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I think some of it (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc) come from auto-correct features.  Or the lack of them (I live by the spell checker).  LOL

 

Pagan kids- I'm not sure what to say.  Ummmm.  LOL  :)  Let's see.  We recite the "verse of the month" from the book Be Blest each morning before homeschool.  We sing a blessing over dinner (from the Waldorf tradition, it's the "blessings on the blossom/blessings on the fruit/blessings on the leaf and stem/blessings on the root" I think you can hear it here maybe?).  At night, after shower/teeth/jammies, we turn off the lights and light three candles on the nature table... we sing our evening verse, each kiddo blows out one candle, and they go straight to bed (where dh reads them a story and leaves them with one of the Putamayo's world music discs playing). 

 

Then I try and work our spirituality into daily life... so I'll ask one of the girls to sprinkle the rosemary and salt into the mopping water and mention WHY as she does it (purification, to remove energetic as well as physical grime, etc).  Or I'll remind Tor to stir the cake batter in a clockwise direction to bring blessings into the food.  Or talk about washing away "ickies" in the shower, or using grounding/centering to release energy during a tantrum.  Or ask the kiddos to take the offerings out to the earth altar in back (during warm weather, I set aside a little of our food/drink before each meal as an offering... just a crumb and a drop or two, it goes into a bowl over the stove and I take it out if the weather is bad, or the kids take it out to the earth altar if the weather is good).  Oh, and we have an earth altar out back and a nature table/family altar inside.  The outside altar is at the foot of a tree where a root makes a sort of "hole into the earth".  There is a small copper bowl set into the ground, the natural hole into the underworld, and the tree reaching up into the sky.  It's next to the spot where we have our monthly spiral so I usually put a candle in the copper bowl during the spiral to mark one of the directions.  Inside we have the nature table where the kids put their stuff... little wooden animals, pinecones or nuts or stones from walks, bits of fluff or sparkle they find, and so on.  Then there is the family nature table/family altar where I keep the candles and "delicate" stuff that I want out but not "played with".  There are two other altars in the house... a more "formal" altar on top of the piano (our seasonal offering bowl, our smaller offering bowl, statues, divination tools, important books, the whole "shrine" package) that changes with the holy days.  And a tiny pocket altar next to my nursing chair with a few mother/child icons, my kitchen tarot cards, and a few meditation/quote books.  Ooops, I lie.  The kids have an altar of sorts in their room... they have little alpaca wool sleep angels/fairies, night lights shapes like toadstools and candles (from Target), and things they have added or made (like grapevine dream-catchers or feathers from the chickens).

 

work- so far so good.  just really tired... the work itself is fun, the people are fun... some of it is stressful just because there are gaps between learning/doing (I learn something on Thursday, but it's a full week before I put it into practice and when it's on my own a bit lol).  Mostly it's just a matter of living with less sleep.  I'm up at 5am and not home from work till 8pm.  So it's a looooong day on those days!

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LOL, sorry redface.gif Really I am not yelling at you! hug2.gif Yes, you're probably right. About so many people misspelling it. I am Grammar Police and honestly sometimes I hate it, because I notice so much digression with the language. Misspellings on billboards! I mean the "your" for "you're" all the time, and the internet abbreviations...have seriously contributed to it. It's bloody awful. It's not just you; it's everywhere. And the fact that so many people have given up on reading does not help.


Ya know, normally I am very much a grammar police, too. The you're/you there/their/they're etc make me very twitchy. I have a hard time taking someone seriously if they get those types of things mixed up. So I'm pretty annoyed with myself for having never even noticed there was a difference in the spelling! No worries. thumb.gif

 


 

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

I think some of it (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc) come from auto-correct features.  Or the lack of them (I live by the spell checker).  LOL

 

Pagan kids- I'm not sure what to say.  Ummmm.  LOL  :)  Let's see.  We recite the "verse of the month" from the book Be Blest each morning before homeschool.  We sing a blessing over dinner (from the Waldorf tradition, it's the "blessings on the blossom/blessings on the fruit/blessings on the leaf and stem/blessings on the root" I think you can hear it here maybe?).  At night, after shower/teeth/jammies, we turn off the lights and light three candles on the nature table... we sing our evening verse, each kiddo blows out one candle, and they go straight to bed (where dh reads them a story and leaves them with one of the Putamayo's world music discs playing). 

