Concerning the second link, I disagree with the author about some things in this article like "A Pagan WILL" anything. Not all Pagans are Witches. Not all practice magik or even believe in it; not all care about nature, nor do we have both a God and a Goddess; nor do all celebrate the esbats or sabbats.
There are just as many interpretations on "Pagan" as there on "Witch" or "Magik".
It's kinda of generalized, and a lot of us know that most generalized statements, or most of those with inclusive terms, are false. But at least someone's taking a step in educating the masses.
Baby's dancing! He has an erupting table toy that plays music, and for the first time, I watched him dance. It was wonderful. Hanging onto the side, he bounced up and down, laughing, grinning, and yelling--er--singing. And he's a little ham, the more I talked and grinned, the more he bounced and giggled.
And he's got a third tooth coming in, a top right incisor.
He's not a picky eater at all. Lycan likes baby mush, yogurt bites, teething cookies, mashed potatoes, sweet potatos, mac'n'cheese, cut green beans, diced apples, bread; just about anything we give him, he's eager to try.
He doesn't care for water, though.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of him. He doesn't stay still for very long and every time he sees the phone, Lycan makes a bee-line for it. And the camera on the cell is just....well, it's a POS. So needless to say, I'm missing a lot of great photos of him and it's just depressing. But for what this broken photographer can't capture on film, or memory stick, I'll just record in his baby book.
Anyone with children knows how disruptive they can be to life in
general. I went from having 0 kids and a rather peaceful life to having
one rambunctious little boy, who's thrown mommy and daddy into the
exhausting world of mobility! This has been the most exciting,
frustrating, exhausting, terrifying, and joyful experience of my life so
far, with a million more moments to come.
What's this got to do with Paganism, you may wonder?
As many know, having a child throws your world out of whack, or it did
for us. Many new parents/not-so-new parents often find themselves
disconnected and miserable. Unable to reconnect with their faith,
peace, and that energy. Many are lost. You've probably seen them in
forums or reposted messages about how they want to know how they can get
back into it [Witchcraft and/or Paganism].
Sleep schedule? What's that again? Eating? Going to the toilet by
myself? Get out of here, people don't do that anymore. At least, I
don't. Any time I'm about to nap, eat, or go to the restroom, my son
knows, it's like he senses a disturbance in the force! And these are
just basic things. Spiritually, things have been....neglected.
Mentally, I've still been true to myself and faithful to the Spirits and
Deities--living in a way that will make them proud of me, and thus
given me confidence and self-love (I've grown tremendously these past 8
months!). But concerning physical things, like my daily rituals, well,
that's another story. My shrines are a little dusty. Meditation and
chakra cleansings are rusty. I've forgotten many a time to give Hestia
the first bites of dinner. I don't practice tarot or cast as often as I
did. Offerings? New/Full Moon rituals? Sabbat celebrations? Forget about it.
(The only thing I do keep up on is smudging my home and charging our wards!)
However, They haven't forgotten about me. I can feel Hestia more than
ever (and She's not disappointed about not receiving physical
offerings!). My Spirit Animals are still popping in with reminders.
Messengers, like Great Slug, are coming by, answering deep-seeded
questions. And Jackalope has revealed himself as my newest Guide, in
relation to Sister Moon and Hedgecraft. I do believe he's trying to get
my attention concerning journeying or "riding the hedge". I'm
listening. As for time? I'm trying to find it. When a Spirit or a
Deity calls, I do beckon. Or try to anyway.
One useful tool that I've found is Pinterest. Creating E-Shrines to my
various Deities and Spirits. Finding images that evoke powerful
emotions or pictures that I think They'll enjoy. Another good resource
I've found is Youtube. How many videos have I watched about my Spirit
Animals? Couldn't tell you, but some have moved me in such way that
I've been brought to tears. But not sad tears. Awe tears, I suppose. I
can't really put it into words....just emotions.
I'm in my 8th month of parenthood and my 4th month as a full-time worker
(after taking a year off). I'm getting used to this new, chaotic
life. Jackalope's come at the right ripe moment! I can feel the doors
of myself opening again. I plan on doing a spell here in a few days.
I'm going to clean off the shrines, give some offerings. Surely the
Spirits and Deities can see that I've been busy, and I know they'll
understand. Even the nit-picky ones. I just gotta start out slow and
find my nitch. Find those perfect quiet times where I can focus my
energy and be at one with my spiritual self again.
Like Great Slug, just gotta keep moving slowly, but surely. The one
good thing about working the graveyard shift is that Sister Moon is with
me most nights. She helps me keep going. The night isn't complete
until I see Her and feel Her blessings--Her energy. One of my nightly
affirmations is, "Sister Moon gets up, works all night long, without
complaints. She only gets three days off a month! If She can do it,
well, so can I." It seems silly to compare my work schedule with the
Moon, but it helps. It drives me to not throw in the towel, and She's
motivating me with Her Jackalope helper to get back into the swing of
I just can't wait until my son is old enough to participate in
activities and rituals that I have planned for us! To share the joys
and magik of my spirituality with him, to show him the beauty and wonder
of the world, and thus allow him to grows spiritually....well, that's
going to be a wonderful gift, and well worth the pains and elation that
parenthood can bring.