Thursday, February 25, 2010

Malkuth HaShamayim




Here is a video I found that gives some food for thought regarding the Divine Feminine. This link will take to you to the video and written verses regarding the Hebrew G-ddess. I have to tell you, I find this all very inspiring and hopeful.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

An Open Letter to Hades

Dear Hades,

It has come to our attention that you may be retaining Persephone longer than usual this year and we feel it is time to send her home now. Her mother is missing her very much and although we appreciate the long and wonderful rest the Earth has received this year, she is snoring quite loudly right now and we don't want the Earth to hit the snooze button again.

Sincerely,
Solace Moonwalker

http://carayowell.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/persephone-with-pomegranate.jpg


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Reminder...

Diving into life headlong, I ignore the Fear the tugs at my soul.
Remembering the Truth of who I am, I continue to move forward,
Embracing each moment, each sensation, each joy and each pain.
Authenticity and awareness are the flowers that I cultivate as I
Move passionately to the music of the Universe within my own heart.



By:Solace Moonwalker

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pussy Willow Dream

So this morning I woke up to seeing a pussy willow branch in my dreams! How exciting that was for me!!! I am seeing this as symbolizing powerful new beginnings, especially since we are in the Dark New Moon! The buds were plump, full and soft but not fully bloomed and fuzzy. They were so beautiful! I did some research on line and found very little about pussy willows symbolism. On a practical level pussy willows are THE harbinger of spring blooming even before the crocuses peep through the snow. Pussy willows as a flower language represent motherhood. They also represent prosperity to the Chinese. The willow, sacred to Hecate, became the pussy willow. I found the information below also online (click the link to go to the source found on Gaia.com) .

The associations are VERY interesting to me. Several of which that I find significant are that I am a Moonchild, whose birthstone is moon stone. My animals are Hawk and Owl (Owl just recently coming to me in a dream.) and the Goddesses associated with, in particular Persephone, Luna and Brigit.

We have had a particularly hard winter this year so lately I have been thinking a lot about Persephone's story lately. If you are not familiar with her story here it is:

Hades captured Persephone and brought her to the Underworld. Demeter, the Earth goddess was devestaed and perpetual winter fell upon the planet. Finally Zeus ruled that Hades had to set Persephone free, however not before he tricked her into eating six pomegrate seeds. It was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. It was decided that Persephone would only spend part of her time as Queen of the Underworld, one month per seed. When Demeter and her daughter were reunited, spring and new life returned to the Earth. When they were separated, the Earth was cold and dissolute.

http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Mythology/RM/PersephoneLeighton1.jpg

We just passed the time of Imbolc, which is associated with the goddess Brigit. I actually knew nothing of her story and so did a little reading up on her this past Imbolc. ( I like to be respectful and a least a bit knowledgeable of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, considering a family member and many of my good friends are Wiccan. Not to worry they return the favor. °Ü°) Well, to my surprise I found a sweet connection to the lovely and powerful Flame Keeper. I lit a candle in honor of her story and meditated about being a flame keeper myself. As she is also a goddess of creativity, particularly poetry, healing and fertility I meditated on my own personal creativity and healing and being a healer. She is also associated with spring and her element is fire.

http://students.ou.edu/F/Valerie.S.Frost-1/brigid-li.jpg

Hecate is also worthy of mention on my thoughts since she too is associated with the pussy willow. Born of Gaia she is the goddess of the crossroads. I find it interesting that it is said of this goddess, "she is more at home on the fringe then in the center of Greek Polytheism." She has been associated with childbirth, nurturing the young, gates and walls, doorways, crossroads, magic, lunar lore, torches and dogs. Considering much of my income is earned from jobs that have to do with some of the aforementioned topics all this seems quite significant.



This dream, that has had me excited from the moment I opened my eyes, that I have spent so much time looking into, I believe is just more confirmation that I am going in the right direction, and I am beginning to live my dreams!


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Willow

Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.


Salix alba

Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries
Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar,
April 15th - May 12th
Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Saille

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There once was a Willow, and he was very old,
And all his leaves fell off from him, and left him in the cold;
But ere the rude winter could buffet him with snow,
There grew upon his hoary head a crop of mistletoe.
All wrinkled and furrowed was this old Willow's skin,
His taper finger trembled, and his arms were very thin;
Two round eyes and hollow, that stared but did not see;
And sprawling feet that never walked, had this most ancient tree.
~Julianna Horatia Ewing, "The Willow Man"

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Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony
Stone: Moonstone
Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl
Color: Silver
Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen,
Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit
Sabbat: Beltane

Folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, White Willow, Witches Aspirin, Withe, Withy

Medicinal properties:
Willow bark contains salicin, or Salicylic acid, used to make aspirin. Infusions from the bark have long been used as a remedy for cholls, rheumatism, and fevers. Willow sap applied to the skin can remedy acne, and a strong decoction of boiling the bark and leaves in water can be rubbed into the scalp for dandruff.

Magickal properties:
New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. Willow is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. A wand made from Willow wood has many uses: sleep with it and have more vivid dreams, use it to draw down the moon, protection for underworld journeying. Magickal Brooms, witch's brooms are traditionally bound with a willow's branch.

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"I am a willow of the wilderness,
Loving the wind that bent me."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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http://www.shortcourses.com/naturelog/pussywillow01.jpg

Sunday, February 7, 2010

And now entering the ring...Discouragement!

