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Lover Meets Beloved

Step into the place of the lover, and the beloved will turn up. The Lover is here for you, has been here all along. Step into the place of the Beloved and sense Earth from this position. Gaia. She's here. She's more than ready to be your Lover. Open up to what starts happening in your life- today- as you step into this. Feel your cells responding. Feel your energy. So much wonder, magic and love right here, right now!

It becomes easier when you allow yourself to be the Beloved of Gaia first. You don't need to make the first move. Gaia is inviting you through every tree, every bird song, every flower. Will you stop and see? Allow your breath to quicken and your heart to miss a beat? Step into the place of the lover, and the beloved will turn up.

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Pagan News Beagle: Faithful Friday, May 22

Change is inevitable. How we deal with it, however is another matter. This week's article of Faithful Friday takes a look at how the tapestry of religion is changing around the world, from the pluralization of religion in America to the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. Will tomorrow's religious landscape look the same as today's? If that's a question you think is worth asking, read on.

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Fire the Tarot

It's been awhile since I've been here, and that's because things have been... mutable. I've decided to try to re-enter (because Mercury retrograde is always a good time to go back to something that's been previously started, right?) working with clay again. I believe I mentioned it previously, in my last article. I've been doing a lot of reflecting since then. 

You see, Tarot is such a part of my life that it is hard for me to isolate things. I see the cards in shapes throughout the day. I think about what card would represent what activity I'm doing at the time. I use the Tarot as a guide to activities, as a focal point for my art, and more. Between astrology (to which I've also returned over the last year), runes, stones, and the tarot, my life is pretty full of amazing shapes, themes and designs. 

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  • Charlie Rainbow Wolf
    Charlie Rainbow Wolf says #
    Thank you! Next post will either include a greenware 'Fool,' or the glazed 'Empress,' depending on the timeline
  • Carla Jo
    Carla Jo says #
    This looks really nice.

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Getting a Real Charge

The Charge of the Goddess is Doreen Valiente's masterpiece, incontestably the best of its kind.

In fact, the Charge has single-handedly created its own literary genre. Modern paganism's hodgepodge of gods, few of whom many of us grew up knowing about, has made the charge—a "self-description of a deity"—a liturgical necessity.

Note that the pagan use of the term, though, departs significantly from its original use in Freemasonry, where it means, essentially, "a list of instructions." Although the divine monologue was known in late antiquity—Classicist R. E. Witt would call it an "aretalogy"—Valiente's Charge is the Great Mother of all modern charges.

Think of the other charges that you know.

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Brilliant indeed! As always. A copy is going into the San Quentin Wiccan Circle Binder of Shadows.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Proud to be part of it: thanks!
  • tehomet
    tehomet says #
    Brilliant.

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The Summerland of the Snows

Regular readers of this blog no doubt ask themselves from time to time: So, is Paganistan really the matchless Summerland of the Snows that Posch makes it out to be? (Paganistan is the Secret Witch Name of the 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropagan area.)

Well, shown above is a sign that I saw while driving to work this morning. It's 4 blocks from my house.

You decide.

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As many in our community have pointed out, we know very little about the original practices of Druids and Pagan priestesses; the only extant writings we have are propaganda pieces by their conquerors, Roman historians and Catholic clerics. Ours is a "reconstructed religion" based on whatever clues we can glean from other traditions of Goddess and Nature worship, such as Hinduism, Shinto and Shamanism.  

But if even a fraction of what their detractors claim is true, then my 21st century Neopaganism - a benign blend of John Muir, Mists of Avalon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson and Swami Vivekananda - has to be a kinder, gentler form of Mother Nature worship than that practiced by our ancient forbears. What's more, I feel that it is fitting and proper that it should be so. I may have lived back then, but I definitely live now. Thank God and Goddess that I can reconstruct my religion to suit my inner nature and the age in which I now find myself! 

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  • irene boyce
    irene boyce says #
    Hi Ted, I really enjoyed this post. Common sense with added humour. It is interesting that you should wish to retire to Glastonbu
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Irene, thank you for reaching out. In the Mists of Avalon chapter you quote, she mentions "the Shining Ones who had come there fro

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Receive All There Is

Receive all there is. It starts with breathing out. Relaxing into the moment, into the embrace of the Great Gaia. Your cells instantly remember she is here to take care of you. How could you forget. of course. In that, it becomes possible to stop pushing, stop holding back. You are with the grace of simplicity. Life can flow towards you, filling you from within. Receive.

When we're looking for strength, presence, shine... too often we see it as a goal to be reached. Our cells get activated and adrenalized. Though this is great to catch the bus or earn that bonus, it inhibits that you receive the inner rewards. Strength has been there all along, and so are presence and shine... Breathe out. Allow your cells to relax. Receive.

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