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New moon blessings, mamas! And a happy new year!

How did everyone bring in the new year? We did a lovely, chill Tarot ritual and stayed up until 1AM. We had planned for the big kids to stay overnight at my parents' place, but my parents called at 2:30AM with my middle child crying to come home. Of course he still awoke before 7AM. I still will have to pick up my oldest later. I love watching the snow but not driving in it.

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We are doing a sage smudging later today, to start out the year cleansed of all the emotional stuff that happened last year.


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New moon blessings, mamas! And a happy new year!

How did everyone bring in the new year? We did a lovely, chill Tarot ritual and stayed up until 1AM. We had planned for the big kids to stay overnight at my parents' place, but my parents called at 2:30AM with my middle child crying to come home. Of course he still awoke before 7AM. I still will have to pick up my oldest later. I love watching the snow but not driving in it.

 

Thanks, and you as well!

I woke up so early today-- like, 6 or 6:30am. Good thing, cause I have to do it tomorrow intentionally, for ds to go back to school.
Anyway, I sage smudged the whole house, and sprinkled with rose water, and opened both doors wide to let the old year out and the New Year in. Took down more Christmas/Yule stuff and put away. Changed out the calendars.

DS stayed up past midnight last night. I was asleep by like 9:30 :o He came in at midnight to wake me up and kiss me Happy New Year :love

 

Here is what I made for New Year's good luck dinner:
Pork chops, collards (first time, and did really well at it, too! :joy), corn muffins (awful-- commercial ones, WAY too sugary), mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas. Shortbread cookies.

 

I am SO FULL. I feel like I'm going to burst.


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Happy New Beginnings, mommas! 

 

maiasaura, how sweet of your son. :love

 

We wrote down some intentions, and had a bonfire after dinner last night. Some kids were more receptive than others. I felt led to do something more "grounding" with the list, but the kids wanted to burn it. So I will scatter the ashes over the Earth later tonight. :wink 

 

I always enjoy switching out the calendars and mapping out the year. This year especially, my husband was promoted at work and is now responsible for the schedule for his group so we worked on that together; we got to coordinate our family schedule with his work schedule. This position has been a long time coming, and he deserves it. We are grateful. 

 

NYE we spent at home, and I was so excited for the way things panned out naturally - lots of realizations and connections and closure, with my husband. It was really nice. We had a hard few years and worked very hard together the past year. 

 

I feel excited for all these changes! :joy

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My son is a sweetie, or he's a raging a$$-- I hope it's hormones (he's turning 13) but he's always been rather Jekyll or Hyde. When he's sweet, he's SO sweet!

 

I have a God Box-- an idea I got in AA years ago. I have this box I decorated with collage and mod podge, and put a hole in it like a bank. I "give up to god/dess" my problems and worries and prayers-- when something's bugging me, or someone, I put them in the box.

The big rule is you're not allowed to re-read anything you wrote, or pull stuff back out of the box.

What I want to do is burn the contents, but I live in a city and dunno how I could do that. Plus, there's a raging snow storm at the moment.

 

I don't have a hibachi. Might be time to get one!


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My husband was at work and my kids were asleep for the New Year. I was laying in bed listening to fireworks go off and hoping they didn't hit my house. We all have colds.

 

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We got the smudging done. Now we are going to make a single big resolution/goal for the new year!


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Hi loves!

 

Everyone staying warm?  I am currently wearing an outfit in my house that I normally wear to football games in the late fall.  :cold  But, so is everyone in the Midwenst - Northeast corner of the United states so...

 

NY Eve was AWESOME here.  The stars aligned and a bunch of our friends were in town we got the kids together in the afternoon at the local children's hands-on museum where they had an "International Dance Party" and count downs every hour.  It was a blast for the kids and the adults.  In the evening we were all lucky enough to have grandparents who were willing to watch grandkids so it was a night sans-babies with friends that I haven't had an uninterrupted convo with in at least 6 years.  Not that we don't love our babies but it was really a treat to just be grownups for a minute.  Especially because all of our kids are 6 and under they don't just go off and play for long periods of time.  kwim?  So that was just a perfect way to ring in 2014.  

