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The Promise of Spring Song

Now comes the Promise of Spring Prepare by purifying Go to the water, clean the house, Give thanks for  healing. Now comes the Promise of Spring The Earth's awakening Crocuses blossom through the snow Life is renewing. Now comes the Promise of Spring The air fills with singing All is possible with a wish Now we're...

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A Solo Ritual for the Promise of Spring

The Promise of Spring happens half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The actual day varies a little from year to year. In 2019, it happens from sundown on February 3 to sundown on February 4. Although all days are sacred, we mark...

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The Spirituality of Silence

With the coming of Ancestor Day and our Dumb Supper, I thought it timely to talk about the spirituality of silence. We live in such a noisy world that it may not be readily apparent to some people how instructive silence can be. This can make an evening in silence with your ancestors really unattractive. Contemplate, if you will, an alternative view.

Things That Happen When You Draw

First, you pick up a pencil. Seems obvious, but this is the step where most people falter. Just begin. You may have a scene in mind, or you may not, doesn’t really matter. You trace a line, maybe straight, maybe a squiggle, then another. Create a little form. How does your little form connect to your heart? You just created an energy being. Ask it what it is.

Now the high strangeness begins. Let the energy you just shaped guide you as you add a bit, then another bit. It loves you – you are its daddy (or its mom) – and it wants to dance for you. It wants your attention, your love; it wants to make you happy. Allow.

Creating a Relationship with the Dead

Fall is upon us. It’s time when the dead roam the earth more freely (because there is more darkness after the fall equinox). And on the upcoming three day period (Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day), contact with the dead is easier. So this is when the dead come back to visit – particularly those who are in the in between state who have not fully crossed over. (These are the scary, possibly unhealthy dead).

It’s the perfect time to cultivate relationship with the dead. It’s something we don’t do well in this country because we don’t really do death. So, how do you have a relationship with the dead? It’s a great question. Let’s look first at why you’d want a relationship with the dead.

The Sacred, Mundane, and Profane

What’s the difference between the sacred, mundane, and profane? I’d say your point of view. All life is sacred. What makes it mundane is forgetting that so that what is commonplace loses its significance. What makes a thing profane is abuse.

Let’s look at sex for example. Sex is a magical process from which life begins. When you see a calf or baby being born, it’s hard to miss the wonder of it all. Yet, who among us hasn’t forgotten that when sex is readily available in the same way with the same person? The sex didn’t change. Our minds did.