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Updates for September/October

Merry meet, my darling Witchlings!

If you’ve been watching the YouTube channel, you might already know some of what I’m going to say, but I wanted to be sure to get these updates anyone who may have missed the news.

For the last two years, I’ve tried to maintain a weekly posting schedule. Of course, that hasn’t always been a successful endeavor, but I did my best. There have been quite a few changes in life over these two years, so it’s only natural that this blog and all my other projects change a bit, too.

In addition to life changes, my energy has had a shift over the last few weeks. That’s bound to happen at times. Whether it’s due to the loss of a loved one or physical illness, our personal energy often fluctuates. And, even though meditation can make the fluctuations a bit smoother, no one is immune to these shifts.

Instead of resisting, I find it’s best to simply go with the flow. So, I’ve made some changes to our posting schedule, as well as a few other Maiden’s Circle offerings.

So, what’s new?

Posting Schedule

As I mentioned above, we’ll be changing our schedule when it comes to these blog posts. For the past two years, I’ve tried to post weekly, but that’s no longer feasible. So, now I’ll be posting once a month, publicly. We’ll also have a private post for a select few. I’ll give you details about that in just a moment.

In these public posts, we’ll have our standard fare: series and updates. But, in the private blogs, we’ll be getting deeper into magick and spellwork. I’m looking forward to talking more about those topics. Of course, that doesn’t start until there’s demand for it.

Tarot Schedule

In addition to reducing my posting schedule, I’ll also be reducing the amount of tarot videos I post. For quite some time now, we’ve had “daily” tarot readings posted on the weekdays. While this schedule forced me to really train my intuition and allowed me to get some meditation in every day, it eventually got to be a bit overwhelming.

The daily schedule also began to eat into my writing time and the time I spent on other creative projects. That aspect of my life is just as important as the spiritual aspect, so it’s important to me that I have balance.

It’s that need for balance that has led me to reduce the amount of tarot videos I make myself record each month. So, official as of last week, I’ll be doing pick-a-card readings once a week and Life Path Number readings once a month. This change will give me a little more time and wiggle room when it comes to these readings.

Patreon

Of course, even though I am reducing my overall posting schedule, I wanted to provide a few special offerings for Maiden’s Circle’s most loyal supporters. So, Maiden’s Circle now has an official Patreon!

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a way to maintain operations and keep a healthy, balanced life. I have been putting so much of myself—so much time and personal energy—into Maiden’s Circle, but it wasn’t providing me the stability necessary to continue at the rate I’ve been going. I have workaholic tendencies, and this Patreon is an effort to justify that work.

On Patreon, you’ll receive an extra private blog each month, as I mentioned earlier. I’ll also be offering a private monthly reading along with a spiritual channeling, a monthly live chat, some Maiden’s Circle branded gear, a free spell download, and more. What you receive depends on the tier level you choose.

So, if you want to directly support Maiden’s Circle, either click here or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Https://www.patreon.com/mcca13

Thank you so much for your continued love and loyalty to Maiden’s Circle. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Please know that you are appreciated. Since this update is coming so near the end of the month, this will be your only blog post this month. Look out for the next one in the first two weeks of October.

Thank you again and blessed be.

Yours in service,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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BIG NEWS!

Hello, Witchlings!

I know I said we’d be getting back into the Elements series, then totally did not. The Elements will be coming back eventually, but there’s some exciting big news I couldn’t wait to share with you. A lot has been going on. We now have new Numerology-based card readings on our Youtube channel, plus some videos coming that I think you’ll really enjoy.

In my writing life, I’m beginning a new project and working to finish my next couple of novels. In addition, and most importantly, I’ve been writing the scripts for the Covenpath Course. Once all the scripts are complete (and there are many!), I’ll record and create the videos. While each lesson is pretty simple in its completed form, the process is slow and much more complicated than it looks.

“But how does it look?” You’re probably not asking. Well, now you can get a taste of the coming Covenpath Course.

I’ve been slowly revealing this in my private groups. Now, I’m ready to share it publicly. This mini-course is the Maiden’s Circle Introduction to Wicca, and is the first lesson in the full Covenpath Course. AND for the first 100 people to sign up, you can get it for nearly half the usual price (by using the link below)! Can’t wait to share with you, Witchlings!

So, are you ready? Click the picture to check it out!

Be sure to let me know what you think if you take the course. And remember that this is just one full lesson in the overall Covenpath Course. Also, by taking this mini-course, you qualify for a discount when the full course is available. See you there, Witchlings!

Yours always,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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5 Witchy Things To Do After A Vacation

Merry meet, Witchlings!

It’s been nearly a month since our last post, so I want to share a brief life update with you. We’ll get back to the Elements series in our next post, but I figured a personal update or something different every now and then couldn’t hurt.

