LiPaPo 11: Death -> Rebirth

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

I have already mentioned in these posts, but I would like to elaborate more on what I believe happens after we die. I do not claim to be 100% certain that I am correct. After all there is hardly a way to find out, while coming back to speak about it! So my belief makes sense to me and feels right to me, but I accept and respect all other beliefs too, because in the end it is all speculation.

I believe that when a body dies, the soul detaches from it and “floats” away. Now, I believe that the soul and body are not entirely separate things during life, and during this detachment, it is not like the whole personality and all floats away in one piece… Death is not only a physical transition. Only the most defining details, the very essence of the soul floats away…

…like a little seed of a dandelion. The seed then floats away in the wind, in the hands of the Divine… it may touch down fast to start growing, or may fly this way and that, resting, seeking, before embarking on the new adventure. Parents-to-be and floating seeds seek each other out, and eventually find each other, thus the seed lands, and life grows, and the soul grows into the life. This is called reincarnation, the soul incarnates again and again. And as the dandelion grows and then withers away, seeds will fly again~ …Did I use a wrong metaphor? Dandelions create many seeds. Or does the soul split into children too?…

 

Although most memories will probably be lost from one incarnation to the next, a few may be retained. An explanation to this could also be that there is some sort of collective mind where memories of all lives of all beings are stored… I do not know but it is certainly an interesting topic. I think I do have a bunch of memory fragments that are not from this life. However, to argue against myself, the mind is a powerful thing an my imagination can be exceptionally vivid. It may be difficult to say that it was not my imagination. Then again, I wonder where the imagination comes from…?

Hm hm I see I was in a very philosophical mood today :3 have a nice evening, y’all ^_^

LiPaPo 10: The little geese again ^v^

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Today was such a roller coaster day that I could not think of anything to write about except my weapons safety post…

But remember the goose family? Well, all 9 little chicks are alive and well ( I count them every weekday, minus the occasional day that I have completely free :3 ) and they are growing so fast!! They have already their feathers :3 And sometimes they also swim~~ I’m so happy for them, cute little fluffs are growing up to be beautiful geese ^_^

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Weapons Safety

Perhaps the first, and certainly most fundamental information beginners learn at our archery range is weapons safety rules. Nowadays some people fall into the trap of seeing only firearms as “weapons”, but thst is simply not true. Arrows and other points and blades may be “old school”, but are can still be lethal as ever. And despite the variety of weapons that exist, the most basic safety rules are pretty universal.

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LiPaPo 9: Crystals

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

I am a big fan of using crystals in witchcraft. They are like prisms, transmuting the energy into what we need. I have lots and lots of crystals lying around in my magic space but also all around my room.

Here I have compiled a list of my 10 most-used crystals, and a short description of uses I attribute to them.

  • Red Jasper: Probably my favourite stone. Associated with the fire element and can give us courage, strength, determination and willpower.
  • Amethyst: Associated with the water element, it enhances intuition, psychic ability and the spiritual connection, reduces anxiety, and can also help with sleep and dreams. Its energy is very similar to Lavender!
  • Onyx: Very protective and grounding, like a large, sturdy shield. It also helps us remain calm, steadfast and cold-blooded in a fight, and grounded despite the hustle of today’s “civilised life”.
  • Obsidian: Another very defensive stone, but much more intense than the onyx! Obsidian will draw in negativity and destroy it, and help us be courageous and aggressive.
  • Rose Quarz: A peaceful, positive crystal that gives off an energy of love, happiness and contentment, and is associated with angelic beings.
  • Lapis Lazuli: A stone wisdom and knowledge, but also honour and loyalty. Its deep, ancient, wise energy is associated with ancient deities and spirits (such as ancestral spirits).
  • Malachite: A gentle yet powerful healing stone for the body but also the heart.
  • Clear Quarz: This stone is like a satellite dish, it amplifies messages from the divine to us and enhances awareness and perceptiveness on all levels.
  • Moonstone: This crystal’s energy resembles that of moonlight, giving intuitive insights, comfort, flexibility and also a wonderful helper for women’s cycles.
  • Carnelian: A fiery stone of vitality, motivation, energy and health, the presence of this crystal reminds me of the sun.

I hope you found this informative ~ ^_^

LiPaPo 8: The Magic Corner

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

( I just realised I forgot to post anything on saturday! So I will post another one today. Keeping up discipline and all that)

I will take you on a tour of my Magic Corner, the space in my room for all things witchy.~

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LiPaPo 7: Broom

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Today I would like to share with you something I made a few days ago:

Witches' broom! :D
Witches’ broom! 😀

This little witches’ broom is too small to fly with 😛 Instead, it can be used to clean people, things, or areas of any nasty energy. This is useful because when we walk around in daily life, it is very easy to pick up some some dumped negative energy here, some residual angryness there, some ill will from a conflict, add maybe a floater, and after a while the effects become quite noticable and we may even think we have been cursed. Of course it is also a possibility that we are right, but in my experience being cursed intentionally and “professionally” is much more rare than people think.

