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I wrote this article to encourage us, as pagans, wiccans, polytheists, earth lovers, weirdoes, wanderers, and alternative folk to move beyond the sterile concepts of acceptance and equality. For many, being wholly accepted by the mass-produced mainstream becomes our goal. But why? Perhaps being equal to means being complacent to and abiding of habits and norms that are destroying species, lands, waterways, air quality, indigenous communities, traditions, and languages. Rather than hope to acquire the status of affluence and static commonality, sometimes we do greater service to our spirit by moving from comfort to challenging the perimeters of a “normal” existence.
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Winds of Change

 

“Blow, wind, oh, blow with all your might!

 Blow Conrad’s cap right out of sight,

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What to do when your magical mojo dries out?

I just came out of a year that heralded a great deal of upheaval. In the thick of it, I was being pulled this way and that by magical forces which insisted that I change. Right now, I feel rather like a long noodle that has been extruded, ready to coil into a new being.

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  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer says #
    "Misinformation be damned – when you’re a chaos witch, every myth is valid." Love this! I agree with Deborah: many of us are "fee
  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake says #
    There seems to be a lot of this going around :-). Thanks for voicing it so beautifully. Fatigue definitely saps our ability to to
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    At the risk of sounding like Bill Clinton, "I feel your pain." The "2X4 school of enlightenment" seems to apply to many of us. Y

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Revealing the Goddess Within

 

I imagine every artist creates a self portrait sooner or later, despite their medium or any physical resemblance to the artist recognizable in the final result. After all, as we were manifested at the will of the Creator, we too are innately driven to recreate in our own image, whether by bringing children into the world, creating visual, written or musical art, or simply infusing our life and work with personal energy.

The paint is barely dry on this piece, and yet she has been in the making longer even than my Big Bang Goddess. She is, in fact, my first attempt in the acrylic medium and my first human figure if I don’t count the years of children’s stick figures followed by a lengthy period of cartoon like faces exploring the significance of eyebrow shape and placement to convey emotion.

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  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn says #
    Thank you Lizann and Molly for your blessings and compliments.
  • Molly
    Molly says #
    Love it!
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Blessings on this beautiful being that is you!

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My Inner Child Is A Goddess

Dark clouds snaked through the overcast sky like an airborne river, grumbling warning of impending deluge that summer afternoon in Orlando, Florida.  I was a ten-year-old sorceress with blonde curls and a need for magical sand.  My nine-year-old cousin and apprentice sorcerer collected the sand beneath the overhead bars as we discussed his infant sister, whom we knew was destined to be the most powerful sorceress of all.

The river in the sky grumbled louder, flashing a bit of lightning at us in warning.  I leaned against the metal bars, raised an eyebrow.  "Larak," I said, calling the thunder god by the name I'd given him, "You can just wait until we get home.  When I'm standing under the carport, you can pour all you want then."

My cousin cast a worried look heavenward.  "I think we have enough sand," he said.  "Let's get back before we get soaked!"

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  • Lia Hunter
    Lia Hunter says #
    Lovely post! I wonder how many of us have the connection with magic from childhood, and if that's just natural for children to e
  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Thank you, Lia! I think we are most of us born with the connection, and lose it because the people around us keep setting limits
  • Lia Hunter
    Lia Hunter says #
    That would be neat! I bet it would bring up forgotten memories in everyone, too.
Revealing The Blind Spot: A Tarot Spread

b2ap3_thumbnail_SunMoonJustice.jpgA lot of my work as a professional Tarot conversationalist involves helping others see their blocks. We all have them. Many of us spend a lot of time ignoring them then falling over them. One of the most useful things to do with Tarot can be digging into those blind spots. They say Justice is blind, but I don't think they meant this.

I've developed a spread to help find the blind spot. It asks five questions to investigate what we are blind to in ourselves. More importantly, the spread focuses on why and how to integrate it into our selves to become more whole. This spread is meant for those of us who want to

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, so glad u r blogging here, it makes me feel at home as a new blogger here myself. Big hugs and love. And, yes, you know I a
  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills says #
    I adapted this by focusing it on what I'm not seeing about my chronic illness. It was extremely enlightening in a surprising way.
  • Lisa Hunt
    Lisa Hunt says #
    Wonderful post, Arwen! I'm very glad you brought up the "shadow". This is such a misunderstood aspect of our psyches. Ignoring it

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Transitioning from Survivor to Thriver

I have survived a lot in my life. Abuse, rape, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and depression top the list.

In fact, I've spent most of the last three decades surviving: getting past one overwhelming problem after another. If it's not worrying about how I'm going to pay the rent or where I'm going to live, it's a relationship done gone super-drama, a health crisis, or “someone needs my help and I'm going to help them even though I need help myself.”

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  • Jeanine Byers
    Jeanine Byers says #
    Yay for you!! Your story inspires me.
  • Tabitha Cole
    Tabitha Cole says #
    Ashley, this article really hit home, its beautiful and brought tears to my eyes, I am going to print it and reread it over severa
  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Thank you, Tabitha! Hold on to that hope and make it happen! ((HUGS))

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