First the Update

My partner and I returned home a few days ago from a lovely two-week vacation to the UK. Life got very busy leading up to our departure, and most of my writing took a backseat to other tasks and entertainments. We’d planned and saved for this trip for over a year, and with how busy this last year got, it was so very needed.

I read so much!

Being able to read for enjoyment has always been one of my favorite pastimes, but I haven’t been able to binge-read in years. The last four weeks or so, leading up to and during the trip, allowed me to read the first full series I’ve read since my teen years (and only the second full series in my life). It reminded me a lot of why I write and why I adore certain stories.

Now that I’m back, I’m more excited and motivated than ever to continue the variety of projects I’ve got in store for you. Still, even after a refreshing break, I always need a little time after a long vacation to get back into the dance of my everyday life. In addition to time, there are a few things I need to do to settle back into my home space after being away for so long.

If you’ve ever left home for a few days, you may have noticed that it feels different when you return. Whether the place is empty or occupied by a cat-sitter, the energy of our apartment shifts when we’re gone. To get our place’s vibes back into balance after a long separation, here are some of the things I like to do within 24 hours of getting home.

Five Witchy Things I Must Do After Vacation To Reconnect To My Home

Shower
Image by Fifaliana Joy from Pixabay

It may not sound witchy right off the bat, but showering is a well-known tool for spiritual cleansing. Of course, for me, I’m usually more concerned of getting the grime of travel off of my skin. Whether it’s eighteen hours on a Greyhound bus or ten on a plane, the recycled air filled with the respirations of a hundred other people always leaves me feeling sticky. It’s typically my first thought upon getting home.
In addition to body cleaning, there’s something very grounding about showering in your own home. Using my own tub, knowing the perfect position to turn the knob for my preferred temperature—it all serves to reconnect me with my sacred space. It’s a step I can never skip, and I tend to do it within an hour of getting home.

Express Gratitude
Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Once the grunge of travel is off of me, I begin to assess the moment. Either immediately after my shower or during it, I start thinking about all the things I’m grateful for to further ground myself.
I’ll typically say thanks for getting home safely (especially since flying kind of freaks me out), and I’ll give thanks for having a place to rest, for my pet, my books, my friends, and all the things that remind me of the best parts of my life.

So, even though I may feel a longing to go back to the freedom and adventure of a trip abroad, it’s easy to feel joy for all the good stuff I’m returning to. We may already be planning our next trip a year and a half away, but I can focus on all the things I’m grateful and excited for in the meantime.

Clean (Both Physically and Spiritually)
Image by annca from Pixabay

I typically try to clean our apartment just before we leave, so that I have less to do when we get back. Sometimes, though, we have a cat sitter stay at our place to avoid upsetting our fluffy girl, Brooklyn, too much. While they don’t go “hog-wild”, most people I know aren’t nearly as particular about cleanliness as I am. Because of this, I tend to go into deep-clean mode after anyone else has stayed at my place.
Having a physically clean living space settles my mind, while the activity itself tends to bring me down to earth. If I mix up a batch of enchanted cleaning spray, I’m able to put magic into the actual structure with each spritz. Simply put, cleaning up after a trip plops me squarely back into the reality of my life.

After a physical clean, I need to clear the energy in the air. Depending on my mood, this can be done with smoke from a sage or mugwort bundle, cleansing mists sprayed throughout the room, a boiling potion allowed to evaporate into the air, or any other method that strikes my fancy. Whatever methods I use, the goal is to clear any stagnant or negative energy that may have settled in my home when I wasn’t there to do my usual spiritual upkeep.

Light Candles and Incense

Once all that old energy is cleared, it needs to be replaced with something positive and healing. To do that, I usually light a long-burning candle after blessing it with a prayer and dressing it in ritual oil. The candle burns down and, as it does, I go about my day, occasionally imagining its firelight filling the place with positive energy.

I basically follow the same concept with incense, letting it burn and visualizing the smoke spreading my whispered blessings through the air. While the incense tends to burn out quickly, the candle can last most of the night, often remaining alight until just before I go to bed sometime around sunrise.

Meditate
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Finally, once my body and home are cleansed and we’re both filled with positive energy, I can take the time to actively meditate. I say actively because, throughout the whole process, from shower onward, I will typically be in a meditative state.

But, I think it’s important to sit down and focus entirely on meditating when all those other tasks are complete. The meditation can last from two minutes to half an hour, depending on my mood at the time. I usually focus on grounding and visualize my personal, internal light bonding with that of my cleansed and blessed space, as well as with the light of the planet and cosmos.

Bonus: Stare At My Pet

Of course, as I do all of these other things, I take frequent and long breaks to do one of the most relaxing things known to mankind: stare at my cat, Brooklyn. She’s a perfect grey Tabby with perfect ears who smells like pure magick. I honestly don’t know how I ever felt at home anywhere before I had her to come home to.

