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Burning Flames

I’ve recently had a hankering to burn things. Not, like, houses and property and such, but candles, incense (but not, because I have a weird allergy), paper… I want a big bonfire.

I’m often compelled to strike a match or light a candle. It’s an almost-overwhelming urge, really.
I shouldn’t act surprised. I know what it is.

She’s telling me to create.
It’s a fire of creativity, of passion and love.

I get little bits of inspiration. I try to sew, to write, to build. I do what I can, but it never seems quite… right.
I haven’t really figured out what she wants me to do.

Hopefully I’ll figure it out.
Hopefully soon.

Brigid,
You are a woman of peace.
You bring harmony where there is conflict.
You bring light to the darkness.
You bring hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all Goddess has made.
Brighid, you are a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us,
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body, and spirit.

Amen and Blessed Be.

Revised from a Prayer to St. Brigid
Solas Bhríde, Kildare, 1997

Cherubim and a Flaming Sword by J Kirk Richards

 

Home again, home again…

Well now. I’m home from vacation.
It was really nice;  I drank too much, ate a bunch of  junk food and overall had a grand time.

Now it’s back to the grind.
But, I’m actually pretty excited to get back to the office. I feel really, really good.

I’ve been busy helping out in wardrobe (and a bit of crew) with Al-Bahira’s production of “Ifrita Helwa” the last two nights. It’s a lovely experience, and I enjoy every minute of it.
The cast and crew are truly wonderful people.

Seriously, how beautiful is this?!
 

Today is the last day of the play. I only get to stay for the first half, then I get to rush home so hubby and I can scoot off to Turtle Lake, WI for a mini vacation. 🙂
I am super excited for this… I really need the downtime.

We’re doing a small beer fest-type get-together. One of our friend’s friends does some home brewing but, outside of that, the group is made of of small-town WI boys who drink pseudo-domestic, watered-down, light lagers.
We are bringing a large cooler full of micro-brews, local favorites, and specialty imports that we think will broaden some horizons.

I cannot wait!

Peace to you all.
I’ll see you when I get back!

 

Party Rock Cantina Band

Hahahahaha!
Love it.

 

Yeah… It’s technically Sunday. Whatever.

Something to ponder.
Why can’t we be like that old bird?

The owl:

Cailleach-oidhche, Owl, represents wisdom, stealth, initiation, change and detachment. She is associated with arcane lore, clairvoyance, seeking deeper knowledge and death as a new beginning. The owl is aware of her surroundings at all times, has great intuition and the courage to follow her instincts. She offers keen insight into obscure occurrences, a bringer of hidden truth, omens and secrets. She is the power animal of psychics.

khamneithang

A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
Why can’t we be like that old bird?Image

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Happy Friday, everyone!

It’s been an incredibly long and frustrating week…. but at the same time, it’s been incredibly rewarding.

The frustration stems from a lot of stuff going on at work. People not reading emails, not thinking about deadlines, and not communicating their needs.
The rewarding part is that communication on the homefront (read: between my husband and I) has been awesome. He’s finally to a point where he is willing to talk about his needs and doesn’t get all weirded out when I talk about mine.

One of the wonderful things about our relationship is that we don’t insist on being with each other all the time. I have me time, he has his time, and we have our time. We respect and encourage each others hobbies. We do enjoy similar things, and do those together, but we know – as all couples should – that you cannot do everything together. The time apart is about being yourself. You don’t need to lose that part of you when you become part of a “we”.
It’s not all sunshine and roses, though.
My dear friends, we’ll call them B & H, had to put down on of their cats 2 weeks ago. Then H lost her niece in a car accident shortly after that. Then their second cat got very sick – he had severe kidney failure – and was put down earlier this week.
It’s so very sad. I love my friends dearly, and those cats were the best cats I never owned. They’ll be missed.

And it makes me miss my Peanut so much.

But lif moves on. We have more love to give, more time to share (or not share).

A MORNING PRAYER
Oh Great Goddess
Bless this day
Keep me safe and whole
Oh Great Goddess
Bless my path
Help me to act on thy wisdom
Oh Great Goddess
Bless my family
All life on this Earth
~ Abby Willowroot © 1999

 

Because we all need to take a moment and reflect on how awesome we are.

Free Music!!!

Beats Antique has made my day a little brighter!

Free music download here!

I just threw it in my “now playing” list… I cannot wait!

Greeting, friends!

It’s June 20th and (here, at least) it is the summer solstice.

Today is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.  The power of the sun to create life was revered in many ancient cultures and celebrated on the solstice.

Here are some interesting things about midsummer or solstice that I have found online (or elsewhere):

According to Wikipedia – “Midsummer day simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures.”

  • Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.
  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
  • Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.

This blog was a joy to read this morning: The Pagan & the Pen.

Enjoy the day!