Liebster Award~

liebsterawardI (Isáine) was reading through a new blogpost by a new friend of mine and fellow witch, Morgan, over at http://lovebythemoon.com/ about her Liebster Award nomination and saw that she had chosen our blog as one of her nominees! Her words warmed my heart and I would like to thank her for them~ So, while I have four post drafts sitting in my dashboard I will go ahead and do this and send it on its way…

11 Facts About Myself

Isáine:

      1. I’m bisexual and polyamorous.
      2. My eyes used to be dark brown with a dark brown-green outer ring, and now they are turning hazel (one has freckles too)– the brown is lighter and the outer half of my eyes are green now.
      3. I am a terrible procrastinator, but I do some of my best work under pressure (or emotional duress).
      4. I am a collector of musical instruments that I am not particularly adapt at playing >.>
      5. I have way too many interests and hobbies and projects going on for my own good (or for my mental health I’m sure).
      6. We have a son who is 2.5, but our first son would have been 5 at the end of July.
      7. I’m training to be a traditional/shamanic midwife and am currently studying through the Matrona School of Quantum Midwifery.
      8. I keep honeybees and am training as a Melissa (bee priestess) through the College of the Melissae.
      9. I’m certified in Permaculture Design.
      10. I have a wanderer’s soul and a bohemian heart.
    11. I have an addiction: I collect tarot and oracle decks, bones and feathers.

Midnight:

      1. I study the use of enthenogenic herbs
      2. I am a practicing Bladesmith
      3. I am an aspiring artist ( always open to take commissions )
      4. I am a father of an amazing son.
      5. I am an avid reader and gamer
      6. I have studied three different martial arts and some pranayama
      7. I am a bone worker
      8. I love running and playing in the rain
      9. I talk to myself and have on had occasion to argue with myself aswell
      10. When no one is looking I like to try to move things with my mind
    11. If you get my started on theology or philosophy I can talk for hours and end up with nothing to show for it but a sense of satisfaction.

11 Questions from Morgan
What set you on your chosen path?

Isáine:

    I started on this whirlwind of a journey when I was about 12 or 13 years old. Raised in the Church, I had dabbled in ‘magic’ and believed in the fae since I was small. I began researching other religions and magic after being influenced by the Harry Potter books. I was so trapped in my upbringing I was pretty hesitant to let go completely at first. I started with Gnostic Christianity and began focusing on Mary Magdelene and the Virgin Mother to begin bringing the Feminine Divine into my life. Soon I delved head-first into Wicca, then Dianic Wicca, immersing myself completely in the Divine Feminine and was very much into Wicca for a few years. When I was 17 while on a trip back home to Oregon after graduation, I realized there must be balance, and allowed the Divine Masculine back into my practice. This was about when I began to grow and expand beyond Wicca, and by the time I was 18-19 I had left it almost entirely behind me. However a few remnants remain, such as some adherence to a “Wheel of the Year”. Over the last few years I have morphed into a veil-crossing, entheogen-using, spiritworking, animistic polytheist beekeeping priestess with a rather eclectic blend of practice and beliefs that I wrap up into a leather-bound bundle I call “Bonekeeping”.

Midnight:

    death did this to me. I think my first step was what many people start with, Wicca and ‘white light’… the fluffy parts as I fondly name them. But then my son died.. and having held death I found a need to know it. I couldn’t give up my child to death, to this stranger. I had to know it, so I started working with spirits and touching the other world, and from there…*shrugs* well things became what they would.

What is your favorite natural setting?

Isáine:

    One of two places: the beach, or the woods– particularly deep dark old-growth woods with the forest floor covered in moss and mushrooms.

Midnight:

    I love most any natural setting from mountains to the open ocean. They each have their own unique appeal, energy and life to them and depending on any number of things any of them could appeal to me on any given day. I was raised and have lived my life by the open ocean and I think that at this point in my life I wouldn’t know what to do without it. So If I must choose one, then it will be the sea.

What element are you drawn to (if one)?

Isáine:

    I have a very Air-Water dominant personality, and am drawn to both. However I am also very drawn to fire, but sadly have not taken up fire dancing in over a year.

Midnight:

    Water is something I have always had an affinity for. I began my pagan “career” with an extensive study of and meditations on the elements and their energies and above all I think that water draws me most of all, like iron to a loden stone.

Who inspires you most?

Isáine:

      My husband, Midnight; my close friends Annwyn (Water Witch of the West), Aahana, & Penny; and some of my ‘witchy-idols’ include Sarah Anne Lawless, Scylla (Root and Rock), and newly Kayla (White Thorn Witch) and Morgan (Love by the Moon).

