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The Magic of Sunflowers

The Magic of Sunflower

(Helianthus annuus)

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Thinking of Kim
Thinking of Kim
 
When I look up at Jupiter and Saturn, moving together in the evening sky, I think of Kim Welch. When I see the Sun rise over the trees, I think of Kim Welch. When I see the New Moon, open to the early evening sky, I think of Kim Welch.
 
About a month ago, my phone rang, and Kim’s number showed up. When I answered it, it was not Kim, and I knew something was very wrong. Kim had died the night before and his sister-in-law was calling with the news. When I hung up the telephone after a brief conversation, I felt rather hollow inside.
 
I first met Kim in 1992. He was being elevated and I was presiding at the ritual. We met again in 1995. We were being ordained together and we were getting together for a ritual to celebrate the occasion. I had never met Kim before, but I had written to him via email. He was even more enthusiastic in person and we d to keep in touch.
 
I would email or talk to Kim on occasion over the years, but I never had the opportunity to see him again until a few years ago. I am not sure why we got together again. That reason isn’t important; that we got together again is the important point.
 
Kim and Molly first joined ADF in 2007. When they rejoined, a few years ago, it was nice to be back together again. We decided to go to ritual together as soon as we could and that ended up being Pan Pagan 2019. We decided to stay at the Astoria Inn in Knox, Indiana and we proceeded to spend much of the next few days together at festival, at meals, and at times in between.
 
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The one thing that struck me about Kim was his depth of understanding and his great passion for the things of beauty in his life: his wife, Molly, his dog, Hopscotch, his studies, and his practice. Even though our paths had crossed many years before, we were still on the same page with our practices and our understandings in the now.
 
When I sat back and thought about it, more than a generation had passed since Kim and I stood together in that ritual space where we were joined in common purpose and pursuit. The passage of time may have cost us some immediacy, but the time we spent together made it seem as though we stepped from the decades past directly into the present moment.
 
We spoke from time to time after Pan Pagan and planned on our next reunion. We discussed ogham, teachings, future directions, and future moments together. That meeting was just within our grasps. He was so excited for the work that he was doing, for the world around him, for the days ahead. I planned to make Pan Pagan our annual reunion, as it had once been in years long passed.
 
Sometimes, our reach and our grasp are unable to hold anything substantial, just what may have been.
 
There were a few projects that we had discussed, and I think I will follow through on several of those and maybe create a few new ones based upon ideas that Kim gave to me.
 
After Kim’s passing, it took me some time for me to come to term with his death. It still did not seem real, but, sadly, it was. After several weeks, I added Kim’s name to the list of my mentors, my teachers, my Sacred Allies, and my dearest companions on the path. I say his name every morning now, during my morning devotionals, and I feel his presence around me as an amazing blessing.
 
I wrote a prayer for those who pass, and I dedicate it to Kim.
 
A Leaf Falls
 
A leaf falls,
In the spring;
Young leaf,
Palest of green,
Quickly you fall to earth,
Gently you land.
The Earth Mother
Welcomes you home:
Earth Mother,
Hold them in your hands.
 
A leaf drops,
In the summer,
Green leaf,
Full of life,
You drift to earth,
Gently you land,
The Earth Mother
Breathes in your name:
Earth Mother,
Hold them in your heart.
 
A leaf spins,
Clockwise in the autumn,
Leaf of green and yellow,
Touched by the Sun,
Called to the earth,
Gently you land,
The Earth Mother
Cushions your fall:
Earth Mother,
Hold them in your broad fields.
 
A leaf rustles,
Separated from a branch,
A long-time friend,
Weathered by time
Falls to earth in silence,
Gently you land,
The Earth Mother
Becomes one with you:
Earth Mother,
Hold them close to you.
 
When I find myself in the company of trees, I think of Kim Welch. When I listen, I hear the trees call his name.
 
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Joyful Tea, Summer’s End

Winters here are rough.

 

The photo shows one of the last tiny harvests before the cold locks me indoors for too many days.

 

In the jar is lemon balm—wee clippings from the very top of the plant, since the lower leaves are already weathered beyond use. Likewise, the jar holds a mere five inches of nettle leaves and nettle seeds from the top of a stalk.

 

The harvest also includes gorgeously dark peppermint and some fuzzy, pale mint. The square-stemmed plant is ready to assault my tongue with glory, if there’s enough mint in the jar to storm my tastebuds. If not, a more gentle mint taste will sweeten and enliven the tea blend. 

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Herbs of Abundance: Grow Prosperity Herbs

As a kitchen witch and gardening enthusiast, I am always seeking to learn more about the power of herbs, plants, roots and flowers can be used in the craft. Grow your wealth, literally with these handy herbs:

Allspice berries bring good luck; gather 7 berries and place in a small pouch to carry in your pocket or purse for a week, On the 7th day, burn them with cinnamon incense while making your wish for whatever you want.

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“In yoga class, I often remind my students that we can be peaceful and powerful, calm yet strong—all in the same breath. I think there is a peace to be found in the acceptance of all of these contradictory powers within us. Finding a way to stand within this unknown and unknowable. We are gloriously complex and contradictory in a world that loves boxes, snap judgments and 100% certainty. People may find this inability to define you uncomfortable, but this is a reminder that you do not owe anyone an explanation. Your rich inner world needn’t mean anything to anyone but yourself. A person can be called a witch for merely knowing, and for owning her knowledge. And to some, for strange reasons that may include fear, power, jealousy, a woman who ‘knows’ is dangerous indeed…Communicating *I am knowledgeable, powerful, and I can make choices about how I use these strengths…can be a real challenge to the status quo!”

—Sarah Robinson, Yoga for Witches (p. 93)

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Retitled Books

When a major publisher publishes a new edition of a book that was previously self published or published with a minor publisher, the new publisher often retitles the book. There are two main reasons for that: firstly because book titles are a marketing tool and in the new digital age every word in the title is an important keyword and search term; secondly, to prevent confusion on the part of readers over which edition they are buying. The key word, pardon the pun, in this concept is "edition" meaning something that is edited. A new edition and a new title imply that the book has been changed, hopefully for the better, and the new edition is not just a reprint. It's important for my readers to know that Asatru For Beginners is the old book and Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path is the new book.

Here is a list of pagan and heathen books that have been retitled. This list was crowdsourced via my social media and my forum, the Asatru Facebook Forum. Many thanks to all who contributed to the list or pointed me in the right direction so I could research the complete titles and names.

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Pisces Full Moon Blessings

Dear Moon Muser,
I am soooo ready for this Pisces Full Moon! Ready to swim in the golden glow generated during this week's Moonday Soul Reading Video and to also literally swim in the aqua waters of the Pacific Ocean!  Join me for a magickal meditation by clicking above. The guidebook info is below.

Sparkly Blessings!
Kathy Crabbe
Soul Reader, Artist, Astrologer

Pisces Full Moon Reading

Pisces Goddesses (Zodiac Goddess Power Deck)

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