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Telekinetics or who blew the lightbulb?

This is a much more difficult talent to deal with than empathy. Telekinesis has some controlled and some uncontrolled aspects like empathy but it’s more likely to affect other people than empathy.

If an empath is uncontrolled they usually self-destruct. They go neurotic, not socio-pathic. A telekinetic out of control, and a part of this talent is always capable of being out of control, does physical damage to objects and things.

What can a Telekinetic Do?

1. They can affect the flow of electrical current, i.e., turning lights on and off and never hit the switch. This is a good party trick but tends to scare some people.

2. They can break physical objects, i.e., in a seven day period a couple of years ago Miss Kat inadvertently blew 36 light bulbs in her apartment, she I only has 14 lamps in use not counting her car headlights. Solution: She switched to more expensive bulbs. Sometimes this is a way to ground excess energy. When she first started in the craft she tended to come out of ritual and break the first street light she came upon. She was so famous for it enough that when it happened she’d hear friends voices yell, “ Stop It!” By then it was too late of course it was dark.

3. Move or control objects, i.e., dice. Miss Kat’s dungeon master in D&D refused to tell me the number she needed after a while. She didn’t really think that was fair, but oh well.

WARNING: Do not try this in a casino, you will give yourself the most incredible headache. Remember, everyone else is concentrating too.

What telekinetics have difficulty doing:

1. Moving water. Miss Kat doesn’t know why, it may be just too dense but as a rule it just won’t go. Exception: clouds but they are really of air and if you bust or move clouds you are messing with the weather. Mother Nature is better at trying to keep in balance than you are. Although, there are people who specialize in it. We all have strange elemental affinities sometimes.

2. People. They have their own agenda and feelings. This comes under the Wiccan Rede.

3. Miss Kat personally can’t control cards, which is good or she’d never able to read tarot again. There is a small element of it used when being read by another person, because most readers will make the querent shuffle the deck, but it’s mostly to leave a trace of energy on the cards. A lot like leaving a scent for dogs to follow.

Warning: if you can move cards, realize that sooner or later no one will play with you. Not Nice. We also can’t move the Lotto balls otherwise there would be a lot more rich witches.

4. Fire. It’s easier to move than water but definitely has a mind and a will of its own. Miss Kat personally thinks fire can read us and our fears better than we will ever read the element of fire.

Two elements easier to control:

1. Anything of earth. Solids are easier to control. You have something to push or pull against.

2. Air. It seems to not mind being pushed around. Remember, speaking and singing have telekinetic aspects that occur in the medium of air. Ever had anyone call the quarters and make your hair stand on end? or give you shivers? Ever heard of Bardic Magic ?

How do you know if you’re telekinetic?

1. Do you blow lightbulbs? More than one at a time?

2. Does your computer crash often? Especially if you are upset.

3. Do you carry a constant static charge on your fingers?

4. Do you have a green thumb? This is a semi-telekinetic talent that also involves an affinity towards plants and animals.

5. Are you accident prone? If you are out of control, you will affect the way you interact with objects.

Caveat: Miss Kat has never known anyone who could bend or move a stationary object. No spoons. The operative part of the word is kinesis. Kinesis means movement. Most telekinetics can only move or affect something already in motion. Physics still runs the universe. Remember an object at rest will remain at rest and an object at motion will remain in motion.

If you are telekinetic:

1. Learn to control your emotions and your reactions to other people’s behavior. This helps prevent accidents.

2. Learn to ground yourself – literally, if you have an unexpected affinity for electricity. Most of my shoes have rubber soles.

3. Learn to ground your psychic self too – the old tree meditation works wonders.

What do you do for someone else who has been using telekinesis involuntarily?

1. Yell “STOP”! in a very loud commanding voice. This gets to the little kid inside that is running the talent out of control.

2. Before you yell, “STOP”! make sure they aren’t doing it on purpose. You will have a very angry person on you hands otherwise.

3. Explain why you yelled, Nuff said?

Miss Kat firmly believes that most, if not all, psychic abilities, come from that part of the self called the inner child, (a horribly over used term) but correct for this instance. It’s the part most likely to get out of control and try to do things. People that don’t know about the kid inside either have no ability or they are out of control. That’s why learning to ground yourself is extremely important.

Miss Kat has always been telekinetic but she really woke it up after being struck by lightning in 1976, not the way she would have chosen to discover it. Life as the Tower card. Oh well. Have fun.

