patrons

Well, on the one hand, I’m somehow sick again, but on the other hand, work is totally dead this week and my boss is traveling, so at least I can “work” from home today. Silver linings!

fashionistaofthesepulchre asked:

I shared this one pretty recently, but it didn't go anywhere from there. So, when Montparnasse was thirteen, he had a big embarrassing Twilight phase, and he read a bunch of slashfic on Edward/Jacob. This was pretty much right when he came out as bi, as well. What do you think?

So this is perfect.

Ey used to sashay round the school, coat collar popped up and hair slicked back, looking as cool as can be and ey would pay Eponine (whose brown hair and eyes cast her in the role of Bella without her even knowing) to say that “Your skin is pale white and ice cold…” shit.

Ey had a ffn.net account under the pseudonym ‘EdwardsBigMonty’ and wrote such fics as “The Lion and the Wolf” and “Monty Meets Edward” (because Montparnasse would insert emself into eir own fiction, fight me). Ey had quite a large following.

Claquesous found the abandoned account five years later and printed off one M fic that Monty had written when ey was around 16.

That did NOT go down well.

a mental exercise for some people

Imagine if someone told you or someone you care about, “Oh no, please don’t self-describe as gay, don’t you know people say ‘that’s gay’ negatively? Please tag it as ‘g slur’ if you’re going to identify that way. And why don’t you use something safer anyway, why do you have to be so confrontational? Just pick a respectable identity.”

That’s how it feels when people tell others [ETA: who identify that way] to tag “queer” as “q slur”.

Wicca 101: Choosing a Patron

I’ve been practicing Wicca for over a decade. Actually it’s closer to two decades than not, but whose counting? But I clearly remember the struggles I found when I was first starting down on my own path. The books I managed to get a hold of taught a lot of things, but left so much up to me that I found myself floundering for certain basic decisions that these authors had made long before they started publishing their grimoires and Books of Shadows. I wanted to know what they meant by picking a craft name, or choosing between different paths in Wicca, and what they meant by patron gods and goddesses.

I almost turned away from the Path because I felt overwhelmed but what I had to do with no clue on how to do it.

Thankfully I had a friend in High School who came from a family who practiced. She helped me out and here’s hoping I can do the same for you in one of the most basic…and most important…decisions of the Craft.

Choosing your patrons.

Some of you may have already done this but I do implore you to go over the steps to reevaluate and moreover reaffirm the choices you’d made. It never hurts.

First let’s start with:

What is a Patron Deity?

A patron is defined as someone who lends support (usually financially) to a person or organization. A patron deity is similar. These are the gods and goddesses that lend you their strength or guidance or inspiration when you need it. It is argued by many that it’s not a matter of choosing a patron but a matter of discovering the patron who was meant for you.

I tend to agree with this concept but you don’t necessarily have to.

So, how does one go about discovering your patron?

But why?

If you’ve been following my blog you already know that I believe that all deities worshiped on our planet are aspects of the God and Goddess so why bothering picking a patron? It’s a really good question and the answer isn’t exactly simple, but I’ll try my best.

The god and goddess created the universe, the world, and all the things that inhabit it. Through them all things were created. The placed a part of themselves in each creature and natural thing that exists. That includes people, people who felt the presence of the God and the Goddess and struggled to give them forms, names, and stories to describe them.

Now some people think this knowledge gave the god and goddess different forms. Some people think that this was just our way of breaking down a cosmos that our minds can’t entirely comprehend. Some people think that the gods and goddess are children of the Lord and Lady.

To be honest, it doesn’t really matter which of these you might believe. We pick a patron because there is an aspect of the god and/or goddess that speaks to us completely and it gives us a channel to worship the Lord and Lady better….or at least more personally.

So now that this is (hopefully) cleared up…how do you pick ‘em? More steps!

Research:

The first thing you ought to do is research. You have to go out and read about different pantheons, different deities, holidays, temples, myths, legends, and more. You have to read about it all. And don’t just stick with what you know because of pop culture. Reach out to pantheons you’ve never heard of, or read myths about gods you know only a little about. Really open your mind to what’s out there and find what it is that speaks to you.

Check out books, check out the internet, talk to fellow pagans. Each one will give you perspective on the forms of the God and Goddess out there, and how they can be worshiped.

don’t’ skimp on this step. Don’t assume that you already know and don’t need to bother with it. If nothing else it can confirm what you feel you know in your heart. And it can tighten your relationship with the God and Goddess but further understanding all the ways that they have been worshiped.

