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Constellations Of Thought

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I need fire. The moon. Stars. I need to feel the night and the crisp air against my skin. I need to release my darkest thoughts. Let them fly away like ash risen from still-glowing embers, like wood smoke drifting into oblivion. But the very thing that fills me with peace, brings dread.

Β© Sarah Doughty

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63 thoughts on “Constellations Of Thought”

  1. I don’t think you did this intensely enough- you should have a real wow experience and release of tension, and a sense of completeness and wholeness- more yourself really. You need to pick the right music though- not too dark like metal or anything with sort of evil sounding lyrics. If you have Napster or apple subscription, I would highly recommend Singapore by Tom Waits off Rain Dogs. Get into the dark moodiness of the instrumentals, and, listening to the words, imagine vividly, intensely and darkly what those words inspire. Listen a couple of times if need be. Once again, don’t push it. Please let me know if this works better for you…Michael

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    1. No worries. I understand. You see, I deal with a very severe form of PTSD, and with that comes anxiety, depression, and migraines. I’ve tried so many things to release it, but my abuse lasted so long as a child that it became a part of my development. My release is always a temporary measure, but I try every day to achieve it. 😊

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  2. This has been a long tough time for many people, I think you need to release any resulting twistedness, I know I have. Try listening to twisted music, if you like it, do some visualizations, and if it becomes too much just take a break. Don’t push it. It works wonders!!

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  3. You have a very interesting comment on Wicca being misunderstood and about persecution. I had a US author on my blog once and to cut a long story short it was a bit of fun with one of her characters who was a fake fortune teller. Well, she panicked because she feared being taken down by the Christian community so I toned the whole things down. But over here in Scotland we don’t think twice about this or the old ways, in fact we often have fire and light festivals etc. What you’ve said really underlines a huge difference.

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    1. Once I was stopped on college campus by a man passing out flyers. I was wearing a Crescent moon necklace and when I politely refused to take his flyer, he said that witches are an abomination and need to be rid of this world. Little scary, but here in the USA, sometimes people are still very scared and very leery of anyone that could be considered a witch, Wiccan, or that believes in anything but the one and only god they believe in. I just think that being so close to nature is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t have to be scary. Thank you for taking the time to read this (and the comments) and responding. 😊

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      1. Well I took the time because I loved your words. personally I also love being close to nature. I can’t stand ignorance in any shape or form. Wiccans aren’t scary in my book. I’ve met some pretty horrible believers in God. So you keep wearing your crescent moon. xx

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      2. I definitely do. I plan to have a tattoo one day. I don’t care if it scares some people. I adore the moon, nature, and the universe. So I want to wear it proudly. 😊 and thank you so much for the kind words! 😊

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  4. Hi Sarah, I just discovered your blog thanks to your kind “like” on one of my stories. I have to say “thank you”. Not only just for your appreciation but for this discovery. I love your poems, especially this one and “Burning tarnish”. Reading your short poems feels like reading black tea leaves in a white old porcelain cup all smudged by years and usage, after a tea at Midnight, on the porch of an old wooden house which smells of smoke, musk and mould.

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  5. Sarah, you capture the duality of pleasure and unrealized hope so well in this poem. reminds me of what Wole Soyinka writes in his ‘Hemlock’ of his play Kongi’s Harvest, ‘the pot that will eat fat/its bottom must be scorched/the squirrel that will long crack nuts/its footpad must be sore/the sweetest wine has flowed down/the tapper’s shattered shins.’

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      1. Wicca is not what people think it is. It was started in the fifties by anthropologists who were studying about pre-Christian Europe. It is actually a modern day attempt to re-create the European pagan religions although there are people who are of the Famtrad (family tradition) who claim their practices were handed down within their families. They had to practice in secret to protect themselves from the Christians. Modern day Wiccans choose which gods and godesses they pray to. Many of these deities are well known to us from mythology. Even modern day Wiccans are persecuted by Christians to this very day. If you type in “origin of wicca” on google you will see the lies of anti-Wiccans immediately especially with Wikepedia which is all propaganda. I think Wikepedia is the CIA.

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      2. I understand. I’ve heard the stories. Wiccan and paganism in general has always been of great interest to me. Though I don’t know if/what my beliefs would be if they were given a term, but I would be close to Wiccan. The entire premise of ‘real’ witches is fascinating, along with other supernaturals. And that’s why I write about them in my books. 😊

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      3. Actually not all Wiccans are witches and the vast majority of witches are not Wiccans. I have a book of Wicca so although I am not a Wiccan I know a lot. The important thing for me is the universality of indigenous, religious beliefs. As a magical practitioner I heard speaking put it majick is an exact science of knowing how to use the natural forces of nature. It is just a different way of doing it than modern day science. It has very exact rules such as the fact that if someone does something to harm others it will come back to them.

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