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  • Native American Gaming Pieces and "Dice" Shed Light on Promentory Culture in Utah

    Goddesschess
    24 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    For the curious, please check out Stewart Culin's "Games of the North American Indians," a wonderful resource that is now available online (Holy Hathor!) It is a treasure trove of information gathered by Culin on various games and sports played by North American Indians including extensive drawings, oral traditions, and testimonies of various old-timers and collectors of gaming artifacts alive at
  • Why I'm Not Here

    The Gods Are Bored
    Anne Johnson
    26 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," culture vultures and bad-ass buzzards since 2005! I proudly bear the name Anne Johnson and am grateful for its sublime anonymity.At one point I was up to five readers, so I'll address you as if that's the number.I haven't been here at "The Gods Are Bored" lately. There are two reasons:1. Now that the tots are grown and I've settled into a Path that is written about so much better on other sites, I'm running out of things to say.2. I'm writing a novel.Yes, after spending 15 years writing a grand, sweeping, historical fantasy that was widely deemed suitable to…
  • JEHOVAH IN A skirt?

    Radical Goddess Thealogy
    23 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Here Mr. Roger Olson works like Hades to shoot female-ness into his testosterone-saturated deity, Yahweh/Allah/Jehovah (YAJ). Mr. Roger knows the natives are getting restless.  The Great Unwashed are catching on: the male body fails to give birth, to create new life, and so can hardly be the Creator of the Universe. The result is pure comedy.  Like a vine swaying in a wind, Mr. Roger
  • Guest Post: A Polytheist Primer

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Guest Contributor
    29 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    [Today we welcome guest writer Anomalous Thracian, a Polytheist Priest and spirit worker living in the North East. He is the director at Polytheist.com and blogger at Thracian Exodus.] POLYTHEISMNoun, plural polytheisms): the belief in the existence of multiple gods Polytheists today exist around the world, as expressions of both continuous ancient cultures and traditions, and of newly restored, reconstructed, or received religious traditions. The word “polytheist” comes, by way of French, from the ancient Greek (polus + theos) meaning “many gods,” and refers to persons or groups…
  • Buzz Coil: May 2015

    Medusa Coils
    27 May 2015 | 10:51 am
     Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll: Broomstick Chronicles: In her May 14 post, Aline O’Brien (a.k.a. Macha Nightmare) describes her reactions to the Marin (CA) Interfaith Council’s “Interfaith Celebration of National Day of Prayer,” including her difficulties with the Abrahamic assumptions of some presentations. Fellowship of Isis Central:  The Fellowship’s May 7 post gives
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • JEHOVAH IN A skirt?

    23 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Here Mr. Roger Olson works like Hades to shoot female-ness into his testosterone-saturated deity, Yahweh/Allah/Jehovah (YAJ). Mr. Roger knows the natives are getting restless.  The Great Unwashed are catching on: the male body fails to give birth, to create new life, and so can hardly be the Creator of the Universe. The result is pure comedy.  Like a vine swaying in a wind, Mr. Roger
  • GUESS WHO fooled YOU!

    18 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    WHO WAS Mother Goose, really?  Could she have been an ancient European goddess in disguise? If so, which goddess was she? And why would a goddess go into hiding behind the fairly dismal disguise “Mother Goose”? Why did artists 100 years ago often depict Mother Goose as a witch? Who was Cinderella, really?  How about Sleeping Beauty?  Little Red Riding Hood?  Was “Jack
  • YOU HAVE created A CREATURE

    17 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    MANY THANKS to The Hairpin for bringing us Baba Yaga's Advice Column.  
  • DO WE REALLY NEED men?