Traveling has always been a dream of mine, but leaving her makes each trip a little harder, and having her makes coming home a thousand times more exciting. She makes me feel like I’m “home sweet home” more than anything else.

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

These few things not only help me settle in after being away for a while, but they help me to realign spiritually. Seeing as I can’t bring my entire sacred space with me, my practice is temporarily altered whenever I go anywhere for long.

These things bring me back to me. They bring me back to the path, to my work, and to the things that bring me a sense of fulfillment. As much as I love to travel, I love my work and feeling like I have a purpose even more. Maiden’s Circle, writing, card reading, and all the things I hope to accomplish drive me every day and fill me with passion. And I wouldn’t give that up for a million dollars.

What sorts of things do you need to do to reconnect to your living space after an extended absence? How do you realign your energy after being away from home? Let me know in the comments!

Be blessed,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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Maiden’s Circle Updates and Announcements

Hello, Witchlings

For the last 24 weeks or so, blog entries have had pretty much the same format. They each began in the same way and shared a basic structure. Now that the Ordains series has ended, I don’t know how to start a non-series post without feeling like a sailor stepping onto solid ground for the first time in months.

This entry is simply to give an update on Maiden’s Circle endeavors before we move into our next series. I’ll discuss a bit about that series’ focus at the end of this post. First, I’d like to share upcoming and ongoing news. If you’re subscribed to the newsletter, you may have heard some of this already, but I thought I’d go into just a smidge more detail.

First Up: Tarot and YouTube

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you probably already know that I provide free daily tarot readings on the Maiden’s Circle YouTube channel. I started this channel back in 2015, but really began utilizing it for tarot on January 1st in 2017. It’s been a year and seven months to the day.

Those videos consistently draw between two and thirteen viewers, due to the fleeting nature of a daily message. While high numbers aren’t the main goal, exposure for Maiden’s Circle has always been part of the plan. So, I’ve been brainstorming ways to continue providing what I believe to be a valuable service—guidance through divination—in a way that might not only draw more interest, but will push me to grow and expand in my own practice.

Lately, I’ve studied some interesting things in pursuit of my faith, stuff I’ve always had an interest in but struggled to wrap my head around as a teen. I’d like to incorporate these new learnings into my practice, and it makes sense to continue that study on the channel.

I’m Taking A Journey Of Self-Exploration

In addition to divination videos, I’d like to offer a series in which I discuss various witchy/spiritual topics. I’ve been in a process of exploring my own beliefs and knowledge, searching for gaps in what I think I know and refreshing what I might have forgotten. I’m doing this because, the more I try to step into the role of a teacher, the clearer I see how little I actually know. And that is very little.

Even so, I’m constantly learning. Every day, I pick up something new, and I am incredibly grateful to recognize how far I’ve come since starting this path eighteen years ago. My life is full of blessings beyond anything I could have ever imagined, and I owe much of that to my faith. Even in hard times, of which there are plenty, I am blessed with a charmed life. (And I’m not just saying that because A Charmed Life is one of my favorite witchy books, I genuinely mean that my life seems to be touched by the Divine in many ways.)

I want to share the beauty and spiritual healing that my practice has brought to me. In order to do so, I need to be confident in my understanding of the material I’m sharing, as well as proactive when it comes to learning as much as I can about our universe. One of the things that helps me feel like I’m serving the Pagan community is the YouTube channel, so I figured, why not do the series there?

There will probably only be one a month, as I realize I’ve had a pretty ambitious year so far. Still, I feel called to reach out to our community in this and numerous other ways.

The Academy Finally Has An Open Enrollment Date

That said, I’m not quite ready to reveal it just yet. I will, however, be announcing the exact date enrollment opens for the Maiden’s Circle Covenpath course in September of this year. I truly believe this course will help so many people find their way.

This course has been a labor of intense love for nearly five years. It sometimes feels like the more I put into it, the more that has to be done to get it just right. Its construction seems to have overshadowed one of the coven’s main purposes, which is to create an in-person community of people who share a similar understanding about the world. Yet, I can’t shake the feeling that this course will do exactly that.

Creating a 12-month Pagan course is a long and often tedious process, especially when one is doing everything on their own. From lesson-planning to video-scripting/recording/editing and slide creation, a lot more has gone into this than I originally expected when I started Maiden’s Circle. Heck, I just imagined I’d give lectures to groups of women and host rituals.

Now, much of my life and soul are wrapped up in Maiden’s Circle, and I know this is the right path. I feel more true, more authentic, and generally happier than I’ve ever been before because I have Maiden’s Circle in my life. I am so thankful for whatever muse put the thought in my head, and I am thrilled to be this much closer to sharing it with my community.

