Bracelets for Maeve project update (please consider donating or re-posting!) by CJ Blackwood

A call to action by CJ Blackwood

I have a lot of people out there who have recently chosen to follow my blog. Thanks, everyone.

I am working on a project called Bracelets for Maeve. When a battered woman goes to a shelter, her life has narrowed to a pretty dark point. Confidence, and something to value, is what I want to give them.

Maeve is a Celtic warrior goddess, who is my patron. She has given me great confidence in myself, and given me the push to really start to fight for what I care about. She was cast as a sexually promiscuous and intoxicating goddess, a reputation undeserved.

She has given me confidence as a woman. Now I want to pass that on to women who, like her, have been marginalized, trivialized, demonized, abused.

As of right now I have four bracelets ready, the very beginnings of my first box. I have $1.24 in donations.

Please consider giving five or ten dollars to help me make bracelets to donate to shelters for battered women. Those who want to see women have the confidence to stand up and take back their lives, please donate. Or you can re-post this blog all over social media, or start your own box.

This is a paypal email address for donations. I will continue to update on the project’s progress. Thanks everyone. Goddess bless you.

Email: stoneshadowgirl@gmail.com

Prosperity Spell

This spell was designed to be potent while using items that don’t cost a lot.

What you’ll need:

One Yellow or white tapered candle with holder

Small white tea light will also work

lighter or matches

Small square piece of paper

Black pen

Fresh orange (The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham) Orange essential oil can also be used but it is more expensive and you only need a few drops.

Table salt or sea salt

Fire proof bowl

  1. Light the candle on an altar.
  2. Both of you, one at a time or together doesn’t matter, take a bath made with juice squeezed from the orange and salt. Orange and salt represent cleansing negativity. The orange is also for wealth/prosperity. Don’t worry it will only sting if you use a whole lot.
  3. Draw the rune Fehu on the paper. http://www.symbols.com/search/wealth It’s the first symbol on the page.
  4. Focus on your intent and burn the paper in the fire proof bowl. This releases your desire into the universe so it can manifest.
  5. Let the candle burn for as long as it can. Don’t leave it unattended.

Call for Submissions

Call for Papers

 

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions.

We would like to hear from founders and leaders of as many different traditions and organizations, established and brand new, as possible.

 Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.

By no means can we capture a portrait of every Pagan path. What we are trying to do is give aspiring and knowledgeable Pagans alike a springboard for proceeding with their studies, with information and stories from a wide selection of Pagan traditions.

We are looking specifically for articles and stories from tradition/organization leaders and founders as well as other leaders who have a wider view of the Pagan landscape.

Below are descriptions of the concepts we would like to appear in articles submitted for the anthology. This is generally academic, but personal stories within the pieces are highly encouraged.

To ensure thorough and accurate descriptions of your path, what you see below are not so much suggestions for essay topics as they are questions that we would like answered within essays, so that all pieces are validated in the eyes of the reader, and because consistency lends itself well to comprehension and comparison.

For the well-established tradition leader (Gardnerian, Vanatru, Alexandrian, Correllian, Asatru, eclectic Wicca, Helenist and Celtic Reconstruction, Stregheria, etc) we would like to know the basic structure of the tradition you come from. What types of magic you teach? What are some of the basic tenents and values of your tradition? How are groups structured? How study might differ for a solitary practitioner? How you have adapted the path based on your own experiences to fit your lifestyle? Try to come at it from a perspective of teaching students. Please give us a clear portrait of your path, and a little of your personal story so readers can relate. If you can, cite various in-depth texts at least twice in your work. This opens the door for further study by the readers.

We also want to hear from the young traditions/organizations being created as we speak. This is the place for founders wishing for future students. What inspired you to create a new Pagan path? From what cultures, religions, and traditions do you gather your concepts from? How do your morals and values play into the tradition? What would be the structure of a participant’s studies? What are rituals like and what types of magic are practiced?  Please try to cite various in-depth sources of your concepts at least twice in the piece, for validation of where you are coming from.

There are many leaders out there who lead groups that are not strictly based around one tradition or belief system, or are just well-known voices in Pagan forums. Give us your perspectives on some various topics such as: the rise and fall of Pagan traditions in modern times; the levels of dedication needed for truly embracing a Pagan tradition and the various emotional, spiritual, and mundane changes they bring with them; a sense of Pagan demographics. If you can cite texts for validity, please do.

–We would like to hear from a few people who practice two greatly divergent traditions as part of their path. This could be Alexandrian Wicca combined with Chemetism, or other such combinations. You are charged with showing a reader that taking a road like this may be challenging, but it can be done well. Some of the questions we would like answered in these pieces are: How do the tenets, magical practices, spiritual tasks, and forms of study from two different traditions mesh together? How did you choose a road like this, and what are the challenges you face? Please cite two in-depth sources within your work, at least one for each of the different traditions you follow.

