SparkPeople Witches, Wiccans, Heathens, and Pagans Team Messageboard Pagan, Witch, Wiccan, Heathen, or whatever else you might call yourself - if you want to lose weight, get healthy, become stronger, and meet friends, this is the place. SparkPeople Witches, Wiccans, Heathens, and Pagans Team Messageboard Very new Hi. I'm very new, so I'm not sure what I'm doing. But I wanted to introduce myself and say hi. Sun, 10 May 2020 12:41:37 EST Merry May Welcome to the merry month of May! <BR> <BR> And a very happy Beltane (May Day) to all! Fri, 1 May 2020 08:36:49 EST Jon Kabat Zinn’s Raisin Meditation Perhaps the most popular mindful eating exercise comes from mindfulness expert Jon Kabat Zinn. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aisin_meditation </link> <BR> <BR> Here’s how it works: <BR> <BR> Holding: First, take a raisin and hold it in the palm of your hand or between your finger and thumb. <BR> <BR> Seeing: Take time to really focus on it; gaze at the raisin with care and full attention—imagine that you’ve just dropped in from Mars and have never seen an obj... Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:03:13 EST Hello, Witches :) Hi Everyone! I am from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My eclectic pagan practice has been ever-deepening over the course of 30 years. I have developed several health conditions that can be helped through maintaining a lower weight, so I have become active on SparkPeople again to address this. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:32:26 EST hey I'm a new again member of spark, finally using the time I have to get started back to exercising and eating better. <BR> <BR> I was a member about 15 years ago and when life got really hectic, I had to put everything on the back burner. Now is the time to say I need to do something for me. And here I am. <BR> <BR> I am a pagan by choice and I feel that I've been a pagan since birth. I am learning as much as I can about druidry at the moment as that is what I feel the best connection to. Tue, 14 Apr 2020 19:01:13 EST Absolutely Amazing April It's had to believe we are already moving into genuine springtime. I hope everyone is finally getting some civilized weather and staying safe during this pandemic. Wed, 1 Apr 2020 01:22:34 EST Magical March Welcome to the March 2020 thread! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2020 08:00:31 EST Fabulous February Good morning! <BR> <BR> Can you believe we haven't used this title yet? <BR> <BR> Carol, I can relate to your feeling lazy, but I bet you're more industrious than you think. With all the conveniences at our fingertips, we don't have to work as hard as our parents raised us to do. <BR> <BR> GoodFeline, it must be fun getting baby to try all the new foods. He may get over not liking green things, so try them again later on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went pretty well. I got the chores done and... Sat, 1 Feb 2020 08:08:55 EST Jaunty, Congenial January Happy 2020! Tue, 31 Dec 2019 19:24:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 30 Dec 2019 22:11:20 EST Dandy December It's hard to believe it's December already. It's not the easiest month in the year to mind one's health, but we can give it a go! <BR> <BR> Carol, you probably won't miss the work involved in holiday decorating, and will have more time to get out and enjoy the decorating work of others! <BR> <BR> The husband took me to pick up my new glasses yesterday. They look much better than the old ones, and my far vision is greatly improved. I'm having a time getting used to the reading section (... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 08:17:42 EST Nourishing November I hope nobody minds that I started the new thread for the month. <BR> <BR> Carol: You could be right, he's a mover so he could just take off one day! He's definitely loving spending time on his tummy, once he figures out how to move his arms and legs in the proper order there will be no stopping him. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to hear your husband was in so much pain. I hope it's not his memory going - my husband has brain damage that means he has almost no capability of creating new long-term mem... Fri, 1 Nov 2019 09:13:00 EST Aloha from Arkansas Hi, I'm Renee', new here and looking for friends and renewed motivation to lose this fat! <BR> I'm married (33 years) have 4 grown kids and no grandkids, love nature, especially the ocean although I rarely get to visit. <BR> I am Christian and have had a long time interest in things of spirituality, magick, nature and the cosmos and how it all works together. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Oct 2019 10:29:10 EST Obvious October Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> Carol, I'm sending out best wishes for good outcomes on the PET scan! Enjoy the shopping... my mister calls those seating areas "husband pens". Obviously, I liked your thread title suggestion. <BR> <BR> Himself ended up just doing a day run yesterday and leaving for the longer haul early this morning. I am now caught up on laundry and email, and have used up the last of the leftovers. Today I have chicken and veggies in the crockpot and time to work on new men... Tue, 1 Oct 2019 13:04:05 EST Merry Meet from NC Hello from North Carolina! My name is Julie, I'm 38 years old. Mom to almost 4 year old twin girls, an Army Veterans wife and of course a practicing Wiccan. <BR> I was on SparkPeople a long time ago and I've tried a few programs recently but I'm back to spark to give it another try in hopes I can finally get my baby weight off. <BR> It's nice to meet everyone and I really hope we can motivate each other, <BR> <BR> Blessed Be my new friends <em>30</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2019 22:41:58 EST Simply September A new month already! Sun, 1 Sep 2019 08:44:15 EST August Assessment Good morning and a happy Lammas/Lughnassad/wheat harvest to all! <BR> <BR> Carol, I'm glad you enjoyed your outdoor time yesterday, and hope your husband is starting to feel some better. <BR> <BR> ETA: just saw on the Start page postings that GoodFeline's little one has been in hospital, and is now improved and maybe going home soon. Lighting a candle for the little one with best wishes for a quick and complete recovery! <BR> <BR> I didn't do anything interesting yesterday, just took it ... Thu, 1 Aug 2019 07:59:14 EST July Jungle Drumming Good morning! <BR> <BR> Carol, I'm sorry your husband is still feeling wobbly, but glad you got out to commune with your flowers a little. They are lovely and so cheerful! <BR> <BR> We had another very hot day here yesterday, with some dark clouds and thunder rumbles in the afternoon, but no rain until after midnight. There were a couple of absentees at D&amp;D, but we had a great time anyhow, and just enough snacks left to pack for the husband's lunch today. It's looking like it's goin... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 07:04:04 EST June Journey Good morning! <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's June already? <BR> <BR> Carol, I hope your husband is starting to feel a little better today. It is amazing that he bounced back so quickly from the earlier treatments. I suspect that recovery will be more difficult with each one. Hopefully, he's listening to the doctor's advice, and it was good of that doctor to take your cues. <BR> <BR> GoodFeline, I join with Carol, holding you in my thoughts with wishes for your and Baby's good health! <B... Sun, 2 Jun 2019 08:06:00 EST Mellifluous May Good evening Team! <BR> <BR> It's not quite May but it will be by the time everybody starts reading these posts. <BR> <BR> Misty, I'm sorry but I just can't handle a maleficent month; if you check the definition, it means causing harm or evil. Mellifluous means to flow together smoothly. <BR> <BR> GoodFeline, I understand about decluttering all those CDs and DVDs. However, for old fashioned people like me, those discs are worth gold. At this point I'm still trying to convert my old Richar... Wed, 1 May 2019 00:33:49 EST Maleficent May It seems to be a "witchy" month ahead. <BR> <BR> Goodfeline, <BR> <BR> It seems you will have in laws that think children need to be kept clean at all times, same with being perfect all the time. I can feel the tension with that from here. I hope they don't try to step on your toes to much. <BR> <BR> Julie, <BR> <BR> Of course having a blah day is needed. It is awesome to just relax. <BR> <BR> Carol, <BR> <BR> Awesome on the work you have done. I hope you and your hubby can relax no... Tue, 30 Apr 2019 20:14:43 EST Hellow from AZ I live in Northern Arizona. I am Druid and love life. <img src=""> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:38:25 EST Appreciative April I didn't see a thread for April so I started one. I hope all had a great day today and all is well. <BR> <BR> I volunteered today so I could get half of my hours in for the month. Its community service, but call it volunteering so people don't assume I'm under court order to do it. <BR> <BR> Off to bed I go so I can possibly get 6 hours tonight. Mon, 1 Apr 2019 20:45:25 EST New from Denver Hi everyone. I'm new from the Denver area. :-) Sat, 23 Mar 2019 00:53:25 EST Marching On Good morning! <BR> <BR> GoodFeline, I hope this round of repairs goes well!! Having an older house, I can certainly relate. Also, I agree with Carol that the idiotic comments will hold some karma for those kids. <BR> <BR> Carol, so glad to hear some of the pressure of waiting has finally been lifted! Continued wishes for good outcomes. <BR> <BR> My day went pretty well yesterday. I got the refrigerator sparkling clean, organized my sewing projects, and did some stitching on a new mat d... Fri, 1 Mar 2019 05:53:56 EST Fantasmagoric February I hope February gets off to an incredibly good start. The world and a lot of people really need an infusion of good energy. Hopefully we can get it going! <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2019 01:17:27 EST Connecting and saying Hi! January 1, 2019 Bright Blessings, <BR> Here in the Mid-Atlantic it was a delightful day. Got out and walked, tracked for the first time in awhile, and re-inspired myspark page. <BR> I consider myself Wiccan and am part of a group who meets regularly to honor the Sabats. This year I'm working on magical growth in the area of my shadow self. And my shadow self looks a bit like the Venus of Willendorff. <BR> Health Goals are simple: Move every day, Meditate every day, and reduce my sugar intake. I'm glad... Tue, 1 Jan 2019 16:46:26 EST Joyous January Here's to making this a better year than the last! We have added a few new team members that we are happy to see. No new year's resolutions from me - just a determination to rein in some old habits (portion sizes!) and create a little more discipline and order in my life. I look forward to sharing 2019 with all of you. Blessed Be. <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:35:38 EST Hello, I'm Baaaaaack Hello Everyone. I was on SP about 4(?) years ago. I might have been in this group then as well. Well, I have gained 40lbs in 1.5 years so I really need to get my mojo together and make this happen. <BR> I live in LA. I am part of an online Coven but practice solitary IRL. I am focusing on learning more about astrology and tarot right now. Its so interesting! I do all the Sabbats/Esbats and work fire spells to accomplish things. My main deities are all the Fiery Goddesses, Hecate, Kali Ma, Sa... Wed, 26 Dec 2018 17:44:08 EST Boobs and Weight Training This is going to be a weird question I know but I'm not quite sure where to ask it. <BR> <BR> So I have had three kids and have been about 250lbs for several years. My boobs look like it. I've started weight training and have been working out my upper back and chest. It is mostly to improve my posture as I have a fair amount of back pain. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if my pecs get more tones and there is some definition will it look weird with my sagging boobs? I know nothing short of surgery i... Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:01:44 EST Demanding December Since December is usually demanding, I decided on that. <BR> <BR> Thank you guys on the sympathies. I will be looking harder for scholarships to finish my degree and another job in the meanwhile. <BR> <BR> CArol, <BR> <BR> I'm glad you was able to get everything you needed done done and have clear roads for it. Never really knowing if and when there will be snow and ice is scary. I also wish getting groceries for $17 was still feasible today. I do use coupons and hit up the managers sp... Sat, 1 Dec 2018 00:16:53 EST Notable November Good morning! <BR> <BR> Glad you had a peaceful day, Carol! <BR> <BR> Things didn't go exactly as planned here. First, the husband's job changed his assignment, so he got yesterday off and is headed to California today. He thought this was a great birthday present. I made the breakfast dish he wanted, and he went off to the hobby store to buy himself some gifts while I cleaned up and put on my Halloween costume. We went to the shop for their event, which was quite nice. There were quit... Thu, 1 Nov 2018 08:21:58 EST Hi from Missouri Hi, my name is Sharon and I just joined today after leaving myfitnesspal about 2 months ago... mostly because I didn't use it and the name just bothered me. I'm weird. I own it. Still getting the feel for how things work here. I've lost 25 lbs and it's come off very slowly(6 months) as I really haven't been working it very hard nor have I been tracking very much. My main goal is to get serious about my tracking and weight loss so that I can come off my blood pressure medication (hopefully).... Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:19:40 EST Starting over Hello! I am starting on my weight loss journey again.Eating has been a struggle but I have been doing well this past week.Also trying to gain a deeper spiritual understanding of myself. Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:41:32 EST Some changes to the new Start page! A message from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We have a made a few changes to the new Start page based on your feedback. Most of these changes are if you switched to the SparkCoach Start page. More info on that can be found here: <BR> <BR> <BR> g.asp?post <BR> =sparkcoach_own_your_day_wit <BR> h_our_ <BR> new_feature <BR> <BR> 1. Under your username on the top left of your Start page, it now says "Edit Goals and Preferences" If you hover o... Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:29:49 EST Useful spells My cat got out. Did get him back today - see my regular animal blog. <BR> Prayed all night &amp; day, but also did lots of chanting to Bast. Thought I'd post them here.It's so upsetting when we worry about our furkids. <BR> >> Bastet Bring Back a Missing Moggie – Need white cangle &amp; flyers. Post flyers around &amp; 1 for spell. Take flyer &amp; candle into garden &amp; set flyer alight using candle. Say: BASTET, GODDESS OF CATS, SEND OUT YOUR SIGHT | BRING BACK (name) WHEN THE SKY IS NIGH... Fri, 12 Oct 2018 01:22:13 EST Outstanding October Good morning! <BR> <BR> A new month already; let's go for a great one! <BR> <BR> Carol, I hope the leaves aren't getting too far ahead of you. Our big dogwood has been dropping berries; the leaves will soon follow. <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday catching up on laundry and getting things back in order upstairs. Plenty of interruptions are expected this week, so I will have to be creative in finding sewing time. I only have 2 weeks left to finish that costume. I usually work better when a d... