Friday, January 20, 2012

Featured Favorites Friday: Sacred Space is Coming!!!

**Important note: There's still time to enter the giveaway today!**

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I please introduce you to the Sacred Space Conference.  I personally endorse this as one of the best metaphysical conferences in the Mid-Atlantic, cause I also LOVE Changing Times Changing Worlds up North.  If you are looking for a way to learn more about the many pagan paths than what can be found in the 101 books and general workshops, then this conference is for you!  I have attended the last two years and have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge brought to the table, both by nationally recognized teachers and our local and regional leaders/teachers here in the Mid-A.  Here's some info from Ms. Reece, one of the Board Members:
The Sacred Space Conference is the premier annual esoteric conference on the East Coast.  This event will be held in the Washington, DC area (Laurel, Maryland) from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11.  The programming for the conference is primarily intended for intermediate to advanced practitioners of any esoteric tradition.  Each year we bring in nationally and internationally renowned teachers as well as offering programs from leaders within the mid-Atlantic region, from New Jersey down to North Carolina.  Our teachers have told us that one of the reasons they love teaching at Sacred Space is that they are able to offer materials that they often cannot teach elsewhere because those people who attend the conference are dedicated and more advanced in their practice.  The conference programs are widely varied and include 43 workshops, lectures, and rituals, including the New Orleans Voodoo Conjure Dance.
Oooooohhh the Conjure Dance.... It was an amazing experience and one I very very much look forward to joining again. Super pretty altar and offering space to more Deity than I could name here, all being celebrated together in the spirit of community, simply amazing!  (the computer is not letting me add images... I will try again later...grr)

Registration is $150 for all four days of the conference and including all events. The single day price is $75 or you can come for any two days for $125.  If you stay at the hotel, please tell them you are with the conference.  This will ensure that you both receive the conference rate and make certain that you are counted towards the number of rooms the conference is required to sell.

Now, I know that $150 seems like (and really, is) a lot of money right now however the depth of the presentations and workshops is significant and many of these types of presentations could run $35 to $100 for individual workshops; at Sacred Space, you get them all at the same location, with a group of people focused and ready to learn, for comparatively little money.  Also, there may still be Volunteer Opportunities.

Personally I have made amazing friends, learned things I never would have found on my own, experienced deity in new and enlightening ways, gained a deeper understanding of my own oracular skills, danced, laughed, cried a little, learned that 9am is too early for me to path work to the Egyptian Pantheon, listened to leaders in my local, regional, and national community, explored paths that were entirely new to me, enjoyed banter, sang, loved and really lived my faith at this conference for two years in a row.   
Please come on out and join us.

If nothing else, consider spreading the word.

This year the Featured Presenters are:
Lyratah Barrett, the Director of the New SEED Sanctuary in Philadelphia. New SEED is a contacted Mystery School and Magickal Order. Lyratah's programs include: "The Alchemical Self," "The Authentic Self," "From Devotion to Ceremonial Magick," and "The Ways of the Initiate."
Ivo Dominguez Jr., one of the Elders of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a Wiccan syncretic tradition that draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. Ivo's programs include: "Structure of Karma: A New Look at Cause and Effect," "The Triple Shadow: The Shadow of the Lower, Middle, and Higher Self," "Divine Embodiment: Assumption; Drawing Down; Aspecting; Possession," and "Casting the Triangle of Stillness."
John Michael Greer, the Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. He directly engages critically important issues of environmentalism and economics through his many posts on his blog, The Archdruid Report , and in his ground-breaking monograph, The Wealth of Nature: Economics As If Survival Mattered . John's programs include: "Victorian Sex Magick," "Healing through the Elements," "A Magickal Education," and "Paganism and the Future."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Intentional: Apparently I got Tagged?!

I'm only doing this because I adore The Cauldron Keeper...

And remember January's giveaway is still live here.

