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Frozen 3. A Time of Awakening

Frozen 3, A Time of Awakening

When visiting my son and family in Vancouver recently, we rented the movie Frozen 2. It had many metaphysical references, and I enjoyed watching it with my six-year-old granddaughter’s head on my shoulder. We, as a species have suffered. Why? A shocking revelation this is not. Greed, resulting in massive materialism, as well as ignorance and intolerance have ravaged our planet. Yes, we have many Lightworkers, I being one since 1989, having then dedicated my life to bring forth and share Universal Truths that I, a wise elder, discovered or uncovered along the way.

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Witches Thole

 “There's more to the Craft, my dear, than is written in your Book of Shadows.”

 

Witches use a lot of old words that others have long since forgotten (athame, widdershins...), and here's one of them: thole.

In elevated English, one could translate thole as “endure.” Colloquially, we'd say “put up with.”

Believe me, with our history, witches know a lot about tholing.

“What can't be changed, must be tholed.” There's an old witch proverb for you. Thole is close kin to patience, but patience is something that you have (whatever that means) while tholing is something that you do.

Thole differs from endure in that endurance is passive. Tholing, however, is an active response, and I'll leave you to suss for yourself just what that might look like on the ground. But this much let me say.

Thole isn't just a concept; it's a way of life. Some things you can change, and witches have our own ways of effecting change. Witches aren't much for frontal assault. Often there's a way under, or over, or around instead.

But if there isn't, there's no point tearing your heart out over it. Witches don't fret.

We thole.

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You can do this work.
You can live this life.
You are made for these times. b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_8728.jpg
You are capable.
You are bold.
You are brave.
You are needed.
You are strong.
You can rest
when you need to.

For people experiencing unfamiliar levels of isolation in their homes this month, here are some potential resources to check out for "home retreating":

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Encircle Yourself With Protection: Magic Jewelry

Most people don’t realize that the classic charm bracelet is decorated with magical symbols representing the wearer’s wishes. For wealth, wear a Romain coin on your bracelet; for love, try a heart. For protection, a pure silver ring worn on the right pinkie has the greatest magical power, especially when engraved with your birth sign or astrological glyph and sacred pentagram. To instill the ring with protective power, clasp it over your heart and call out:  Ring of power, shield and encircle me. Blessed be.

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Cooking Up a Paganism

So: I wrote a ritual that—due to the covid-related rescheduling of this year's Paganicon—we didn't do.

It's a good ritual (you can read an outline here), as you'll see when we do it eventually. But that's not the point that I want to make here. While discussing the ritual with colleagues both during and after the shaping process, I was struck by how well the ritual and its making mirrors the overall trajectory of modern paganism itself.

Virtually everything in the ritual—the sacrificial procession, the chanted prayers, the libations—ultimately has parallels with ancient religious practice. That said, these are practices drawn from different times and places in the ancient world, including (to mention only some) Hellenic, Roman, and Germanic sources.

There's more. Looking over my decades of formation as a ritualist and as an artist, there are also elements here drawn from Hindu temple ritual, Jewish cantorial practice, and the liturgies of Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism as well.

To give just one example: the ancestors chanted their prayers. We know this, but exactly how they did it has been lost to us with time. In order to learn how one goes about improvisationally setting words to chant tunes, one has to look elsewhere. In my case, I learned how to do this at synagogue.

Here's the thing. From years—decades—of experience with the creation of ritual, I, as a ritualist and artist, have learned to put together elements from diverse sources that, nonetheless, together read and feel “pagan.”

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    I like the cooking analogy. Not every recipe I try works out but I do learn from the experience, and sometimes it turns out to be

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Consummation

Silent, ineluctable, the golden shaft of light streams into the darkness of my room.

Because the street-grid of Minneapolis is laid out East-West, on Evenday mornings the Spring (and Harvest) Sun rising due east shines in through the eastern windows, down the hall, and into my bedroom on the west side of the house.

It's like living in Newgrange, but with heat and running water.

They say that Zeus appeared to Danaë in a Shower of Gold.

They say that Shiva revealed himself as a Lingam of Fire.

I jump out of bed and stand in the Lordly Light. His godly touch gilds my naked skin.

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A Message from Demeter at the Spring Equinox

As the seasons of the Earth turn, so do the seasons of humanity. Many powers are converging, within and without, to wake humanity from its long winter of soul. Spring is in the air; Persephone walks the land above; and here you are, by my side, reaching for the ways of the Great Mother once more.

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