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 06:38:11 EST sunny September I hope you guys appreciate name. Since it is so close to September for me, I started the thread for everyone, Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:24:58 EST Awesome August Good morning! <BR> <BR> Carol, I sure do hope all goes well with your husband's treatment. It sounds like his doctor is tailoring it to his individual needs. I hope you'll find your glasses, too. Look under the front seats of your car. <BR> <BR> I was not awfully disappointed about the costume contest. I was very pleased with the compliments from the judges, and more so with the compliments of con-goers and vendors. I gave out a lot of cards and directed a lot of folks to the shop, som... Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:56:21 EST Jumping Jack July I started this thread in advance of tomorrow. With the heat, humidity in a lot of places, the hot surfaces will want us to jump. Might as well make them jumping jacks. Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:41:48 EST New to Team and Wicca Hello, everyone! My name’s Christina. I have a strong interest in witchcraft but am completely new to the practice and don’t really know where to start. I was wondering if there is a good introductory book for beginners, website or information on how to find local meetings, etc. Thank you in advance. <em>247</em> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:27:42 EST WV Heathen Have been here on Spark before twice. Decided to try it again after suggesting it to a friend who wanted to start a weight loss program. Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:06:38 EST Jaggy June I know its a couple days early, felt the name for the month. Wed, 30 May 2018 19:50:45 EST Southern Pagan here! Merry Meet from Tennessee! I did Spark way back in 2009 but slacked off then got pregnant....TWICE! I'm ready for a change and I do NOT want to turn 40 being this out of shape. My husband is even on board this go around..kinda. lol. My biggest downfall is binge eating at night after the kids go to bed. I also quit smoking in February of 2017 and gained about 30 pounds from that. (Turns out I'm a stress eater..who knew?) <BR> Thanks for the add to the group and I look forward to getting to kn... Thu, 24 May 2018 13:24:13 EST Marvelous May Good morning and a happy May Day/Beltane to all! April showers should start bringing us flowers! <BR> <BR> Carol, thank you for the kind comments on my quilt. I don't know who designed it for JoAnn's, but it is cute and was fun to make. I hope you've enjoyed your alone time today! <BR> <BR> Nothing too exciting going on around here. I have to decide whether to finish up a UFO (unfinished object) or start something new. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a beautiful day! Tue, 1 May 2018 08:23:18 EST Magazines and Publications Does anyone subscribe to magazines about Paganism and Wicca? I'm interested to know what's recommended, as it seems another good way to keep up with the community. Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:57:08 EST New to team and new to Wicca Hello! <BR> <BR> So I decided that a personal challenge for April should be to explore and connect with Wicca. It's been something that I have always had an interest in, but never really been, I guess, brave enough to plunge into given the stigma surrounding it. But I've pulled out my copy of Wicca for beginners and started researching the God and Goddess. <BR> <BR> I myself am 30, female and from the UK. <BR> <BR> Blessed be. Fri, 6 Apr 2018 03:42:52 EST April Ambitions Good evening! <BR> <BR> Julie, it sounds as though you have a wonderful "me time" day planned. And that cake sounds awesome; your husband is sure to enjoy it too when he gets home. Have a wonderful time with your sewing! <BR> <BR> Heulog, you asked about the Mercury retrograde. It stationed at 16 degrees of Aries beginning March 20 and was fully retrograde in the early morning hours of March 23, sitting still until Sunday the 25th, when the actual retrograde motion began. (That might explai... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:20:20 EST Newbie! Hi. I am new to team. I am learning about Wicca and other Pagan ways. Looking to lose 120 pounds. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:17:49 EST Merry meet! Hi, all. I'm eclectic (very eclectic) Wiccan with a mostly solitary practice at the moment. My husband and I have been going to a UU church for a few months. Nice to e-meet you! Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:11:47 EST March Missives Good morning! <BR> <BR> Sorry you had so many frustrations yesterday, Carol! Good news about the surgery, though. Thanks, as always, for the astrological insights. Since it's a good time for organizing, perhaps you'll find an efficient system for transporting your grandson. <BR> <BR> I spent most of yesterday with the husband, as he returned at noon. Gee, that was a short trip. Anyhow, we did a little grocery shopping, worked on our respective projects, and prepared a big bunch of roas... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 07:33:48 EST Fanciful February Good morning! <BR> <BR> Wow, Carol, thanks for the astrological insights... so much to look forward to! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went by in a hurry. The husband's schedule got changed, so he was home for an extra day. Made some progress on the coat, and it's looking really good. Today I might actually finish it. <BR> <BR> Not much else going on here. I have a class tomorrow. I've taught it a bunch of times, so prep work is already done. It's one of my favorites to teach, with clever tec... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 08:08:28 EST Dealing With Binge Behaviors It is a struggle to find a path that will help you deal with your triggers and behaviors. What works for one might not work for another. The important part is to keep on trying until you find your way. <BR> <BR> Some things that have helped me: preparing and portioning meals and snacks in advance, keeping "trigger" foods out of the house, brushing teeth after meals, and tracking every calorie honestly. <BR> <BR> Hardest obstacles to overcome: husband who brings home calorie-dense or... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:29:15 EST 10 Minutes a Day challenge Join me in this 7 day challenge to get 10 minutes of exercise every day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=XG66I20SS<BR>TRJ0UF7LF4FRHRCJ </link> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:39:49 EST New(ish) Hi Everyone! My name is Cass. I joined SparkPeople back in November, but never actually did much with my account. I am giving it another go. =D Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:15:36 EST Hello Hi everyone. I'm a librarian in Nebraska and looking for an active group to join for support as I lose my last 50ish pounds. I'm a UU with pagan leanings, though I'm kind of a passive and solitary one. I've recently been getting kind of into crystals and essential oils, which aren't necessarily pagan in any way, but I am finding them to be interesting. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:27:46 EST Hello From Chicago Hi! <BR> New to Spark People and I've resolved to not try to manage my fitness separately from my spirituality. It always seems like one falls by the wayside when I focus on the other. <BR> I'm not really a deist as much as I like to manifest my will and experiment with ways to do that. <BR> I'm usually solitary, but a friend and I decided that we'd have "witchy club" together to compare notes and bounce ideas off one another. So, that's exciting. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Jera <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:47:24 EST January Jazz Good morning! <BR> <BR> A bright and happy new year to all! <BR> <BR> I decided to give myself a break from bespoke sewing to work on a flannel shirt for myself. I was feeling all smug about my nearly perfect collar, topstitching, and sleeve setting when I realized (far too late) that I had put the sleeves on wrong (left on right &amp; right on left). This wouldn't be a problem except that these are long sleeves with cuffs and placket openings which are now on the thumb side instead of th... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 06:53:05 EST In need of good vibes! Bright Blessings Everyone! Back on SP because I decided to get a head start and beat the New Years rush! lol Feeling excited and positive! Needing good mojo to get going and do what I have to for my health. Love and Light to All! Smoeii :) Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:52:26 EST hello from Florida I'm a Shamanic practitioner hoping to find open minded friends so we can support each other on our journey to our best selves. Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:41:43 EST December Disclosures Good morning! <BR> <BR> Nice to see you here, Misty! I have a feeling your Spark-inspired speech will be a success. <BR> <BR> Carol, glad to know your new nurse is working out. Enjoy those giggles! <BR> <BR> I just got word from the gift shop that they have sold the last of my robes. I have got to get busy on some new ones for them. I have several classes to teach this month, too. Meanwhile, it looks like they're going to put the husband on those local runs for a few weeks, which mean... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:47:25 EST November Nigglings Good evening Julie, <BR> <BR> Picking up from the October thread, I'm glad you had a good day ato yourself and a successful Halloween. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your thoughts about my roof-edge exploits. I don't think I'm so much adventurous as perhaps a bit foolhardy, but there were no mishaps. My daughter was p.o.'d with me for not calling her, but she was at work and her son was at school and if I didn't do it my cancer ridden hubby would have tried. I did sleep well last night, thank you, bu... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 00:31:31 EST October Fresh Starts It sounds as though there are some changes coming in our lives - walking with new worlds, teaching new classes, more health in daily lives, new classes to conquer. Many people see January as a time of new beginnings for the calendar year, others see spring as new plants sprouting and the new Aries beginning. Those of us on this team walk to our own cycles and beliefs, so starting it seems fitting to celebrate fresh starts in many of our lives, and Halloween is right around the corner. Oh yes,... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:16:15 EST How do you celebrate the fall equinox? I am a kitchen witch. For fall equinox I charge and prepare my herbs and do a gathering ceremony. I also collect a jar of sunshine. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 15:36:18 EST Slimming September Tes, <BR> <BR> That sounds awesome! I'll have to try that! <BR> <BR> Carol. <BR> <BR> The rain is supposed to start soon to tomorrow sometime. That they don't know. And that could be the cause of my headaches and with the cooler weather, have finally calmed down enough I can finally handle them WITHOUT pain relief (what a relief). <BR> <BR> Julie, <BR> <BR> I'm glad you was able to get some sewing done and its sucks that your machine is starting to die. Wish I could send you my S... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 21:34:04 EST Ambling August. Since I am up late for me, and there is no August thread as of yet I'll start it. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the absence, busy lately, and forgot to log in. <BR> <BR> With my mother, her heart attack is "unknown cause", which I don't know to believe or not. She would say that if she wouldn't want me to know the cause, or there is no known cause. <BR> <BR> Out for now as it is after 10 pm eastern time and 1.5 hours past my bed time, enjoy the rest of your day. <BR> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:06:50 EST Joyous July Jabberings Good evening team, <BR> <BR> Since it's the end of the first day of July and there was no July thread I took the initiative to start one. Anyone who wants a different name is welcome to change it. Creativity was never my strong suit. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good pre-holiday weekend. We stayed home, of course. We are figuring out how to minimize Hubby's pain. Since we don't know the source it's sort of hit and miss. Right now we are at codeine (new prescription, thank you docto... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 00:46:29 EST Eclectic in Seattle Greetings! <BR> <BR> I'm back on SP after a several year hiatus. <BR> <BR> This is a huge time of transition for me, since I've just recently recovered from 10 years of depression brought on by the death of my soulmate. Somewhat ironically -- or maybe not -- it was my father's death in late September which catalyzed the final work I needed to do to fully release from that grief and other old patterns. But I still have about 80 extra pounds I put on during those years of emotional eating, e... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:21:06 EST Jubilant June Chat Thread Good morning! <BR> <BR> Carol, I'm glad your husband's cataract surgery went well! I know you have a busy week, and I hope all goes smoothly. <BR> <BR> Not much going on here. Got my sewing mojo back and have been having fun with that as often as possible. Pepper got to go to the groomer yesterday and is all fluffy and happy. Other than one short run, Himself has been home all week and won't be going out until Saturday. I think we'll go get some stuff from the supermarket that he can j... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 09:53:56 EST This is our May 2017 Chat Thread! Thought I'd be VERY descriptive today, lol. Mon, 1 May 2017 13:30:34 EST Hello I am a quiet pagan. I read posts but may quiet at first so I learn about each person so that way I learn about each of you. I am not being rude, that is how I am. I've been burned in the past. I am 25, I am a learning pagan. I in school in pre-psychology. I am in West Virginia. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:03:32 EST April Airs Starting the new monthly chat early since I'll be MIA on 1 APR. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:13:59 EST March Reflections Starting the March thread!! Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:33:46 EST HI all. Nice to "see" you Hi all. Oldkeys here, AKA Sapphire Soleil in the Magickal world. I'm so glad to have found this team. I'm still new and looking about. Let me get the lay of the land and I'll be around. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:27:56 EST Hello!! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined this group, and thought I'd say hello! <BR> <BR> I'm 26, and a semi-new Pagan. I've been studying for 11 years(even though I was still going to a Catholic Church), until I moved out of my parents house down to Mississippi. I'm still in the broom closet publicly, but I'm open with the people closest to me. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 01:42:54 EST New here - happy I found this group :) I am new - I have CHF and must monitor my diet closely. I have been having pretty good success so far. I am looking forward to meeting new people here and sharing....)o( Have a Blessed day everyone! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:22:04 EST Blessings I just rejoined after a 3 year hiatus from Spark. Gained all my weight back plus some. Decided it was time to get my life back on track. It's not only time for me to get back to a healthier lifestyle, but also time for me to find my path again. I'm pretty much eclectic and my husband is a heathen, while my children are church of Christ. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 21:37:06 EST February Fitness! Just opening up the February thread! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:04:57 EST Hello From AL!! Hello, all! My name is Samantha and I am new here. I decided to take control of my eating habits, mainly due to current medical problems. I never really saw myself as being "fat". I guess because my weight is pretty evenly distributed. I do consider myself pleasantly plump lol. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am a single mom of 3 kids and I feel it is my duty as a mother to set the best example I can to help them learn to live a healthy lifestyle. My oldest 2 already suffer from being mildly overweight... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:38:17 EST Jammin' January Happy new years. I hope all are doing well. Started this months thread since I was able to get on earlier. <BR> <BR> Went for a walk today on the trail (walked over 7,000 steps on the trail and 1 hour) since it is so warm here for the first day of the year and the gym is closed. 2 dogs that normally skittish of they don't see every day, actually walked up to me and smelled me. 1 actually ran up to me saying, "Hey, where have you been?" The more skittish one actually came up and sat do... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:41:33 EST Yes I've been quiet. I am always quiet when I get tired. I always have. <BR> <BR> I am Dawn, a new eclectic pagan, as I follow the Druid path with Greek Goddess' and Gods. Athena and Zeus chose me. <BR> <BR> I also read and get to know people that way before speaking. <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 19:20:55 EST Hi there~! Hi, I just joined this team..... I had been on spark people before but fell by the wayside, this time I know is going to be different! Looking for great friends and teams to keep up the motivation! bright blessings............. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:55:33 EST December Discussions Good morning, all, I know I'm a day early but it's better than being a day late, lol. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As usual, I spent mine in Rangely with my grandson and had a GREAT time. I just love that kid so much! I can't wait until Christmas, he gets to come down and spend it with us this year!!! <BR> <BR> Anyone want to write a piece on the Winter Solstice celebration??? Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:28:27 EST December Dishes Just getting the December page started a couple days early. I hope the title fits for you guys. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:34:51 EST November Noshes Ok, I know I've been out of pocket for some time. I am really very sorry. Life has been dumping on me and when I haven't been trying to weather the storm without drowning - I've been in a major depression. <BR> <BR> I think things may be starting to turn around and I'm beginning to believe the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train this time. Enough metaphors for you? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm sorry I seemed to have abandoned the team. It wasn't my intention but I was at a point that ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:49:26 EST Newbie Hi guys, <BR> I'm Brenda but go by Star. I'm new to the group just joined. I'm new to paganism, and right now I'm doing some studying though the magical circle. I'm 34 and a mom of 3 teens 1 girl and 2 boys, and I look forward to getting to know everyone and maybe making a few friends. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:20:44 EST October Ooze New month thread time already. Where did September go? <BR> <BR> What do you think of the name? I thought it was kinda funny. A little clever. Since October has Halloween and all the costumes and decorations and stuff. Just trying to be festive and keep the matching theme going... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:15:37 EST Hello I just joined today and wanted to introduce myself. I guess I would consider myself an eclectic Pagan, because I really don't follow one set of beliefs. I pray to different goddesses and sometimes do spellwork. I meditate and try to align my chakras and I believe that we can connect with Source energy. I sometimes work with stones (I wear onyx, turquoise and moonstone rings and a necklace that I made with a tigerseye stone in it that is connected to a protection spell that I did for myself an... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:07:21 EST Merry Meet from Michigan! Merry Meet all! I am Athena Druid ( real name Brandy). Athena Druid is my given Wiccan name when I became a High Priestess of the Wicca religion. I am married and have two daughters. I am always open to questions! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:24:35 EST September Sass Just starting the new month thread. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 16:15:13 EST Merry Meet :) Merry Meet :) <BR> I have had an account here on SparkPeople for a while now but haven't done much on here. I am ready to move into making positive changes in my life and happy to have found this website as well as this gorup. <BR> Wiccan beliefs have been a part of my life and a part of my soul for several years now. However, since becomming a mother I feel like I have tossed everything aside to be a mother and be there for my kids. I have been feeling lost on my Witchy paths for a while and... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:44:43 EST hey I'm Misty I've been a part of the group before. I had to stop due issues and able rejoin. Just wanted to say hey before I go to bed. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:48:28 EST August Chat Happy August, all. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:08:00 EST Greetings from PA I just joined today and I'm not sure what I'm doing entirely with the social part of this site. *laughs* I had lost some weight before just by counting calories and then slacked on the counting and have gained some of it back. Now I'm trying to get back down to a goal weight. <BR> <BR> I'm a generic witch with Feri leanings. Started on this path when I was in my teens and now I'm in m 40's. Trying to get back into daily practice as well, I've let a lot of things slack over the months.... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:06:05 EST Hello from West Virginia I am Misty, I live in upper WV, I'm actually not new to sp, just restarting. I've been active for the last 28 days today. This is my last restart on getting to better health. I'm going to prove to myself and to my family that the weight can and will come off and stay off. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:07:17 EST July Journies Starting July thread. I apologize for having been absent. Depression is kicking my butt and I'm not socializing ANY WHERE. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:43:13 EST Merry meet from California Hello, I am a solitary critter. I began my interest as a child, but as I am alone I only have my own counsel, which is not always the best haha. Would love to meet at least a few people here to be able to learn from and grow with (while we shrink). Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:52:24 EST Merry Meet from lovely Connecticut Greetings! I've recently joined the team - just wanted to introduce myself. I'm soon to be 46, mom of 3 adult daughters and grandma to 3 adorable little beasties. I'm an eclectic solitaire that has been on the path for almost 20 years. <BR> <BR> Brightest Blessings to all of you! <BR> <BR> Lisa Mon, 6 Jun 2016 13:18:08 EST June Musings Greetings all. I created a June space for us but if someone wants to change the title or start a new one, I'm not offended. <BR> <BR> I spent a good deal of the morning helping hubby install computer programs now that he has a new main drive installed in his old machine. The technician at Office Depot managed to save all his data - pictures, documents, etc. - which made him pretty happy. We completed the installation and I gave him a couple tips on the Windows 10 we added this morning. Then... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 02:03:37 EST May Meanderings Good morning, all, ready for those May flowers? <BR> <BR> We're still getting snowed on, lol, but that's Colorado for you! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:28:24 EST Hi, new to sp Hello; I'm new to SP and looking for people to share this journey with. <BR> <BR> I'm Wiccan and it's nice to meet fellow Pagans here. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:53:20 EST hi! new to the group just an open minded girl here! Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:05:09 EST fear of sharing Maybe it's not fear, maybe it's uneasiness.. I get anxious when asked to share insight or provide services. If feel I need to protect myself from negative thoughts or energy. It is scary to imagine how someone might use the info I provide as I feel it could come back to me if they do ill harm. I don't "share" very well.. but it feels as though, if they are asking, and i'm the one they are lead to, then I must be the chosen messenger, so to speak.. how do you choose what to share and what to k... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:46:20 EST April Chat Getting a head start on April! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:28:14 EST Hello from PA! Hi there! It's so nice to see more pagan fitness groups showing up on here! I'd tried to find some on FB but didn't have much luck there, so I'm super happy to find some like minded people to share my journey with! <BR> <BR> I guess we're supposed to introduce ourselves here so... let's see. HAHA! <BR> <BR> I'm a nutritional sciences major at Penn State and working towards becoming a registered dietitian so I can help people live healthier lives through food and fitness. ^_^ I'm lovin... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:50:28 EST Protection Blessings Hey guys. So here's the situation in a nutshell. My uncle's ex wife is a black witch. She does very dark stuff and she's currently attacking his younger kids magically. I am going to do a refresh of my protection spell on them later on tonight when I'm back home from work and everything, but I would like to ask that anyone who is willing to do so, to add my uncle and his wife and kids into any castings or any meditations you might do to aid in their protection from her and her nearly constant... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:31:30 EST Ostara and Beltane Ok, sorry all, I missed the first of the "spring" festivals - Imbolc. We're rapidly coming up on the other two, though, Ostara (March 30) and Beltane (May 1). Do you celebrate one or both? How? <BR> <BR> These holidays (holy days) celebrate new birth, new beginnings, fertility and light! What are you going to carry forward with you into the "new"? <BR> <BR> Get your intentions out there just as though this was the beginning of the calendar year! What an auspicious time to drag out those Ne... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:38:20 EST What Does Crone Mean to You? Hello, Wse Wiccans and Passionate Pagans. <BR> <BR> I'm approaching 50 in a month or so and looking to incorporate positive descriptions of Crone and Crones in my celebrations. <BR> <BR> Who has a description, themes or just thoughts about all the wonderful things that Crones are and why we should appreciate approaching crone-hood instead of fearing it as society tells us? <BR> <BR> Thanks, all! <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:36:09 EST March Madness Nothing to do with basketball - just thought we might all be going a little stir crazy with the winter miseries. Spring will come this month - three cheers! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 02:19:04 EST hello MM, everyone! <BR> I used to be a member of spark a few years ago, and reached my goal back then. Now I'm back to get rid of the weight that couldn't stay away. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:05:55 EST hello all Just starting back with Sparkpeople and looking for some like-minded individuals. <BR> <BR> so HI!!!! <BR> <BR> I've got about 50 lbs to lose, plus a ton of muscle to gain. Hoping to get back to my pre-pregnancy size (and that was seven years ago!) Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:04:47 EST Hello from West Tn I'm Eva, a 35 year old SAHM of on 7 year old daughter. I've been married to my DH for 10 years. I've been on Spark for almost 5 years now. I'm currently in maintenance. My 3 year anniversary is coming up in June. I'm from West Tn, about 100 miles east of Memphis. <BR> <BR> I found my path about 20 years now. I'm an electric Pagan with current leaning toward the Celtic pantheons. I prefer sun goddesses. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:48:58 EST HI Yall Hi EveryOne, <BR> <BR> Im the new chick on the block here so let me introduce myself! <BR> <BR> I am very unique and friendly love making friends here. <BR> Im new to paganism I used to be Christian but just got fed up getting attacked spiritually from other Christians while in church and outside of church. <BR> I decided enough was enough once I reached an unbelievable and shocking weight and now im wanting to fight back and get back to a healthier weight for myself. <BR> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:23:27 EST February Free-Flying Evon, I know you have been busy and it was getting late, so I took the liberty of starting the next thread. If you want to do something different, please just go ahead - thump me upside the head, and I will transfer over. <BR> <BR> My day was quiet. I spent most of the time working on my family trees on I am making one tree for my adoptive family and one for my biological family. I have information on my mother's side of this latter one and hope that in working with Ancestry I ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:46:50 EST Blessings from the PNW Blessings of the day! <BR> <BR> Found this site at 2 am when feeling a bit low. I'm visualizing the Fool card this morning and feeling a bit nervous as I step on the path.... yet again. <BR> <BR> Looking to rethink the terms "success" and "failure" and honor the Wheel. You feel me? <BR> <BR> Very pro-size acceptance and believe that beauty happens at any size. This always makes it tricksy when dabbling in weight-loss focused sites. <BR> <BR> I'm Jewish by tribe identity, primal/earth-bas... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:08:32 EST Off-Beat Books That May Interest Others Recently I mentioned some books I have been reading, and I even started discussing one. I will be going back to that soon. Meanwhile, here is some of my other reading that might be of interest - or not. This first one is an oldie I happened to come across. <BR> _____________________________________ <BR> <BR> My reading has been somewhat of a mish-mash of subjects lately. Some of it has been astrological research. The rest of it consists of books to which I have been “drawn” to. Several weeks... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:40:50 EST Forgotten & Alone Exercise Equipment C'mon folks, admit it - we all buy exercise equipment with the intention to use it, and it gets relegated to the back of a closet, the basement, the garage. List the exercise equipment you own - and also include skills you possess from classes or training like Yoga or Tai Chi or something. I can't believe how much equipment I have I don't use. THEN, at the end, choose one piece of equipment and make a promise (to yourself) to use that one item twice a week for the month of January. <BR> <... