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The Hidden Magic of Nashville

When I think of Nashville, I think of country music and the Parthenon. I probably never would have associated the spot with meditation and summer magic, even after I visited the town, if it weren’t for a lucky chance. I attended a writing conference in Nashville a few years ago, held at the gothicly beautiful Scarritt Bennett retreat and conference center.  That was the last year the conference was small enough for that particular venue, and if I’d attended a year later, I never would have discovered the peace and beauty of the labyrinth that waits in Tennessee.


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_03461.JPGI’d never walked a labyrinth before, and when I stepped out of my on-site dorm to discover the familiar pattern of the Chartres labyrinth laid in the grass in front of the building, I got incredibly excited. There’s already something magical about wandering around a facility that feels like a Southern Hogwarts in the purple gloaming of June, but then to spot that mystical shape, complete with dancing fireflies, completes the sensation of having stepped into another world.

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Squirrels are Real

This last year when I travelled back to Canada to attend Kaleidoscope Gathering a Pagan festival near Ottawa, I got to spend some time hanging out with my friend Pamela and got to see more of the wild country.  It HUGE!! And awesome and I love it, bit I digress.   We spent a bit of time driving down country roads around many wonderful lakes and eating custard filled donuts at Timmies.  It was during this time that I got to see Deer eating apples in somebodies front yard, on our way to a Wolf Sanctuary, or it might have been the sight of Turkey Vultures circling above as we got out of the car, that I had the sudden realisation, that squirrels are real, along with a whole slew of other animals that are native to Canada like crows, toads, eagles, groundhogs, chipmunks, vultures and of course squirrels.  I have learnt about all of these animals via wildlife documentaries, books and wonderful teachers such as David Attenborough, and Jane Goodall as well as the various magical books where I have learnt about there more magical spiritual meanings.  

 

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Welcome to Animal Wisdom

What is “Animal Wisdom?” These are the teachings from the animals who help you with a problem, offer advice for a certain aspect of your life, or simply come to teach you. I call them “Animal Teachers.” For me, “Animals of the Heart” are your life companions, who have been a part of your life since your childhood. “Animals of the Way” help you with a particular part of your life such as being a parent. They are your traveling companions on your life’s journey.

Why not “animal totems,” “power animals” or “animal familiars?” For me, these are reserved terms for various concepts in Native American, Shamanistic, and Wiccan beliefs respectively. These terms have particular meanings in those practices. For me, “Animal Teachers” are the most descriptive since many animals are willing to share their wisdom with people.

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Deborah Ann Light

Deborah Ann Light died July 22 of cancer.  I had the privilege of knowing her for some years, but never closely.  Don Frew, a mutual good friend has written a wonderful remembrance and honoring of her life that I think many pagans will find of value.  She was a wonderful woman, and the Summerland has been blessed with her presence even if we here will miss her. Here is what Don sent to a number of us, which I reproduce with his permission:

Dear Spirituality & the Earth CC members.

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Twelve Healing Stars is a yearlong project in cooperation with the Temple of Witchcraft that explores social justice through the lessons of the 12 Zodiac Signs. This is part 11.

It seemed like an ordinary day on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. Groups of students wandered about, some going to classes and others heading for a coffee and a sandwich after spending hours in a lecture hall. Yet something was different on the grounds outside the library. In the large, open space just on the edge of the campus’ beautiful green park, hundreds of brightly colored T-shirts had been strung up onto clotheslines. They hung there quietly, yet spoke loudly of pain, struggle, and triumph.

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Man in Black II

I composed the poem Man in Black  ("Know him by the crow's feather in his cap") in my head while mowing the lawn. (Such is the life of a poet who works for a living.) It is based on an exchange traditional in witch lore; at this remove of time, alas, I no longer recall where I first learned it.

When the piece had taken shape, I went for pencil and paper to write it down.

Sure enough, there in the middle of the sidewalk (I'm almost tempted to say, of course) lay the long, shiny pinion feather of a crow.

One.

Make of it what you will.

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Dear Devin- Should I Date my Coven Mate?

Every once in a while I get an email from a fan or a seeker along the path who has a really good question. I decided to compile some of the best questions and reformat them for the blog. Names have been adjusted to protect identities. Do you have a question? Email me at Devin@devinhunter.net and I’ll try to answer it in a blog post or on the show!

Dear Devin,

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  • Helena
    Helena says #
    Excellent response to what could be a touchy situation! I've seen all the kinds of scenarios you described and I know how tough it

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