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2018 Word for the Year

I try to choose a word as my guide, my affirmation, my mantra each year, and this year I didn’t have to think twice because it popped into my head as soon as I thought about next year’s.

It’s thrive. I want to thrive. Not just monetarily, which is the first thing that comes to mind, but in all ways. In my health, my relationships, my day job, my healing work, my writing, my creativity (which has been sadly neglected for way, way too long)…everything. Every single aspect of my life.

I am acting as if today, Yule/Winter Solstice, is New Year’s Day (would make sense, wouldn’t it, as today the days begin to grow longer again here in the Northern Hemisphere) and made one big step towards improving my health. It’s a big step, a hard step, and something that I haven’t been to sustain in the past, so I’m not really going to get into it until around my birthday in March. 🙂

Akhilandeshvari by Tim Foley from Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches’ Companion.

~ I love that image, and the article by Stephanie Woodfield that talks about her. Her name means, “never not broken.” ~

I’m diving back into Leonie Dawson’s world, simply because she has been so wildly successful, and it’s really all been based on the fact that she never pretends to be someone she’s not. I tend to try to fit a persona that I think others expect, and that never goes well for me…hence the revisiting of her website. I can be me quite easily in my locked social media account, but not so well elsewhere. My goal is to change that.

I plan to move my healing website here, simply because of WordPress’s community aspect, which, sadly, Weebly does not have. I’ll be creating a static front page, then migrating the healing the content over here into individual subpages.

There’s more, but you get the jist. Do you choose a word for the year to guide you? What’s your word? Comment below!!

©Pip Miller – December 2017

Divination · Journal · Paganism

When Spirit Comes Knocking

Sometimes Spirit just really want to get one’s attention, and yesterday She was quite obvious in her determination.

Most mornings I pull some cards to get a feel for the day, and yesterday one of the cards I pulled from the Mythical Goddess Tarot was Yemaya. Now Yemaya and I have a long history of dancing around each other, but I didn’t really think anything about the card beyond the message, which is, in part, about connecting with Mother so you can be a light for others.

Later, at work, we received a shipment of glass figurines that hang from cords. Two of them were mermaids, which I’d never seen before. Pretty, but again, I didn’t give it much thought.

The final frying-pan-upside-the-head was late last night when I was watching “Saving Grace” on Netflix (great show!). A young girl woke from a coma, speaking Portuguese and repeating a phrase. I picked up the word “Yemonja” and waited til they had translated what she was saying, and sure enough, she was praying to Yemonja! Alrighty then!

I did a bit of research (again), and found this article about her, and that’s when the light bulb really went off, and now I’m getting a feel for why she’s been making herself known to me so many times over the last 15 years or so.

This morning’s message came via an Instagram post from Tarot Readings From a Bitch, in which she had created a water altar, something I’ve not done, though it had been suggested to me before by Joanna Powell Colbert. Got it.

-Aside: read both of their blogs. You won’t regret it.

So I’m off to create a water altar, do some connecting, and figure out how to be a landlocked mermaid. 🙂

Have you ever had Spirit, in one form or another, be as determined to get you to pay attention? Who and how? Let’s hear about it!!

©Pip Miller – March 2017

PS: Almost forgot! Today and tomorrow, in honor of Yemaya and the water element, I’m offering a 15-minute session for $10 that focuses solely on the chakra associated with water; the sacral chakra. Let’s unblock some of that stuck energy and get things flowing! You can make your payment here, and don’t forget to put your email address in the notes so I can contact you and set up a time!

 

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Pulling Focus and Having Fun

My dear writer/Browncoat friend, Claudia told me, “Start with the places where *you* enjoy hanging out, and that have a platform conducive to your message. Learn it, play.” Light bulb!! She totally nailed the key that I’d been missing all this time: I need fun. Too serious and I’m all, “UGH! Again??” “Should” and “have to” are not for me.

