Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stillness

Written during a waxing moon in the sign of Virgo on a day ruled by Jupiter

It is very still here today.  After watching the news this morning, I feel incredibly fortunate  and grateful for this stillness.

It's very hard to believe that tomorrow is the first harvest.  Without our local supplier of the season's fruits and vegetables I don't feel like I have been "in tune" with the season, and as a result time has slipped by without notice, without a nod to strawberries, blueberries and peaches. But things are changing and we are purposely adjusting our schedules, searching out new options,  ways to better manage time and money, and the universe has been on board, offering opportunities and situations towards that end.  We are starting to see our own first harvest.

Maybe tomorrow I will take a drive to find some local blueberries and make a pie in honor of the "first fruits."  Typically August 1 is a celebration of the grain harvest, but I like to go with the flow of the land on which I live.  With the delays of the season here this year, the blueberries are a bit late, but in plenty of time to join the celebration.

I'm hoping to get some time to add to the additional pages of this blog today, but there are chores that require my attention first.

Have a great day,

Aine

 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Authentic, Traditional, Original, Only Truth, (or How One Stands Out in a Crowd.)

Written during a waxing moon in the sign of Virgo on a day ruled by Mercury.

I took a little drive down the back roads of the internet the other day, you know, those off the beaten path trips, mainly interested in finding out what others are saying about the things I am interested in.  I read some good and not so good things, some same ole' same ole' things and a few interesting things.  One thing that was unmistakeable, however, is that so very many people seem to trying to explain/define themselves and their lifestyles, opinions, and beliefs.  Once we get into these kinds of discussions, of course, we are often, if not always. taken down the comparison road.  "I am not (blank) and unlike (blank) " to the inevitable finale - "I am different, unique and very special."

It appears that humans really do have a hard time forming groups.  At first, groups are desired, sought after. So many people join the search for the like-minded soulmates, but then once in a group (one that seems to be a perfect fit,) we fear that we are becoming an unrecognizable ingredient in a larger recipe, that our name will never be known, or worst of all, that we are becoming ordinary, common, invisible, and like everyone else!  And so, it is at that moment that many people decide to wander off in search of something they can call their own and they do, almost immediately and also want everyone to know that they have, once again, become unique and special and are not at all the same as (blank) and that, in fact, (blank) is a fraud.



Hence I bring you to the subject of witchcraft, a very busy topic in parts of the Internet.  I was looking to add sites to my reader  and I thought it was going to be easy, but , well, not so much.  Most of what I found were blogs devoted to staking some sort of claim on some different "tradition" that is much more real and true than the rest.

Now, I am not against growth and change.  Just recently I wrote a bit about my feeling that the Craft is evolving. Evolution is natural. In this instance I think it is a good thing, as this path, at least in regards to its revival, is still barely out of its infancy. NOTE:  I must admit I have no idea about the validity surrounding the history of this path and I honestly do not care that much about it either, as personally, this does not make it more real or valid or has any effect on my beliefs and practices.

But yes, there are some noticeable changes overall, and since I tend to quietly stir my own cauldron, I don't really have an opinion about them.  I like some of the trends, of course, that coincide with my own beliefs, but I don't need to be "right," or try to change the beliefs of others,  and I'm going to do what I do no matter what the popular belief of the day is.

But I had to wonder - why is it so often so important for these "spiritual" people (of all walks of spirit)  to be right?


-Aine

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Solitude

Written during a waxing moon in the sign of Virgo on a day ruled by Mars.

“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer 

My clothes have been hanging on the line for three days and are now more wet than they were when I hung them.  There really hasn't been a moment when it stopped raining long enough to take them in and it doesn't look like I will have much of a chance to do it today either, but that's why everything is so blindingly green here.

I am sad to hear that Margo Adler has passed away,  Her book, "Drawing Down the Moon," LINK opened my eyes to the Pagan culture in the US in the '90s, the many and diverse faces of those who honor the earth.  I saw her speak once in Boston back when I was first becoming interested in other spiritual paths and she was fascinating and brilliant.  These were life changing times for me.

I am busy working on some static pages for this blog, mostly informational things about tarot, herbs, magic,  the moons, etc.  The news of Margo's death strengthened my commitment to this project, driving home the importance of sharing what we have learned, and passing down what we know. She opened a secret door to a wide world of possibilities for many of us who follow a different path.


 A different way to use the tarot is to explore a inner issue through one of the cards.  I have been feeling a strong pull to step back from the world of people and spend some time in solitude.  I have no obvious reason for this, but the feeling is real. I am like a fitful cranky child in need of a "time out."  The card that speaks to this need is The Hermit. 

I like that there is a wolf on this version of The Hermit (from The Druidcraft Tarot.)  There is no doubt that this Hermit has the soul of the lone wolf, with time spent in solitude as natural and necessary as time spent in the company of others. It is in this place that the wolf uses and strengthens his keen senses.

The lantern in The Hermit card often suggests that The Hermit is a wise person who shares information, but it also suggests that The Hermit himself travels in the darkness,  light illuminating that  that cannot always be seen.  The walking stick suggests a journey, one that is a slow wandering rather than a quest.  He relysg on nothing but his own abilities, senses, and determination and purpose.  The sun appears to be setting, while the moon is visible in the sky.  This is moon time, reflective and solitary.

The strange spell of weather that is occurring during the height of the summer is nudging me on, and  the clouds, rain and fog are the perfect backdrop for the Hermit's journey.  

-Aine