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Dealing with Empaths – Pagan Blog Post

Dealing with Empaths

Not much has been written on relations or etiquette between empaths and non-empaths and how they should treat each other so here are some basic guidelines:

What is an empath? An empath is a person who perceives the world through what they feel from other people, animals, even things and places at times. They do not read minds, although at times it may seem like it. They can, however, tell with reasonable accuracy what you are feeling, whether you are telling the truth, etc.

How do you know if you’re an empath? Have you ever felt like you were walking around with your skin peeled off? Have you ever walked into a room in a really good mood and instantaneously become depressed? (The reverse of this just means you are an extrovert.) Do you get uncomfortable in crowds as in an itch you can’t scratch? Did you develop the need to heal people not of an altruistic motive but simply so you could shut other people’s pain off? Guess what, you are blessed? – cursed? – with this wonderful psychic gift which is sometime about as useful as blowing lightbulbs is to a telekinetic.

If you are an empath:

1. Learn about boundaries and how to build barriers. It’s very important to know how much outside stimulus you can tolerate and when to make yourself scarce.

2. Learn to differentiate between you and everybody else. Believe it or not it’s not all about you.

3. Learn to meditate and ground yourself. This is the best and the first line of defense.

4. Find an understanding therapist, preferably a witch. In other words, get some control. We all need someone to talk to at some point in our lives. Even therapists see therapists.

5. Also learn to limit your input. You probably shouldn’t watch disasters as they unfold on TV. Things like September 11 maybe overwhelming and induce tears or fears months or years after the events. And once you have seen it, it really serves no purpose to keep watching it over and over.

6. Remember, be careful whom you decide to sleep with–sort of safe sex for your mind. Everyone you have sex with you make a connection with. Do you really want to carry this person around in your head the rest of your life?

What do you need to know if you aren’t an empath but have someone in your life who is?

1. Never, never touch an empath unless the empath invites you to touch them. If you are not grounded and centered in yourself, you may cause the empath physical or mental or emotional pain.

2. Be aware of personal space issues, especially if the empath has been working. An empath tends to need a greater amount of personal space than the average person. Miss Kat personally tells people when in this mode, “Don’t touch.” However, some people don’t choose to believe it and sometimes are shocked when the next thing that happens is that she gets seriously annoyed, and an annoyed Kat is not a pretty sight. She will, fold, spindle and mutilate when pushed.

3. However, the exception to the above rule is that another empath who is working can touch. Don’t ask me why ‘cause I don’t know.

4. Be aware that when an empath says she has to be alone, she really means it. They may need to separate what they are feeling internally from what they are picking up externally.

Any more questions? Believe it or not, the best information on this particular gift is found in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels.

One last note that may or may not be covered by the Rede, “An it harm none,” since it’s not really controllable. Being an empath has one side effect that is rather novel– piss me off and you’ll have a headache and Miss Kat won’t. This is just something to remember.

The Ooga-Boogas or Miss Kat’s Pet Peeves

The Ooga- boogas or please don’t run with scissors and some of Miss Kat’s pet peeves that you must not do.There are a lot of things in the wider word that masquerade under the mantle of the occult. There are things out there that you should not mess with. You could get badly hurt. These are things many experienced witches run from, do you really think you are good enough to handle them? You will be lucky if all you do is make a spectacle of yourself. Literally.

One of these things is a ouija board. People think when they play with a ouija board it is just a bit of fun, Wrong! What makes you think the spirit or entity you have called to play has your best interests in mind? Aren’t you vain? Using a ouija board is the equivalent of making a crank call with * 69 engaged. Miss Kat tells her students they are playing “Dialing for Demons”. She has seen more people scared out of their wits because something or someone answered them and answered them correctly. A lot of people have run screaming back to the Church because they hit something evil or just scares the crap out of them. There are some things best left unknown for a reason. And how do you know you didn’t cause events to happen because you set them in motion from believing the stupid thing. Foolish mortal.

You could also get someone who is asleep and wandering the astral plane. Did you really need to disturb their rest? They may have been working on something. Miss Kat watched 3 counselors in training at her camp unintentionally call up their counselor on her day off. She told them quite clearly to “Go to bed”. Miss Kat about laughed herself off her bed watching them drop the board. Remember all time is now.