 

Then I try and work our spirituality into daily life... so I'll ask one of the girls to sprinkle the rosemary and salt into the mopping water and mention WHY as she does it (purification, to remove energetic as well as physical grime, etc).  Or I'll remind Tor to stir the cake batter in a clockwise direction to bring blessings into the food.  Or talk about washing away "ickies" in the shower, or using grounding/centering to release energy during a tantrum.  Or ask the kiddos to take the offerings out to the earth altar in back (during warm weather, I set aside a little of our food/drink before each meal as an offering... just a crumb and a drop or two, it goes into a bowl over the stove and I take it out if the weather is bad, or the kids take it out to the earth altar if the weather is good).  Oh, and we have an earth altar out back and a nature table/family altar inside.  The outside altar is at the foot of a tree where a root makes a sort of "hole into the earth".  There is a small copper bowl set into the ground, the natural hole into the underworld, and the tree reaching up into the sky.  It's next to the spot where we have our monthly spiral so I usually put a candle in the copper bowl during the spiral to mark one of the directions.  Inside we have the nature table where the kids put their stuff... little wooden animals, pinecones or nuts or stones from walks, bits of fluff or sparkle they find, and so on.  Then there is the family nature table/family altar where I keep the candles and "delicate" stuff that I want out but not "played with".  There are two other altars in the house... a more "formal" altar on top of the piano (our seasonal offering bowl, our smaller offering bowl, statues, divination tools, important books, the whole "shrine" package) that changes with the holy days.  And a tiny pocket altar next to my nursing chair with a few mother/child icons, my kitchen tarot cards, and a few meditation/quote books.  Ooops, I lie.  The kids have an altar of sorts in their room... they have little alpaca wool sleep angels/fairies, night lights shapes like toadstools and candles (from Target), and things they have added or made (like grapevine dream-catchers or feathers from the chickens).

 

work- so far so good.  just really tired... the work itself is fun, the people are fun... some of it is stressful just because there are gaps between learning/doing (I learn something on Thursday, but it's a full week before I put it into practice and when it's on my own a bit lol).  Mostly it's just a matter of living with less sleep.  I'm up at 5am and not home from work till 8pm.  So it's a looooong day on those days!

Thanks for the information! There's a lot in there for me to glean from. :) I'm just trying to bring religion more into our daily life and its been a struggle for me, probably because I lived without religion being a normal aspect of daily life pretty much my whole life. Other than the Be Blest book, did/do you use any books/websites/etc for inspiration? 
 

 

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostWe recite the "verse of the month" from the book Be Blest each morning before homeschool.  We sing a blessing over dinner (from the Waldorf tradition, it's the "blessings on the blossom/blessings on the fruit/blessings on the leaf and stem/blessings on the root" I think you can hear it here maybe?).  At night, after shower/teeth/jammies, we turn off the lights and light three candles on the nature table... we sing our evening verse, each kiddo blows out one candle, and they go straight to bed (where dh reads them a story and leaves them with one of the Putamayo's world music discs playing). 


Maybe you could post the "verse of the month" on here? I'm sure it's not just me that would love to see it! loveeyes.gif Pretty please?

 

We used to do a bunch of different blessings at meals. Then (I have no idea where I got it) I got a book with a whole bunch of blessings from all sorts of traditions. Most are Christian, but they are from all sources: Native American peoples, Pagan, Buddhist...some are found on walls of old monasteries and such. Religious graffiti lol.gif

 

The public ritual last night was lovely, as usual! I have been going to this one (and all her holy day rituals) for a couple of years now. I love them, especially the Brigid/Imbolc one. Last night, a Scottish woman called the East, and talked about Brigid traditions in her home country, and it was so fitting to hear that accent in ritual. Not to mention I just die to hear Scottish/Irish accents anyway.

The Episcopal Church of All Souls (it is GORGEOUS-- go here http://www.allsoulscathedral.org/ and see if you can get pix) allows us to hold Wiccan ritual there, in their parish hall, during the dark half of the year. How cool is that? And last night...I have never noticed it before, but I kept hearing the church bells tolling the quarter hour. During ritual. During chants. I so felt like I was on Avalon, in the mists!

post #24 of 136

Hey all,

 

I've been overwhelmed the last month, but hopefully that whole thing is slowing down now.

