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Creating a Focus Board for the New Year

Some people do New Year’s resolutions every year—a list of promises to themselves, usually involving dramatic changes in behavior that seldom last past the first few days of January. There’s nothing wrong with making resolutions, if doing so actually works for you, but if it doesn’t, here’s another suggestion.

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  • Deborah Blake
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    Hi David, welcome to the wonderful world of witchcraft! It can certainly be confusing when you start out. You can contact me on Fa
  • david appleton
    david appleton says #
    Ms.Blake, I am so new to all this and do not know where I am or what im doing. All I know is whats in my heart. I have just joined

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Postponing the Return of the Light

I'm simply not ready for the dark to be over. So I've decided to put off welcoming the Sun back until a few days before Imbolc.

If then.

I've written here before on the importance of diving into the deep darkness at this most appropriate seasonal time. Go to your Ancestors, I've solemnly intoned. Listen to their soft voices, their wise counsel. Don't fear the deep work of the Dark Goddesses.  Embrace it. Find out what you're made of. Test your mettle.

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To His Holiness Francis, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church,

As major media outlets mark Christmas by reflecting upon your actions since assuming your duties as Pope nearly a year ago.  As a former member of your church, and a present blogger on the role of money in my religious community, I have followed your statements on Christian belief with interest.  Your desire to refocus on Biblical teachings such as caring for the poor has caused many ripples of excitement and interest the world over, and I'm as hopeful as anyone.

I fear, however, that your message of love is falling on some deaf ears in the Pagan community, particularly because you have suggested that failed Christians are Pagan by default.  Respectfully, such a sentiment expresses a level of ignorance about the diverse faiths frequently lumped together in the Pagan label, and ignorance is not something I'm used to associating with your thoughtful, compassionate words.

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  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I think you're probably right about whether the leader of a major Christian sect would give a hoot about my views, but I emailed h
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, I was raised as a Protestant in a mostly-Catholic community, and attended a Catholic school for a couple of years. I ac
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I think you're probably right about whether the leader of a major Christian sect would give a hoot about my views, but I emailed h

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On Offerings

I suppose I should weigh in on the offerings and consumption of said offerings. I give Loki a fair amount of food and drink. He enjoys the extravagant gesture, but having spent time starving in a cave (still starving, since time is not linear for Him and everything is happening, has happened, will happen) He doesn't really care for the wasting of food in my personal experience. Furthermore, my ancestors, particularly the ones who lived through the Great Depression, would have a coronary if I dumped lots of food regularly. If I have an excess of food, or more of a meal than I can eat, there is always someone who is hungry in my local community.

I have one exception to this: alcohol. I feed Loki more booze than I could ever consume (or should). So that gets poured out when He's done with it. It's likewise for other Deities that I offer alcohol to as well.

And it's different for my vaettir as well; I have fruit bearing trees on my property, so I feed them, because they feed me, but what I give them is often what I cannot eat, like excess fat that wouldn't do my arteries good but is a rich treat for them. They don't require that very often though, and in truth I find that they prefer that I behave in more ecologically friendly ways - recycling, finding ways to pollute less, etc.

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Poseidon, god of the economy

I took an unscheduled blogbatical as we moved into the darkest time of the year, but I have emerged excited that I missed celebrating perhaps the most important historical festival for my patron deity.

Today is when the festival honoring Poseidon, called Poseidea or Poseidonia, was celebrated in antiquity.  It's a reconstructionist's nightmare, because virtually no record of what went on has been discovered, but the good folk of Elaion put together a Poseidonia ritual based on their understanding of what festivals were usually like.  I didn't see the announcement until just after the agreed-upon time to practice apart together, and I was already late for Quaker meeting, so I had Poseidon close to mind as I joined my local Friends in worship.  (I am not a Quaker, although I attend meeting for worship; I have pondered how Quakers and polytheists fit together for awhile now.)

When I sit in the silence like that, it is an opportunity to complete the conversation.  Maybe I'm too busy with orthopraxy, or I can't multitask well, but I don't often get messages when I make offerings to my gods.  To put it simply, ritual is the way I talk and meeting is when I listen.  Today I listened, and pondered how important Poseidon was to the ancient Hellenes.  The sea was vital, not only as a food source but as the primary medium of commerce.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, That Canadian $20 bill is wicked cool. Wonderful image, and so appropriate to the discussion.
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I was thrilled to discover that image -- I feel it was created just for me!
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Ward, Brilliant post. I'd honestly never thought of Poseidon's role with regard to the totality of human economies. It's so t

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