    12 May 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Given that the world is a mess (who can dispute it?), and that men have run the world for 6000 years (no dispute here either), it’s easy to see why one of my wonderful commenters recently opined that “it's fair to question even the necessity of the existence of men.” To me the evidence shows that before about 4000 BC the world worked OK -- even with men in it.  Also, in many modern
  • DON'T blame WOMEN FOR THE MESS

    7 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Are we blaming women for the mess we're in? For the globe’s swelling excess of human flesh?  The burgeoning bitterness toward women: is it because there’s a glut of us?  Babies come from women’s wombs, yes, and we live on a finite planet.  Even if each womb produced only 1.5 surviving children we’d eventually wipe ourselves off the globe. But don’t blame women.  Unless there's a
 
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  • Guest Post: A Polytheist Primer

    Guest Contributor
    29 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    [Today we welcome guest writer Anomalous Thracian, a Polytheist Priest and spirit worker living in the North East. He is the director at Polytheist.com and blogger at Thracian Exodus.] POLYTHEISMNoun, plural polytheisms): the belief in the existence of multiple gods Polytheists today exist around the world, as expressions of both continuous ancient cultures and traditions, and of newly restored, reconstructed, or received religious traditions. The word “polytheist” comes, by way of French, from the ancient Greek (polus + theos) meaning “many gods,” and refers to persons or groups…
  • The Rites of Spring Weaves its Web

    Terence P Ward
    28 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    BERKSHIRE MOUNTAINS, Massachusetts –For the 37th year, members and friends of the EarthSpirit Community gathered this past week for the Rites of Spring. Like many Pagan festivals, this is a private affair for which advance registration is required. Participants are expected to aid in building a temporary community in the woods, wherein the focal point is the very maypole that represents the season in this, and many other, Pagan traditions. Radiating outward from that beribboned symbol of fertility Pagans and friends circled, danced, learned, laughed, drank in the gifts of the Earth and…
  • Pagan Community Notes: Ireland, The Morrigan’s Call, Tanith Lee, West Valley LAPD and more!

    Heather Greene
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Saturday, Ireland voted “yes” to legalize same sex marriage, making it the first country to do so by popular vote. Susan Large, moderator of the Irish Pagan Movement Facebook page, said, “As Pagans we are delighted as our small community welcomes many Gay couples and we view this vote as a wonderful vote for Love and for freedom. Ireland has shown the way for others to follow and this vote is a remarkable demonstration of how enlightened a nation can be. We hope and pray that other countries will help this small flame to burn even brighter.” Turnout was reportedly…
  • “Brewing is magic” at Sidhe Brewing Company in St. Paul

    Cara Schulz
    26 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Three years ago Kathleen Culhane was heading home after attending a taproom opening in Minneapolis, and she was thinking about how she’d like to work in a brewery. Then it hit her. She didn’t want to work in a brewery; she wanted to own one. Three years and many hundreds of hours of work later her dream has become reality as Sidhe Brewing Company opens it doors in St. Paul, Minnesota. Founder Kathleen Culhane at Sidhe Brewery [Photo: C. Schulz] What makes Sidhe Brewery different from other craft beer breweries across the country is hinted at in its logo, the artwork hanging in the…
  • Honoring our Pagan Fallen on Memorial Day

    Heather Greene
    25 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a federal holiday that honors the many who have died in military service. For decades, modern Pagan and Heathen military personnel have worked to have their contributions and their sacrifices equally recognized within military circles. Due to the unyielding efforts, Pagan and Heathen involvement within the armed forces is at a level of visibility and acceptance never before imagined. With that visibility, of course, comes new challenges. Throughout the year, we highlight many of those triumphs and discuss the obstacles. But today, let us pause to…
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    Medusa Coils

  • Buzz Coil: May 2015

    27 May 2015 | 10:51 am
     Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll: Broomstick Chronicles: In her May 14 post, Aline O’Brien (a.k.a. Macha Nightmare) describes her reactions to the Marin (CA) Interfaith Council’s “Interfaith Celebration of National Day of Prayer,” including her difficulties with the Abrahamic assumptions of some presentations. Fellowship of Isis Central:  The Fellowship’s May 7 post gives
  • 20th Annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference in July-August

    18 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    I just received the following communication from Kathy Jones about the 20th annual Glastonbury (UK) Goddess Conference, and I'm passing it along to you. You might also want to look at the full conference programme and the booking information. Kathy writes: Goddess Conference is coming! There are still spaces left on all the Conference Fringe workshops 25th/26th July, 3rd August with amazing
  • Buzz Coil: April 2015

