Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]


Views: 21,775,827


February 1st. 2019 ...

Paganism and Witchcraft in the Media


September 25th. 2018 ...

Understanding the Unseen


August 25th. 2018 ...

A Little Magickal History

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

Kitchen Magic and Memories

Why the Faeries?

Magic in Daily Life

An Open Fire: Healing from Within

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

Gudrun of the Victory Gods

Ares and Athena

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

The Lady on the Stairs


July 26th. 2018 ...

The Importance of Unification: Bringing Together Community Members to Invoke Cohesivity


May 29th. 2018 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess


April 20th. 2018 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name


January 25th. 2018 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion


November 15th. 2017 ...

Witch?


September 30th. 2017 ...

Transitioning


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.


July 31st. 2017 ...

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers


July 2nd. 2017 ...

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?


June 1st. 2017 ...

Herbal Astrology

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions


April 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles


March 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords


January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

Little Dog, Big Love


December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule


November 10th. 2016 ...

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans


September 11th. 2016 ...

The Shadow of Disgust


September 3rd. 2016 ...

Nature’s Reward


August 12th. 2016 ...

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight


July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

An Open Mind and Heart

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum


June 13th. 2016 ...

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

Life is Awesome... and the Flu


May 15th. 2016 ...

Faery Guided Journey

Working with the Elements

Magical Household Cleaning


April 2nd. 2016 ...

The Fear of Witchcraft

Magic in Sentences


March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

Spring Has Sprung!


January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Community and Perception


December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca


October 24th. 2015 ...

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn


October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts


September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side


September 16th. 2015 ...

Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate


August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale


July 9th. 2015 ...

Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Magic of Weather


June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?


May 6th. 2015 ...

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether


March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft


March 28th. 2015 ...

On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations


March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book


February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader


January 1st. 2015 ...

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Pagans All Around Us

Broomstick to the Emerald City


October 20th. 2014 ...

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 15609

VoxAcct: 398069

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,076

Times Read: 3,129

RSS Views: 11,363
Words of Power!

Author: Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc
Posted: February 9th. 2014
Times Viewed: 3,129

In the world, there are people who think and talk about doing things and there are people who actually do things. The two groups are not completely separate, of course, because most people who do things have talked about doing them, and nearly all people who think and talk about doing things have done some things, even though they might not have done a lot. Surviving requires that we take a bit of action, after all! But all that being said… there are people who get out there in the world as “movers and shakers” and others who spend most of their lives being “sitters and talkers.”

In the world of magick, it’s the same. Magickal people are subject to the same laws and foibles as everyone else. In fact, magick is not that different from the other aspects of our lives, is it? All of life involves inspiration, motivation, courage, energy, passion, and dedication, if things are going to get done, if we are going to move forward, and if positive changes are going to happen.

This is the time of year when we think about beginnings. At Imbolc, we give thanks for the first stirrings of new life beneath the soil or in the pasture. We contemplate what accomplishments we plan on making this year. Please note that I said, “plan on making”! Instead of that, I might have said, “hope to make.” Choosing the verb “plan to” is preferable, because “to plan’ is active. It implies that one is going about a mental process in an organized fashion, perhaps writing down steps, researching costs, and sending out inquiries. But what does “hope to” imply? Blowing out the candles on a cake while making a wish? Flipping a coin into a well? Watching for a falling star to wish upon?

Sometimes we use the verb “to try” instead of “to hope.” Trying really is a lot more active than hoping, isn’t it? Can’t you just feel yourself straining, almost as if to hoist a heavy load, when you declare, “I am trying to do this”? So isn’t this a good thing, then, to say we are going to try to accomplish a particular thing? As someone who’s tried to do a lot more things than I’ve actually done, I suggest that saying “I’m going to try” is like writing up a prenuptial agreement before a wedding. You’re already allowing for the possibility that it’ll start to get old fast, and you’ll give up on it!

How many times have many people “tried” to quit smoking? That’s just an example! I tried many times, but the one time I really did quit was the time I threw out “to try” and instead said, right from the start, “I am quitting smoking.” I AM. In other words, I did quit smoking; I actually stopped lighting up cigarettes and puffing on them.

By the same token, magickally we can “try to study harder, ” or we can sit down, make a plan or schedule, procure the books, the pen and journal or whatever things we need, and we can begin doing it. And we can say, “I am studying! ” and we can stick to it through thick and thin, until such time as we amaze our-own-selves with how much more we know now than we ever knew before.

“I am going to try to write some articles for Witchvox” can be transformed into “I am writing articles and submitting them to Witchvox. And my first one just got accepted!”

“I am going to try to write a song to my Goddess” can become “I am writing a song! I have written a song! I sing it when I invoke Her!”

“I’m going to try to do a blessing on my new house” becomes, instead, “I am going to do a blessing on my new house tomorrow evening. My two best friends are going to join me. I have written up a small ritual and assembled all the things we’ll use.”

When we decide to claim for ourselves the title of Witch (Magician, Alchemist) , we incorporate our ritual garments and our tools, and in our minds…in our self-concept…we always have them on us. We do not just “want” and “wish, ” “hope, ” or even “try” anymore. If we want to do something, WE DO IT. Yes, it’s true that we do serious self-assessment first, and we plan our steps and prepare ourselves, but this is all a part of doing it. When we say we are going to do something, then every day we take some form of action toward getting it done, until it IS done. We learn the skills or facts we need to know; we hone the techniques; we practice until we’re good at it. All of these steps are active ones, and none of them involve wishing or hoping!

When I say, “We do it, ” of course I don’t mean we do it…anything…instantly. Real magick doesn’t even work that way. “We do it” might take weeks, or months. It might take all year. It might take longer than that. And “We do it” doesn’t mean we do it perfectly. Especially if it’s the very first time we’ve done it, it might not be a great masterpiece at all. But it is okay for us to do something that isn’t a masterpiece! My guess is that every person who has ever done something really, really great, has done a lot of somethings that were a whole lot less than great first. It is better to do something that’s not great than to spend one’s whole life just wishing to do it!

Taking action requires us to let go of the expectation that we will be perfect, and grab hold of, instead, the determination that we will not leave this life without accomplishing the work we came here to do. There are things that are ours to accomplish, that no one else could ever do with the exact same slant, or energy, zest, or flavor that we can do them with. We owe it to the universe to paint a little bit of it with OUR colors, the very best splash of color we can give it! There’s no better time to start than now. Let the action begin!





ABOUT...

Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc


Location: Greenwood, Delaware

Author's Profile: To learn more about Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc - Click HERE




Other Articles: Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc has posted 6 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2019





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2019 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections
(including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.)
are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc.
TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2019










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).