Another ooga- booga is the old “Somebody put a hex on me” nonsense. My, aren’t we important. It takes an incredible amount of energy to ill wish someone. To truly do put a hex on someone you have to keep it up day and night non-stop but if someone tells you they put one on you and you believe it (whether they actually did it or not) they don’t have to do have to do anything further. Why? Because you are then the one investing the energy to keep the hex alive. And if you go to a psychic or faith healer to have it removed or ask about it and you pay them to have it removed, or someone tells you that someone put a hex on you, well you know the saying about a fool and his money?

If you are truly ill wished the secret is salt, nothing more, no fancy spell, no big ceremony, just salt and maybe a good house cleaning. But ask yourself this, what did you do to cause this alleged hex? Hmmm? Were you mean to someone? Did you hurt someone? Cut someone off in traffic? Try to get ahead at work in a not nice way? Tell a lie about someone? Manipulate something or someone? Then, my dears, the Rule of Three is in action and you are getting your just desserts. The universe is enacting justice. Did you really think you would get away with it? And guess what, if you are new to the Craft you may get away with it once but the farther you get down the path the less you will get away with. You are supposed to know better.

Another thing, it could be is one of those lovely life lessons. What are you supposed to learn from this? Maybe the Goddess tried to teach it to you nicely and you went about your merry way and ignored her. She has a way of tapping you on the shoulder to teach you and when you don’t pay attention She gets the Louisville slugger out and hits you up the side of the head. This is why I keep a tiny Louisville slugger on my altar. Sometimes I don’t listen very well and I get hit. It is much better and less painful to listen the first time.

Another ooga-booga is going to Madame Whatserface, psychic to the Stars. She’s in a street front shop and immediately demands money. All you are going to get out of her is an empty wallet. If you really want guidance get your own cards out and learn to read. Find a reputable, emphasis on reputable, metaphysical shop and ask who they recommend. It shouldn’t cost you more than say 25 bucks for 15 minutes to a half hour depending on what part of the country you live in. OR find yourself a good pagan therapist. Do not ask Madame Whosits psychic network. Do not randomly email someone you found on WITCHVOX. Annoying people with, please remove the hex, or even please hex my boyfriend, spam will not endear you to the pagan community.

A pet peeve of Miss Kat’s is getting unknown yahoos who email or instant message her and demand her time and energy to solve their problems. Miss Kat even had a woman in Britain email her to snail mail a hex to her boyfriend!!!! Number one it’s just wrong and number two what energy and money but her’s was supposed to make this happen?

When you ask for a reading online for free there is no energy being exchanged. Is that fair? Do you really think you get something for nothing? Laws of physics still apply and there must be energy exchanged or nature will fill the vacuum with anything handy. And do you know why witches ride brooms? It’s because Nature abhors a vacuum.

Miss Kat gets the weirdest email but the ones she hates the most are the ones that start “I had a vision ( dream, or great Whosits appeared to me) that I have been given great magickal powers and I must learn to use them for good.” Bah Humbug! You have been watching movies too long and need to come out of the dark. The magickal world does not work this way unless you are on uncontrolled substances. You can’t fly either.

This is not the same as having a god or goddess appear in your dreams. Those dreams usually are true and contain an agreement or ritual between you. These dreams often don’t feel like dreams but feel like they are real and contain sensory input from all your senses. Those should be kept secret for the most part. Those are initiation dreams. The letters Miss Kat is talking about are usually in lower case letters or they look like a ransom note. Sorry people but one great magickal power is spell check.

Miss Kat always hopes these are from some misguided, self-centered teenagers but one can’t always tell. Life is not an episode of the “Charmed” ones. We are all given the same great magickal power and it is a very simple one – LOVE. That is the only great magickal power worth messing with. It makes us and our families grow. It makes the planet turn and it stops wars and feeds the hungry. If you’ve got a bigger one than that Miss Kat doesn’t want to know about it. Your great power is probably from eating a chili cheese dog and a hot fudge sundae before bed.

Another type of email Miss Kat gets is the “I’ve decided I’m a witch. You must teach me”. No, Miss Kat mustn’t. These letters are usually but not always followed with some dire threat of what will happen if Miss Kat doesn’t. Buy books and find a teacher in you area and better yet wait until your 18 and out of your parent’s house.

