How is life going for you? Are you feeling pressured with work, family, friends, and personal pursuits?
If so, I’m with you. It can be hard to prioritize what to do when obligations weigh heavily on your shoulders.
Then, I had an intuitive nudge. It’s embodied in this question: How would Goddess help me prioritize for my enjoying a fulfilling life?”
Goddess wants you to grow
Goddess wants all Her children to grow. This means learning our lessons and conquering our fears.
What kind of lessons? This varies by the individual. You set up your goals for your lessons before you were born. These lessons can be things like forgiveness, handling fear, or finding love for yourself.
Goddess encourages you to prioritize your health and safety
I realize that I have sometimes, faltered about my own health. Sometimes, I’ve hesitated to go to the Emergency Room when my asthma was overwhelming.
How about you? Are you prioritizing your health? Good sleep, good nutrition, time devoted to nurturing your relationships …
Let’s remember that Goddess wants us to care for ourselves. After all, our bodies are the temples of the Gods. Goddess wants us to be healthy and happy while we are on this earth.
Goddess wants a better connection with you
Sometimes, I get the impression that Goddess might say, “It’d be nice if you called once in a while.” How? We can do ritual and have meditation sessions to connect with the Goddess and God. Even a 5-minute meditation session is better than nothing.
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Many of us face this question in some way every month. And … How do you tell a friend or family member about your faith?
We know that a lot is at stake. Telling someone that you’re Wiccan can cause you to lose a friend. Some family members even disown a person who confides that they are Wiccan.
You can use these 3 Elements for Assessing if It’s Safe to Tell Someone You’re Wiccan.
Is the person open-minded?
Can you figure out if the person is open-minded? It can be hard to tell. However, you can carefully observe how the person responds or reacts to details in daily life. Are they quick to judge someone? Do they say things like: “You know those people always _____”?
Or do they appear open-minded to different or unusual ideas?
Consider these questions:
Is there diversity among the person’s friends?
Are they rigid about their music taste? (If someone rigidly only listens to Christian music and deems all other music as hell-spawn, watch out!)
Do they pick one little detail and get loud and obnoxious without hearing someone tell their full point of view?
Pay close attention. Avoid letting one detail push you to jump to a conclusion. Look on gathering an appropriate number of present-day observations. (Some people can mellow with time, and they might become more open in later years.… And some people become more rigid. Be careful.)
What is their spiritual path?
Is their religious path extreme? (Do they act like some sort of rabid nutjob?)
Or is the person comfortable with the idea that spirituality can vary by the individual? And are they cool with that?
Pay close attention. Does the person hold to the idea of a “punishing God” or that their book is “the only book, and it is perfect”?
Be careful to notice if the person has a rigid and narrow viewpoint. Some individuals have been hit with false and extreme ideas about Wicca from certain religious leaders (and Hollywood depictions of witches).
If the person has been overwhelmed with ideas to be fearful of Wicca, you might decide to keep your faith private.
Is this good or bad timing?
Sometimes, bad timing can truly harm the possibility of safely sharing your Wiccan path.
Let’s say you have a parent who is in the middle of a divorce proceeding. Sharing your Wiccan path might work better one or two years after the divorce goes through. How can that be? Researchers note that there is a limit to the amount of stress a human being can take. If the parent already feels betrayed by the spouse, this parent may also think of your leaving their religious denomination as a second betrayal. They might say horrible things (while stressed out due to their divorce) that they wouldn’t say one or two years later.
At other times … If you’re having a conversation, and the person demonstrates an openness to a diversity of ideas, it may be good timing to share your Wiccan faith.
Be careful to avoid sharing your Wiccan journey, if the other person is under some extreme stress already. You might think about this as a little similar to the couple that does not talk about extreme topics after 9 pm at night. They’re tired, and only trouble can arise. And, they’ll lose sleep.
The question comes up: How can I help the person get to an open and relaxed frame of mind?
Perhaps, you might talk about your Wiccan faith after a good meal and during a walk in nature.
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In summary, making the choice to share or avoid sharing your Wiccan faith with someone can be tough. We’ve looked at the elements of being open-minded, the other person’s spiritual path, and timing.
I hope this helps in your process of making a decision to share or not share your Wiccan path.
