Pathways of A Witch

Patchouli Scented Ponderings


Shame on you Mr. McCain
Lilith
patchouliwitch
I've never been a person who has been particularly interested in politics.  It always seemed that most politicians said just about anything to get elected.  The screwed up situation with the Gore/Bush election was a good example of the shenanigans of politics.  However, it seems to me that we are at a crucial point in society.  We have global warming, the economy is in terrible shape, people are losing their homes, we are fighting a war that we should not have started.

As I look to the candidates, it sickens me to see McCain resort to just about anything to win this election.  He says he is the candidate of "change", but he clearly has voted along party lines, and supported Bush the majority of the time.  Obviously, he saw the change tactic working for Obama, and just adopted it as his own.  It's not true, but he is just putting it out there.

His choice of Palin as a running mate was ridiculous.  She obviously is not qualified to become President should something happen to McCain.  If you question her qualifications, the McCain camp labels you "sexist".  She does not believe that humankind is at least in part responsible for global warming, she has no concept of diplomacy, and she is just not knowledgeable in many areas needed for effectively running the country.  Choosing her was clearly a political stategy move.

The McCain campaign is churning out mistruths daily.  They are lying, plain and simple.  I had always thought of McCain as a fairly honorable man.  Now it seems he will do anything to get elected.

Obama may not be the perfect choice for President, but based on the campaign he is running, he is certainly the most honorable one.  While McCain is trying to mislead the country, Obama is attempting to show how he would lead the country.

McCain's tactics do nothing more that demonstrate how aligned he is with the current Occupant.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Influences Religious Choices
Lilith
patchouliwitch
Five years after the last original episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" aired, the show is apparently still influential.  Here is a link to an article in the U.K.'s Telegraph that tells of a sociologist's study indicating that BTVS is a contributing factor that young women are leaving "mainstream" churches, and embracing pagan, female centered religions such as Wicca.
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A Recycling Oddity
Lilith
patchouliwitch
I take great care each week to recycle my waste products, and divide for the curbside recycling.  I use paper sacks from the grocery store to store the plastic and glass items.  Each week I set the container out for recycling.  The strange thing is that the person collecting the stuff always takes my paper sacks.  Now I can understand it if they rip them, or if it has rained, but it happens almost every week.  I take great care to rinse everything out and let it dry before placing things in the sacks, so that's not the problem.

It's a small thing, but it seems they would give me back the paper bags in order to let me RECYCLE them for use next week!

While I'm bitching, our city needs to create an easy way to recycle batteries and CFL bulbs.  They want us to use CFL's, but then give me no good options to dispose of them.  What's worse, using more energy with regular light bulbs, or people putting the mercury containing CFL's in the garbage, where they end up in the ground?  While I'm on my soapbox, there is precious few places to dispose of electronic items.  Our towns need to be as proactive as they expect their citizenry to be.

Gay Marriage in California
Lilith
patchouliwitch
How great to see that gay marriages are well on their way to being legal in the state of California.  Why in the world is it, in 2008, that society hasn't woken up and realized that being gay is not some kind of sin against God?  People do not wake up one day and think, "hey today I think I'll try being gay".  I have a family member who is almost shunned by his own family because he is gay.  It's sad, and it just shouldn't happen.

There is no reason that if two people fall in love, no matter what their sexual orientation is, they should be allowed to marry, and enjoy the benefits that a marriage provides.  I pray that this will be upheld, and that the rest of the country follows suit.

The Double Edged Sword of Netflix
Lilith
patchouliwitch
Good gods, do I have a love hate relationship with Netflix.  On one hand I love that I don't have to deal with the video store and the evil late fees.  On the other hand, the way that Netflix throttles my videos is maddening.  I sent them a movie back Friday.  They always get it the next day.  The post office people told me that someone from Netflix picks up the movies right THERE at least twice a day.  I dropped it there at 11 AM on Friday.  So in their devious way, Netflix "didn't receive" my movie till yesterday.  Wednesday!  That way they didn't have to send out my top choice of the new release, "27 Dresses", which my wife really wanted to see.  So yesterday, they send me an email telling me they "just received" my movie that I sent back Friday, AND 2 other movies that I sent back THIS TUESDAY!  That way, "27 Dresses" is now on long, long wait, and it will be forever before they send it to me.  They are sending me "No Reservations", which has been on my list since it came out in FEBRUARY!

Netflix is really best for watching older movies, obscure movies, or catching up on TV series.  You really still need the video store if you want popular new releases.  GRRRRRR.

How many companies can give the worst service to their best customers?  Netflix really considers their best customers the ones who get a movie, keep it a week or so, and barely use their service, all while paying on a monthly basis.

Rant over.

Will It Ever Get Better?
Lilith
patchouliwitch
I've heard lots of people wondering when everything is going to be back to "normal" again.  Food prices are crazy high, gas is well on its' way to $4 a gallon, homes are being foreclosed on at a record pace, and the polar ice is melting.  Life ain't a bowl of cherries in the good old USA.

