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I am always interested in groups that believe in equality, compassion, and the importance of each soul's individual journey. The principles that Temple Illuminatus is founded upon are worthy ones, and I hope to be able to learn and contribute equally to help make them a reality.
About Myself and My interests
I am a Pagan, specifically a Witch in the Reclaiming Tradition, and I have been for almost 20 years now. I am also a lesbian, feminist, and very Liberal Lefty politically. I am a strong believer in meeting people where they are at, without judgment. I have been and continue to be active in social justice advocacy on many issues, and believe in volunteering my time to various causes. I work in the mental health field, and am a strong proponent of mental health parity.
I belong to the local Unitarian Universalist Church, and have been active in founding a CUUPs (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) group in my town, in order to try to provide learning opportunities, as well as a safe connection point for area Pagans.
I am a voracious reader and writer (they so often go together), and have a never-ending To Be Read (TBR) list, yet I always welcome additional suggestions.
I am also an animal lover at heart and currently share my life with my cross-breed (Maltese & Japanese Chin) dog, Emmett, whom I adopted from Diana's Grove Dog Rescue last year, as well as with my black cat, Loki, and my ancient grey & white cat, George.
I am a believer in the idea that as long as one draws breath, learning continues, and keep busy with a variety of classes on everything from languages to EMT certification to dog training. As a musician, I play pipes & flute, lap harp, piano, and have become really addicted to drumming. I continue to seek along spiritual pathways and welcome the wisdom of others along my journey.
My Teachers and Influences
When it comes to the Craft, I have had a number of different influences over the years.
I spent several years in a Gardnerian Coven, based in the Washington, DC area, before becoming involved in an Egyptian-based Craft Tradition in the Chicago area for a number of years. Both taught me much, but in the end were too formal in style for my needs, and I spent some time as a Solitary before becoming involved with Reclaiming Witchcraft through Prairie Fire Coven in my current town & Diana's Grove in Missouri. I have studied in the Feri Tradition as well, but feel most comfortable in Reclaiming.
My family is of Irish ancestry, and I speak and read the Irish language, although not fluently. Celtic deities and Mystery Schools have always had the most pull for me, but lately, I have been working with aspects of the Hindu traditions as well.
I have studied, and continue to study Tarot, which is never-ending in its ability to surprise, confound, frustrate, and delight, often all in the same reading! I have been a professional Tarot reader at various Festivals, Fairs, Pagan gatherings, and for private individuals. I have taught public Tarot classes in my area, as well as formed smaller study groups to work together in private. Although I have studied other divinitory methods, for me, Tarot is always the one that holds the most pull.
I have developed a knack for kitchen witchery, specifically, herbalism, in which I have taken around 600 hours of formal classes over the past decade. I also enjoy making candles, oils, incense, and other Craft tools for myself and others.
Finally, I am influenced by having found my calling as a healer - while I also study physical medicine and bodywork, I excel at healing of the mind, hence my work as a social worker. So often healing of the mind is related to understanding the Soul's journey, and it is through this that the Craft holds the greatest pull for me.
To continue to grow, learn, and evolve throughout my soul's journey, wherever the Path may lead.
To form connections with others in order to increase understanding, compassion, and wisdom.
To work always towards equality, acceptance, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
Authors and/or Books I appreciate
Oh, there are so very many, it's hard to know where to even begin...
As far as Craft books go (which I will limit this list to, out of expediency's sake), I have learned much from all of Starhawk's many books, as well as "Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions", and "Pagan Spirituality: A Guide to Personal Transformation" by River & Joyce Higginbotham.
Some more: "Witch Crafting" by Phyllis Curott, "Philosophy of Wicca" by Amber Laine Fisher, T. Thorn Coyle's "Evolutionary Witchcraft", Christopher Penczak's "Temple of Witchcraft" series, and the list goes on :)
Music I appreciate
As someone who has studied music almost my entire life, there are few types of music which I DON'T appreciate!
Personal favorites are Irish folktunes, anything out of the Celtic traditions - all of that wonderful music that stirs up such powerful yearning of the soul and wild urge to dance a reel.
I enjoy classic rock, most eras of classical music, among which Copeland's Tenderland Suite is a favorite, as well as Vivaldi's "Seasons."
Modern-day folk music from the 1960's on to present-day, as well as pure instrumental pieces (as a harpist, I'm biased towards those pieces especially).
I love how music within the various Pagan communities is ever-evolving and changing; a song at one Festival by one group often evolves, changes, and grows to the point where the original group barely recognizes it when they hear it again in another form some other place and time. For a long while, Pagans risked losing music composed for and by themselves out of the very nature of our somewhat isolationist existence as a conglomeration of UNorganized religious Paths, but more and more Pagan music is being committed to hard copy and available for sale these days, for which I am very grateful!
Just joined the Empath group and I saw some of your posts there, and popped over to read your profile. Gonna take me a while. :-) Which, in my book, is a good thing. Thought I'd say hello, as we some similar interests: tarot, interest in Irish culture, Western Mystery school, but I have always been drawn to the mysticism of India, a consequence of the '60s, I guess. Although I cannot articulate it, I think there is a connection, maybe on very deep levels, between that and Druidism, although I admit it may be nothing more than my seeing that Golden Thread of Truth in both. I think there has been some academic interest along those lines, but I cannot remember where I read about that. Interesting the way you described your experience of Tarot. I agree, and that has also been my experience of astrology. It continually amazes me. What sort of pipes do you play? Uilleann pipes or piob mhor? I adore harp music. Really enjoy Ann Heymann.
What makes a person a pagan or not a pagan? I never know what to label myself as because to me it's all part of the same whole. Plus, I seem to be all over the place in my interests. sigh.... So I long ago gave up trying to pigeon-hole myself.
OK. back now to the Empath group to read some more.
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