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Monday, July 21, 2014


Blessed Beltane!

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Blessed Beltane to one and all!!! 



And Blessed Samhain to our readers Down Under!!


As the veil thins once again, and the days grow longer,
may the Love of your Ancestors shine down upon you
and may Light constantly grow within you.

And may a lil' Lust leave you with a smile on your face... ;-P

~*Amethyst & Atreya*~

Always Believe...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Blessed Ostara!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Blessed Ostara and Happy Spring!!


Blessed Mabon to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere!!!


          Ostara is finally here and the warmer days are getting closer. The first day of spring means new life, new beginnings and the opportunity to start fresh.  To celebrate the arrival of spring spend the next few days:

  • clean, de-clutter and reorganize your home
  • Perform cleansing rituals and spells
  • Perform rituals and spells for new beginnings 
  • Spend some time meditating and reflecting on the dark half of the year that has just ended
  • Go for a long walk in nature, even if there is still a chill in the air
  • Do something fun with family and friends!!
    
 For more Ostara information check out the video Atreya and I made for this Sabbat. 

                                                            Ostara In Under 2 Minutes

     Now, step away from the computer and go do something to celebrate the first day of spring!!

Brightest Blessings to you All,
~Amethyst

Old Man Winter and Mother Nature Walk Into a Bar....


Weed or Wish?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wiccans in New Mexico Sue City Because of 10 Commandments Monument

"A group of adherents to the Wiccan faith sued the city of Bloomfield, NM alleging that a 3,000-pound monument to the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible on the grounds of the town’s City Hall is unconstitutional.

The Albuquerque Journal‘s Olivier Uyttebrouck reported that the pagan group is contesting the monument in that it amounts to a state endorsement of religion, which violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Jane Felix, spiritual leader of the Bloomfield-area Wiccan group told the Journal, “In my opinion, it says that anybody who doesn’t agree with this monument on city grounds is an outsider. It has no place on City Hall property.”"

For the entire article click here

Release...

Monday, March 3, 2014
If it no longer serves you let it go. Don't be held back by anything or anyone. Blessed Be

Salem is Coming To A TV Near You

      A 3 minute behind the scenes look at Salem, a new series about what else, witches, has recently been released. I'm reserving my opinions, judgements and possible snide comments for after I've seen the show. After all, I can't say I don't like something until I've tried/watched it. However I will say that the video made me a bit uneasy.

For the full article and video click here

~BB~
Amethyst 

I See Witches Everywhere.... Because They Are Everywhere

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Raise your hand if you've seen every
episode of these shows 100 times!
     We're taking over people! In the last couple of years witches have taken over the mainstream and are showing no signs of loosening their grip. Movies, television, music videos etc etc etc etc. We haven't seen a wave of witches in the mainstream this prevalent since the ladies of Charmed, The Craft and Buffy The Vampire Slayer were kicking magickal butt back in the 90's.  Television networks and movie studios have all dove headfirst into the genre of witches and magick.  Something had to replace vampires and werewolves right?  In the past few years we've seen shows and movies like: Once Upon A Time, Sleepy Hollow, American Horror Story: Coven, Witches of East End, Hansel & Gretel: Witch
 Hunters, Beautiful Creatures, The Lords of Salem, Salem (coming later this year, cross your fingers), Maleficent (opens in May 2014), Into The Woods, Supernatural.... I think you get what I'm driving at.  Witches and witchcraft/magick themes are everywhere and showing no signs of slowing.  Most of the shows and movies have been moderately to crazy successful but some have fallen flat (I'm lookin' at you The Secret Circle). But the occasional flop isn't stopping the powers that be in Hollywood from cranking out more products where witches are front and center.  Witches of East End has been renewed for a second season, there are multiple movies coming up this year that involve witchcraft and new shows are in development as we speak.  There have been whispers (whispers that were recently confirmed) that the Hallmark Channel is developing its popular movies series, The Good Witch, into a weekly television series.  Disney and Nickelodeon have also dabbled in the arena of witches on TV.  Wizards of Waverly Place was a hugely popular show for the Disney network and Nickelodeon recently began airing a program called Every Witch Way.
     Witchcraft and Paganism has also seeped into television shows that you would never expect. During their Halloween episode last year, Criminal Minds (I love this show and Derek Morgan. Baby Girl!) ended the episode with the main characters gathering for a Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.  The scene was short but very sweet and an amazing moment for paganism on television.  There were no bells, whistles or balls of light shooting from anyone's hands during a magickal battle.  Just a group of people coming together and honoring their ancestors and loved ones.  Watch the scene below.