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll: Pagaian Cosmology: Glenys Livingstone's blog from Australia, posted  "A Pagan Statement  on the Environment," on April 22,  Earth Day. Musings of a Pagan Witch: Stasa Morgan-Appel also posted about this statement on April 22.  The Motherhouse of the Goddess: In an April 22 post, "Becoming an Earth Speaker– Ritual Meditation with Gaia," Kimberly
  • Buzz Coil: March 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There has been a hiatus in Buzz Coil due to what is probably carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm hoping to start the Buzz Coils again regularly. I will be doing links only to the blogs' homepages (not the individual posts) because I can't do the links well using voice recognition software. Thank you for your understanding. A Crone Speaks Out:  Rev. Cathryn Plantine's February 6 post, "The Future of
  • Goddess Pages Winter 2014/Spring 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am a little late and will be a little short in telling you about this issue of Goddess Pages due to my own ongoing battle with carpal tunnel syndrome. So please excuse the lack of lots of links. I'm writing this with  the help of speech recognition software. Any mistakes are due to the misunderstandings by the software ;-)This issue opens with art of Morrigan by Laura Bell, who also wrote an
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Why I'm Not Here

    Anne Johnson
    26 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," culture vultures and bad-ass buzzards since 2005! I proudly bear the name Anne Johnson and am grateful for its sublime anonymity.At one point I was up to five readers, so I'll address you as if that's the number.I haven't been here at "The Gods Are Bored" lately. There are two reasons:1. Now that the tots are grown and I've settled into a Path that is written about so much better on other sites, I'm running out of things to say.2. I'm writing a novel.Yes, after spending 15 years writing a grand, sweeping, historical fantasy that was widely deemed suitable to…
  • Change of Heart

    Anne Johnson
    8 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    It's funny what's left to learn when you reach your golden years.I'm not exactly golden yet ... but I'm sure not green.Last weekend my daughter The Spare and I went to a festival that we attend each year to honor Beltane and the faeries. We look forward to this festival eagerly, all year long. Yes, all through my long and horrible work year I dream of the festival. My work is awful, dreadful, stressful, unappreciated, and unrecognized. The festival is wonderful, awesome, happy, joyous, and otherwise perfect.Except when it's not.Spare and I had an unpleasant -- very unpleasant --…
  • The IPhone Rebellion

    Anne Johnson
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Something has changed drastically in our society since I was a stripling.That "something" is computers.I can remember when there weren't any personal computers at all. I can remember when telephones were hooked to the wall. I even pre-date cordless phones.Now everyone has a phone with them, all the time. (Except for me. I either lose or misplace or forget my phone frequently. I have never gotten used to having a phone on me all the time.)Big Brother and Big Business are watching us as we use our computers. But there's a flip side to that. Equipped with phones that can record video,…
  • Spoutwood Bound!

    Anne Johnson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," humble home of an average human being! Nothing exceptional about me ... except for the way I go on about buzzards.Every year at Beltane, my daughter The Spare and I sojourn to Glen Rock, PA, where we lead the Mountain Tribe at the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm. We've been going to this festival for almost a decade.Spoutwood is a beautiful spot, and everyone dresses up like faeries or creatures or free spirits. There's wonderful music, and food vendors, and drum circles, and ceremonies. As Mountain Tribe leader, Spare takes part in a…
  • Can't Get Behind Her

    Anne Johnson
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," ten years of joyous romping in the Realms of the Mountain Gods! I'm Anne Johnson, and I used to get far more riled up about politics than I do now.Pretty much I have given up on the system. I have lived long enough to see how things are now, as opposed to how they were in the mid-20th century, when we actually ousted crooks instead of deifying them.This is why, although it would be very nice to have a woman running the show in the US of A, I can't get behind Hillary Clinton. If the fix is in, she is one of the authors of it.I remember when Bill Clinton was…
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • Interfaith Celebration of National Day of Prayer

