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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Animal Relationships: Introduction

To know their animal teachers more fully, people should study how these animals relate to other animals. All animals live in ecological systems where they have a role. Some are keystone species such as the alligator, who makes “gator holes” that provides food and homes for the other animals. Other animals contribute positively to the places that they live in. Stag beetles eat dead trees to make soil. “Negative” animals such as leeches have a role, too. They kill their host and help to keep the animal population in balance.

Some animals ignore each other, while others compete for the same food. More importantly, many animals form special relationships. Some are allies, and still others are in predator-prey relationships. The wolf and coyote compete for beaver, while the ratel (honey badger) and honeyguide look for bees together. The plover picks off leeches from a crocodile’s gums. (The plover gets a meal, and the crocodile gets her gums cleaned.) The great white shark pursues the elephant seal but is prey to the orca. Animal relationships are indeed complex and varied.

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CRYSTAL GRIDDING FOR ANIMALS and PLANTS

GRIDDING FOR PETS (FURRED, FEATHERED and FINNED) 

Daisy - petAnimals also benefit from crystal grids. My umbrella cockatoo, Daisy, is particularly high strung. She was going nutty from hormones and frustration because her mate was not responding to her advances. Guess who she thinks her “mate” is? That's right, it's me. It makes for an awkward situation. I was starting to approach my wits end because she was so nervous, jittery and cranky. There was really nothing I could do to help her. Well, Crystal People to the rescue!

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Cutting the Cord

At sundown on the eve of her coming-of-age, the grandmothers tied the girl to her mother with a red cord.

One end of the cord, nine ells long, they had bound, with much hilarity, around young Linden's waist; the other (not without a few tears) around her mother's.

And now the women were come, with the red-dyed eggs and the red-wrapped gifts, and so the rites began.

The secret rites of the Women's Side, by which a girl becomes a woman, may not be told; nor could I tell them, I who am of the Men's Side.

But this much I can tell, for it is known to all.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon

The moon is growing stronger each night.  During the waxing (or growing) phase the “moon in more than half illuminated but not quite full.  This is the calm before the fullmoon.  As the light grows even brighter in the night your confidence grows.”  This is a time of growing and adjusting.  Give yourself time to adjust to the changes.  

In the last month, I’ve been dealing with a lot of changes.  My middle daughter is moving.  She got a different job and is relocating two states away from where she currently lives.  It’s great she’ll be closer to home but the transition is hard on her.  

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Reframing Your Spiritual Practice

Whenever Jow and I have a moment of time, we like to pretend that we will always have the luxury of time and immediately set about reorganizing our lives, both together and as individuals.  Sometimes it sticks (like we've been cooking more together), sometimes less so (See: Mount St. Laundry in the bedroom).  Inevitably, the conversation will cycle around to how we suck at having a spiritual practice.  We sometimes slap together a pooja to do together, we make offerings of water, light and incense to our goddesses, spirits and ancestors, I make offerings to my Ladies, he meditates sometimes, we do half asleep japa, once in a while we will "whale spout" (a mediation from an old book, I forget the actual name) but it's all v. ad hoc which is v. unsatisfying to Jow.  He wants to treat this like it's the first time he's ever gone on a diet.  Hardcore!  Constant effort!  No excuses!  Other fitspiration here!

Me: That's not going to work.

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Lessons.

I recently facilitated a large, public ritual at a local state park.  A lot of friends and old regulars came, and we were lucky to have a few new faces, too.  One of our surprise guests was a young mother who we have known for a few years but don’t get to see very often.  She comes to events when she can, but I really only end up seeing her once a year or so, at most.  Much to my surprise, she brought her kids with her to the ritual.  They’re sweet, clever little devils, and they have a history of being somewhat rowdy and in need of a lot of re-direction.

The children came rushing up to the altar as soon as the family arrived at the park.  This was one of those moments where Childless Trivia thought in panic “Ooh... right… kids…!”  I took time out to speak to them about the altar, making it very clear to them that they could look to their heart’s desire but touching was absolutely forbidden.  The children nodded solemnly and then went to go play on some rocks, immediately forgetting about candles, statues, and various other temptations.

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A Joke in Bad Taste

I generally don't post pieces that seem to me mean-spirited. Gods know, there's no lack of such in our community, and that's not what I'm here to do.

But in this case, I'm going to make an exception.

The easily-offended may not wish to read any further.

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Bwahahahaha and Oh No You Di'n't!
  • Eli Effinger-Weintraub
    Eli Effinger-Weintraub says #
    I... kind of feel like I shouldn't have laughed at that as hard as I did. It's funny... when I was a wee baby witchling, explori
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Gods, Anthony, those were heady days. When you managed actually to get hold of something, you treasured it and gnawed it over for
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I remember when "The Magic Power of Witchcraft" and "Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft" were the only books on witchcraft ava

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