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Bridges: Some Reflections on the Nature of Sacrifice

At 6:05 p. m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi in Minneapolis collapsed. Thirteen people were killed.

Thirteen. On Lammas Eve.

Of many rivers, it is said that they require a life every year. The Mississippi, our “strong brown god” (Tom Eliot) takes many more than that. Last year, here in the metro alone, it was 17.

In the old days, they say, they used to offer to rivers. Nowadays, we mostly don't. But the sacrifices continue, as they will while ever the world endures. Willing or unwilling, they offer themselves, because sacrifice is in the nature of things.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Somehow in those moments when our lives touch the Big Things, one can only sit back and wonder. My gods.
  • Celeste Lovecharm
    Celeste Lovecharm says #
    My husband crossed that bridge just moments before that happened. He had decided to leave a few minutes early that day. Otherwise

Here's a post on my relationship with Brighid and my work as a Flamekeeper, which was founded by Canadian Mael Brigide many years ago. I thought you all might enjoy it:

B is for Brighid: Goddess, Saint and Lwa

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Here in the Okanagan Valley, the signs of spring are everywhere.

The Land Breathes

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What’s a Book of Shadows? How do I get one?

Amongst Wiccans and Witches, a book of shadows—often referred to as a BOS—is usually a collection of texts used in rituals, such as ritual scripts and stage directions, poetry and songs, spells, invocations, techniques and teachings, recipes, and sometimes ritual notes or journal entries. These items can be bound in an actual book, written into a blank book, stored in three-ring binders, or kept as Word or PDF files. We use the somewhat old-school “Great Green Three-Ringed Binder of the Arte” because it’s easy to rearrange pages and I don’t want to spill candle wax on a tablet. Everything in our circles seems to end up with wax on it. Some people even choose to write their books in calligraphy to infuse the book with their personal energy.

Types of Books of Shadows

There’s no one right way to keep a BOS, but they tend to fall into one of three categories.

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  • James Taylor
    James Taylor says #
    Thank You C.S. MacCath!!! This is powerful and inspiring information. I look forward to the next Vegan Pagan blog posts. I feel th
  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    Thanks so much for saying so. The next Vegan Pagan blog post will conclude the series, but I am planning to begin work on a monthl

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Nutshell

“So, what's your coven like?”

Seeing the expression on my face—a group that's been around for 35 years takes a deal of telling—she laughs and adds, “In the nutshell.”

I think.

“Well, we don't really have a Book of Shadows,” I begin.

“You don't?” she says, surprised.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Aw, shucks. (Looks bashful, shuffles feet.) Thanks, Sarah. Funny, I'm still looking for a title for my book of poetry: those wor
  • Sarah Avery
    Sarah Avery says #
    You've got a knack for titles. I can tell by the subject lines in my email which posts are yours. Hardly ever guess wrong. Yours a

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An Imbolc Dream Pillow

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