    14 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Much has been said about the National Prayer Breakfast that takes place in Washington, D.C. each May, critical that it is intended to foster a “Christian nation,” which the United States decidedly is not.For the past 16 years my own local interfaith group, Marin Interfaith Council, has produced an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.  I’ve described some past breakfasts here: 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014.  Generally speaking, these local breakfasts have been diverse, tolerant, and minimally Abrahamic-centricFeaturing three religious leaders, each presenting on the same theme, these…
  • BNPs, PPPs, & Leadership

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Pagan Summit, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001(Note: Several in this photo have crossed over since this was taken, and most are not published authors.) Ever since I’ve been on a Pagan path I’ve heard of BNPs.  The acronym was told to me to indicated Big Name Pagans.   Over time, as more people found their way to one Pagan path or another, or began to create their own paths more specific to their particular worldviews, the term BNP took on a negative connotation.  I started to hear it explained as Big-Nosed Pagans.Most of those referred to as BNPs had published a book or…
  • AAR Annual Meeting - V

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    PachamamaNovember 2014San Diego, CADay Three:  SundayPassed on these alluring sessions:*     Religion and Roots of Climate Change Skepticism – not a problem amongst any Pagans I’m aware of.  This panel was comprised of “a Christian evangelical climate scientist; a professor of modern Jewish philosophy and rabbinical thought; an historian of science specializing in debates about climate change; and an evangelical leader in the ‘creation care’ movement.*     Religion and Politics Section: “Contraception, Corporations, and Conscience: Evolving…
  • Hanging with My Peeps at PCon

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Don Frew, Macha, Richard Reidy of the Temple of RaThis year’s PantheaCon nourished me.  I printed out a schedule ahead of time of events on the official schedule, as distinct from the many programs being offered in various suites throughout the weekend, that I wanted to be sure to attend.  I left plenty of space for serendipitous encounters.I knew I had some responsibilities in the Pagan Scholars’ Den -- I dislike that term – for both Cherry Hill Seminary and the Pagan History Project with which I’m involved.  And I was scheduled to sit on one panel, “Tradition vs.
  • AAR Annual Meeting - IV

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    "The Nightmare" by John Henry Fuseli  November 2014San Diego, CADay Two:  Saturday Late Afternoon and EveningFor the 4:00 p.m. session I passed on three others of interest.Indigenous Religious Traditions focused on “Ritual Objects and Materiality in the Study of Native American Traditions.”  Anthropologists have considered the importance of social and historical context while neglecting physicality and materiality in such circumstances as indigenous rituals “tied to particular places and things in irreducible ways.  Panelists spoke on ·     …
 
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    Goddesschess

  • NM Rachel Ulrich Wins WIM Norm at Chicago Open

    26 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Hola everyone! The Chicago Open was held in Chicago, Illinois May 21 - 25, 2015.  This is a FIDE rated event. The Open section players list reads like a "Who's Who" in U.S. Chess!  Many participants in the 2015 U.S. Chess Championship were among the field.  All tolled, 113 players were in the Open, including U.S. National Master Rachel Ulrich (WI 2200).  The great news is that Rachel earned a
  • Milwaukee Summer Challenge IV: June 13 - 14, 2015

    24 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Hola darlings! Goddesschess is pleased to announce the resumption of special prizes for female participants in the Milwaukee Summer Challenge IV.  Goddesschess prizes are conditional upon at least two or more females playing in each section. Here are the details: http://www.southwestchessclub.com/       ----Southwest Chess Club Website http://swccchess.blogspot.com/            ----
  • One Day Chess Camp in Sheboygan, WI with NMs Rachel Ulrich and Richard Martin !!!