I’m Going On Vacation and Starting A New Series

Over the last twenty-odd weeks, I tried something new with this blog. The goal was to connect this blog to the Covenpath course by focusing on one of the subjects in an early lesson. It also provided steady material for nearly six months, giving me one less thing to have to think about.

This format worked out well, I believe, so I’ve decided to try it again. This time, the subject matter deals less with moral questions and instead focuses on the basic cardinal elements nearly all witches learn about in the early stages of our path.

That is, I’ll be doing a series on various topics relating to Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I’m hoping this series will be a bit more fun than the Ordains, which was occasionally something of a headache. This series will also lean more on the informative side than the personal response thing I did with the Ordains, so expect shorter entries for a while.

Be sure to check for the first entry on July 8th, then every week after that. The 29th and the 5th are up in the air at the moment, as I’ll be away from my computer those days. If I can get the entries written up in advance, that’d be great, but I’ve never successfully managed that…so, we’ll see.

I suppose that’s it for now. Thank you so much for your continued love and support. Things are slow-going, but they’re moving forward. I’m excited to see what other changes arise throughout this year! See you next time and blessed be.

Love,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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The Ordains: Part 21 – Don’t Share Your Secrets With Fools

This is the twenty-first entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.

“Witches use common sense and do not share their mysteries with fools.”

If you’re a Wiccan, this Ordain might ring sort of familiar to you. In fact, the Christian Bible has two proverbs that speak to the same topic of avoiding fools. In the long version of the Wiccan Rede, we find a similar line in the sixth quartet.

No Season Spend

The idea of avoiding the fool is certainly intriguing. It’s especially so when we consider the Tarot. For me, the Fool represents forging one’s own path. It speaks to individuality, leaps of faith, and trusting one’s self. Contradictorily, when most people hear the word “fool,” they imagine an imbecile—someone who doesn’t think before they act or holds too tightly to ignorance. Indeed, there are times when the card speaks to that sort of energy, as well. In either case, the Fool offers a lesson that aids in the growth of whoever receives the reading.

In that same light, I think we learn a lot from the foolish people in our lives. Now, some of you might be asking who gets to decide whether someone is a fool or not. Shouldn’t we all just live and let live? Well, of course, we should understand that people will make their own choices. Their lives are not our lives, and only they can decide what path those lives will take.

However, if another person is doing things that’s bringing harm on themselves, we can and must acknowledge it. Perhaps not always to that person, but we should acknowledge their behavior to ourselves, learn from it, and probably distance ourselves. That’s where this Ordain comes in. If we’re able to recognize that a person is behaving foolishly, we’re more discerning about what we tell them and how much time we spend with them.

We’ve all done it.

Many of us have known a person who seemed nice, but something about them simply didn’t click with us. Maybe they lived a life filled with violence and drugs, or perhaps their moral views directly conflicted with our own. Those of us with a calling to heal most likely tried to offer guidance only to be met with derision. Whatever the reasons, we’ve all had to let someone go at some point. We knew that we could no longer spend time with them and, even if we never said it, we saw them as a fool in our lives.

These situations can often cause guilt, but if we live by this Law, that guilt is lessened. This tenet reminds us that it’s our duty to protect the sacred wisdom given to those of us on this spiritual path. To do so means being aware of the foolishness of people and acting in a way which keeps us and that wisdom safe. Sometimes, that means biting our tongue and walking away when our relative makes choices that put them in danger. Even if we feel helpless and want to guide them away from their current path, it isn’t our job.

We use common sense to know when some arguments just aren’t worth having. When we learn to cultivate our common sense, it can tell us whether a person is interested in learning from us or not. Once we’re able to know that, we stop wasting our breath on those who aren’t interested. We stop trying to share with people who don’t want what we’re offering.

When we shift our focus to helping those who seek it, we find ourselves far more fulfilled. If we offer guidance, sacred wisdom, or our own secrets, let it be to the ones who are receptive to it. Otherwise, we’re just asking for a headache.

What do you think makes a person a fool? Do you find yourself locked in useless arguments with people who have no interest in hearing you out? How do you deal with those situations?

From a fool at heart,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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Brief Update and a Rerun

This week, I’ve been dealing with some personal things, so I’m still catching up. It didn’t feel right to leave you hanging, though, so I’ve found an entry from my now-inactive blog, Voix de Wilder, to share with you. I believe this piece does a good job of explaining my thoughts on things like “fate” or “destiny.” While my views have shifted slightly, a lot of what I said back then still stands, and I think it’s important to explore our own mindset over time. I’m still learning and always asking “why.”

