Redirection

Now that I’m getting back on blogging I have decided to leave WordPress. Instead you will find me on Tumblr.

Tumblr let’s me customize my blog however I want and I’m not restricted by html-rules. It also makes it easier for me to discuss with people and share information and pictures.

From now on you will find me exclusively on: http://ourgodsweep.tumblr.com/

Oh look I am alive

God I have been gone for so long. Truth is I have had an existential crisis of sorts. I have doubted myself, my competence and my beliefs. As healthy as it is to question things my neuroticism got the better of me. I have been in a dark place but I’m happy to inform you that it’s behind me now (truly this time, not half-assed like my previous post in February). 

As glad as I am to leave this behind me I suppose I have learned from it. Many of my views have changed and I’m looking forward to get back on blogging again. I don’t really wish to discuss the past couple of month with anyone (at least for now) but I suppose you will notice a slight difference in my ~voice~. 

Now let us leave the past behind and live in the present!  

I’m Back + The Bible

I’m back! Puh! The last couple of days I’ve been bored and unoccupied so, naturally, I’ve been thinking about the Bible.

  1. The Fall of Man – We all now what happens in the first pages of the Bible. Yahweh creates humans, he puts them in a garden and tell them to not eat from a certain tree. The tree in question will give the humans knowledge of what is good and what is evil. Both humans eat from the tree anyway, Yahweh gets pissed, and banishes them from paradise aka Eden. All in all, this is a story about two persons being told to not do evil, when they don’t know what evil is. Which is sort of unpractical, when you think about it. How exactly, are they supposed to know that following Yahweh orders is “good” and disobeying them is “evil”? What I’m trying to say is that, the sin that is commonly known as “the fall of man” wasn’t even a sin at all.
  2. The Forbidden Fruit – Maybe I’m just a horrible sinner who spend to much time thinking about un-godly things but isn’t this just a metaphor for sex? Eva and Adam have sex with Lucifer, Eva gets pregnant and bam humans are actually Lucifers children. Sex is a pretty bad thing in the Bible so it could definitely be used as a way to “introduce evil”.

Also, I’m reading a really interesting book about the devil, I’ll probably finish it on Tuesday so I’ll be back with some thoughts soon.

Being pissed and discontent is good for you

The other day I was watching a Swedish documentary about, the so mysteriously named, The Secret. I read the first book a long time ago, apparently there has been two more books and one movie since then (what purpose those could possibly serve, I have no idea). The first reason this entire phenomena pissed me of was that 1. The book was really expensive, and, 2. It was the most pointless and empty book I have ever read (I’ve had bigger spiritual realisations from sci-fi novels, I mean come on). It has 184 pages, they only needed like.. 10. If even. They could have handed it out as a brochure instead.

On the other hand this entire thing really is quite amusing. Because this Ancient, Mysterious, Fragmented secret the was almost lost in Mystic traditions and is so Secret you have never heard about it before is: Think Positive. Wow. Never heard that one before. But it’s also disgusting. Because I hate books, people, movies who tell people what they should feel and what they should think. Like our original feelings and thoughts wasn’t good enough. We need to change because we are not as good as them. Isn’t that like the dictionary definition of brainwashing?

I hate positive thinking. I hate how it has become a “way of life”. When you admit to hating notorious positive thinking people think you mean: “I like negative thinking”. I don’t. Have everyone on this earth forgotten that there’s a goddamn neutral stand in between there? You don’t have to be either. Choosing to only live after either positive or negative thinking is living a lie. Because the world doesn’t work like that. Sometimes good things happens, and sometimes bad things happens. Most of the time your thinking probably had nothing to do with it. Every bookshop I ever go to is drowning in guide to positive thinking bullshit books. I suppose some of them possibly have a good point to them but unfortunately there are to many “hey lets brainwash people into being happy” books for them to be noticed.

Discontent, doubt and anger are not bad feelings. Those are the feelings that have changed the world to the better for centuries. If everyone was content all the time it would still be okay to keep slaves. Women and poor people wouldn’t be allowed to vote or have a voice. Black people wouldn’t be allowed to marry white people and so on, I think you get the point.

Don’t be happy because that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. If you’re angry be angry. If you’re happy be happy. We are people not robots. You can’t just program yourself into feeling a certain way. Be discontent, doubt (it’s healthy trust me), be sad, be angry. Let yourself feel what you feel. It doesn’t make you a worse person. Quite the opposite. It makes you an honest person instead of one who earns 23$ a copy for telling people their feelings are wrong.