    24 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Hola Darlings! Goddesschess is pleased to provide funding for this fabulous FIRST OF ITS KIND event in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Please note:  Goddesschess is paying the registration fees for ALL female participants, regardless of age/experience level.   So - let me cut to the chase, darlings!  As you may know, Rachel Ulrich, one of the fabulous chess-playing Ulrichs siblings (Tommy, Anne, Rachel,
  • Split Between Domesticated Dogs and Wolves Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

    24 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    As long as there have been preserved written words, the close connection between the Goddess and dogs/canines has been recorded -- extremely ancient "legends" dating back to times thousands of years before written languages were invented to record them.  Similar connections exist between the Goddess and cats/felines and the Goddess and cows/bovines.  Somewhat later but still extremely ancient
  • Native American Gaming Pieces and "Dice" Shed Light on Promentory Culture in Utah

    24 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    For the curious, please check out Stewart Culin's "Games of the North American Indians," a wonderful resource that is now available online (Holy Hathor!) It is a treasure trove of information gathered by Culin on various games and sports played by North American Indians including extensive drawings, oral traditions, and testimonies of various old-timers and collectors of gaming artifacts alive at
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • Florimaia

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today is Florimaia, the day when we celebrate the wonder and beauty of flowers, perhaps the loveliest of Our Lady's gifts to us.
  • Exaltation of the Queen of Heaven

    1 May 2015 | 9:27 am
  • More on Eclipses

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Following our recent article on solar eclipses, Filianic blogger Myryam Hildotter has produced a very detailed article on the subject of eclipses and their dangers. (This is now the correct link — please accept our apologies for the earlier error.)
  • Happy Day of Our Sovereign Lady

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    "And the children of earth threw blossoms before Her."
  • Filianic Calendar for this new year

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Welcome to this new year. Our Lady is risen and the world is renewed! This year is a Year of Sai Rhave, which means that every month begins on Rhavedi (Saturday) and the influence of the Great Janya Sai Rhave is strong throughout the year. The Daughters of Shining Harmony have produced a full calendar for this year giving all the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and other information of value to Filianists and other devotees of Our Mother God. Please find it here.
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  • Wordless Wednesday: A Skink of Many Colors

    Beth
    27 May 2015 | 7:56 am
  • Tarot Card of the Week, May 25-30, 2015: The Hierophant

    Beth
    25 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    I don’t wield power over person, place, or thing. I don’t command armies; I don’t lead labor unions. All I have is the power of thought. Neil deGrasse Tyson In this thought-powered time of the Sun in Gemini, with Mercury retrograde forcing us to reflect and review, what better companion could we ask for? Welcome this week to The Hierophant. With its obvious reference in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck to the Roman Catholic Pope, many people are put off by their perception of the Hierophant as stodgy and inflexible, or by their own experiences of the sometimes stifling…
  • Sunday Poetry: The May Queen is Waiting

    Beth
    24 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    The May Queen Is Waiting by Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith Originally recorded on The Heart is the Only Nation, BMI. I’ll prepare the furrowed earth for your sweet body. The stars are rising in the moonlit sky. The May Queen is waiting. Her voice reaches as you sleep, can you awaken to live the wonders of your dreams? The May Queen is waiting. Restless in the night, the full moon light, Carving magic patterns in the land, She waits for you to return again. Do not keep Her waiting. You startle, wake, and stare, heart is beating. The new earth quickens as you rise. The May Queen is waiting.
  • It’s Gemini Time! Happy Birthday to All You Brilliant, Magical Twinsies!

    Beth
    21 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    I am my own sanctuary and I can be reborn as many times as I choose throughout my life. ~ Lady Gaga (Gemini Sun and ascendant) Happy Birthday, Gemini This morning, at 4:45am, Eastern time, the Sun said goodbye to Taurus and entered Gemini, sign of the Twins. Chatty, smart, funny, whiz-kid Geminis – where would we all be without your brilliant, cutting edge minds? A much less fun world, that’s for certain. Generally, people born under this sign are data collectors and trivia experts who keep an amazing amount of information about the strangest things in their brains. They are…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Magical Solomon’s Seal

    Beth
    20 May 2015 | 9:08 am
 
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    Alison Leigh Lilly

  • How To Be An Evil Stepmother

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    5 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    I’ll never forget the day (nearly five years ago now) when The Oldest said, in a tone so like her mother’s snide dismissiveness, “If you didn’t want to be a stepmom, then you shouldn’t have decided to marry a man with kids.” She was twelve years old, and her father and I had been dating for a couple of years and had only just gotten engaged. On this particular Saturday evening, we were all sitting around the table sharing a Blended Family dinner — me, my then-fiancé, and his four kids. My husband-to-be and I had been joking with each other about the…
  • Q&A: What’s your Pagan origin story?

