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Etsy Shop Refresh

Etsy Shop Refresh

If you didn’t know – which I’m sure if you’ve been here for a bit, you do know – I have an Etsy shop. I used to host it here on my site, but some backend stuff left me uncomfortable with collecting sensitive data like payment information on my own site. If you’re interested, it’s because my current site host plan doesn’t allow me to have an SSL certificate so…that’s why.

Anyway, I’ve realized something about my Etsy shop and my crochet prices. I had lost track of why I do what I do and my prices were reflecting that. I have updated my pricing to reflect the reason that I crochet. I crochet in honor of Brigid and do so as a spiritual service to Her. I want my prices to reflect my values, which means I want them to be affordable for everyone. Therefore, I have updated the pricing on my site. Yes, I will still make a small profit, but it is nothing like what it was at before.

If you’ve ever been interested in getting one of my meditation shawls, a custom Goddess doll, or something similar, you can head over to my Etsy shop and have a look. I’m also in the process of expanding the crochet items that I will have available since I am interested in environmentalism and green living. This will include kitchen sets, bathroom sets, and reusable produce bags, etc.

As always, thank you very much for any support you have provided to me and any other small business.
Much love,
Megan Black

Custom Goddess Doll

Based on the common depiction of the female divine figure, this Goddess doll is soft, cuddly, and perfect to bring a bit of Goddess energy to any home. Colors are chosen in the message to seller and I will reach out for verification before I get started.

She stands approximately 8 inches tall and is approximately 10 inches around at the largest part.

She is machine washable but would prefer to be hand-washed because She’s delicate.

100% Acrylic Yarn – Stuffed with 100% polyester stuffing

Episode 60: Interview with Night Shayde || Flatline 2 Beatline Host

Episode 60: Interview with Night Shayde || Flatline 2 Beatline Host

Episode 60: Interview with Night Shayde || Flatline 2 Beatline Host

 
 
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What’s up everyone?! I hope you’re all staying well in this time of crisis and chaos. To switch things up a bit, I decided to have Night Shayde on the show. He is the host of Flatline 2 Beatline, a podcast dedicated to showing support to all manner of creators in the pagan and witchcraft sphere. Make sure you subscribe and listen to his show and give all his guests some love! 

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MENTIONED:
o Flatline 2 Beatline on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/flatline-2-beatline  
o Night Shayde on Twitter: https://twitter.com/F2BPodcast  

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How to Cleanse a Tarot Deck — Salt and Smoke || Witchy How-To

Tarot decks, like any other tool in our witchcraft arsenal, can hold residual energy from the environment, our use of the cards, and our emotions. This energy can affect how the cards work for us, so they need to be cleansed regularly. Today, I’m going to share two methods with you that I use to cleanse my decks. There is a video tutorial included at the bottom of this page.

Cleanse by Salt

For this method, you will need only two things: salt and your tarot cards. Salt is used within witchcraft and many occult practices because of its crystalline nature. It absorbs and keeps away negative energies, leaving your cards clear and fresh for the next use. I use coarse sea salt for this method, just out of preference. I fan the cards a bit to loosen them and make sure they aren’t sticking together. I do this both ways, just out of personal preference.

Then I take them and spread them out on my altar. This method could also work if you place your cards in a container of salt and keep them there, only bringing them out when you need to. Now, I sprinkle some salt over the cards. Only as much as I feel necessary. There isn’t a measurement to this method, only what I can feel energetically. From here, my cards will sit in the salt for an entire day. Then I will clean them up, sweep the salt into my hands, and cast it into the wind.

Cleanse by Smoke

For this method, again, you will only need a few things: your tarot cards, incense, and a way to light the incense. I also set up my altar for smoke cleansing a little different. If something doesn’t feel right after I’ve lit my candle and incense, I move things around to suit me. Since I call upon my guides and my Goddess when I read tarot, I let that energy guide me as I arrange my tools. It is different every time.

Smoke cleansing is another popular cleansing method that is used for tarot cards, crystals, homes, and people. The most common method of smoke cleansing is using sage, but today I will be using Dragon’s Blood incense. Dragon’s Blood incense is protective in nature while the smoke will clear the residual energy left in the cards.

I fan out the cards like I did before. Since I am limited on space, I take a section of cards and move them through the smoke and around the incense. I repeat this process, making sure that each card has a chance to be passed through the smoke.

Please be careful when you’re doing this. I bumped my incense stick with a fan of cards and could have damaged them. But accidents happen.