 

We do our "intentions" and wishes for the New Year the week of Yule.  We light the tea candles in our log and go around the table and take turns.  We ring tiny bells after we say it for our wishes to jump on and scatter into the universe.

 

Maiasaura!  You gotta burn that sh*t!  It wouldn't make that big of a fire - would it?  I burn my treasure map in my back yard every year and I live in city limits.  Just make sure it's not a windy day and you have mucho water at the ready just incase.  (those are my DH's cautionary words every April)  

 

Talk to me about sage smudging, mamas.  I know what it is but how exactly do you do it.  I have talked about doing it for years but just never have.  I'm sure it would help.  I'm an incense girl in the summer time when I can open the windows... 


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So far, the new year is rocking my socks!

 

We got the boys for Yule, Xmas and New Years. I had to return them to their foster homes on Jan 2 and we had another court date Jan 3.

 

WE GOT THE BOYS BACK!!!

 

Thankfully, we got a new judge and he seemed to see through the BS that was in the reports from DCF and paid attention to everything the case worker had said about us (the case worker who told me he didn't see any reason why they were taken in the first place).

 

I've been having a hard time finding a school that has room for my two youngest. I refuse to put them back in the school that caused all these problems. I know it'll work out though.


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Maiasaura!  You gotta burn that sh*t!  It wouldn't make that big of a fire - would it?  I burn my treasure map in my back yard every year and I live in city limits.  Just make sure it's not a windy day and you have mucho water at the ready just incase.  (those are my DH's cautionary words every April)  

 

Talk to me about sage smudging, mamas.  I know what it is but how exactly do you do it.  I have talked about doing it for years but just never have.  I'm sure it would help.  I'm an incense girl in the summer time when I can open the windows... 

 

Well, it's slightly warmer out (11*-ha!) so being that there is snow in the back, but not a lot, I suppose I could go out and burn them, but you're not supposed to look and I know I would try to peek (or accidentally peek while trying not to peek, kwim?) but maybe that is a thing to do before Imbolc. Or on Imbolc. Which is ds's birthday (1/31) so...we'll see.

 

Sage smudging-- what is it you want to know? For smudging myself, I light the end of the stick and make sure it's good and smokey-- you can blow gently on it if it appears to be going out or diminishing. Be careful cause it can make sparks when it does that, and when you step on one that hits the floor, and you're wearing socks, well, ow.
But I wave smoke all around my head, then arms, then body, legs, feet, trying to get the back of myself as well. The purpose is to "clear your aura"-- whatever woo thing that means to you-- but all I know is it feels good and energetically clean when I do it.

For smudging rooms, I go around to each room and especially where there's a portal-- door or window-- and wave the smoke at it. When leaving each room, or the front/back doors to the house, I make a pentagram in the air with the smudge stick.
Some people use a feather to wave the smoke. I just use the stick itself, or my hand.

 

I'd love to hear what the rest of you do!

 

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Gawd, awesome! And relieving, huh? Stupid school-- my friend had DSS investigate her countless times because EVERY school called on her (once for being 15m late picking up her dd, I kid you not), and she is my best friend and she is not a neglectful or abusive mom, so WTH, huh? So now she's homeschooling. Or more accurately, finding babysitters while she works, but still, she is down for the count with public schools.

 

Something really good happened this morning so I am uber relieved...sorry I can't give more info, but I am so happy and relieved that I had to tell somebody.

 

How is everyone's new year going so far? I have not written 2013 once, so far! :thumb


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YAY, MommyBear! So glad for your family! :D 

 

I never really thought of it as smudging, but technically, I guess it is...as part of my cleaning routine, I burn sage and walk around each room clockwise three times, outlining the windows and doorways. 

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Absolutely no school near us had room for my younger two, so tomorrow I go and enroll them in the district's eschool program. They're thrilled to be "homeschooled" and I think it'll work well for us. My middle son will start middle school next fall and I really like our neighborhood middle school, but my youngest may just be at home until he reaches that age.

