Its been quite some time since I’ve actively practiced my craft, and getting back into the swing of things has been very bumpy; especially now that I live in a bustling urban centre. This Summer Solstice was a long time coming and holds a very special place in my heart as it was my first ritual in a few years.
I’m not going to tell you that I planned every detail, or that everything went perfect and I had everything ready to go for days beforehand. To be very honest with you all, I was flying by the seat of my pants basically the whole time, just trying to figure out what felt right. This can be extremely difficult when reading the blogs and forums because there is a very specific type of witchcraft in mind, and sometimes the community can be less than inviting. As someone who doesn’t worship any sort of deity, its almost impossible to find any sort of guidance; that’s what I want this blog to provide, for myself and others. As I navigate every new corner of my identity within witchcraft and my secular, non-theistic practice, I want to help others navigate their own journeys as well.
My ritual yesterday evening was rushed, and unplanned, and I had no idea if it would work out, I baked a box lemon cake, with a lemon cream cheese frosting, and a from concentrate fruit juice, slapped everything together and smudged with sage; it makes me sound like a terrible witch, but at the end of it all, it was one of the best rituals I’ve ever done. I followed my gut, and just did what felt right in the moment; for a first step, I think it’s commendable. Following your gut instinct is important, I think especially when it comes to ritual practice; if it doesn’t feel right, is the intent really in the right space? Even with something a simple as a celebration of the season, making sure that you are practicing for yourself, and only yourself, with no mind to what “real witches” think you need to achieve a “real ritual” is so important. At the end of the day, your path is your own.
There is no “right way” to practice, and there is definitely no “right way” to start. If you’ve never done a ritual before and you’ve stumbled across this post in a search for instruction, my best advice is to just make it up as you go; see how it feels and let the ritual be organic.
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“The Ownership Dilemma”
Like most car enthusiasts we are always on the lookout for cool project cars. Browsing Kijiji, and surfing the Facebook groups is a daily ritual. Sometimes after you’ve found the perfect car, you discover the seller doesn’t have an ownership for it. Now for a lot of people, that’s a huge deal-breaker, but if you have the right resources this an easy fix.
When I first came across my ‘88 Daytona on Kijiji I definitely wasn’t prepared to buy my first car. I sent a message with no real intention of buying it. But for $600 and the promise that it “ran when parked” I had to at least ask about it. The ad stayed up for another 2 months before it expired, during this time I had become enamoured with it. While in the middle of a huge move I took a chance and sent another message. Now you need to understand that this ad had been up for 2 months, and then had been expired for a few weeks before I sent a message asking if it was still available. I was heartbroken, there was no way I was going to get an email back. But I did! We were able to set up a time to drive (2 hours each way) to see her. Now I had hearts in my eyes I was so excited to own this car, I had named it before I even committed to buy. When I was then informed that there was no ownership, just a bill of sale, my spirits sank.
I had never even been to the MTO before, and had no idea where to start getting a new ownership issued. After some Googling I had a rough starting point, but honestly no amount of research really helped. Most of the forums all said the same thing “don’t buy it without the ownership”. There was some information on canadianrodder.com about getting an affidavit in order to prove the vehicle was lawfully sold. The MTO proved largely unhelpful in pointing me in the right direction, and mislead me a couple of times before confirming I needed an affidavit written up by a lawyer, as well as the bill of sale and an appraisal. If your vehicle is less then 25 years old, you likely won’t need an appraisal but that could depend on your specific situation.
After all the fussing around with the MTO, getting the affidavit drawn up was actually the easiest part of the whole ordeal. It took an hour of my time and $150. I showed the lawyer the template I found online, which he found extremely helpful as he had never written a document for this purpose before. I definitely suggest that if you are doing this yourself to bring a reference document with you. I brought the affidavit back to the MTO and it was a quick process to get the ownership from there. About 20 minutes and the taxes on your vehicle (plus applicable fees), you’ll be out the door with ownership in hand.
The internet made this process seem a lot more difficult then it was in reality. The most important thing is being prepared. Take the proper steps to make sure the car has a clean title, take the VIN and get a Used Vehicle Info Package before you buy it. Make sure you go to the MTO with all the information, don’t bother waiting in line for hours if they are just going to send you away because you don’t have the right documents. Have the bill of sale, affidavit, and in some cases the appraisal, ready to hand over.
I’ve added links to example documents on the blog at blackmagick.ca
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