2018: Resolutions or Revolutions?

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When we look to the future? Instead of “looking” let us leap and laugh.

Ah, 2017. You have been so utterly strange for me. The world at large saw so much tragedy and pain and bigotry. But for myself, I saw a great hurdle end with the birth of my amazing daughter, Baby Moon. As we all close, or more accurately slam, the door on this past year, I’m having some mixed emotions.

The pregnancy was hard, especially at the end, and the struggles of the world did not go unnoticed by me. Rightly, I’m very excited to say goodbye to 2017 and start a new year, maybe not fresh as I’m extremely tired, but resolved.

However, among all the bad, 2017 will forever in my mind be the year of my child’s birth and that has a weight to it that is hard to overcome. And perhaps, that’s how it should be when we’re looking back.

We see the failures of 2017 and other years, but instead of letting ourselves fall into the pit of despair that is problematic nostalgia, we let the moments of joy take up more space in our minds, and hearts.

Cheesy? Sure. But a good idea? Most likely.

This makes me think of New Year’s resolutions. They can undoubtedly be problematic. Often, we make resolutions that are near impossible or just a bit too ambitious for the amount of actual time we have for them. And that, of course, leads to giving up on them and feeling like a failure.

But what if we were to use New Year’s resolutions as a time to simply set intentions for the following year, vocally and with all our magick behind them. This would instead turn this, sometimes unfortunate, tradition into a time to do magick and to reconnect to what we desire, and what needs to be done in our lives.

Intentions, after all, are just that. Something we intend to do, and this makes it much easier for us to forgive ourselves if we fall a little, or a lot, short. We are human after all.

When we remember to forgive ourselves for failing and remember that we at least tried, we can make these “resolutions” more doable. We’ll stick to a few and we’ll try our best, and that will be enough.

So, instead of choosing a resolution which is completely out of range, set an intention for 2018 that can provide just enough change to revolutionize your life. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll revolutionize the whole damn world.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

::My 2018 New Year’s Intentions and Acts of Revolution::

I hereby put forth my intention to be kinder to myself, to remember that I am human and am not perfect, and that’s okay.

I set intention to get healthier and understand that doing so may take a long time.

I vow to hold the world accountable as I did in 2017, providing my little bit of strength to the Resistance and Revolution.

I decree that I will finish my second novel, or if not I will have worked very hard on it.

I promise in 2018 to love as fiercely as I can, to laugh, to sing, to be silly, to spend small moments with my baby and husband, with all my family, and to bask in the great joy that is each new day- full of choices and chances and opportunities to be brave.

 

With love and light to all of you!

Blessed Be!

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Winter Solstice 2017: A Holiday on the Cheap

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As you probably all know, I just had a baby. And it is amazing, and tiring, and amazing, and tiring. Baby Moon brings so much joy to my life I can barely stand it but as many of you also probably know having a baby is not cheap, especially when you have to buy lots of formula and diapers.

Well, this can be particularly difficult around the holidays. I want to spend a bunch on my family and friends, even myself a little, but I just can’t.

And there’s no reason for me to feel guilty about that.

What I can do is spend my love on those I care about and remember the spiritual side of the holidays, particularly Solstice. It’s not about gifts, it really isn’t, and these little things you can do can help you feel the spirit without breaking your bank (which might already be empty like mine).

 

::Care and Cost Free Winter Solstice Activities::

 

Donate

When you’re exhausted but have just a bit of something to give, why not give where it really matters. Give money to something you support, or if you don’t have money but have time, volunteer at a shelter, soup kitchen, or charity over the holiday weekend. The Solstice is about remembering the light, so pay it forward and create a little light yourself.

Create a Holiday Play List

Music is always amazing, especially during the winter season. There aren’t as many Yule songs available but you can find some and you can even enjoy some secular Xmas favorites. Songs can even be a great meditation aid, plus you can sing with the intent of magick and create a little ritual right in that moment. Look up some ‘Yule songs’ or ‘Winter Solstice Music’, and see what you find. So curl up with your family, enjoy some cocoa or eggnog, and listen to songs that help you remember to feel the light return this Solstice.

Meditate

As the sun goes down on Solstice, think of the things you can leave behind. Think of this act as a metaphor for the past exiting. Meditate with the intent to leave what doesn’t serve you and welcome all the new joy to be had as the Sun returns. Get excited, motivated. This is a time of possibilities and a chance to make some powerful “beginning” magick.

You’ve made it through another year, another dark time of the wheel, and you’re stronger for it. Rejoice and reflect.

Tell Stories

Share stories of family, magick, love, and kindness. Look for stories of the Solstice, tales for children, and those myths we’ve come to love as adults. Tell the tale of the Oak King and the Holly King. Recite the traditions we have on Solstice. Find an Xmas favorite and change it to fit your own Goddess or Pagan tradition. You can even try it with A Christmas Carol or The Night Before Christmas. Pick the same stories each year, make it a tradition. You can also tell stories of the past year’s memories, good and bad, you can reflect as a family. You can tell of Solstices’ past.

