We've arrived at the Spring Equinox again, which means its time to strike a balance. Use your Book of Shadows to develop and track this magical work.
Weigh Your Words. Four months have passed since Samhain, the new year, where you probably planned all sorts of wonderful changes for yourself. Draw a scale on a clean page in your Book of Shadows. One one side, write or draw all the things you've managed to accomplish since Samhain. On the other side, write or draw those things that are still in progress or waiting to happen. Look at both sides of the scale. Which side is heavier? Of the things you still have to do, are there any that you found difficult? What did you do when you were faced with that challenge? Did you put it off, or try and succeed? Or fail? How did you feel about that? Maybe you're in the midst of a task right now--how is that coming along? What about your accomplishments? Even if that side of the scale has less on it, perhaps those things took a great deal of work. Think about it and write down your feelings.
It's almost Spring, a time to celebrate the return of the flowers, the awakening of the animals, and the renewal of the earth. Forest, farmland, the wilds, and the animals that depend on them need our help to maintain a clean environment and safe habitat (and humans need this as well!). Here are a few organizations working to make us all aware of the special balance between Nature and people everywhere:
Forever Forests is a group started in California by Gwydion Pendderwen, a Pagan folk singer and writer. He strove to help re-forest the areas of logged-over lands in California. Although Gwydion passed away in 1982, other Pagans have continued the work. Tens of thousands of trees have been planted since 1977.
Established by the late Steve Irwin, and continued by his family and partners around the world, Wildlife Warriors salvages habitats and provides education on an international level.
Flower Faeries are intriguing to have in the garden. A great way to invite them to move into your own herb garden is to plant an enticing Faerie Chair. Faerie scouts will be able to see this high rise Faerie Garden from a great distance! They will be so delighted that perhaps a whole clan will make their home near this awesome chair garden. You do however, have to make sure that your friends and relatives never try to sit on the chair. Who knows what will happen?
Begin by finding an old wooden chair. Garage sales are a good source or in my case I remembered I had some chairs up in the top of the barn. Remove the seat part of the chair. And gather the rest of the needed materials:
How lucky was I when I found out that I was going to a festival where Wendy Rule would be playing? Not only that, it was a super small venue--not only would I get to see her and hear her sing, but I'd get to talk to her as well. A native of Australia, and a leading voice in Pagan music, once you hear Wendy Rule, you won't forget her haunting voice and her enchanting melodies...
NZ: There are lots of kids who dream about being professional musicians--any advice for these budding artists? What is the most rewarding thing about being a musician? The most challenging?
WR: Certainly the most rewarding thing about being an independent musician is having an opportunity to share my own creative journey. I’ve been a professional musician for many years, and throughout that time have had many rewarding experiences, but also many challenges. The most important thing to me has been to stay true to myself--to write and record the songs that are deeply meaningful to me. Each of us has something unique and wonderful to share, and it’s important to honor that. It’s so wonderful to be able to travel, and share my music all around the world. But at times it can feel quite lonely, and I have to remind myself that this is my Soul Journey and a deeply important and magical process.