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    Faith April brings such joy! The bursting forth of new life and growth are evident everywhere we look. The faith that spring will indeed arrive is what keeps us going in the darkest of winter. Faith – the belief in things not seen. That faith is the cornerstone of so many belief systems. The belief that the light will return and life will move forward as it should. Many times in life we have difficulty having faith. Faith that things will get better. Faith that we can overcome what is before us. Faith that anything good can come from the darkness. I believe it is part of the human journey…

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    A Place for Order With the vernal equinox occurring this month I feel a natural sense of balance. I have a need to bring my house, body and spiritual life into order so as to meet the growing energy of the turn of the year. How does order affect our daily life as a person? How does order affect our life as a Pagan?  How does it affect our intent? Putting our life in order. There are bookshelves full of how-to books on creating order out of chaos in our closets, kitchens, and garages; books that show us how to bring order to our finances and health. There are many…

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    The twelve months of Virtues continues. Our second month on our journey is centered on the word love. There is a lot of power in that four letter word. We use it without thinking about it most of the time and for me it usually involves ice cream or shoes. Many times the word love is spoken to convey a deep connection with another person. There is cynicism at times as well. In January we looked at Simplicity as the foundational building block for the year of virtues. The power inherent in love gives depth and meaning to all we pursue, in our interactions with each other and in our…

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    Simplicity Love Order Faith Joy Respect Beauty Gratitude Self Dicipline and Self Reliance Peace Charity Courage These virtues are going to be our inspiration this calendar year of 2012. I feel that many of these virtues are no longer a part of our society.  Each and everyone of them is not only a gift to ourselves, but to our family and the greater world as well. It seems at first glance to be an easy thing to do and we automatically assume there is nothing for us to learn. But it is much more than a list of words that make us feel good about ourselves. Incorporating these ideas into…

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    I’m so excited! The start of the Christmas season has begun! Not because I celebrate as a Christian or even celebrate it as a secular holiday. It is because it signals my favorite time on the wheel of the year. Winter. Just saying “winter” brings to my mind clear, crisp, cold nights standing outside looking at the stars, the darkness falling by late afternoon. The smell of wood burning in fireplaces and snuggling inside surrounded by the quiet of the night. Truly, Silent Night bliss. Our home prepares for the decorations of the season in November with Thanksgiving. Cleaning and making room for family and guests is step one. Preparing…

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    November Musings November in the US brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day.  Although it is an American holiday, the idea of devoting a day to gratitude is nice. Especially since it is the kick off weekend to the madness that is Christmas shopping! Eating meals together around a table.  I will admit when we had all three kids at home it was easier to institute the ritual of coming to the table for a meal.  We ate at six o’clock each night at the table. No eating in the family room in front of the television (unless mom was not home that night).  Everyone waited until the last person was seated…

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    Samhain Crunchy leaves underfoot and crisp clear skies overhead bring such peace to our family! Now is the favorite time of year for this suburban pagan family. When the kids were little, each day found us walking with baskets collecting acorns, sticks,  and pretty leaves.  Upon arrival the acorns were dispensed to the little kitchen for play food while the leaves and sticks awaited further attention. Decorations freshly made for October begin on the first day. Little gnomes are made of acorns with pinecone bodies began to populate the hearth. An age old craft of placing a leaf between two pieces of waxed paper and ironing it shut is inhanced…

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    Spirit guides I love birds. Every morning, weather permitting, I sit on my great grandmother’s glider on our deck. I have a need to breathe the air and hear the stirrings of the birds as their day and mine begins. On days I can not be outside, I sit in front of my open bedroom window. The wrens and chickadees as well as the humming birds are used to my presence and enjoy the bird feeders and bird bath while I sip my coffee. This past year was extremely difficult as I had a great disappointment with a potential job which followed with three months of caregiving for my elderly…

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    Harvest – Abundance – Aprons! This is the month of Lammas or Lughnasadh. In the deep south of the U.S. the most abundant thing surrounding us is heat! Not my favorite kind of abundance. I prefer the cold. But with the searing heat comes the realization that the wheel of the year is indeed moving and the hours of daylight are shortening. The farms and fields are busting with the ripe fullness of harvest. Wheat and corn are in their glory and it is this that we focus on in August. Abundance is found in the farmer’s market and the side of the road stands. The act of preserving and…

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    Spell bound Recently, a sweet neighbor was visiting and began talking of Paganism and Wicca. She met a fellow student who was talking to her about using spells to “get back at” other girls who were fundamentalist Christian. Both of these girls attend a rural, southern college which is  overwhelmingly attended by not just Christian, but Southern Baptist. My neighbor was uncomfortable with the conversation. She is a gentle soul who has been open to Spirit showing up in her life in any form. She was unsure about using “spells and magic” in this manner. She asked my opinion. In our family, we have taught that, for us, a spell…