I also wanted to take a break to let you know how things are going concerning the course and other Maiden’s Circle endeavors. As you know by now, Maiden’s Circle sends out a newsletter each time there’s a new update. Lately, that’s pretty much only been notifications of new blog entries and whatever news comes up that week. Do you like that format? Would you like more in the newsletters?

In any case, I want to let you know that our Covenpath course is coming along slowly, but surely. Each week, it gets a little closer to publishing. I want this to be as valuable as I can possibly make it, so I’ve spent many hours researching to make sure we provide the right amount of information while keeping in mind that this is a self-study course. As soon as it’s ready, you’ll be the first to get an email. Make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter, because only those people will get the massive discount of $13 (as opposed to $133). That’s $120 worth of content just for joining the newsletter!

The closer we get to going live, the giddier I become. I sincerely hope this course provides a sturdy base for your witchy practices and that it can lead to a huge growth within Maiden’s Circle. The fact is, I’m looking for coven members. It’s important we all have a similar understanding of the Maiden’s Circle practices, even with varying practices of our own. That means, new members would need to take the course. (That said, enrollment in the course doesn’t automatically mean initiation into the coven.) So, with the launch of the Covenpath course, I hope to see growth in our numbers. If it isn’t clear already, I have a deep need to share this journey.

To help sate that need, Maiden’s Circle now has a learning group on Facebook! The group is meant to foster discussion and learning from one another and is just a bit more formal than other groups I admin. This is because I truly want to have an engaged Pagan community where everyone expresses themselves and participates. I want to hear about your beliefs and practices so that we can connect with one another on a more personal level. So, be sure to check that group out, as well as the Bacchans of Witchsfest group for even more fun, witchy posts.

The Ordains series will continue next week, but I hope you enjoy this brief update and break. Let me know your thoughts in the comments or join us on Facebook. Until then, I hope you enjoy the entry below in which I discuss the ideas of fate or destiny. Blessed be!

Previously titled Sh*t Happens. First published Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Let’s just say that things happen, that sometimes events randomly fall together to create the perfect circumstances for certain things to occur.  Let’s say that’s it.  Things fall into place and things happen, without the hand of Fate or “the Universe.”  This is, indeed, the view of many skeptics and self-proclaimed smart people.  If that is the case, then we’re really just living to die, no?  Shit just happens, and either it’s good or bad, but it’s never important.  Moments aren’t special, so there’s no reason for sentiment and reminiscing.  There’s no point to romance.

I’ve seen two reactions from those following this school of thought.  Some people embrace it and adopt a devil-may-care attitude.  They live life fast and hard.  They live for the sake of experience.  They live dangerously, trying anything new, ignoring the consequences. These people believe they could die young, so they live every moment doing whatever they please.  Then, there are others who take this thought and find fear and misery in it.  If there is no meaning, if their lives are just a series of random events, what is the point of living?  These forlorn people often feel their lives are tragic, and tend to share their tragedy with others, leading to dysfunctional, often co-dependent, relationships.

It’s all very nihilistic, isn’t it?  On the other end of the spectrum are those who believe that Fate rules the world.  To these hopeful beings, every single event has a meaning, everything happens for a reason.  They are always where they’re “meant to be.”  There is some power in the universe that is watching over them, and even the smallest occurrences are meant for them.  A leaf falling at just the right moment is some message for them to interpret, or there’s a raging storm because they’re having a bad day.  Essentially, they believe the world revolves around them.  Truly, their own world does.

Then, of course, there are those of us who are the most idealistic.  We see the world as a gray area.  Some things just happen because they do.  Some things are destined.  Not everything happens for a reason, but nothing is pointless.  Life, ultimately, has a meaning amidst all the mundanity.  We’ve seen the magic that can occur; we’ve seen what can happen when certain random circumstances come together and create the perfect setting for creating change.

The task, then, is to learn to discern the difference; and when you find the things that are significant, when you do receive messages from the Universe (or the Fates, God/dess, Spirit, the Higher Power, or what-have-you), you must determine what they mean.  Perhaps it is just that I like puzzles, that I feel this is the most accurate idea of why things happen.  Who really knows why some people fall into jobs they’d never imagined and end up finding their calling?  Who knows what determines whether or not one person survives an accident?  Is it luck?  Or is it Fate that brings a person into another person’s life?  A person that makes the other feel joyous and free?  Or a person that leaves pain and destruction behind?

We search for lessons and often find them too late.  It isn’t easy figuring out what is mundane and what is a whisper from the gods.  I am happy that my mind works the way it does, but even that is a mystery to me.  The life I lived as a child, the environment that raised me, could have a different influence.  Instead of following in the footsteps of generations before me, I chose to take a new path.  Though, I’m not entirely convinced it was a choice.  I believe that, when it comes to destiny, mine is one of greatness.  I do, however, have to make the choices that take me there; nothing is set in stone.  I believe life will bring to me all I need, but it is up to me to make it mine, to keep it.