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    I’ve been having so much fun answering all the cool and quirky questions readers have been sending in over the past month! (See the end of this post for more upcoming topics, and how to send me your questions.) And it’s a good thing, too, because it’s turning out to be a Q&A kind of spring! Right now, I’m in the middle of prepping for a three-day spiritual retreat this coming weekend, where I’ll be part of a Q&A panel discussing the intersection of Paganism and Unitarian Universalism. It promises to be a fascinating experience in both interfaith and…
  • Bless the Waters Thrice: Making Environmentally Sustainable Offerings

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    In the days of the ancient Celts, a devotee might have honored the gods of her people with a votive object — a torc, a piece of intricately-wrought jewelry, a small statue of a god or goddess, a bent silver coin — given in offering to the clear-running waters of a river or wellspring, or deposited in the murky waters of a marsh at a dedicated sacred site. In the same way, a warrior might have offered up his sword or shield, ritually broken to render it useless or perhaps forged specially to be a sacrifice, never to be used in battle. But those days are gone. Now, when I walk along…
  • Q&A: Are the gods immortal? (Are we?)

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Ben asks a question inspired by the science fiction writer Douglas Adams and his too often under-appreciated novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul: What do you think about the gods being immortal? As I see it, the old ones like Ra and Zeus and the river dragons of China all are immortal beings that are still a part of this world, but roam it like middle management, never getting any acknowledgement for the work they still do. We call them to help us and then they go back to their work, kinda like a waiter. In a “we call them and they come” mentality. Or somewhat slaves to our…
  • Q&A: Do you have a familiar?

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    This question comes from an anonymous user over on Tumblr, where a post about my cat, Cu Gwyn, that I wrote last year has been making the rounds. Anon asks: Do you have a familiar? I should probably answer this question with a modest, “No.” Especially if I don’t want to piss off any Trad Witches, some of whom no doubt have spent years studying various medieval texts detailing the practices of cunning-folk and witch-trial testimonies about various dealings with faery cats, demon rats and otherworldly toads. They’d be justifiably angry with me if I went around claiming…
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    Stella Seaspirit

  • Caught in Manifesting Limbo? No Signs? No Inspiration? Here’s What You Can Do…

    Stella Seaspirit
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Every now and then there is a distinct pattern with my clients. The current trend is between those that want to receive guidance in some form of inspiration or sign from the universe about what to do or where to go next (and aren’t) and those that are doing their best to manifest something, setting intentions and working hard at getting a result, that is just not happening.   The thing is, Spirit supports you in your decisions. Spirit does not guide you as to what you should do. Unless it is a matter of life and death, then it can get quite vocal   As you become a truer…
  • 12 Positive Ways to Draw on Mercury Retrograde Energy

    Stella Seaspirit
    19 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    In the last post, we looked at what Mercury retrograde is. Depending on where Mercury and the sign it is retrograde in is situated in your natal chart is where the retrograde will most affect your life. Some individuals thrive during these periods. I for one, do most of my writing during Mercury retrogrades.   It is possible to navigate the energy in a positive way by planning ahead, taking the necessary precautions where you know difficulties may ensue and preparing your schedule to accommodate for “Houston, we have a problem” type scenarios.   Such as getting your car serviced…
  • What is Mercury Retrograde?

