Changing Landscapes (video!)

The following video will give you some idea of the landscape I pass on my commute to work five days a week. (Don’t worry, I was watching the road the whole time, I just had my camera in my hand, holding it.)  As a matter-of-fact, I didn’t even know what I had gotten on film until I looked at it after I got home from work that day.  I had tried this once previously and had the camera inadvertently facing the wrong way; I had lots of film of my hand and the inside of my car.  (Yes, I saved the video.)

Enjoy the Nebraska landscape, and the slow transition to the city ~

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Elephants, Elephants, Elephants…My Journey to Ganesha

It started about 16 years ago, honestly, I can’t believe it myself!  My fascination with elephants began as I was extricating myself from a 16 year marriage with a control freak, leaving an emotionally unhealthy situation.  I was so drawn to elephants in any form…artwork, statuary, jewelry…that my house is full of elephants, literally, almost every room carries the energy of this animal.  It was as if I’d never noticed elephants before; and I was puzzled as to my infatuation, because as a living animal, they were not a creature that I felt connected with.  It went somehow strangely beyond the living animal, but I didn’t understand how or why.

The next phase, be patient!

My daughter bought me a beautiful statue of Ganesha…and no, I very blindly did not see the connection.  From my vantage point today, I find this amazing!

Several more years passed, and I was in my “tattooing” stage and loving every moment of it.  I decided to get a tattoo on my chest, just beneath my right collar bone, and I was inexplicably drawn to a beautiful image of the moon and the sun interlocking with each other.  I was told that this was actually an image of the Hindu god and goddess, Shiva and Shakti, and represented their sexual union…No, I did not realize at the time that Shiva and Shakti were the parents of Ganesha.  In fact, I was not aware of this until very recently!  Again, the synchronicity is amazing, and what makes it even more so is my naiveté and blindness to it all.
Flash forward to the very recent present time ~ I wound up working somewhere that I had not expected to work (Next Millennium, http://magicalomaha.com).  It was a fluke, something I had not thought about, an offer that was totally out of the blue, which played in amazingly when the job I had in Fremont folded.  I was literally “semi-unemployed” for one day and jumped right in from 4 days a month at Next Millennium, to 5 days a week at this amazing shop!  It is no less than “magickal”, how this all worked out. (This event, this connection, is crucial to this story.)

 

Next synchronistic event ~ I like turning Youtube videos on while I’m getting ready for work in the morning, and on a very recent morning I tuned in to Joanna Devoe, to this video, and heard her talk about Ganesha…time stamp 3:17

 

 

Finally, as I was listening to this delightful lady talk about Ganesha, something in my brain went “click”.  I was at least tuned in, if not yet totally connected.

 

Next synchronicity ~ at work.  I suddenly noticed that the ladies I was working with were making references to Ganesha.  It was like a door was slowly creaking open.  Simultaneously, his image popped up in orders at the shop, and even on my computer at home.  I would bring something up or turn around to take a sip of coffee, and when I turned back, there he was.  He also appeared in many other bizarre and unexpected ways throughout the day that were like quick flashes.

 

And then, unexplainably, in one astounding lightening bolt “Aha!” moment…I connected!!  I connected all these years long synchronistic events.  It was almost a feeling of “Good grief!  All this time this is what was trying to communicate with me, and I kept putting it off!”

 

I am so excited!…And I thank the universe and all the hints and clues it was throwing my way all these years; and I thank the amazing ladies I work with, and the wonderful Ms. Devoe, for finally throwing this door wide open!

 

The connection is complete…at last!

 

Welcome to My House! (video)

Welcome to my house! Come on in and sit for a spell, as the saying goes.  While I’m looking for something (apothecary bottles to make magickal oils), I’ll take you around my house.  You also get to meet some of the creatures that live with me.  This is very spur of the moment, unplanned, and mostly uncut video.
The Witch’s Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Every Cat Has a Tale ~
http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com

How NOT to Pick Up Chicks ~ The Video!

“How NOT to Pick Up Chicks”, the blog post ~
http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-not-to-pick-up-chicks.html
Dating doesn’t get any easier as you get older; in some ways, it becomes more of a challenge.  But this is still an ageless timeless topic, and my what NOT to do tips at this blog post pertain to ALL ages.  My take on what a man needs in order to date a woman…In this video are 3 Major Criteria a man must meet before I would even consider a first date!