Well folks, I think we are going to have to re-define the word "normal".  At some point the real estate market will recover, at least to a degree.  Eventually the dollar will stabilize, and that will help.  But some other, more ominous factor are in play.  Our society is suffering from our indulgences.  We're driving huge SUV's and trucks, we're using our corn supply to make fuel instead of food, we're guzzling water from plastic bottles, which we toss into the landfills.  Those plastic bottles and plastic bags we use are both using up petroleum to make, and taking centuries to decompose.  In the meantime, they are showing up in our oceans, lakes and rivers, and killing wildlife.

Speaking of landfills, we're also tossing our electronic waste into them also.  Computer components, old VCR's, disposable DVD players.  You name it, we're throwin' it out.  Into the garbage.  Now, we are encouraged to ditch the old incandescent light bulbs, and switch to compact florescent bulbs.  Trouble is, they have small amounts of mercury in them.  Guess what people are going to do with them when they burn out?  Yep, toss them in the garbage, to be buried in yes, the landfills.  Collectively leaking out all that mercury.

We need to do several things.  Firstly we need to stop drinking bottled water.  Hell, most of the water in those bottles is plain tap water.  Fill re-usable bottles, use a water filter.  It will give you more money to pay for those expensive groceries!  We also need to ditch the plastic bags.  Both of these measures will reduce oil used for their manufacture, and lessen the impact on our environment.  If you must use these things, recycle them.

On that note, our communities need to step up their recycling and earth friendly measures.  If we are going to push for the switch to CFL bulbs, we need to make it easy to find a way to recycle or dispose of them.  Same goes with the electronic waste.  In our city of 125,000 people, I know of ONE place to take electronics to recycle, and NO places to take used CFL's. 

We also need more bike paths.  I suspect more people would choose biking for errands if they didn't fear getting killed on the roadways.  With higher gas prices, road rage is going to only get worse.  It's already bad enough.  I've been yelled at, had stuff thrown at me, and even had cars swerve at me on purpose.  Yet our city is building more and more roads, but claiming poverty when it comes to bike trails.  When they do build one, it is not adequately maintained.  I'm guessing we have seen the last of cheap gas, so this seems vitally important.

I wasn't always an earth loving, hippie type Wiccan.  There were the days I didn't think twice about wasting gas, throwing EVERYTHING in the garbage, and couldn't have cared less about our planet.  One day I woke up and thought about what kind of earth I'm leaving my children and their children.  You don't have to be a hippie, Wiccan or environmentalist to realize a need for concern and change.  You can start to have a positive effect by just doing a few of these simple things.

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Lilith
patchouliwitch
I'm telling ya, just when you start doubting the power of spells, one really comes through!  I performed a spell just as the waxing moon appeared, and things really started happening.  I think that you have to take some personal action to help them along, which we did.  I think that the spells influence both the cosmic order AND the person casting the spell.  If you take some physical action if possible, I think it strengthens the spell and outcome.
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Wasted days, wasted nights
Lilith
patchouliwitch
I'm freakin disgusted with myself.  I spent the entire weekend holed up in the house watching DVD's.  We are watching a popular TV series, and are starting from the beginning.  It was fun watching it, but last night it just felt that we had thrown away 2 days of our lives.  Granted, the weather was not great, but it wasn't horrible.

We have this problem quite a bit actually.  We have a hard time thinking of things to do.  It seems whenever we do venture out on the weekends, we end up at some type of store spending a load of money.  In the past, I've made promises to myself that I would get out more.  In the summer I cycle a bit, so that gets me out by myself, but doesn't really solve the problem of finding something my wife and I can do together.

The thing is, I don't see much movement by my neighbors either.  I'm starting to wonder if we are just in the boat with everyone else.......
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Emerging from the Dark Night of the Soul
celticpent
patchouliwitch
I think everyone who is religious or spiritual goes through some sort of dark night of the soul.  You begin to doubt your faith, or you somehow veer off course.  I've just come through such a time.  It's difficult to soldier through it when you are a witch, as the Craft is a way of life, not just something you believe in.  My problem was mostly laziness and complacency.  While I spent some time doing nothing, I did spend a good deal of time venturing into much darker waters.  I have always had an affinity to the darker deities, but my path had recently ventured even further left.  It was quickly sliding toward a deity-less path.  I was moving toward beliefs more geared toward anti-religion. 

Perhaps it was the few peeks we have had of spring, but I just woke up one day and realized that is not what I believe.  My path is deity driven.  I have regained that joy toward the Craft that I had misplaced.  In fact, I am returning to a direction I was working toward before I went off course.

It's nice to be back!

Why Patchouliwitch?
Lilith
patchouliwitch
When I became a Wiccan, it awakened many interests.  One of them was the use of essential oils.  I've become fairly skilled in their use for aromatherapy, ritual, alternative medicine, and cooking.  One of my discoveries was patchouli. 

I know, lots of people don't like the smell.  It is very earthy, which is exactly what appeals to me.  I've long had an interest and fascination with cemeteries.  The goth aspect of my personality fuels my interest in the more macabre aspects of life (and death).  The scent of patchouli reminds me of cemeteries.  Weird, I know, but true.

I wear patchouli as a personal scent.  Oh, I've learned my lesson.  A little goes a long way, so a few drops of the jojoba-patchouli mixture is plenty.  Patchouli is also very good for my skin.  On occasion I will use the mixture as a face oil.  It keeps my complexion even. 

So that's the reason for my moniker, which is a play on my actual Craft name.
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