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:29:19 EST bright blessings Am trying to get out of the solitary habit, but its hard. This seems to be an active and involved group, and that's what I need if this part of my journey is going to go well. My path is strongly Druidic. I garden, preserve, knit, and work from home. mid-60's with some arthritis becoming an issue, and of course, a bit of obesity. Have the lingering effects from a bout with Bell's Palsy and have Hashimoto's disease, which is a fancy way of saying auto immune thyroiditis. For me, its gluten ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 20:13:51 EST Hello from Coombs BC Canada I just wanted to say hello. I am from the wet coast of canada. Started my journey here last year but then like always stopped after a few months. But now im back and ready to give it another go. Nice to find like minded people. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:53:18 EST MM, BB and all that Hi, I am Gabriel, and live in Texas. I've been using SP for a pretty long while and when I actually use it diligently, I seem to be able to reset my body... for a while. Still, with each attempt I hope I can stick with it. <BR> <BR> This time I have cut out drinking, and with the Lord and Lady's help, I'll be back to the ethereal waif I was in my early twenties, when I lived on borrowed ramen (which incidentally, is not a weight loss food when availability is assured). <BR> <BR> My persona... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:41:02 EST Merry Meet and Happy New Year My name is Stephanie and I am 40 years old I am a Pisces and I live in Wisconsin with my boyfriend of 15 years and our 3 fur (dogs) babies. I have decided that I want to reinvent myself in 2016 and finally commit myself spiritually to the Gods and Goddess' and discover all that nature and life has to offer and teach. Along with all that I despirately need to lose weight for health issues and just to feel like a better person. I am willing to share much more about myself and an open to leaning... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:01:11 EST January Jazz I know, jumping the gun just a little -- but I thought I'd start this just in case I forget to login tomorrow. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:04:42 EST Merry Meet 2016 Merry Meet and blessed be. I'm a 50-something wife, mother, &amp; grandmother. I'm a yoyo and though I lose weight, I gain back even more. I am now at the highest weight I've been at, my post-pregnancy weight 1990 &amp; 1992. My health is declining, arthritis is making exercise more difficult, &amp; IBS/ belly issues are increasing. I'm looking at 2016 as a clean slate, time to defeat and accomplish. Moira Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:01:29 EST Women's shape and power There are a lot of places to go with a discussion on women's empowerment and body image issues, but I suppose it makes sense to start with asking what you know and think already on the subject, what resources you might recommend for folks who struggle with body image/the social construct of patriarchal beauty standards (Carol recommended Shakti Woman -- is it the one by Vicki Noble, Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World: The New Female Shamanism? looks super interesting, I will see if I can get... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:18:54 EST warm greetings from across the ocean ...or what I assume is across the ocean for most :) <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Vera and I'm getting started again here on Spark, winding down a somewhat familiar path of seeking health and wellness (at least this beginning part of the path is fairly familiar -- I have yet to ever go very far with it). I am a newlywed planning a wedding (we got married in the US in a courthouse last summer, and next January 2017 we'll do it up right with family and friends where he's from in Chile) and hopefull... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 03:51:05 EST Yule Fanfares This came from my first husband, who is a Wicca high priest. He attributes it to a lady named Susan Cooper. <BR> _____________________________ <BR> <BR> So the shortest day came, and the year died, <BR> And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world <BR> Came people singing, dancing, to drive the dark away. <BR> They lighted candles in the winter trees; <BR> They hung their homes with evergreens; <BR> They burned beseeching fires all night long <BR> To keep the year alive. <BR> An... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:08:25 EST December discussions I know, I'm a day early, but this way it will be here and ready to go first thing in the morning! <BR> <BR> I'm so sorry you have colds, Carol and Tiffany, I hope they clear up and get better soon! <BR> <BR> --Evon Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:02:59 EST Group Reading for Thanksgiving 2015 Group Soul Lessons as we approach Thanksgiving 2015 <BR> <BR> What Lesson Will Be Prominent for me? LOVE <BR> I commit to the practice of seeing the good in all things. <BR> You are love. It is your inherent vibration. The obstacles and challenges of the physical dimension attempt to trick you into thinking that there are other ways to view life—but there is only one way that is natural to your being: love. This card simply reminds you that your soul is made of Spirit’s pure Divine vibratio... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:35:18 EST November Connections Hope everyone had a blessed Samhain! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:58:27 EST Hello Hello my name is Lisa & my spark people user name is Tkrystina(Toni Krystina). I like learning about all kinds of new things so I thought I would join this team. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:46:48 EST October Chat thread Looking forward to Samhain! I'll be creating another post like the one I did for Mabon - anything in particular you'd like to learn about Samhain? <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:34:26 EST Blessed Mabon/Ostara Blessed Mabon to all of you up here in the Northern Hemisphere and to you down South, Blessed Ostara! As the Wheel turns I hope you progress further on your journey to health and well-being and abundance. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:12:43 EST September 29 Virtual Prayer/Ri tual/Work for Peace September 29th is the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel and All Holy Angels in the Western Churches. It is also the mystery of Harvest Home, a folk festival centered on the life-cycle of our crops and the promise of the Eternal Return. <BR> <BR> I invite people to join the Work from 12AM to 1159PM on Michaelmas with an especial focus upon: the safety and prosperity of our respective nations, the protection of the innocent, and the binding and bringing to justice of Daesh and all their il... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:01:51 EST Hello! I'm so glad I found this group! My name is Dae, I live in western MA. I'm always looking to make friends with like-minded people. I have a fairly large amount of weight to lose and I often find that I start strong and become discouraged. I'm sure I'm not alone in this at all! If anyone else is looking for support, I'm happy to help too. Maybe even buddy up with some people. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, feel free to friend me and/or message and say hi. I look forward to getting to know everyone! Sat, 5 Sep 2015 16:37:03 EST September Musings Welcome to September everyone and preparations for the turning of the wheel from summer to autumn! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:00:12 EST Drink 56 oz of water or other 0 cal liquid daily Did you get yours in today? Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:30:30 EST Hello! Hello <BR> years ago I joined this site, completely forgot about it, and then came back a few nights ago. <BR> <BR> I used to be in shape, I worked in the woods, was a wild land firefighter, and hiked in the mountains on my days off. About 3 years ago I got sick....long story...but 15 months ago I was diagnosed (finally!) with Lyme disease. Lyme has made it so I can not even walk around my neighborhood anymore. I have gained about a pound a month since I left Forestry, 2 1\2 years ago. I rea... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:11:47 EST Merry meet! Hello! My name is Mina. I'm in my late 30s, married, have a dog & cat, a bunch of chickens, and will soon have some other farm animals. I'm Wiccan with a focus on worshiping Hestia. I have previously been a High Priestess of a coven and leader of the local (well - it was local before I moved) Pagan meetup. I burned out, badly, there, and it's been over a year since I've worshiped with other people. I miss it (and do miss my former covenmates dreadfully), but I'm definitely not ready for... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:49:42 EST Glad to be aboard Hi everyone! I'm Deb and I'm an eclectic Pantheist. I've been down a lot of pagan paths, but being such a nature lover, this path fits me best. I want to start back with my green witchcraft, but all my books got stolen the last place I lived, so I'm starting from zero. Any help will be appreciated. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:24:47 EST locations... Is anyone in Florida? Maybe near Tampa?I'm not in Tampa, but it might be nice if we could have some sort of meet up and walk a 5k or something. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 01:17:52 EST blessed be Hi. My name is Stephanie, I have over 100pounds to loose. I would love to make some new friends who have similar interests and I'm glad there is a group like this on sparkpeople. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 01:08:36 EST Things that should NOT be on your bucket list Swimming with the sharks off the coast of Australia - without a cage. <BR> <BR> What do you think should NOT be on YOUR bucket list? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:14:44 EST new team member from AZ been sparking for years now. just recently started loosing weight so thats awesome. i try to live a balanced, health conscious life. would like to meet some like minded people. <BR> peace Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:13:36 EST August Coffee Klatsch Oops, I fell down this month, kids. I should have had this up two days ago. Sorry! <BR> <BR> Here's a wonderful article on active meditation. I don't know about you, but I'm always trying to increase my opportunities to meditate. I know I need to do it daily but I'm good if I get it in once a week <em>39</em> . I think I'll give this a try on my daily walks! <BR> <BR> This is featured on the splash page today, so you may have seen it, but for those of you who get here later (after ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:41:43 EST Do you cast? What form do your spells take? While I fully believe that intention and effort are the best indicators of whether a spell will work or not, I do NOT believe that complexity and an excessive amount of physical props count toward that. <BR> <BR> Most of my spells are more what I call "meditations". In a typical spell I will use an appropriately colored candle, anoint it with an appropriate oil for what I'm asking and often write down my request on a piece of paper (or, if it's short, carve it into the candle with my atha... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:29:34 EST How do you celebrate Lammas / Lughnasadh Generally celebrated around August 1st, Lammas is the time of year when we recognize that although we are currently in a time of plenty (early harvests create a feeling of abundance) the leaner months of winter are just around the corner. This is a time of both gratitude for what we have and planning for what’s to come. This is the perfect time to get your house in order, both figuratively and literally!! <BR> <BR> Before mass produced goods could be bought at the store at any time of year... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:24 EST In need of magical workings advice.... As I've stated I'm new to the path and don't know anyone who follows this path outside of here. I'm needing either a spell or herbs that will help my husband sleep. He has sever sleep issues and only gets maybe 8 hours of sleep a week. He has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. He also has anxiety which may be effecting his sleep, so anything that will help with that would also be great. It just can't show up as an illegal substance due to his line of work. I was also wondering about a... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:04:19 EST Hello to everyone I'm a newbie to path of wicca. I've always been drawn to it and have always felt like it was the right way for me. I am a solitary eclectic practioner, but I would love to build a network for sharing knowledge and help if I have questions. I've been on sparkpeople since 2012 and have been over weight since I was 13. I'm now 29. I want this time to be different. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 07:13:53 EST Hi from Mississippi! Hi! My name is Dawn and I am new around here. I'm currently studying Wicca so I hope that it's okay that I'm here. <BR> <BR> I am 31 years old, I've been married almost 11 years, and we have 2 kids. My son is 8 and my daughter will be 9 months old on Monday. I had gestational diabetes with her and now I have MRSA, a nasty staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know y'all and I welcome questions. <BR> <BR> Blessed Be, <BR> Dawn Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:06:48 EST July Chat Room Welcome to July! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:28:28 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:39 EST Looking for New Team Leader or Leaders I became team leader years ago and I think it time to find fresh mind/s. IF you are interested in being team leader or sharing co-responsibility please let me know. <BR> <BR> Brightest blessings and warm hugs. ~ Lin Wed, 3 Jun 2015 18:50:22 EST Anyone interested in a monthly discussion board? I've seen it in other groups where they'll have a monthly discussion board that anyone can come in and participate - there's no single set topic and it really seemed to encourage interaction and personal relationships. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:24:33 EST So mote it be Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I had gastric sleeve surgery in November and I'm working toward a 200 lb. loss. I've gotten rid of 112 so far. I was quite active in the Gastric Sleeve forum until it turned VERY religious and they found out I'm not Christian. Suddenly I was persona non grata. Not that anyone directly said anything, but general questions, comments or observations that I asked / made were suddenly ignored and every single day the discussion was about church, Christian celebrations, sacra... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:26:59 EST Hi I was just digging around on SP looking for some new (to me) teams. I'm an "Eclectic" Celtic pagan, I've been on my path since '97 (ish). I'm a mom of 2 and a silver/copper smith. I also have way too strong of an addiction to coffee and chocolate. Wed, 13 May 2015 20:20:35 EST Hello Seems the last time I was regularly on Spark People was in 2013. I have completed a few other goals in the meantime and am now ready to put my time and effort into this one. