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Post Solstice Blues

January, 2019

The
longest day

Was
wild

Was
fun

With
number one

My
precious son

Who
charms

And
smiles

And
plays

And
whiles

Away
the day

That
stretches

Until
the very fabric

Of
dusk is

Thin

Like
ancient parchment

On
which is scribed

The
secrets of

The
universe

Then
waking post solstice:

Rain
and gloom and

Fog
and doom and

Mundane
madness

Mot,
plug faulty,

Purse
empty

Child
grumpy

Bed
lumpy; weak cup of tea…

A
headache grows

And
blows the beauty

Out
of mind

But
stay, and pray;

What
is that stray

Beam
of beauty

Falling
through my curtain?

Lugh’s
promise: Balor’s gaze.

A
vow of brighter days.

I
smile, and blues are fading

In
the haze.

Copyright
24th June 2015

Image credit: This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She
is the author of 
A
Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors

and Pagan
Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways
.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways On Amazon

Beating the January Blues: Excerpts from Every Day Magic Edited by Lucya Starza

January, 2019

January
blues refers to that unsettled and unhappy feeling after the holidays
are over. The joy and excitement have come and gone, and now there is
nothing to look forward to. Of course, Imbolc isn’t so far away, so
as a Pagan it’s probably a bit easier to cope with! But winter
depression and SAD can affect anyone, so it’s important to keep an
eye on your mood at this time of year and try and do something
positive if you feel yourself becoming anxious or feeling low.

Here
are some excerpts from a book I contributed to which has magical
tasks for every day of the year. Every
Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days
is a collection of 366 ways to
observe the cycle of the year. These ideas can help make a grey and
dismal January as magical as you need it to be.

Click Here or Book Cover for Amazon Info

January
the First: New Year’s Resolutions

Resolve
to enrich your spirit each and every day in many and varied ways. Aim
to watch the way the seasons change; meditate a little; whisper
prayers; light candles for peace, hope, joy, love and good health;
dance and sing; learn about the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient
world and celebrate the forces of nature, the Earth, the Sun, the
Moon and the stars. Breathe in love and breathe out love. Be open to
inspiration. Be blessed. Lucya StarzaI

January
the Fourth: Janus

January
is named after the Roman God of beginnings and endings, Janus. At the
start of the year, cakes made of spelt flour and salt were
traditionally burnt on his altar as an offering. Bake spelt bread
(there are many traditional recipes online), then make an offering of
a little to Janus. Tell him all the things you want to change and ask
for his help. Light a candle in his honour. Ravenwings

January
the Fifth: Focus and Control Pouch

Braided
string, 6 inches in black, blue and yellow

Almond

Cedar

Bay
leaf

Nutmeg

Carnelian

Cinnamon
oil

Pouch

Purple
candle

Before
preparing the pouch, apply cinnamon oil to the candle. Light it to
aid focus and meditation. Leaving the oil on your hands, continue the
work. Affirmation: ‘I am strong. I will focus. I remain
calm, and use wisdom.’ Repeat this as you place the rest of the
items into the pouch. Tie it with braided string. Laeynarrie
Auvresti

January
the Sixth

Twelfth
Night Wassail

Recite
this to an apple tree and offer it cider and toast:

Wassail

Old
Apple tree, old apple tree,

We
have come to wassail thee.

Thirteen
fires we bring to thee,

Ancient
Mother apple tree.

Here’s
cider-toast to break thy fast,

Now
winter lessens here at last.

We
wake the spirits with the gun,

Then
sing and dance, have lots of fun.

Oh
apple tree, oh apple tree,

Do
blossom well we beg o’ thee.

To
bear and to bow apples enow.

Hats
full! Caps full! Three bushel bags full!

Barn
floors full,

And
a little heap under the stairs. Elen Sentier

What
do you do to keep yourself joyful in January? However you spend this
first month of the Gregorian year, may you be warm and merry in some
small and special way.

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She
is the author of 
A
Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors

and Pagan
Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways
.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors Click Here for Amazon Info

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways Click Here for Amazon Info

Calendar Review A Year of Crystal Healing 2019 Learn About the Chakras and Healing Powers of 13 Powerful Crystals

November, 2018

Calendar Review

A Year of Crystal Healing 2019

Learn About the Chakras and Healing Powers of 13 Powerful Crystals

16 Month Calendar

 

 

This 16 month calendar (Sept 18-Dec 19) is designed by Phil Buchanan, photographed by Exquisite Crystals and published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. It retails for $14.99 in USA. It is a standard wall calendar size. It features 13 beautiful crystals in full page photographs and explains under each crystal both that crystal’s healing powers and it’s chakra powers.

