Every space whether it is your back garden, your living room, the city park or the middle of a field it all has its own unique energy and history.
I live on the edge of a large city in a terraced house.My house was built in 1920 but before that there was another house on the land and before that and before that.In fact as I also live near the sea, the city being a port it has attracted dwellings probably since man needed a roof over his head and somewhere nearby to catch food (i.e. the sea).The first recorded dwellings date back to the late 9th Century and we have apparently had Romans, Normans, Saxons and all and sundry living here.So the land itself holds a huge amount of memories and echoes from our ancestors, oh the tales it could tell…
New evidence sheds light on the extinction of (non-avian) dinosaurs. Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at a so-called "rogue planet." And history remembers the "rocket girls," women who worked on NASA's early rocketry programs and forged the way to space travel. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!
When I first started on my pagan journey I was presented with the Wheel of the Year and it seemed most pagans worked with it. I spent ages trying to remember the dates and learn the names and correspondences, even to this day I have to stop and think about it when trying to recall what is what!
I also started dressing my altar for each sabbat and looking up all the correct colours, herbs and associations to know what to put on it.But I have to admit I started to lapse and I realised that I wasn’t connecting with the celebrations and what I was doing was just a mechanical action because I thought I had to.
The days are getting longer. Even if the weather is still winter, I can start to see the energy of spring building as we step forward day by day. My day job is at a university so the new semester has started and the insanity in my day job is stressful and chaotic. This reminds me of the energy spring brings.
Spring season is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and moving forward. In my way of doing things, I’ve considered over winter what is important, what I need to work on. I may have (very likely have) made a to do list of what I need to do for my goals – what the next steps will be.
What impacts the amount of energy in a ritual and the type of energy? And what's the difference between the energy in a private ritual and a group ritual? I recently saw a Facebook post about the topic and my response was long enough that it seemed more appropriate as a blog post.
The conversation centered around this quote from the book Dedicant by Thuri Calafia:
I’ve been spending a lot of alone time lately since my work has decided to send me to training an hour and a half away from home.I’m staying there through the week to save on the travel time and gas money.Lacking the responsibility of housework and kids, I felt myself starting to bounce off the walls a bit.The small apartment that I am staying in doesn’t have a TV, nor a radio.Sure, I can listen to Pandora on my phone, as well as search YouTube for songs and videos.Then there is my laptop.I can stream and search using the wifi that is connected to my work’s system.But, I needed to be careful as they review sites that people go on.That limits my searching and researching ability.
Family is one of the most difficult aspects of my life. My husband and I are both the youngest in our families. He’s the youngest of seven and I’m the youngest of six. There are a lot of personalities and opinions in large families.
Recently, my family had an emergency with my mother (who’s 83). She spent the holiday weekend in the hospital. She suffered a very mild stroke. She was lucky in that she has little residual after affects from the stroke.