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    Summer Solstice and Backyard Camping What joy radiates through the house as summer begins!  The warmth of summer fills us with a languid feeling. Why hurry? This is the time to relax and recharge from Father Sun’s amazing energy. The celebrating of the Summer Solstice is an ancient custom that is as appropriate today as it was long ago. The week leading up to the solstice is the time to gather anything you have around the house that has images of suns and fairies. Plan to have a feast that day. Grill out and eat as many yellow foods as you can think of! Corn on the cob, yellow peppers,…

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    Mother’s Day for the Great Mother May is full of flowers and the promise of  growth and abundance. How fitting that we honor mothers during this month. No matter your relationship with your earthly mother, it is a time to honor and celebrate the Divine Mother. The energy and movement of spring cleaning is the perfect start to the growth cycle we are moving toward. Goodness knows the domestic queens in print and on television are on us to sweep the winter out of our homes. And it is exactly that visualization we on the eclectic path can use. As we use our tools of choice, be they handmade brooms…

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    April Showers of Blessings The world is busting out in life as April reveals herself. Hope is seen everywhere as bulbs planted last fall push their way through the chilly earth to greet the sun. Hope and life are the two main themes at this time of year for those of us who follow an Earth based religion as well as our Christian family and neighbors. There is an amazing energy of love that cannot be contained within one belief system. The power of growth and warmth infuses not only the plants and earth, but each of us as well. It is the time to push through our own darkness…

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    March Simplicity This turn of the year brings with it bird song, flower buds and warmer days. It is a time for new beginnings and births. We instinctively long to be outside to feel and connect with the return of the sun. I try to walk everyday and I love to hear the birds sing on these chilly mornings! I am ready to reconnect with the wider world after winter’s dark quiet. All of the ideas that have been germinating in my mind are ready to move into the light and grow. I have the energy to put action behind the ideas. To “give birth” to plans conceived in winter!…

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    Candles in the Dark of Winter A moment of breathing in and calming our energies. The light of a candle flame attracts focus to it. It draws us inward as a fire draws us close on a cold night. Lighting a candle is a simple ritual and one that can be done anywhere. The Celtic calendar is followed in our house and February is the time we honor Bridget.  The making and blessing of candles marks this time in  Celtic pagan homes as well as Catholic homes.  Candlemas is the christian name for this month’s holy day.  Friends and neighbors are lovely to invite for a morning of candle making. …

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    January is Hot Tea Month Tea time is a good way to draw back in your energy after the rush of the day. The simple act of sipping a hot drink forces us to pay attention to what we are doing in the moment. (Basically, trying not to burn ourselves!) You can chug down a soda while walking from one place to another, but you won’t find it easy with a hot cup in your hand! There are many wonderful books on the subject of medicinal/magical herbs and teas. Even Peter Rabbit’s mother knew a bit of chamomile tea was in order after Peter’s encounter in Mr. McGreggor’s garden. All…

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    I love Winter Solstice!  It is the quiet moment before the holiday chaos.  The in-breath of stillness and peace brings the meaning of the season inward. We have created a ritual for our family consisting of  walking a beautiful spiral labrinth.   Each person carries an unlit candle and walks the path to the center where they light their candle and then find a place on the spiral to stand and bring their “light to the world”. An indoor spiral is created in our living room using stars cut out of white, gold or silver paper. I let the kids trace star cookie cutters onto the paper and then cut out.…

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    An Intent of Thanksgiving Is it just me or do other women dread family gatherings for the holidays?  It is not that we do not love our extended family, it is just that we are not all on the same page concerning life.  You know, life’s big questions like handling money, raising kids and picking spouses.  Oh, and there can also be the really hushed page concerning religion, beliefs, and spirituality.  Bring everyone under one roof and we are ready to throw our hands up and surrender. I have noticed that with few exceptions most people I know have an eclectic collection of characters within their family.  How we approach…

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    Autumn I love the change of seasons, but I must admit that the summer to fall change is my favorite! Maybe living in the South gives the change to cooler days and nights more of a welcome. And I do love the colors! Bringing autumn inside is easy and free! Beautiful baskets of leaves and nuts, acorns and pinecones. A decorator’s delight! This is also a great time for outdoor play. Mother Earth is rich in decorations and condiments for mud pies and other pretend foods! Some fun things to do are to make people out of things found. Pinecones, acorn tops seeds and sticks can make some cool creations.…