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It’s been fun here at Dorm Room Deity, but the semester is over and I’m ready to get back to focusing on my primary blog, The Pint-Sized Pirate, so make sure you follow me there because I will no longer be posting here.  Don’t forget to follow my other social media sites, which you can find on that blog!  And keep the comments and likes coming as well, I REALLY appreciate them!

Pagan Holiday Crafts

Snowflakes for protection.

 

It’s getting to be that time of year when we college students head home for winter break.  For some of us, that means celebrating Christmas with family.  So how do you pagan-ify your home (or dorm) for winter/Christmas?

 

Like this!  I’m loving these craft ideas for subtle pagan spins on holiday decorations!

What are your favourite holiday crafts?

5 Most Surprising Facts About Paganism

1.) Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the US says The New York Times.

2.)Some Pagans do, in fact, worship Satan. (You might have been expecting the opposite, but Satanists ARE pagans!)

3.)The pentagram is not a symbol of the devil, but the five elements.

4.)Voodoo is not like you see in the movies.

5.)Some Christians practice witchcraft.

Do you guys have any surprising facts?  Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know!

Pagan Resources

One very important part of any pagan path is research.  When I first delved into paganism I started with Wicca.  I decided to do a year and a day of study, which is a common practice in that faith.  What I didn’t realise is that I would never really stop doing research, which doesn’t bother me, since I am a great lover of learning, especially about other paths.  So I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favourite pagan books.

I bought a copy of this book last summer and I’m in love with it!  I wish I had found it earlier in my practice.  It’s simple enough for beginners but still appropriate for the seasoned witch.

I recieved this book as a birthday present a few years ago and love it.  It concentrates on the sabbats and devotes a chapter to each month of the year and the magick behind them.

 

As a book hoarder, I love buying  books, however, I would suggest checking your local library for material first, especially if you’re new and don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.  It’s also more wallet friendly.  Other alternaticves are your local book store, and if you don’t live near a new age shop, Amazon  has a wide variety of books.  Looking for more suggestions?  The Inner Sanctum, a Pagan forum can help you with that!

Do you guys have favourite books on Paganism?  Tell me in the comments, I’m always looking for new things to read!

 

Finding your Patron Gods

Brighid

The Morrigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have’t already established a relationship with any deities, but are looking to, one thing you could do is just that!

I came across an article on Mookychick, A Guide to Pagan Gods and thought it was appropriate as it seems the Celtic Goddess Morrigan was trying to get my attention recently and I started thinking about how I came to follow my Patron Goddess, Brighid.

As described in the article there’s many different ways to find your Gods.  Mine came to me.  The night before my 19th birthday I got the random urge to read up on Brighid -a Celtic fire goddess whose name I had come across a few times but knew very little about.  I found that she’s not only a Celtic fire goddess, but that she’s a goddess of writing (poetry), and connected to the number 19.  I found this interesting because I am of Irish descent, a leo (that’s a fire sign), and though I don’t write poetry, I am a writer.  I did some meditation and more research and I’ve been following Her ever since.

Within the last month or so I got a sign from The Morrigan.  You know, the Celtic goddess of war.  So I’ve been doing a little research on her.  I was in my dorm, and out of nowhere came this large, loud flock of crows (one of Her symbols) and they were congregating behind my building.  Multiple times crows (I don’t know if it was multiple crows or the same one) kept flying parallel to my window.  I couldn’t see the rest of the flock, just the one(s) flying by my window, but I could hear them.  I thought “huh, that’s weird”, and then it dawned on me – crows are a symbol of The Morrigan.  Immediately when I looked her up (cause let’s be real – I had no idea what a war goddess would want with me) they stopped and disappeared.  I still don’t know what she wanted with me, but I’m looking into her, and though  I haven’t worked with her like I have with Brighid I do revere her.

So if you’ve found your Patron God(s), if you feel inclined, tell me how in the comments!  I’d love to know!

Book of Shadows

If you live away at school, you might want to think about bringing your Book of Shadows with you.

A Book of Shadows is a witch’s journal.  It can be used to record everything from dreams and sabbat recipes to spells and rituals.  I like to keep two – one for spells and rituals and the other for spiritual notes (I don’t typically use witchcraft in a religious sense, it’s kind of it’s own practice.)

My Books of Shadows

My Books of Shadows

For information on starting a Book of Shadows, check out this video from TheShoeWhisperer: