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Here in the SageWoman section of PaganSquare, our bloggers represent the multi-faceted expressions of the Goddess, feminist, and women's spirituality movements.

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    I am walking across the field toward the lane, the morning lit with the kiss of bright autumnal sunshine. Blue skies above and the busy chatter of birdsong to accompany me and my heart sings. Leaves tumble before me as they are whipped into a frenzy by the wind, twisting and twirling they weave their acrobatic dance and I am caught in their swirling vortex.  I pull my coat tightly around me and hang on to my scarf as I push my way into the shelter of the woods beyond.
    The trees continue their whispering above me as they bend and sway. Leaves cascade to the ground like confetti and crackle beneath my feet. I stop to admire the richness of the autumnal palette and the warmth in the hues of golden browns and orange, dotted with the ruby jewels of crab apples. My mind and body bathe in the delicious, sumptuous comfort of this autumnal offering, like slipping into a warm vat of honeyed treacle.

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  • Lady May
    Lady May says #
    Hi Barbara, Thanks so much for getting in touch - always appreciate feedback. Its been lovely to have opportunity to do the illust
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    So lovely - I felt as if I had gone on this walk with you, seeing, feeling, smelling everything. My absolute favorite time of yea

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Seasonal sexy time

I know we traditionally associate Beltane with sexuality, but autumn is a lively time of year for many life forms. There are nuts dropping all over the place, the deer will be rutting soon, and the fungi are waving their genitals.

No, really.

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Blood Mysteries

The blood mysteries, they have called to me for years. The calling felt distant, an eery echo in an old worn in cave that lived deep within my wombspace, the house of my ancestors. 

I remember watching the movie "The Passion of the Christ" when it was first released in the theatre. Never mind that Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a prostitute, despite the inaccuracy of the connection between her and the prostitue in the New Testament I was glued to the two women in the film, the characters of Mother Mary and Mary the Magdalene. There were two scenes in particular that stood out to me. Watching Mother Mary run towards a falling Jesus during His long walk with His cross while the camera in slow motion flashed back to Mary running to catch a young child Jesus that was tripping and falling is one of the two scenes that has always stuck with me. The other scene that stood out to me included both Mary's and the wife of Pilot, the man who washed his hands of Jesus' fate. In this scene Jesus' bloody and torn body has been dragged away after being viscously flogged publicly leaving behind pools of blood. Pilot's wife approaches the Mary's with a handful of white cloths, silently both Mary's get down on their knees and begin to mop up the blood, when the cloth is used up they take the shawls from atop their heads and begin to soak up His blood with that. I was young in my journey when this movie came out and fresh to my 20's, as I watched alongside an avid born again Christian roommate I knew that I was witnessing something profound, something sacred. 
 
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This post is a continuation of my Steps on the Healing Path series. You can read the first and second installments first if you wish.

A few months after my first Reiki Attunement, my lover and I moved from New Orleans to Salem, Oregon. A year later, we split up. I moved--first into a questionable apartment complex in downtown Portland, then into a house with my new lover--and his two young children. Transition, work and motherhood kept my head spinning for the next few years. But in early 2007 I looked around and realized I had settled into a kind of rhythm, and I wanted to continue my training as a healer. I met with two different reiki masters who I found by searching on-line. By early March I had chosen a teacher, and at the end of March I took my second class.

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The Alice Tarot Is Here - Off With Her Wrapper!

It seems fitting that for a review on an Alice in Wonderland deck it feels like I myself have just climbed out from the rabbits hole! I notice it has been a while since I posted, yet somehow in my mind it seemed only a few days ago. That is what happens to authors and creative content producers, we have a tendency to lose space and time. 

At this point I am a complete Alice sympathizer and this deck arrived at the perfect time.

If you are a Baba Studios fan then you have been watching this deck come to life via both  facebook and their website. If you are not familiar with the incredibly work from Baba Studios then it is my honor to introduce you to some tarot VIPs.

One thing Karen and her team are known for is an exquisite product. Think high end luxury for the tarot market and you think Baba Studios. The Alice Tarot is just breath taking from beginning to end. I am even impressed by the box the cards sit in. It sort of flips open and hinges on the side making removal of the cards effortless.

The cards themselves go above and beyond with the special metallic ink that makes the images appear almost 3D. But like everything Baba Studios this is done in such an intuitive way that it only adds to the beauty and depth of the images. The back of the cards are just as stunning as the front of the cards and when they are sitting in their special red box look down right regal.

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What makes this deck so special to me is not the exquisite attention to detail, though it sure doesn't hurt, is the fact that this deck has taken just one story and applied it to the depth of the tarot archetypes.

This deck embodies the art of story telling as each card has become an individual story inside the larger story of Alice's journey. This deck invites us to see what a deconstruction of a story looks like, piece by piece, card by card. This is emphasized in cards like the ace of swords and the four of wands. We really do feel in this deck that we are following Alice on her journey through the looking glass. 

There are two versions of the Lovers card in the Alice Tarot, one is of the Walrus and the Carpenter the other is of two flamingos. The Walrus and Carpenter is the one that I have kept in the deck, for me it is much stronger image then the flamingos and brings more depth to the lovers archetype.

Although there are so many special cards in this deck two of them are super special to me. The first is the page of cups. In this card we see a fish delivering a message to the duchesses door. I have close friend who I call little fish and she often brings me donuts and coffee. Hence why gifts from little fishes are special to me.

The second card I just love to pieces is the temperance card. To stretch or to shrink, what's a girl to do? Such is life, sometimes we need to stretch, expand and grow to make our goals and dreams come true. And sometimes it is in our best interest to be as small and insignificant as possible. Which piece of the mushroom do you need to eat?

This particular deck comes with a little white book, which to be honest is not that bad, as far as little white books go. I really enjoy the split meanings as you get a typical tarot meaning and then an Alice meaning. I have to say I personally prefer the Alice meanings. For whatever reason I totally missed out on the companion book for this deck, but I am able to order it right off the Baba Studios site. Thank the Goddess!!!

The Alice Tarot is truly a special deck. It is not only unique but sets a new standard in deck and product creation. This is a 5 star product from beginning to end. I congratulate the team at Baba Studios for knocking it out of the park with this one.

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Finding Communion in Mixed Company

Sometimes, where we least expect it, we can find spiritual communion.  This isn't my usual monthly post with tips and advice, but perhaps this anecdote has something to offer you, as it did me.

It was my birthday about two weeks ago, and though I wasn't planning a birthday party, the gathering planned for testing my new fire pit and grill ended up being scheduled the weekend after.  It seemed a good time: just after my thirty-sixth, just before Mabon.  I was surprised when I did a head count from R.S.V.P.s that we were expecting up to twenty-seven people, something our house isn't used to accommodating, but I was determined to make it work.

Then, the morning of the gathering, my one year old had sniffles, and not knowing whether it was an on-coming cold or just an allergy, I posted a quick update to my guests.  In under three hours, I had fifteen cancellations (understandable) and a fridge crammed full of food I'd bought and prepped specifically to feed the large guest list (unexpected).

By the start time, I wasn't sure anyone was coming, though I went to build a fire anyway.  Then someone showed up: a friend from university I hadn't seen since I'd graduated.  We sat alone together and carried on small talk, while I felt first embarrassed at not having anyone else there and then embarrassed because I didn't know what I was doing.  I'd never grilled before, nor had I done so by starting a wood fire outdoors.  (Can you tell I work mostly with water and earth?) As I'd expected other witches there, some far more experienced with fire who could give me a boost, and maybe join in a touch of spirit-calling to welcome the fire, I felt wholly out of my -- pardon the pun -- element.

My friend started giving advice from his own experiences camping, and we tried to implement them together.  Shortly after, one of my dearest friends arrived, bringing along his mother, whom I knew from online conversations, and his brother whom I knew not at all.

Feeling a little relieved, we proceeded to acquaint ourselves to one another while discussing the best way to start a fire.  As it turned out, two of the guests including my friend's brother, were experts.  Together, they worked to both encourage the smoldering wood and to teach me how to work with fire in a practical way I'd not learned before.

Though there were a few bumps in the process -- and one very stubborn sweet potato that refused to cook -- after two hours of talk and finesse with fire, we had all managed to enjoy a host of delectable, locally-grown vegetables and meats grilled by our own hands.

What's more, we created camaraderie through the evening's adventure that led to a natural moment of reverent silence between us.  Though each of us were from different backgrounds and honoring different traditions, the silence became a communion in which, serene and smiling, we found spiritual connection.


For several breaths, without intent to guide it there, our small group became one -- with each other, the food, the fire, and the night.  The embarrassment and disappointment I'd felt earlier in the day had burned away, and leaving a spiritual community created just for the purpose of one evening and to teach me an important lesson.

Though my usual band of friends who share in similar spiritual pursuits were unable to join with me that evening, I learned that no matter who I'm with, it's possible to create a supportive, spiritual community whenever needed.  Our paths need not be the same, only the willingness to sit with one another, share in the simple joys, and open our hearts to the possibility of communion.

Thus were my needs met that night, and I realized, have been at every point in my life when I needed connection of this sort.  This event helped me recognize and appreciate the abundance and connection we bring to one another, and all it took was sharing a fire.

Of course, it's been a week now, and despite a lot of creativity, our fridge is still burgeoning with food.  What a blessed challenge to have!

May your Mabon and harvest be as abundant!

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They speak to me at times, the ones behind the veil.  I can hear them and sense them, but I cannot always see them.  Other times I can see them, but cannot hear what they are saying. Its frustrating to have this happen, so see things that you cannot explain to people around you.  It's even harder to know that there is something that they are trying to tell me but I cannot make sense of it.

At one time it was easier, before kids, before the business of life.  Now the tide is changing and life is slowing a bit - at least for me in some ways - and they are coming back, talking. 

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