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Week 9 (E): etiquette (and the snarky responses you’re likely to receive from me should you ask me these questions)

The following are some things you shouldn’t say to a pagan, particularly one you’ve just met. I’ve heard them all before, so no, you’re not as original as you think you are. Mostly this is just an excuse to do a snarky gif post. I ❤ gifs.

1) “Do you really fly on a broom?”

Yes. I also expect to be crushed by a falling house in about 5 years. Everything the movies say about witches is true.

2) “You’re going to hell.”


3) “Do your parents know? Are they ok with you being a witch?”

Yes. Mom actually read quite a few of the books I read in the early years, but she encouraged me to explore my spirituality. She raised me reading Greek and Roman mythology, so my interest in…

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Excellent post from Fanny Fae.

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Djed Pillar Djed Pillar as found in the Tomb of Nefertari, Valley of the Queens The Djed Pillar or Djed Column is representative of the idea of stability. The Djed pillar comes from as early as Pre-Dynastic times. Some Egyptologists believe it was a pillar that grain was once tied to and this symbol was associated with Ptah and Sokar and then later with Wasir (Osiris). Ptah of the Triad of Mennefer (Memphis) was often referred to as “The Great Djed”. It is because of the association with Sokar and the mummiform figure of Ptah, that the Djed is associated with Wasir. Some illustrations that have been found on papyri and tomb walls show the Djed with arms and a crook and flail – indicated Wasir’s resurrected state in the Duat (Underworld). Ptah Ptah

The ceremony of the ‘Raising the Djed Pillar took place in the city of Menefer or Memphis. The King…

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The broom is the one of those quintessential witchy items that stir the imagination. The earliest cleaning implement known to man, the besom is traditionally made from a staff of hazel with bristles of birch twigs. Every home no matter how rich or poor would have had their own which would have been made, and repaired, by the womenfolk of the house.

The idea of the broom being used to cleanse a space of negative is an ancient one,  biblical even.  Isaiah 14:23 states “I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts” and the image of the housewife beating unwanted guests from their front door is an old one in itself. Traditionally you would find a broom standing by the door, bristles pointing down, in order to protect the home from negative spirits.

The traditional besom woods have magical properties and associations with the…

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An excellent piece by Sarduríur Freydís Sverresdatter and definitely well worth the read. The subject of tattooing in Ancient Egypt. From slaves to Gods Wives of Amun, tattooing had special significance for certain sectors of society in the Two Lands.

For Service, Slavery, and Sex : Tattooing in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

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With wings of gossamer white

You protect me with love and light

You come from Heaven above

And fill me with unconditional love

You sooth away my tears and fears

Always listen when no-one else hears

You taught me again to love and laugh

Guiding me along life’s rocky path

Lonely I will never be

You will always be here with me

When ever I feel sad or down

You’re there to chase away my frown

I’m lucky and so very glad

to have had you for my Dad


This looks like a deserted place

But there’s life beneath the surface

If you take another a look again

There’s a spider on a window pane

Her webs are scattered all around

And it teams with life on the ground

At night hear the squeak of mice

Beneath rotting stumps crawl woodlice

Over loose rubble a beetle scurries

To an unknown destination it hurries

The floor is reclaimed by weeds

On which a lone honey bee feeds

It’s not really deserted you see

Just take a closer look like me