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3 Pagans and a Cat Month Feature

March, 2019

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family
members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to
discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and
mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

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Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

February 2019 Episodes

Episode 30: Storytelling – Shenanigans: Car, Gwyn, and Ode sit around the mic to tell each other stories from their respective mythological backgrounds, including: The Murder Harp, Finn McCool Eats a Fish, Why You Shouldn’t Swan and Chill, Pan Pipes Are Forensic Evidence, That One Time Thor Went Fishing, and How Asgard Got A Wall (and a Bonus Horse).

Episode 31: First Steps – Shadow Work: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the psychological concept of the Shadow, how it is born and manifests, what Shadow Work is, why you might want to do it, and how to go about the process.

This Month’s Podcast Shares from their Backlog

Episode 7: Wheel of the Year – Ostara: In the second of a series of Pagan Holiday Specials, Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss Ostara, the limits of historical Eostre, and the practices of modern celebration.

Episode 10: Building Your book – Correspondences: Car, Gwyn, and Ode continue the Building Your book series by talking about correspondences: what they are, how they work, and ways in which you might include them in your book.

Where
Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their
Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their
Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

Their
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3PaaC

Their
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

Their
G+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/collection/oCWVXE

Remember

You
can always support your favorite podcasts with a donation.
Every bit helps to keep them
going.

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About the Author:

Jennifer
Wright
is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She
founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to
share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things
to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.

Witch & Popcorn

February, 2019

Bright
Blessings film lovers!

I’m
reviewing a new show instead of a movie this time.

This
show has made quite a stir on Netflix this week, and people are
either celebrating it, or upset by the hosts suggestions. There seems
to be no happy medium response. People either love this or hate it.

I
watched a few Episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Let
me begin by saying I freaking LOVE this!

Smart
business lady Marie Kondo hails from beautiful Japan, where she
single-handedly started an organizing business based on clean,
minimal living, only owning things you get a lot of use out of, and
teaching a lifestyle of keeping things neat, in their place, and
clean.

While
I’m not going to have 30 books or less, as she recommends, nor will
I fold every article of clothing I own into tidy origami-like
parcels, as a witch, I appreciate her attitude, and approach.

The
first thing Marie does when she walks into a house, after meeting the
homeowners, is ask permission to “get acquainted with” the house.
She then kneels, and looks to be meditating, and soaking in the
home’s vibes.

If
that isn’t magical practice, I don’t know what is.

The next thing she has the homeowners do is take stock of every item they own, and purge as much as possible. There is a lot of tears, a bit of tantruming at times, and a lot of resistance from some homeowners. They want an immaculately clean home, but they want it stocked full of junk, and things they squirreled away for years they forgot all about. In the end, the clients always say their whole lives are changed by the purge, reorganizing, and change to a lifestyle of cleanliness and simplification.

It’s
just throwing things out, and reorganizing, right?

Well,
it’s more than that.

Getting
rid of things that are not useful, and are eating up space that could
be better used otherwise frees up not only the space itself, but the
energy. Every item we use, touch, and keep retains energy and
memories. While some of us are consciously aware of all that, some
people are not, but they still are not immune to the effects.

Some
call clutter visual noise, but have you ever had a toxic roommate or
live in lover and once they and all their junk was gone, you felt
like the weight of the world had been lifted from your home and
heart? Things hold energy.

The
thing I saw in common of all the clients in the episodes I watched
was they grumbled their house was not big enough- and stated they
needed more storage space, but Marie knew better. She knew they had
too much stuff!

She
made them pile their clothes on top of the bed, and thin out as many
clothes as possible before they did anything else. I think she gave
them a week to do all of that. People had entirely forgotten about
all of the clothes they owned. They said they never even liked
certain articles of clothing, and seeing the mountain of clothes
horrified them. One client remarked she was ashamed of herself for
being so greedy about clothing when there are people who don’t have
hardly any clothes.

Marie,
in magical fashion, had people hold each belonging and only keep what
“sparked joy”. She expected them to feel the vibes off things and
keep only the things that had good vibes. Basic energy 101! She then
told them to thank the object for allowing them to use it before
discarding.

The
process took forever with some people, but she taught them energy and
appreciation for objects.

Magic!

Marie
might not identify as a witch, but she knows about moving energy and
all about psychology. The initial shock of the mountain of clothes
was all she needed to get people’s attention and wake them up.

I’m
not saying there was no pissing and moaning from some clients after
the realization. I’m saying it was the stab in the rear end they
all needed to see they had done this, and they needed to dig their
way out. One client aggravated me with her whining so much, I had to
watch that episode over the course of two days, but in the end she
did a great job and got with the program.