Chain letters, Argghhhh!. Email or snail mail or left on your desk at work. These are the worst kind of black magic and should not be forwarded. Even the most benign “something” good will happen are black mail. Even the 10 good things will happen to you today ones. They contain a veiled or not so veiled threat of some evil thing happening if you don’t pass it on. NOTHING BAD WILL HAPPEN. These stupid things are extortion and benefit no one. Except maybe the loon who got his or her jollies starting the stupid thing. If Miss Kat could figure out away around the Rule of Three for these people, telemarketers and spam mailers she would. She believes they come from the same evil dimension because they suck your energy out the same way. How many household injuries happen as you race out of the shower, trip over the cat and stub your toe to get an expected important call and it’s an idiot saying you have been chosen to get free satellite TV?

The Gathering Part 2 or We’re Here!

The first thing you must do is check in. They need to know if you are there and where you are camping in case of emergency. And if the people running the event have done this before they may make you park facing out and leave your keys with Check in. This is in case of having to move people out in an emergency.

Note to those running an event: if you decide to run a workshop on orienteering or a treasure hunt involving a compass, do not run it through the parking lot. A car’s engine makes the needles disoriented and all cars are north.

Now get a program of events and settle down in your nicely set up campsite to pick your workshops. Go to something new that you haven’t tried before. Have fun at the rituals.

Have fun! Make new friends! Be tolerant of others. There are many, many different flavors of pagans here. Don’t laugh at the Klingon bridal party. There may be all kinds of special rituals such as handfastings or wiccanings. If you are invited go and participate. Find out what Asatru is about. Explore different pantheons of deities.

If there are vendors, support them. It is always nice to go home with something handmade with love by another pagan. There are very few pagan shopping malls.

The same rules apply as for going to your first public ritual so maybe re-read those chapters.

And when its time to go, leave the place cleaner than you found it. If necessary take you trash home with you to dispose of it.
If you had a really good time volunteer your time to put on the next one. Thus insuring there is a next one.

The Ritual or How many Priestesses does it take…

The Ritual

or

How many Priest/esses does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Okay how many people do you need to put on this ritual? As many as it takes to get all the jobs done. Don’t try to do it alone. You need people to call corners, and the deity. You will need people to do the meat of the ritual such as a guided meditation, craft project, blessing and purifying, spellwork or to raise energy. These people can all do double duty but if this is your first time as many people as you can get is best.

Assign people or ask for volunteers for each job and have a back up person to help if something happens to the first person. There is nothing like being in charge if a large event and landing in the Emergency Room at 2:00 in the morning and realizing you are the only one who knows where everything is and who is doing what; or that you are the one with the keys to the building or site.

Write everything out and distribute it to all participants. You can even work out the kinks via email between planning meetings.

The first few times you do a public ritual have people write out what they are going to say and memorize it. After you have done this a few times you can be extemporaneous but wait until you feel comfortable.

If you have included a chant or song in your ritual practice it with all the participants before the ritual starts. Make sure everyone can see a copy of the lyrics if it is long enough to make it difficult to remember. Have some one designated for each part if it is a round or canon.

If there is something you want everyone to do such as go up to the altar for a blessing or any action where in a small ritual you would do it one at a time, have multiple stations. Have something else going during this like a simple chant. If you are having a particularly large group and the action will take a while even with multiple stations have more than one chant. Nothing is a bigger turnoff to public ritual than having to sing, “We all come from the Goddess” for an hour. You will have rebellion at the very least and lose the energy you are trying to raise at worst. You could even have people leave and never come back because they think you are a bunch of first-rate primal bores.

If you are having a fire have one person in charge of it at all times. Make sure you have built safely in a safe place. For instance, don’t build it under a tree. Have a bucket of water and a bucket of sand. Sometimes sand will smother a blaze faster and with much less hazard than water. If you have a very sappy log water may even make the problem worse. If you haven’t done it before practice before hand or find an ex- Girl Scout to do it. Keep it small. It’s safer and better for the environment. Fire is a major air pollutant. If you are going to have a ritual where people are going to jump the fire, how about doing the jump over one of the small cauldrons or over a lantern. Flaming Pagan is generally not part of the Cakes and Ale at the end of ritual. And who wants to explain to an emergency room doctor what you were doing dressed like that. Miss Kat has had to put her keester in a lake after everyone noticed that the butt of her jeans were smoking.

Have a designated greeter or two. Please choose a person that is outgoing and can make people feel comfortable from the very beginning. New or shy people have a hard enough time getting the courage up to go to and event. Please don’t scare them off before they get in the door.

Have a person designated to corral the food offerings and take charge of serving and cleanup. Better yet have a team of people to do it. It’s very bad manners to leave one person with a messy kitchen or area to clean up.

