s closet and a $20 gift voucher to spend at Pagan Cheap Stuff. I want to thank Kallan and Lyn from Witch Blog where I read about the contest for adding an extra special pizzaz to my birthday.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween,  Lady Rose

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"Meet Me On The Web" new Halloween shirt

(Pumpkin Photo – pumpkin harvest at Fern­brook Farm where we have a farm share, Oct. 2011)

Oct 302011
 

Oct30 2011 004 225x300 I Am A Witch
Photo taken today, my 56th Birth­day (Oct. 30, 2011) — in my brand new “Witch In Train­ing” shirt (birth­day present) with my amethyst topped walk­ing stick from the PA Renn Faire 2008. Today finds me reflecting once again what it means to me living life as a Witch and Qi Healer and even after over 30 years of experince – I am still learning, still a “Witch In A Training,” and a student of life, always open to expanding in understanding, learning new knowledge, and deepening of wisdom.

Below is a journal entry and inspiration that came to me after the wonderful experience of attending the Spirit of Womongathering (June 2010) Weekend Retreat and celebrating Summer Solstice that year (with one small but significant change). It captures my thoughts at that time that I was reflecting on what it means to me to be a Witch and exploring what to focus on in the months ahead. As I experience life, learn and grow in awareness, I find it is very beneficial to revisit beliefs, assumptions, habits, etc. It is beneficial to see how one has grown and evolved, and a useful exercise to energize and renew my commitment to my spiritual path. As the imagery flowed and I put the thoughts into words it helped to solidify my commitment to living life as a wise woman, a healer, and witch. As my qi gong teacher says, “words have power, words are seeds that will grow.”

Today is my birthday; I am 56 years young. As I look back and read the words written over a year ago, they are as true today as they were then. The small change I made today is to add “Qi Healer,” healing has always been important to me but now it is the main focus of the studies and the purpose of my life. Both qi gong for healing and wicca have become the very fabric of my soul.

Blessed Be, Lady Rose

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – Mother Earth is my altar (sacred space), my body is my temple, my senses, imagination, will, passion, integrity, words, thoughts, and deeds are my magical tools. Everything else is just window dressing – window dressing is fun and I love to have a few nice witchy things, but they are definitely not necessary.

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – it is the very foundation of how I live my life every single day, every single interaction I have, and every choice I make – not just about how I celebrate the full moon or seasonal changes. I don’t need to be perfect at it, and I can forgive myself for the past – there is no need for guilt or regrets.

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – each day is a new beginning and opportunity to connect with Mother Earth, contribute to the positive energies of the Web of Life, love and be loved by those around me, and to learn and grow in mind, heart, and spirit.

~ Lady Rose

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Here is another writing about my thoughts on being a Witch, Life and Who I Am (July 2008):

An Introduction to a Witch
I am now and probably always have a been a Witch – even during those dark times in my life when I didn’t believe in anything. It is the air I breathe, it is the earth I walk upon, it is the balm that soothes my soul, and the light that guides my spirit. I have many labels I carry in this life – but Witch is the one that is the closest to revealing the truth of who I am.

I am a Survivor
I have survived child abuse, crippling arthritis (diagnosed at age 2, the doctors said I would not be able to walk), rape, extreme poverty, beatings, a gun held to my head once, too much drinking as a teen, cancer, two previous failed marriages, unkind words, broken promises, lies, and long torturous nights of pain and tears.

I am Blessed
I have been blessed with the love of my husband, my awesome daughter, my heart-sisters (and best friends) Mama Kelly and Brookela, many dear friends, an odd sense of humor, curiosity, an open mind, tenacity, a touch of creativity, and all the experiences in my life – the good and the bad.

I am Passionate
I have many passions (and a few obsessions perhaps) – my current one is blogging and creating a healthy lifestyle to regain my health and balance.  I love a wide range of music, I love art, and I love to write.  In 1989 graduated college  (summa cum laude) with a B.A. in Liberal Studies after 11 years of night school. I’ve traveled to Egypt, London, Paris, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, and several U.S. states (I hope to one day visit Hawaii).

I am a peripatetic spirit having one heck of an out of the ordinary life journey.      ~ Lady Rose

Related post: Wicca 101: an introduction – Lady Rose

Oct 132011
 

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Lady Rose is “officially” titled Lady.

My friends know I have an “odd” sense of humor and a tendency to be silly. Back in June 2007 I reached a new height of silliness! I happened to find an Ebay auction to own a small piece of land (with salmon and fishing rights too!) that entitles you to be called “Lord or Lady.”  Since my pen name is “Lady Rose” I just HAD to have this little piece of land in the Scottish Highlands so I could “officially be called “Lady.” The paperwork arrived all the way from across the pond within a couple of weeks. My lovely, spacious one-square-foot estate is located in Lochaber, the heart of the Highlands of Scotland.

I think my position in a royal court would most likely be the Court Jester.

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(photo of me from Sept. 2007, from my previous blog Diet Pulpit (motto:  Don’t be a fool, eat for fuel!)

I believe in allowing silliness to flourish whenever I can.  What have you done that is silly or makes you smile?

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and fun day, Lady Rose

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