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KeepMusicPagan has all kinds of cool, fun Pagan music on Youtube. It’s a shame they haven’t been active since 2010. I remember when I first came across them and found all of that Pagan music. I was so excited! This is a song I get stuck in my head a lot. Hope it gets stuck in yours, too! 😉

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Today is a bit cooler than the last few days and I find myself eager to get back out into the garden. Whenever my hands are in the dirt, I can’t help but feel the interconnectedness of all things. The hum of the earth is literally at my fingertips and I’m surrounded by my vegetative sisters and brothers. I talk to my plants and not only do they listen, but sometimes they talk back.

I know, nut house for me, right?

Some of you will know what I mean and others have never experienced it. For me, it’s not so much ‘words’ as it is feelings or even impressions. My willow is always serene and peaceful, the hydrangeas are always thirsty, and the yarrow, of course, are the Queens of the garden. My apple tree is young and vibrant and my twig of a crab apple tree is stubborn and strong. These are the feelings or impressions that I get from my plants. They’re always ‘talking’, always sending out their ‘vibes’, if you will. We just need to take time to ‘hear’ them.

Slow down, sit in your garden or yard, or find a place to go if you don’t have a home with a yard. Relax, (use bug spray if you need to so that you can relax unmolested), breathe in the air, let go of the thoughts and worries in your mind and simply ‘be.’ You can turn your focus towards a particular plant or tree if you wish, or you can simply focus on the area around you in general. Some people will start to pick up on the plants, others on the animals, and still others may not pick up on any life in particular, but rather experience the ‘whole’ of the area around them. Whatever the result, you should end up feeling refreshed, recharged, and smiling!

Don’t believe in sibling plants and listening to them talk? Ok, how about the physical health benefits of spending some time in your garden? Not only does getting your hands dirty help your immune system, but it makes you happy, too! It’s true! We’re physiologically programmed to be happy when we’re gardening and when we’re harvesting! So, the next time you’re feeling stressed out and like your battery needs a recharge, I hope you’ll think about sticking your hands in the dirt.

Blessed be! )O(

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It’s nice to see a movie out there with a Pagan religious theme.

 

 

We’ve all grown up with the Christian stories and movies, or, at least, I know I’ve seen them through the years. Every Easter Charlton Heston is on the television, all during the Yule season we’re inundated by them, and there was The Passion of the Christ, to name a few.

I don’t have a problem with a religion making movies to share their stories, I’d just like to see movies that share stories of my beliefs, too. The Spirit of Albion looks like it does just that. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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One of my daily joys is looking out and seeing birds at my bird feeder. My cats love it, too. I came across this recipe in a book, I believe, so right away I want to say that this recipe is NOT MINE. The pictures are, however. I made these fun little ‘ornaments’ in the winter to supplement my bird feeder and to decorate the trees. They can be made and used any time of the year, however.

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin (it does exist, I had to look really hard)
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup flour
3 tblsp corn syrup
4 cups bird seed
Muffin tins or molds (aluminum tins are nice)
Straws cut in half
Chopsticks
-Heat water and dissolve gelatin. Add corn syrup and stir until dissolved.
-Combine flour and bird seed in a large mixing bowl. Pour water mixture into seed mixture and stir well. Should start to get clumpy. (Keep a wet dishcloth nearby as you WILL have to use your hands and it WILL get sticky)
-Fill molds/tins with mixture, poke holes in centers with chopsticks, and place straw in hole.
-Allow to set in fridge at minimum overnight.
-Pop out of tin, thread yarn (use yarn, not string to avoid damaging trees) through hole and hang on tree.
-Makes about 2 muffin tins.

Pack the seed into the tin, poke with chopstick, and place straw in the middle as a hole placeholder.

Allowed to set in the tins.

Carefully remove from the tins after allowing to set at least overnight

Preparing for string

Slip the yarn through the straw in the center of the bird seed ornament

Carefully slide/twist the straw to remove it from the ornament, leaving the string behind

Strung up and ready for eating!

The birds and my cats enjoyed this immensely!

In that last picture, that window you can just see to the left was a hotly contested piece of real estate in my house when those seed ornaments were up! I hope you give these little ornaments a try. Let me know how you like them if you do!

Blessed be! )O(

 

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Recently, I began to plan a trip for my husband and myself. As I made a list in my mind of places that would be fun to go to, I began to research each place, figuring out what would be fun to do once we got there. Of course, I talked with him about each place and got his opinions on what he wanted to do and what sounded like fun to him.

My husband’s vacation

My vacation

Slowly, I came to the realization that he and I were creating two different vacations. He had amusement parks and the like in mind and I had sacred groves and monasteries in my head. I also realized something else: every place I chose was at or near the ocean.

 

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think solace for my spirit, I think of the ocean and then a lake if the ocean isn’t feasible. There’s just something immediately soothing to my very soul when I think of the ocean. It embodies Divine essence to me.

