Dec 16, 2011

"Back to Basics" Giveaway!

Part of my commitment to myself in 2012 is "going back to basics."  I heard several bloggers and podcasters this year (in the Pagan community) talk about "doing the stuff."  Their goal for 2011 was to observe the wheel of the year, the esbats & sabbats and to commit to truly connecting to their practice.  Well, I've been doing the stuff!

This month marks the completion (when I get my homework handed in) of my second year of study with The Temple of Witchcraft.  I've truly enjoyed the experience, and the in-depth look into my own personal practice, my beliefs and my magick.  But I'm exhausted!  Esbats, sabbats, planetary associations and hours, potion and incense crafting, spells, rituals, solitary vs coven work, and on and on...  It has been endlessly fascinating and a wonderful experience and I highly recommend Christopher Penczak's "Temple" series of books and the courses if you are so inclined. 

For me, I'll be taking 2012 off from active study and re-connecting with the basics.  I've already had a head start, meeting with a small group every two weeks, and discussing beginner topics and basic energy work.  A few of us are going to a basic meditation class (middle Eastern style) and I plan to take some time to practice the Tarot more in-depth and continue to work on my herbal studies.  I'm hardly resting, but choosing to be drawn in deeper to those things that form the foundation of my beliefs.

As a treat to encourage your own exploration of the basics, I'm offering a "Back to Basics" giveaway, which includes a wonderful book on basic energy work by Maya Om:



And the classic beginner's Tarot deck, the Rider-Waite Tarot.
As always, all you have to do to win this great duo is leave a comment on this post, and be a friend of the blog in some capacity: be a follower by clicking "follow" in the sidebar, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, subscribe via RSS feed or email.  Whatever works for you!

I'll draw for this set in one week, on Friday, December 23rd!  Good luck!

19 comments:

Kekibird said...

Wow, that study course sounds intense yet fascinating. Wish I had something like that close to me and that I could attend.

I follow by RSS and I'm a horrid lurker. But I still read and follow along. :)

Many blessings!

Mrs BC said...

Wow, please include me! Getting back to basics is a goal of mine as well. Yule Blessings!
x

the wild magnolia said...

You are always ahead, when you back, and strengthen your foundation. Woo-hoo.

evewitch said...

It is definitely time for me to go back to basics. My practice is sorely stagnating. I follow you via RSS. Love the blog. :)

L.M.Tea said...

Congrats on your learning and blessings in your continued learning!

Carolyn said...

Great post! It explains how you know so much! You always leave me in awe of your vast knowledge. I hope 2012 is everything you need it to be! Blessings!

petoskystone said...

Congratulations on completing your 2nd year! This looks a lovely read :)

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on completing year 2 of the course. Enjoy the coming year of reconnecting.
I've been wanting this book but hadn't heard/read any recommendations on it. Think I shall search it out now that I have seen it on your blog. :0)

goddessandmagick said...

That is nice book !!! Would love to read it!
Christopher Penzak books I have them all he is an amazing writer !!

Nikolai Serban said...

That's really wonderful, in fact, it was almost serendipitous that you posted this because it is exactly what my 2012 pact with myself is as well. Returning to the basic work to ground and center myself. Really wonderful. It's also great that you recommended Chris Penczak because I've thought about reading him but never have. Now I will.

Liz Christy said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Best wishes for 2012!

Iesadora said...

OOOoooOOOO I like books! I'm such a book whore, but I've never heard of this one. Keeping my fingers crossed =D

Charicola said...

I started taking courses at a school in order to help clarify and align my spiritual practices for myself. Since I have kids now, it's been ever more important to me to get my ducks in a row so to speak, in order to transmit a clear and strong message of beliefs on to my children. So I started my studies with a course in Pagan history, culture and tradition, as well as a course in magical herbalism. I'm looking forward to next semester as well. But I must say that I can seee how you might need to take some time off and get back to basics- sounds like you're a very busy lady! =0)

The StarFire Witch / Bald Girl said...

Going back to the basics sounds like a great idea.
I feel I should do the same. as well great giveaway. Best of luck with following through on your resolution.

I am a follower.
starfirewitch AT gmail DOT com

Natalie..... said...

I love your blog! I always learn something new,which is awesome. I love learning new things.

Birgit said...

I love how you are always so organized -- even about your plans for the new year, Jen. As always good luck on all your projects and studies. :)

Thanks for the chance to win this great book. I just spent some time reading about it on amazon.com, and I must admit that it sounds fascinating.

Hugs,
Birgit

Bubble and Squeak said...

It seems iit is in the air so to speak.... Some of us like myself are bursting at the seams to get going on their intensios now! Winter solstice form me will be my rebirth!! Thank you for you writing and your wonderful time in a give a way.
Love and Light
Wendy

Hospitable Scots Bachelor said...

Glad you have the comfort of some funny furriness. Cats can be sooooooooooo entertaining. Merry CHRISTMAS

Land, Sky & Sea said...

Wow, I hope I'm not too late to enter! Looks like a great giveaway!