Midnight:

        I really hate having to answer this question, I feel like it makes me sound like a bad person when I have to answer. I can’t think of anyone that I admire. I might admire something that they can do, more likely I’m envious.. I think the only person I really admire isn’t a person at all. Although it makes sense when I consider how much of my self is built from books and stories and the whims of childhood that I never gave up. If I had to admire anyone it would be Monkey D Luffy. The man who is going to be king of the pirates. ( If you don’t watch one piece then you should )

What book would you recommend?

Isáine:

        “Sea Magic” by Sandra Kynes… “Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner’s Guide” by Sandra Ingerman… “Wise Woman Herbal” by Susan Weed… “Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook” by James Green… “Long Life, Honey in the Heart” by Martin Prechtel… “Seidr: The Gate is Open” by Katie Gerrard… “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant….. there’s probably a lot more I am missing.

Midnight:

        Any book, pick one up and read! The Cycle of Fire, most any book by R.A. Salvatore, The Warded man, The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook, Uses and Abuses of Plant Derived Smokes…

Dresses or Pants?

Isáine:

        I have actually been wearing a lot more dresses and skirts lately and I really like how it makes me feel.

Midnight:

        Erm… pants.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Isáine:

        Huckleberry, or vanilla filled with various toppings.

Midnight:

        Strawberry Cheesecake.

Chocolate- dark, milk, or white?

Isáine:

        milk chocolate
        Midn

ight:

        white milk for me please.. or strawberry

Best advice?

Isáine:

        don’t get stuck in trying to find a label for yourself, though I think sometimes labels are helpful. If you need to, make one up! Worked for me… Others can give us so much inspiration, but experience magic/life/ritual/gods/spirits for yourself too~

Midnight:

        Find someone who sees the fire in your eyes and wants to play with it.

What is your favorite spiritual tool (if you use)?

Isáine:

        I have been getting into using entheogens more lately, and I really enjoy it. I feel like the Poison Path may be one for me. I also like using staves/stangs, and fetiches.

Midnight:

        The feather.

What do you like most about your spirituality?

Isáine:

        it morphs, changes, and molds according to whatever cycles I am going through, the area I am in, the phase of my life and career, etc. It is fluid and not rigid. I also really like being able to connect to gods and spirits 🙂

Midnight:

        I think my favorite thing about my spiritual path is that Questions are encouraged.. its ok to be wrong, above all sometimes its ok to not know why and to just accept things for what and how they are.

My Nominees
(Besides http://whitethornwitch.com and http://lovebythemoon.com, here are my nominees. These are in no particular order, and if you have already received a nomination, you don’t have to do this again.)

Just found this one yesterday and they have a bit over 200 followers, but I like it.– American Folkloric Witchcraft. http://afwcraft.blogspot.com/
A long-time friend of mine (already previously nominated). http://www.waterwitchinthewest.com/
Found through this, it works! I need some more druidry in my life. http://druidphoenix.wordpress.com/
Also found through this, some Highlands witchcraft and musings for you. http://hagothehills.wordpress.com/
Pretty sure she has way more than 200 followers, but as one of my “inspiration” blogs for my path, here goes. http://rootandrock.blogspot.com
One of my go-to’s for Dionysian practice. http://thehouseofvines.com/
Some hoodoo for you, another friend of mine. http://themoonlitsea.blogspot.com/
Another go-to for Dionysian stuff, but also some ‘traditional witchcraft’ type work and more. http://forestdoor.wordpress.com/
Another I just found. Shamanism, bones, metalsmithing. http://randomcardrolodex.wordpress.com/
The blog of one of my new favorite artists I found on Etsy the other day. http://intothehermitage.blogspot.com/
A little heathen flair, I just stumbled across. http://merryjackdaw.blogspot.com/
Some more Shamanism. http://greenstag.net/blog

And the rules, if you would like to participate
Share 11 facts about yourself.

Answer the 11 questions I have given you.

Pick 11 blogs who have less than 200 followers to share with everybody.

Ask them 11 new questions.

Link back to me.

My 11 Questions for You
1. How long have you been on your path?
2. How would you describe your practice?
3. What’s your favorite magical/ritual tool, if you use any?
4. Any books you recommend?
5. What’s your favorite magic/witchy/pagan-y movie?
6. Do you have any hobbies?
7. What country would you visit if you could, and what would you have to see while you were there?
8. What’s your profession?
9. Shoes or barefoot?
10. Best advice?
11. Favorite holiday.

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