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:32:45 EST Hi Everyone! Greetings, everyone! I am also rejoining SparkPeople after a few years, and I am really looking forward to the new journey! Hope everyone has a great weekend, and blessed be! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:50:30 EST Hello Hi everyone! I joined SP a few years ago, but then kinda forgot about it. So, now I am back for a second shot at this healthy living thing... lol. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:21:42 EST Returning SP member I was an active SP member a couple of years ago and wandered away for some reason. I'm back and re-focused on my health and weight loss goals. I can't remember my old account info, so I'm slowly rebuilding and relearning how to use the site. It's good to be back. :) Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:39:29 EST Hello I didn't know SP had this forum. Glad I found it. I'm not a witch, wiccan, or heathen (though some of my friends may disagree). Pagan is more like it. <BR> I have had the battle of weight since the age of 14. Highest weight 287, today 172. <BR> My belief I don't need ten commandments to tell me how to live. We should treat humans, animals, earth and spirit in a good and honest manner. I have grown very against organized religion and have decided to practiced what I have believed all along. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 07:59:35 EST Merry Meet Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group, not new to spark. I just am back to the beginning weight wise after grad school and depression kicked my butt. I'm back to taking like daily and appreciating what I have not what I'm missing. Trying to get out of where I live so I can appreciate more. <BR> <BR> Blessed be! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:37:16 EST Hello Everyone! I am a new member to this group! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:23:27 EST Hi, again! Hi, sorry I've been MIA. Just busy with my Avon business and getting used to not going out to a job. Just feeling blah with the winter weather too, need some green in my life, trees, etc. <BR> We are working towards moving to Vancouver Island, can anyone suggest a spell, meditation, etc to help us get there faster. Thank you. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:06:19 EST Blessed bee Hi, the blessed bee is a bit of an insider joke, but I'm sure you all here can understand :) I'm Amaranth, an eclectic Faerie Wiccan (somewhat) who also has connections to the Unitarians. I helped with the CUUPS group in california when I still lived there, but now that I moved to Oregon my health and full time job don't leave me enough time to really do much apart from keeping house and working. <BR> <BR> I do hope I can get back to spending more time on spirituality, because that has been... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:52:26 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:23 EST Healthy Lifestyle Goals for Witchy New Year? Does anyone have any particular health goals for the new witch's year? <BR> <BR> I'm toying with the idea of giving up one of my current weaknesses: Fast Food. How I'll define fast food is still a mystery to me, but I'm sure i'll figure it out. <BR> <BR> Maybe another would be to focus more at work instead of playing online so I can go home and do online stuff and write for NaNo, and be 100% focused on what I'm supposed to be doing when. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share goals. Every da... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:42:55 EST I'm also a returning member! Hello, again, I'm Jessi and have joined SP and this team multiple times. I'm back again to try and track because I've gotten into running recently and need to be able to better track where my calories are coming from and how I can eat more efficiently. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to check out my page for more details on me and my personal goals! :-) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good day!! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:37:48 EST Hurt my knee, too broke for the doc - Halp? =[ So, I hurt my knee a little (?) and I need to stay out of the doctor's office if it's not serious. Was wondering if this sounded familiar to anyone- <BR> <BR> Pain on the inner side of right knee <BR> NOT swollen, NOT tender to the touch, NOT bruised. <BR> Hurts to bend, and only very slightly to unbend <BR> Stiffens when held in the same position for very long <BR> <BR> Though it might be an MCL tear, but this is day two, and there's no tenderness to the touch or swelling. <BR> <BR> I'd l... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:59:13 EST Yo! So, I'm new. XD Big surprize there huh? Feel free to just call me Storm. ^^ Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:48:31 EST Good Evening Hi All, <BR> This is my second time around on SP. I lost my last account and have had to start all over again. I'm a 52 year old Canadian who lives half my year in Texas and half in Nova Scotia. I have a saucy cat named Widdershins, a wonderful traveling hubby and three grown children. Bright blessings to all. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:04:40 EST Lammas Greetings Wishing you all a blessed Lammas! I have wheat for my altar which I will clean and arrange today. What are you doing for this holiday? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:28:37 EST Greetings from an eclectic pagan Greetings and well met. <BR> <BR> I'm a mid-40s, married mother of one adult child. I've been pagan for over 20 years beginning with Eclectic Wicca. I just moved onto a 3 acre lot (from a dinky little apartment) so I'm interested in learning gardening and expanding herbal knowledge at this time. I'm also interested in reconnecting with some of my other interests, Tarot, Astrology, Spellcrafting, Gems and Crystals, etc. <BR> Those interested, my western astrology birth sign is Cancer sun, Vi... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:04:27 EST Hello! I used to be a member of this team, and then I left. <BR> <BR> It had nothing to do with the team. I think back about how deeply in the closet I was and how much self-esteem I was lacking and it makes me a little sad. Over the past year I've started to embrace my identity as a healer and it has helped me get in touch with my faith again. I feel like I'm ready to be open about it. Hiding it for 12 years took it's toll and I've just realized how unnecessary that was. <BR> <BR> So I'm back, an... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:58:09 EST New to Sparkpeople and Wicca Hi everyone! My name is Pippa, I'm 27 and from the UK. I'm new to Sparkpeople and very recently have decided to follow the Wiccan Path. I've always had an interest in nature and the basic elements and I feel like Wicca is the belief system that is best for me. So far, I have one book that I'm reading (Wicca for beginners by Thea Sabin) but any other recommendations would be very welcome. But also, drop on by and say hi on my Sparkpage! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:58:23 EST Merry Meet - Intro Merry Meet! <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SP for quite a while, but inactive. Signed up for this and mfp about the same time. Preferred SP but couple of girls from work were on mfp so I focused my energy there. They have since stopped logging, and I got unfocused and gained most all of my weight back. Decided to give this a try and am really enjoying it so far. My last trip around on SP I was in a different place, and on a different path - but it wasn't my own. <BR> <BR> I decide... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:43:50 EST Need some help, does anyone have this book? Recently bought 'A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs' by Hug in the Bard. I didn't realize until today that it's supposed to come with a CD, which my copy didn't have anymore. The pitfalls of buying used. <BR> Does anyone have this book? If so, is anyone willing to send me a burned copy or a flash drive or something with the music? Thu, 1 May 2014 09:06:05 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself really quick to you all! I've been on SP for about 8 months, but have been unmotivated since December. I've been making small commitments since about March, and last night officially re-dedicated myself to losing weight! (Taurus new moon seems like a good time!) <BR> <BR> Idunn is my patroness. She came to me when I knew nothing (NOTHING!) about the Norse pantheon, and I've since embraced them completely. The changes in my life since doing so have been amazing... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:53:20 EST Returning Member Hello! I hope everyone is having an amazing day. My name is Celeste and I reside in WA state. I believe this is the 4th time that I have returned to SparkPeople. The good news is, so far, it's sticking! Now that I am on the path to success, I am ready to reach out and enjoy being part of the Spark Teams again. <BR> <BR> I have been on the Celtic Pagan path for 3-4 years now, on the Pagan path for 11. My Matron is the Morrigan and I can safely say that She has been a blessing on this path to ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:00:54 EST 100 Happy Days Challenge Can you post a picture of something that makes you happy every day for 100 days? Find out more at: <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:58:22 EST Share a link to your fave Pagan page What are a few of your favorite Pagan blogs, websites, or pages from Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.? Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:47:56 EST Hello! My name is Jess and I'm a 28 year old grad student in school for Oriental Medicine. I joined sparkpeople because I want to stay healthy and be a good example for my future patients (and my current clients - I'm currently a massage therapist). <BR> <BR> I don't really know what else to put here because my life is school and work. So yeah, hello! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:41:23 EST Hi! *waving* I'm -here again- at Sparkpeople used it for a bit before I got re-married 3 years ago and now that another life change is upon me I'm back. Starting out slow: tracking food only for now, recently we (as a whole family -hubby, 4 boys and myself-) have become vegetarian with the goal of a full Vegan diet. Largely a decision made due to our shift in spiritual path over the past few years, at Samhain we completed our 1st year of following the wheel. Living and Learning more everyday... <BR> Sara... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:05:12 EST New to team, new to lifestyle. Hello all, my name is Ky. I'm rejoining spark after years of being away. Am relatively new to living as a Pagan witch, and would love to meet make new friends that have some of the same beliefs I do. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:59:37 EST Imbolc I've never been a particularly good "practitioner." However, part of the plan this year is to work on that. <BR> <BR> So I thought, with Imbolc coming up, I would ask everyone how/if you celebrate each Sabbat, and which one(s) is most important to you (if any)? <BR> <BR> I am hoping we can all learn and grow from hearing others' stories :) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:30:07 EST New to the group :) Good morning All! <BR> <BR> I have been a member of Spark for years. I have lost, gained, lost, gained, lost, gained... you get the point. I am trying to get my mind, body, and soul into a better place, and have decided this is the year to do it. <BR> <BR> I do not see much activity around here, but I am hoping to pull some of you out of your hiding spots and join me on this journey. <BR> <BR> Blessed Be! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:39:43 EST Merry Meet Again <BR> I'm back. I lost 175 pounds with the help of SparkPeople, but managed to gain 40 pounds this year. This time, I'm going to continue to use SP after I reach my goal. I'm looking forward to getting back on track and connecting with new people. <BR> <BR> I'm a 47yo happily married woman. (Tomorrow - December 24th - is my 22nd wedding anniversary!) I enjoy spending time in nature, yoga and reading. I've been a witch for about 25 years and lead a very active life in the local Pagan communit... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 07:58:26 EST Dream Question I have a question for anybody who's more well-versed in dreams than I am. Most of my dreams are nightmares and are pretty cut and dried, but last night's dream was different. Mostly because it wasn't a nightmare at all. I'm not quite sure what it was, but it's just really sticking with me. I dreamed last night that I was in a wheel chair. I guess I had just had surgery on my feet or something. I'm not sure, but I could use them and I was in that chair. I was in this, I guess it was a p... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:08:30 EST Bright Blessings! )O( Hello, everyone! I thought it was time for me to poke Groups and see if I could find any friends. I'd be thrilled to meet people here from Indiana, feel free to drop me a line if you want to chat. <BR> <BR> I've been practicing a little of this and little of that for about fifteen years, currently favoring Norse and Celtic traditions. I honestly have never spent much time talking other pagans, so I don't know what else is within tact to say in introduction ... ? But like I said, I'd love to ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:46:09 EST Merry meet everyone! :) Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I am a solitary Jewitch. I am at a new place in my life and so this feels like a good time to finally win this battle with my weight that has been ongoing for years now. I am (somewhat) new to this site, so I am a bit confused and am still trying to find my way. <BR> <BR> Although I am a bit new to Wicca, I love it so far and the peace and beauty it has been bringing to my life. <BR> <BR> Well, that's my story for now, so good luck everyone! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:02:19 EST What kind of Witch are you..... You are a Water Witch! The Material Element of Water is at your command. You are always calm, cool, and collected, and are sometimes stoic to the point of being cold and heartless. We know this is untrue as you actually feel more than most other people. You try to go with the flow as much as possible, but you stand up for yourself when you know you have to. Hard to tick off, you rarely use your full power, but when you do, you give the term "Ice Queen" a whole new meaning. <BR> Common Powers:... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:34:50 EST Merry meet~ Hello~ I happened to see this sparkteam while searching, and figured it would be a good place to start. I find comfort in the Egyptian and some Native American type beliefs. My Goddess is Sekhmet, and I also keep Anubis and Bastet close. In reference to the Native American portion, I keep Wolf and Dragonfly in mind. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the many things I am sure I can learn from this team. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:58:15 EST Merry Meet Hello everyone! I consider myself a solitary witch with a wide range of beliefs. Like many here I find that I draw beliefs from many places. According to the question "What pagan path do you follow" I am primarily Wiccan, Druid and Shaman. 