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Friends Only

I've decided to make this journal 'Friends Only'.  For those of you new to LJ that means that only people on my friends list will be able to read the posts by default.

So, I guess this will be my last open post.

If you read my journal and either don't have an LJ or you want to be added to my friends list, you can post here and let me know where I know you from and I'll add you.

Keep in mind that I'm not online as much as I used to be, so you might be waiting a while for a response.

I do still have an open journal that feeds to my Facebook - It's on Wordpress @



I Be Famous

I am constantly amazed how my words work their way around the web.  I was just about to add a new post to my Wordpress journal, and while parusing any new comments needing approval and seeing what kind of traffic I'm getting in between posts.  Since I have 3 or 4 blogs attached to my Wordpress account, my dashboard also shows me traffic of interest related to those blogs as well.

The one that always seems to get the most attention is Pagan Perspectives.  Just today, I found this linkback to my article blog -

While I haven't updated my Pagan Perspectives blog in some time (roughly 9 months or so), seeing things like this make me want to get back to writing articles again.  Though, I think that since I have been spending so little time online, my perspective may have changed a bit. I'm not as in touch with what is relevant to the Community anymore.

I think that what I might need to do to get back to writing is to maybe shift my focus.  A little less about my opinion on popular topics and maybe a little more on the things that are important to me now.  I guess we will have to wait and see.



Beltane Menu

I think I mentioned before that I am going to start redoing my website - finally.  The part I want to start with is the Sabbat celebrations.  I sort of missed out on Ostara because life sort of got away from me that week.  I did make a nice dinner, and got some great pics, which I will post later.  Not Ostara party calibre, but a good start.

What I am focussing on now is Beltane.  I want to do a bit of decorating and have a nice big meal as well.  So, to start, I am going to want to plan out the menu, and I am coming to my trusty FList for some suggestions.

What are some of your favourite foods/drinks/etc to indulge in on Beltane.  What sorts of decorations/crafts do you usually use to make your space festive?

One Last Wish

Writer's Block: Change for the Better over a Decade

How are you a better person today than you were ten years ago?
Ten years ago at about this time of year, I believe that my last temporary job had just become permanent. I was working at Wal-Mart then, and I had just met WD.

I was newly witchy, and in a very soft and bunnie-like stage. The world was all pink and fluffy, everything was wonderful, and magic was actually real in the modern world. I can remember the wonder of it all. I felt like a little kid again.

Though, it wasn't all peaches and gumdrops. My mom was fighting cancer, and I had no clue what I was going to do with my life. I was just happy to finally be out of the hell of high school.

I think that was also the year that I started writing my story about Ella. She came to me in my very first attempt at a past life regression.

I also remember how quickly I picked up the skills at that time. I learned to meditate with my eyes open by focusing on objects that were on either side of me. I still wonder if I actually made my eyes roll to the outside of my head.

I learned the significance of the pendulum that my mom had made for me when I was about 12 or so. I bought my first set of tarot cards - the Sacred Circle Tarot. I still have those cards somewhere.

I also remember that year was the year that I learned about reincarnation and the theory of non-linear time on the other side. Figuring that out for the first time gave me a headache for about a week.

That was also the year that I spent a couple of months fooling around with online relationships and realizing that words on a screen are nothing when compared with a real live person by your side. That part got a bit messy, but I learned my lesson.

I am a very different person today than I was then. I am making a good living now, at a full time job that I actually enjoy doing. I have finally started school again and while I don't dream about huge changes in my life at the end of this program, I am glad that I didn't miss out on college entirely.

I have a house to live in again. And while I am still a little nervous of thinking of this place as home (I think I won't settle down until we have been here at least a year), it is by far better than anything I have had since I moved away from the house I grew up in.

Spiritually speaking, I think I have grown in leaps and bounds from the person I was in 1999. It's been a long road with a lot of different hats, but I think that I am probably where I should be - doing my own thing, and fitting my ancestors and family heritage into a 21st century life.

The less time I spend online, the more I realize that I wasn't meant to be in a lot of the moulds I have tried to cram myself into.  I was always just meant to be me.  And no one else's approval is required.



What Kind of Boots Are You?

You Are Riding Boots
You are very sophisticated. You have refined tastes, and you don't fall for cheesy trends.
You are naturally chic and stylish. You can pull together a great look in no time flat.

You don't need a lot of flash or bling in your life. You prefer the glamour of the understated.
You treasure wisdom. You are attracted to ideas and things that have stood the test of time.

Stolen from Sonic -

While those don't look like my favourite boots, I would probably still wear them. They look comfy ;)


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Ask and Ye Shall Receive!

For behold! I am the All Seeing, All Wailing Queen of the weather faeries! My armies of wind and rain have come to banish Old Man winter from our shores!

The dreaded Frost Bite shall be dragged on his knees before me to face my terrible wrath! And I shall decree that the condemned will be locked in the closet until about mid-June when we need him to hold the popsicles and ice cream!



New Look - New Name

I think I may have found a template that I can use to remake my website.  It's simple, clean and artistic - and it has minimal flash.  It's shocking how few website templates seem to be designed for a variety of personal content.  There are lots and lots of page designs for photo/art portfolios and plenty that are designed for blog content (and then there are your average business-style sites).  But very few combine the two and allow for something that isn't just a general overview of the hobbies of the site owner.

Any template I use will have to be altered.  Hopefully, I can keep the alterations to a minimum - I prefer to not have to learn a lot of coding and do a lot of graphic-work to get what I need.

Ideally, I would like to hire someone to design a custom site just for me, but that is a lot of money that I don't have to spend on something like that right now.  Maybe after I've completed my photography courses and have a business to advertise.

I think I am going to integrate my wordpress blog into the site.  I am going to keep the articles, book reviews and the sabbat celebration sections.  I might get rid of the BOS section, though.  I'm not as into the educating the newbie masses as I used to be.  I don't mind sharing my opinions and the outer trappings of my practise, but a lot of the rest has become something that is not really for public consumption.  I'm not really looking to create a tradition or gathering followers.

Along with the new look, I think I'll need a new name for the site.  'Into the Land of the Phae' is kind of fun and kind of whimiscal, but I think it's also indicitive of a much younger me.  The new site is going to be more visual, more modern, more reflective of where I'm at now in my life.  I think I need a title that will reflect that - something shorter, sleeker - something memorable. 

Anyway, that is the plan as it stands now.  How fast it comes together depends on how calm life decides to be for the next while.  Hopefully, the snow of last week is the last we will see this year.  It was up to about 10C today and sunny.  It was great!  I didn't realize how bad the cabin fever was until I was actually outside and running around. 

Yay for spring!