Archive | December 2014

2015 Annual Motto

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Springwolf’s 🐾 © 2015 Motto

The Year Long Affirmation

Many years ago I stopped making New Years Resolutions. I was never able to stick to them and keep them going the year through. Not being able to keep up with such a lofty goal was frustrating. To say the least. And left me feeling defeated, not empowered.

I began seeing Resolutions as Affirmations to Fail. What a negative and self-defeating concept. Setting yourself up to fail and feeling bad about not carrying through on the promise you made to yourself. How is this helpful? Well, for me it wasn’t helpful at all. So I stopped making Resolutions!

Instead I worked on creating a motto to carry me through the rough patches of the year. The harder the challenge, the more blunt the Motto was. Especially in the beginning of my new practice.

My first motto was designed to do nothing more than get me through a day of frustration and anger. In 2001 I didn’t like my Boss at the time, which meant I didn’t like my job either. But my Motto got me through those exceptionally rough days “I don’t care, I get paid.” And it worked. Pretty well actually. The group of people I managed at the time, took up my practice and new motto as well. Each time we hit a wall of frustration, someone would recite the motto and everyone would relax a little bit. Continue reading

2014 in review

I LOVE the Annual Blog In Review Report

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 80,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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© 2014 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A Year Without God

Blessings Of The Green

Have The Courage To Question and Look Within

A Seventh-Day Adventist Pastor Becomes An Atheist

This holiday season NPR released the short story of “After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: ‘I Don’t Think God Exists“. A tale of former Seventh-Day Adventist pastor Ryan Bell making an unusual New Year’s resolution for 2014: to live for one year without God.

Of course the timing of the story is designed to inflame emotions of those with faith into reading the article. While many are celebrating their Christian beliefs, anything that contradicts that will of course draw someone in and get them to at least read the article.

I really get annoyed with that kind of psychological manipulation. If your story has value, then it should hold true regardless of what time of the year it is. But that’s not what I want to talk about here.

I’ve come across this article three times in two days. On Twitter through NPR, on FB and as a share from a family member I have great respect for. It was after this third encounter I decided to read the article and find out what this is all about.

My first reaction to the headline was:
If that’s all it took for him to review and question his beliefs, then I doubt the original dedication this pastor had to his religion. He sounds more like a follower than a leader. Easily swayed and lead down a path. A person who doesn’t think for himself, but follows what others tell him to believe. Then I read the short article and formed a more informed opinion.
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Happy Holidays

Everyone here at Springwolf Reflections wishes you and yours a wondrous
Merry Yule and a Happy New Year!
May the Great Spirits bring you all the joy, happiness, abundance and prosperity you deserve.

2014 YuleTide by Springwolf 🐾 ©2014

2014 Yuletide by Springwolf 🐾 ©2014

 

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© 2014 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The 2015 Moon Phase Calendar

"Merlin In The Moon" by Springwolf 🐾

“Merlin In The Moon” by Springwolf 🐾

And Beyond

2014 marked the last year I will provide an update to the moon phase calendar on my education site Pagan’s Path. You can view all the calendars we have shared since 1999, on the Path in our Moon Phase Archive.

With the advent of technology and “smart devices”, better moon phase apps have become available and our moon calendar has become obsolete. These new apps do a great job of personalizing phases and events for your specific location and notifying you of phase changes.

If you have a tablet or smart phone, I have a couple of apps on my phone that I use throughout the year that you might like. I have a reminder set for a few days before a moon phase change so I have time to get ready for a ritual or make plans for an Esbat ceremony I might be officiating. Between my two favorite apps, I never miss a phase change or a daily event.

I gave a critique of some of these apps here on Reflections in December 2012. You will find that review on Sun & Moon Watching On Your Phone and I will update it as apps and time permit.

If you don’t have a smart device, you can still follow the phases online through MoonConnection.com and the US Navel Observatory.

For those of you who have relied on the Pagan’s Path yearly Moon Phase calendar, I’d like to say thank you so much for your support and for relying on us to help you through the year!

Many Blessings,
Spring

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© 2014 Springwolf, D.D., Ph.D. Springwolf Reflections / Springs Haven, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Six of Cups

Six of Cups

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Make sure your cups are open and ready to receive. Go with the flow through the remainder of the year. Contemplate your actions, how much you’ve changed and grown, and what you’ve learned. Allow your own Creative energy to take form and come to you as the year comes to close. But most of all, be proud of yourself for what you have survived through and what you have achieved.


