National Coffee Day sept 29. Io Pan!! (updated 9/30)

Javacrutian Prayer

Author unknown

“Caffeine is my Shepherd, I shall not doze.

It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses,

It restoreth my buzz,

It leadeth me in paths of consciousness

For its names sake.

Yeah though I walk through

The Shadow of the Valley of addiction,

I will fear no Equal,

For Thou art with me.

Thy Cream and Thy Sugar, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a Carraffe before me

In the presence of Juan Valdez.

Thou anoints my day with pep,

My mug runneth over.

Surely richness and taste shall

Follow me all the days of my life

And I will dwell in the House of Maxwell forever!

Dear Friends,

The above has been attributed to Isaac Bonewits, and I can believe it, but I’m not certain and don’t wish to mis-attribute.  So today is the National Coffee Day, as a friend informed me on FaceBook and as I confirmed on a couple of news sites. (here and here)

In my own personal salute to this beverage which has an important and nourishing part in my life I will generally say a thanks to Pan for coffee… and I have to run to work, expect this one to be updated with more pagan musings.

Until then, Peace & Coffee,

Pax


PS-  So I mentioned thanking Pan for coffee, this is a part of my ongoing personal contention that the Ancient Gods did not just go and sit up on a shelf somewhere waiting for humanity to revive their organized worship, but have always been there and abroad in the world.

The traditional legend of how coffee was discovered, or one of them, tells of Kaladi.  Kaladi was a goat herder who one day noticed his goats were dancing and capering about in an unusual and unruly manner, he found them eating these particular berries, and he ate the berries he too began to feel invigorated.  Then he tried just the seeds and eventually he began to roast them, in part to help preserve them.

Shepherds in the wilderness and frisky behavior?  Sounds like Pan’s alley to me.

Besides I can totally see Pan creating coffee as being inspired by and in reaction to Dionysus’s introduction of Wine…  may have to write out that story someday…

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Facebook Catharsis

Dear Friends,

So I am slowly but surely writing out a history of my relationship with the Big Guy and what all went down, and also working on my other writing projects… but it occurs to me that if I am to really start diving into this blog and my spiritual journey then I need to take Sannion’s advice, and when the instinct towards Facebook Catharsis strikes at the very least cross post here….

  • No amount of distractions or delights can ever really allow you to escape when grief come a-callin’. I am now officially in Orlando for 5 years now… the 2nd such anniversary after the break-up and the 1st such anniversary where I am healed enough to feel the pain of the loss of what was; and the first where I am still broken enough to be frustrated at what is currently and how that brokenness is holding me back…

  • So I sob a little… and I breathe and I try to return to my breath and meditation an my Center, and just let parts of myself remain broken for a while…
  • …deal with THAT with your post toasties Internet!!! (at least I still have my sense of humor…)

Of course, I was also trying to do that Buddhist practice where you breathe in another’s pain as a way of opening your heart to Loving Kindness… I can’t remember what it’s called right now and don’t feel like looking it up since I need to pass out for a while soon before Church at the U.U… will post or update on this more later today…

Yours in Reverence and Mirth,
Pax

(PS- I sometimes with she and SHE had listed Reverence first….)

Crafting myself…

Dear Friends,

So recently I am working and diving into my Witchcraft.  I am writing and rewriting my Circle and doing a LOT of work with the various Elemental energies.

Working primary in my own room and with most of my supplies being in the altar cabinet in my room… is a bit limiting.  I am going to be getting some herbs for the Kitchen I share with the room-mate.  He doesn’t know about the whole Witchcraft/Paganism thing so I am trying to figure out how to go with my urgings towards greater Witchery and balancing Discretion.  Of course, this need to keep in on the down-low and in my room is part of why I am holding off on a LOT of my Hellenic Polytheistic urges right now.  Hecate and Dionysus being the Gods that most called to me, especially Hecate – having encountered Her on the road so many years ago.

Ironically enough, even though I had no idea at the time, Hecate and Dionysus are a couple of the Theoi that are kind of outside the usual rules regarding the Theoi… or at least they seem open to more non-traditional approaches.

Mainly though, I am diving into my Craft, and thinking about my own areas of knowledge and study.   I would say a lot of my Craft and knowledge is more Hearth and “kitchen” Witchery.   Tarot, Chakra’s, a knowledge of Magick, poetry, writing these are some of my other areas of knowledge that interplay with my Craft and spirituality… I find myself wondering if my knowledge of Natural Science and Psychology… college level classes and armchair studies don’t play into my craft as well…

Wake me when the Equinox comes…

Dear Friends,

A few days ago I was awakened from my days sleep by the pyrotechnics of lightening and thunder and a great gully washer right outside my window.   Later that night the tree frogs and crickets and, I think, some water loving birds of some sort, sang a primeval chorus out on lake near the apartment complex.

The last few nights I have relaxed with the windows open to let the cool night air flow through the house strange to think it but now I do think of low-humidity and the low 70’s as constituting cool night air.

The joys of late Summer and the cusp of Autumn here in Florida.

….

I am noticing the approaching Equinox this year… seems like the first time that I really noticed its approach since moving to Florida.  Some of that was the mad rush of days of School and looking for work, and running away from the collapse of my partnership with the Big Guy….

September was when I moved to Orlando.  It’s funny I would talk to the ex day and night from Anchorage…  hrmm I think I need to write out the whole story…  not here, well maybe not here, but somehwere sometime soon…

Anyhow September’s Equinox has, in years past, been a harbinger for great Change and now it approaches once more.  I find myself contemplative.   I am diving into my Craft as I write and rewrite into my notebooks and BoS and read amd re-read the few books I have with me in Florida and also wrestling with realizations that have come from this diving back into my Craft with the perspective of life-experience and diverse learning behind me.

More to follow…

Peace,

Pax

A half dozen posts started and still stuck in my heart and throat

Dear Friends,

There are so many things I want to say, and some things I think I need to say… and a lot of realizations that have been coming up in my life as I dive back into my life, my goals and hopes and dreams, and my Witchcraft.  I want to thank all of you out there who read this blog and who share your observations and comments and humor with me.  They are much needed reminders that I am not alone.

Peace,

Pax

Just ignore that little black stormcloud of doom…

Hey folks,

So I am at  a bit of a cross roads regarding my interest/activity/passion for involvement in my local Pagan community… and I did a 3 card draw whilst asking the Universe and Holy Powers for a sign… (don’t do that….)  anyhow I got…

6 of Pentacles

The Chariot

The Tower

I am trying to resist the urge to call in sick to work and hide under the covers.  (tongue only partially in cheek here…)  I am also thinking I am still too close to the situation for clarity anyone want to Hazard some interpretations?

Please Note,

I will be updating this post much later today to add some general details surrounding the situation…

Peace,

Pax


Update 12:56 am 9/16

So I WAS going to update with more details about the surrounding situation, but have decided to be discriminating and discreet with those for a while.  No point in stirring up needless trouble.

BUT

I will observe that the Chariot always seems to be the crux card in my three card draws…. not every single time mind you, THAT would make me nervous!   Often enough though that it has taken on a feeling of the OR card, or of the card that counsels ballance in the face of…  I will keep to my few small community related projects for now and continue my spiritual work and the re-immersion into my Witchcraft that has been simmering in my life of late and see where the Lady and Lord of Witches and my other dear Holy Powers lead me…

Peace, again and always,

Pax

PS- I didn’t tell anyone the best part… I was doing the three card draw top-down towards me so the 6 of Pents then below it the Chariot and then below that, closest to me, Tower….  I suppose the brief moment of “YIKES!” is good for my circulation though….