Have one or two people at the most in charge of the event. Democracies and consensus are nice for running an organization but one person needs to coordinate all the chickens running around with their heads cut off.

When it’s time for the ritual to begin have an explanation time. You may have new people who have never been to a public ritual. You may have guests from other traditions. Explain the history of the holiday. It will also settle the participants down if they are having a major case of stage fright.

If you have a plan most everything will go smoothly and it goes even better if you can manage to have a rehearsal before the ritual. Don’t run every minute of the ritual just the order and things like the chant. Try the craft project before hand if you’re having one a few times so you know all the ins and outs of it. It saves embarrassment in the long run.

Some things you should to know about doing ritual; Try to be sensitive to the flow of energy; you may have to change things as you go along. Be flexible! Don’t expect to be perfect but expect to have gotten as much out of the doing as if you were a participant not just a priestess. Most important of all HAVE FUN!

After you are all done get together and brainstorm what went right and what went wrong. Give yourself a pat on the back because public ritual done correctly can be very difficult and very hard work. If you tackle it deserve a pat on the back.

Preparing to put on your first public ritual

Oh Braveheart, you’ve decided to put on your first public ritual. There are some things you need to decide. Is this ritual at a gathering such as Pagan Pride or Merry Meet? Is this an open ritual done for your local pagan community? Who are your potential attendees? What do you have to offer? Is this is a group of strangers? Do you know these people from past gatherings? Is it a mixed group of known and unknown quantities? Are you only going to be open to certain groups of invited people?

First, make a plan. What do you want people to go home with? Are you celebrating a holiday? A healing Circle? Is this a political Circle? If not, what the heck are you doing it for? Decide how long you want this ritual to last. Anything longer than an hour to an hour and a half becomes taxing and begins to resemble an early American Puritan service. If it’s to be longer advertise it as a vigil. After an hour and a half you run into barriers like bathroom breaks and bad knees and backs and babysitters. You also are limiting your attendee’s abilities. If you want people to stand for a long length of time you inhibit accessibility.

Do you need to reserve space? You can’t just show up at a public park without reserving space. You may want to alert local authorities that you are having an event. This depends on your local political climate. Suggestions for spaces include your local Unitarian Universalist Church, public group campsites where you can rent an entire campground, public beaches and parks, Community recreations centers. Sometimes even local libraries and banks have spaces for non-profit groups. Doing ritual in people’s houses should be avoided if possible. You are opening up the householder for all kinds of liabilities such as stalking and other unpleasantness.

Have a clear idea of what you want accomplish and break it down into its component elements. Have an outcome or objective even if it’s to go home with a fun arts and crafts project.

Buy more supplies than you need. It’s better to have too much than not enough. Do you need a small donation to cover the supplies and/ or the rental of the space? Can you get some of it donated? Do you need or want a sponsor such as a local metaphysical shop? Do you need to ask people to bring food to share? A lot of groups also do a community service project with their gatherings. Do you want to collect clothes or toys for a women’s shelter? How about food for your local food bank? Those are easier to collect than money for a cause and are more immediate in their effects.

Do you have enough parking? Are you telling people they need to carpool?

Make sure you have enough people to cover each task. Do not try to do everything unless you like sitting in corners and muttering dire things to yourself.

This to some will look like you are limiting the spontaneity or cramping some free spirit’s style but the best things are always well planned. That is how you make it look easy. Preparation is everything!

All this and we haven’t even gotten to the ritual yet.

Finding your ritual tools or it costs how much????

When you start in the Craft you get all excited and want run out and buy every tool but you don’t need to do that. The best way is to take your time and find the right tools. Where? In the places you sometimes least expect them. Keep your eyes and ears open and pray to Zelda the goddess of shopping and you will be surprised at the places you can find things.

Yes, going to an occult store is fun and sometimes necessary and by all means support your local community store but if you are on a limited budget there are other ways to obtain them. And yes, the Pyramid Collection catalog and Ancient Ways website are addicting to look at but so can shopping at thrift stores and swap meets. And some pagan stores cultivate an atmosphere that is down right scary, if it scares you than that isn’t where you need to buy your magickal goods. Unless you are really into having to cleanse your tools in a real big way then go right ahead. There are some pagan stores Miss Kat has walked into and walked right back out again because they have oppressive auras and nasty things for sale. Find a store that doesn’t cater to the Necromicron crowd.