Additional Insight:

Relax and feel the blessings coming your way. You’ve done all you can for this year and now it’s time to take a deep breath, and let it all go. Release the work to the Divine force in your life and allow the energy of Universal Creation work for you.

Keep your dreams alive and hold them in your heart. But from here on out to the end of the year, “Let go and let the Gods” work on it. You’ve done your due diligence and put in the efforts to help yourself. You’ve never been alone in this task. There’s always been help standing behind you.

Now allow your faith to move the mountains and finish out the tasks you’ve planned, developed, tweaked and constructed. Be content that you have done all you can for now. And during this period of the 12 Days of Yule, it’s your time to relax and enjoy the blessings that have already come your way. Continue reading

The Ænigma Project – Tesla Spirit Radio

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The Ænigma Project LIVE talk radio! Stop by and listen awhile as our hosts talk about the realm of the supernatural, paranormal and share mysterious events that take place in our lives everyday. Learn a little, laugh a lot, be intrigued and maybe even get a little scared. We look beyond the surface of the news at what’s hidden beneath layers of misunderstandings, misconceptions and even some of the fear propagated in our society today.

Join Paul Cagle and his co-hosts Sushi and Springwolf as we share our research, knowledge, insight and humor of the spiritual and paranormal. Be part of our Ænigmite Crew and play “Truth or Tale”, can you tell which stories are real or which are made up? And find out what the latest strange or unusual news item is being talked about for the week as we discuss the “News of the Day”.

You can join in the chat room to share your own perspective, ask questions for the hosts to contemplate and address. Or simply listen to the show LIVE! You can now listen and chat on ANY page of Tenacity Radio at: www.tenacityradio.com.

This week on The Ænigma Project: Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: King of Wands – Inverted

wands-king-inv

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Don’t poke the Giant. You may not want to be on the receiving end of ‘his’ temper. Being the comedian that gets everyone laughing isn’t a good thing when it’s at the expense of someone else. What you think is a funny story, may be a stressful and emotional touchy subject for others. Show a little compassion even though you don’t understand what’s going on. You’ll gather more attention and more appreciation by being understanding and kind.


Additional Insight:

If you’re the one hosting the party this year, you are responsible for making everyone feel comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you’re the scheduled entertainment, so don’t feel that you have to be on stage lifting everyone’s spirit too. You can provide the stage, but everyone else has to make the choice on their own to entertain themselves.

This time of year isn’t easy for everyone. Part of helping others feel comfortable at your gathering is showing them compassion and helping them control their own emotions. Letting them know you noticed their struggle is all you need to do. Don’t make them share their story if they don’t want to. But let them know you’re available if they want to talk discreetly and in total confidence. No matter what, don’t be the town crier with their story. You’ll only make things worse! Continue reading

The 12 Days of Yule

Merry Yule To You and Yours!

Merry Yule To You and Yours!

Celebrating The Winter Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice. The first day of Yule for pagans and it begins the 12 day celebration that honors the Triple Goddess and the rebirth of the God in the form of the Sun.

In the days of old, calendars were based on a variety of sources. Some were lunar or astrological. Some were remarkably accurate, others may have been off by a day or more. Some may have been based on calculations that were learned through years of observations, or passed down through generations. And then there were those that tracked the sun through early temple or monument structures. Continue reading

Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: The Star

The Star

Mystic Faery Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft

Be the Star of your own life and put the spotlight on you. While you maybe used to putting others first and thinking of what everyone else wants, today is your day to shine. Be a little selfish and do what you feel you want to do to celebrate and please yourself. Forget about sacrificing for everyone else and get that special present you want for under the tree or in the stocking or where ever you share your gifts for the holiday season. Remember, you are part of your family too and even you deserve a special holiday package to open!


Additional Insight:

Sometimes it’s ok to be the center of your attention, after all aren’t you the most important character in play that is your life? If you don’t think you are, how are others going to see you as an important part of their life?

We are often taught that being selfless and giving to take care of others is the proper way to live life. Sacrifice and putting someone else first is the important actions of those who are humble and kind. Hmmm, well not if doing all that is at the expense of yourself. Too much of anything, even giving of yourself, isn’t good for you. Even if that things is kindness and sacrifice. Continue reading