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! ūüėÄ

This little witches’ broom is too small to fly with ūüėõ 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

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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.

LiPaPo 3: Diversity

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

Yesterday I wrote about Polytheism and the diversity of divine and spiritual beings, but today let me return to the topic of diversity: this time on the physical plane. The diversity I wish to talk about is the diversity of the human species.

Across the globe, there can be found groups of genetic, cultural, lingual and religious differences. What I have observed is that many times people either start fighting¬†over these differences, asserting that one is better than the other, or argue that “we are all human!” and try to fit everyone under one umbrella. The first option I do not agree with, but also not the second one. Yes, we are indeed all the same species and that is great, but I sometimes have the feeling that efforts are made to homogenise the human population on the premise of tolerance and inclusivity.

I believe that we should not see differences as a “bad thing” but we should embrace them, and also preserve them. It is a great loss when languages and cultures become extinct, and a long line of ancestors are forgotten by their children. By all means we should keep growing into the future. But we should also stay connected with our deep roots.

Like trees.

LiPaPo 2: Polytheism

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

My beliefs can be categorised as “hard polytheism”, which means that I believe in multiple deities, and I believe that they are separate beings, and not just different faces of the same entity. The reasoning behind this is that physical life also manifests itself in so many different forms…¬†there are so many different birds, fish, reptiles, mammals… even within the same species there are many differences, a beautiful diversity. Why should spiritual beings be any different? I believe that the life energy, as well as the divine energy, all stem from a single source, but their¬†forms¬†are diverse, and numerous if not endless. We may encounter many deities, but also other spiritual beings such as angels, guardians, guides, messengers…

Worth to note, however, are cultural similarities. There is a possibility that the some same deities or other spiritual being was encountered by multiple cultures, who addressed them with different names appropriate to their language. This could explain striking similarities in some mythology across cultures. If that is the case, I do not believe it prompts the search for “who got it right?”. Instead, go with the name that resonates most. On the other hand, this is pure speculation. It is also possible that the deities of different cultures are¬†indeed all different, each watching over their people. On this matter I am undecided as both options sound feasible.

LiPaPo 1: Offerings

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

Across many Pagan spiritual traditions there can be found the notion of giving offerings to deities or spirits, in order to show respect and devotion. Often the offering is made up of food and/or drink, although occasionally it can be something else too. The offering is often laid out on an altar, or burned, in order for it to reach the spiritual world.

I think the nicest way to give offerings is to give them through nature. Deities and spirits show themselves to me most of the time through nature, and associate with certain animals or plants. Therefore, when I give offerings to a deity or spirit, I do that by feeding it (appropriate food) to their animals, or watering and caring for their plants. This way, not only does it serve a spiritual purpose but it also does good to a fellow creature on the physical level. To me, the unity of the physical and the spiritual world are very important, and this practice brings a lot of joy and fulfillment to me ^_^