|I am a mother and a grandmother. Been studying and practicing for over 20 years. I have two adult children living away from home, married and having blessed my sweet husband and I with grandchildren. We also have two children still at home, being home schooled. We raised/are raising all of our children pagan. My husband and I have been together for over 12 years now. He is my rock and my inspiration.|
I enjoy cooking and am a certified chef. I have health issues and healing chants and spells are of interest to me. I like to perform chants (prayer and meditative) every morning and every evening if I can. I seems to help balance me. =) My favorite magical workings are ones done naturally, by magically infusing herbs and adding them to a cooking pot, etc. I believe that if you live and practice what you believe then it nourishes your soul. I also think that simple, daily, practical magic is a part of who we are, and as such should be encouraged. This attitude developed slowly for me, as my children got old enough to learn. It just made more sense (and felt right) to both practice and teach them everyday, practical magic. Besides, if you don't wish to be obviously "out of the broom closet", simple things are also easier to explain should your neighbor/friend/co=worker see or ask about something you do.
A "big" spell for me would be to magically infuse a candle and light it daily. My favorite ritual is for Samhain. The entire family comes to dinner, and we sit at the table, and hold hands. In the middle of the table (and the food) is a large plate full of votive or tea-light candles. I speak a traditional circle chant and then light one of the candles in calling and remembrance of a loved one who has passed over. We go around the table and each of us who chooses to also lights a candle inviting a passed over loved on to join us and in memory of him/her. Then we eat. As we do, we tell stories about those who have passed on. There is much laughter and tears. When the meal is done, we open the circle, but leave the candles lit to burn themselves out. Often we also have a small table set aside to put pictures or reminders of beloved departed, and a small plate of food to share with them.