So... what have you put your creative energies into in the last three months or so? Leave me a comment and we can admire each other. :-)
For myself... projects have included making new sacred candles, making a fire bowl (Brigid would approve!), and lots of energy into my self work, both meditative and physical; I am learning new things about my body, my past, and my possibilities.
What about you?
I leaned back against the car, so my neck could survive the upward peering. There were a lot of clouds, but they were pretty thin and scudding by relatively quickly. Not at all the predicted pouring rain! So it was a pleasure to be chilly and look up. Orion was huge and spread-legged to the below right of the moon. Somehow, his sword remained visible when everything else was covered by clouds. I took a bunch of no doubt unspectacular pictures; will have to check them out later.
We stayed up long enough for the moon to finally entirely 'disappear'; very three-dimensional at the time. Barely bloody. Midnight, and time for sleep, and await the sun.
Such a time of quiet beginnings, the longest night and waiting for the moon as well as the sun to reappear. It can be whatever we make of it.
Have a lovely day and a year of wonder!
From Discovery. In addition to the fascinating ancient music itself, there's intriguing discussion of psychoacoustics. Something ritualists and movie theme writers know well. :-)
Patrick McCollum has been tending to the religious needs of pagans in the CA prison system; often paying for such supplies as he can get in out of his own pocket, as well as not getting paid. He's been around since the '60's, just won a pair of interfaith awards, and still teaches with great passion and sincerity. I love his workshops at Pantheacon. He is suing to get equal access (and pay) as other ministers have in the prisons. CA prisons are saying paganism is a 'second tier' religion, and so don't have the "right" to such access and payment (I kid you not).
Pagan and like-minded peeps, if you can spare a little positive energy today, please send Patrick your blessings. :-)
from The Wild Hunt (awesome pagan news and occasional music blog):
In anticipation for what will most likely be a very trying and challenging day, Circle Sanctuary and the Lady Liberty League is calling for the Pagan community to send spiritual support and blessings.
“Send Spiritual Support and Blessings of Strength, Protection, Eloquence, Wisdom, and Success to Circle Minister Patrick McCollum and his legal team in the Quest for Religious Freedom and Equal Rights as they return to federal court — the Federal Court of Appeals on Thursday, October 7, 2010.
Rev. Patrick McCollum is currently engaged in federal litigation in the US 9th Circuit (McCollum, et al. v. CDCR, et al., C 04-03339 CRB) challenging the California Department of Corrections’ “Five Faiths” policy which recognizes only five major world religions for inclusion in California’s prison chaplaincy program. This important Pagan Rights Quest has been going on for seven years and has covered by mainstream media sources as well as Pagan media. For more information and to send messages of support, please go to Circle Sanctuary’s Lady Liberty League Patrick McCollum support page. This site includes a photo of Patrick that can be used as a focus.”
As I drove in to work this morning, I rounded a curve and the golden hills of the narrowing tip of the valley spilled out on either side, just stunning in the clear light of the young white sun. Shadows deepening the definition of folds, occasional little groups of trees adding color, all the rolling potential of hills. I had a sudden moment of satisfaction and pleasure at being a Westerner, at that very moment, in these hills. It reminded me of the sense of place I used to revel in as a teenager reading Zane Grey in Tacoma.
It's a nice, centered feeling on the Autumn Equinox, with its full moon supervising.
Good morning! Have a wonderful day.
It's taken me a bit to decide to post this for some reason. Isaac was one of the first visible pagans I was around. He was thinking about how to serve the growing pagan community in terms of laity and ministers (forseeing the huge influx of new pagans, and the need to provide resources to them) and multifaith gatherings back when we were still a wee, scattered group of practitioners. He certainly got caught in politics. ;-) It's pretty cool that pagans were well-represented in the recent worldwide multifaith gathering.
Rob Lee: "In semasiography, the symbols do not represent speech -- such as the cartoon symbols used to show you how to build a flat pack piece of furniture -- and generally do not come in a linear manner."
Note: the posted Hadrian's Wall video on the page has nothing to do with the story. ;-)
In the 1980's my coven/s would make holy treks from Santa Barbara to Melrose Street to visit the store. There was nothing else like it. I can still picture the jewlery cases, the center displays, the tall skinny pagan racks in back. There, I first found the Feri books... and put them back (so skinny, so expensive, so kinda crazy, and yet..). ! The pagan books were self or small press published, with simple or garish covers. They were treasures. To buy a pentacle - ! Likely that's where I heard about the first pagan gatherings, where literally all of us would gather in a room and chant together...
I am greatful for the founders, and their many years of community service and retail goodness.
http://charterforcompassion.org/ There are six short videos on compassion from different perspectives that I'm looking forward to watching.
Interestingly, this is associated with TED.
in both cases: oooo, ahhhhhh
May you see what's on both sides of the scales.
And f*ck like bunnies this week!