And stories aren’t just in books. If you want, watch some of your favorites next the the fire or a glowing candle.

Enjoy the Lights

Take a drive with the fam and look at all the lovely decorations. Sit under your own tree or festive lights in the dark and watch the twinkling magick. Stare at the beautiful night sky outside in cozy blankets or from the warmth of your home.

 

Whatever you choose to do this Solstice, the most important thing is to remember what it is all about: Love, Light, Family, New Beginnings, and the Rebirth of the Sun.

 

Blessed Be!

Mabon and the Autumn Equinox

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Enjoy this time of balance and abundance on this the Second Harvest- Mabon. The Autumn Equinox brings with it the lengthening nights and a time of inner reflection and stillness. Below is a poem I wrote to capture the essence of the season. As you celebrate today, remember to give thanks, show appreciation, and open yourself to the changing of the Wheel of the Year.

As the Light Recedes

And now the time has come
to find ourselves
at the balancing of the light.

Perched upon the edge
of a silvery blade.
Sun and moon made equal.

With Great Sickle in hand
The Wise Crone reaps
the ready harvest.
A time of darkening has come.

He is changed.
From Greenwood, to Corn,
to now the Dread Lord
of Shadows.

She is changed.
From a Maiden in youth, to full
and heavy with child.
Now she must depart.
Return to the deep earthen wells.

We take with us
their power and life.
The bountiful harvest
they have given
sustaining us.

But they must,
as so many do,
make their journey.

Falling golden
and rust to the earth.
To be swept
along until they reach the end.

There to transform
and start again.
Let us see
in them the story.

Our Horned God
and Mother Goddess,
traveling from woods
so green and alive
to the dark cauldron
of the Underworld.

Great time of balance,
mystery, and lore.
Give us space of remembrance.
Thinking on their sacrifice,
their Death.

Through this cycle,
ever onward,
let our hearts
and spirit be strong.

Gifted sustenance
and fertility
which will carry us through.

Through the Dark of Times.
Through the Waning Sun.
Through the Place of Night.

To come through again
And rise as the Sun.

New but the same.
Changed but forever sure.
Reborn.
Renewed.
Rediscovered.

 

For more on this wonderful holiday, see my previous posts on the Autumn Equinox and Mabon.

The Sky’s Celebration 

As I wake in the morning,

On this most auspicious day, 

The sky is bursting with raw energy and potential.

Gray clouds plump with rain,

Electric streaks of white crack

Them open and roar power at the peak.

A darkened, New Moon crosses

In front of the face of the Sun.

Eclipsed by the New.

The World is changing. 

I am changing.

What was once a Maiden,

Now a Mother.

Bless us powerful Sky.

Let the full range of your wonder 

Spill over today 

On this day of worshipped transition.

A Prayer to the Lunar Eclipse

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I had forgotten about you.

But you were always there.

Still,

a speck of something that never

went away.

Maybe I forgot

about you

because I was too afraid

to face the darkness that still lingered

behind my closed door.

You don’t serve me though.

You don’t make my days full

or wondrous.

And so,

upon this time

where the Moon’s bright face

is shadowed,

I ask for the strength

to let you go.

To move through

to a new place,

a wilder, freer place.

Even as the black falls across

the White Orb as full as can be,

the constant

guiding light of our Mother’s Nighttime Face

is ever there.

Bright One, Shadowed One

who asks that I look deep,

bless upon me

the Truth,

the Magick,

the Power.

I am ready to face you,

to see you for what you are,

to let you pass through

me.

Sweet Moon,

I heed your message.

I face the closet door,

and I see the Shadow,

and I am One Light

too strong to be diminished.

Blessed Be.

Earth Mother

Dedicated to She who is bigger than name.

Her breath lies over me,

soft, firm, deep exhale.

The strength of her beauty

pushing, bending, not breaking the frail.

She carried the world inside,

protected in her womb.

She let it run free

yet always its guide.

Swift feet and faces that bloom.

They sing their praise

through hollowing and rain.

Through chirps and thunder.

Wondering creeks

each a vein.

In her embrace.

We are part of her,

neither below or above.

Stories to Tell

To not write, to not use my words, would be as if to no longer breathe.

Magick is in the Words
Magick is in the Words

I love to write. In fact I’ve made it my career and it brings me so much joy to share my creative works with the world. Here I will be posting mostly poems and short stories, with maybe a few excerpts from my novels thrown in.

The paranormal, the supernatural, the romantic, the spiritual, the horrifying, you can find it all in the poems and stories I will post. While most will be work friendly, if any are NSFW I will always give a heads up. Enjoy the dark, romantic, and mysterious tales!

For more tales and tomes, you can peruse the Stories to Tell category.

Enjoy Loves!
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