The Rules
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random thoughts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you have tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this.' blah, blah, blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random thoughts about me:
1. I hate socks and shoes... no really.... HATE them.  If it were a perfect world I would be barefoot all the time.
2. I can't tie a bow on presents.  Apparently this critical (according to the DBF) step in my ascension to adulthood was missed.
3. I have a tarot card addiction.  It's like my shoe addiction... only worse.  I think I have like 20+ decks right now.
4. The DBF believes that I have NO movie knowledge and is scandalized when I don't know quotes immediately.
5. I finally got sucked back into table-top RPG recently and it's awesome.  I are currently a level 17 straight-rogue with spiffy natural armor that almost started the apocalypse.
6. Geeks are sexy.  Jeff Goldbloom, Egon in Ghostbusters, men who can quote the entirety of the Star Wars universe are just wicked sexy.
7. My secret indulgence is cheezy supernatural or historical romance novels.  It's sad.
8. As a Taurus I am a control freak, and this extends to the remote, much to the chagrin of the DBF.
9. Dolls are creepy. I had a Cabbage Patch doll as a kid and it stayed at the very bottom of the toy box and every once and while I would check to make sure it was still there.
10. I love Jazz music, give me some Charlie Parker or Miles Davis any day!
11. I are a Pagan Community Organizer and it's almost as difficult as it is rewarding

Questions for me to answer:
1.  What is your biggest pet peeve?
  - Being interrupted.  This is totally my Dad's fault cause he is the biggest offender.
2.  How did you find out Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/ Tooth Fairy wasn't quite legit?
  - I don't remember so it must have been less than traumatic.
3.  Favorite toy as a kid?
  - Ponies, totally my little ponies!
4.  If you could go back in time, which person would you most like to shake and say "What were you thinking?!"
  -  Honestly, my ex husband.
5.  Chicken or the egg?
  - Dinosaur
6. If you could read people's thoughts, would you want to?
  - Nope.
7. If you could turn someone into a toad who would it be?
  - Probably also my ex-husband, lol.
8. Fantasy vacation?
  - Caribbean island
9.  What is the most romantic thing you've experienced?
  -  I got a surprise note and key once at the Renn Faire... too sweet.
10. If you could create your own society what would it be like?
  - Benevolent dictatorship with ME in charge, lol.
11.  What book would you most love to see brought to life (through movie making or literally)?
  - Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffery

Who I've tagged:

Questions for you to answer:
1. What's your favorite song or musical artist?
2. If you could live in any era, what would you choose?
3. What's your favorite holiday?
4. Which modern convenience would you rather give up, indoor stoves or plumbing?
5. Pirates or Ninjas?
6. Do you have a patron deity, if so whom?
7. Coffee or Tea?
8. What's the farthest you've ever been from home?
9. Which element is your favorite or which do you work best with?
10. Cats, Dogs, Rodents, Birds or Reptiles?
11. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pagan Blog Project WK02 - A is for Altar

A Few Notes:  I guess I will be posting twice on Fridays, but that's OK because those of you interested in the Pagan Blog Project posts will also get to benefit from being exposed to:

I miss my altar.

When I was in college I had less space but I guess I also had less stuff taking it up.  I had two milk crates stacked up with books in the bottom one, altar stuff storage in the middle and an ever-changing altar on the top.  It seems like my magic was ever-present and much more organic as it was changed, reinforced and supported all the time because my altar was in the center of my collegiate crossroads crucible.

Then I graduated, got a job, got married, moved out of my 'rents, eventually had a little one... and somewhere along the way I lost that physical manifestation of my magic and my faith.  I tried to re-capture it a couple times.
  • I asked the (now ex) husband for a third bedroom for all my witchy stuff, but that's not in the center of my world
  • I have all my witchy books in those same milk crates, but they're sitting un-read and the cat's window seat is on top of them
  • I have an heirloom bookshelf that holds all my stuff (cause I'm totally a stuff witch), but the top is for lamps and boxes and bottles... not an altar space
Thankfully I'm finally with someone who actually does support all the witchy stuff I do (and there's a lot of it) up to and including setting up an altar with me on the top shelf of our new bookcase.  It's tall enough that the munchkin will have trouble grabbing things.  The shelf space will be tall enough for candles.  I can re-arrange it whenever I want.  My DBF gets to add his stuff to it too.

And most of all it's in the center of my little apartment world, a place I can re-assert my magic and faith everyday without penciling time into my (ridiculous) schedule.  I am so excited.

