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Being True to Myself at Yule

I confess that I’m not much of a kitchen witch. I can cook, but it doesn’t thrill me to labor over a hot stove. I eat to live; I don’t live to eat, and that attitude is almost an abomination in the South. People vacation here mostly for the culinary delights, especially the barbecue, and it is no wonder. Every issue of Southern Living is loaded with food porn. Thus, when you hail from a place that practically worships food as a god, it is generally expected that you, too, shall fall in line and pay homage to the almighty cookbook. I don’t, which makes the holiday season of gathering and feasting a bit awkward. So much of it centers around gastronomy, and that’s just not my focus.

What I really want in the weeks leading up to Yule is peace and quiet. I want reflection. I want a stack of books, a cup of tea, and solitude. I want that pregnant pause before another year begins. I want to review what worked, what didn’t, what changed, and what I’m doing with my one wild and precious life, as Mary Oliver wrote. In order to cultivate this for myself, I’ve had to say NO to all the voices yelling at me to buy this, go there, do that, cook this, and please him/her/them. I don’t have the time or energy for anything unless it feels like an authentic YES.

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  • Solitarieone
    Solitarieone says #
    Ahhh. Your post made me feel so good, Jennifer. Someone who feels exactly how I feel. I live in the South, too, and I know the imp
  • Agnes Toews-Andrews
    Agnes Toews-Andrews says #
    Beautifully said and my sentiments, exactly, Jennifer. Thank you. Bright blessings! Agnes. www.isismoonpublishing.com
  • Dianne McGehee
    Dianne McGehee says #
    This is exactly how I feel. Thank you for expressing it so well. Oh, BTW, I live in Gulf Shores, AL, so your writing is really mea
  • Jennifer Miller
    Jennifer Miller says #
    Howdy neighbor! I'm glad to know another southern witch.

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Fearless

Those two boys are walking awfully close, I thought.

As they came nearer, I saw why.

They were holding hands.

 

Beep beep beep.

As the car went past, I saw that it was our coven's newest member.

Witch said the sticker on the bumper.

 

I raise my hand in salute to fearless youth.

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Asatru FAQ: Where Are Other Heathens?

A Frequently Asked Question in the group I manage, the Asatru Facebook Forum, is: Where can I find a kindred or other Asatru and / or heathen people in my area?

Several sites and organizations have maps and locators for the members. Although the American Asatru Association no longer exists, the kindred locator map is still on the old wordpress site: 

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  • James H. McCoy
    James H. McCoy says #
    I have been Heathen for going on 30 years and live in Indiana. I am deputy steward in Indiana for The Troth (www.thetroth.org) and
By Land, Sea, and Sky: A Minoan ritual framework

Most Pagans are familiar with the Wiccan ritual framework of casting a circle, calling the quarters, and then invoking the deities. Other traditions have their own standard ways of beginning and ending their rites, of framing their sacred actions. But what about Modern Minoan Paganism? We can start by looking at what we think the ancient Minoans probably did, and build our practice from there.

As far as we know, the Minoans and other ancient cultures didn't cast circles; that's a practice that originated with grimoiric magic. What they did, instead, was purify the temple or shrine, usually with incense and occasionally by asperging (sprinkling) a substance such as herbal water.

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AstroTarot Forecast for December 2017

What do the cards have in store for you this month? Look for your Sun Sign below to find out! (Or, if you're an Astrology buff, consult your Sun, Moon and ASC for a more in-depth overview). For this Forecast, I used our brand new Coffee Tarot deck (art by my husband, Ron). Grab yours at CoffeeTarotDeck.com (it comes with a hand-sewn bag, .pdf of Keywords and a secret Facebook Group). To read more about coffee symbolism, click here and here.

ARIES
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Aries: March 21- April 19 (Nine of Air) –Fiery Aries, you’ve got a lot on your mind this month—but the good news is most of it is in your…drumroll…mind! Seriously, you’re getting yourself worked up into a tizzy about unfounded fears and anxieties. Calm down, slow down, try some Tension Tamer Tea (it totally works—trust me) and relaaaaaax. Ahhhh, doesn’t that feel better? Breathe deeply, and often. Stay centered. Focus on what is good, beautiful and peaceful.

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On Taking Up Spaces

It's the first day back after a holiday, my new meds suck (as discussed), I've already sat through a two hour meeting, I have a headache and a coworker clearly already wants me to murder her just so we can both be free of this place.  

Let's get to it.

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What Pagans Do

Do you know the punishment for cutting down a sacred tree?

Did you know that, at a sacrifice, it's proper at the moment of the killing for women present to cry out?

Do you know why one should always end a funeral with a ring-dance around the grave?

Neither did I.

But now I do, and you will too, once you've read Ken Dowden's European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

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