Follow this link to my “Other Blog”! ~

http://everycathasatale.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-not-to-pick-up-chicks-video.html

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My Personal Book of Shadows ~ Shared with you! (video)

http://ladyamythyst.com
http://wytchymystique.com
My personal book of shadows is one of my most treasured possessions.  It’s not only full of spells, recipes for potions, and all the usual witchy things; it’s also full of photos, mementos, and things that make up a witch’s life as she travels her path.

If you haven’t started your book of shadows yet, I have a few helpful ideas; and if you do have a book of shadows, I hope you enjoy this video as I share mine with you…Blessings, Amythyst

The Mother-in-Law Saga Continues ~ MIL#5

The mother-in-law saga continues at my Other Blog (Every Cat Has a Tale), which has just had a facelift, by the way.  It’s the last of this series, and hopefully the final conclusion to mothers-in-law period.  MIL#5 is up this week.  What did I learn from her?  Click  Here to find out. (PS ~ you have to Bring This Blog Post Up to make this link live)

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Unleashing Magick n’ Mayhem @ the Fremont Craft Show (photo blog!)

Here’s a run-down of our adventures at the annual December Craft Show @ Christensen Field in Fremont, Nebraska.  It was a hoot!  We turned the “craft” show into a “Craft” show, and we made some amazing connections.  Get the low down and photos from our memorable day.

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Mothers-in-Law ~ What I’ve Learned From Mine #3

And the saga continues.  It’s amazing, actually, that no matter how comfortable, or how trying, this relationship has been in my life, I’ve learned something from each and every one of these connections and these women.

Up this week, MIL#3.

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The Witch’s Desk ~ Interview: Sex & Witchcraft

No, this will not be a running theme on my blog, it’s purely coincidental that my last blog post also dealt with this topic (but on a different level).  The following questions were put to me by a journalist for a magazine interview.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get these questions filled out in time to meet the magazine’s deadline. (My bad, I’m usually very prompt with such things).  However, between adjusting to a full-time “real” job outside the home, and the fact that at my age I had to get myself all revved up and in the mood to answer questions on this topic, it took me a few days to embrace the subject.

Anyway, I’ve decided that these questions and this interview, were just too good to waste, so I’m posting it here on Editorial Wednesday morning from The Witch’s Desk. 

1. When did you start practicing witchcraft? What drew you to it?

I cast my first spell in the basement of my grandmother’s house when I was seventeen.  What drew me to it?…Necessity.  I was involved in an unfortunate relationship with a boy, and I wanted him to go away.  So, without a lot of heavy thought, it just seemed to “pop into my mind” to get rid of him with a flaming candle and a photo.  As I recall, this also involved a little incantation, some spitting, and foot-stomping (I was 17, and angry). I honestly don’t know why, or how, I thought of using magick to fix a mundane problem.  This was back in the 1970s; there were no books on witchcraft in our local library, there was no internet.  I figured this one out all by myself.

The biggest, and scariest, thing about this adventure…it worked.

Two to three days later, after this novice attempt at spell casting, the boy’s mother called my grandmother.  She was hysterical and angry, and I honestly don’t know what would have driven her to contact my grandmother with this information, but she said that her son had been rushed to the emergency room hemorrhaging profusely from a stomach ulcer that they did not know he had.  This information was bone jarring and riveting to me!  In the course of this spell, I had used a pen with red blood-like ink to draw a large angry line through this boy’s mid-section.

This was an “Aha!” moment…I realized, without a shred of a doubt, that witchcraft and magick were both very real, and spell casting is both very powerful and can be very dangerous.  It also frightened me to the point where it would be several years before I took up the torch and resumed this path.  It had not been my intention to hurt this young man, but to make him go away.  My in-experience and unbridled emotion mixed with the awesome energy of magick had been untamed, scattered, and out-of-control.

The lesson learned:  Be careful what you do.  Don’t cast spells in anger.  Think about all the possible consequences, and then think on it some more.  Stay on the light side of magick for the most part, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to protect yourself and your family if the situation warrants it.  Be very specific…you’re working with pure energy, and pure energy has no conscious thought process but will take the route of least resistance.  Love when you can.  Hate in moderation.  Try something positive before you do something negative.

2. Does your witchcraft and practice factor into your sex life? If so, how? Has it changed or influenced your ideas about sex?

