Last night I was keeping vigil, well, sort of. My knees don't like me these days, so I can't kneel in front of the fireplace for extended times anymore. But I was still feeding the fire and still meditating. About 22:30 or so I noticed that the streets were wet and I thought that was the rain we were expecting. Then I noticed that the car had snow on the top. So it was a very wet snow. Somewhere about 4 it started sticking, and as I write this at 8:22 it is coming down slowly but steadily.
Today marks the last day of Starwell, my version of the solstice. I'll need to go check on my mother later. Obviously I don't want her going outside in the snow.
I'm winter-born, so a good snow always touches my soul in a quiet joyful way. I could watch it for hours. I did watch it for hours.
Mostly my high Arizona desert gets mild weather. Not too hot in the summer, not too much rain, and not too much snow.
I'm thankful that I have snow, a fireplace, and a big set of windows to watch it this day.
Take joy in the day as the light returns.
❝Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.❞
❝When we look at the Tarot for what it apparently is, we look into a mental map of the time when the Italian and French Middle Ages were poised on the cusp of the Renaissance - a time that is actually stranger and intellectually more foreign to us than we tend to think.❞
—Chas S. Clifton, "The Unexamined Tarot," Gnosis No. 18, Winter 1991
❝Our energy fields often look like mosaics of pieces from family, friends, co-workers, people seen on TV, or even random strangers encountered on the street.❞
—Rebecca Wilson, “The Art of Psychic Healing,” Gnosis No. 34, Winter 1995
❝We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream.
Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams.
World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams.
Yet we are movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems.❞
— Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy
❝May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.❞
❝I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.❞
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
❝Sex is one of the nine reasons for incarnation. The other eight are unimportant.❞
— George Burns
❝Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.❞
—Doreen Valiente, Charge of the Goddess
❝Pagans and Pagan groups will never be taken seriously if the only social power we can claim is because we are threatened and oh so very put upon. Stars above and Earth below, do you really think that your Gods want you to exist as a victim and only at the sufferance of others?
Take the power that is your Divine right, look the bullies straight in the eye, and proudly claim your humanity and Paganism in that order. You don't have rights because you are a Pagan and because you have to be protected. You have rights and privileges because you are HUMAN.❞
— NeoWayland, “We've got trouble my friends…”
❝Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.❞
— Stephen King
❝Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.❞
— John Muir
❝Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have all depreciated polytheism as intrinsically inferior - primitive, crude, lost. But much of the profundity of Paganism lies in its deep appreciation for the complexity and richness of life, its embrace of the world that surrounds us, that indeed is us.❞
— Frank Donnola, “Reconciling One and Many,” Gnosis No. 28, Spring 1993
❝The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The "ultimate reality" doesn't necessarily matter or even our belief doesn't matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.❞
— NeoWayland, Synchronicity, coincidence, perception, and perspective
❝I don’t have a philosophy: I have senses...
If I talk about Nature, it’s not because I know what it is,
But because I love it, and that’s why I love it,
Because when you love you never know what you love,
Or why you love, or what love is.
Loving is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not thinking.❞
— Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep
❝Be careful the cloaks you wear lest you be soiled by their dirt.❞
— from the shadow book of Red Cedar Owl
❝There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.❞
— Lord Byron
❝The Supernatural is only the Natural disclosed.❞
— Emily Dickinson
❝A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.❞
— Roald Dahl