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Want to learn about WiseCraft Wicca? Have no one nearby or afraid to reach out to strangers? Can't expose your leanings for fear of retaliation? Just plain want privacy to learn? The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest can help you with that...pull up a chair, sit a spell and start reading. Feel free to comment and ask questions -- I'll get back to you, I promise, Witch's honor.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What to Wear as a Wiccan

In most of the movies, Wiccans and Witches are portrayed dressed all in black sporting huge pentacles, garish makeup and hair in total disarray. That may be good for the horror shows and helps portray the concept they have in the movie, but that doesn't translate into the real world.  Wiccans aren't wicked witches from the West or any where else -- they are real people with personal preferences.

Although a quick internet search for Wiccan clothing will get you some styles that are commonly accepted as Wiccan wear, it's important to stress there is no particular way to dress as a Wiccan.  How a person expresses themselves in clothing, jewelry and other accessories is a very personal choice and is as diverse as the individuals themselves.

Some Wiccans do like to dress all in black, I often do, but that isn't a mandate by any means. It is a choice.  Some dress much like the hippies of the 60s in free flowing clothing. Then there is the ever popular Ren Faire style clothing. And of course there is good old comfy t-shirt and jeans with shoes of choice.  Wiccans come from all walks of life and therefore have wide and varying tastes in apparel. We're talking business people in suits, clerical workers, new age shop owners, tarot readers, soccer moms, PTA members, and on and on. Dress in whatever way makes you feel good.

And just like any other people, Wiccans may choose to dress different ways for different occasions.  For instance, every day street wear may differ from what they wear to ritual, or what they wear to school or the office may differ from what they wear after hours and on weekends.  It all depends on the person, their personal taste, and lifestyle.

If you are dressing to raise eyebrows or be shocking, you might want to ask yourself why you feel the need to do that, because Wicca isn't about shocking the world.  Wicca is about living a peaceful life in harmony with nature and its seasons.

In short, it doesn't really matter how you dress, other than it is something that YOU like.  Here are a couple of photos depicting typical ways I like to dress.  But honestly, I have a love of clothes and costuming so I'm all over the board from all black to bright and wild, flowing things, Victorian and Steampunk styles, and plain old t-shirt and jeans. I can blend in with the herd or stick out bright and wild. I just enjoy being me!

Watch for my 55 Days of Funky as I count down to my 55th birthday wearing clothes that I find fun.

So go forth spread your Wiccan wings and wear what you like!

Bright Blessings and Blessed Be!
Rayven Michaels

A Video to help tell others you are Wiccan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Earth Spirit Soul: Measuring Success - Are Failures Really Failures?

I wrote this article a while back on the Earth Spirit Soul blog.  It is something to really ponder.

Earth Spirit Soul: Measuring Success - Are Failures Really Failures?: As humans we tend to be obsessed with measuring things and being successful, and most importantly, measuring success. What happens when all ...

The Nuances of Harm None

While all Wiccans agree upon following Harm None, they are not all in agreement on what it means.  For some it is very literal meaning that absolutely no creature must be harmed no matter how great or small.  That means everything in life, the fur, the finned, the winged ones, the four legged, two legged and no legged - absolutely everything living and breathing has a right to life and should never be taken.  It goes without saying that followers of this vein of Harm None would not uphold the death penalty no matter how heinous a crime the perpetrator had committed.  And more than likely they would not be eaters of flesh and well versed in vegetarian or vegan living.  Self defense for these Wiccans would be of the simplest variety of shielding in the magickal world and avoidance in the real world.

Other Wiccans believe that Harm None is an ideal that should be strived for but in actuality is an impossibility to follow literally.  These Wiccans may be hunters and eaters of flesh.  Likewise they believe in the right to protect self and loved ones and even their property when pushed to do so.  They are not agressors but neither are they door mats.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taking Students

Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15, 2014

A wonderful event happens on April 15, 2014 -- a total lunar eclipse.  And even more wonderous, it is the first of four in a row.  Watch the video below for details.  Also, see this article:

Total Lunar Eclipse Will Darken the Moon Next Week

Peculiar Children

It isn't often that I allow myself the luxury of reading for entertainment - 1) because I love learning and focus most of my attention on that; and 2) if I get hooked on a *for fun* book I go down the rabbit hole until it is done so it takes me out of life for the two or three days that it takes to read it.  Well, today I do believe I have stepped in it.  I found an author that has written not one but TWO intriguing books: "Home for Peculiar Children" and "Hollow City."  Both are about Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.  I knew I was hooked when I read this in the blurb of Hollow City: "Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.  And only one person can help them -- but she is trapped in the body of a bird."  Inside the book were the most eerie vintage photos ever. (An interview with the author included in the back of the book indicates the photos are from his vintage photograph collection of real children. From that collection his stories were born.)   I knew I wanted to read it so I latched on to it.  But then I saw that there was a book that preceded it so the hunt was on! I had to have it and start this whole mess at the beginning.

(photo source is linked from Wikipedia)

The exciting thing about finding the first book was reading a blip inside of it that said "...it's no wonder Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox."  That led me to think there is a movie on the horizon.

In jumping around searching for info on the movie deal, I found on good old Wikipedia article regarding the first book that Tim Burton will be the director of the movie.  That certainly sounds like a good fit for the books.

I will definitely have to watch for the movies.  By then, I should have both books well under my belt and ready.  Don't disappoint me Mr. Burton.  Somehow I doubt that you will....

I'm off on my reading adventure now...

Bright Blessings and Blessed Be,
Rayven Michaels