Experiencing Grief During a Spiritual Transition

Death, loss, and grief are big parts of the human existence. They are not easy to go through but are neccessary. I have not experienced much loss in my own life, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it has saved me from the sadness that comes from it. A curse because I've never really learned how to process it. The losses I've faced up until recently have been a close family friend that had been sick for many years, a nephew who never got to experience life outside the womb, and beloved pets that I…

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Norse Mythology – Basics

Norse mythology is a huge topic. This is only going to be a brief introduction to its structure, deities, and stories. I'm going to do my best keep things fairly simple today. I'm still learning and clarifying things for myself, so don't expect perfection! My main sources at the moment are Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology and Dr. Jackson Crawford's YouTube channel. As I get in to other sources (which I most definitely plan on doing) I may find the need to update/change information in this or add my own personal views when appropriate. Let's start out with the beginning of…

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Meditation – An Introduction

Since I'm focusing on silence this month for my morning routine, I wanted to give an introduction to my favorite way to spend that time, meditation.I thought it would be nice to dive in to where it came from, how you can benefit, types of meditation, and how to use it in a pagan or magic setting.Let's get started! Origin of Meditation We can't pin down exactly when and where meditation started. Part of this is because it is hard to give it a solid definition.Meditation is more of an umbrella term that can include mindfulness, chanting, contemplation, trance, and…

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Silence – Magical Morning Routine Part One

January's morning routine focus is silence. This is part one of a six month exploration of adding some magic to my Miracle Morning routine! What is Silence? This part of the morning routine is exactly what it sounds like, spending time in silence. This might not be literal silence, the important thing is that you use it to quiet your mind and find some peace. What are the Benefits? Do you ever wake up in the morning with thoughts already running through your brain? Or maybe you're like me and deal with anxiety and sometimes your brain just feels like…

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Deity as a Pantheist

In one of my more recent posts I talked about different types of theisms and that I am a pantheist. A common question that comes up is how can you connect to or worship deity as a pantheist? This is something that has been on my mind recently so I wanted to explore it a little more today. *As with all my longer posts, there is a pinnable summary image at the bottom ;) * how would you follow a deity if you don't believe in god(s)? This is the big question. How could it even make sense to worship…

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Theism – What does it mean and what are the types?

Theism - not what I was intending to write about today. I was originally going to write today's post about magic. But as I was getting ready to do that I realized I'm not currently developing my magical practice so I wasn't all that inspired. And while I want to provide you with useful information, especially the important basics like defining magic, I also need to learn about topics that will help me on my own journey. So I decided I'd write about theism today. I've been focusing a lot more lately on my beliefs rather than on my practice.…

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Wicca and Witchcraft – Are They the Same Thing?

I mentioned in a previous post defining paganism that Wicca is considered a Pagan religion, or more specifically Neo-Pagan. But I didn't tell you much about what Wicca is. I'm not going to tell you all about Wicca today, that'll happen later. But I am going to clarify a common misconception that Wicca and Witchcraft are synonymous. In case you haven't guessed, they're not. Otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post! To get started let's take a little look at both Wicca and Witchcraft A (Very) Little Bit about Wicca As previously explained, Wicca is a Neo-Pagan religion. This means…

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Visualization – 5 Exercises to Improve Your Abilities

Visualization is something that is very often used in witchy, as well as more mundane practices.You often hear motivational speakers use phrases like "Picture this" or "Visualize your ideal self" or other commands of that nature. That is them asking you to use visualization!You will also find it in guided meditations, again, for both witchy and mundane purposes.Visualization is used in a variety of spell work making it important for those of a witchy persuasion to be comfortable using it.My history with visualization is a little rocky. It used to come pretty easily to me, this was before I delved…

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Paganism – What is it?

I can’t very well have a blog about finding a Pagan path without defining what Paganism even is. Well, I could. But it’s kind of important information The definition of Pagan or Paganism varies depending on where you look. *Heads up - This is a bit of a long one. If reading isn't your thing scroll down to the bottom for a pinnable TL;DR image!* From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Heathen. especially : a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome) One who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods: an irreligious or…

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