Spell a Day – Feb 11th 2016

Today, Gentle Readers, is the topic of blessing your books. In most pagan religions this means blessing your Book of Shadows for protection.

I’m going a different way and putting out a call for suggestions of books to review in the upcoming weeks/months. I have a few more I am working my way through but I am always on the lookout for something new. I particularly enjoy science fiction/fantasy works. I recently read a space opera that was pretty good. I don’t have a lot of disposable income with the new baby on the way and I actually prefer ebooks at this time because I can carry them around on my phone. I am looking for smaller name authors. The big names get enough credit and this is about helping out small press or indie authors.

So let me know in the comments your suggestions. Links are helpful but a title and author name works in google search just as well.

Spell a Day – Feb 8th 2016

Today Gentle Readers, is the official Chinese New Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey.  This is a time of increased energy and “fire” to fuel your endeavors. According to Chinese astrology this is a good year for pursuing your dreams and taking bold steps to reach your goals, success is out there and yours for the taking this year.

I think about the events upcoming in my life this year and hope I can tap into this energy on a regular basis. I have a new baby coming in a little over two months (if it stays where it is supposed to for full term birth). A child born in the year of a Red Fire Monkey is going to be something of a challenge, if this astrology is to be believed. Once my little boy or girl is born I guess the real journey will begin.

Being born in the year of the Dog, I am destined to be a great mentor and companion to Monkey. Oddly, my son was born in 2004, which makes him a Monkey too. I hope this means that my new child and I will be able to share a close bond as well.

As the time for me to become a father for the second time approaches, I find myself turning to the lessons I learned from my absentee father. Mainly what NOT to do. I will never let my children feel abandoned by me. I will never try to force them into instruments to inflate my own ego. That is not what children are for. They are blessings to bring joy into your life.

So, go forth into this new time fueled by the energy of the Fire Monkey. Until next time Gentle Readers.

Spell a Day – Feb 5th 2016

Forgiveness of self. Sometimes one of the hardest things to do in our life is forgive ourselves for decisions we made. If I have learned anything from my day job of dispatching, is that sometimes, you just have the make the best decision you can at the time, with the tools and knowledge you have at your disposal. Hindsight is always going to reveal a new plan of action, but that plan may not have been something to consider without the benefit of hindsight.  Have any of you made decisions that you came to regret later? Perhaps there is a toxic relationship (lover, friend, coworker, or relative) that you harbor guilt, anger, and/or resentment towards yourself over. Time to let go of that negativity in your life. Even if you cannot salvage the relationship in anyway (and you may not really want to) you cannot continue to beat yourself up over it. You are only harming yourself.

I use the example of my biological father. Now “sperm donor” as he has been called by my older sister and I because of his never really acting like a father figure, is a narcissistic sociopath. (Thank you Criminal Minds). Everything, every act/every word/every event, is designed to inflate his ego and self importance. Throughout my life he has popped in and I thought for sure this time would be different, that we would have a healthy father/son relationship. Each time I was crushed one way or another when he let me down. I think that is part of why I struggle sometimes to interact with my son. I am not wired very well in that respect. I have taken cues from my father in law and brother in law who are great with their kids and tried to learn to do better. I think I learn something new all the time.

I held onto a lot of anger and resentment for my father and later my stepfather that I think I have finally begun to let go of. I am far from perfect, and never will be, but at least it doesn’t send me into any sort of blind rage like it used to. I hope my children never have cause to think of me in the same light as I have pictured the ‘father figures’ I grew up watching.

Do you harbor any of these feelings of guilt, anger, or resentment from a relationship gone sour? Let it go Gentle Readers and enter the next phase of your life with a lighter heart.

Spell a Day – Feb 4th 2016

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A lemon, and yes, I am talking about the one pictured above, not a faulty car someone sleazy used car salesman sold you.

Lemons are supposed to be useful in warding off harmful spells or evil intent. Just cut in half and leave somewhere for twenty four hours (application of another useful herb such as pepper to strengthen). If they blacken quickly, more than just from the pepper, it is recommended to discard and repeat.

I think a much better usage is writing secret messages with their juice, when you aren’t using them to make lemonade or as a garnish on fish (I know a salmon dish that is particularly tasty with fresh lemon on it). I think I may have to demonstrate this to my son one day when his mother isn’t home. Then he can write a secret message and tell her she has to heat it up over a lightbulb in order to read it. Could be fun.

