A Smack Upside the Head

…and gratitude. Extreme gratitude.

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You know that one friend you have, the one who lays down the law in such a way that it’s as if a thunderbolt when through you, completely changing how you look at things? The one that puts that final puzzle piece in the picture you knew was missing some thing, but you didn’t know what it was? I woke to an email from that friend today. Someone I’ve never met in person, and most likely never will due to where we both live. The one who may as well have smacked me upside the head with a frying pan, knocking some serious sense into me in the caring, no-holds-barred way she has when it’s needed.

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I have a tendency to get stuck in my own head, clinging to ways that may have supported me in the past, but definitely don’t any longer. I’ve always felt “less than” and compare myself to others all the time, whether in looks, success, possessions…all of it. It’s a trait I’ve tried to overcome, but it’s a difficult one, and having that trait tends to lead me to postpone the great life I know I can have, leaving me in a world of grey and doubt.

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Her guidance (and bluntness) was as if heaven sent, giving me the courage to be strong and trust myself (and the universe) more than I do, and most importantly, build your trust. Hopefully you will notice and appreciate the changes in me over time, and I will stand stronger, wiser, and more certain of myself than ever in the past. 🙂

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And you…you know who you are. This is my joy-filled message of love and gratitude for the amazing, wonderful internet that brought us together and the healing you bring to my life. 🙂

©Pip Miller – September 2014

Books · Paganism

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


New Oracle Deck!

Yesterday I was given Jody Bergsma’s lovely oracle deck, “Magical Times Empowerment Cards“, and already I’m in love!

The deck comes in this lovely flip-top box; best idea EVER!

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The very first card I pulled…does it surprise you?  It made me laugh. 🙂

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I pulled cards for some wonderful individuals yesterday, and each card was perfectly appropriate!

Today I pulled one for me – Strength – and even though each card has a wonderful message on it,

I decided to read what’s in the booklet, too.

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Rather than giving messages like, ‘this is what this card means’, the booklet is full of affirmations

that are meant to empower you!  It’s wonderful!  Part of my message is,

“I am a powerful, eternal being on my journey through forever and I will not be afraid.” ©Jody Bergsma

What a wonderful thought to have running through my head today!

The cards themselves are gorgeous, but they are not the usual glossy cards we’ve come to expect from a deck; these are matte and yet it still works perfectly.

And the design on the back, while seeming to have no connection to the cards, is lovely in its own right.

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I’m so thrilled to have this deck and can’t wait to really get to know it – though I must say, it’s pretty chatty right off the bat. 😉

I may even use it for some of the oracle card readings I do!  Or even a one-card pull for someone…we’ll see!  I’m off to see what else it has to tell me this morning!

©Pip Miller – August 2013