Our
homes are supposed to be our sanctuaries, not places that exhaust us.
When we junk up our homes, we are constantly swamped in the sea of
trash, and it soaks into our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Purging
helps us focus on what we want and need in our homes so we can
control the focus of energy and the feel of the home.

I
always wonder why so many people cannot understand this.

I
am reminded of my first marriage. My ex husband collected junk- or
just shoved everything in drawers and never bothered to take care of,
or clean anything. He owned empty cardboard boxes from things he no
longer owned, and even empty plastic bags that had been in the boxes
he no longer had from things he also no longer had. He owned expired
turtle wax and tried to fight to keep it. He had hundreds of empty
wire hangers from dry cleaners in the trunk of his car which he
refused to part with, and he cried when I threw them out. He owned
broken golf tees he stated had no sentimental value, and he even had
undeveloped photo film he said he had no plans to ever develop, but
wanted to keep- because it was HIS. He had a three bedroom, two bath
house with a full basement, and it was not large enough to house all
of his junk and collection of thousands of books, CD’s, Cassette
Tapes, eight track tapes, VCR tapes, and DVDs- a collection that was
steadily growing. He did not understand that libraries are good
places to nab media and books, and less is more. He owned books that
were molded, having been rotting in the damp basement for over a
decade, and had books he had never read, but continued to buy more.

His
was an extreme case, and his inability to change his compulsive
shopping and accumulating damaged our relationship. We were not
married long enough for me to find out what his psychiatric issues
were. I do not miss living with him. He found somebody who was okay
with his lifestyle, and I am thankful he moved me out of the mess.

Getting
out of that trash heap was a breath of fresh air for me. I can only
imagine how awful people who have done this to themselves felt before
Marie helped them.

On
the show, Marie takes people who don’t show psychiatric problems.
These just have a lot of unnecessary crap. They make excuses, and
Marie does not buy it. She goes in every week for about a month, and
teaches them how to clean out the whole house. By the time it is all
done, the homeowners have done all she says, and my OCD is appeased.

I
will say this show gives me appreciation for The Queer Eye. Somehow,
the Fab Five manage to guide the people they are making over to NOT
descend into self-pity, but they prod them to organization. I respect
Marie’s philosophy that they homeowners will do their own
organizing, and it serves to ensure they know how to keep it that
way. There is just so much whining and complaining from some of the
clients, you might want to slap them. They made the mess, they clean
the mess, and Marie makes sure they do.

I
am also appreciating the Hoarders shows, as the clients often are
very open about their psychiatric issues that lead them to let their
homes go to seed. The home is an outward manifestation of what is on
the inside. And these organizing shows take the outside, use it to
illustrate what is going wrong, and set the outside right first as a
way to start inner work.

As
magical practitioners, we know all too well that what we surround
ourselves with influences us. If we are surrounded by repressed
memories and buried pain, or even good memories, manifested by things
we chose to keep although it is useless- we are working bad juju on
ourselves.

Get
rid of it.

Now.

Marie
Kondo’s show might be viral right now, and she might be all the
rage currently, but her approach, her attitude, and her techniques
are old magical practice every witch can do without any spellwork.

Let’s
just refer to this as space clearing on the mundane level, and it’s
just as important as ritual banishing, and mundane house cleaning.

A
good watch.

Happy
Viewing.

Blessed
Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

3 Pagans and a Cat Monthly Feature

December, 2018

 

3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast

Three Paths, One Journey, No Cat

In this highly informative & entertaining podcast, three family members embroiled in wildly divergent traditions gather in one room to discuss, debate, and flat-out argue about their magical, mythical, and mundane lives, all for our education and pleasure.

 

***

Each Month… we will share the previous month’s episodes with you from their site to help keep you up-to-date with their impressive podcast. While there, don’t forget to listen to this month’s as well, we wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!

 

November 2018 Podcasts

Episode 24: Embracing Dissonance: Car, Gwyn, and Ode discuss the damage they’re still trying to cast off from Christianity, some basic criteria for exploring your pagan options, and how to do the research that brings it all together.

 

 

This Month’s Podcast Share from their Backlog

Episode 5: Building Your Book – Overview: Car, Gwyn, and Ode launch the Building Your Book series by talking about some historical grimoires, discussing their own magical books, and covering the general principles and contents of a Book of Shadows.

 

Where Else to Find 3 Pagans and a Cat…

Their Website: http://www.3pagansandacat.com

Their Twitter: https://twitter.com/3_Pagans

Their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3PaaC

Their YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0GJacu9SUzuumXJNNUZwQ

Their G+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/collection/oCWVXE

 

Remember …

You can always support your favorite podcasts with a donation. Every bit helps to keep them going.

***

About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.