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You held my hand
Guided my steps
And supported my dreams.
We did not always agree
But eventually the paths
Of our divergence met at
The singular point of Love.
You possessed the wisdom of age
And experience as the power of
The feminine coursed through you as the
Elder and first Mother.
This mantle was passed to you from
Your Mother and hers from a continuous
Line of strong and courageous women.
Each passing of this Queenship
Made a little easier the road ahead
And for me that easier road stretched
Your life was hard so that mine
Would be made easier and the
Blessings I pass to my daughters
Will be ones of a newly forged strength
That has been honed and tempered in the
Fires of pain and joy of those who came before.
You have found your freedom and
In passing from this world left behind
The mantle of Matriarch that I now
Must take up as I find my way.
I am not ready but this is not a choice
And I will take on this gift wearing it
Proudly until my time in this world
I Am the Matriarch
And in this naming I
Set foot on a path all
Women will one day walk.
Recent loss of my Mother has set me to thinking about much that I have claimed as my space of knowing about the power of the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. Our focus never wants to stray into thoughts of when the inevitable will happen, so we direct our claimings to those of identification as the lusty Maiden, the creative nurturing of the Mother and the prized wisdom of recognition as a Crone....
Och, now. So you've been busy this year, sir. Running for President, and all. And elections nearly upon us.
Well, let's see what the cards have to say.
Oh. Oh dear. Well, no, sir, I'm afraid not. Though it's grieved I am to have to tell you so.
No, no, no one else implicated here, sir: whatever's coming, it's all of your own doing. Coming back on your own head, it is, plain and simple. Nothing to do with anyone else, blame who you may.
Oh, my. Financial losses I see here too, sir: major ones. All a direct result of this year's doings, if I may say so. Irreversible, they are. That's money lost you'll never see again, oh no.
Well, sir, it doesn't look good. In short, sir, you've damaged your brand, and there'll be no coming back. At the top of the Wheel you were, but it's all down, down, down from here, and I don't see another coming-up for you, ever, at all, at all.
And the cards don't lie, now, sir. Indeed they don't.
Here, here, now, we'll not be having with that kind of talk around here. I'll say goodbye to you, sir. You'll leave now, you will.
It's the Eve of Samhain in the Royal Hall at Cruachan.
The fires burn, the mead flows freely; already people have begun to draw indoors. For this night, of all nights, is indeed dark and full of terrors.
While waiting for the feast to be served, Aillil proposes a feat: Who will dare to tie a withy around the ankle of the corpse that hangs from the gallows on the hill of Cruachan?
One by one the heroes try. One by one, they return in fear and failure.
Then Nera mac Niadhain says: I'll do it.
Who bears the responsibility for training Pagan clergy? What happens when a Jewish woman tries to reintroduce the divine feminine into her culture? And how are death and darkness treated in Shinto vs. western Paganism? It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news and analysis from the Pagan community! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
Birds of all kinds are a common theme throughout Minoan art. We find them in natural settings and in ritual art, and in some very interesting combinations that suggest the Minoans worshiped a Bird Goddess.
In many cases, the artist depicted the birds with naturalistic realism, to the point that we can often identify the specific species. These images include swallows and partridges:...