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 →
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.
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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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 →
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