Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adventures in Alaska


Alaska pictures as promised.

So work sent me to Anchorage, Alaska, for Beltane (actually it was for a conference, but lets pretend). Consequently, I did not really get a chance to celebrate Beltane, but then again I usually don't celebrate many of the major Wheel holidays other than Halloween, Yule, and to a far lesser extent and for totally personal reasons Mabon (which I'm fairly sure is the one that doesn't have any real historical legitimacy, so the fact that I make it my own personal holiday works, but don't quote me on that one).

Also, on May first in Southern Central Alaska, the sun does not go down until 11 PM, it doesn't really get dark until midnight, and then the sun comes back up at around 4 AM. Oh and it looks like the dead of winter and there is still three feet of snow on the ground in the rural areas, so celebrating what back in my neck of woods is the full on bloom of spring just does not seem appropriate.

The downtown area of the city is pretty amazing. It's not in every city that you can look down the street one way and see snow covered mountains, and look the opposite way and see water complete with sea gulls. Also, for an arctic city, there are a ton of homeless people wandering around, and I got to see a teenager girl fight in Town Square Park, right outside what I think was their court house.

But before I make you think that the city was unpleasant, it's important to remember I was there two weeks before tourist season. While I was there, it was amazing to watch everybody buzzing around getting ready for the tourists. Street lines were being repainted (all the lines get worn away during the winter because of the gravel they put down on the road, which makes driving in the city with three lanes of traffic and no lanes very interesting). They were washing the streets, prepping all the parks, and in general just taking care of everything.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sit for a Spell

Well, technically I stood and kneeled for a spell... and given that I grew up Catholic, that's pretty funny.

Anyway, I did my first actual spell (not a ritual or prayer) in a months tonight.  I won't go into exactly what it was, but it was desperately needed for my sanity and well being.  I saved the words, but I think I will keep those to myself.  They were very specific to this situation and probably not much use for anyone else.  After all, I never really intended for this blog to be primarily for sharing spells.

I will say that I have noticed that in the past I have been very hesitant to actually work my craft.  It seems so silly, but I would have a need for a spell yet would hesitate and hesitate because I worried that there would be some unforeseen consequence that would make everything worse or that somehow someone else would be hurt by my actions.  The reality is no one can do anything without risk or potentially having a negative effect on someone else.  When I got my current job (with no magical help), I beat out someone else for it.  I negatively affected them, but I never hesitated to try my best in my interview.

I think I'm starting to get over that, which will be wonderful for my personal growth.  Unfortunately, all my witchy supplies are at Fiance's house (I figured that if my parents were going to let me move back in for very little rent to save for the wedding, I wasn't going to openly practice or keep evidence of what they think is evil and wrong in front of them).  So, I had to do whole a lot of improvising.  Luckily, I had my Caribou antler that I picked up in Alaska, which was basically the only tool I used, and it was really all I needed.

I'll post later on how successful I actually was.  It will probably be a little while before I know.

Susan




Monday, May 14, 2012

The Gator: A Poem/A Short Update on What's to Come

Post removed due to a snooping Fiance who might have objected to its content. :P

If ever the time is appropriate, it will be restored to its original glory.