 

I'm kinda out of it at the moment - I just spent a half hour crying my eyes out. That always makes me a bit fuzzy-wuzzy.

 

I have pics of my altar, as well as our approach to teaching the kids HERE, and more teaching of the kids HERE.

 

Imbolc was basic - cooked up a turkey, explained the day to the kids... that's it.

 

I'll try to keep up better...

post #25 of 136

Greetings Pagan Mamas!

 

I'm not sure if I've posted in other threads or not (I tend to just lurk).  We didn't do much this year of Imbolc, just went around lighting candles in each room when the sun went down.  DH followed behind me with DD so that she could take part too.  He's not a Pagan but is super supportive and wanted DD to be a part of the celebration.

 

Brighid seems to of lit a fire in my pants this year.  Leading up to Imbolc I felt a huge urge to read as much as I could about it and start up my studies again.  I feels great to be studying again.

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Maybe you could post the "verse of the month" on here? I'm sure it's not just me that would love to see it! loveeyes.gif Pretty please?

 

We used to do a bunch of different blessings at meals. Then (I have no idea where I got it) I got a book with a whole bunch of blessings from all sorts of traditions. Most are Christian, but they are from all sources: Native American peoples, Pagan, Buddhist...some are found on walls of old monasteries and such. Religious graffiti lol.gif

 

The public ritual last night was lovely, as usual! I have been going to this one (and all her holy day rituals) for a couple of years now. I love them, especially the Brigid/Imbolc one. Last night, a Scottish woman called the East, and talked about Brigid traditions in her home country, and it was so fitting to hear that accent in ritual. Not to mention I just die to hear Scottish/Irish accents anyway.

The Episcopal Church of All Souls (it is GORGEOUS-- go here http://www.allsoulscathedral.org/ and see if you can get pix) allows us to hold Wiccan ritual there, in their parish hall, during the dark half of the year. How cool is that? And last night...I have never noticed it before, but I kept hearing the church bells tolling the quarter hour. During ritual. During chants. I so felt like I was on Avalon, in the mists!


I'm thinking I'm going to start a blessing at dinner. DH isn't Pagan (he's agnostic), but he's supportive. I also want to set up a little altar on the kitchen counter and put an offering into it at meal time, esp dinner. I noticed today while I was watching the Super Bowl (yay Giants!!!) that the top of our entertainment center is a fantastic place for a family altar. It wouldn't have to be conspicuous at all, but something meaningful for our family that will change with the seasons. Then the one in the kitchen and a personal altar for me in my bedroom on top of my dresser. I don't think it will change with the seasons, just as I feel moved to do so...ok, now I'm starting to think out loud! I'll quit!

 

Sounds like a gorgeous ritual! I'm a little jealous! orngtongue.gif

 



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Hey all,

 

I've been overwhelmed the last month, but hopefully that whole thing is slowing down now.

 

I'm kinda out of it at the moment - I just spent a half hour crying my eyes out. That always makes me a bit fuzzy-wuzzy.

 

I have pics of my altar, as well as our approach to teaching the kids HERE, and more teaching of the kids HERE.

 

Imbolc was basic - cooked up a turkey, explained the day to the kids... that's it.

 

I'll try to keep up better...



hug2.gif Hope you feel better after a good cry. And thanks for the links!



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Greetings Pagan Mamas!

 

I'm not sure if I've posted in other threads or not (I tend to just lurk).  We didn't do much this year of Imbolc, just went around lighting candles in each room when the sun went down.  DH followed behind me with DD so that she could take part too.  He's not a Pagan but is super supportive and wanted DD to be a part of the celebration.

 

Brighid seems to of lit a fire in my pants this year.  Leading up to Imbolc I felt a huge urge to read as much as I could about it and start up my studies again.  I feels great to be studying again.


Hello, merry meet! Sounds like a fantastic Imbolc! I also enjoy studying, esp my religion as that fills me up in many ways. Look forward to seeing you around more!!