“I wasn’t even driving at the time, and still I was in another car accident!” my friend, Lesley said. “Moonwater, please give me some kind of protection. After being in three accidents, I’m afraid of driving now.”
Lesley asked me to write up a simple ritual to enhance her protection when she is in a car. This would help her quiet down her fear.
Have you been in a car accident? When you get into a car do you have some fearful thoughts about getting into another accident? During the current holiday season, many of us fear to encounter drunk drivers on the road.
Some time ago, when I was in a car accident while a friend was driving, I only had a mild case of whiplash. I was grateful to the God and Goddess for protecting me from anything more severe.
Today, I have a protection sigil in my car, and the sigil has saved me from a number of fenderbenders.
How significant are the risks of driving? I looked at the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) website and found this: “About 4,000 drivers are killed each year with drugs in their systems. This doesn’t count those who had drugs in their system without test results, or those killed by drivers with drugs in their system.”
The MADD website continues with: “During weekday daytime, 12.1% of drivers tested positive for an illegal drug; 10.3% tested positive for prescription and OTC medications. During weekend nighttime, 15.2% of drivers tested positive for an illegal drug; 7.3% tested positive for prescription and OTC medications.”
Perhaps, you join me in looking on these percentages with concern. How can we protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially this holiday season? With the ritual below.
Ritual for Your Safety While Traveling by Car
What you will need:
Protection While Driving Sigil
Create your sigil as seen above.
Use a virgin sheet of parchment or plain paper (which has not been written upon) and recreate the sigil image above.
Set up your altar
Take your ritual bath
Meditate on how you want to be protected by the Gods when you drive and you want that your fear leaves you about driving.
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MoonWater SilverClaw is truly an inspirational writer for a newer generation of Wiccans and those seeking to use the natural energies of the earth to make changes in their life. Her writing style speaks from the heart because she has been where the reader is, she has used these techniques and steps to better her own life and now she is helping the reader use the Law of Attraction to better theirs – Amazon Customer
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The log of wood crackled as the campfire glowed. I stretched my feet, warming them near the fire, and I recalled a question raised by someone who commented on one of my blog posts. She asked about how to find a good mentor.
So I wanted to share with you the following List to Help You Find a Good Mentor.
If you’re just beginning on your Wiccan path, you may experience the difficulty in finding the right Wiccan mentor for you.
The good news is: When you find the right mentor, magick happens!
So here are some essential questions to ask yourself as you seek a great mentor for you.
Are you safe?
Safety is the most important detail here. If you don’t feel safe or you don’t trust the person who will be mentoring you, then it’s likely a bad situation. Listen to both your mind and your intuition. Do not take unnecessary risks. Leave or avoid the person. Safety first.
Do you two get along well?
The mentor-student relationship is a special one. Feeling good and connected to a mentor helps in the learning process.
Does the person abide by the Wiccan Rede?
If the person does not live according to “An it harm none,” you cannot trust that he or she will be good to you, too. Hurting others is simply wrong. If you see that the person does things that mess with another person’s will, get away from the potential Wiccan mentor.
Does the person align with the Law of Three?
Does the potential Wiccan mentor understand and accept responsibility related to the repercussions of his or her actions? The Law of Three holds that you will receive three times what you put out into the world. People who do bad things attract three times the trouble not only to themselves but to others associated with them. Get away from those who do bad things!
Is this person compassionate and respectful?
Some mentors are tyrants. A mentor who is a tyrant fails to demonstrate compassion and respect in many areas of life. If this potential mentor has no respect or compassion for others, ask yourself, “How will he/she ultimately treat me?” Avoid this potential mentor.
Does this person manipulate others?
Pay close attention. Do you see the possible mentor manipulating other people for selfish ends? It’s a fallacy that this kind of mentor will treat you “as special.” No! If the person hurts others, then at some point, such a person will hurt you, too! Avoid this type of mentor.
Does this person come highly recommended?
A rule of thumb for working with someone new is to talk with three people who have had previous interactions with the person. Certainly, you would ask about the level of the potential mentor’s knowledge. But even more important is to ask: “Would you work with this person again?” If the person does not have three people who unreservedly recommend him or her, then beware. So many people allow their desires to blind them to the truth. Do not let this happen to you. If you hear bad news about the person, heed it!
Use the above essential questions to help you find the right mentor for you.
Be safe by using both your mind and intuition.
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