The crystals featured are a nice mix, and include: clear quartz, fluorite, ajoite, amethyst, aura quartz, amazonite, moonstone, blue sapphire, brandberg quartz (amethyst), aquamarine, smoky quartz, turquoise, and celestite. All the crystals chosen are either clear, blue, green or purple in color. Not sure if this was intentional or not. But worth mentioning. It also has the moon phase dates at the top under each month.

If you enjoy looking at beautiful photos of crystals, and learning a bit about them as well, then this is a very nice calendar for you. The pictures are gorgeous, especially if you like blues, greens & purples, or if that color scheme fits your decor, this will look beautiful on your wall.

I love that is has the moon phases clearly marked right up top under the month for easy reference. I love that it includes a little bit of information each month on the featured crystal. Great for beginners to crystals to learn as they admire the pictures. I personally love that they made this calendar as a crystal enthusiast myself! Crystals are becoming more popular and many are now starting to get interested in them for both their aesthetic value as well as their properties. I love seeing products featuring crystals!

I highly recommend this gorgeous calendar. Bring some crystal magic into your space by hanging this calendar and getting familiar with their essence.

A Year of Crystal Healing 2019: 16-Month Calendar – September 2018 through December 2019 on Amazon

***

About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at [email protected] or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

The Sober Pagan

November, 2018

“H.A.L.T.”! Before You Continue Into The Holiday Season!

One of the discussions lately in the rooms of AA – at least here locally – is how to get through the holiday season without relapsing. As someone who has been around recovery for a while, I find my best bet is to stay home and enjoy my own company. This year, my son’s father – Mr. AA himself – is spending the Yuletide season with us, so it’ll be lots of recovery talk and talk about Buddhism and other spiritual paths. Plus lots of good food to eat! I admit, I am looking forward to this!

When people ask me my strategies for navigating holiday parties, I generally say, “Arrive late and leave early.” But of course – you can do this as a drunk, too. I used to do it all the time. I was always on my way somewhere else from some other place and I only had a minute to spare. But the way you lived as a drunk can help you out as a sober person. You just leave out the drinking part.

Lately I’ve been using the acronym “H.A.L.T.” when I discuss dealing with the holidays. Because the holidays – what I term the time between Canadian Thanksgiving (first Monday in October) to New Year’s Eve – and depending on where you live – all the way to Super Bowl Sunday – is a giant stretch of time involving endless office parties, family get-togethers, religious rituals, community celebrations and constant reminders that we are supposed to be having a great time!

H.A.L.T. Just stop. Think. What are you doing and why are you doing it?

Sometimes it’s not even about relapsing. It’s about running ourselves ragged trying to make everything perfect – to make up for all those years when we were perfect fuck-ups.

As you probably already know, “H.A.L.T.” stands for “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired”. Whenever something is going wrong in our lives – it doesn’t even have to be a relapse – usually we are in the grip of one of those things.

I remember when I first got sober in my early thirties. Everyday, around three o’clock, I would get wicked hungry. I would have to get up from my desk and go to the break room and buy a candy bar or get a Pepsi. I started making myself an extra sandwich to get myself through the three o’clock hour. Then one day, I passed a bar with the sign “Happy Hour” in the window and it clicked. I was used to having a drink at 3:00 – I was used to drinking until the dinner hour. I wasn’t hungry – I wanted a drink. Once I understood that, my 3 p.m. munchies largely disappeared.

Anger is one of those issues where I disagree with AA in which I think that there are times that we should be angry and that anger can save our lives. That said, the thing is to use your anger wisely and of course, once you add alcohol into that equation, wisdom usually is not the outcome. Quite honestly, anything I can do sober I can fuck up beautifully when I’m drinking. So it stands to reason that if I’m angry about anything at all, taking a drink is not going to help the situation. Especially if I’m at a holiday party!

Loneliness is a killer but going out drinking seldom helps that. And if you’re with your family and feeling like you’re the outsider, having a drink probably isn’t going to help that situation. The only thing that cures loneliness is learning to love your solitude. And there’s always a meeting somewhere – AA, NA, Smart Recovery, WFS, SOS – find one and find your tribe.

The last letter is “T” and of course, that stands for “Tired”. It is so easy to give up when we are tired. So easy to take that drink that a friend is offering us at a party – so easy to justify it – just one, right? When we are tired, our brain doesn’t make good decisions. I know my brain doesn’t. I’m not sure what’s worse – being hungry or being tired. My brain doesn’t seem to be able to deal with either of them very well. So I always make sure that I am in a safe place when it’s late.

My “Happy Hour” is now spent in my own home – sipping tea and eating my home-baked cookies.

So “H.A.L.T.” – and enjoy the season!

Until next month – Brightest Blessings and Happy Holidays!

***

About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.