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Making My Year Magickal

I decided that I would be working on my inner self this year. I want to see the magick in things again. When did that disappear? Oddly, I think it was when I started having kids. I guess my brain just said, “Ok. Now we have to be all adult-like and stop having fun.” Well, I am taking the fun back. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going through a book everyday. I have really enjoyed it. And Mr. Penczak’s book has also been a delight to read each month.

Well, it seems that I will be adding to my witchy workload. Eldest has started to ask about my beliefs and why I do not always go to church with the rest of the family. He will be nine soon. I think he is old enough to learn about a few other religious beliefs.

Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path
Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path

The first step of our journey was to ask him if he would be interested in sitting down with me once a week to discuss what I do. I want to teach him, not force him.
Our first lesson will be sometime this week. I am going to have him help me pick out a three-ring-binder to use as a book of shadows. So, we will be discussing what a BoS is and how to use it. I will need to come up with a fun lesson plan for the next year or so. I have gotten some good ideas from Pooka Pages and I have Starhawk’s Circle Round.

My basic lesson plan for this March goes something like this:

  • March 10: Book of Shadows: What it is and how to use it. Homework: once per week, write an observation about how the seasons are changing.
  • March 17: Discuss Ostara/Vernal Equinox. Homework: Work in the garden (this is already one of his chores).
  • March 24: Brief discussion on the other Sabbats and how they fit into the changing of the seasons. I have no homework or project for this.

I will be working on a lesson plan for April this week. I am trying to think of some simple grounding lessons and exercises.

 

 

Years.

It has been years since I updated this blog. I made the decision to erase a few of my other posts as I think I wish to use this particular blog as a way of documenting my own personal spiritual growth. And other things.

This past Imbolc, I made the decision to REALLY dedicate myself to learning more. I have started going through The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak and Wicca: A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick. Imbolc seemed like a great time to really start a project like this. It is a time of new beginnings and is an appropriate Sabbat for dedications, initiations, and transformations.

I have kept up with doing a lesson everyday from Roderick’s book and am working on going through one lesson every month in Penczak’s book. The Inner Temple has 12 lessons in total – it seemed like Kismet.

So far, in my 3 days (today will be my 4th) of lessons, Roderick’s book is making me look into my past and feelings. Penczak is making me look inward. Both books are, so far, working well together.