prompt: holidays

MBTI types as things you do during summer/winter holidays

ISTJ: stay in a wooden mountain chalet covered with snow
ESTJ: relaxiwith a cup of chocolate in a rainy day
ISFJ: sit near fireplace to sense warmth of burning fire
ESFJ: walk in the street with the summer sunshine
INFJ: hear the sea waves breaking the rocks
ENFJ: sense on the barefeet the hot sand
INTJ: stretch on the coach after a series matathon
ENTJ: look at snow that falls in the window
ISTP: throw snowballs in the park, starting a battle
ESTP: call friends to organize trips
ISFP: sing songs in car with friends during trip
ESFP: play guitar to bonfire on the beach at night
INFP: take photos during a trip, to make a travel journal
ENFP: catch your breath after a mountain hike
INTP: sleep even during the day because of sleep deprivation at night
ENTP: push unespectedly friends in the pool

Basics of Paganism

Over the course of the last week or two, I’ve been getting an influx of questions asking how they should start practicing, or what are the basics that they should learn. Their are a lot more than these fifteen little bullet points to the basics of Paganism, but I think that this is a start. I believe that’s what many of y’all are looking for, a start. So, here you go, start here. With these fifteen small bullet points. 

  • sabbats
  • esbats
  • what is Wicca?
  • what are the different paths?
  • what does it mean to be Wiccan?
  • what’s an altar?
  • what is a book of shadows?
  • types of magic?
  • crystals
  • rituals
  • spell
  • polytheistic, monotheistic, atheist, gods/goddesses/deities
  • faeries
  • daemons (demons)
  • moon phases
St. Dymphna

Other Names:  Dympna, Dimpna, Dymphnart, Damna, Demon Slayer (a reference to when mental and neurological disorders were thought to be caused by demons)

Life: 7th century

Feast day: May 15

Patronage: people with mental disorders, people with neurological disorders, runaways, victims of incest

Life story: Dymphna was born in Ireland to an unnamed Christian mother and Damon, the pagan king of Oriel. At age 14, she became Christian and took a vow of chastity. Around this time her mother died, which left her father bereaved. After his councilors advised him to remarry, King Damon stated that he would only marry someone as beautiful as his wife. Unfortunately, Dymphna was the spitting image of her mother. Upon learning that her father planned to marry her, Dymphna, along with Father Gerebernus (the local priest) and a few other members of her father’s court, fled to what is now Geel, Belgium. Here, Dymphna used her wealth to help the poor and sick of the area. However, this is how her father managed to track her down. When he could not force her to return to Ireland and marry him, King Damon beheaded Dymphna and Father Gerebernus. She was 15.

Symbols: sword, lily, palm branch, crown, lamp, book, green or white clothing, dead or chained demon

Offerings: red, green, and white candles, donations to orginizations that help people under her patronage, anything used to help treat or cope with mental disorders or neurological disorders, self-care (if you fall under her patronage)

Holy Places: 

- St. Dymphna Church, in Geel, Belgium (built over the location of her tomb), 

- US National Shrine to St. Dymphna in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Massillon, Ohio. (where some of her bones are)

Prayers:

Good Saint Dymphna, great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body, I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need. (Mention it.) Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.

(Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.)

Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.

In Nervous or Emotional Distress

 I turn to you, dear virgin and martyr, confident of your power with God and of your willingness to take my cause into your hands. I praise and bless the Lord for giving you to us as patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed. I firmly hope that through your kind intercession He will restore my lost serenity and peace of mind. May He speak to my heart and reassure me: “My peace I give you. Let not your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid.” Pray for me, dear St. Dymphna, that my nervous and emotional turmoil may cease, and that I may again know serenity and personal peace. Amen.

 In Physical Illness

 I appeal to you in my illness, dear St. Dymphna. I would be so grateful for a total and happy recovery, for the blessed gift of health in every fiber of my being. May the Lord Jesus, who mercifully healed the sick during His earthly days, have pity on me and make me well again. Ask Him to command sickness to depart and grant me a full measure of health, that I may rejoice in giving Him glory and praise. Amen.

For Relatives and Friends

 I humbly request you, dear virgin and martyr Dymphna, to take under your protection all who are bound to me by ties of blood or friendship. May all the lives which touch mine experience the blessings God is pleased to grant through your intercession. I now commend to your prayers all the intentions of all my relatives and friends. Remember also those persons who have asked me to pray for them. Pray especially for the lonely and forsaken who have no one to pray for them. Thank you, dear St. Dymphna, for remembering us all before our God and Savior. Amen.

For Any Special Need

 Glorious St. Dymphna, you are the patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed. I am certain, however, that your charity embraces everyone. I am certain that you lend a listening ear to any prayer offered for any special need. You will, I am sure, take my problem to heart and pray for me that it may be happily settled. (Here mention your special problem or difficulty.) You will plead for me and obtain the help I need. Already I offer you my sincere and grateful thanks, so great is my confidence that God will hear and answer your prayers. Amen. 

St. Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us. 

St. Dymphna, patron of nervous and emotional illnesses, pray for us.

 St. Dymphna, crowned for the glory in heaven, pray for us.

 St. Dymphna, faithful to your covenant with Christ, pray for us.

 St. Dymphna, precious in the eyes of the Lord, pray for us. 

St. Dymphna, our helper in every need, pray for us.

 St. Dymphna, our friend at heave’s court, pray for us.