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Celebrating the willows

Osier willows really come into their own during the winter. Their finer branches are a striking orangey red colour, and once the leaves are down, these are especially visible. In a grey, wintery landscape where most of the colours are washed out, osiers willows stand out, wild and flaming. They are all the more glorious because what’s around them lacks for colour.

When the leaves are down, many trees are harder to identify, especially for the tree novice. Osier willows are easier to identify at this time of year. Willows are generally tricky to tell apart from each other. According to The Woodland Trust there are some 60 hybrids of osier willow grown in the UK alone. There are many different kinds of willow, and many hybrids as well. They take some getting to know. Willows favour damp places, and have a very long history of use in human crafts and constructions.

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Soul Expanding 3 Card Spread - Aquarius Moon Vibes Jan. 6-9

Mama Moon enters the Fixed, Air sign of Aquarius on Jan. 6 at 10:46 pm Pacific time until Jan. 9.

This is a SEED Moon-Time coming right after the New Moon as she rises and sets with Papa Sun and it’s a perfect time to plant your seeds and intentions for the moonth ahead. Moon is at Apogee though, meaning she’s as far away from the Earth as she gets, so the transits and vibe will be more subtle and muted.

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AstroGemology: Capricorn Soul Stones and Power Crystals

Capricorns born n late December and early January  have two power stones: jet and lazulite are each stones that have a dark and shadowy appearance representative of the Capricornian planet of Saturn.  Jet, named for its intense black color and hardness, is one of the oldest stones known to man, making it a perfect match for slow and steady Capricorns, who are reputed to grow more youthful as they get older.  Capricorns have great longevity; they live long and prosper!  Lazulite, opaque and often displaying the dark and cloudy blue associated with the energy of the planet Saturn, is good for mental processes and stimulates the frontal lobe.  Dogged and hardworking Capricorns will do well to keep this concentration-enhancing talisman nearby at all times.

Latter half Capricorns get to have lapis lazuli as their talismanic crystal.  This stone was absolutely revered by the Egyptians and other Mesopotamian cultures.  With its bright saturnine blue, this stone connotes wisdom, accomplishment, and value, as befits the latter half of Capricorn.  Capricorns sometimes seem slow and plodding to others, but they are really anything but.  Capricorns are surefooted and careful and will get to the top of the mountain while others fall behind.

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Living in the Way, Part 4: The Personal Way

 

The Personal Way

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This Post Is a Spell

Let me tell you something else about witches: we don't hold with self-pity.

Feeling sorry for yourself (and poisoning the lives of those around you with your whining) concedes powerlessness, and that's something else we don't hold with.

Witches don't whine. We do something.

What we do, of course, varies from situation to situation. We specialize in indirection. Witches don't usually go for frontal assault. Instead, we look for a way around. Or under. Or over. Or between.

When you hear that sing-song “poor me” whine start to come into your voice, strangle it at birth.

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  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    Magic only happens with action -- 'the doing of it' to paraphrase you. Inaction is the antimatter of the craft. Get up and do!
Thirteen Reasons Why Monotheism Is Better Than Polytheism

Monotheism is better than polytheism because...

...it's easier. With monotheism, you never have to waste time wondering “Which god?” You'll already know.

...it's cheaper. Gods are like children: the more you have, the more it costs to keep them all happy. Think of what you could do with all that extra time and money.

...it's more unifying. Having different gods is just one more thing for people to fight about. Imagine how much more peaceful and conflict-free the world will be when everyone, everywhere, worships the same god!

...it's simpler. Think how much simpler life will be when humans are the only beings that have rights. In polytheism, you always have to be worrying about the rights of animals, trees, stones, rivers, mountains. In a monotheist world, you can forget about all that. They don't have any.

...it's more psychologically healthy. In a polytheist world, you always have to be thinking about relationships. In monotheism, on the other hand, you only have to look out for Number One.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    "Do we know the number of the gods? "It would be rash to say that we do. One should be content with a reasonable number." (Ezra Po
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    It's worth remembering that "polytheism" and "monotheism" are both terms coined by a monotheist (Philo of Alexandria). For pagans
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I would contend that all fully-realized paganisms are, in effect, ethnic religions. (Let me leave aside for the moment just how fu
  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza says #
    Quite a few good zingers in there! I will say this -- I think the gods and how many and who prays to whom is the least important

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2018 In The Rear View Mirror

I have been wanted to do a 2018-year reflection post. There was a lot to reflect on. I'm going to keep this to the personal rather than the political. Otherwise, we'd be here all day.

I've had some ups and downs this year. More ups really, so that's good. Since I am a professional Joy Seeker, I will focus on the ups. 

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The biggest thing is moving into my role as the owner of

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, congratulations, lady, you accomplished a lot on various fronts. Be proud of yourself. I love this article. You’re sharing
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Thank you. I appreciate that.
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer says #
    Hello! So happy to "meet" you! I, too, seek joy and I am new to this site and hope to make many like minded friends. I enjoyed you

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