 What we are not looking for:

–We are not looking for spiritual awakening stories or stories of how you found Paganism. We also are not after how you take what you learn from established traditions and alter it in solitary practice, unless you are forging a new branch of that tradition and have well-formed practices, values, and ways for people to learn in place and can discuss them with clarity.

–We are not looking for specific rituals or spells.

 Essay requirements:

2500-5000 words, to ensure that there is sufficient knowledge and details presented.  If your piece falls outside these limits, come to us and we can discuss it.

  • Citations for all quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise unoriginal material
  • Bibliography of works cited
  • Prefer the Modern Language Association (MLA) Style http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla
  • A way to contact your tradition or organization so those interested may do so (if applicable).
  • Send the file in RTF format.

Compensation:

Accepted contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology when it is published and additional copies sold at 40% off the cover price to contributors. All contributors will be provided with a contract upon final acceptance of their essays.

Rights:

This anthology will take nonexclusive first world rights for 6 months.

 Deadline is March 1, 2015.

For submissions and questions, please contact CJ Blackwood (cjblackwood90@gmail.com).  Please put “Immanion anthology submissions” in the subject line.

 Editors: The anthology will be edited by CJ Blackwood and Tara “Masery” Miller:

CJ Blackwood is a contributor for the Staff of Asclepius blog on patheos.com.  She also authors another blog, Tales of a Feminist Elemental Witch on WordPress.  She has been teaching crystal workshops at Pagan Pride events in Illinois for two years and will be presenting an “Awakening the Goddess Within” ritual from her own feminist elemantal tradition this year at Central Illinois Pagan Pride Day.  She writes fiction and poetry, and enjoys crafts, fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends.  She graduated from Illinois State University with a major in journalism and a minor in English.  She contributed to “rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living With Disability, Addiction, and Illness” under the name Lady Cedar Nightsong.

Tara “Masery” Miller is a panentheist Gaian mage who has a deep relationship with the Goddess Gaia. She has been involved with Pagan Pride Day, the Pagan Leaders Recommended Reading list with Elizabeth Barrett, and other wonderful magic circles over the years. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in mass communications specifically media studies and research and a minor in religion. Part of her course work included an independent study of mysticism in Christian, Pagan, and Native American traditions and a paper on Witchcraft in Colonial America. She was the editor of “Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness.” She is also the editor of the Staff of Asclepius blog. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/paganswithdisabilities/ Her personal website is http://taramaserymiller.com/

 Immanion Press is a small independent press based in the United Kingdom. Founded by author Storm Constantine, it expanded into occult nonfiction in 2004 with the publication of Taylor Ellwood’s Pop Culture Magick. Today, Immanion’s nonfiction line, under the Megalithica Books imprint, has a growing reputation for edgy, experimental texts on primarily intermediate and advanced pagan and occult topics. Find out more at http://www.immanion-press.com.

A Magical and Loving Body Scrub

Over at The Staff of Asclepius blog I wrote Body Issues about how sometimes I loved taking long showers in order to clear my mind and deal with my body issues. Showers and baths can be a magical experience if you set the right mood and use the right ingredients.

Homemade Body Scrub

What You Need:

  • salt or sugar
  • oil (I prefer organic extra virgin coconut oil, but you can use any type of oil)
  • a bowl
  • a jar with lid
  • essential oils if you choose
  • a spoon
  • loofah mitt (or you can use your hands)
  • altar set up for self love
  • candles to light in the bathroom

 

Time Required: 10 minutes

Here’s How:

You can use salt or sugar for this body scrub. Sugar can be gentler on the skin. Choose a sugar or salt that has small granules that won’t tear at skin. A basic table salt or sugar works wonders. Use dark brown sugar if you have very sensitive skin.

Choose an oil. You can use baby oil or any of the following: organic extra virgin coconut oil, sweet almond oil, safflower, vegetable. You want 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt. I used one cup salt and ½ cup oil so I would have extra. Place anywhere from a few tablespoons to a cup of salt or sugar in a container. Place half that amount of oil. Mix with a spoon. Don’t freak out if the salt settles to the bottom. It’s virtually impossible to keep it mixed.

If you want your scrub to smell divine, put 5 drops of an essential oil into your mixture. Mix with spoon. See the list below for essential oils listed my magical purpose and skin type. Olive oil, especially the cheaper brands, have a stronger smell so I had to use 10 drops of oil.

Set your bath scrub on your altar with the intention to find the courage to love yourself and leave it overnight or throughout the day. Just before you take your bath or shower light some candles to set the mood. I didn’t and I had the same effect so it’s up to you.

Now onto the bath or shower itself. Scrubs work best on dry skin. Step into a bath tub and put on loofah mitts. They work very well to scrub away the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling super soft. If you don’t have a bath mitt use your hands.