As well, Lady Althaea gave me a mini bone reading, in which she told me, “There’s opportunity to use healing skills to help others. But ur (sic) not focused, chasing after every lead.”, and “You’re jumping about like a rabbit…” Well, a rabbit is my Chinese astrological sign. 😉 Aside…get thee to her site and order a reading. You won’t regret it.

I’m listening!

I will only be on Instagram and Twitter, and nowhere else!

Fun and focus. I can do this!

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – March 2016

PS: Two great blog posts really spoke to me this past week. One is by Spirit and Saga, about the Death card as her card for the year. As of this past Wednesday, it’s mine for the year, too.

The other is by Catherine Chapman, about a tarot spread and soul retrieval. Lots of food for thought! That spread is definitely in my future.

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The Filofax Itch

…and other non-Filofax thoughts.

At the end of last year I wasn’t in the position to purchase new Filofax inserts, so I picked up a planner at Walgreens. It’s about 5×7, has big pages and print…and the pages fit perfectly in my A5 Filofax Chameleon.

Every time I open the planner, I have the urge to tear all the pages out and put them in the Chameleon, but the thought of punching holes, one by one because I don’t have a hole punch that does this configuration, is exhausting. But boy, that Chameleon is calling to me! The pages are too big for my Personal Malden (unless I also cut the pages down to size), but the definitely call out to be out of their binder. Pretty as it is.

What is a body to do?? Lol

In other news, a friend sent me a link to this great post by Starhawk, which is all committing to regeneration in the face of what is going on in the US. This friend is also the only person I know who is actually sanguine about the situation, as she sees the need for the dissolution of so much that is wrong so that we can build newer and better. I see her point, but I’ll be honest, I’m still terrified.

I just watched Arwen’s Tarotscope for this week, and the affirmation she came up with, “Today I create peace” is a really wonderful one. With so much fear and stress, doing what little bit we can to create peace is very important. What ways can you do that in your world? I’m trying not to RT as many tweets about what’s going on, not to ignore it, but to honor those in my timelines who are triggered terribly by all of this. I was a bit crazy with the RTs for a while (I could, and still can NOT fathom all of this), and I had to slow down, even for me. I was giving myself anxiety, and that’s not helpful at all.

I began doing more energy healing on myself, alleviating those feelings and doing my best to bring calm and peace into my head and body. It was the only other thing I could think of! 🙂 I am happy to help anyone else who could use some of that in their life, too.

I’m trying to spend a bit less time online, and took out some great books from the library. I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and next up is The Marriage of Opposites. The Dovekeepers was amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for it at my favorite bookstore.

How are you coping with the non-stop barrage?

Oh! Almost forgot! My friend Ronda, she of the fantastic malas, responded to a tweet of mine about trading a session for a Pussy Hat. Yes, the ones worn at the Women’s March. I received it last week and it’s so cool! It’s multiple colors for #solidarityindiversity, which is fantastic! Sadly, it’s been too warm to wear it so far. But I will!

pussyhat2

Take care all, and be kind to yourselves.

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Journal · Paganism

Candles, Saints, and Pagans

downloadIn the pagan world, anything that smacks of Catholicism tends to be frowned upon, and while I don’t necessarily steer people away, except for angels, I don’t mention it either.

So I was surprised that when a customer asked me to look in a book called The Magical Powers of the Saints (that we’ve sold at the store for years and I’ve not once looked at), something dawned on me:

Petitioning saints while lighting candles is, in essence, asking our ancestors* for help!

Now I can hear all the pagans freaking out, but think about it: they were REAL people, people who lived somewhat extraordinary lives which led to their sainthood, but still, real people. And as we are all connected, especially genealogically the farther back you go…they ARE part of our family.

