I have been wanting to sit down and write a proper teaching article, but I don’t like to rush through those things, and my time has been otherwise occupied as of late. So, I decided for now I would just give an update on the happenings here at the Potter residence.
This weekend I’ve been busy working on spell candle orders, and at various times during the weekend our home smelled of dragon’s blood, clove, pumpkin, peppermint and a wonderful scent called ‘sparkling snowflakes’, which is just magical and wintry. Today we went shopping for a few candle supplies, and I found a small glass bottle for my Potions class with Christopher Penczak in October. On Saturday we visited a few antique shops with a friend, and then later went to eat at a small deli. I really love chicken wraps, especially with bacon and ranch dressing. Yummy.
One of the books I’m reading now, Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom, has me a bit mesmerized. I’m really not interested in becoming a Druid, (and it is true that the Druids did not write anything down, and very little solid documentation exists about their practices and beliefs), although there is some. The book seems to be more a form of druidic reconstructionism based on what has been written about them. What I enjoy most about this book is it’s focus on celtic mysticism. There are meditations included, several re-tellings of celtic legends and how they can apply to us in modern day-to-day living. Many of the things the authors call ‘druidry’ are things I already do in my own magical practice, and I never really thought of them in a druidic context. I can’t really say how much of this book contains real authentic druidry, but I am enjoying the mystical side of it a great deal. The book acknowledges Wicca as eclectic, while Druidry is exclusively Celtic. My own magical practice contains primarily celtic elements, but I would not consider myself a druid, or even Wiccan, for that matter. My spiritual beliefs could be considered Wiccan by some, but I identify moreso as a Witch.
It is definitely getting colder now. The oak trees are shedding their leaves, and I can no longer walk barefoot on these chilly hardwood floors. Due to the cooler weather, I finally had the chance to wear my new Gryffindor jacket for the first time since I purchased it in Hogsmeade earlier this year. Totally love it. We’re going back to the wizarding world in mid-October and I cannot wait. It is a home away from home.
I’m enjoying my break from public teaching, so that I can focus on personal projects (such as my book, which is coming along nicely), personal studies and private teaching in the Blackthorn Magical Tradition, which I developed myself with the assistance of my deities and spirit guides.
This is my favorite time of year. We have a ton of Halloween/Samhain decorations, but we’re not putting everything out this year, just some of our more favorite items. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for Samhain, but most likely I will celebrate it with a local eclectic pagan community I belong to, The Moonlit Grove. Also, not far from where I live is a place called Columcille, and they have presented some wonderful Samhain celebrations in years past. I may visit there again as well, such a magical place.
For Yule, I am planning something BIG. As soon as I find the right location, which should be very soon. Stay tuned.
I am actually looking forward to the dark days of Winter, and a time of introspection. I wasn‘t always fond of snow, but I am now, UNLESS I have to drive in it, and my muggle day job doesn’t close for anything, not even a blizzard. Sorry, my safety comes first.
Today Matt and I went to the gym, for the first time in a long time. Hopefully we can stay motivated to go on a regular basis. As Winter approaches I will be very busy, either with my nose in a book or sitting at the computer writing my own. The colder months are the perfect time for these projects: reading, writing and working out. That’s what I plan on doing.