I don’t have a specific amount of time I fan the cards through the smoke. I just go with what I feel is necessary. You can then take it a step further. This deck is one that is special to me as it was a gift. I have a beautiful box that was gifted to me a few years ago. This deck, once cleansed, is placed in the box with a smear of incense ash over the top card.

I then take the incense stick and cleanse the entire area, box and all, before closing the box. This deck will stay put away in this box for at least an entire day. However, this is a deck that I use almost every day, so it won’t stay put for long.



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Do you need to worship a deity?

Do you need to worship a deity?

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The answer to this question can be complicated depending on your personal belief system, your view of religion, and if you belong to a specific tradition within a religion. To answer this question, you must first figure out where you fall on the spectrum of beliefs. So let’s start with some definitions.

Definitions

Theism – belief in the existence of a god or gods

Atheism – a lack of belief or a strong disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods

Agnosticism – the view that any ultimate reality (such as a deity) is unknown and probably unknowable: a philosophical or religious position characterized by uncertainty about the existence of a god or any gods

Animism – the attribution of conscious life to objects in and phenomena of nature or to inanimate objects

Monotheism – the doctrine or belief that there is but one God

Duotheism – the doctrine or belief that there are only two Gods

Pantheism – the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently

Polytheism – belief in or worship of more than one god

Henotheism – the worship of one god without denying the existence of other gods

all definitions are from Merriam-Webster except duotheism, which is not in the dictionary

Now that we have some definitions under our belt, let’s take a closer look at each one so we can answer the question of worshiping deities.

Theism

The word theism comes from the Greek word theoi , meaning God or Gods . It is a term that was first used by Ralph Cudworth, who said that those who practice theism are “strictly and properly called Theists, who affirm, that a perfectly conscious understanding being, or mind, existing of itself from eternity, was the cause of all other things” (1). Those who ascribe themselves to theism believe in a higher power but do not necessarily give it a name. They do not follow a dogma or religious structure because they are not part of organized religion.

Atheism

On the other hand, atheism is a complete disregard or disbelief in theism. So, atheists reject the belief in any higher power.

Agnosticism

Those who hold an agnostic belief are among a population that does not believe that the existence of any higher power can ever be known or proven. They do not disbelieve, but they do not believe, either. Most who call themselves agnostic believe that leading a religious life can be a positive experience, but they do not live that way themselves.

Animism

In our modern world, animism is a harder concept to understand or believe. Put simply, it means that everything on the physical plane has a spirit. This means that the flowers in your garden have a spirit, but so do your electronics. The way we understand animism today is partly due to a Sir Edward Tylor, who said animism is “one of anthropology’s earliest concepts, if not the first” (2). Animism is attributed to the belief systems of most of the world’s indigenous populations and is quite possibly the first recorded system of belief in the world.

Monotheism

Looking at the word, monotheism contains two separate parts – mono meaning one, and theism , which we defined above. The most notable form of monotheism is Christianity, but any Abrahamic faith falls into this category. The most important pillar of monotheism is the belief in only one higher power.

Duotheism

Taking a page from monotheism, we can break down duotheism into its two parts as well – duo meaning two, and theism . Wicca is the most notable form of duotheism – if not the only. Within Wicca, there is the worship of a God and a Goddess 1.

Pantheism

Pantheists do not believe in a higher power. Instead, those who label themselves as pantheists believe that the divine is in everyone and everything – that reality is identical with divinity. Pantheism is a term that was coined by a man named Joseph Raphson in 1697 (3).

Polytheism

Like monotheism and duotheism, we can break down the word polytheism as well. Poly means many, and theism we defined above. Polytheism is one of the oldest systems of belief, and many faiths still practice polytheism today. There is some debate between the terms soft polytheism and hard polytheism, and if you’re interested, I spoke about that on my podcast. That is not something I am here to discuss today. Polytheism is the belief in more than one god. The most notable forms of polytheism from ancient culture is Hellenism and Asatru. Hellenism is the religion of the ancient people of Greece, and Asatru is the religion of the ancient Vikings and Nordic peoples. There are also religions and belief systems that did not die out that are considered polytheistic – Buddhism and Shinto being two examples.

Henotheism

Henotheism is a belief system that we do not hear too much about. It is not put into practice often, but one example of Henotheism can be found within several traditions of Hinduisms. Within Hinduisms, many individuals worship only one deity out of many but do not deny the existence of the others.