The best pagan stores feel bright and open. They have friendly people who don’t ignore you and make you feel like you walked into a secret meeting of a terrorist cell. They don’t try to impress you with how much they know and you don’t, especially if they have no clue who you are and what your experience level. If you local metaphysical shop is reputable and feels good please use them and support them but sometimes you need more than they can carry and then its time to explore.

I’ve met some shopkeepers who would ignore Starhawk because she didn’t impress them. More fool them! My personal favorite places to look are my local Scottish Highland Games and the various Renaissance Faires in my area. In your area there are probably lots of different cultural events go and cruise the booths. Even in the most isolated areas there will be some type of Craft Faire. You may have to drive a ways to get there but day trips are always adventures. Sometimes you can even find thing by the side of the road. One of my first coven sisters got the urge to drive out in the rural parts of our area when we were supposed to be getting the materials for our coven cords and when she felt something tell her to stop, she did. There by the side of the road under the oaks was a ball of yarn in the right color. One never knows, does one?

You can also make many of your tools. Take a ceramics class and make your chalice. Take some silver-smithing classes and you can make your whole coven jewelry just for them. Investigate the Extension and Adult Education classes at your local college or university. They are usually inexpensive and fun. It gives you the opportunity to try something and see if you good at it without a huge investment or embarrassment. Who knows you may find something to do that takes you the next step on your path.

In the search you may find your personal tools are not what you expected them to be. Your athame and wand may be far different from the so-called “norm”. If gardening is your passion then your tools may be a shovel, a trowel, garden shears and pots. Buy the best quality tools for this and they will last you forever. Who knew Home Depot and Loews carried ritual tools? There is nothing wrong with a potting bench as an altar.

If you become a smith of any sort your tools may be pliers, hammers, cutters, a torch for fire ( well duh?) and your pentacle is an anvil. If you love sewing your machine, your needle and thread, scissors and pincushion are your tools.

There is nothing wrong with having your tools suit you. You are your own Priest or Priestess and your tools should reflect that passion because where your passion is there will be your magic. Who knows? Miss Gulch may really have been using that bicycle in the Wizard of Oz for a ritual tool?

Look for the supplies you need in your daily practice of the Craft in the Yellow pages. There is nothing wrong with finding a factory outlet to buy your candles for instance, in the Los Angeles area there is General Wax and Candle. A lot of the candles you find in stores are made in their factory and they have a store attached. You can buy a case for very reasonable amounts. They also are on the web and have a catalog.

You can hit your local Ikea for bags of a hundred tealights if you are planning a large ritual and want everyone to light a candle. Cost Plus World Markets, Pier One Imports, Joanne’s Fabrics and Target are wonderful sources of magickal tools. Check out the seasonal departments around Halloween; the garden departments for gazing globes and garden gnomes.

We all need baskets and fun ritual foods for Cakes and Ale. Michael’s Craft stores are very dangerous places. Miss Kat can never go in there for just one thing. You can get concrete and molds with glass mosaic pieces and make corner stones for elements to place in your garden. Your local Nurseries may carry all kinds of fairies to come bless your garden along with all the basic herbs and plants a hedge-witch would ever need.

Need ritual jewelry? I have yet to meet a witch who wasn’t a magpie with a weakness for sparkly things. Your local bead store is a very fun place. They may even teach classes in thing like beading, glass work, gourd crafts, silver or tin-smithing, wirework and metal casting. Your local rock hounds may put on a Gem and jewelry show. Every large city has bigger Gem and Jewelry shows, sometimes several times a year.

And then there are the catalogues. If you start ordering from one you will soon get lots of others. Try Fire Mountain Gems or Rio Grande for jewelry supplies. They have reasonably priced goddesses, totem animals, and wonderful assortments or different kinds of beads and semi-precious stones.

Toscano is a fun catalogue for Egyptian and some goddess things. Sacred Source is a catalogue with more deities than any pagan could ever dream of. And those are just a few.

Herbs can be found in the spice aisle or at a health foods store or from places like Red Rose Farm or Herb Products if you can’t grow you own.

Half the fun is the hunt, you can even get fun things besides books on Amazon.com. Miss Kat who never liked Barbies while growing up has to admit to having a bunch of Barbie goddess dolls on an altar. What’s not to like about having Brighid, Kwan Yin, Freya, Isis and the Faerie Queen for $19.99?Tools can be found everywhere all you need to do is be open and look for them.