2 out of the 3 I have a working knowledge of, only recently gained. For a long time, I never really researched it, just believed what felt right. Now, I'm digging deeper into it all, and reaching out to explore the possibilities. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 13:46:43 EST Starting Over..AGAIN Hello everyone, I was previously PinkHollywood but felt I really needed a fresh start...*poof* new me. I am eager to refriend people so please visit my page. <BR> On non diet news, I made bread for the first time in almost 15 years for Lammas recently. It was the perfect thing to do for me. I am a solitary practitioner at this time. I dont really know what to say right now, so Im going to end this post. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:33:21 EST I'm Back Hello, This is Bobbie and I know I have not been on had to get a new computer it's about time I missed being on here. I wish you all the good blessing <em>213</em> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:30:47 EST Asatru I am Asatru through and through.. LOL Thought I would create this for folks who want to chat or ask questions and the such.. LOL Tue, 9 Jul 2013 01:42:45 EST New guy, Oh and Asatru. lol Hi, my name is Bill. I just moved to the Hanford CA area. I'm really looking forward to this thing. LOL. I want to lose 115 lbs or more. Um...I really don't know what to write here, I'm not very good at this kind of thing. I would like to meet local people around here to do things with like walking and hiking, I'm not quite at running yet. I would like to become active in this group being that I am an ESFJ Guardian-Protector (cool if you got it!) I'm a really easy going type of guy, I wear my... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 01:33:46 EST hello again Merry Meet everyone. My name is Stephanie and I'm an on and off again sparkie mostly due to my overeating disorder and feeling ashamed. I came very close to my goal weight last year then gained it all back pretty quickly. But I am here again and I'm happy to meet all of you. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:36:39 EST Greetings to all I joined SparkPeople less than a week ago, so I am still stumbling around, trying to find my way around all the links. Sort of like a road trip. I was pleasantly surprised to find this team. I have been officially Wiccan for 9 years, although before that I never did feel that I "fit in " with the Christian world. I am single, live with my son, five cats and two dogs. Fortunate to have a job I love and decided that since I am in the crone of my life circle it was time to shape up and make some... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:30:05 EST Intro I am new to Spark and new to this board. Thank you for welcoming me. Mon, 20 May 2013 12:34:40 EST Greetings from a Newbie Hi, <BR> I’m new to SparkPeople and very happy to have found this group! I’m German, but have lived in England for over ten years. <BR> Spiritually, I see myself as a heathen and I’m very much drawn to Germanic heathenism, but also to Goddess worship and looking to combine both. I’m trying to find my own path and looking forward to meeting some kindred spirits here. <BR> Thanks for reading! <BR> Wed, 15 May 2013 05:16:59 EST Attaining Magical supplies The Mister and I just returned from a road trip where we mapped out a bunch of magical shops to visit. I loaded up on herbs from one store because the prices were simply amazing. Back in the car afterwards he remarked that he preferred getting things from shops that had a "spark", places in which the shopkeepers were practitioners themselves because he feels that the items are kind of pre-charged and more ready to work with. I, on the other hand, really like to buy things from a shop that is ... Mon, 6 May 2013 15:25:56 EST Strange experience yesterday I've recently re-kindled my practices and was invited to visit an occult store yesterday by a friend. I should have known something was up when when he said that we might just be walking in and right back out. Upon walking in my arms began to tremble and I felt sticky. My friend kept asking me over and over if I was OK and even though I felt strange I kept reassuring him because I was curious. This store has several rooms along its sides curtained off for private readings (kind of reminded me... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:09:30 EST Newbie to this Team Hello to everyone. I am here looking for support, encouragement, and inspiration. I will give it as much as receive from you all. Please visit my page and read my blog titled "Magic" to learn more abut my path. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:12:00 EST Party like Pagans With Beltane coming up, I am once again faced with the prospect of lots of goodies at the post ritual party. Cakes and ale during ritual isn't really a problem because it is just a bite and a sip but the potluck that follows is always a challenge. <BR> <BR> How do you deal with a situation with a lot of delicious food available? Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:35:05 EST Greetings everyone Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined this group and wanted to say hello. I've been on a pagan path for 40 years. I don't have a specific tradition; I'm more of a buffet pagan. I study and meditate and that is how I've developed my beliefs. You might say I'm in a revealed religion. <BR> <BR> Health-wise, I am on SP primarily to lose weight and just passed my half-way point of the 150 pounds I needed to lose. It has been going slowly but I can't blame anyone but myself; I'm not sticking to program... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:55:14 EST The Cauldron Here is a place to vent and chat. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, Brightest blessings and warm hugs. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:34:34 EST If you haven't seen it yet..... An interesting and different perspective on dieting and weight loss. <BR> I love the part about visualizing your body exactly how you want it. The more you visualize, the more you paint a picture for your subconscious mind, where anything is possible. Many Notable people claim that visualization was a key to their success. <BR> go to this link <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g </link> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:37:44 EST Blessed Ostara/Spring Equinox/ Hi everyone, just wondering how you and/or your family celebrate the 1st day of spring. <BR> Do you wait for Easter to do an egg hunt with your children? <BR> I love this Sabbat because it feels like I'm opening the page of a new book, that I'm the author of. I set my intentions for the rest of the year and visualize my dreams being "born" as everything starts coming to life. <em>451</em> <BR> Regardless I hope everyone has a blessed day and AWESOME start to a fruitful season. <BR> <em... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:44:59 EST Merry Meet Merry meet & Blessings <BR> I actually joined yesterday, but never got around to visiting my teams. So here I am now. <em>30</em> <BR> I have been married for 8 years. We have 2 children. We also have 7 cats & a guinea pig. I work in the produce department of a local grocery store. <BR> I actually had a friend refer me to Spark and so here I am. I liked what I saw and think it's gonna help me. My goal is to create a healthier lifestyle for me & my family. <BR> I am an eclectic pagan tha... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:34:25 EST Hello and Merry Meet!! Wow! Hello and Merry Meet! I am SO excited to see so many Wiccan, Pagans, Earth People on SP. Honestly I just took a gander when I typed "Witch" into the search, anyway Hello everyone. My name is Stacey I have ben with SP since Feb 3/13. I am a Canadian Mom and Family Child Care Provider/Early Childhood Educator III. My husband and I have been together for 11 years and our sons are 3 and 6 years old, we also have 2 beloved dogs. <BR> I have been trying for 7 years to lose weight and keep... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:24:31 EST Merry Meet! :) Merry Meet! <BR> <BR> My name is Talula and I am from NE Ohio. I am a Master Herbalist by trade specializing in not only herbs but homeopathy and holistic living as well. I own a consulting business and also make custom candles, soaps, and bath products. I’ve been a practicing witch for almost 20 years. I am very shy but try my best to push through that so I can meet new and interesting people like yourselves. I am here because I am doing an overall lifestyle change and weight is one of the ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:01:18 EST Hello! I'm restarting my weight loss journey as a pagan, slowly opening the door to the "broom closet". I've spent years denying my spirituality and guarding my beliefs, but I'm done with that nonsense now! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to meeting some like minded people here. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:16:28 EST Merry Meet everyone! I have to say that I was a little shocked to find this group! I am so excited to find a group of like minded people who also have fitness goals! I joined SparkPeople so I could train for the Rugged Maniac 5K and obstacle course. Let me know if you want to know more! <link> </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:26:03 EST Anyone going to Dundra-con? Debating on going, and if I do, I'll probably do some work there. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:38:43 EST How are you celebrating Imbolc? Just curious how everyone from all different paths and parts of the country are planning on celebrating Imbolc? Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:29:28 EST Hello once again! Well, I'm back! Long story short - I sort of fell off the weight loss wagon toward the end of last year. Now I'm back to give it another go. Same end goal in mind, just a different approach. Hopefully a more productive approach. <BR> <BR> Blessings to all! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:13:47 EST Merry Meet OMG I cannot believe we have a Pagan team here...Now I am so super excited =) My name is Christy and I am on a journey to get healthy and lose about 70 lbs Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:32:11 EST A fresh start While I joined ages ago, it was just a fad at the time. I've moved and put on a lot of weight since then. I'm 42. My daughter is in 8th grade. I was in the army for a bit over 9 years. I'm in the Pittsburgh area. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:14:05 EST Hello From Another Newbie..... So I have been searching for all types of teams trying to find my place in the corner of internet cyberspace since joining this site a few days ago; when all of the sudden it hit me. Surely "you can not be the only "pagan/witch/Wiccan" (depending on what you wish to call me) on this site - I thought to myself. So thus the such for others like me began and much to my joy and surprise I found two groups of seemly decent size but this one really called out to me. <BR> <BR> A bit about me ...... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:06:14 EST Hello Everyone Thanks so much for the very inviting welcome. My name is Jennifer and I am a 38 year old solitary pagan, who is single, lives in a small apartment, and does not own any cats, lol. I've struggled with my weight on and off for my entire life. It's just one of THOSE things. I am ready to release all this excess weight...a bit of a frightening prospect, but I'm really excited. <BR> <BR> I live in NYC, and hope to return to school and become a nurse someday. The thought of lugging these pounds ar... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:19:50 EST Gratitude for the Warm Welcome Sometimes, I might be too shy for my own I didn't introduce myself right away, but the warm welcome I received in response to my just appearing felt so yummy that it felt wrong not to show my appreciation. I think I like it here. <BR> <BR> What can I say about myself? I am the traveling, reading too much, drawing and making things sort. I'm 52 and an empty-nester, but I don't act my age. I was a single mom and have a grown up daughter who has always been my best friend. I... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:02:15 EST Happy Yule everyone hi happy Yule everyone!! May it be full of magical blessings <em>8</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:32:35 EST Kickin my own butt I started smoking again, quit my diet and exercising. I feel so horrible, its like I hit a wall, and everything fell apart. My desire and drive is no longer there. I have lost my spark. <em>46</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:45:05 EST What do you plan for weekends? My weekend went WAY too fast. My calorie count was well above target and my exercise minutes was well below. We had HS state football championship game (out of town) and my daughter's birthday. It was a really fun weekend, but not very healthy. Believe me I tried, but this weekend was all about my son & daughter. So, I'm regrouping today, good way to start a Monday, and getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I bought a new book this weekend about solitary witches and so far, it's very good.... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:00:53 EST Hi everyone I'm happy to be finally getting back on the weight loss wagon. Looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:40:30 EST New Day Spell New to Team <BR> <BR> A Morning Meditation <BR> <BR> Invoking: <BR> N - New Day Beginning <BR> E - Earthly Ways <BR> S - Solace in Spirit <BR> W - Wise Woman Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:34:42 EST Joy, Loss, and Samhain Sorry about disappearing for awhile, got caught up in the chaos that is life. <BR> <BR> Over the summer, my hubby and I went on a vacation (our son had Grandma stay with him while we were gone) and shortly after coming home, discovered that our little boy was going to be a big brother! But it was not meant to be, because in early October I caught the flu and unknowingly lost the baby...didn't find out until my 12-week check-up, 3 weeks later. <BR> <BR> The group ritual I was in for Samhain ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:14:29 EST My challenges I need to excercise everyday and my osteoarthritis is complaining, but I am doing it anyway. I love salt on my food, but I am not using it. Eating healthy is a challenge because we are having money problems and can't buy alot of fruit and vegetables. But I am motivated to cut back on some expenses so we can have healthy food. I am trying to quit smoking because the DR. is insisting because of my heart condition, I am having trouble here. But I do my best everyday. I think I need some good mo... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:28:47 EST hello everyone mm hi, I am looking for a active group. Hoping this is the right place. I am a Celtic Witch leaning on Druidsm/ Shamanism. Looking for a place to stimulate my studies, and awareness. Brightest Blessings all <BR> Debbie19584 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:40:18 EST Herbs and their Witchy Names Found this on another site and thought I would share with brothers and sisters. <BR> Merry Meet, <BR> <BR> One of the things you might notice when working with spells is they call for some different ingredients. For example, eye of newt, wool of bat, toe of frog. To some who happen across these spells it can help lend to some of the fear surrounding witches. However, none of these ingredients are literal. For example, if you see eye of newt in a spell, you are not going go out and get an act... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:42:03 EST Handfasting I am getting married in June of 2014 and was wondering if anybody knew someone in Colorado who would be willing and able to do a handfasting for a solitary witch? Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:12:07 EST Bright Blessings! Hello everyone! My name is Beth. I am a work from home mother of two. I have been happily married for 10 yrs and I have packed on the pounds. I literally am carrying a 2nd me and I am ready to be rid of her. My 5'1" frame just cannot take all this weight any longer. I live in the US in the state of Indiana. I am a solitary Wiccan who occasionally gathers with a few others for holy days. I have 150 lbs to lose, love using my slow cooker and planning healthy meals for my family. Feel f... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:36:43 EST Excuses, Justifications, and Reasons What is the diffrence between them and how do we fiqure it out? In the past I have often made a decision to do or not do something that affects my health. Should I eat this cookie? Should I go for a walk. We justify doing the bad and make excuses for not doing the good. One way we can help is by fighting excuses and justifications with reasons, but before we can do that we have to figure out how they are diffrent. My opinion is that "reasons" are suppose to reasonable. I should not wal... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:39:54 EST A quick intro Hi, My name is Amanda but I prefer Ember. I do not fallow a specific religion but do find that I am something of a pagan, shaman, buddist. I am very open to all religions. I am here on spark people to lead a healthier life. I have more infromation about myself and my goals on my spark page. I look forward to contributing what I can to this team, and to getting to you my fellow sparkers. <BR> <BR> Much blessings <BR> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 15:19:46 EST Who are you and what do you like? I saw this on another group and I thought it such a good idea, I carried it over to my other groups Blessed Be! Just copy and paste, delete my answers and insert your own! <BR> <BR> PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name ONLY? Lina (pronounced Leena) <BR> 2. Birthday? Feb 17 <BR> 3. Ideal weight? 110 <BR> <BR> <BR> FAVORITES <BR> <BR> 4. Beverage? Tea (I'm a typical English gal) <BR> 5. Fruit? That's a hard one since I like most fruit, probably grapes <BR> 6. Veggie? Peas and ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 03:19:58 EST Hi, new team member here. So, I've been using Spark for about a year and a half now. I only started using the social aspect in the last 6 months, and it really has been helpful. I don't blog but like the back and forth. I also go to OA meetings and have 6 months abstinent from compulsive overeating. I live in the Northeast of the US. I've recently rededicated to my spiritual path and decided I can never get too much support, so I should join some teams that I can relate to spiritually. I live alone with my kitty,... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:06:51 EST Hello new to SP and here. Morning I am new to this team and am so glad to see this area. I have believed in something different for almost all of my life. And it is good to see someplace to go. I am diabetic. overweight, fighting depression ( gets worst in the fall), and had open heart surgery in 2010. Oh and I am heading to 60 this January. Married, one son, two cats and three step grandchildren I think that sums it up for me. Not to leave out chronic pain everyday. I try to stay positive but find it hard once in... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:52:13 EST Hi I hope you don't mind me joining you. I'm just starting to learn about the old religions so don't know much yet. <BR> <BR> Been a yoyo dieter all my life. Decided when I was 47 to accept myself as a BBW but now at 53 I figure I need to lose a few pounds to protect my joints and bones so that I can lessen my risks in old age. I want to be fit and active to the end. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:49:54 EST Hello Just a quick intro. My name is Janet although I sometimes go by Wren online. Either one is fine. I'm a nurse currently working in long-term care. Married with 5 children ages ten through19. I've been signed up with SP for about two years, but just got back into it about a week ago. I don't identify entirely with any one path/tradition; more of an eclectic Pagan with Celtic and Native American leanings. Merry Meet :) <BR> <em>87</em> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:05:19 EST Hi Hi. Im a wiccan and new here. Would like to meet friends and get healthy. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:01:32 EST Wishing everyone a blessed Mabon I cannot believe it is that time or year already! How will everyone be celebrating? I will be going for a long run this morning and using it as an opportunity to meditate and reflect as well as stopping by "my tree." Then a day of cooking and baking and a quiet evening with the family. (Both girls will be home tonight. A rarity.) Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:28:13 EST Another new/old SP member here Hi all, <BR> I've been on SP for a long time but just recently came back "for real." Good to see an active Pagan group! I'm a cafeteria pagan, ha ha. Mostly a kitchen witch with buddhist leanings. <BR> <BR> I have around 40 lbs. to lose (35? Not sure, going scale-less this month). Would like to have another baby in the next few years but would prefer not to top out at 225 like I did with the first one! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:24:19 EST A New Hope... Hi there. Like many people I am not new to trying to lose weight. Over the years I've lost and gained more than I want remember. Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and realizing this must stop. I remember saying by the time I'm 30 I will be slim and feeling great. Instead I went deeper into depression and gained what I wanted to lose. Now closing in on my 40th birthday I have not changed in the way I wanted to. <BR> <BR> At this point in my life I am in a place mentally that feels wonde... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:36:46 EST Merry Meet I wanted to stop through and say hello to everyone. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:40:54 EST Angel Numbers I'm just curious if anyone else sees reoccurring numbers or Angel numbers as many people would call them such as 1111, 2222, 333 and so on. I see them all the time. I've been seeing the number 1111 for about 4 years now. It happens for several weeks and then it will switch to a different number. Just before my Mom died, I kept seeing the number 77 or 777. It happened for weeks. Then my Mom died on 7/7/12. After she passed we left the hospital and when I got into the car the time was 11:11. T... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 04:53:52 EST I would like to have more friends! Add me.... I invite you all to add me. I have been on spark for a while now and I only have about 5 friends. Add me please Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:25:42 EST New To the Team Hi Everyone...My name is Laurie and although I'm new to the team I'm not to SP. I love this site and all the support I've found here. I've been on a weight loss journey for more years than I can count. Back in May I finally seemed to be winning the Battle of the Bulge. I've lost nearly 40 pounds since January. But when my Mom died a couple of months ago I fell of my plan. Since then I've been struggling to get back on course. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone, making some new friends an... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:05:25 EST How is everyone? I am kind of over summer and sick of fires and smoke. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:00:28 EST Back from a Very Extended Vacation Hi, everyone. Sorry that I have not been around lately. I have been on an extended vacation to see my children, grandchildren and family. We RV'd it back to Michigan and then to Virginia. We spent 3 weeks with my youngest son and I got to see my mom and sister. It was my sister's birthday and we had a wonderful time at dinner with my mom, aunt and my cousins. It was great. We attended the Highland Games in Detroit. My husband is of Scottish heritage. This answers my leaning toward Ce... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:09:13 EST Back from a hectic few weeks Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been gone for awhile but I am back. I went to a conference in Orlando, Fl and while I was there I had two really bad things happen to me. First, I slipped in the shower at the hotel and hurt myself so I had to take it really easy. Second my FitBit quit working the same day and I didn't get a replacement for a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> After all this when I got home a couple of days ago the ADP deadlines have been pushed up again to the end of next week. I am ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:47:41 EST Greetings from Ottawa Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> I came back to this team after a time a way and some months through a dark night of the soul. I am now stronger for it. I have cleared out that which wasn't working, like my obsession with the scale and my feeling that even though I have practised and studied for 42 years everyone else in the Craft and the Pagan path knew more than me. That second part was blown away when I was approached to teach an Intro class and as I started to think about it and make notes I r... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 13:27:29 EST Returning after a hiatus ! Merry meet, <BR> I am Nicole or Nyx, I am 26yrs old, married and a mother of 2 small boys. I am currently in school to become an esthetician. I am Celtic based Solitary Wiccan. I have been wiccan since I was around 13. <BR> I used sparkpeople to lose 70lbs a few years ago. Last year I maintained for the most part then I started college and because I have 2 kids and was fulltime in school I let my diet get away from me. I gained my freshman 15. I started less then a month ago to get rid of i... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:03:32 EST Update on Grad School Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your suggestions and support. Today I had my second and last meeting with my temporary adviser. It went well and only lasted about 10 mins.I took everyone's suggestions and I remembered to ground before going to my meeting. The grounding made me so relaxed and able to take anything that was thrown at me. I don't think the adviser expected me to already have a clear understanding of the ADP and what I need to do. The adviser was surprised. I just have ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:59:23 EST im new here Hello Im new and I found this place ... im excited to be here but im nervous too... I dont want to fail... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:19:36 EST A Bit Overwhelmed Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> It has been a tough couple of weeks. First off I did lose a few pounds <em>104</em> However, these last few weeks are supper hectic. My semester ends next week and I am trying to figure out how I can get all my papers, discussions (hybrid summer class), group project, working out, and a finale test all due by various times next week without going crazy. Then balancing that with the stupid ADP they have me on which is suppose to help me with stress!!! It is creating m... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:13:39 EST Greetings. Hello, I'm Kitty. I am an American living in the UK. I'm new to SP, as well as your team. <BR> <BR> I'm a solo practitioner, as I like to follow my own path. I consider myself a natural Thelemite, though I am also influenced by the Sabbatic Craft Tradition. <BR> <BR> I'm an artist and I have a husband and a teenage son. I look forward to getting to know the group better. <BR> <BR> Love is the Law, love under will. <BR> <BR> Kitty Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:52:30 EST Another Merry Meet! Hi! <BR> <BR> I think I can say I found a team where I will feel at home! I joined a few days ago but have been reluctant to post because I didn't see a group where I felt comfy. I think this is it! <BR> <BR> I'm an eclectic witch who has practiced Wicca formally for 23 years and it seems like my whole life in one way or another. I'm very lucky to have been part of the same coven for 12 years and really enjoy being with my coven-mates. <BR> <BR> I'm 42, live with my fiancé (we're ge... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:50:21 EST New day, new commitment, and new friends Merry Meet to Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Emma and I moved back to IL in October of last year. I started being part of the spark community last year but a lot of life changing and stressful events occurred and well derailed my commitment to myself. I am 33 years old and 210 lbs. My goal is to lose 95 lbs. My ultimate goal weight is 115. <BR> <BR> A little bit about myself. I am currently a graduate student and I commute into the city quite often during the week. I have about an hour and ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:42:17 EST Merry Meet Hi everyone - I am excited to be here! I am new to SparkPeople and like most of you just trying to walk my path and be true to myself. I have 3 daughters and 2 Siberian Huskies who keep me busy! So glad to join this group. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 23:46:18 EST Wow, HI! I new I kept looking through the sparkteam lists for a reason! This is it! I am so excited about joining this sparkteam! <BR> My name is Jen, I'm 40, a mom of a 18 year old son, & engaged to a totally fabulous guy. I need to lose about 63 pounds to hit my goal of 145 lbs. I have already lost 21 lbs since I started this program in March of this year. I have empath abilities which have taken a toll on me over the years in the form of depression & emotional eating. I am working on separating m... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:18:26 EST Hi everyone I am back Hi all some know me by ShadowWolf some don't but I am back and starting strong. . Battle Creek Michigan here. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:53:26 EST Merry Meet from Missouri Im so glad I found this group, Im a witch hear me roar.. :) I don't live in the closet! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 01:24:41 EST I am back!! Again!!!! It seems as though my life was getting in the way of everything that I wanted to accomplish, school, weight loss, work. Something had to give. So, I talked to my husband and we worked it out so that I could quit work to concentrate on school. I have come too far and spent too much money to quit school now. Now I have the time to get back into the groove and start my exercise and meal program, and get school done. This is my focus now. We are also going to be doing some traveling over the... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:55:20 EST Greetings Kinfolk Greetings!!! <BR> <BR> I was so excited to find this group...being able to surround myself with those of like mind, both in liifestyle, beliefs and goals is a powerful tool indeed. <BR> <BR> My hubby and I are an integral part of our magickal community, offering many events including open rituals for Beltane and Samhain, a conference MYSTIC ROOTS CONFERENCE, drum circles, and a week long festival SPIRITS OF THE EARTH. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to loose weight most of my life, following ... Tue, 22 May 2012 13:33:51 EST Mushi Mushi, Holla, Gutentogg Hi! Hello my name is ALisa I live in the Cal. High Dessert. I am a Reclamation Artist. Have been a practicing Wicca for About 13 years. And have been struggling with my weight since I was 14. <BR> I have Adopted a new stratigy for takling my wieght. I was alway one to defiy the odds and eather going over, under, or through the hurdles in my life. It took me 24 years to figure out to use this mind set to me health and weight issues. I am a pretty positive person. And love life...Yes even the ... Sun, 13 May 2012 15:13:27 EST Merry Meet! I'm around SP for several months, more committed to the program since a few weeks. <BR> <BR> When I delivered a presentation about Wicca in university and in the end my co-students started to ask questions I found myself answering with "We do ... " - not "They do ...". That was definitely a hint. <BR> <BR> Wiccan themes are my companion, my solace and my joy for years. Maybe twenty years. I live in Moon, Sun, Earth and Nature rhythms. <BR> <BR> This morning I took that test on which path I... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 05:56:08 EST Life is Intruding, help! I am getting frustrated - I want to incorporate my beliefs, etc in every day life but am finding it tough. Life always gets in the way. I know this isn't all or nothing but I would like to weave my belief web through my everyday life. Any suggestions? Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:43:33 EST Merry Meet! hi ev1! i'm new to ur team. i am very interested in Wicca, altho i know hardly nothing. Only what little bit my son told me, before he disappeared. he does have 3-4 books on wicca & witches that i read when i have time. i hope to learn a lot from this team n make a lot of new friends! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:43:59 EST Merry Meet from Nova Scotia Hullo! I'm Crystal, 24 year old from Nova Scotia (which is in Canada, for anyone who cares to know). Still a bit of a newbie to SP, but I was pleased to see this team!~I'm Wiccan, though I don't consider myself a witch. But maybe that's just because I hate the way people around here mentally classify witches. Either a- pointy hat, warts and broom or b- ditzy new-age lesbian. (I live in a small province, what can I say). Truth be told I'm not very good at writing intros... But I'm a friendly g... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:49:29 EST Merry meet! I'm a witch and am so happy to see others here on Sparkpeople. Hope to meet new friends. :) Wed, 4 Apr 2012 21:50:58 EST feeling stuck in life Hi everyone....lately i feel stuck in life. i feel i need a good energy cleanse, along with a body cleanse. can anyone recommend something that will get the house cleaned energetically and get things moving in my life. everything around me is breaking, like lawn mower, eye glasses etc. i dont thing that this is random. i need some kind of ritual to change the energy around me. any suggestions is greatly appreciated. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 09:02:10 EST LIlydale Has anyone ever been to Lilydale? Its a spiritualist colony in NY state. They offer classes on mediumship etc and there are mediums you can consult. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 07:40:59 EST Intro from an Experienced Witch in NC! Hi All! I go by Solace Starchild in the Pagan community. I've been practicing witchcraft for 25 years. I practice old world witchery, folk magick, kundalini reiki and shamanism. I love eclectic ritual utilizing various traditions and pantheons. I'm into spiritual alchemy. I have been teaching witchcraft for the last six years, work as a witch, and run a store on Etsy called StarlightGrove where you can find the latest and greatest herbal concoctions, healing remedies, oils, incenses, an... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:21:17 EST Hello Hello everyone! My name is Jessica, I am a wife and proud mommy to two kitties in Iowa. I studdied Wicca for a while when I was a teenager and have now found my way back to it again. I am really looking forward to learing and losing with all of you! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:10:53 EST it's almost Ostara... ...and I finally made it here. I'm ready to get on track, and start getting healthy. I want to make a symbolic new beginning right before Ostara so I have a landmark to measure my success next year! Yeah, I'm being as optimistic as possible... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:59:24 EST asatru vs. norse wicca?? Hi guys! So, I'm just getting back into a daily spiritual practice after a long time. I used to practice a variety of Celtic Wicca (my own blend with some martial arts philosophy thrown in) but these days I really want to do something that connects more with my heritage. I'm Scandanavian, so that means the Norse Pantheon. I've been doing some research, and having a great time reading up on Norse mythology, but was wondering if anyone had any opinions on Asatru vs. Wicca using the Norse Gods. ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:05:30 EST A Little Help From My Friends Hey everyone! I am up for a new job - behavioral interview on Tuesday. I am going to prepare myself but could you send some good vibes. I want this job but haven't exactly done well with those types of interviews. I am going to do some candle spells and wish I could go kiss the blarney stone but don't think I can get to Ireland right now! <BR> <BR> Help please! Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:01:11 EST hello from Oregon! Hi everyone! I found the group today while browsing around on SP, it looks really fun! Lots of great posts to catch up on. Anyway, I'm Kari and I live in Portland, OR. I started practicing Wicca when I was in high school, but through the years I kinda slacked off, and studied other paths (and incorporated bits and pieces of several), and came back, and repeated the cycle, haha. I still observe the major holidays, and sometimes do a little kitchen witchery, but really miss having a steady prac... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 19:20:23 EST Merry Meet Hi! I'm Caroline, and this is my return to SP after about a 2 yr absence. I'm thrilled to have found this team. I'm new to Pagan and Wicca--thanks to my daughter. I'm almost 42 and am thrilled to have finally found a spiritual life that makes sense! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:09:15 EST Took So Long to Get to This I have been reviewing my life a bit and wonder if I was meant to get to this point of Wicca all along. It's taken 50 years but... <BR> <BR> As a kid I always questioned, still do. I, as many, was taken to church, Sunday School, etc but never felt I fit in. Even confirmation classes I questioned and the minister couldn't give me an answer. My dad and I argued about Sundays as I was growing up, I didn't want to go to church. As a grown up I have not gone to church much but know there is s... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 11:35:53 EST February 21st New Moon in Pisces This is a little late but I'd like to throw it out there anyway. <BR> <BR> In general, new moons are a time of new beginnings, change, rest, and banishing of negativity. The most recent new moon was this past Tuesday in Pisces. An interesting Pisces occurrence is that Neptune has returned to his home sign of Pisces and will remain there for the next 13 years. A stay this extended hasn't occurred in over 100 years. <BR> <BR> What new beginnings and changes have you dedicated yourself to duri... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:53:25 EST Newbie Hello, My name is Kelly and I am returning after trying WW, seem to hit a plateau. I need to re evaluate and let the light guide me. Time for some motivation, inspiration and determination. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:01:31 EST Merry Meet....again Merry Meet all <BR> <BR> I was here a few years ago but I kind of got away from striving for healthy weight loss and Wicca...just got lazy and also had a lot of other things I had to deal with. Now the Goddess has called me back and I need to get focused and serious. I am a solitary living in the mountains of S. California. Each day is a blessing and I revel in being in the forest. <BR> I hope I posted this in the correct place.. <BR> Blessed Be <BR> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:13:34 EST Touching the Earth Again, not sure where I found this, just sharing...hope you enjoy <BR> Blessings, Ruby <BR> <BR> Touching the Earth <BR> <BR> The Moon glows mystically in the star-scattered sky as a lone figure moves down a deserted beach. It stops, bends and grasps a gray stick washed up on the shore by the restless sea. Pushing its blunt end into the wet sand, the figure sketches a symbol. A wave crashes. The figure moves back, and just as the oncoming water sweeps over the symbol a gust of wind rises, b... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:58:03 EST Seven Meditation Helps and Hints Seven Meditation Helps and Hints <BR> <BR> I know that I sometimes have trouble meditating. When you experience the figurative brick wall with personal meditations, here are some hints to keep in your Book of Shadows and refer back to for help: <BR> <BR> 1. Add aromatics. Dab on some essential oil (sandalwood is ideal), burn incense, or whatever. Key the chosen aroma to the goal of the meditation. Refer to the list of plant correspondences or spell components for ideas. <BR> <BR> 2... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:45:17 EST PAGAN BILL OF RIGHTS PAGAN BILL OF RIGHTS <BR> <BR> ONE - Pagans shall have the same freedom to worship that is granted to <BR> followers of other religions. <BR> <BR> TWO - Pagans shall have the same respect of all elected officials who <BR> represent them that is afforded to followers of other religions. <BR> <BR> THREE - A Pagan parent's religion shall not be used as evidence for the <BR> purpose of deciding child custody issues. <BR> <BR> FOUR - Pagans shall be free to work without regard to their rel... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:19:11 EST Mojo and Charm Bags MOJO BAGS <BR> <BR> Filled with the Most Potent Herbs Mojo bags are cloth-string bags with <BR> powerful mixtures of herbs and amulets, carried on the person or hung in the <BR> home or business. <BR> <BR> LOVE ATTRACTION <BR> Red draw-string bag stuffed with Voodoo love herbs. Typical herbs include - <BR> Snakeroot, Job's tears, Lovage root, Cubeb berries, Adam and Eve, and many <BR> others. Anoint with Haitian Love, Come to Me or Balm of Gilead Oil <BR> <BR> MONEY ATTRACTION <BR> Green d... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:18:15 EST How to Make Your Magickal Powder How to Make Your Magickal Powder <BR> <BR> Properly prepared powders made from herbs and other chemicals or ingredients may be blown into the air, sprinkled on the body, cast about, or placed directly in someone's pathway. <BR> *note* Never ingest magickal powers and dry all herbs thoroughly before use. <BR> <BR> To prepare your own signature powder, you will need: <BR> Herbs* in the number of 3,7,9, or 11 <BR> Mortar and Pestle* <BR> Signature Ingredient such as glitter, silver powder, g... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:16:26 EST Inner Peace Charm Bag Inner Peace Charm Bag <BR> <BR> Fill with <BR> Bay <BR> Dragon's Blood <BR> Elder Flowers <BR> High John <BR> Rosemary <BR> Vervain <BR> Oak Leaf <BR> Holly Leaf or Berries <BR> Mistletoe <BR> <BR> Tie with blue thread and mark with your personal symbol in a purple cloth. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Blue: Primary spiritual color; for rituals to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and guidance. <BR> ~~~~~~ Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:14:24 EST How to Make a Robe Without Even Sewing How to Make a Robe Without Even Sewing <BR> <BR> If you can't thread a needle even if you're life depended on it, you can still make yourself a functional and practical ritual robe. The first thing you will need to do is to find out your body's length from the bottom of your neck to the knees or ankles (which ever you prefer.) This can be done one of two ways. <BR> 1. Have someone take a tape measurer and measure down your spinal column from the bottom of your neck (where that funny lump is... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:10:42 EST Balance and the Pentacle Balance and the Pentacle <BR> By Sierra SilverOwl <BR> <BR> One of the balances I do during the day is a pentacle balance, which is somewhat similar in nature to a cauldron meditation. <BR> If we are balance it is difficult to find the peace necessary to meditate or to work magick. <BR> Most of what I'm presenting here is what was taught to me by my High Priest. <BR> What is a pentacle? Is it the same thing as a pentagram? Not exactly. One wears a pentacle ring or necklace. One looks at ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:08:30 EST A Pagan Alphabet A Pagan Alphabet <BR> <BR> To learn your letters you must start <BR> With a clever mind and a willing heart <BR> Each one is special, just like you <BR> And you will learn them all <BR> by the time we are through! <BR> <BR> A is Athame, the knife that we use <BR> B is for Beltaine, when partners we choose <BR> C is for Circle where we all are one. <BR> D is for Deosil, path of the Sun. <BR> E is for Esbat, when we gather round <BR> F is for Fire and its crackling sound <BR> G is t... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:07:05 EST Creativity Spell I don't remember where I got this spell...sorry...but here it is ~smiles <BR> Blessings, Ruby <BR> <BR> Salt <BR> small pot of earth <BR> olive oil <BR> bowl of water <BR> yellow candle <BR> green candle <BR> handful of pinto beans, <BR> flowers, or other easily <BR> sprouting seeds. <BR> 1-2 fertilizer sticks <BR> <BR> CREATIVITY INCENSE: <BR> dry, ground coffee <BR> clove <BR> ginger <BR> hyssop <BR> verbena <BR> This mixture works well when used in conjunction with effort... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 11:04:28 EST Hi all! Just wanted to drop in and say hi to all. I am a Traditional Witch and was glad to find a group with like minds to join. <BR> <BR> We need all the support we can get/give! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:10:03 EST Meditation, anyone? Just curious if anyone meditates on a regular/semi-regular basis? I've been working toward daily meditation. I've found it keeps me more focused and positive and creates a little pocket of calm I can reach into throughout my (sometimes very stressful) day. I started with simple breathing and have recently moved into mantra meditation. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about others' experiences with this and any tips or advice you may have in the area. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:08:56 EST Witch's Bottle Witch's Bottles can be made and used for any reason/spell. You can use a bottle, clay jar, make your own type of thing I have used is scraps of leather or material and made little pouches... They can serve several magical purposes, from protecting your favorite book, [casting a protection of any kind], banishing negativity [vacuum sealed bags are good for this], suck the air from the bag, so too, is the negativity removed, throw in the freezer and they are as good as gone.... <... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:18:41 EST