Take a spoonful of the mixture into your palms or your gloves and then rub the mixture all over your body in a circular motion. For tougher areas such as the knees, soles and elbows, spend extra On places like the chest, neck, and stomach, where the skin is thinner, take it easy with the scrubbing and instead use cleanser on a washcloth to exfoliate. If you feel the salt is too harsh on your skin, rinse off the bath mitts and then spoon only the oil onto the mitts to continue

Once entire body is scrubbed well, rinse thoroughly. Pat skin dry. You should be good and cleansed. The salt (or sugar) should have exfoliated your skin nicely with the help of the loofah and the oil should leave skin soft and moisturized. You shouldn’t even need to follow the bath with a moisturizer.

The only bad part about this scrub is the oil can build up on the bathtub bottom. Make sure to clean it up so the next person who gets in doesn’t slip.

Normal Skin

Cedarwood, geranium (love, courage), jasmine, lavender, neroli, evening primrose, almond, orange, palmarosa, roman chamo, rose (love), rosewood, Ylang-ylang (love), tea tree

Combination Skin

Geranium (courage), Ylang-ylang, rose (All of these are for love, also.)

Dry & Aging Skin

Almond, carrot seed, cedarwood, clary, jasmine, geranium (love, courage), lavender, orange, Palma rose, neroli, castor, extra virgin, wheat germ, sandalwood (purification, spirituality), rosewood, rose (love), Vetiver, Ylang-ylang (love)

Oily Skin

Cedarwood, geranium (love, courage), Clary, lavender, Ylang-ylang (love), lemon, peppermint (healing), Niaouli, Cajeput, cypress, frankincense (courage, purification, spirituality), patchouli, Roman & German chamos, sandalwood (purification, spirituality), juniper, Melisa, coriander, lime (distilled), grapefruit, rose (love), rosemary(healing), eucalyptus (healing), red mandarine, myrtle, neroli

REFERENCES:

About.beauty.com

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

Drawing Upon Gaia Ritual

Sitting or standing,relax your body. Allow your mind to enter the earth. Feel its warmth and strength.

Pull that warmth and strength up to the top of your head. You can imagine the green tops of a tree, the sky above, of the light of the sun.

Move the energy back down through your body. Send this energy out around you into a sphere. Here you are safe. Here you feel the warmth of Gaias arms as they embrace you.

You can make this ritual as complex or as simple as you wish by casting a full circle and calling the elemental quarters or you can simply to the meditation.

“As it is said in the Hermetic tradition ‘As above, so below’”

“I honor Gaia, Great Goddess, Earth Mother, Creatrix. Bless me with your presence and wisdom. So be it.”

You can chant the “om” or “ah”. Think of the plants and animals you see each day. The trees, grass and other beings. When done, take a moment to listen for her voice and meditate.

“I am thankful for what has been provided. May I never thirst, may I never hunger. May I remember that we are all a part of Gaia.”

Allow all of the energy to return to the earth without making yourself dizzy.

 

St. Louis Pagan Picnic

I’ll be in St. Louis for the Pagan Picnic on June 7th and 8th. Stop by my author’s booth and say hello! Signed copies of Rooted in the Body Seeking the Soul will be available for sale. I’ll also be conducting workshops. Saturday from 1-2 in the Water workshop area for the Beginning Meditation workshop.  Sunday from 12-1 in the Air workshop area I’ll be discussing the connection between scientist Lovelock and Gaian Neo-Paganism.

The 5 Don’ts to be a Successfully Published Author

No.1: Do not start the BOOK PUBLISHING search before you complete your book

“… unless you are absolutely sure that your manuscript will be complete before some book publisher who has liked your proposal demands it, do not start the process. Nothing is worse than getting a book publisher interested only to ask him to wait a little while longer for your book.”

No. 2: Don’t skimp on the steps in the BOOK PUBLISHING APPLICATION PROCESS

No.3: Don’t jump into SELF PUBLISHING just yet.

“With self publishing you will hold your book in your hands, but that’s where it stops. Unless you’re willing to take the initiative and expend effort into marketing and promoting your self published book, you will be stuck with a book and not much else.”

No.4: Once you get your manuscript in, DO NOT FIGHT THE BOOK PUBLISHER

“Let’s accept the reality here: a book publisher is putting his money and risking his revenues and profits on your work, sabotaging your book is the last thing on his mind. At most book publishing houses even though one book editor communicates with you, the decisions are taken by many. Trust the guys who know the deal.”

No.5: Don’t rely on the INCOME FROM BOOK WRITING, at least not initially

“Book Writing is a highly rewarding career, it is financially rewarding too but to expect a windfall is taking things a tad too far. On the royalties from one book you can barely sustain yourself for more than a few months.”

Read the full article at The Published Author.