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“Oh,” the girl said, shaking her head. “Don’t be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power. Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world. Monsters force us to become stronger, smarter, better. They sift the weak from the strong and provide a forge for the steeling of souls. Even as we curse monsters, we admire them. Seek to become them, in some ways.” Her eyes became distant. “There are far, far worse things to be than a monster.” ~ Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

Apologies, but I do not have a blog post for you today.

Instead, I have poetry.

Lately, I have been interested in exploring the idea that some of us have inside of us a monstrous part, a piece that isn't easy to look at or talk about, a piece that is there to do what needs to be done even if what needs to be done is ugly or inhuman. This part of the self could be seen as a more damaged version of the anti-hero. My husband calls it the Necessary Monster.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Oct 7

In today's Pagan News Beagle, we bring you stories of activism, faith, and hope. A controversial activist gives "Pagan" invocations in Florida; nature deficit disorder; the "next" GMO?; GMO-proof corn?; and decentralized power in Germany.

Activist David Suhor (whose self identification is "Agnostic Pagan Pantheist Living Existentially") is raising hackles in a small Florida town with his "in-your-face" Pagan invocations. Is he a nuisance? A harmless gadfly? A courageous proponent of Pagan rights? Make up your own mind: the whole story is at The Wild Hunt.

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Posted by on in Culture Blogs
A Different Beat

Witch Hazel is having an existential crisis.

Despite the assurances of her magic mirror, she's worried that she's getting prettier as she ages.

The doorbell rings.

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Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs

Tiny flowers of summer August 2013 016
Waving colorful flags
of the season’s surrender
against a backdrop of dry leaves

Lifting tender, hopeful
tenacious faces
parched but promising
a last hurrah
a final fling
a tiny majesty

Spots of glorious color
on dry ground

Proof of life’s own love affair with itself.

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Outer space is a Fey playground. Mine. Yours.
 
Emptiness is a jungle gym.
 
We can sow our magic in the rich loam
 
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Recent Comments - Show all comments
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Stellar. I left a comment on your webpage. Such a timely reminder; thank you again.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank you for checking it out. I am so glad you liked it!
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    May we learn more and more to go within to find the truth of limitlessness. May we be less and less willing to buy into the opinio
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you and amen. Re yr last line about not listening to those in control: I wrote a blog about not letting them
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, I found it. Check it out if you want and have the time. It is called "Do Not Get Trapped in the Uni-Dimension" and is at http
The Blessing of Samhain... If You Dare...

Here in the UK, the weather has turned and the colder air sweeps down from the North. Nights are longer, as the sun jumps along the horizon with each rising and setting, heading further and further towards the south.  Trees are changing colours, and plants are beginning to die back, the green fading into golden and tawny hues, foliage less dense and earth beginning to peek through the underbrush. 

The tide of Samhain has begun, when, after the autumn equinox we prepare for the darkness to come.  The balance has been tipped, and we have tipped with it, our internal clocks trying to adjust to new temperatures and light levels.  Often, we try to establish our centre, attempting to find some foothold or handhold in the coming darkness, our egos crying out the great rallying cry of “I AM!”  The darkness, however, knows the folly of this, and smiles as it creeps ever closer.

In the darkness there are no guidelines. There are no boundaries. There is no up or down, no left or right. There is only impenetrable night, a sweet release from the constraints of the known. 

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    Witches rule the darkness.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_path-through-fall-trees.jpg“Volatile” would be a good word to describe the chart of this Full Moon, and because there is an eclipse, we should pay close attention, since eclipse charts are generally in effect for several months to a year. You need only read the news on any given day to see the dramatic changes and upheavals that have accompanied the square of Uranus and Pluto that has been in effect for a few years now. This eclipse activates that square, and lights a fire under it through a Fire grand trine. Find the chart here, if you want to follow along.

Creative Fire

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  • Lady Pythia
    Lady Pythia says #
    Another point, which I'd interpret as individuals manifesting that looming panic, is also tied into the Eclipse being integral in
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Thanks for your observations, Pythia! Interesting point about the dreams...
  • Lady Pythia
    Lady Pythia says #
    Excellent article, Diotima! You have covered so many relevant points, and am most mindful of the pan-national effect, especially a

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