 

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Ok, as I sit here, I can hear the rumble from all the fireworks going off in downtown Indy from the Super Bowl. I can't see anything, but I can hear it. I'm a good 15 miles from downtown. bigeyes.gif Kinda freaked me out and I had no one to share it with since everyone is asleep at my house. So I share with you lovely ladies!! lol.gif

 

BTW-So glad its over! DH worked 60 hours in four days. He was at work from 6am til 11:45pm Friday. Not cool. He's home and out cold now, poor guy! sleeping.gif

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Altars: My altar currently has a candle in a chalice (because I'm UU), pine cones, a rock from Lake Michigan, a goose feather, an ivy plant, and my book of shadows. When we get to the dark side of the moon, I'll add my tarot cards. I also have an ancestors' altar with a few pictures of my beloved dead and a small porcelain offering bowl. I also have an altar for the kitchen that's just a candle and an offering bowl. Nothing too fancy.

post #29 of 136

Subbing.  My computer died and I had to drop it off for repair.  I did not like being without it, that's for sure.

I also had to go out of state for a couple of days due to Roo's much needed Neuropsych appointments.

 

Now I'm back and have a raging case of tennis elbow.  I think carrying ds to bed last night was the last straw.  That's when the pain really hit.  Now I have to type with one hand.  Of course, it's the left arm and that's my dominant one.

 

We've been hanging in spiritual limbo for too long.  I miss having a pagan/earth based community (in real life.)  Another reason to move back to RI.

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thanks to everyone who is sharing their traditions and altars.  i'm just popping in quickly...I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

 

and yes, we were VERY happy for the Giants.  

 

oh, 3x, I hope you were okay after the firework display.  That must have been pretty wild to hear them so clearly.  

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I too wanted to thank everyone for sharing their traditions with their kiddos and their altars. For the last few years I've been on a bit of a spiritual hiatus. Once my DD turned 1 she started tearing apart my altar daily, and I didn't really have space for the whole thing in a non-public part of the house, so everything got scattered and my studies basically halted. Unfortunately, it was right after I got a bunch of new books too. :( But over the last few months I've been trying to incorporate a lot more spirituality into daily life, and got back to some studies.

 

I love Christopher Penczak, so I'm going to start back at Inner Temple and work my way through his books again in conjunction with the Witch School books. Back to basics for this mama!

 

My DD only just turned four so I feel kind of limited with what we've been doing spiritually together. I need to open up and be a little bit more creative. So far we've been doing songs and chants for music time. I've been working on some grounding and centering techniques with her when she's overly amped/upset and needs to calm down. We've been doing a lot of death talk lately as her great grandpa passed a few months ago, and the ex-MIL has really been pounding the idea of him being in heaven with God, which she totally did not understand. So we've been talking a lot about what different people believe, and what Mommy and DH believe. Seasons and season changes have been a big deal, as she's really excited about her new sibling being born, and she knows that's in the Summer time, but she wanted to know when Summer was, and how to know, and what happens in each season. It sounds like a lot, but I feel like we should be doing a lot more.

 

As I said, my main altar got dismantled a while back. So, most of my "things" are put in an unused dresser in the closet. I really like everyone's little altars throughout their homes and outside. I think I'm going to incorporate some of that. Additionally, I like the idea of a wall altar, and just happen to have the perfect three shelf thing that needs to be moved. I think I'll put it on my bedroom wall near my vanity so I have a built in seat to do my personal work.

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Originally Posted by Aithnea View PostBrighid seems to of lit a fire in my pants this year.  Leading up to Imbolc I felt a huge urge to read as much as I could about it and start up my studies again.  I feels great to be studying again.


MM!

Me, too. My man is Irish Catholic, and I found a gorgeous necklace/medal on Etsy that is St.Bridget on one side and St. Patrick on the other, so it kind of represents us, too-- St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers, and y'all know about Brigid heartbeat.gif So yay! I, too, am feeling much drawn to her this year.