Many times I feel much like a boxer in the ring. Among my many opponents, one of the most persistent is Discouragement. Strange thing about him is he isn't such a strong adversary. What he lacks in strength he makes up for in determination and skill. No he is not so tough, he is just very quick and very keen on knowing my weak parts. Oh yeah, he knows them well. Many times I could very easily be winning the battle, taking him down, going blow for blow and just when I am sure the ten count is about to pronounce me the champion, zip, up he bounds to his feet and gives me the ole 1-2 in one of my sensitive spots. Most of the time it's my ego or some other thing that will send me into a tail spin of paralyzing self pity.

He did it to me today, just now. He hit me in my spot and there I went, right down on the mat. I lay there just stunned. Better for me not to get up, to just lay here. What's the use anyway?! I can't beat him. I'll never see my dreams fulfilled. It' all too much for me. I'll never live up to my true potential fulfilling my role and mission in life. What's the point.

"BULLSHIT!"

What's that??? Who said that??

"ME! ME, OVER HERE! GET UP OFF YER ASS AND FIGHT!!!"

I look over incredulously at the guy yelling at me. He looks like a biker dude that could easily kick my ass himself. He is flanked on either side by an older woman who is simply gazing in my direction and a little girl who looks a bit concerned but not worried.

I try to give him my reasons, er...excuses as to why I cannot get up, why I cannot fight. But the words will not come out. I look at the three of them and I regain my strength. I look inward to myself and I see the fire beginning to blaze again.

I realize now that is the key. Do not let the fire go out girl! Do not let the fire go out no matter what happens.

I get up, take a step forward and I prepare to fight.

:::DING DING DING:::: Round Two



http://www.prayerbootcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/boxing_girl.jpg

Friday, February 5, 2010

Color posters for the TRADITIONS IN WESTERN HERBALISM CONFERENCE

Please Download, Print & Share
THE NEW COLOR POSTERS

for the

TRADITIONS IN WESTERN HERBALISM CONFERENCE

TWHC Poster-8x6-72dpi

Your help is kindly requested, sharing the new trifold brochures for the conference, and making time to put up some of the matching posters. TWHC CoDirector Jesse Wolf Hardin spent nearly 20 hours designing and creating them, with his logo framed by a selection of his and my medicinal plant portraits. The background earth-tones are from his photo of volcanic cliff-rock near the Animá Sanctuary, but was picked for its ability to evoke the earthen pastel tones of the beautiful hills surrounding the Ghost Ranch conference site.

Write us to request whatever number of brochures you can put to good use, ideally handed to herbal and health related business owners who may want to participate by sponsoring, vending or practicing there, or left in small piles in herbal stores that will agree to keep them out. We can send you the files if you would like to print them off yourself, though you would need to know how to print on both sides.

The color posters come in 2 sizes, large 11×17 ones that we hope you can get store owners and health practitioners to commit to keep up in their windows or on their counter fronts from now until the event next September. We will be selling these as art posters at the event, but will also be happy to give a signed copy as a gift to you along with however many copies for you to post in your region or on your travels. The smaller version is 8.5X11, and is available either by writing us, or by downloading and then printing the linked poster file.

Ideal places for posting the large and small posters are herb stores, natural health stores, natural food stores, health practitioner waiting rooms, herbal and healing school foyers, university student union buildings, university medicine and botany building bulletin boards, and culturally conscious cafes. Please don’t feel like you have to take on a load… if a goodly amount of you could commit to posting even 5 or 10 – and to checking back to make sure they stay up and aren’t covered over – that would be a huge contribution!

That so many people want to involve themselves and help, is essential to making this conference a success and to ensure their will be others in subsequent years. It is also satisfying in itself, the connection we feel in this alliance of purpose. Thank you dearly from us both.

Kiva Rose & Jesse Wolf Hardin
TWHC
Kiva(at)TraditionsInWesternHerbalism.org
www.TraditionsInWesternHerbalism.org

DOWNLOAD SMALL TWHC POSTER HERE

Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference



Check out this video! This just looks too amazing!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

File Under: Couldn't Hurt to Ask

So on my social networking adventures I came across this link.

Looking for Rabbi Versed in DARK TALMUDIC ARTS to create GOLEM. (Astoria, NY)



WANTED:

One Rabbi versed in the Dark Talmudic Arts to create one Golem for household of three. Golem will perform rudimentary household chores such as dishes & sweeping, basic Math Tutoring for our daughter in 3rd grade and basic household security. Golem must be obedient and fairly unobtrusive on our every-day lives.

We will supply all materials needed (clay, twigs, calfskin parchment, etc) needed to create the Golem. All you need to do is use your magical ancient Rabbinic skills to animate said Golem!

Please note! We are looking for a Rabbi to create a Golem: an anthropomorphic being created from intimate matter from Jewish folk-lore, NOT Gollum: a former Hobbit turned into monster and looking for "precious". This is important! We have no interest in living with Gollum. We want a Golem. Please respond, serious inquiry only.

http://www.scaryforkids.com/pics/golem.jpg
This is what they are interested in. A model of man, usually made of clay or mud, no soul, no brain, sort of like Frankenstein. Does the household work and cleans up and/or any other nefarious deeds one might need.


But most Golem stories go awry. Inevitably Golem turns on his creator and the end is less than the creator hoped for. For a modern rendition take a peek at the 'Sorcerer's Apprentice', Disney's adapted version where Mickey's broom golem goes physcho with the bucket.

http://scifiwire.com/assets_c/2009/01/SorcerersApprentice-thumb-550x391-12052.jpg

And this little fellow...well, they are just not that into him.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Gollum.PNG
Not a Golem. Way too emotional, obsessive, possessive and well, nasty.