Really, any large body of water is a spiritual oasis to me. I can’t even begin to describe the peace and comfort that just thinking of the ocean or the lake brings to me. It’s like I don’t have a care in the world and not only that, but nothing can harm me. I’m completely enfolded in Divine love.

I do get intensely motion sick, though, so I’m never in a boat on the water, I’m on land with the water. I’m beside it, breathing it in, feeling it with my hands or toes or even sitting or standing in it.

 

 

 

I do always have to keep myself planted on the ground. I wonder if that has anything to do with me being a Virgo (an earth sign)? 😉

 

What about you? Do you have a sacred place? Is it a specific place or is it just any place that fits a certain set of criteria for you?

 

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Well, I did make it outside today with every intention of weeding. Instead, I took pictures of my favorite ‘aunties’, as I call them. They’re the matriarchs of my east garden bed, the old ladies that have been around a while. I’m completely in love with them.

The Queens of the east bed.

In case you’re unfamiliar with them, this is yarrow (Achillea sp.). I believe this may be the moonshine variety, but don’t quote me on that. I adore yarrow. These girls are very prolific, as well, so I probably won’t be harvesting much from them this year as I still have quite a bit dried from last year.

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a feminine herb under the planetary ruling of Venus. It is a plant associated with the element of water. Powers attributed to yarrow are courage, exorcism, psychic abilities, and love.

For psychic enhancement, make an infusion (tea) of the dried flowers and drink it.

Wear yarrow for protection and carry it in your hand for courage. Carrying yarrow will also attract love and friends.

Dried yarrow can be burned with other herbs or used as a smudge to exorcise negativity or evil.

Yarrow is known to contain chemical derivatives of salicylic acid, also know as aspirin. This makes it a well known natural remedy as a tea for menstrual cramps.

Along with the old gals in the garden, I’ve decided to add a new girl on the block. She is definitely the moonshine variety of yarrow and is just too cute in her smallness. I can’t wait to see her grow up into the majestic ladies my other yarrow have become!

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What a blessed and lovely day! The sun is shining brightly and a breeze blows through my gardens. Alright, so it’s already a little hot (80* before noon), everyone needs to be watered, and I’m using the excuse of writing the inaugural post for The Nemeton to stay in the air conditioning for a bit.

After looking around in the online world for Pagan blogs the last few days, I decided to try my hand at my own. I couldn’t find any that sparked my interest and very few of the ones I found had been updated within the last year. In all fairness, all I used was Witchvox’s Pagan blog listing, so I’m sure I missed out on some and if you have a Pagan blog, this is by no means an insult to you and yours. Besides, I’ve always wanted an outlet for Pagan fun. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an ‘out’ and proud Wiccan (and yes, I know Pagan and Wiccan are not interchangeable, I’m getting to that), but I can’t really talk to everyone I know about it. That causes the slightly glassy-eyed expression and total silence of awkward conversation, especially if I mention ‘Goddess’ at all. Most of the people in my life are happy to know that my pentacle isn’t a satanic worshiping symbol and that’s all they need, which is fine. None of the people in my life (family or friends) have been discriminative about my religious beliefs. This is why they’re still in my life. All that being said, I still can’t have a conversation with most of them about how much I love the Black Locust trees in my yard or how my Willow brings me delight every day just by being herself.

All of that being said, I suppose I should give you all some information about me. I’m in my thirties, married for… (doing the math ‘cause I always forget) nine years this August, though my husband and I have been together for a total of almost 14 years. I have no kids, but I do currently have two sibling cats, Sam and Mia. I have been Pagan for all of my life, but it wasn’t until high school that I found out other people believed the same things I did. My mother’s family is Hindu, but I never completely connected with that religion. I just believed what I believed, which was that there was a Goddess and God and that They took on whatever forms They chose through whatever pantheon They chose. I also believe that animals and plants are our sisters and brothers and that just because we don’t speak the same language or interact with the world the same way, it doesn’t mean they don’t have souls or intelligence. Getting my Bachelor’s in Biology only supported those beliefs for me. Science and religion are NOT mutually exclusive, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

Now, onto the Wiccan part: In high school I discovered Wicca. It suited me well then and it suits me well now, especially as I have learned to make it my own. I have always felt that I believed in a nature-based spirituality, but when you say that to people, they really get glassy-eyed. ‘Wicca’ and ‘Wiccan’ have been fairly accurate ‘labels’ for me to put on myself to help others understand what I believe. For other Pagan/Wiccan/Druid people out there, I guess I’m mostly Wiccan with some extra Pagan thrown in? I really hate having to have a label at all, honestly. I believe what I believe. In my mind, I don’t really have a label. My religion is the Old Ways. It’s a deep reverence for nature, a belief in the interconnectedness of ALL things. I believe that the Divine manifests in whatever form is best for the specific person doing the worshiping. I believe in Balance, Karma, and the Elements. I believe in harming none.

So, welcome to the Nemeton. I look forward to sharing and learning! Blessed be.

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