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Originally Posted by 3xMama View PostOk, as I sit here, I can hear the rumble from all the fireworks going off in downtown Indy from the Super Bowl. I can't see anything, but I can hear it. I'm a good 15 miles from downtown. bigeyes.gif Kinda freaked me out and I had no one to share it with since everyone is asleep at my house. So I share with you lovely ladies!! lol.gif

 

BTW-So glad its over! DH worked 60 hours in four days. He was at work from 6am til 11:45pm Friday. Not cool. He's home and out cold now, poor guy! sleeping.gif


WOW! That's a lot of hoopla. Your poor DH...but he will be glad when the paycheck comes in!

 



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Originally Posted by MamaInTheDesert View PostAdditionally, I like the idea of a wall altar, and just happen to have the perfect three shelf thing that needs to be moved. I think I'll put it on my bedroom wall near my vanity so I have a built in seat to do my personal work.


What a great idea! So stealing when we eventually get an apartment instead of a house!

 

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MamaintheDesert: I felt that way when my first was little about altars, and I gave up, but when I had my second...I don't know, I got to a point where I felt if I waited, it would never happen, and I needed more of my spirituality in my life. So, most of my altars are not places where the baby has access. One is on top of a fridge. The other is on a high window sill (about 4ft up) next to my stove. The one he has the most access to is the one on my computer table, but since a computer is also there, I try to keep the baby out of that room unattended, period.

 

I just noticed some brown staining on my youngest's teeth. My eldest had horrible, horrible cavities. We ended up doing three caps under general anesthesia when she was the age my youngest is now. I'm feeling pretty down and stressed about it; I'm worried about going through all this all over again with my second child and feeling like a crappy mother.

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Fireworks-I feel like such a loser getting freaked out over them, lol. First thing I did was look to see if any storms were coming. lol.gif And yes, Maia, it will be very nice once the paycheck comes through!!

 

Desert-I feel ya on how daunting it is to try and get religion into the day. There's just so much mundane to weed through! 

 

All the places I'm looking at putting an altar is out of the way. There is a small area I just thought of that I may make the kid's altar where they can put treasures they find outside, special things that remind them of the God/dess, etc. And I remember reading somewhere about building an altar within a drawer. I think it was in reference to limited room, but you could apply it to your situation as well. Just clean out a drawer in the dresser you are currently storing your things in and build your altar. You still have it and the kiddos can't get it!

 

And congrats on your new baby! Very few things are as exciting and wonderful as a baby!! joy.gif

 

Revolting-I'm sure you aren't a crappy mother. hug2.gif  Some teeth are just more prone to dental issues. Did/do you or anyone in your family have dental issues?

 

DoK-Sorry to hear about the tennis elbow! I've heard that that's incredibly painful. I hope it calms down for you quickly!

 

Oh, Maia, before I forget, from the last post we were talking about Ellen Dugan. I'm surprised to hear she was so crass. I don't mind swearing at all, in fact I curse like a sailor and then some....But in a professional setting that's just not appropriate. Her books aren't that way at all. Sorry it wasn't a good experience. :/

 

And the htc diet...yeah not while I'm breastfeeding. I will stick with something more traditional like not stuffing so much junk into my mouth and getting off my arse more!!! lol.gif

 

Oh snap, I just realized that tomorrow is the full moon! I'll have to plan for that...

 

Off to make dinner. Hope you all have a lovely evening!

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Oh, Maia, before I forget, from the last post we were talking about Ellen Dugan. I'm surprised to hear she was so crass. I don't mind swearing at all, in fact I curse like a sailor and then some....But in a professional setting that's just not appropriate. Her books aren't that way at all. Sorry it wasn't a good experience. :/

 

And the htc diet...yeah not while I'm breastfeeding. I will stick with something more traditional like not stuffing so much junk into my mouth and getting off my arse more!!! lol.gif

 

 

It's hcg winky.gif but yeah, not nursing. But eating less and exercising will just make you hungry...I am with Gary Taubes, that those things do not at all contribute to weight loss. Fitness, yeah, but not loss.

 

And yeah, I was pretty bothered by Ms.Dugan.. there was more, but I can't remember what it was. I do remember that it wasn't just the swearing, and I wanted to get up and leave the workshop several times, I was so offended. I think there were puttings-down of other Witchy ways, but I honestly can't remember. But the workshop was in a quiet area under a tree, and it would have been very obvious that I was, well, leaving. And someone would have asked me why, and I was in such a huff that I may not have been able to hold my tongue.

