Eastern Ratsnake – Virginia Herpetological Society Picture by Paul Sattler
My Friday the 13th, 2016 Adventure
It seems fitting to have an encounter with a black animal on Friday the 13th. We have cats, and a wild black cat hangs around house now and then throughout the week. So for us, cats aren’t unusual.
But this afternoon while I was going out on an errand, I ran into some traffic at the security gate to our neighborhood. Now if you’ve followed my blog for a little while, you may know we live on large lake in a gated community. We have a great deal of wild life around here, including various types of snakes. In and out of the water. But I didn’t expect to see a snake in the road in the highest traffic area of our entire community.
As I was pulling up to the exit side of the gate house, I noticed something in the road. People were driving around it or right over it, but either way, careful not to hit it. When I approached, I realized it was a snake. Two of my favorite security guys were out there, keeping their distance with another resident pointing and looking at the snake. But they didn’t seem to know what to do about it. Continue reading →
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, a young woman was lost and walked along a barren path in the middle of a misty forest. She wasn’t lost from her home or village, but from her heart and mind.
Her spirit was broken by struggle and hardship, tragedy and sorrow. She wandered through the woods in search of something, but she did not know what it was. Only knowing that she could never find it. She always returned late each afternoon to her tiny modest shack on the edge of the forest. A simple place that she called her house. A place that was remote and far from everyone and everything.
One night she sat before the fire and tried to stay warm and dry amidst the leaky roof as a storm raged outside. She began to cry and spoke out loud, to whom she did not know.
“Please help me find my way. Help me find the home where I belong. Give me the materials to make beautiful cloths and a garden that can fill my plate at night”. Through her tears and grumbling stomach, she sobbed as the night waned. Finally, falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning, weary and weak from exhaustion. Continue reading →
It seems many people are deciding to make changes in this world of economic woes. Following their spiritual passion and turning that pull or calling into a career.
But where do you get started? How do you find the right certification or degree program for your passion?
No matter what you do in life, you’re going to spend a good of time and potentially money on your calling. You don’t want to waste it on someone you thought was qualified to teach and later discovered they weren’t what they claimed.
Sadly this is easy to do in the spiritual world. There is no oversight or governing body that makes these checks and balances for you. You’re going to have to do it for yourself. Word of mouth is usually a great way to find a teacher. But remember, no one is ever universally liked. So you’re going to have to weigh the negative reviews with the positive ones. Continue reading →
Everyone has had an experience where an animal has crossed our path in the physical world and we wondered if it means something. How many times have you asked, or been asked, wonder what that wolf, deer, squirrel is trying to tell me?
Nearly all Shamanistic societies believe animals in the physical and spiritual worlds come to us for our own good to deliver messages.
When animals cross our path in the physical world they maybe bringing a warning or a message as guidance. They’re a “here in the now” kind of message that impacts our physical world.
But depending on the animal, they can cross their influence of meaning between the physical and spiritual worlds. Perhaps we’re not being as perceptive as we should be or we maybe we need to pay attention to a message from spirit that affects our physical choices. Listening to our gut feelings is an important part of living in balance and nature is all about balance. Continue reading →
As many of you know I had a major computer crash at the end of last year. Consequently I wasn’t able to access my email for several weeks/months. And that affected both mail coming into SpringsHaven.com and PagansPath.com.
I’m back up and running but it’s taking a little longer to respond to all your messages. Don’t give up on me yet! I’m up to January now!
I’m getting there. Don’t give up on me. I WILL answer each one personally.
As many of you know I had a major computer crash at the end of last year. Consequently I wasn’t able to access my email for several weeks/months.
I’m back up and running but it’s taking a little longer to respond to all your messages. Don’t give up on me yet! I’m up to December now! I’ve been able to get through at least 5 messages a day; but there’s still many left to answer.
It’s lonely at the top. You can’t shake your responsibilities, not can you express your frustrations without taking them out on others. But you’re really not alone when you remember to rise above the pettiness and look at the lessons the path is trying to teach you. Stop being the punching bag for everyone else and say enough. You’re the boss. So take control, make the tough decisions and solve the problems instead of only talking about them and pushing them farther out in hopes of having them resolved for you. They won’t be.
Whither you’re the boss in business, in the household or just your own path, you don’t have to be anyone’s scape goat or punching bag unless you want to be. So if you don’t want to be, you’re the only one who can stop it.
Being the boss means taking responsibility for the direction of your life. Don’t just talk about what changes you’re going to make. Work to make those changes a reality. Yes it takes effort, yes it takes time, yes it will take confrontation and putting your foot down. But you’re the boss. Remember that and you will empower your position and your confidence to make it happen.
You don’t have to be mean (though that might be needed with some). So remember you’ll catch more bees with honey than vinegar. You don’t have to be vindictive. There’s a difference between needing someone’s assistance and ensuring your business runs smooth and efficiently. Don’t fire the one you need. But you don’t have to keep the one costing you business either.
Stay calm, get focused and put your ideas into action. Walk your talk!
This week Venus moved into its retrograde state. It’s affects will influence our emotions until the end of June.
How Retrogrades Impact Our Lives Sometimes when we look out into space, other planets appear to be traveling backwards through the sky. Although planets are always moving forward, an optical illusion throughout the year causes the planets to appear to be traveling backwards. We call this motion a retrograde.
From an astrological perspective, these optical illusions impact the flow of energy here on Earth. Thus each planetary retrograde affects us as individuals and as a global society. How they affect us depends on the energy of the planet and it’s impact in the astrological charts. Continue reading →
Combining Your Spiritual Mission With Your Life’s Work
Some people think you don’t really understand passion until you reach a certain age in life. Others believe if you are encouraged as a child to follow your dreams, you can discover your passion when you’re still young enough to focus your energy on making it happen. I don’t think it matters what point you are in life, if you have a passion and supportive family and friends, you can find a way to live it.
That might be the biggest key of all. Having the support of family and friends. Too often in our society today, we’re pushed to be successful at any expense. To study hard and work for the best grades in school, to attend the best school, get the best degrees and work at the best companies. Being successful is all to often tied to financial gain instead of having a fulfilling life.
Unfortunately not that many of us, at least here in the States, know how to appreciate what we have and what we’ve worked for long enough to enjoy it. We attain “things” and soon after, we’re pushed to acquire the next thing that we’re told will make us “happy”. It’s a shame that the drive to succeed doesn’t come with the drive to be truly happy and true to yourself. Continue reading →
It’s ok to rest for a time on your journey. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with information and needing time to absorb it all and take in what feels right for your path. Trust your instincts, stop for a moment and look around your current position. Consider all the things you have learned and gone through in the past 3 months. Then you’ll be able to determine which way is the best way for your travels.
Sometimes it is better to stop and take stock of your surroundings. Constantly moving without reflection can lead you down the wrong path in the maze and cause you to backtrack, wasting time and effort. Don’t zig-zag your way along to escape the hard things, or the issues that are hard to face. All you will end up doing, is making those things seem bigger than they are and sometimes they will grow bigger because you have refused to look at them. So take some time today, to stop, take in a deep breath and close your eyes. Align yourself with the Divine force in your life and review what you have learned, take in what rings true to you and consider how to apply that new knowledge and wisdom to your path.