    Stella Seaspirit
    12 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arose from an optical illusion due to our relative orbits around the Sun. A parallax view causes it to “reverse” in our sky.   This is a similar phenomenon to when you’re travelling really fast along the highway and it looks like the other slower travelling vehicles are moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary they just appear that way from Earth’s view.   This begins a few days before the actual turning point as Mercury slows,…
  • Deceased Loved One: 3 Ways to Connect

    Stella Seaspirit
    5 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Sometimes when a loved one passes through the veil there are still things we may have wanted to say, thoughts and feelings we feel need to be expressed and some kind of closure sought as part of the grieving process.   Perhaps you were unable to attend their memorial service or spend time with them shortly before they passed and you want to find your own unique way to say goodbye to the person you knew or honour what they meant to you in your life.   Here is some advice I gave someone recently, death is not a final end. It is a loss of tangibility with your loved one in that their…
  • Meet One of Your Current Guides for the Phase of Your Life You Are in Now

    Stella Seaspirit
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    For this exercise you can set aside anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on your schedule to enter an undisturbed, relaxed state.   Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor or lie down on your back, have your spine straight and your palms facing upward either in your lap or by your sides. Ground, centre and shield your energy so you feel safe and comfortable.     How to Meet Your Spirit Guide 1.) Begin by imagining a warm glow in your hands and upon your brow, trickling throughout your entire body. Set the intention to meet one of your current Spirit Helpers for…
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  • The Weekly Rune – Ansuz Reversed

    skelleyh
    25 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the week of 24 May 2015 Focus on what we’re saying becomes important this week. As well, half-month stave Ingwaz shifts to Othala, with more emphasis on lineage. Read right to left is Ingwaz with Othala below, then Ansuz Reversed. Ingwaz remains the half-month rune through Friday 29 May. Following is a summary of The Weekly Rune. Read the full cast to learn more about the half-month rune’s influence, and how to receive it before everyone else. Find my runic artwork on Etsy. The last few weeks have put a great deal of emphasis on the past. As last week’s intuitive…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    skelleyh
    22 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful for my childrens’ love of performing arts. I’m grateful for being able to give them the chance to explore their artistic abilities. I’m thankful for a great weekend with friends and family. I’m thankful for my mother and step father. I’m grateful for a great talk with my agent! I’m thrilled to have sold my first piece of art!! I’m thankful for Reiki in my life, despite that it’s not a primary tool in my work. What are you grateful for this week?
  • Q&A – Creating Sacred Space at the Day Job

    skelleyh
    21 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    Dear Kelley, Thank you so much for your compassionate guidance over the years.  I chose the academic [career] route years ago out of love of ideas, intellectual engagement, and writing. Increasingly, I find it deeply unsettling,  to the point where I cry almost every day when going to work. Moreover, the work environment itself has become hostile due to interpersonal conflict. I’m anxious about the future and am wondering if you would offer any soul guidance in this regard. [Birthday info omitted]. Many thanks from afar, Liz. Thanks for your note, Liz, and for being a long-time…
  • The Weekly Rune – Othala

    skelleyh
    18 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the week of 17 May 2015 A visit with the ancestors is in order, so says Othala. As well, half-month stave Ingwaz continues to brew new awareness to some profound end. Read right to left is Ingwaz, followed by Othala. Ingwaz remains the half-month rune through 29 May. Read right to left is Ingwaz, followed by Othala. Following is a summary of The Weekly Rune. Read the full cast to learn more about the half-month rune’s influence, and how to receive it before everyone else. Find my runic artwork on Etsy. Last week Nauthiz brought our attention to matters of the past, with caution…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    skelleyh
    15 May 2015 | 2:35 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful for a a nice Mother’s Day weekend. I’m grateful for my children. I’m thankful for a great wrap up of the soccer season for our daughter. I’m thankful for an busy upcoming weekend with friends and family. I’m grateful for gentle reminders. The big ones often flatten me. I’m thankful for progress on Decoding the Body Awake. It should be galley-ready, soon! What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? Who is grateful for you? I am! This post…
 
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  • Caught in Manifesting Limbo? No Signs? No Inspiration? Here’s What You Can Do…

