An ever-changing life inspired by the pneuma


Change is afoot – something new

Filed under: Paganism and Spirituality — feyMorgaina @ 03:31


In a previous post, I mentioned that a great opportunity came up for me to advance in one of my life goals. This relates to my Wicca studies at the Wiccan Church of Canada (WCC). At WCC, there is something called a Summoner and a Handmaiden, both of who help the Priesthood in ensuring the ritual runs smoothly with no interruption. The Summoner’s job is basically to protect the High Priestess from any physical harm and to be head of security. The Handmaiden’s job is to set up the ritual space and ensure that the performance of the circle is carried out smoothly. The Summoner stands guard outside the ritual. Normally, the Handmaiden position is held by a woman and the Summoner position is held by a man. This year, the best candidate for the Handmaiden position was a male, so they required a female Summoner (for the purposes of retaining the appearance of male and female polarity in a ritual context). I’m pleased and honoured to say that I have been given the opportunity to hold the Summoner position!

This is something I’ve always wanted to do for my community. I’ve been hoping for the opportunity, and now it is here. My installation ritual was last Sunday (September 17) and my term has officially started. This, however, means that I have to be at ritual every Sunday night. That is a big commitment, but one I was willing to take. I’m hoping that the year will be a positive experience for both myself and the community as a whole (there may be some people who aren’t receptive to having a woman act as Summoner). I’m relying on my experience in martial arts to help me not only in the act of defense, if required, but also in dealing with men’s preconceptions of a woman’s capabilities. I’m hoping that my experience teaching and training in martial arts will give me the ability to read people accurately and to judge their motives. The Summoner role requires someone who can welcome new people to the community (i.e, be a good PR person) as well as someone who can protect the community. It’s a big challenge and one I’m looking forward to overcoming.

Unfortunately, this new commitment means I may have to put some things on the back burner for about a year. I’m hoping this won’t be the case, but I’m trying not to burn out. Aside from the public ritual at WCC, I’m also part of three other Wiccan groups – two of which are important to my studies, the third is fairly important, but isn’t a commitment right now. Combining that with martial arts and reiki, it will be a very busy year ahead. *sigh* Someday, I will be able to combine all this in my life. This is just what I get for having too many interests (though they are all part of my own spiritual path).

So that is what is new with me. Another thing that might be new in the upcoming weeks is more focus on spiritual topics on my blog. If you only have a vague understanding of paganism and Wicca, you may not quite follow what is going on, but I will endeavour to explain things as best I can without having to resort to a “Beginner’s Guide to Paganism/Wicca” (though I know there are books out there like that).

That’s about it for now. I have lots of work to do still, but it is getting late. I need to make sure I get proper rest.

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Do jang and gym days – September 14 and 20, 2006

Filed under: Cass' training blog - martial arts, weights, running — feyMorgaina @ 03:05


Wow, I managed to get into the do jang last Thursday (September 14). It was good to get back to the do jang. I’ve missed taekwondo so much. It was one of our crazy kicking classes.

After I got home from the do jang, I went for a run. I ended up with some cramps because I drank some water on the way home. 🙁 I will just have to go for a run some other time.

My weekend was busy as usual.

I went to the do jang tonight (Wednesday, September 20). I skipped out on the poomse class and went to the regular martial arts class. We did some neat kicking combinations. Hehe… it’s been a while since I’ve done tornado kicks – I almost forgot how fun they are.

After the do jang, I went to the gym and did a little bit of weights. I hadn’t eaten much today so I decided that I shouldn’t push too hard (though I did increase the weight on the leg press :D).

Leg lifts
Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
Leg press
Hamstring flexor (called seated leg curls)
Hip adductors
Lateral pull downs
Seated row
Seated chest press
Pectoral fly
Shoulder fly
Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)

Free weights:
Situps (on a incline bench; worked out the obliques as well by doing double punches during the situp)

Tomorrow or maybe Friday I can get a run in. I need to run. I can feel the lack of good cardio and nothing beats the running. It’s just so hard to cross train taekwondo, running, and weight training. Now, I’m thinking of adding in tai chi. At my do jang, we don’t work on hand techniques quite as much as I would like and I want to learn tai chi sword style one day, so I thought I should check out a tai chi school. I’ll post a bit about that later.

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