Some things are truly supposed to be in our lives, but we must work to prove we deserve them.  Not everything that’s meant to be is easy.  Not everything that’s difficult is a random occurrence or a “lesson learned.”  Perhaps sometimes, the lesson is, “Don’t give up.”  In that same vein, not everything that’s pleasant is fate.  Sometimes, we’re just lucky; it’s just good timing.  So, how do we figure it out?  What do we do with the information once we’ve done that?  How do we know which actions are “right”?  I can’t answer that.

I am working to figure it out in my own life.  There are things I see as signs, and but I am ever skeptical.  Everything is a sign and nothing is.  I am attempting to look at unique occurrences from as many angles as I can conceive.  Of course, it makes me seem a bit…insane, but I’m not sure that matters.  I am analyzing life constantly, and I can’t seem to let go of certain concepts, certain “signs.”  I don’t know what’s happening yet, or why, but I know something in my life is changing.  I don’t know which direction it’s going to go.  All I can do is make the choices that I believe will bring me the most joy and fulfillment.  I hope luck is on my side.

With love always,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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The Ordains: Part 9 – We Both Have Truths

This is the ninth entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.

“Witches know that there are no absolute truths.”

This title would have worked better a couple of entries ago. Still, as I said in that post, I can’t help but think of Pilate’s line whenever the question of “truth” comes up. That entry offers a pretty in-depth look at my personal views on truth, so I won’t repeat it all here, but I did mention my belief that all of our ideas of truth are filtered through personal experience.

One of the reasons Pilate’s line struck such a chord with me is because I already followed this tenet. The idea that there are no absolute truths guided me through childhood, though it was often a struggle for my black-and-white mind (itself a symptom of my inability to gauge subtlety from others) to fully accept.

Even as I struggled with the idea, I knew it to be true. At an early age, I learned that what looked red to me might look pink to someone else. As I approached adolescence, I began to think more deeply about truth. More accurately, I began to question the truths everyone around me believed.

A couple of years after my father passed away, my mom took my little sister and me to live in Mississippi. Most of our years there were lived in a small, close-knit, very Christian town. There were many things I loved and hated about living in Eupora, but my least favorite was the tendency all small towns have for extreme groupthink.

So, when I started to question my Christian upbringing—started to pull away from the accepted “truths”—I became more aware of how a differing understanding of truth affected every interaction with other people.

In addition, my truth and beliefs had changed and, as ever, I sought to understand why. In response to my changing core beliefs, I dove deeper into the sciences on the search for more concrete truths. I wanted something to rely on.

At first, the natural sciences provided some needed comfort. I could be satisfied knowing the facts of things like birth and life and death. These truths I knew to be absolute. They happened regardless of one’s beliefs about them.

Even now, these are the only truths I know to be undeniable, but the circumstances around them are murky still. The way we handle birth and death in this country leaves much to be desired. And nearly everyone in my generation seems to have some general struggle as they attempt to ‘understand’ life.

So, even these things I feel to be undeniably true are filtered through a billion different eyes—measured under a constant “what if?” What if we could live forever? What if we’re reborn after death? What if life exists in forms we’ve yet to discover?

It’s that constant “what if” which lives at the heart of this witches’ law. No matter how much we learn, there will always be something we don’t know. There will always be unattained knowledge. And the pursuit of that knowledge is an endless pursuit that means we can never know anything completely.

As a lover of both magick and science, I’ve come to accept that I know nothing. No matter how much I study, no matter how much information I try to shove into my brain, I will never know enough. I will always be learning, and therefore, must remain ever open to the changing nature of “truth.”
So long as I do my best to be an ethical and honest person, I can carry this law in my heart without abusing it. While I can acknowledge there are no absolute truths, I won’t pretend that this amounts to a go-ahead to tell lies. It’s not.

This law serves as a simple reminder that truth comes in many forms. I believe it’s a witch’s duty to figure out the most ethical and spiritually sound truth and to pursue that.

What do you think it means when one says there are no absolute truths? Do you think this is meant literally or in a very specific context? Please share in the comments or on the Maiden’s Circle Facebook page!

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Yours,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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The Ordains: Part 4 – Watch Your Mouth

This is the fourth entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.

“Never boast, or threaten, or speak evil of anyone.”

I love this one. That’s not to say I’ve always been good at sticking to it. Although I try not to boast or gossip, I can’t say I’ve never threatened anyone—including myself.

As far back as I remember, I’ve had a strong distaste for gossip. Perhaps it’s due to that popular saying, often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

For sure, that saying impacted me at a young age, but I think it goes deeper than that. I grew up in a teensy town in Mississippi. It was the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. Even if I’d never met a person, they knew me or something about me before we were ever introduced.