     


Carlton Gebbia of
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
      Reality television isn't safe from witches either.  Eight years ago, the Bravo network began their Real Housewives franchise beginning with the Real Housewives of Orange County.  Since then, the franchise has branched out to include Atlanta, New York, New Jersey and Beverly Hills.  The current season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills saw a new addition to the cast at the start of the season.  Her name is Carlton Gebbia.  She's married, a mother, lives in a beautiful home in Beverly Hills (no, seriously, this place is epic) and is out of the broom closet and damn proud of it.  So far this season Carlton has had to deal with remarks and insinuations about her beliefs that were rude but something most out of the broom closet witches have had to deal with at some point in their lives.  She's even had to defend herself against the accusations of another cast member that believed she put a hex on her husband and was concerned she would harm her children!  All this on top of the normal shenanigans that go on in reality TV.  She, in my opinion, has handled herself and the situation quite well.  You may not agree with everything she says but I think we can all agree she took a huge risk agreeing to be on this show.  It's one thing to live your life out of the broom closet but doing so on television is a whole other animal entirely.  She has opened up her home and family to millions of viewers and freely talks about her beliefs and past experiences.  She's proof that witches don't dwell in rundown cottages and lure innocent little children to their doom.  We're everywhere, including gorgeous mansions in Beverly freaking Hills (Carlton, if you're reading this and need a roommate I can be packed in 20 minutes!) I tip my pointed hat to Carlton. 
      People in the entertainment industry have also begun discussing and expressing their beliefs more freely.  In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Katy Perry made a few comments that raised eyebrows and confused a few people (Personally, her comments made me like her more).  She said:  


She didn’t quit, she says, because she believes in “a cosmic energy that is bigger than me,” although she has abandoned many of the teachings of her parents. (“I do not believe God is an old guy sitting on a throne with a long beard.... I don’t believe in heaven and hell as a destination.”) Today, hers is a faith born of possibility and optimism, she says, adding that she takes being a role model seriously. “I’ve never had any plastic surgery,” she says proudly. “Not a nose, not a chin, not a cheek, not a tit. So my messages of self-empowerment are truly coming from an au naturel product.” She is, in every way, a California gurl. “I see everything through a spiritual lens,” she says. “I believe in a lot of astrology. I believe in aliens.”
For the entire article click here 

     Ms. Perry's Grammy performance that followed this interview managed to raise those eyebrows even higher.  She performed 'Dark Horse', a song from her latest album.  The stage setting was very dark with gnarled trees, dancers wearing black robes and a giant horse puppet thingy with bright red eyes. Oh, and did I mention she uses a witch's broom to perform a pole dance routine and is subsequently burned at the stake.... It gives the term "ride your broomstick" a whole new meaning. (Personally the performance made me like her a little less so I guess we're back at square one.) Watch the performance below.  




      So what does it all mean? Entertainment and Hollywood trends ebb and flow just like everything else in life.  What was once old will inevitably become new and fresh again.  Witchcraft and magick are obviously a hot ticket right now.  But does the exposure (and possible overexposure) help or hurt a belief system where misconceptions and false information abound? Is the popularity of witches in TV and film helping or hurting those of us that are witches trying to get by in the muggle world?  I've been thinking about this for weeks and I've come to the conclusion that the pendulum is swinging toward the positive.
     Obviously TV shows have to have action, drama and great storytelling or no one would watch.  So the witches we see on TV and in film are locked in fantastical battles of good vs. evil.  They have powers and can move things across a room with a flick of their wrist.  They make potions, talk to spirits and have visions of things to come.  But they are also people living lives in the 'real' world.  They aren't just one dimensional characters with evil intentions, racing toward one demonic goal. (I'll get you my pretty!! or Follow the breadcrumbs and into my oven they'll go!)  The witches permeating the mainstream are no longer wart wearing, murderous villains hell-bent on destruction, filling their dance cards with waltzes with satan.  They are multilayered characters with more to offer, much much more.  They love, laugh, cry, fight for good or evil (and sometimes both), have families that they will defend no matter what and have problems that are both mundane and
Blessing with sage
before Freya's wedding
magickal.  They make mistakes that are gut-wrenching and set out to make them right.  They aren't just the creepy villains of  fairytales anymore, they are the heroines and saviors and their characters run an emotional gamut.  We're seeing both sides of the coin (good and evil, light and dark) and each side has reached new depths that, in the past, 
were rarely if ever explored.  Not only are witches being portrayed as characters with depth there are also undercurrents of actual witchcraft and pagan beliefs being shown as well. People are beginning to do their homework instead of just slapping every preconceived notion they've got about witches up on the screen. 
     There is a human side to many of these characters that has rarely been seen before and obvious care has been taken where storytelling is concerned (most of the time...)This new wave of magick and witches on television and in film has shined a light on real witches just like The Craft and Charmed did in the 90's. Shows like Witches of East End and women like Carlton Gebbia will leave some people scratching their heads and wondering: What exactly do real witches do and believe?? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Opening the door for research, conversation, answered questions and common ground. Shows like 'Once Upon A Time', with so many powerful characters, will leave many young witchlings (and not so young) feeling empowered.  Thankfully we don't have to slay dragons like Emma but we could find the courage if we had to. What drives entertainment and pop culture will undoubtedly begin to ebb and flow once again and eventually witches won't be all the rage.  But each time they return to the forefront more misconceptions will be put to rest, more people will be able to discern fantasy from reality and the witch down the street lighting candles and working with herbs will seem less menacing.  Will it ever be perfect? No, but nothing ever will.  In the end at least we've made progress and great TV. We're here, we're witches, get used to it. Right Cybill?

Blessed Be, 
Amethyst