Sunday, April 19, 2015

Update, recent acquisitions and I have a blessed minute!

The last couple of terms of school have been rather heavy, time consuming, and stressful. Amidst the school work we've had a trip to Seattle and had to put a kitty to sleep. He was sick and suffering and we did everything we could. It was a sad night in our house but it is okay because he's gone to be with his best bud, Yoda, my familiar, who passed 6 months prior. 

Amanda and I have also had our fair share of family drama going on as well. But, breaking away from the stress, sadness, and frustrations, I'm going to jump into some of the wonderful things we've acquired recently.

We found a candle snuffer that looks similar to the one pictured above, at a garage sale. You'd be surprised what you can find at garage sales. We even saw a cauldron at an estate sale that day. We almost bought it too, but there were weird vibes all around so we forewent that purchase. 

While in Seattle we went to Edge of the Circle Books. There we picked a large candle, a tarot bag for Amanda, and I grabbed The Inner Temple of Witchcraft Meditation CD set to go along with the book we got for Yule. 

Since we've been home I've purchased a few more books. One is for a class that I would like to teach for one of the IEPG meetings. Hopefully, I can set aside some time on my break between terms to do all my research, planning, organize a list of what I need to get for the class, and then set up date to do it. If I get even half of that done, I will be happy. Anyway the book is:

The other books are Heathen in nature. 

This is a book that the Heathen coordinator from the IEPG recommended to me. I'd had it on my list on amazon for a couple of months, but it wasn't until recently that I pushed it to my cart. One of the reasons being an assignment for the spirituality circle. We are supposed to write a ritual and it can be for anything. While several people were talking about fandoms like MLP (Amanda is doing My Little Pony and her ritual sounds amazing), I was thinking about Elves and Mermaids. I don't think there are Mermaids in this book but lore and information about Elves is. Since I wanted to study this book and move more about Heathen practices and so forth, this book was a must! Also, because I have always loved Elves (we can thank my Dad and Tolkien for starting that), and I am a writer, any lore or information I can gather for future story writing is always appreciated!   

I did not buy Witchdom of the True, but it was lent to me and ties into the next book I am going to talk about. First, this book is really interesting and has some good information to it. I don't think it is in print any more, which might be why it is so expensive, last I looked on Amazon it was over $80. So if you can borrow it or find a PDF version to purchase that's more reasonably priced, I think it is worth the read. For myself, it gave me a lot to think about in terms of where I want and feel I need to go, or what best fits me. If that makes sense. 

Frey God of the World is a really exciting book to me and I haven't even begun reading it. My copy must have be part of an estate sale or something like that. The reasoning behind this theory is that the author has autographed it and its a sweet, short message that speaks of a dear friendship to the person it was autographed to. So, for me, this book is extra special. Aside from learning more about Frey, I am curious to see exactly how much the author talks about Frey in correlation with the Greenman. I don't know where I have read or heard of Frey being referenced with the Greenman, only that I have and it stuck. While I do have a book on the Greenman (because I have always been drawn to him), I wanted to read this book first. 

Honestly, I am not sure about this book. I've debated it for a long time and finally broke down and bought it. I looked through it briefly and there looks to be some good stuff. There are hymns and poems, recipes for incense, and prayers. There was even a section on making prayer beads for Freyja. But I haven't had a great deal of time with the book and after I got it in my hands, rather than just seeing it Amazon, it appears to be a semi-personal devotional the writer put together and is sharing with those who are interested. Which, is great! I don't know that I will use everything she has but it is a good starting point. Something that I can use as a platform to build my own personal devotional. 

That's about all for today. I've decided that I will continue where I left off in my posts for the Pagan Blog Project last year. The folks running it aren't doing it this year, sadly, but I will still want to finish what I started.