Wisdom as a Virtue

“Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

by Miles Kington

There is a component of wisdom that is about understanding the best response in a given situation. It’s also about knowing the best way to engage with a situation. The quote above neglects to realize that there are recipes for fruit salad that include tomatoes. 

Wisdom is more than common sense. It’s also an awareness of self and of the situation. The quote above shares that it takes knowledge to know that a tomato is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. (It has to do with the part of the plant that grows to create the tomato.) However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t put a tomato in a fruit salad – you just have to consider what makes sense.

Most people consider tomatoes to be a vegetable, and they are mostly used in savory applications. But just because a tomato is usually savory doesn’t mean that it can’t also be in something sweet. We see chocolate used in savory dishes when it usually used in sweet dishes, so why not tomatoes in sweet recipes?  

Looking at wisdom as a virtue drives us to understand ourselves better. It also encourages us toward critical thinking and discernment. Wisdom helps us to navigate the world and helps us to avoid making poor choices.

So grab that tomato, and decide what you want to do with it.

Reading for the Week – Dec 14

This week I choose to use the Ogham as I’ve been working with it for my daily readings

The Ogham are:
Negtal (three diagonal lines) which talks about transformation and action that moves us forward.
Straif (four diagonal lines) talks about hard choices and the need to do something even when we don’t like any of the options
Alim (one horizontal line) talks about taking the long view and seeing the big picture

Together they remind us that we should keep moving forward, even when it’s not something we want to do just then. Keep the big picture in mind and go for your goal.

November Full Moon Reading

For today’s reading, I used the “This Might Hurt” tarot deck that I love.

Two of Swords ~ Three of Cups ~ Six of Swords
This Might Hurt Tarot Deck

This continues from the last reading to remind us that we should not let ourselves get mired in the ick that is the pandemic.

My reading on these cards:
This situation sucks, but putting a blindfold on doesn’t help to avoid the situation. It’s still there. Take the blindfold off and find your support structure. Celebrate with your friends and family in whatever way you can.
Make the choice to figure out what you need to keep going in this time and move towards that goal.

The Witches’ Sabbat

Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure to attend a series of online classes and events. It’s generally been great, but some events are better than others.

A conference that I attended in early November – The Witches Sabbat (http://witchessabbat.com/) – was one of the better ones. The content was excellent and diverse, the community is fabulous, and the pacing and inclusion was terrific.

The conference started on Friday evening with a guided trance journey by Storm Faerywolf to the Witches Sabbat meeting place – a liminal space on the astral where we gathered and set the stage for the conference. Over the next two days, we experienced a fabulous collection of live workshops with a decent amount of time for Q&A. The live presenters included Judika Illes, Temperance Alden, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Najah Lightfoot, Misha Magdalene, Devin Hunter, Mat Auryn, and Storm Faerywolf. In addition to the live presenters, we also got a TON of additional material from the guest presenters.  

In addition to all the excellent workshops and fantastic community, we also participated in the announcement of the winners of The Witchies! A new series of awards that are targeted at the modern Witchy creators!

There were a few technical issues as the hosts and presenters, and attendees, learned to use the new-to-them technology, but the hosts took it in stride and ensured that we still got a great experience! 

Since the conference, we have continued to see the involvement, updates, and additional information for the folks who attended the conference!

I highly recommend this conference for folks interested in expanding their knowledge and finding a great community. Sign up for their newsletter to hear more at http://witchessabbat.com

Rune Card Reading – Nov 11, 2020

Today, I got a new set of Rune cards from MailoniKat and they are so awesome that I was inspired to do a reading

The deck includes a bag and a sheet that includes the meanings of the runs in context of the images.

The way I interpret this rune is that we can still maintain our individuality and sense of self while sharing our energy and time with other people. Doing so will spark inspiration and creativity in us.

Deck: The Witch’s Pets Rune Deck by @MailoniKat Ilustradora

What’s Mine is Mine

As we get closer to Samhain and US Thanksgiving (sorry Canadian residents, this is late for us) it’s good practice to remember and re-enforce the boundaries that we set around ourselves.

It’s very easy for us to make attachments to people and places and things and then forget that they are there. These attachments will often ping on our attention occasionally – sometimes more than occasionally.

Think of that Uncle who you love but who is just a bit annoying, or that book that you keep meaning to read, or that project that lays there half-done, or even your partner. Each of these things take a bit of our attention – consciously or subconsciously – and they are a drain on us.

Sometimes, like in the case of your partner (assuming a healthy relationship) it can be totally worth the attention and energy. But sometimes it’s just a drain.

Productivity gurus tell us to write out to-do lists to get it off our brains, or even just journaling can help. But sometimes, we just need to reset.

This little spell is that reset for our attention, for our energy. It doesn’t firmly cut the stubborn cords – there are other workings for that – but it does help us reset.

It’s kind of like when you get a new credit card number (due to loss or theft) and suddenly you see all the things that you are subscribed to or have allowed to charge you. For the stuff you want to keep, you just give them your new number. For the other stuff, you just leave them alone.

Here we are cutting, or at least recognizing, all our connections and choosing which ones we wish to re-establish.

The working is simple.

Find some time when you can be alone. Depending on how often you do this practice, you may need 15 minutes, or you may need an hour. Turn your phone off and make sure you won’t be disturbed.

This is really effective if you can do it in the shower! The water running off of your body helps. Combine it with a sugar scrub and you have a powerful reset.

Light a candle or some incense, or put on some music as you wish. Whatever helps you to relax and focus is great.

Now take three deep breaths and center yourself wherever your center is – that may be in your heart, or your belly, or lower.

With your mind’s eye, scan the edges of your body. See and feel the cords that connect you to all the things that have your attention. Maybe they are connected to the TV, or your phone, or your partner, or your noisy neighbours. They could be connected to anything. They may have different colors, they may feel different with textures and temperatures. There is no right or wrong.

Some of those cords start with you, and some of those cords start with someone, or something, else.

The cords just are. It doesn’t matter how many there are, or where they are attached to. That’s just you. No judgement.

Take another breath and chant the following words. As you chant, the energy returns to where it came from. Experience each cord separating from it’s target as energy goes back to where it came from. The cords from other people wither and drop off of you. The cords from you pull back into you.

What’s mine is mine

What’s thine is thing

To me return what is mine

To thee return what is thine

Keep repeating the chant until you feel (or see) that the energy returning to it’s owner. I find that I feel lighter and more energized when this work is done.

Take a deep breath again, and FEEL your body. Feel the seat under you, or the floor beneath your feet. Feel your breath as it enters your body, and as it leaves you.

BE. HERE. NOW.

Once you are done with the ritual take some time to ground and center yourself. Eat and drink something.

Over the next few days, reach out to those folks to whom you want to make sure that you keep your connection. Pay attention to the things you want to to re-establish those connections.

Remember that your attention and your energy is yours. It’s up to you where it’s spent.