For people in that town, this was normal. Accepted. But it’s always made me uncomfortable. The idea that folks are talking about me when I’m not around—and sometimes sharing personal secrets—squicks me the heck out. Now, as an adult, I try to avoid people who gossip and tend to stay quiet at times when I can’t avoid them or escape the situation.

It’s one thing to say, “How’s Jane?” and get a quick update on the basics of someone you care about. It’s entirely different to hold a full conversation detailing all the things someone else is doing in their life. It’s worse, even, when judgment of those things comes into the discussion.

In my experience, those who gossip aren’t doing it for anyone’s good. In fact, talking negatively about another person tells more about the gossiper. It tells me that isn’t a person I want to trust with with the private moments of my life.

Boasting is a more complicated matter. With today’s current trends, I think many of us struggle to draw lines between self-love and self-aggrandizing.

It brings to mind a conversation between my partner and I. We were discussing the merits of self-reflection. That is, the process of observing and analyzing aspects of one’s own personality and choices.

While I firmly believe that to be an important step on the path of spiritual growth and healing, he is of the opinion that self-analysis is no more than masturbatory narcissism. So, with that mindset, one might avoid ever speaking of the good in their life. They see it as bragging/boasting, which our society has taught us is in poor taste.

However, I think it’s necessary to draw those lines. We each should spend time reflecting on ourselves, on our choices and thoughts. We are happy (or comfortable) focusing on our failures. Failure, after all, is where we learn most so that we can grow.

But our successes deserve just as much focus. We can learn plenty from success that failure can’t teach. Failure shows us what went wrong, but success shows us what to repeat.

Does that mean we should let success or good luck go to our heads? Should we, in acknowledging our success, let everyone we come across know how successful we are?

Well, yes and no.

Yes, we should accept our success and feel good about it. It’s healthy to celebrate our wins. But no, everyone doesn’t need to hear the story of how we landed that big deal.

How do we draw that line between boasting and celebrating or, simply, sharing our good fortune? Intent comes into play here.

If our goal is to show someone how much better off we are than them, that’s bragging, and it serves no purpose. If our goal is to inspire, to help people see what’s possible, to feel good about ourselves without putting others down–well, there we have a purpose. There we are engaging in self-love.

It’s okay to love ourselves. It’s okay to celebrate the good in our lives and to share that with others.

Bragging isn’t sharing. It isn’t celebratory. It’s meant to elevate oneself above another, in a way that makes the other person feel lower. And it’s plain rude.

Threatening others is even ruder. To say you’ll have someone punished for harming you is one thing. It’s more like self-defense. But to seriously threaten harm to another for any reason goes against my beliefs. It goes against the “Harm none” law (which I discussed here), so try to avoid it.

That includes threats of self. Self-harm is a common problem, especially in sensitive communities like ours. Someone who’s sensitive to the myriad of energies that we come across every time we step outside is more likely to deal with thoughts of self-harm.

The same can be said for any sensitive person or anyone dealing with mental illness. To threaten ourselves or others is almost always a no. For sure, there are times when we must protect and defend ourselves, but for the most part, we should never need to threaten anyone.

So, this law is actually three-in-one, and I can say I’m a fan of it. Don’t speak evil of or gossip about others. Don’t brag to make yourself feel superior. And don’t threaten anyone.

For me, it’s an easy one to follow.

What do you think? How else could you interpret this law?

With love,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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The Ordains: Part 3 – Silence is Golden

This is the third entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.

“Watch, listen and withhold judgment; in debate may your silences be long, your thoughts clear and your words carefully chosen.”

The third law may be one of the hardest for many of us to follow. In today’s atmosphere of charged tension, internet anonymity, and rampant unbridled passions, silence is a rarity for the average person.

Honestly, I’ve broken this “law” countless times. Especially when it comes to the second half—long silences in debate are not my forté. It’s tough not to insist that I get to express my thoughts. That said, I’ve found that the times I do follow this tenet, discussions tend to flow far more smoothly.

Overall, I do believe this particular law is a golden rule in any conversation. To watch, listen, and withhold judgment is paramount to creating a deeper understanding and connection with other people.

This is true for general conversation, as well as for arguments or debates. When we stop to listen and pay attention to people—their behaviors, their physical responses, small facial ticks—all our interactions with them are instantly improved.

Despite my shoddy adherence, I think this is one of the more important Ordains. Our relationships suffer when we are unable to step back and listen. When we fail to observe and understand people, we end up neglecting our most basic human need: connection with others. And we risk damaging further connections when we speak before thinking.