I know that was a lot of information, but we still have yet to answer the main question: do you need to worship a deity?

Depending on your standpoint and your religious belief, the answer could be yes or no. You first need to figure out where you stand in terms of the theisms described above and if you belong to a specific religion and tradition.

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Within Wicca

Let’s use Wicca as an example. We know from reading above that Wicca is a duotheistic religion. Many traditions within Wicca have deities that are their Lord and Lady. However, since Wicca is duotheistic, the worship of other deities as individual entities is not something that is done. Wiccans often choose other deities to worship and call it soft polytheism , but I believe that soft polytheism is just monotheism or duotheism in disguise. So, within Wicca, you can choose to give names to the Lord and Lady, but ultimately, worship of the Lord and Lady is an inherent part of the framework of the religion.

Within Celtic Paganism

Now, let’s take my faith, for example. I consider myself to be a Celtic Pagan with an emphasis on Welsh and Irish deities. My faith is considered inherently polytheistic due to the vast number of deities and entities that were – and are – worshiped within any Celtic faith. However, my faith can also be described as henotheistic because, while I may believe in all deities, I only worship a select few. However, since my belief is considered polytheistic, belief and worship of at least one deity is a requirement of my faith.

My form of prayer is different from monotheistic beliefs. I believe in all Celtic entities and deities, but I have one Goddess in particular that I worship and give offerings to on a daily basis. Within Celtic Paganism, prayer is different than the traditional Christianity-based method. Using myself as an example, I give an offering to my Goddess every morning to thank Her for the way She moves in my life and the opportunities She has provided to me. This is my form of prayer.

So, should you worship and pray to a deity?

No one can answer this question but you . The only thing I can do is give you a guide and framework to help you formulate your answer. Think about the following questions:

  1. Do you believe in any gods?
  2. Do you belong to a religion?
  3. Does your religion have a set framework for deity worship?
  4. Does your religion require the belief and worship of a god or gods?
  5. Do you feel that praying to a deity or worshiping a deity is necessary?

Answering these questions can help guide you to the right answer for you. Most importantly, you want to consult the elders in your tradition to help you make a decision if you are still unsure.

You also need to define what prayer means to you within your beliefs and religious preference. Does it mean sitting down and speaking to your deity? Does it mean lighting a stick of incense as an offering? Does it mean meditation? Does it require multiple performances throughout the day?

Overall, having a deity to worship or pray to is a personal preference, but it is a decision that must be taken in stride with your religious beliefs and the framework of whatever faith you practice. If something does not feel right to you, you may need to reevaluate your religious preferences and beliefs. Like I said above, consult the elders in your faith. Look within yourself to figure out what you believe is the right course of action for your life.


Do you pray to a higher power? If not, why?

Is something holding you back from prayer or worship of a particular deity?

I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions on deity worship and prayer and answer any questions you may have as well.


Sources

(1) The True Intellectual System of the Universe – Ralph Cudworth
(2) Animism Revisited by Nurit Bird-David
(3) Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Episode 59: The Danger of False Claims and Misinformation

Episode 59: The Danger of False Claims and Misinformation

Episode 59: The Danger of False Claims and Misinformation

 
 
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With everything that’s been happening in the world, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit this topic. I’ve spoken in the past about using your critical thinking skills and how that is a necessary part of researching witchcraft, magick, and even religion. Today, it goes a bit deeper with the pandemic we currently face. However, this can still be tied back into witchcraft. 

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MENTIONED:
o Coronavirus latest: Intensive care units in Italy urged to STOP treating elderly (Article)
o Treat the Coronavirus Naturally (YouTube Video Mentioned)
o Apricot Kernels (WebMD)
o Spells of Magic Mermaid Spell
o Oregano Oil (WebMD)
o St. Johns Wort (WebMD)
o Lithium (WebMD)
o Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism (CDC)

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Jewelry Enchantment || Elemental Spell || FREE PRINTABLE

Enchanting jewelry is a very common practice that witches partake in. You can enchant rings, necklaces, bracelets – any form of jewelry – for any purpose. I’ve created a very simple jewelry enchantment using the five elements. This enchantment was created to bring the spirit and energy of each element into my necklace to carry with me throughout the day.

Dating Non-Pagans

Dating Non-Pagans

According to a study done in 2017 by Pew Research, folk religions and religions classified as ‘other’ make up approximately 6.5% of the world’s religious affiliation (1). That is only about 474.5 million people out of 7 billion. I know those are large numbers to visualize, but these numbers are important when thinking about dating and relationships with others.