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MommyBear: I am happy for you and your sons that you are reunited.  :stillheart

 

Maiasaura: Smudging: Yes what you described is pretty much what I was looking for.  Just wondering how people did their smudging, what the intention was, etc.

 

Spent yesterday meeting new friends for my Z.  Finally, 3 and a half years in, I HAD A GOOD PLAYDATE!!  I mean, we've had nice playdates before but this one was excellent for both Z and I.  The mom and I have very similar outlooks on parenting and she seems really relaxed and open which is my kind of person. Z and her daughters had a blast together.  They are in preschool together so they already knew one another so that helped.  I also was able to go have tea with one of my favorite people yesterday.  So 2014 is going pretty lovely so far.

 

Full moon this Wednesday. DH starts new job on Thursday.  Hoping for a smooooth transition for him and our family.  


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We smudge using a sage wand with a general cleaning intent. This area, combined with my personal "home" energy, keeps nearly all nasty things out, so we use smudging as an energetic dusting and cleaning of the vacuum cleaner... lol

 

Ok, so DH isn't actually an "H", legally speaking. We've been together for 5+ years and raise our children, etc. We call each other hubby and wife so as to not confuse people as to the extent of our relationship. In addition, we've never really felt the NEED to get married, if that makes sense.

The other day, I was really low, depressed and anxious about the way things had been going lately. I was feeling unloved by everyone in my life and feeling really worthless as a person. I cried for 6 hours that day (I NEVER cry). DH gets home and I told him everything: my feelings, my insecurities, my anxiety over our life together, how we never really DO things as a couple, spiritually, anymore. He said he feels the same way. Then he said that he'd been waiting until he got a promotion at work, but he was going to ask me to marry him! Cue additional waterworks.

 

Then, the next day (yesterday), we went shopping with my parents for some clothes for me. There is this place that has larger sizes of sexy clothes! It's a miracle! I picked some out and tried them on. I got most of them, but a few I had to put back because MY BOOBS WERE TOO BIG! I'm a size 22 with a B/C cup, meaning my boobs are a bit small for my size. This NEVER happens. So, now, I'm feeling super sexy, big boobed, and so loved. And then my parents took the kids and gave us money to go to Red Lobster for supper. OMG, I love lobster and I never get to eat it cuz it's too expensive. Then the waiter flirted with me and we got wine and had some really great lovin' time.

 

Oh, and BTW, I said yes!


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Oh, and BTW, I said yes!

 

Oh, Wolfcat, congrats! That is so awesome! And, for bigger sizes, I don't know if you like flowy things, but Lotus Traders has wonderful very beautiful/sexy clothes and they're not all that expensive, comparatively. I've gotten loads of clothing from them!


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Mommybear - Congrats!!! What a wonderful way to start the new year with your family reunited! How are your boys doing? We homeschool, too. It's our first year, and I'm so glad we chose this!

Vy - Good luck to your partner with his new job!

Wolf - Congrats! I look forward to hearing more about your wedding prep!

AFM - One of our cars seems to have died. We live somewhere where you can't really walk anywhere, so we really need two cars. Ever since my husband couldn't work due to a broken arm for a few months, we just seem unable to recover financially. We will start to make some progress, and then something else arises. The stress keeps me awake at night.


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Full moon blessings, mamas! Here's a poem for the Esbat:

 

Wolf Moon

by Mary Oliver

Now is the season of hungry mice, cold rabbits,

lean owls hunkering with their lamp-eyes

in the leafless lanes in the needled dark;

now is the season when the kittle fox

comes to town in the blue valley of early morning;

now is the season of iron rivers, bloody crossings,

flaring winds, birds frozen in their tents of weeds,

their music spent and blown like smoke to the stone of the sky;

now is the season of the hunter Death;

with his belt of knives, his black snowshoes,

he means to cleanse the earth of fat;

his gray shadows are out and running – under

the moon, the pines, down snow-filled trails they carry

the red whips of their music, their footfalls quick as hammers,

from cabin to cabin, from bed to bed, from dreamer to dreamer.

 

My grandmother came to me in a dream last night. I had started to fret that I would not feel her presence, perhaps due to her religious outlook. She died almost two months ago.