Understanding:

Alrighty, if you’ve done step one right then you have an incredible amount of information laid out for you. Possibly an intense amount. Now that you have this astonishing amount of information what do you do with it?!

Short answer? You understand it. You go over it and figure it all out. You seperate the stories that spoke to you from the ones that didn’t. What does they really mean to you? Why? Why did the set the ones aside that you did?

Then you go on.

Meditation:

Now you get to sit around and let your mind do all the work. You meditate on them. You sit down and call to each of them, starting with the ones you feel matter to you first. This process can take a long long time, especially if you aren’t a regular meditator.

The meditation is supposed to help you hear what some Wiccans refer to as The Call…I know it sounds a little Hollywood but it’s kinda apt. The Call is different for every single practitioner out there, you go on a meditative search for them…and someone answers it.

I know that’s really very vague and for that I am sorry. Just trust me that when It happens you are going to know.

Bonding:

Possibly not the best word for what happens next, but start building a relationship with your patron. However you feel is best, and in whatever way might appeal to that god/goddess. If it turns out Dionysus is your God then buy some wine, go to a party, see a play. If you are called by Brigid then write a poem, take a class for CPR or first aid, so on and so forth. If this is the god for you then you should probably enjoy the things that they ask you to do.

In this you make a bond between yourself and your patron.

Any questions, problems, or concerns please inbox me!

Wicca 101: Altar Building

Alright, so here’s hoping that you’ve been researching your patrons and you may have some idea as to who you feel most drawn to. If you don’t, don’t worry. It does take time and it’s a process you shouldn’t rush. But since that seed is at least planted in your head I figured it was about time to talk about altars.

Woo!

What is an Altar?

An Altar is your central place of personal worship. It’s where you cast your spells, harness energy, give your offerings, and meditate. It should be a place where you find inspiration and peace.


In its simplest for an altar is a flat surface where you place your ceremonial items, usually in a ritual fashion.

Why Even Have an Altar?

I get asked this a lot, mostly because buying the items for an altar can get expensive, and blessing them is time consuming. People get thrown off by this. Do you really need an altar to practice?No, you don’t. It’s not absolutely necessary. But it is a little like trying to roller skate with a missing wheel. You can do it…but it’s a little harder.

Definately not my best metaphor.

Anywho. I am of the opinion that the Altar is your most important tool in your personal practices. It shouldn’t be overlooked because it costs money and takes up space. It’s important.

Where does it go?

Wherever you want it to.

Seriously that wasn’t half as kinky as it came out. Really it’s not. But it is the truth. Your altar can be anywhere you’d like it to be so long as it means something to you. A library, your garden, a kitchen, even in that little segment of your garage you’ve designated for carpentry. Make sure it’s a place where you are comfortable and means something to you…or has something to do with a patron god or goddess.

Keep in mind that an altar can move. Just because you pick one spot doesn’t mean its rooted there, unless you actually rooted it there.

What is it made of?

You are probably going to notice a theme here…but whatever you want it to. Wood is the typical because it’s an easily acquired natural substance but that doesn’t mean you have to have it like that. I’ve seen some amazing altars on stone, glass, metal, or marble.


Guess what I’m gonna say now? That’s right. The material only maters so long as it matters to you.

What goes on it and where?

Here’s the big one. The part most people have an issue with. What goes on your altar and where the heck are you supposed to place it all? Whelp, this little picture I borrowed from wiccanwisdom.com is probably the best depiction.

It’s actually kinda perfect. It shows everything you need and a traditional placing. Note…I said traditional, not the only placing.

To cover the basics you want to have:

A totem to your god/goddess: One for each. What this totem is depends entirely on the god or goddess you have picked. A picture, a statue, some sort of plant…this is where that research thing comes in handy again. Pick something for your Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine and set it on up there.

       *It was brought to my attention that the picture shows a small inaccuracy. The god items are supposed to go on the right side of your altar, the goddess items on the left. Thank you.

Items for each of the elements:

        Earth: Salt, a plant, some actual earth,

        Air: Incense, a feather, a fan,

        Fire: A candle, also some incense, a match/lighter

        Water: some actual H20, a cup, a picture of a fish

A Bell: For calling the elements…and for looking pretty.

A platter for cakes and other offerings.

Your Athame/wand: For spell work and circle casting.

And there you have it. As always feel free to inbox me with any questions or concerns!