Ostara: Springing Forward with New Life

Today is the day to make your offerings to the earth. Here in Texas, the signs of Spring have been growing rapidly the last month or so. Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are everywhere along the sides of the roads. Butterflies are all over our backyard. Flowers are blooming, the trees are filled with leaves, and the nights are warm. It’s my favorite time of year down here in the south. Our Spring is short – it all too quickly gives way to Summer here – so I’m grateful for this brief time where our windows can be open to let in the fresh air thick with the smell of fragrant gardens.

“The Lord and Lady of Spring have arrived
as the soil begins to change and new life awakens.
The sun draws close and warms the earth,
bringing light to the growing path at our feet.

Life is in Spring,
In the sunlit showers of a storm,
in the budding of a new flower,
in the fertile fields awaiting their seeds.
From the cool mornings to the warm afternoons
to the chill nights beneath the stars.
Spring has come and we are thankful.”

For me, today marks a personal resolution towards better and more forgiving self care, to be outside at least once a day to just sit and look and listen and feel the world moving around me. Today Medeina guides me forward to the earth, to find parts of myself I feel I’ve lost, and to protect the forests in my mind that I’ve neglected. I need to reconnect with the natural world somehow even if it just means sitting in the backyard. I’m thankful for our yard – it’s always filled with birds and squirrels and plants and life. And at night there are stars. I will honor my Goddess with renewed strength.

May Ostara bring joy and easiness into your lives, friends. 🌸🌱

Imbolc Blessings, Friends! Winter is Half Over!

Photo by Thorp Perrow

Happy Imbolc, friends.

We are midway through Winter and Spring is around the corner (much closer here in Texas). Now is the best time to cuddle close to family and to connect with the things that make you feel at home. Now is the time to learn patience (for those of us without it) and take your energy to heal and be healthy (as much as one can). The Wheel of Life continues to turn regardless of our wants and wishes so take a moment to visualize the goals ahead of you and plant each step firmly into the ground moving forward (metaphorically and literally for those able). Stay warm and keep light in your heart as the sun shines longer in the sky each day.

“May Brighid the Shining One bless this day.
May the Light of the Gatherer of Hope,
the Bringer of Springtime,
the Brightener of Seasons
be upon you as you set forth today.
Laughter of the running hours be yours,
and with the leave of lightness, may you come home in joy.”

If you’re looking for an answer to something, maybe you’ll find it in the flames of a fire tonight. Tonight is Brighid’s night, Keeper of the Flames and Goddess of the Hearth. She’s guide to home and heart. She may have what you’re looking for. Think of her as the night fades and the sun rises to warm the world around you.

Blessed be.

Blessed Yule & Happy Solstice

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“Cold and dark this time of year,
the earth lies dormant,
awaiting the return of the sun,
and with it life.
Far beneath the frozen surface a heartbeat waits,
until the moment is right to spring.

As the earth grows colder,
the winds blow faster,
the fire dwindles smaller,
and the rains fall harder,
let the light of the sun
find its way home.”

Blessed Yule, my friends. Tonight is the longest and darkest night of the year, but when the sun rises in the early hours, a new year begins again with light and with hope. It has been a hard year for hope, but that doesn’t stop it from burning its way into my heart. I have a lot of wishes for the coming year but I will keep them close for now (most of them being health-related).

I hope the sun brings brighter days for the world and peaceful blessings to you and yours. May the new sun warm the hearts and souls of all.

🌑🌞❄️✨

Samhain Blessings! The Wheel Keeps Turning.

Today I turn my thoughts to those who came before me and made the footsteps I follow in. I am grateful to my ancestors for the work they did to provide me with lessons that guide my moral compass on the path I now walk. Today the veil is thin between our worlds and I feel them closer than ever.

As the Sun God and Mother Earth fall asleep and the Dark Ones bring forth the longer nights, I am thankful for the things in my life that keep me moving forward, especially my friends. A new year approaches with new excitement, new obstacles, and new opportunities. Everything changes and this time of the year is a good reminder that nothing stays the same forever.

“To my ancestors
Who mark the path before me,
My breath is your breath.
My bones are your bones.
We are all relations.
I drink water for you.
I take in food for you.

Together we share the fire within.
Together we stand in the light.
The bright stars are what we are from
And the Dark of night is where we return.

Tonight I honor my ancestors
And celebrate the gift of remembrance.
Your blood runs in my veins,
Your spirit is in my heart,
Your memories are in my soul.
May your blessing be upon me.”

My soul speaks with the ones who have passed but my heart beats for the living who surround me. I spent last night with good friends to reflect with, good food to feast on, and the magic of bright fires in all of us. We had a Samhain fire before it rained and gave offerings to the flames, ate marshmallows, and feasted on good cold-weather food while playing a special Halloween DnD one-shot game (I was a werewolf barbarian who had a thing for black cats).

Blessed Samhain, my friends, and have a safe and happy Halloween! 🎃

Blessed Mabon! Some Reflections & Gratitude.

Happy Mabon!

The circle is open but never broken.
Merry meet, merry meet, and merry meet again. 🍄

Happy Mabon my friends and blessed be. Today (last night) marks the beginning of my favorite time of the year: Fall! It is the Autumn Equinox and as the Crone begins her transformation, I can’t help but feel this is my own transformation, for better or worse. Today the wheel turns towards a longer night and shorter day, giving our minds more time to reflect on balance, healing, and letting go of the things behind us.

Today is a very personal day of celebration and contemplation. I sat at my alter and meditated for awhile on what it all means to me. This time last year I was just now discovering how sick I was getting and realizing that this drastic change to my life was only beginning. September marks 1 year of unemployment, 9 months of being dependent on my wheelchair, and what feels like a lifetime of questions that my doctors are still struggling to find answers for. It’s been a frustrating year of disappointments and scary uncertainties. But through it all, I have found light and stability in my friends and family. Today I turn my mind to celebrating the people who have been there through my heartaches and body aches, who have kept me company while dizzy from medications, who have held me in their arms while I cry at the unfair changes my body has made. From cuddly Xena marathons, braiding my hair, sending me cheer up songs, playing board games or DnD, and a thousand other things, my friends have wrapped me up in their love and have made sure I never feel alone. Today I celebrate them and reflect in the gratitude I feel for the balance they bring my life. I love you all so much. Thank you for your kindness and unwavering support and understanding.

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My alter is ready for Autumn and so am I. I continue to take my life one day at a time and I put my faith in my friends and my Gods and myself. Today I will work to find balance and acceptance as this old Crone moves forward with renewed vigor.

Blessed be. 🍎🍂✨