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Such a lovely article.

Gather Victoria


In the old nature religion (in which the divine was often perceived as feminine) it was the female horned reindeer who reigned supreme as the great goddess of the winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.
Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten the power of the Deer Mother, the female horned Reindeer. Stronger and larger than the buck, it is she who leads the herds.

And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who carries the life-giving sun safely through winter’s darkest, longest night in her horns. stag2 Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British…

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This is so powerful. I love this.


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So, this is basically what it looks like right now outside my window (not a pic outside my window, but of an area nearby)



And this is what my state looks like right now. I guess it’s fortuitous that we’re shaped like a mitten.



The weather we’ve been having is abnormally cold (we had -30* temperatures just last week) and has been for over a month. This got me wondering about how trees overwinter. We all know they do, obviously, but how exactly do they do it? I can stay in my warm, heated house when the weather is bad, but trees are right out in the thick of it. This video shows the two major mechanisms trees have developed to survive in pretty much any weather.



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Wow! Some absolutely beautiful nature photographs on this site. Check her out!

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In my home state of Michigan, February through April is the time we start to see baby squirrels.  As someone who works in the animal medical field, it is also the time the calls about people finding ‘helpless’ and ‘abandoned’ baby squirrels come in. Most of the time, these squirrels are not abandoned, though some may have legitimately fallen out of trees. Their mothers usually come back to get them and will gather them up and carry them back to the nest. If you have to cut down a tree and discover a nest of baby squirrels in it, follow the guidelines in the infographic below and put them near where the tree was so the mother can find them and take them to a new nesting site.



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If you’ve read my blog for a while, you may have figured out that I’m from Michigan. Tahquamenon is one of my favorite places to go in this beautiful state I live in. It’s a spiritual, beautiful, welcoming place. It’s like going home.


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With Thanksgiving coming at the end of this month in the United States, I thought I would look into the symbolism of the most popular animal during this time of the year: the turkey.

Whether by serendipity or on purpose, the turkey is an excellent animal to represent the holiday of Thanksgiving. As a totem animal, it represents shared blessings and harvest with its cycle of power being the season of Autumn.

Also known as the earth eagle, the turkey has long been associated with honoring the Earth Mother. It symbolizes not only all of the blessings of the earth, but also the ability to use these blessings to their best advantage.

In Native American mythology, Turkey helped to create the world and taught humans how to raise corn.

The turkey is an incredibly adaptable bird. Turkeys can adapt to most environments, though they prefer the woods. Their diet is varied, as well, but they have been known to eat up to a pound of acorns a day. This is significant in that animals and birds that eat acorns and nuts are associated with hidden wisdom and new seeds of growth.

The male turkey will keep multiple females as mates. These females may share one nest, laying all of their eggs together. This again ties into the idea of shared blessings and harvest. Turkeys will also roost together for the night, finding strength in numbers and again exemplifying the ideas of shared energy.

This year, if you plan to eat a turkey for your Thanksgiving meal, perhaps take a moment either during the preparation of the bird or before serving to reflect on the concepts of sharing blessings. This could be sharing blessings with family, friends, or the world around you. As you eat the turkey, take into yourself the connection with the Earth Mother and share the blessings that She gives to us all.

If you don’t plan to eat turkey this year, maybe create a turkey collage or statue, or find a cute one at the store and use it as a centerpiece. Talk about the way blessings have been shared throughout the year, either from you or given to you from others. Feel your connection to the Earth Mother and to all those around you and know that all blessings from Her are shared amongst you all.

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