I’ve always tried to choose my words with care and consideration. Perhaps it’s a response to an unstable childhood–a way to gain some control over something in my life (much like my never-ending need to clean). Or maybe it’s a symptom of mental illness or undiagnosed autism. Perhaps, even, it’s due to the fact that I believe all words carry power. Beyond the power individuals ascribe to them, words are powered by history and societal use.

Whatever the reason for my obsession with words, they can bring me great anxiety. Not only must I choose the correct words when I speak and write, but I notice when others use the “wrong” ones.

So, I consider how my words will affect others as much as possible. However, this can be difficult when I’m in an emotionally charged situation. That’s when it’s most important to stop and observe, to think and speak in love.

I have found this to be easier in times of peace. When it’s most crucial to listen is often when it’s hardest. At least it is for me. But these times seem to matter most.

This guideline reminds me, even during the toughest of times, just how critical it is step back, to observe, and to listen. I see the value it adds to my relationships and the growth that can facilitate. And as long as I keep that close to my heart and try to govern my actions accordingly, my relationships will thrive.

Do you notice that you’re more or less likely to stop and listen when emotions are high? What things do you do to improve and nurture your relationships and interactions with other people?

With love always,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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The Ordains: Part 2 – If It’s Broken, Fix It

This is the second entry in a series on a set of Pagan “laws” known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener, the man scholars credit as the “father of Wicca.” Depending on the source, these Ordains may contain anywhere from twenty to over eighty rules and guidelines that most practicing Wiccans have accepted for generations. The Ordains have, over the years, morphed into various versions. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.

“If you know the Rede is being broken, you must work strongly against it.”

This law refers back to the first of the bunch, “An ye harm none, do as ye will.” That phrase is known as the Wiccan Rede. The Rede itself is a much longer, poetic work, but it ultimately distills down to this well-known line.

Last week, we discussed this ubiquitous line in detail. This week’s law is all about what we do when we see that the Rede is being broken. Or in simpler terms, how do we counteract harmful behaviors when we witness them?

In 2018 and in the coming year, it seems this question is becoming more and more important. At least in the United States, this is a frightening time for millions of people. The last year has seen devastating losses for minorities, refugees, and members of the LGBTQ community. Societal treatment of women and children isn’t any better. In short, we see the Rede broken on a near-daily basis.

With harmful things occurring at such a large scale, it can feel overwhelming. It certainly does for me. On any given day, I must work to find balance between wanting to save the world and accepting that there’s only so much I can do.

Many people who find themselves drawn to a Pagan path, especially Wicca, deal with the same struggle. We want to heal our world, but live with the knowledge that, as single organisms in an immeasurably vast ecosystem, we can’t do it. Not on our own.

Still, I refuse to be hopeless.

I refuse to let cynicism color my view of the world. Even though there is nothing I can do to fix all of the world’s problems, I can still do something. We can all do something.

Instead of fretting about all of the huge problems, the insurmountable pain and suffering all around us, I believe we’ll fare better if we focus on one thing at a time. Or a few things—whatever we can handle. This doesn’t mean we should ignore grand injustices, but why work ourselves into madness over things we can’t control?

So, what can we do on a smaller scale? How do we combat harm when we witness it?

For me, the answer lies in little, everyday actions. Whether that’s calling a senator to demand change in unfair rulings, spreading awareness of the various issues and any options to aid in their relief, or speaking up when I see someone engaging in bullying or harmful behavior. If even one person is helped through my actions, that’s a success.

On a slightly larger scale, I try to reach out to people in as many ways as my introverted little heart can handle. One of the ways I’ve done that is through this blog and the whole Maiden’s Circle endeavor.

Of course, building a safe and helpful community for Pagans, women, and people of color is no easy feat. Doing it alone sometimes feels impossible, but this calling can’t be ignored. Someday, Maiden’s Circle will be more than a lone witch writing blogs in her kitchen. It will be a valuable contributor to the Pagan community and help make the world a better place. My hope is that this Coven will be in the position to offer healing to all who find it long after I’m gone.

It’s minuscule in the grand scheme of things, but if a billion people do something every day to counteract the harm we see, the results will be huge. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. We’ve seen it in both positive and negative scenarios—from the destruction of war to the life-lengthening advancements in medicine. Change is possible, so healing our world is possible.

Can we solve every problem right now?

No. That’s too much to hold on our shoulders. But we must work strongly against the harm we see, in whatever ways we can, with whatever tools we have.

This law isn’t about telling other people how to live their lives. It isn’t about preaching and proselytizing our beliefs or forcing people to follow our Rede. It’s about actively standing up against harm; protecting and working to heal our world; and letting Spirit work through us to fix what’s broken.

How do you handle situations in which someone is being harmed and you witness it? What sort of things do you do to help heal your world? If you don’t feel like you do much, what changes can you make today? Right this minute?

Thank you for your love and support. I love you from the depths of my heart.

Yours,
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA

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