1)  Does witchcraft and it’s practice factor into my sex life? ~ It use to, but quite honestly, at this stage of life, it no longer does (I’m approaching 60).  After menopause, when the time of The Crone descends, it’s almost as if your head clears from the physical aspect of life (sex), and you suddenly realize how much time and effort and thought went into this topic.  You feel riveted to action, the world opening up in a gazillion ways with so much To Do and Get Done, work to finish and accomplish, new projects to start.  When the time of your sexual peak passes, you will be utterly amazed, and somewhat appalled, at how much sex dominated your life, your thoughts, your actions, and your decisions.

What misconception there is about the third stage of life, a woman’s life…The Crone.  There is no sitting back and stopping to enjoy the moment (or smell the roses, as the old saying goes).  Instead, you rev up and work and move faster than you did in your 20s and 30s.  It is an absolutely glorious stage of life, and I feel sorry for those who do not reach this magickal moment.

2)  How can witchcraft affect your sex life? ~  Magick can be used to affect any area of our lives, and sex is no exception.  I am inundated, on an almost daily basis, by people who want to fix their love lives with magick.  Probably the most significant way that magick can affect someone’s sex life is to speed it up, or slow it down, whichever route is the desired one.  (There are herbs and spells to do both.)  The most requested and popular magick is a spell to get someone attracted to you in the first place; only second to this is magick to keep them faithful.  The most unusual request I had was from a transgendered individual who wanted to know if there were a spell to allow them to switch back and forth between male and female sexual organs (literally)…no, there is not.  No one likes to think of magick as having limits, after all it’s the “Endless Possibilities” that attract most of us to magick in the first place, but magick does not break the laws of physics, and that’s a good thing.  So when you’re thinking about working a little sex magick, be realistic…and cautious.  “Be careful what you wish for”, as the warning goes.

3) Has witchcraft changed or influenced my ideas about sex? ~ As a Pagan, my attitude and ideas about sex were already outside the proverbial box and middle-of-the road suburbia mindset.  As an example, I don’t believe that we are eternally connected to one partner for our entire lives, till death do us part.  (I had an interesting discussion once with a Fundamentalist Baptist wife who foot-stamping declared to me that God had ordained her to be with her husband till the end, no matter how he treated her.)  I believe that people come into our lives at various stages and phases for a reason; I believe that we learn something from each individual we connect with on such an intimate personal level.  I believe that there is a time and season for everything, and people change, circumstances change, and some relationships will come to a natural conclusion.  Most people who live long healthy lives will have several partners during this lifetime, and I believe this is the natural way of things.

My paganism also influences my ideas about sex in that I’m very open to accepting other people’s views and practices, even if their lifestyles or activities would not be something that would be part of my own life.  Basically, when it comes to the bedroom and intimate relationships, whatever is agreed upon mutually by consenting adults is no one elses business.

3. Has your witchcraft taught you anything about sex, or your personal sexuality?

Actually, witchcraft has taught me many things about sexuality ~ embrace your sexuality and celebrate the beauty and mystery of it; sexuality is natural and healthy, do not load it down with the spiritual guilt that most often accompanies mainstream religions; there are many different types of sexuality and sexual practices, each deserving of respect and tolerance in their own right; sex and sexual activity are most definitely included within the realm of the Wiccan Rede:  “Do what ye’ will, but harm none”; witchcraft is all about the movement of energy to generate and manifest physical changes in the world, sex is pure energy, this energy can be harnessed to magickally manifest change.

4. Have you ever cast a sex spell or created a love potion? If so, can you explain a little about the process?

Yes, I have.  One of the love potions I created has a rather unique story behind it.

Last summer my family and I were filming a pilot for a documentary/reality series based on my life and spiritual practices.  During the course of this filming, the producer wanted some witchy “B-roll”, so they sat me down in the middle of my “Wytchy Room”, comfortably nestled on the carpet, surrounded by my Big Black Book, bottles and herbs, stones, incense, and candles.  I was suppose to start “doing what I do”, so I decided to create a Love Potion.

Don’t talk, they told me. (So I’m assuming this is going to be some of that slow-motion pretty witchy visuals used for editing purposes.)  I started with a quart jar.

With two cameramen sitting on opposite sides of me, squatting on the floor, their cameras balanced on their shoulders, and the director and producer watching from monitors in the other room, I began.  I added oil to the bottle, filling it half way.  To this oil I added some herbs, taking my time, sprinkling them in slowly for the cameras…cardamom for love and lust; nutmeg for fidelity; a stone of rose quartz for love and friendship; and the final icing on the cake:  a beautiful whole dried rose blossom.