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Thread Starter 

welcome new folk (or new to posting folk!)  :)

 

hugs for teeth woes, long work weeks, crying jags, and general life icks!

 

altars- we have ones the kids can reach and ones they can't.  My kiddos are 6yo, 4yo, 2yo, and 4mo so we do a lot of "teaching by showing" and not so much actual teaching-teaching.

 

daily spirit- maybe start slow, pick one new thing (a meal blessing, a song or chant before bed, an evening candle, a simple card draw or rune throw at breakfast, a talisman for the pocket or backpack) and make it a habit for a month, then add something more?

 

books/verses- The Be Blest book has one poem for each month, inspired by the prayer of St Francis.  There is an opening verse:

 

Be blest, sing praise

rejoice, give thanks.

The seasons circle round.

And earth's good gifts for all are near

in plenty to be found.

 

Then there is the monthly verse.  February's is:

 

Be Blest in winter's rest when groundhog slumbers, squirrels nest;

for sister bear with bulbs asleep,

while spring lies hidden in her keep.

 

books in general- I like the songs/music in the book Sing Through the Seasons 99 songs for children.  It is a bit more "christian" than "pagan", but there is still a lot of great stuff there, and it has songs for all sorts of things (like a new sibling, the holidays, daily activities, and so on).  A Child's Book of Blessings compiled by Sabrina Dearborn is also wonderful... blessings and verses from a variety of traditions and for a variety of activities.  And then the Celtic Devotional Daily Prayers and Blessings by Caitlin Matthews (a devotional for adults, it has am/pm daily, weekly, and seasonal meditations and prayers that take you through the entire year)... I've used it off and on for nearly 13 years or so now and it rocks.  I should get back into that pattern.

 

Soooo... from the Child's Book:

 

meal:

Give Thanks to the Mother Earth, Give Thanks to the Father Sun

Give Thanks to the plants in the garden

where Mother and Father are one

 

security:

Be thou a bright flame before me, be thou a guiding star above me

Be thou a smooth path below me, be thou a kindly shepherd behind me

today, tonight, and forever

 

And from the Sing Through the Seasons, a few spring verses:

 

It's raining, it's raining, the roofs are getting wet

the rain will make the flowers bloom

the mud we'll sweep out with a broom

it's raining, it's raining, the roofs are getting wet

 

and a song with dozens of verses that asks/answers "Where are the X when the North Wind blows?".  One verse is:

 

Where are the squirrels when the north winds blow?  We cannot see them in the ice and snow.

Cracking nuts in a hollow tree, squirrels are cozy as cozy can be.

when the warm spring sun comes out, squirrels will wake and jump about.

Oh how happy they will be, a springtime world they will see.

 

And the Imbolc meditations in Celtic Devotional:

 

Threshold Invocation for the Festival of Imbolc:

Midwife of mystery, open the door

Infant of the Infinite, come you in.

Let there be welcome to the newborn truth,

Let there be welcome to the spring of the year.

In cold and darkness you are traveling,

in warmth and brightness you will arrive.

May the blessed time of Imbolc kindle the soul of all beings,

Bringing birth to innocence and integrity from the depths to the heights,

from the heights to the depths

in the heart of every soul.

 

And since it is a Monday during the season of Imbolc, the evening meditation begins:

day darkens, night brightens

candle flames, soul lightens

day behind me, dreams before

open now my soul's door

 

then there is a guided meditation, prayers, etc until the final invocation:

walker of the night stars

guardian of the hearth

keeper of the deep places

may I sleep in you tonight

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It's hcg winky.gif but yeah, not nursing. But eating less and exercising will just make you hungry...I am with Gary Taubes, that those things do not at all contribute to weight loss. Fitness, yeah, but not loss.

 

And yeah, I was pretty bothered by Ms.Dugan.. there was more, but I can't remember what it was. I do remember that it wasn't just the swearing, and I wanted to get up and leave the workshop several times, I was so offended. I think there were puttings-down of other Witchy ways, but I honestly can't remember. But the workshop was in a quiet area under a tree, and it would have been very obvious that I was, well, leaving. And someone would have asked me why, and I was in such a huff that I may not have been able to hold my tongue.



