Acknowledging that some of your needs simply aren’t going to be met during this time is an important step, though it is painful and requires a lot of emotional processing. Some of these needs can be met partially or in other ways, but this is not always possible. Accept and validate your grief, and treat yourself gently.
As you can see virtually all of the names describe a condition of the natural world or an activity associated with this time of year. These Native American names are shared not so much so we can adopt them, but that we can see how meaning was imbued on each full moon by different peoples. In general, the full moon exaggerates emotions, good or bad, so it is time of greater energy and feeling.
As I type this, they are cutting our Jungle down. Earlier I was pacing, my heart racing, and worrying the dogs. I had to shut the curtains so Java wouldn’t make himself sick barking. Maybe writing about the trees is a better way to witness what is happening. The words “sweet release” keep running through my head. It is going to be heart wrenching when I open the curtains and Jungle is not there.
I love Yule, but I abhor the modern societal pressure that drops on us all around Thanksgiving and persists throughout Christmahanukkwanzaayule until the dawning of the New Year, whereupon the same society that condemns us for not attending every party and dinner with adequate cheer and glee then reminds us how inadequate we are because of the new pounds we acquired during said nigh-mandatory celebrations.
Spoons are extra valuable right now, because if you’re like me, everything that I need to do seems to cost more energy than it did when this year started. I am happy if I can get through a day with all of the basics done for the household, and I changed out of my pajamas.
Last May Kristen lead a circle on Biophilia. She shared with us that “plants communicate using chemical substances.” When we go for a walk in the woods, we absorb these …
As I’ve gone deeper in my Paganism, and especially when I became a priestess of Aphrodite, I’ve had to redefine worship.
To admit your own fallibility, but commit anyway, shows courage.
During the Dark Moon ritual on June 21st of 2020, I placed gardenia blossoms to float in a ceremonial bowl in honor of the Black lives who have died in …
When I warded the property boundaries around my house some time ago, my wording of intent for those wards was very specific: Woe unto any, mortal or no, who crosses …