The first time I made a nice witches’ cleaning broom was some years ago when I still went to school and lived with my parents. There came a moment when suddenly everything seemed to break and fall apart. Appliances, replaced, new appliances, vehicle, parts of the house and garden, communication with other people… many plans we had went down the toilet. After about a week or two Mom and I were agreeing that we seem to have picked up an unusual run of bad luck somewhere. Then after a pause Mom looks at me and says: “You are the witch in the family, I am sure there is a spell for this! Get to work!” The result was a little broom similar to this one, and it worked very well. We swept our whole area and everything in it, and things improved almost immediately. This evolved into a practice of sweeping eachother when we got home on days we felt something icky may have gotten stuck on us. When I moved away, I left the broom there, where it belonged.

And now I have a one here too, I never got around to making one somehow but during the exams I finally decided it has to be done! Very happy with the result ^_^

LiPaPo 6: Intruding Spirits

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

I have heard often from others, as well as experienced myself, that not all spirit beings are well-meaning. Most of the  ones I have encountered were indeed divine beings, but occasionally there appears a presence that does nothing but create an uneasy feeling in the area, and may follow me around until prompted to leave.

These presences are most often what I call “floaters”. They are more than just clouds of angry or sad emotion, but can also not quite be called “spirits”. They are just… floaters. There are locations where they seem to cluster, for example here where I live there is an old church and convent in the inner city, which seems to be a gathering place for them. Graveyards are also a good bet to find them, although these places can be anywhere. In my experience there is nothing deliberately malicious about them. They just sort of latch on, and are unpleasant, like when you walk into a spider web.

On the streets they come and go, what is especially unpleasant though is if they start gathering in the home. The home is supposed to be where we feel safe and comfortable, not where strange eerie things float. But the floaters work just like any intruder: if the home is visibly well defended, they will stay away. I have plenty of arrows and blades lying around here…

LiPaPo 5: Spirits of the Dead

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Today I have been thinking about the spirits of those who have passed away. As I wrote yesterday, I believe that some of the guardian and guide spirits we may have around us are actually spirits of our ancestors. Generally, concerning the path of the spirit after death, I believe that the spirit will leave the body, perhaps float around on earth for a while before finding their way. They may choose to rest for a while in the presence of the Gods, then move on and be reborn again. Alternatively they could choose/be called to become guardian or guide spirits, as for example the case of yesterday’s post. I refer to those who have left their previous life but not yet been “reassigned” to the next as the “spirits of those who passed”.

While I often sense deities and other divine messenges, guardians and guides, I am not a medium at all. In areas where many spirits of the passed may be present, I wil feel uneasy. Although that may equally just be my imagination. The realm of the dead is just not something I am connected to in any way… nor do I desire to be. I think that if a soul is already passed and is moving on, we should let them be. Of course their passing should be honoured, but afterwards, both parties must accept it and move on.

On the other hand, I sometimes read stories about how skilled mediums give great blessings and comfort to their clients, which I respect them for. In those cases, establishing some contact indeed seems to be the right thing to do. Perhaps those are cases where there are unfinished issues that cause distress? Oh well, it is not my area of expertise, and therefore, out of respect to the passed souls, I will not attempt to blunder into their realm.

LiPaPo 4: Ancestral spirits

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

It seems I am going nicely over a continuous chain of thoughts over this LiPaPo series~ yesterday I wrote about diversity, and how different groups of people have a beautiful variation of roots. These roots are the line from generation to generations, along which genetic information, language, traditions, culture and knowledge was passed down. A long line of people, ultimately ending with… us, in the present day.

Note: When talking about ancestors, we run into a slight linguistic bump, because that word does not distinguish between recent past (e.g. grandparents) or distant past (e.g. the Romans, the old tribes of Europe, or even Neanderthal people). I use the term to signify the distant past only.

I believe that the ancestors do not just continue on through our genetic makeup. Some souls, especially those who were greatly determined to support and protect the children of their blood, may choose/be called to watch over them in spirit, and become guardians of their people. Kings and heroes are likely candidates, but it is impossible to discern a single, separate, individual identity. They become a collective of spirits of our roots, blood and homelands, and accompany us, the children of their blood, with hopes that our line may continue into a long and prosperous future.