We make up only a small portion of the world’s religions, so it makes sense that most of us might end up in relationships with a partner – or partners – that do not follow our religious path. I am one of those people, so I am speaking from experience on this topic. My boyfriend and I have been together since 2008 and he does not have a religious affiliation. He describes his beliefs as agnostic, which means he does not believe in a higher power but he also does not deny the possibility of it.

There are plenty of times when we do get into healthy discussions about my beliefs and how I understand the world. We have talked about my views on the afterlife, magick, energy work, and the Gods. It is never a discussion of right versus wrong, only a discussion for further understanding. We are far from perfect, however. We still have our differences when it comes to teaching our daughter and how to answer her questions.

Things to Consider

When dating non-pagans, several things need to be considered when looking at long-term goals. Do you plan on getting married? Having children? How do your families get along? All of these questions, plus those that I could not possibly list as they come up, will have some sort of impact on your relationship in regards to religion. If you plan on getting married, will you have a religious ceremony or a secular one? If you have kids, will you raise them in your religion? Theirs? Neither?

It is important to be open-minded and honest with your partner(s) about your religious beliefs from the beginning. This does not mean that you need to talk about religion on the first date but keep in mind that some people have irreconcilable differences with those that do not hold the same religious beliefs.

Communication is a vital piece of the puzzle.

People of different religious affiliations can have long and happy relationships, but several key things have to be true for that to happen. All partners have to be open-minded. All partners have to be honest with each other. Judgment cannot hold a place in their relationship. Communication is the biggest concern when in a relationship with someone who does not hold the same beliefs as you. This goes both ways, no matter the religion. Even though you are a pagan, you cannot hold judgment or resentment against your partner(s) for their differing beliefs. It is a two-way street, and all parties involved need to have open communication and honesty.

Are you in a relationship with someone of a different faith? If so, how do you manage the differences that are bound to come up in regards to lifestyle, holidays, children, and beliefs?

If you are not currently in a relationship, do you have any reservations about being in one with someone who doesn’t hold the same beliefs as you do?

Sources
(1) – Pew Research


4 Tips for Creating a Consistent Meditation Practice

I have trouble meditating on a regular basis just because. I get busy or lazy (or both) and sometimes I just forget. I know I can’t be the only one, so I’ve gathered four of my best – and easiest – tips to help you build a consistent meditation practice.

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Be Consistent

Schedule out a block of time in your day and meditate. So, this could be any time that you have a little bit of extra time. When you meditate, especially when you’re first starting to build a meditation practice, you don’t need to meditate for 20-30 minutes or an hour. Five minutes is just fine. So, if you have to wake up five minutes earlier in the morning to meditate, wake up five minutes earlier. If you want to meditate on your lunch break at work? Meditate on your lunch break. You want to meditate before bed? Do that! But you need to be consistent in when you meditate and the length of time that you meditate when you first start. If you have to, schedule it out in your schedule.

Find a Style the Works for You

Now, the whole sit down and quiet your mind type of meditation is not going to work for everyone. You might need to do some experimentation with different forms of meditation to find one that works for you and that really benefits you in whatever way you need. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with the different styles of meditation. You could even mix and match them because the whole point of meditation, in my opinion, is not to make sure that you’re “doing it right” but to make sure that you’re doing it actively and consistently in order to receive the benefits from the meditation.

Check out the guided meditations available in my shop!

Go Easy on Yourself

Don’t beat yourself up if you skip days or if you miss days and just try to ease yourself back into the practice. Things happen, and you can’t beat yourself up over the fact that you missed a day or two, or a week. You just need to ease yourself back into it and don’t get discouraged. Sometimes creating consistency is hard, especially if you tend to be a busy person or if it’s not something that you’re used to. So, be easy on yourself and give yourself a break if you need to.

Use a Meditation Object

Another tip that I have in building a meditation practice is to use something on a consistent basis. Now, what I mean by something is like a meditation shawl or mudras. There are studies that show that using the same thing over and over again can help to train your brain, essentially. So, for me, I have meditation shawls. I use a meditation shawl regularly whenever I meditate. I also make them and I have some available in my shop. But for me, using a meditation shawl on a regular basis during my meditations helps to remind my body and let my spiritual body know that it’s time to meditate. It’s time to relax. We’re going into this with a purpose and it helps you enter that meditative state faster because it’s a physical reminder to the body and the brain of what’s about to happen.


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