do you guys have your own rituals

Imagine having your own witchy girlfriend.
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You guys could share magic tools and do rituals together and put sigils on each other for protection and take witchy love baths together and her familiar would be a grumpy fat cat and she’d only like you guys and you would do kitchen magic together and kiss eachother with enchanted lipstick.
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“Have some empathy“

(A/N): Hello party people. I apologise in advance, my mood has been demolished during the progress of proofreading this  x 

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Originally posted by joshdunfuckme

You aren‘t very fond of kids to begin with, but being the friendly person, that you are, you agreed to take care of your neighbour‘s son. Within the first ten minutes of babysitting the little obnoxious boy, you quickly start to regret that decision. The preschooler is making your attempt at being a good neighbour harder than you‘ve imagined. He‘s really talkative, especially when it comes to asking questions including ‘how‘ or ‘why‘. His imagination is evenly extremely active, judging by how he naturally told you about his imaginary friend. He‘s fully capable of fulfilling most of his needs, but chooses not to because he prefers to boss you around in a quiet disrespectful tone. The kid seems to be very spoiled by his parents and used to get everything he wants, which in your opinion sounds like terrible way to raise a child. Going after their wishes every now and then is totally acceptable, but acting like their personal assistant is not. They need to start learning their boundaries within their first years.

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anonymous asked:

Do you guys have any tips for filling in the blanks where we've lost parts of certain pagan religions? A lot of them are missing ritual structures, songs, holidays, and all that, so how would you go about creating your own practices for that stuff?

Oh man, I feel you.  It’s mostly going to come down to educated guesswork and creativity.  I can only use Ireland and Irish polytheism as an example because my pool of knowledge is too shallow elsewhere, so bear with me.

First, learn what you can about the originating culture in question, particularly things like these:

  • What language did it speak?
  • Was it a warring culture or a more peaceful one?  Agrarian or nomadic?
  • What was daily life like?
  • What was its relationship with other cultures and how did that change over time?
  • What is known about the religion and its practices?

Religion is shaped by its people’s needs and experiences.  Trade, war, social class and dynamics, politics, and economics all inform the way religion is practiced and how and why it developed in the first place.  Religion is often a means of keeping a community together and providing part of that community’s unique identity.

Tease out the characteristics that, when put together, make the culture unique.  Pre-Christian Ireland was made of many small kingdoms and tribes who often fought with one another; there was no sense of a unified “Irish identity,” as the identity of your group came first.  Right there, we can reasonably guess that war would have been a prominent part of life as well as protection and loyalty to one’s kin, which tells us what might have been some of the moral and social values.

Look at themes and recurring motifs in the mythology, literature, and folklore that still exist.  In the Irish, we see instances in which kings are punished for whatever bullshit they pull that’s unjust or not in the best interests of their people, and the (post-Christian) Brehon Laws are specific in when and how curses are justified.  This alone suggests the importance of right action, justice, maybe even honor.

Compare what you know to similar and/or nearby cultures.  Shared language is a huge purveyor of culture, including religion - we see it among the various Celtic nations in varying degrees, for example.  While cultures aren’t the same one-for-one, the amount of exchange and influence can suggest how to fill in the holes of one with bits of another.  I might fill a hole in an Irish narrative by looking at something comparable in a Scottish one since there was huge overlap between them.  This isn’t necessarily accurate, but as far as I know, comparative religious studies is the best way to do it.

Find ways to make the religion relevant to a life in the modern era that doesn’t conflict with the principles that define said religion.   Morality  and social norms have changed and, in my opinion, religion is useless if it doesn’t maintain or improve your personal quality of life.  That means updating the expression of a religion’s principles to fit within a contemporary lifestyle.  How can I use my privilege and strength to serve my community in the name of one of my goddesses?  Volunteering at the women’s center.  How do I show hospitality? Always making sure my guests are satisfied to the best of my ability, even if I can only provide a glass of cold water.  What about the tendency of another goddess to incite battle?  Understanding and productively using the manic energy of my bipolar disorder to improve myself and my ability to serve my community.  What principles and virtues underlie your religion’s surviving stories and how can you live them out in a modern context, whether in private or in public? 

Be mindful, but have fun, tooPoetry and bragging are pretty big parts of Irish stories, so maybe I’d write a poem about how I’m so kickass that I’d kick my own ass.  I know someone who used Nicki Minaj’s “Boss Ass Bitch” in a devotional playlist to Queen Medb.  @aggressivedevotions is my new favorite blog.  Don’t be so irreverent that you’re actively insulting, and you may not want to use Christian (for example) prayers as an outline for any prayers to gods from cultures that were harmed by Christianity, but just be creative in whatever media works for you.  You can also ask your gods, guides, and/or ancestors for advice.  Here’s a post talking about making your own traditions for holidays.

I know this is a lot and not all of it may be useful to you, but take as much time as you need and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

- mountain hound

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