Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Samhain's Sirens giveaways (and I won one!!!!)

Silly Blogger would NOT let me post yesterday, no matter what I did! Argh! So I missed blogging about the giveaway that ended last night on Samhain's Sirens, but it's okay, because I get to share another one this day :)

I wanted to share some neat haunted places across southern Ontario. I would love to visit them some day!

Haunted Places, including the Ancaster Pet Cemetery, Blue Ghost Tunnel, Dundas Elementary, and Magnetic Hill

I can't forget about a more local place that seems to be haunted. Thornhill's own Heintzman House!

Our friend Christine has managed the house for the last twenty-odd years, and she has lots of stories! I worked there to help her out last winter, and let me tell you, that big old gorgeous house is a little creepy when you're in it by yourself! I always felt as if there were eyes on me, but not necessarily unhappy ones :)

Do you have any legendary haunted places where you live? What are they? Have you ever visited them?

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The latest Samhain's Sirens giveaways I'm blogging about are both courtesy of Sabrina from The Ink Witch. She is giving away these fantastic witchy prints:

October 9th Giveaway

October 10th Giveaway

Sabrina does tons of other gorgeous, Old World style drawings that are full of detail and passion. She also has coloured work that is truly fabulous. I am really inspired by her!

And HOLY COW, you guys, I won the last giveaway I blogged about!!! Remember this?

Mini Altar Besom/Broom from Elegantly Enchanting

I'm so excited! I have an altar-type spot set up for meditation, prayer, inspiration and serenity. It's covered by a beautiful piece of orange Indian fabric that I picked up from Value Village last weekend, so my little besom will match perfectly :)

What I would really love to own is this:

Complete Elemental Altar Set

But since I'm not truly Wiccan or Pagan, I feel it would be disrespectful to the old religions if I were to own and use these fantastic pieces. Maybe it's disrespectful of me to own my tiny besom or have an altar. But it's part of me, part of who I am. I'm still on this winding path of faith and spirituality, and I always will be. Right now I think it's safe to say that I consider myself a Christian Pagan, which just sounds like one big contradiction, doesn't it? :)

That's it for today, if Blogger will be so kind as to let me post. If my bruised tailbone cooperates, I may go on a little nature walk and revel in autumn's beauty this afternoon. There's nothing quite as rejuvenating and inspiring!


Noelle said...

As a Pagan, I feel that as long as your intent isn't disrespectful, I don't see why you couldn't/shouldn't have or use an alter of your own. They're so personal that no one would have one like yours anyway. And there are alters of all types in a whole lot of religions, so yeah. :-)

Debbie Mitchell said...

It is my belief as well that your intent is what matters. It's commendable of you to respect the religions. I believe that God is everywhere and in everything. Loved your blog post. My altar is similar but its more native american - like a medicine wheel honoring the 4 elements and the center which is God. Love ya <3

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the ladies above. I know what you mean about the Christian Pagan thing. I have some friends in the Episcopal church who are kind of torn because they see the value in both. I know more fundamental Christians would not. They confuse it with devil worship and the like. I think some of us just defy labels anyway. One of those friends, when seeing my interest in fairies and folklore said "You are a bit of pagan, aren't you?" I said "Yep, I guess I am". One of my favorite authors, the late Marion Zimmer Bradley was also one of the "blended". In the end, she had an Episcopal funeral, but she was very into spiritual exploration. Read some of her thoughts here:

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