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Homemade Sweet Treat: Candied Herbs
  • 1 cup vodka

  • 1 cup simple sugar syrup

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Here we are in this liminal space
in which old chapters close b2ap3_thumbnail_solstice-crone-on-the-stones.jpg
and things are laid aside,
set down,
put to rest.
We exhale into the stillness,
into the waiting time
between times
So, too, we may feel
newness and promise
coiled and pulsing,
sometimes whispering,
sometimes shouting,
sometimes singing
of the new and beautiful,
the exciting and inspiring.
May we have the courage
to sit between these two calls
May we allow ourselves
to settle for a spell
right here
between the tight and tender.
May we know both brave action
and brave stillness
as we allow the old and new
to steep together
in peace and trust
inside the crucible of change. 

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Be My Valentine: Food Magic

Food can set the mood all its own as a prelude to a night of love. Surprise the object of your affection with one of these treats:

  • Chocolate is rightly called the “food of the gods.”

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 Sheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churches - BBC News


You could think of her as the female equivalent of the Green Man.

If, as some contend, Sheela na Gig originally meant “Sheila of the Breasts,” she's a pretty classic example of, shall we say, upward displacement. Really, one has to admire such bald (!) candor.

To pagans, the body is hero: it's no surprise, then, that this minor motif of late medieval sculpture should have become something of a mascot to the new paganisms, with our signature revaluing, and re-spiritualization, of the body.

Gaze deeply into her mysteries, our Sheela.

There, suns are born, and constellations wheel.


Sheela na Gig

(To the tune of: “Felix the Cat”)

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The Minoan Snake Tube: Not a pet carrier!

Snake tube. What an odd name for a Bronze Age artifact from Minoan sites. That's what Sir Arthur Evans called these cylindrical ceramic objects that were decorated with wavy serpentine shapes running up and down them. You can see a few on the bottom row of the image at the top of this post.

Evans called them "snake tubes" because he thought the Minoans kept pet snakes in their temples and homes, and these tubes were their little houses. I mean, they're decorated with snakes, so why not?

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 The Castor and Pollux group “Orestes and Pylades” or The San Ildefonso Group,  Roman Workshop - The Prado Museum in Madrid - Spain

 A Tale of Ancient Greece


Of all the gods, the poet Simonides held a deep devotion to the Divine Twins, Castor and Polydeukes, known as the Diskouroi, “Zeus' lads,” and was wont to offer to them regularly.

Now, these same Twin Gods are of ancient lineage, having been known to the ancestors some 5000 years ago, and are widely worshiped among all the Indo-European peoples, from Ireland to India. Known as the Divine Horsemen, they were everywhere accounted the Saviors of Humanity. Indeed, the Tribe of Witches honor them to this day.

Now, it so happened that Simonides was commissioned to write an ode in honor of a certain Thessalian nobleman's son, who had won the crown in boxing at the Olympics. He duly presented the ode at the nobleman's victory feast, but the host was not pleased.

“You poets and your damned mythological allusions,” he said. “You spent more time eulogizing Castor and Polydeukes than you did my son.” (Polydeukes, called Pollux by the Romans, was famed as a boxer.) The upshot of the matter was that he refused to pay Simonides more than half of the agreed-upon fee.

“Maybe the Dioskouroi will make up the rest,” he added archly. This was thought a fine joke by some.

Some time later, back in Athens, Simonides was called to the door.

“Two men on horseback want to see you,” the door-keeper told him. “They say it's urgent.”

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Yup, that's them. My heart-friend Sparky T. Rabbit used to refer to them, rather endearingly, as the "Horse Boys." Did you know th
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I grew up with a Time-Life trio of books on the Worlds Great Religions. I liked looking at the Hindu gods and I remember a pair o

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Graceful Connection
Before you enjoy this friendly repast together, hold hands and recite this grace:
  1. Sister, brother, tribe of the soul, ones who care.
  2. Merry may we meet again to share.
  3. Breaking bread and quaffing mead,
    we draw closer in word and deed.
  4. Blessing of love to all!
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