Ever ask yourself, “What does being pagan mean to me?” I have a few times over the years and am surprise that the answer often changes quite a bit.
A few days ago a neighbor, whose corner of their backyard meets a corner of ours, came over to ask my husband to quit setting off fireworks because it made him “dive to the floor when I hear them because I’m a veteran and it also really upsets my dog.” My husband agreed to stop setting them off until it closer to the 4th of July, the USA Independence Day celebration. The neighbor came back with a threat that if he set any off again he’d be back and not just talk. I had gone outside because this neighbor has a history of punching people and I wanted to be able to call the police if he hit my husband and had an ice pack in hand just in case. As the man was leaving I suggested he give his dog peppermint tea during the week leading up to the 4th of July. For which he thanked me. A side note to this encounter is one of my magical companions is slowly getting over her fear of loud unexpected noises when the neighbor first came in to our property he pound so loud in the front door that Star for scared and it took me a half-hour to quietly talk her into coming out to have some peppermint/valerian tea mixed with some beef broth, I make I’ve cubes out of beef broth when I make a roast, so she quit panting and skaking. I did not being this up to the neighbor as I was worried about his reaction to me blaming for scaring my fur baby.
I have seen this dog who is a pit bull mix when I am out on walks with my fur girls and this dog seems to cower at any type of noise above a whisper and all dogs no matter their size. So I do wonder if there may be some abuse to this beautiful creature but cannot prove anything to be able to call the police on the man.
After I sat and thought about it a while I decide to make up a few tea bags of peppermint and valerian to bring to my neighbors this coming weekend to make sure there is this natural anxiety help at hand for the dog. I wrote telling a coven member of this idea to which a reply came “that only you would do something nice for someone who wishes you harm.” Which got me to thinking, “As a pagan, do I walk the walk of my life and spiritual path with the forethought of the Wicce Rede as much and as often as I should?”
I am not perfect as no one is no matter what spiritual path a person walks. So if I am going to walk the walk of “Do as ye will, Less it harm none” why wouldn’t I try to help one of the Goddesses creatures that otherwise might not get it? Isn’t that what I am supposed to do as a pagan to help where I can or am I supposed to be as many of other faiths and say, “I love my fellow man and should help when I can?” but don’t. Am I supposed to be a hypocrite and only follow the Rede when it is convenient for me or am I to follow it as much and as often as I can?” My answer is I should follow it day and night no matter how I may be treated by other humans. I feel it is my place to be a beacon of hope for a better world living in harmony with all creatures on, above, and below Mother Earth. I feel I should be a beacon when it comes to not polluting Mother Earth in any way I can even if that means picking up trash others discard wherever I find it on my walks no matter where those walks take place.
So I ask each of you, “Do you believe the Wicce Rede is for only when we do spells or is it something we should remember daily especially if someone is does harm to us whether it is mildly, as in this situation, or majorly as in someone hitting us or speaking negatively about us?”
I am really interested in hearing how others feel about following the Wicce Rede so please weigh in with your opinion in the comments section below
Blessed be dear sisters, brothers, and guests. May this find you in good health.
Please listen to the first group’s story of how the became a choir and to the words in their song. I was in tears listening to them and I also feel it was an honor to hear the Voices of Our City sing. It was an inspiration to me to do more for the homeless where I live in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Yes, even in the more affluent towns, villages, and cities all across the USA there are homeless people whether you ever see them or not they are there. Even though many of us have small incomes that next time you see someone asking for money on the street why not go into the nearest place that has any type of food to go and buy them something nourishing to eat or if it is a very hot day get them a bottle of water. After I pay my bills I have barely over $100.00 a month to buy groceries with and to live on every month but I always put $10.00 aside (that in honesty I cannot afford to do) so if I run into one of my towns homeless population I can buy them a little something that is good for them to eat and a large bottle of water or cup of coffee depending on the season of the year. This way I know the money is put towards helping them and not helping to feed any type of addiction if they have one.
Now turn your volume up on whatever you are reading this on and listen to how one woman made a difference in many homeless people’s lives by starting a musical group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kABHoszPHU
Say a little prayer or light a candle to thank the Universe for all you and your family has been given. Remember how blessed you are to have a warm or cool place to sleep, enough food to not feel hinger pains, and decent clothing to keep you warm in the cold months or just to be seen in when you go out anywhere.
Does this ever happen to you?
Pluto for Pluto Living on YouTube is back with some ideas for International Family Day.
A family can be blood relatives or a heart/spirit family made up of people you care about.
Too you my dear ones thank you for being part of my virtual family. I send blessings of continued good health and/or healing energy to all of you and your family blood and/or virtual.
Love and blessed be dear ones.
I do not hold to only April 22nd each of being the only Earth day. To me part of my path as a Witch is being an environmentalist 365 days every year.
Since I could walk as a 1year old child I was taught to enjoy the boutiful eye candy Mother Earth freely gives to us each and every day. I was also taught to bring at that time a very small trash bag to put the liter in that we would pick up trash that others left behind. Even at this young age it pissed me off.
Fast forward a few years to when I was around 3 years old and my family would go camping. Here I was taught to leave our campsite cleaner than we found it before setting up our big tent. But here my parents made a game out of it…whoever picked up the most trash, rocks, twigs, etc got an extra toasted marshmallow that evening. I know now that they always conspired to let me win.
Fast forward again to when I was around 9 years old attending Brownie Girl Scout day camp. By this time whenever I left my home I carried a bag to pick up after litter bugs, a new name I had just figured out what it meant. My dear mom was the leader of my regular troup but at day camp she just did art projects with the girls for many troups. She was surprised during a lunch break whenn she was told I was causing quite a stir with passing out small garbage bags to eevery girl saying in each class, “My mom always says we have to remember to leave the place we learn at and the hiking trails we walk cleaner than we found them.” I was even giving all the adults bags.
Fast forward to me being a mother and instilling the same message to my childern who have carried it on with their children.
The noral of this story is “Always leave whatever part of Mother Earth you travel through especially on foot cleaner than you found it.”
Blessed be dear ones.
A cute and funny video that you should both get some happiness from.
I have a challenge of showing you care for others. Copy and paste the following on to your page: What could truly make us at least a little more content in our isolation is for each of us to reach out via any social media platform picking 6 people at random we don’t know and leave them a kind message so they know they are not alone. Also, attach this challenge with your message of kindness. Then in a comment on your post of the challenge list the first name, social media platform used, and country, they live in. Silly things have gone viral let us try to get something meaningful to go viral. Are you ready to spread kindness and hopefully easy someone’s loneliness?
I did mine through another social media platform.