Until next time Gentle Readers.

Spell a Day – Feb 3rd 2016

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Anyone else feel like this? That’s right Gentle Readers, we are on the downhill to Spring. Grab your sage oil and spearmint oil, mix those up with a little water and spritz your house to dispel the buildup of the long winter months.

I have a further complication to my cleaning efforts this year as my wife and I are expecting our second child the end of April. Going to be a big adjustment from the three of us and two dogs, to adding a newborn into the mix. We have done a lot of prepwork on the nursery. Now it is just the mental preparation. This is really happening. I have been listening to Macklemore and Lewis’s song, Growing up, every day. I think it has become my mantra so to speak. “Who am I, if I’m the person you become, if I’m still growing up.”

I’ve done a lot of soul searching, working on my temper and I think I have made some progress. I think fatherhood is going to settle me down more this time around. I cannot wait to walk out of my work in July and take 8 weeks or more off to enjoy with my newborn and my son.

Until next time Gentle Readers, don’t procrastinate your spring cleaning, or we will ahve to call it summer cleaning.

Spell a Day – Jan 13th 2016

Finally. A topic I can really sink my teeth into today. And one I will actually post the incantation they recommend because it is quite practical. What I am talking about has to do with communication. The spell today is from Emily Carlin over at Shadowkrafting.com and it pertains to requesting the aid of Zephyrs (elementals of air) to assist in making sure that your communication is clear, precise, and received by its intended target(s). Being an air sign I have always felt a certain kinship in the wind that blows. As a child I went outside to play during the time that a hurricane’s eye was over my neighborhood. I wasn’t the only one, there were other kids out there, but I still remember it fondly. I have always loved a good wind/rain storm.

Back to the topic at hand. So, when you need a little boost to your communication skills, Zephyrs would be a way to go for a little magickal help. You are going to want to have some incense on hand as an offering to thank them for their assistance. You don’t want things to backfire do you? Besides, it is always preferable to offer something in return when asking for help from the spirits or elementals. in the incantation, Where you find the Symbols #### you are supposed to insert the name of the person or persons you are tring to reach more clearly.

I call on the zephyrs of the air,
come and heed my words.

I must communicate with #### today.

#### must hear my words and understand my intent.

Help me to clear the air and be understood.

Help me to listen and comprehend accurately.

Help me to speak with eloquence and clarity.

As I do will, so mote it be.

I could probably use this on a daily basis but I might bankrupt myself buying incense for the zephyrs. I wonder if they have a favorite scent? Or does it vary from one to another like with people’s preferences in pizza toppings?

Either way, I am sure my wife would like it if communication improved. Since I have recently begun doing the grocery shopping, I have also started being the one that makes the list. Now I know the struggle of not hitting me with the notepad when she asks, “What do you want for dinner this week?” and I respond with, “The usual.” Perhaps the zephyrs heard her cries of frustration and have now orchestrated me to feel the mental torture she has endured for most of our marriage. It certainly gave me a new appreciation for such a simple seeming task that she took care of.

Use the powers of the Zephyr well gentle readers. Until next time.

Obligatory Legal disclaimer, I did not write nor do I claim ownership of the incantation above. It was found in Llewellyn’s 2016 Witches’ Spell-a-Day Almanac, copyright 2015 Llewellyn Worldwide LTD.

Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien

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Today would be the 124 birthday of the Father of High Fantasy, JRR Tolkien. That’s something Bilbo and Frodo would be proud to claim. I think about the first time I opened the pages of The Hobbit. I was spellbound. The words curled up in my head and stayed there, fostering a love of reading and adventure that led me on so many journeys over my life thus far.

When Hollywood decided to turn these wonderful works into movies, I was excited, and scared. To see the characters brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true. However, would it live up to the images in my mind? Would it disappoint like so many movie adaptations have? While not perfect, I would hope that Tolkien would be pleased with the finished product.

I have enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies with my son. When he can sit still long enough to finally read the books in their entirety, I hope he is as captivated as I was with them. I cannot wait to share all the entirety of the journey with him.

I salute you J.R.R. Tolkien, may your words continue to inspire and enrich the lives of readers everywhere.

For those looking for a little more in-depth reading on this great author, I direct you to the following links.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien

https://www.tolkiensociety.org/