Desert Rain's Blog (22)

Catching up, a Long Story Short

I haven't blogged in a while. So much has happened! Where do I begin!



Went to Gift of Light Expo in Columbus. Met Patti Wigington and Raymond Buckland. Patti did a Tarot reading for my mom. I got a signed copy of Wicca for One by Buckland and attended his class on Gypsie Magic. I must say, Patti and Raymond are both very friendly and I instantly liked them both. I hope to see them again!



I will talk more about my experience there in a video I'm making next… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on April 14, 2010 at 9:21am — No Comments

Peace Only Costs $200/hr

So those of you on my friends list have been able to read the more private details of my saga.



I'm happy to report that I have peace again.



I met a man yesterday who is a lawyer, and I think, probably part therapist, haha. They don't call them "counciler" for no reason.



Yes, my friends, peace comes at the cost of a $200 an hour lawyer who is not afraid to admit that he is the best trial lawyer in the area, hands down.



So my new divorce attorney is now… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on March 13, 2010 at 4:52am — 1 Comment

Seriously Bad News on Coming Out

I can't go into many details. One of the reasons I have this page, and that it's not connected to my real identity, is that I don't want everyone who knows me to find this. I don't mind people here finding out who I really am, just don't want it the other way around.


So someone finally flipped out about me coming out... really flipped out.


To read more, I've made a follow up post, but it's readable by my friends only so it can't be found…
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Added by Desert Rain on March 11, 2010 at 5:03am — No Comments

Two Days Out of Broom Closet and Counting

The first two days of being open about being a Wiccan, and I'm thinking, "So what was the big deal?"



Sure, people look down a lot at my necklace. But other than that, the response hasn't been anything to comment about.



One guy mistook my pentacle with tiger's eye stones as a Native American dream catcher. I had a good laugh at that. I explained what it was, and he didn't really have anything to ask about it. The topic moved on to other things.



I haven't gotten… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on March 6, 2010 at 4:39am — No Comments

Enough is enough, I'm coming out!

I just read the following story, http://wildhunt.org/blog/2010/03/first-they-came-for-the-swingers.html



Here's a sample:



He strung up a banner: SIEGE THIS CITY FOR ME, signed JESUS. He assigned everyone in the church names, taken from the phone book, they were to pray for. He sent teams to pray in front of the homes of supposed witches -- in one month, ten out of fifteen of his targets… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on March 4, 2010 at 1:53am — 2 Comments

Undecided About the Broom Closet

After my brush with a coworker weeks ago where they were wanting me to laugh about "slaughtering the enemy" (of Christianity), I must have put off a repulsive vibe because that person has left me alone since then.



But I'm torn over whether or not to come out of the broom closet still. I've come out online, though I've mostly kept my magickal identity separate. But that's not quite the same. Sure if someone wanted to figure it out, it's not that difficult. But I don't do Facebook, or… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on March 1, 2010 at 3:12am — 2 Comments

Frightening Conversation with a Fundamentalist

I work with a manager who is Pentecostal. He knew me when I was a Pentecostal preacher. He knows I went through a bad situation and that I no longer go to church. He doesn't know I'm a witch.



I haven't come out of the broom closet at work. Several key people here are Pentecostal, and I can't afford to lose my job. Ideals take a backseat when you have mouths to feed.



This manager invited me to his church yesterday. I told him that I was busy, which was true, not that I'd… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on January 13, 2010 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

Tutorial: How to Draw a Perfect Pentagram of Any Size Using Golden Ratio

I recently wrote a tutorial on my main blog site I8-D.com on how to draw a perfect pentagram of any size using the Golden Ratio.



I was at work one day, and wanted to draw a pentagram. But because it uses irregular angles, it's not exactly an easy thing to do freehand or with a few basic dimensions.



I knew that pentagrams used one of my favorite… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on January 10, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

She Calls Herself Makia

I met this sweet little girl spirit a few days ago who calls herself Makia. What she "does" sounds peculiar. Let's just say that.she is a nature spirit of protect. She's very old, very intelligent, but has the little girl personality.

What a most interesting thing.

Added by Desert Rain on December 9, 2009 at 3:03am — No Comments

Simple and Effective Meditation

While discussing another blog post, I got on the topic of meditation. I thought I would share my method for those who may not be able to ground well using their current method.



The real key to meditation is balance. Without balance, you will find it extremely difficult to quiet your mind.



Start by putting a small, firm pillow on the floor. No, sorry, this won't work in a Lay-Z-Boy.