    Stella Seaspirit
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Every now and then there is a distinct pattern with my clients. The current trend is between those that want to receive guidance in some form of inspiration or sign from the universe about what to do or where to go next (and aren’t) and those that are doing their best to manifest something, setting intentions and working hard at getting a result, that is just not happening.   The thing is, Spirit supports you in your decisions. Spirit does not guide you as to what you should do. Unless it is a matter of life and death, then it can get quite vocal   As you become a truer…
  • 12 Positive Ways to Draw on Mercury Retrograde Energy

    Stella Seaspirit
    19 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    In the last post, we looked at what Mercury retrograde is. Depending on where Mercury and the sign it is retrograde in is situated in your natal chart is where the retrograde will most affect your life. Some individuals thrive during these periods. I for one, do most of my writing during Mercury retrogrades.   It is possible to navigate the energy in a positive way by planning ahead, taking the necessary precautions where you know difficulties may ensue and preparing your schedule to accommodate for “Houston, we have a problem” type scenarios.   Such as getting your car serviced…
  • What is Mercury Retrograde?

    Stella Seaspirit
    12 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. This traditional concept arose from an optical illusion due to our relative orbits around the Sun. A parallax view causes it to “reverse” in our sky.   This is a similar phenomenon to when you’re travelling really fast along the highway and it looks like the other slower travelling vehicles are moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary they just appear that way from Earth’s view.   This begins a few days before the actual turning point as Mercury slows,…
  • Deceased Loved One: 3 Ways to Connect

    Stella Seaspirit
    5 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Sometimes when a loved one passes through the veil there are still things we may have wanted to say, thoughts and feelings we feel need to be expressed and some kind of closure sought as part of the grieving process.   Perhaps you were unable to attend their memorial service or spend time with them shortly before they passed and you want to find your own unique way to say goodbye to the person you knew or honour what they meant to you in your life.   Here is some advice I gave someone recently, death is not a final end. It is a loss of tangibility with your loved one in that their…
  • Meet One of Your Current Guides for the Phase of Your Life You Are in Now

    Stella Seaspirit
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    For this exercise you can set aside anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on your schedule to enter an undisturbed, relaxed state.   Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor or lie down on your back, have your spine straight and your palms facing upward either in your lap or by your sides. Ground, centre and shield your energy so you feel safe and comfortable.     How to Meet Your Spirit Guide 1.) Begin by imagining a warm glow in your hands and upon your brow, trickling throughout your entire body. Set the intention to meet one of your current Spirit Helpers for…
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  • Indigo & Violet Stones

    White Magic Witch
    28 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Healing and Beyond: Indigo & Violet Stones With deeper blue and violet crystals the potential for change and growth of awareness greatly increases as our inherent abilities and buried talents emerge to enrich our lives. These stones attune to the brow and crown chakras. Indigo Stones~ Lapis Lazuli and Sodalite There are many deep blue […]
  • Green & Blue Stones

    White Magic Witch
    27 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Balance and peace: green & blue stones Crystals with the cooler colours of blue and green all tend to encourage a sense of balanced calm and a quality of peacefulness. These crystals work well with the energies of the heart and throat chakras. Green stones~ Balancing the Heart There are a great many minerals and […]
  • Red, Orange & Yellow Stones

    White Magic Witch
    24 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Energizing and organizing: red, orange & yellow stones Crystals from the-warm end of the colour spectrum help balance the first three chakras and release pent-up energy in the heart chakra. Stability, creativity and clear thinking, as well as the flow of life-energy through the physical body, are maintained by their properties. Garnet~ Stone of Fire […]
  • White & Black Stones

    White Magic Witch
    23 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Clearing and grounding: white & black stones Stones that are clear or white in colour have the Viability to bring clarity and purity to the aura. This makes them very useful healing tools. Black and other dark coloured stones help to integrate the healing that has taken place so that an feel the practical effects […]
  • Crystal Healing ~ The Healing Power of Crystals & Stones

    White Magic Witch
    22 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    World of Crystals In all parts of the world, and from the dawn of history, crystals have been regarded as belonging to the heavens, as gifts from the spirit worlds. Their colour and brilliance have set them apart from everything else on earth. Today we know that the story of crystals is indeed the story […]
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