 

What are all of you doing to celebrate the micro-moon tonight?


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Congrats, Wolfcat! :joy

 

Revolting, oh, how nice! That can be such a relief! Actually, my uncle was in my dream last night. He died very young, and very unexpectedly in a tragic accident in June, so it was nice to see him. 

 

Its been a looong week for me! This moon, births, no sleep, bad eating, my cycle, anxiety provoking dreams, an intense meeting, etc. have really drained me. Today, I am recharging by (mostly) clearing my day to be home and cleaning up and clearing out - physically and energetically! Looking forward to my Full Moon Gathering with some lovely friends tomorrow night, and a relaxing family day on Sunday. 

 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

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I was wondering if it would be ok for me to join. I've considered myself pagan for a couple years now, but don't follow any specific traditions. I'm newly pregnant and would like to delve in more with my spirituality. Extra support would be awesome. Is it ok?

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I was wondering if it would be ok for me to join. I've considered myself pagan for a couple years now, but don't follow any specific traditions. I'm newly pregnant and would like to delve in more with my spirituality. Extra support would be awesome. Is it ok?

 

I can't imagine any reason why not! It's not a closed group. Merry meet and welcome! Congrats on your pregnancy; when are you due? Is this your first baby? I'm Maiasaura and I have a soon-to-be 13yo boy. Yep, been on MDC for a looooooooong time :)


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Thanks!

Yeah. Technically I've been around since 2001. I just haven't been active in years.

I'm 37 and I have a 13 yo boy from a previous relationship. My husband I have been trying for about a decade. We've had 5 losses but this feels much different. I feel optimistic. I'm due August 26th. This journey has been an intense one, for sure!

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Welcome Johanna and congrats on your pregnancy! I'm so sorry for all your losses. We went through unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss trying to conceive our third child. I love that you have such a positive attitude, and I'm hoping for a healthy, sticky baby! I wouldn't describe myself as following any specific tradition either.


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Yeah. Technically I've been around since 2001. I just haven't been active in years.

I'm 37 and I have a 13 yo boy from a previous relationship. My husband I have been trying for about a decade. We've had 5 losses but this feels much different. I feel optimistic. I'm due August 26th. This journey has been an intense one, for sure!

 

I'm 54 :wink So yeah, you can have babies older if you wanna! Yours is due 3 days after my sobriety date. Maybe s/he and I will coincide!

 

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Welcome Johanna and congrats on your pregnancy! I'm so sorry for all your losses. We went through unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss trying to conceive our third child. I love that you have such a positive attitude, and I'm hoping for a healthy, sticky baby! I wouldn't describe myself as following any specific tradition either.

 

I am sorry about the losses, too :(


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It's been quite a journey but I believe the last half of my journey was led by my baby's spirit. Just got here and jumping into the woowoo wink1.gif I got to a point I realized that even if it didn't happen I had been on quite an intense and rewarding journey... by all means I still battle with fear and have dealt with some ugly depression. But I'm trying to stay present and ground often and just visualize a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth and an incredible, very longed for child smile.gif

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Welcome, Johanna! I'm so sorry for your losses. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Glad you are here. :)

 

I newly participate in this group as well, but have been on MDC for many years. I don't subscribe to any particular belief system, either. Having had five kids in ten years, apprenticing and starting a practice, I am just now feeling like I am able to focus more on integrating my spirituality into my daily life, what that looks like, etc.

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I knew when I got pregnant I really wanted to make sure I was really trying to connect, spiritually.  I want that to be ingrained!  I had so much awful stuff going on when I was pregnant with my son I'm pretty sure I hardwired him for anxiety (he was the MOST anxious, high needs baby).  I promised myself I wouldn't do that again.

 

I'm glad to be here too :)  I was at a point where I was begging the universe to either give me the baby or take away the desire because trying.. trying and failing.. trying more.. it was getting VERY old... many of my friends have had 4+ kids in the time since I had my son.

 

Meh.  "Morning" sickness.  Feeling crummy.. but wanted to check in again ;)  Thanks for all the warm welcomes!


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