Make sure the pillow is not too small. If the pillow is too small, it… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on December 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Gender Bender Gods and Goddesses

I found myself in an interesting situation. I really like the Shinto pantheon. I wrote about Shinto in my last blog. But I have run into a bit of a snag.



You see, the main deity in Shinto is Amaterasu, and she is the Sun Goddess. The Goddess of Wicca, however, is the Moon Goddess, and the Horned God is the God of the Sun. So what to do?



I have considered many different situations. The first was to split them, having two Goddesses. The only problem with that is… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on December 2, 2009 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Shinto Kami in Wicca

As most people who know me know, my main pagan background is in Buddhism. Buddism is one of two main religions in Japan. The other is Shinto.



I have not filled out my pantheon yet, as I'm still researching what fits me. But something recently popped into my mind. Why are there no major oriental tradition wiccans?



It does make little sense for a few very good reasons, the greatest of which is compatibility.



Shinto has "kami", which are godesses, gods, elements,… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 29, 2009 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Quick Note: Alucard's Glove in Theban?

Ok, I'm a huge Hellsing fan (the anime/manga, main character is Alucard). And I was watching a trailer just now for an OVA I've not seen yet, and I just realized something. There's a close up shot of his glove. The glove has a pentacle in a circle, no surprise there. It has some english written in the circle itself. What I didn't notice until just now is that the writing outside of this isn't just some artsy gobbledygook, but it's Theban!



I translated part of it. Of course, a problem… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 25, 2009 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

I, Like, Totally Need a Cloak!

So I *was* sitting here thinking of some "very serious business". I've been wanting to write or make another video, and was pouring out some brainstew over it. Then I got to thinking about my anonymity, and was looking up some good video editting software to maybe cartoonify myself or such.



All of the sudden, evil britney popped into my head saying, "I, like, totally need a… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Full Human Potential

What a deceptive title, "Full Human Potential". Nobody really reaches their "full" potential, ever. But, in a world where Wikipedians debate whether .999... = 1 or not, we will will simply say that "full" potential is a more realistic view of how well a person can improve as opposed to some arbitrary, unobtainable goal.



What does it mean for a human to reach full potential?



This is a multifaceted question. For instance, just in the area of the physical well being of a… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 19, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The 10,000 Year Mind - The Long View

Have you heard of the 10,000 year clock? I'm sure you have. If you haven't, you can read more about it at http://www.longnow.org/.



And while this clock is truly a remarkable piece of engineering, architecture, design, and philosophy, the real thing I want to write about is the long view.



The long view is a frame of mind that looks at change as a very slow progressing change, not quick radical changes.



The… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Fear of Emotion: 2 Re-Emerging Insights

I now know why I felt the need to start reading Stephen King and Frank Herbert books again. I have regained the insights that I used to have before I seemed to have lost them.



First - To change the world on the outside, you must change the world on the inside. People are deeply affected creatures. They respond in fairly predictable ways to outside influences. It was the Bene Gesserit that reminded me of this. And often, it is how we shape our inner world that affects our outer world.… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 15, 2009 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Review of Anything Under the Moon store (and how my weekend went + current progress)

I had a wonderful weekend. I travelled to Dayton for a day out with the wife and son. I tried out a new Pagan supply store called Anything Under the Moon. This charming little store was not so little inside. The store was fully stocked with incense, candles, decorations, charms, stones, crystals, hand made wands, athames, dream catchers, etc.



I picked up a lovely ash wand that drew me to it. It has lodestone and tiger's eye on one end, and a lovely quartz crystal on the other. The… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 10, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments

A New Friend, A New Book

A Wiccan living nearby contacted me, and over the next few days, we arranged a meet up. Everything went well, and I think he's on his way to starting a local coven that should work very well together.



I also picked up a new book to add to my small but growing collection. For a while I've been looking for a Book of Shadows in a nice hardbound format, but with nice blank parchment papers that I could use instead of my spiral bound notebook. I didn't find that, but I did find a book… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on November 4, 2009 at 9:13pm — 1 Comment

Rude Pagans

For the most part, the pagans that I've met have all been kind, decent people. But every once and a while, you meet a jerk.



Take the following conversation that I had on CovenSpace.



I posted a simple enough thread in the Indiana forum looking for pagans close by:



Merry meet! I'm new to Covenspace, and was wondering who was in the Richmond / Wayne County area. I'm a solitary, eclectic witch (male), but I wouldn't mind celebrating Sabbats with an open circle.… Continue

Added by Desert Rain on October 31, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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