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“Loving, knowing, and respecting our bodies is a powerful and invincible act of rebellion in this society.”
~ Inga Muscio
A fun self-nurturing activity with many applications is a sacred bath. This can be used as a group with footbaths, instead of full baths and it can also be used for a postpartum sealing ceremony. A simple ritual is for each participant to bring something to add to the bath mix. As they add their contribution, have them choose one word to represent the contribution and sing it in Call Down a Blessing to bless the full mixture....
I like the alternative name for vernal, or Spring, equinox - equilux, the equal light, this brief balance before we tip into the increasing daylight and lengthening days, the 'doing-ness' part of the year.
At this point when the the earth is equally poised between light and darkness, what stories do you tell yourself? How do you frame your life's passage? Is there a single, unifying theme or thread? Or is it a tapestry with intricate workings of warp and weft? Where is the balance between the personal and universal in your story?...
Amidst the struggle, beauty emerged. The lilies bloomed magnificent and fragrant in the garden, the children laughed and played. we strengthed bonds, made love more often. We gave up resistance and opened ourselves to uncertainty. We chose consciouness over denial, passion over anger, connection over separation. A new understanding of life was born from the remnants of the old. A pathway of possibilites emerged—renewable energy, solar and wind power, green building, rooftop gardens, community. We began again . . .
¤ Carolyn Johnston 2009
X has been a witch for Y years.
Lots of Craft bios begin this way. Apparently we think that it sounds impressive.
No matter what your Y is, there's always a Y + 10 that would be more impressive. Not to mention Y + 20, or Y + 50.
Y years? Really? Is that all?
Besides, the statement automatically raises the question: So what were you before that?
And then you've already lost your thrust.
I am an unabashed lover of all things Peter Pan. Aside from the sheer brilliance of the story itself, a tale that speaks to both children and adults, I have always been fascinated by the many permutations and iterations the J.M. Barrie’s convention-breaking stage play about a flying child. It is a mark of great literature that many readers over multiple generations can find new and interesting angles from which to approach an old story, and Peter Pan may have more retellings and alternate approaches than just about any other story. Through these retellings, a story stands the test of time. And time, in the form of threatening adulthood and the deadly Tic-Toc Croc, is the principal antagonist in the story of the Boy Who Never Grew Up.
Finding Neverland is one of the most interesting incarnations of the beloved story. Based on a play by Allan Knee, the 2004 film presents the story of how the Scottish playwright Barrie dramatically altered his life, challenged London’s strict social norms, befriended a family of young boys who inspired him, and ultimately penned this enduring classic in the face of deep resistance. It’s a lovely, touching movie....
A Priestess, a minister, and a fat white woman walk into a bar…? Nope, it’s not a joke, it is merely I, Catharine Clarenbach, one of the newer bloggers to come onto Witches & Pagans. I have been blogging elsewhere, as well as at my own site (see below), and I welcome the chance to interact with you her at "Deep to on High."