ROTFLMAO.gifIsn't htc the pregnancy hormone?! Eek, talk about a mistake!

 

Wow, that's really surprising. I suppose she isn't one of those who really pushes "whatever works for you is right" but she does push the Wiccan Rede a lot. Seems like a pretty big transgression of the Wiccan Rede. That's too bad. Makes me not want to read her books. 

 

Clay-Thank you!! I'm heading over to my library page to request those books right now! I really like everything you shared, its exactly what I was wanting!! Thank you thank you!!

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post

 

for sister bear with bulbs asleep,

while spring lies hidden in her keep.

 


 

meal:

Give Thanks to the Mother Earth, Give Thanks to the Father Sun

Give Thanks to the plants in the garden

where Mother and Father are one

 

 

OMG, I was driving by the Nature Center today-- it's kind of a rehab zoo, all outdoors for animals that can't go back in the wild for some reason. If you look carefully when you drive the lower road, sometimes you can see animals you'd have to pay to see when you go IN there. Today the bear was out! AND, I saw forsythia and daffodils. In freaking February. I am so bummed...no winter at all greensad.gif

 

We sing (or used to) that same verse! Only ours goes "Give thanks to the Mother Gaia". For subsequent verses, the first part and last line remain the same, but we substitute "family at the table", "friends in the circle"....hmm, other things...instead of "plants in the garden"....it's been so long, I've forgotten. Anything that you can think of that has that same cadence would work!

 

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Originally Posted by 3xMama View PostROTFLMAO.gifIsn't htc the pregnancy hormone?! Eek, talk about a mistake!

 

Wow, that's really surprising. I suppose she isn't one of those who really pushes "whatever works for you is right" but she does push the Wiccan Rede a lot. Seems like a pretty big transgression of the Wiccan Rede. That's too bad. Makes me not want to read her books. 

 

Clay-Thank you!! I'm heading over to my library page to request those books right now! I really like everything you shared, its exactly what I was wanting!! Thank you thank you!!


hCG-- human Chorionic Gonadotropin, yes, the pregnancy hormone. Nope, no mistake. It works! You can take off 20lb in a month, easy.

 

Yeah-- I have always wanted to read her books, and they look so fun, but after that workshop...well, I won't. I might look at them in a library, but never put my money towards. I was sorely bummed, too. And the thing of it is, I don't want to diss her at all, on here or anywhere. I don't like to talk people down. I just wish I could have said something, or asked her...but I had that feeling I would have been torn down for the asking.

 

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Wow, that's really surprising. I suppose she isn't one of those who really pushes "whatever works for you is right" but she does push the Wiccan Rede a lot. Seems like a pretty big transgression of the Wiccan Rede. That's too bad. Makes me not want to read her books. 

 

I'm surpised but not at the same time.  She is one who really does push "whatever works for you is right" or at least that is a theme I've picked up in reading 2 of her books. I'll confirm it after cracking open the one I just checked out from the library.

I know in Natural Witchery, she recounts an experience she had in taking an advanced circle casting class and the Wiccan instructors got down on her about lack of hand gestures etc instead of feeling her casting her circle.  I think she has a tendancy to come across judging harshly or challenging practices which are like "YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!" when it comes to magick, and casting and drawing down the moon and all those items for the reasons above in terms of whatever works for you is right.

 

 

 

 

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SOOOOO exhausted this week!  What gives?  Maybe I am still recovering from Sunday night...but not as much as your DH. I'm sure, 3x!  

 

Clay: AWESOME.  Thank you for sharing!  I'm going to have to check out be blest!

 

I love all the altar ideas...I think I'll have to set up a few more throughout my house.  Right now I just have one in my workspace.  I have little statues on the sill above my sink and another above the stove.  When Z gets a little older I'm hoping that she and I can create one together for the general living space.  

 

Greetings to all the new mamas!  

 

revolting: did the dentist give you any ideas for preventing the decay?  You aren't a crappy mom!  Is there something lacking in their diets you just don't know about or maybe they aren't processing something they need to?  KWIM??  

 

We did our Imbolc dinner and light garden last night.  Z loved digging up the dirt in preparation AND "planting" the seeds.  It was pretty awesome, albeit simple.

 

 

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