How to find your own crystals

If you really, really want to use crystals for magick or jewellery it’s actually not impossible to find them yourself. And you don’t even need a mine! All you need is a forest, patient and sharp eyes. Of course  the conditions for finding crystals will change depending on where you live but If you live near a forest in the northern hemisphere you should have a decent chance. When I first started looking for crystals I did a huge mistake. I went to a quarry. Then I went to another quarry and then a ravine and I found nothing. The best place to find crystals is, believe it or not, here:

Beneath uprooted trees. Probably, I think, because the earth and rocks beneath have been safe for many, many years and also, you don’t have to dig very much because the tree has already done the hard bit! If the earth is stony, as in this case, you’re chances are pretty good, if it’s just mud and marshland I wouldn’t bother with it.

Study each rock carefully. Sometimes you can only see a few millimeters of the actual crystal. Sometimes all you need to reveal a crystal is clear water, a strong brush and a pair of calloused hands. In other cases you may have to grind it. If you don’t have the equipment or knowledge to do it yourself you can ask a jeweller or even at a museum (preferably one with a geological section).

What crystals can you find then? First you should find out what crystals are native to your country (and which are legal for you to pick, this post is adapted to the Scandinavian laws, make sure you check what the laws are in your own country) and where those are usually found. Quartz are what I mostly come upon. From personal experience I have determined that rose quartz are the most uncommon while rock crystals are so common I don’t even understand why anyone would pay for them. I have heard rumours you can find amethysts here in Sweden but I’ve never seen one. Then there’s the crystals I don’t know a name on (I’m not a geologist after all).

Above is three of my crystals in different states. The rose quartz has obviously been polished to reveal it completely. The crystal in the middle is recently picked and has neither been cleaned or polished. The last crystal has been cleaned roughly.

Have fun finding you own crystals and spare Mother Earth while at it! 🙂

Protection against The Evil Eye is mandatory in this family

I come from an emotional family. We fight a lot, we laugh a lot and we cry a lot. If you think you can join a family reunion party with us without bringing some protection against the Evil Eye you’re wrong. Terribly wrong. Someone will surely send you the evil eye, though not always on purpose.

I used to have a really nice amulet I bought in Greece bout unfortunately glass-beads are not forever. So, to survive I made a new one. I had a bracelet lying around and painted some um… fearsome eyes to it. When finished I regretted not using other colours than blue but there are more days to come, and surely there will be uses for more amulets!

While at it I googled evil eye lore, since all I know of it is what I’ve learned from my grandmother, and I discovered that this is a huuuge subject. There are hundreds of different traditions in removing and protecting yourself from the evil eye. I’m definitely going to study it more when time is given. At the moment however I have quite possibly gotten myself an employment. If you know any interesting lore on the evil eye feel free to share!

Oh Autumn!

The seasons are changing, the Wheel is turning, and Autumn is finally upon us in the Northern Hemisphere.
How are you celebrating? Feel free to share any workings you’ve done, your Fall altar, or whatever you choose regarding this new season.

I’ve already touched this subject earlier but I might just as well write a descent post about it. In Sweden Autumn is a season you have to enjoy every second of because you never know how long it will last. It might end next week for all I know (it’s October then after all). So, what will I do to celebrate this season? Well;

1. Learn how to cook. Because I don’t want to starve to death. I don’t know why but I have always thought of Autumn and Winter as a perfect time for cooking and baking and brewing. I’ve just started practising and I love it! I’ve already cooked blueberry jam and a mushroom stew. Next thing on the list is rowanberry gel and pumpkin pie (scary). The world supplies me with so many vegetables and fruits and this year I’m going to actually use them.

2. Acknowledge my creative vein. I have always been creative, especially in the fall (must be the darkness), but most of the time I discard my own work for not being as good as everyone else’s. I suck at art. I suck at jewellery making. I suck at pottery. I suck at wood working. But it still makes me happy to do these things so why not? And who cares if it’s ugly anyway? If no one did ugly things the pretty things wouldn’t look half as pretty, right? Which brings me to the next point:

3. Watch and learn from what I see. When I first got interested in spirituality and paganism I asked Google “How do you learn magick?”. The answer I got was that the best way to learn magick is to watch the world around us. The site gave a lot of examples as “watch a beautiful rose go from bud to flower, watch the stars every night” etcetera you get the point. It’s a good tip, except it should also tell you to watch those things that doesn’t seem beautiful at first sight. Like blue clay. Or Spanish slugs. Everyone knows that roses are beautiful, but can everyone see the beauty in weeds?

4. Walk my own path (and be proud of it too). I am so tired of following “the rules”. Actually I’ve never followed the rules but from now on I’m going to ignore everyone who blames me for it. You have no idea how disheartening it is to join a witch forum, upload a picture of your first altar and then the first comment you get is; “Your Athame is not even a real Athame”. Well thanks to you to Ms. Moodkiller87. Anyhow, I got over it and now I’m back in full force!

Those aren’t very traditional ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, I realise that, but It’s what suits me best. Besides, traditional has never been a word that describes me.