**Imagine a picture here that I will add when I finally get home**

Featured Favorites Friday: A Witches Cottage Imbolc

Before we start with all today's witchy goodness, please stop by my Giveaway featuring FreeDragonFabrica to enter to win your choice of handmade Celtic Knots.

I have recently joined and become the Fire Keeper of a fantastic team on etsy,  The Witches Cottage.  It's a team for those who support the craft to come together, chat, network and share.  As the Fire Keeper it's my job to come up with contests and games to keep morale up, and I'm looking forward to it!  Check out the team blog if you have a moment as we will be posting features, events, giveaways and other witchy goodness here.

To celebrate this new team I'd like to share some Imbolc offerings from my team mates:

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Intentional: Is there a path to the divine?

(Don't forget to enter January's giveaway: Your choice of  handmade Celtic Knots)

So I rarely get involved in online discussions (as they can get so drama-full) but I had to share my $0.02 over here at a Catholic blog by Katrina Fernandez.  My comment was basically a thank you to the writer for her being so upfront and honest about believing that the Catholic religion is the one and true religion.  It may seem weird but here's what I said:

"I have wandered over from Starr Foster of the Pagan Portal and just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being rational, honest and up-front about your faith and your religion. I 100% agree that true interfaith dialogue can't work when everyone is 'tip-toeing' around each other. Through your unapologetic post I feel like I would be able to give you the space to know your Church is right and you could give me space for my faith by not trying to convert me. I think it's unfortunate that some pagans, in the quest for acceptance fail to accept that some religions, like Catholicism, have a doctrine of 'one-true-way' and that just as we look for the space to practice what we believe, we must allow others the same space."

Someone replied to me as Robert E. Donadio, Esq. and basically said that the shortest way to god is a straight line and that Catholicism is that straight line.  This got me thinking... a lot.

Is the shortest way always a straight line?  ie as the crow flies vs roads.  Is it faster to go over the mountain than to follow the landscape?

DO we really have to have any path to get to the divine if it is within us?

Are all religious paths basically spirals that lead back into our own souls?

If the path to the divine is supposed to be a straight line, why all the labyrinths?

Check out the Labyrinth Society’s website, a good source of historical and practical information.

Friday, January 6, 2012

CLOSED - Giveaway! Featured Favorites Friday: Celtic Knotwork Textile Witchery

So a long long time ago I was wandering around the trade teams of etsy and fell in love with this beautiful dragon momma and baby by FreeDragonFabrica.  It was so cute, I just HAD to have it!  I have since added a Scrim Dragon (who is amazing and the pictures do him no justice) and a Spiral Horse fabric to my growing witchy textile art collection.

I got a chance to interview this magical  textile artist and she is generously offering one of my readers a chance to win one of these two hand-woven celtic knot wall hangings.  They are one continuous looped strand of yarn based on real Celtic knots, with strands woven over and under.  Read on to enter.
FreeDragon is also offering free shipping through January with code FREESHIP

Dark Mirror Craft Secret Storage Book

Me: How did you get started working with fabrics?
FreeDragon: I started sewing when I was 23. (I will be 35 tomorrow) My mother, grandmother, and all my aunts sew. My mother used to make my clothes and I would play with the fabric scraps. I liked to glue the scraps to paper.

prosperity celtic knot

Me: Is there a special place your creative inspirations comes from?  How does your religion/faith path impact your creativity?
FreeDragon: Inspiration usually comes from art or nature. I like pretty things and if I see something beautiful I want to recreate it. Sometimes I treat my projects like spells. I'll smudge the materials with incense and start the project on a particular moon phase. I'll make careful choices about numerology and color meaning.

Dragons of Starry Skies

Me: What's up with the owl and the dragons?
FreeDragon: As for dragons- I've always liked them and I can't remember any time when they weren't in my life. I was going to say I just started working with owls because I wanted a powerful totem to protect my blog against hackers, but now that I think about it, owls have always been in my life too. I like birds in general- crows and humming birds are more of my favorites. Of course, I think dragons should have wings. Maybe I just like things that fly!

