August 2010


Hello everybody,

As you may have guessed, the prolonged silence means life is keeping me quite busy. Those of you who have been following my adventures might have picked up that things have been a little crazy lately. Well, the reason for that is that we have decided to leave the Cree territory and come back to Montreal. It’s been a few months coming, which explains the rush to buy a house, finalize things at work, find daycares for the kids, find a new job and try to keep the passion of writing and connecting with you all alive. In short, it’s been one heck of a ride.

Living amongst the Cree has been a journey in and of itself. It has meant more to us that I could possibly explain in a post. The lessons I have learned there are without question, some of the most important of my life. I won’t even try to sum them up here (although a future book is not out of the question!) We were simply at a point where new adventures were calling our name. My husband has decided to go back to university, which has pushed the move back to the big city. We also wanted my parents to enjoy their grandchildren a little more than they have since they were born. I felt that we owed them that. We will miss the north terribly. We will miss the peacefulness, the deep inner calm that cloaks you like a blanket. We will miss the laughter of the Cree people.

So we came back yesterday, after a two day drive. It wasn’t as emotional as I thought it would be. I guess that’s a testimony as to the timing of our decision. The send-off was the most beautiful we could ever had imagined, filled with people who cared and with good wishes. I’ll write a little more soon about the whole trip down. I just wanted to check in and let you know I was still alive. I figured that people might be wondering why I was so silent on a full moon. It truly was full circle, that moon. The closing of a chapter in our lives and the opening of a brand new one.

But, for now, I need some sleep. Good night!

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I’ve had a crazy week at work. I’m burnt. But at least I have this blog to draw from. I’ve answered some emails from readers and it recharges me in an instant. All the pettiness of the week is washed away!

This brings up a question that was posed to me in an email recently: Now that we know we exist, how do we get together? How do we get started?

Many of us, Christian Pagans, have been wandering alone, wondering if anyone else share our beliefs. Well, the answer to that seems to be an overwhelming ‘Yes’, there are many of us who are looking to share their beliefs and celebrations. Where do we start?

I cannot speak for everyone. I can only say what I am looking for in such a meeting. I would like to know who you are. I’m just plain curious to know what kind of people have decided to walk this path. I want to know who you are, what you do for a living, do you have families, what brought you on this path, are you taking courses in spiritual sciences, do you have special devotions and special gifts that you like to share? What shape does Christian Witchcraft take in your life? Basically, I want to know who are these people with whom I share such an intimate part of myself with!

Another reason why I would like to meet is to share knowledge and experiences. We have such a unique spirituality that it deserves to be explored and developped. I’ve always pictured myself studying the holy books and debating interpretations and teachings with fellow classmates, much like Jews do in a Yeshiva. Getting together would allow us to do that. I guess this blog is a good format to discuss and debate. I wonder if there could be other ways…

No technological platform can compare with meeting in person. Maybe one day we’ll be able to have a big gathering. Wouldn’t that be amazing? The way I think people can get together is through local pagan groups. If you can find a place that is open minded, where you can meet people and simply ask if they know of others with affiliations with Christian Witchcraft, I am sure that you can hook up with a couple people. It has been the case for me at Mélange Magique, a magic store in Montreal. Back then, there were but one other with Christian affiliations. I’m hoping that with the book, more people will speak out and that it will be easier to get together. Many of these places have community bulletin boards. You can set up a meeting place or a facebook page for people of your community. Once you know there are others in your vicinity, it will become easy to decide what kind of interactions you want to have. Do you want to have discussion groups, open rituals, closed rituals, sabbats, esbats…. But, maybe you have other ideas or have already managed to get people together. Please share!

I’ve dedicated a page on my web site to building a community. If you would like me to include your location, simply send me an email and I will include your information as soon as I can. But while we are here, might as well use this space. If you want to post a comment on this post, a ‘wanted’ ad for other Christian witches in your area, please go ahead. And, please, for my own satisfaction, add a little description of who you are, if you feel comfortable. Because that is the true meaning of meeting. It is to get to know one another.

Well thanks for the energy boost. I feel revived and refreshed and I can’t wait to meet you!

Bright blessings!

Our priest travels twelve hours every two weeks to say mass to our small congregation. At nearly 80, he is surprisingly open minded and I am sure that his 50 years of reflection in the great North has something to do with it.

Two things jumped at me this morning during the readings. I have to tell you that I attend mass in French and that I am much more familiar with the wording of the scriptures in French. I was looking up the same references in English to refer to in this blog, and I find that the actual passages have a very different connotation. I am also less familiar with the different versions, so you’ll forgive me for choosing one of the simpler translations. I chose here the World English Bible.

So, first revelation was Hebrews 11, 1:

11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

A literal translation from the French actually sounds more like this: ‘Faith is the way to already possess what we hope for, and to know the reality that we still cannot see.’ See how language can totally change things? This is the essence of magic: that hope, faith or will, whatever we choose to call it. It is complete persuasion that we already hold that which we intend. It is right there in the scriptures.

Second passage that moved me today was from Luke 12, 35

12:35 “Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.

Again, the French translation is slightly different. It reads something like ‘Remain in your work clothes (service clothes) and keep your lamps burning.’ In this there is a connotation of work that is somewhat lost in the English version. Nevertheless, it calls to us as Christians to constantly keep working at the upkeep of the Lord’s house, doing his bidding not because he is there, but because it is the right thing to do. As our priest said today, true Christians do not live in a bubble. They live in the real world and they work in the real world. It is a calling, a mission that we work for. It is a way of life. It is not just a philosophy or a theology. It is very real.

When I merged Christianity and Paganism, it was to remain in the real world. It was to fight in it, to love in it, to serve in it. That’s what Jesus did. He did not retreat to the Temple to teach. He walked in the real world and did real things, like feeding the poor and healing the sick. The passage of the lamp burning had always struck me of impending doom. But today it spoke of something else. It spoke of lighting a light as a sign of commitment to this lifestyle that I chose. Lighting a light to say: I am here and I make a pledge to work for this cause. I am a follower of Jesus and I intend to follow his example to the best of my understanding and my ability. And I do this in the real world, with the powers he has given me.

I will light a candle tonight as a symbol of that commitment and I intend to do so for the rest of the week. I hope you can join me in this. Post a line to have yourself counted in this movement. Someone asked me lately how we could start getting together as Christians and Witches. I’ll come back on that soon. But for now, I think we have to take that first step of stepping up to the plate and making our pledge. I just know that the more candles we light, the more the Great Web will feel our presence and the easier it will be to reach one another. Imagine: a million little flames burning in the night sky, giving light and warmth and hope. For that is what we all are!

Light and love,

Adelina


Lammas celebrates the wheat harvest. It is also known as Lughnasadh, celebration of the celtic sun god Lugh. This feast was adopted by the expanding Church as Loaf mass, where bread made with the new wheat was offered during mass.

In commemoration of this feast, I baked my special banana bread and invited some friends to partake in it. I also took some time to reflect on my harvest of the last year. It dawned upon me that I did a lot more sowing than harvesting this year. We have a million projects starting up and we are laying foundations for things to come rather than looking at what the world has given us this year. Yet, the baking of that banana bread brought me back to the here and now. Living in a remote region, the basic necessities, such as food, have taken on a whole new meaning for us. We live in a world where we are constantly pulled in different directions, looking for what we may need or want. Today, I took a deep breath and realized that I have all that I need. And what I need isn’t very much. I am surrounded by the people I love. I have a roof over my head and I eat every day. I feel safe. I have my intelligence and I have my soul.

Thank you Holy Mother for such great things!

Blessed Lammas to you all!