Okay, so I am going to redo that quiz-meme-thing from a couple of years ago. I present to you my new answers!
B A S I C S //
Do you have a magical/Pagan name? Not really, though I’ve decided to use Celestine Day as an online name when I blog or talk about Paganism.
What does it mean? “Celestine” is a name I’ve been using for many years and is personally meaningful to me in a way that is described in my post about magical names. “Day” is new, and I’m not entirely sure why I chose it, not yet.
How did you find Paganism? In high school, through reading The Truth About Witchcraft Today by Scott Cunningham.
How long have you been practicing? Twenty years. 🙂
Solitary or group practitioner? Both. And I will be writing a blog post at some point about that.
What is your path? Eclectic Paganism.
Are you out of the broom closet? Basically out. I’ve never been the kind of person to hide who I am. I don’t go around introducing myself as Pagan, but I don’t lie, or make any effort to hide, either.
D E I T Y //
Who is your patron God? Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles and Opener of Ways. Hindu pantheon.
Who is your patron Goddess? Yemaya, Mother of the Orisha, Lady of the Tides. African Diaspora religions.
What Gods do you worship? This is one of the things that’s changed since two years ago; I’ve become more of a hard polytheist since gaining a patron and matron. I still believe all deities are made of the same stuff, and are connected, but I no longer believe they’re all just aspects or faces of a God and Goddess. So, I do worship Ganesha and Yemaya, and I honor all manner of other gods while in ritual with others.
Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddess, or rather respect them? Respect.
Do you worship the Christian God? No, but I respect Him. I believe the true God that is represented in true Christianity is very disappointed in the some of the people who call themselves His.
Do you ever worship animals? Not really.
Or plants? Nope.
N A T U R E //
Do you regularly commune with nature? Sadly, no. In the past year, I finally had an allergy test, and I’m pretty much allergic to everything, and severely allergic to all things outside. Having regular communion with Nature, therefore, would be detrimental to my health. So I focus on self-improvement and deity worship in my practice.
Ever walked barefoot in the woods? Gah, no! There’s prickers in the ground here, my feet would never survive!
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature? When I was younger, and just into Wicca, and my parents took me camping, I viewed it as a way to commune with nature… and cast spells (I was 14, 15, give me a break).
Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth? I don’t have one. Too allergic.
Do you have a familiar? I did. She was old and sick and I had to have her put to sleep in 2010. 😦 I miss her.
Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual? Nope.
Or a plant? Nope.
Do you hug trees? Not recently, but I have.
Give them gifts? No.
What is your favourite flower to work with? I don’t really work with flowers.
What is your favourite tree to work with? See above.
W H E E L . O F . T H E . Y E A R //
What is your favourite holiday? Samhain!
What is your least favourite holiday? I would have to say Mabon, or maybe Lughnasadh, because it’s so difficult to tune to harvest festivals in a world where food is bought at the grocery store. One of them can be the Pagan Thanksgiving, but then what’s the other? Honestly, I have trouble with many of the holidays on the Wheel of the Year for that reason.
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday? Yes.
Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a Pagan holiday? Yes! XD
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21 rather than the 25? I celebrate Yule on the 21st with Pagan friends, and Christmas as a secular holiday on the 25th with my non-Pagan family.
Have you ever felt the veil thin? Yes.
Ever danced the Maypole? No.
Know what the Maypole symbolizes? Yes.
How do you usually celebrate the Pagan holidays? I celebrate by attending ritual and feast with the local ADF protogrove. We all either pitch in to create a ritual for the holiday, or one or two people take charge of writing ritual.
D I V I N A T I O N //
Do you use Tarot? Yes, for many years now. I’ve been told my multiple people that I can be scary accurate. ^_^
Do you use runes? Nope, never felt the pull to them that I have to the cards.
Do you use a pendulum? I have, but not often.
Do you use dowsing rods? No.
Do you use astrology? I have, but not often (more often than a pendulum), and not in a while.
Any other form of divination? Nope.
S P E L L S //
What was the first spell you did? I actually don’t remember.
What was the latest? A house blessing for a friend’s new house.
Ever done a love spell? Gods, yes, and it was a disaster, please don’t ask again.
A job spell? Nope.
A healing spell? Yep!
What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed? … that love spell, unfortunately. That one is the reason I actually don’t cast spells very often.
What deities do you usually call on? Well, honestly, I don’t often call on deities when I perform spells. When I did, before, it was just the Goddess and God. Now, I’ll call on Ganesha and Yemaya if it’s something I’m doing for myself (which I don’t often do), or whomever feels appropriate for what I’m doing. As an example, for the house blessing I did for my friend, I called on “all those who answer to Mother.”
C R Y P T O Z O O L O G Y //
Do you believe in Vampires?
Satyrs? Okay, I’m going to use this space to explain my belief about all of the above: Yes, I believe in all of these things, but I don’t necessarily believe they all exist in our world. I am a believer in a multiverse of an infinite number of parallel universes, not all of which resemble our own. So, do I believe in mermaids? Yes. Do I believe there are mermaids in the seas and oceans of our Earth in this universe? No.
Ever “seen” any of the above? A dragon, but only in insubstantial spirit form.
Ever talked to any of the above? A faerie, I think.
Ever used any of the above in magic? No.
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian? That dragon spirit I talked about earlier.
R A N D O M //
Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon? I see a moon, and an androgynous being that could be male or female or both or neither.
Own a cat? Used to. 😦
When you meditate, what does your happy place look like? I’ve begun to visualize my astral temple as a very simple set up of altars and shrines on a beach by the ocean, and I do this for Mother Yemaya. The time is always at dusk, with the orange of a setting sun reflecting in the waters.
Do you work with Chakras? Yes.
Do you believe in past lives? Yes.
If so, describe a few briefly: I was some sort of spider-being who knows where, I’ve been a Wise Woman and a not-so-wise man. A Nordic chieftain (for lack of remembering the proper term), and a judge of some kind.
Do you believe in soul mates? Not the way you’re thinking. I believe a “soul mate” is a soul we’ve known before, and have business with again, so we recognize each other and click. So you can have several soul mates, and the connection doesn’t have to be romantic.
Do you have a spirit guide; if so, what? Yes, at least one discorporate spirit hangs around, known as Kiernan. And I consider Ganesha and Yemaya to be spirit guides, even though they’re gods.
Is it always love and light? Is what always love and light? My faith? Life? No, absolutely not. Life can suck, and the gods are demanding, and it’s not always fun. But it’s life, and it’s faith, and it’s part of the Wheel we turn.