GIVEAWAY: How to Enter to win your choice of handmade Celtic Knotwork Wall Hangings...
Mandatory Entry:  Visit FreeDragon’s shop at and browse around then come back here and leave a comment about your favorite item.  Please note you must be or become a follower of this blog (through GFC or NetworkedBlogs) to be eligible to win.  Please make sure you include a way to contact you if you win in your mandatory entry comment.
Extra Entries: Please leave one separate comment for each entry:
  • +1 entry – follow FreeDragon’s blog Free Thoughts of FreeDragon publicly through GFC
  • +1 entry - follow FreeDragon on twitter (include user-name in your comment) 
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  • +1 entry (once per day) – mention this giveaway on twitter or facebook (comment with the link, and tag @EmKatCreations)
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  • +5 entry – make a purchase from FreeDragonFabrica (include transaction link in your comment)

This giveaway IS NOW CLOSED ends in two weeks at midnight EST on 20th Jan. 2012.  Open to followers WorldWide!  Winner will be chosen by online random generator.  The Winner will be notified by email and has three days to reply or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tarot Wednesday - The Hanged Man (12)

The tarot books typically describe this card as one of surrender and inner meditation; that liminal space between searching and finding.  This archetype is useful for meditation and pushing yourself to break habits and patterns of behavior.  As if the querent was in spiritual quicksand, stop struggling and start thinking of how to move forward; one should consider being willing to give up something immediate for a future goal.

When I pull this card for a client using the Celtic Dragon Deck I typically interpret it as movement forward being stalled, but all they need to do is look around and decide which option is worthwhile; using the imagery of the card, which dragon is less likely to bite them. 

I really think that's the key to understanding the deeper message of this card; that you may be swinging upside down, disoriented and urgent to get on with it, but swinging free leaves you an unparalleled opportunity to change one's perspective of the situation.  This second card (deck unknown) really embodies that feeling of allowing a shift in perspective.  Perhaps we all need to hang for a bit, supported by the above instead of the below.

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Stuff Mondays: Imbolc listings are UP!

Firstly, thank you and congradulations to the winners of my Yule gift giveaway:
I will be contacting you ladies soon to arrange your readings.  I totally look forward to it!

Moving on, one of my 2012 goals is to have at least two listings up for every Sabbat so here are my offerings for Imbolc:
Imbolc/Candalmas Brigid's Flame Candle Spell to bring passion and motivation into your life
Yellow 4" Ritual Spell Candle charged with power and intention
White tea-light candle that has been charged and then lit with Brigid's Flame

I received Brigid's flame at a weekend intensive from a Reclaiming witch who had brought this fire back from Kildare. Brigid is a goddess of many things, including the inspiration of the bard. I am happy to share this gift with those that wish to kindle the flame of their own passions.

 The Fire and The Well: deluxe ritual and spell kit
You will receive the following neatly and safely packaged in a light-green travel tin:

- White birthday candle that has been lit with Brigid's flame
- Hand-painted green faerie mini-bottle of Brigid's water
- Hand blended mix of cleansing herbs
- Mini Altar Cloth in a beautiful green with Celtic knot-work
- Set of three ribbons for a knot spell
- Red votive spell candle, charged with intention
- Full page parchment ritual and spell instructions
- Light green travel tin

I look forward to putting the finishing touches on these spells and getting them in the mail!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Intentional: New Years?

New Years is an interesting thing for me to look at deeply as it's not really part of the turning of my internal calendar.  A few years ago at Imbolc I pushed myself to really follow the wheel of the year and the natural patterns of the world.  Because of this goal I already celebrated the end of my year and the beginning of the next at Samhain and the Solstice and I plan to begin the new years goals on Imbolc.

That being said, I have yet to set goals for the next solar circuit and I should have done that at the Solstice and be in planning stages now.  I guess I'm a week or so behind so... as cliche as this post is, here are my goals for the next year:

I will have two products up in my etsy store for ALL sabbats. Yule went well and Imbolc is already planned but needs to be posted.  My etsy store is helping me be a better witch and I will continue to improve and grow my product lines.

I will participate in the 2012 Pagan Reading Challenge and the 2012 Witchy Books Reading Challenge by reading non-fiction witchy and pagan books that have been sitting on my shelves gathering dust.

Blog schedule goals:
  • First Featured Friday of each month is a giveaway
  • Second Third Featured Friday of each month is a pagan organization
  • Keep up with Sunday Intentionals