There has never been a pantheon that ever really felt like ‘the one’ for me, but I do ask angels for help. I know other pagans who work with angels, but few would admit to calling on the saints – though they will buy the candles for them. 😉

Yesterday I lit a a candle for my guy’s excruciatingly painful arthritis, and I asked Saint Alphonsis Ligouri – who, it says,  helps with that- and Archangel Raphael to help him. And last night he actually was in less pain. 🙂

Yesterday I asked Raphael and Saint Peregrine for help when I lit a white one for two friends with breast cancer, and for a neighbor’s little girl who is battling cancer, too, and I’ll tell you straight up: I haven’t seen a candle burn so strong and clean in ages. The flame never flickered, it was tall and strong, and there wasn’t one single drip of wax off of the candle. This, according to the book, is a very, very good sign.

So you know what? I’m going to call on those saints along with the angels, and let what will be will be. Doesn’t make me any less of a pagan; just makes me even more of a rebel pagan. 😉

©Pip Miller – May 2015

*before you go getting your knickers in a twist, commenting “we’re not all descended from white people*, I know that. We are, actually, all descended from one woman in Africa. So in an overall way, since we ALL come from her, the concept that they are family, even in some tiny way, holds true.

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Rebel Pagan, Rebel Healer

picons25 I’ve worked at Blue Eagle on-and-off for 15 years or so, and believe you me, I’ve seen and heard it all. I’ve come to find that within our search for meaning in life, we can fall into the trap of following rules, even within the supposedly rule-less pagan communities. My belief has grown into something along the lines that way back in the way back, wise women (and men) did what needed to be done with what they had, when they had it. They didn’t go around saying, “Well, Joe down the street has a scroll that says I have do this and that with only these colors and candles and herbs and only on this particular day because otherwise it won’t work, so sorry, Sally, but the time’s not right to help you.”  I’m sorry, say what? I’ll bet wise women wouldn’t have been considered ‘wise’ for very long with that attitude!

And don’t get me started on the 3 phases of the moon. Three? Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t there 5? Dark, new (not the same as dark), waxing, full, and waning. Heck, throw in the crescents and you’ve even more, right? But I digress…

The other day I was having a conversation with a wonderful customer who was setting up an altar after many years without one, and we got into a discussion about the elemental/directional associations. Most Wiccans/pagans believe the -quote, unquote, air quotations- “traditional” ones: earth is north, air is east along with the rising sun, fire is south, and water is west. I’d come across a post at some point by the every-wonderful Thalia Took, which links to an amazing post by Mike Nichols and it had been in my head and my patchwork practice, minimal as it is, ever since.

I live in New Mexico, and directly to my east is a mountain range, and to the north is a vast expanse of not-a-mountain-range, from which the northerly wind whips along said range. Now in what way on does air from the east make sense? Earth, in all it’s towering glory, is east. There’s no way around it. Yes, the sun comes from the east, but how and why does that connect to air? New beginnings, that I can see, but doesn’t earth as a beginning make more sense as most everything we know grows from the earth and the sun nurtures that growth?

As I’m researching for links this morning, I’m coming across more posts by other rebel pagans about altering the associations, such as this one by Spring Wolf (the more I read this post, the more I love it). I’m in the midst of a fantastic book I highly recommend – even before I’ve read it through – by Dianne Sylvan called The Circle Within (did you know you can purchase items from Half.com with PayPal?!), and in one of the rituals it has the traditional ‘east air’ and I plan to go through with a pencil and change that one and north.

After our discussion and my final comments along the lines that ‘you should do what feels best for you; sit in the room in which you plan to set your altar and sit facing different directions. Which feels best? Don’t want it on the floor, use a shelf (that one surprised him, and I could see the wheels begin to turn, thank you Ellen Dugan for the idea)…’, etc, the customer stated that he was going to give what I said a try and I told him to “go for it! Be a rebel pagan!”. Cuz I’m bad-ass that way. 😉

What are your thoughts about paganism, it’s ‘rules without rules’, and the elemental associations? How do you work with them? Bring on the discussion!!

Next week I’ll have a post about being a Rebel Healer. Hey, almost a series!

©Pip Miller – July 2014