My morning ride. This little duck pond surrounded by trees and trails is the closest I can get to a forest in the inner city. Since my Vision Quest I have been visiting every week, leaving offerings, sitting still, watching the birds, bugs, trees. If you want to … Continue reading Working with the Land
A recap: 5 years ago I found myself ill with Grave's Disease, a chronic, potentially debilitating malaise, most likely brought on by hormonal disruptions from pregnancy and then, chronic no-sleep with a baby for 3 years solid. My body just, gave out. At least, that's what was happening in the physical realm. Believing that my … Continue reading The Spiral Leads Me Home
I heart Etsy. Not that I endorse consumer culture overly much, but I do love artists and crafty-people. And a lot of folks on Etsy are moms making it work. I'm happy to support. If you're gonna buy, to the best of your abilities, buy second-hand, local, handmade or mom and pop. (In other words, avoid … Continue reading Etsy Love Fest: Narnia
Around Bealtane (Spring) 2012, I set up my first altar. It was confusing at first, because I wanted an altar for a few different reasons: one was to honour my ancestors and guides and whomever else may be out there helping me out; the other was to have a place to do a daily devotional … Continue reading Learning With an Altar-Space
After reading a post from a past teacher, I decided to try out asking the spirit of my disease what it was here to teach me. For those who don’t know, I have Graves Disease, which is an autoimmune malfunction where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland (roughly speaking). Symptoms for me, fluctuate. Lately it’s … Continue reading How I Found My Shadow
This is a great spread to start off a new year. It was very insightful for me! Choose your favourite cards and check it out. I actually used three sets of cards to go deeper.
Imbolc is a time of quickening.
The word Imbolc is from the Gaelic for “in the belly” and speaks of the promise of spring, even when winter lingers. Think of the earth stretching before arising from her winter bed and her blood warming beneath her skin of soil. Our Quickening Spread for Imbolc is about paying attention to those seed dreams we discovered within ourselves in the dark of the year, focusing on how we can nurture our dream into reality.
1. Seed. What is the dream seed that you hope to grow in the brightening year?
2 + 3. Quickening. What energies are stirring awake within you? What part of your self that has been slumbering is slowly awakening?
4. Fire. What aids and inspires your dream seed?
5. Ice. What blocks and challenges your dream seed?
6 + 7. Forge. How can you…
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The world is going crazy south of us here in Canada and no-one knows how it will all pan out for all of us. Everything feels suddenly hyperreal, as is common when faced with a threat – reality solidifies around survival instincts so we can have this pin-point of focus on the enemy. There is really SO MUCH wrong in the world it can be overwhelming. My reaction thus far has been to try to keep my eye on all of it, as if in some way this will make it all safer. But this is impossible. It spreads my energies thin and accomplishes very little, other than creating a state of fear and worry. So this year, at Imbolc, I am doing something different.
Here's a timely little poppet, in honour of Imbolc / Bridget's Day.
I used to think mediating was hard because well, it was. But my practice had only just begun. Meditation hasn't changed my life, it's changed me.
On the anniversary of his death. Come, come, whoever you are.