Honoring Earth

I Ching

As we honor Earth at the autumn equinox, we are aware of the fragility of the global agricultural economy that keeps us all alive. Let us remember that small actions become big actions when the actors are many. When the journey is long, it can be hard to begin, so begin with small steps – and just keep going. [Read more...]

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Living in the Here and Now

"A tree in autumn season" by Arivumathi, CC BY-SA 3.0

For some people, the retirement years are the most productive. They feel free to be completely who they are 24/7 and do not have to be constrained by social norms. But we also have to recognize that time passes very quickly, and the pace appears to speed up the older we get. In the lead up to the season’s change at the Equinox, it is good to take stock of where we are. Are we in a good place in our lives? Do we have a forward direction? Are we earnestly seeking to know and manifest our True Will? [Read more...]

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Searing Sun, the Hurricane’s Howl: What Can We Do About Climate Change?

IPCC 2014 Greenhouse gases by economic sector

As a child I always loved storms. This winter, as wind tore out the roots of the trees on our land and sent them crashing down towards our neighbor’s house, for the first time I was afraid of the element of air. But fear can be good if it makes us realize that something is happening. Fear may help us motivate ourselves and our communities to focus on big sources of emissions toward the goal of stabilizing global temperatures. [Read more...]

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Spear to Cauldron, Lance to Grail

"The Damsel of the Sanct Grael" or "Holy Grail" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1874)

The Grail quest is a journey within, to the True Self, the hidden centre of our being; but that is not the end of the story. The sacred marriage of Cauldron and Spear at Midsummer also marries the king to the land, symbolizing willingness to serve others and the wider world. Midsummer is a time to affirm our dedication to spiritual quest, not to attain something but to become something. [Read more...]

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Open the Door, the Door that Has No Key

Neopaganism_SYMBOL

What then is the mystery of the circle? The circle is a space in which everyone can see everyone else. There is no place to hide. The secret is that it is not a place of secrets, but a place of transparency and revelation. [Read more...]

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Wicca and the Spiritual Quest

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All spiritual traditions recognize that there are times when it appears that the Gods have turned their backs on us. The Divine link that we may have sensed within us and within our rituals disappears. But then, when there seems there is no way forward, something happens — we go back to the beginning. [Read more...]

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Creativity, Art and the Art Magickal

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini (1609–1681), Allegory of Painting, detail

Art and magick, imagination and invocation, are creative acts that define us as humans. Our creative imagination is the origin of science and technology, of art and music, of all that makes us who and what we are. We seek to emulate nature, but we also seek breakthroughs into other states of consciousness that seem to take us beyond the universe as we know it through the physical senses. [Read more...]

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Silver Anniversary – Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age

Wicca by Vivianne Crowley, 3rd ed.

Reflections on the silver anniversary of Vivianne Crowley’s book, Wicca. Is Wicca the last flowering of the Age of Pisces, a romantic longing for a vanishing mystical past? Or is it a natural religion for a post-modern age; one in which the feminine, individuality, difference, personal autonomy and authority, acceptance of the body and its needs, and a willingness to accept different interpretations of the Divine sit comfortably side by side? [Read more...]

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