As the rose blossom sank in the oil and landed delicately on top of the rose quartz, bubbles began rising  from the bottom of the jar, floating gracefully to the top.

Suddenly the producer’s voice cuts through the silence:  “Why is it doing that?”, he asks.

I’m bent over, fascinated, my nose to the jar, watching in mystified delight.  At first I said, “I don’t know, it’s never done this before.”

And then there was a sudden jolt to my system, and in one clairvoyant moment, I knew.

“It’s not me.”, I said.  “It’s you guys.  Love is just flowing along for someone in your crew.”  And I look suddenly at each of the two cameramen seated before me.  The energy was outrageously “rosey”.  I knew it had to be one of them.  And it was.

It was a guarded secret among this production crew that two of them were actually a couple– the tall handsome Russian cameraman, and the beautiful petite field producer.  She asked if she could have this bottle of Love Potion to use at weddings and handfastings, and of course, I gave it to her, still in the dark about the total magick of it all.

It wasn’t until later that we found out the full story.  This young couple went on to get engaged and were married this year.  I like to think of my beautiful Love Potion perking away on the west coast, sprouting love matches, life-long commitments, and beautiful passion.

5. Is there anything related to your practice that a non-practitioner may be able to incorporate into their sex life? What lessons can they learn from witchcraft about sex and sexuality?

If a non-practitioner incorporated some of my occult practices in their sex life, that would make them practitioners. (I just thought I’d point that out.)  Most non-practitioners I know would not be open to using witchcraft and spells to influence any part of their lives, much less their sex life.  That being said, if couples are having trouble with impotence (male), or lack of sexual desire (female); as I said, there are herbs and spells for this type of thing, something that would help put a couple back into sync with each other.  This is a topic that’s so common and that has such mundane roots, I would think even non-practitioners would not be hesitant to try it.  (Consider it magical couples counseling.)

What lessons have I learned from witchcraft about sex/sexuality?  I’ve learned the most important lesson of all…We never stop learning.

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Mothers-in-Laws ~ What I’ve learned from mine.

About time!…a new post @ Every Cat ~ the 1st post in a series of 5.  The topic:  Mothers-in-Law.  I know this is a very mundane subject, and I’m posting this link on a very magickal blog.  But the topic is so universal, and there’s so many people who’ve had their own in-law experiences (good, bad, and ugly), that I think every one of us can learn something from someone else’s personal experiences.  It’s enlightening…to say the least.  You might be surprised– so often we learn the most where we expected to learn nothing.
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Want to Keep Up With Me? ~ Better Subscribe

Good morning, World! It’s a beautiful dark morning here in Nebraska, no rain yet, but it’s in the clouds right above me. As some of you know, I have joined the ranks of the “employed”, and I now have a regular job with regular hours. This means that I won’t have all the time I use to for so much daily posting. It also means that I probably will not spend as much time posting links to new blog posts, new youtube videos, tumblr updates, etc. If you want to follow me, I would advise that you subscribe to my blog, youtube channel, tumblr, twitter, etc. to receive an automatic notice when I post…Morning Blessings, Amythyst

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The Witch’s Diary ~ Come Fly With Me (video)

We snatched up two of our daughters and headed to the Butterfly (& Insect) Pavilion at Henry Doorly Zoo. (I convinced my girlies not to be so camera shy this time.) Photo credits ~ the photos in this video are *unedited* photos taken by me (Amythyst Raine Hatayama), and they are all completely unedited, even the one of myself that I chose for the cover and credits.

I guarantee that you will be relaxed and recharged after walking with us through this magickal pavilion. And you actually will feel as though you’re walking through with us, because I added the photos in the order that I took them. Yes, I know, I’m intrigued with the magickal tree in the middle of it all– the entrance to the tree seemed like a large fairy door to me. Enjoy– and if you find my videos interesting and fun, and you like watching them, subscribe to my Youtube channel for automatic updates.

What is the meaning of the butterfly? This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.•Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
•Moving through different life cycles
•Renewal, rebirth
•Lightness of being, playfulness
•Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
•The world of the soul, the psyche

A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being.

You’ll find more information at this link: http://www.spiritanimal.info/butterfly-spirit-animal/