Hey guys, Helaena here. I found out about this and it moved me to tears so I’m spearheading donations on behalf of Spiralheart to help save over 400 goats from slaughter simply because of capitalist foreclosure and, as a result, help to save a rare endangered species from extinction.
YOU. YES YOU. CAN LITERALLY SAVE AN ENDANGERED SPECIES THIS WEEK. There are less than 820 Icelandic goats left on Earth. About half of them live on a farm, Háafell. This farm, famous worldwide, helped increase the number up from a mere 90 animals. This farm now faces foreclosure and ALL OF THEIR GOATS WILL BE SLAUGHTERED unless we help keep the farm open.
Because of the extinction risk, the Icelandic goat has been added to Slow Food International’s Ark of Taste, a rare distinction granted to products that embody the culture, history, and traditions of their region of origin. Any ‘perk’ received as a result of our donations through me (like the mug or the tote, etc) will come to camp in 2015 for silent auction so that it can, in turn, spread the good magical energy and help send witches to camp.
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"ALL OUR PARTS: SPIRITUALITY, SELF-LOVE AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT"
"After all of this seeking, I had fallen back upon myself, having found ‘perfection’ nowhere. I hadn’t yet realized that perfection is wholeness, not the eradication of perceived flaw…but I did listen to the line in Doreen Valiente’s Charge of the Goddess that said: If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.” —T. Thorn Coyle, Evolutionary Witchcraft
Who is the flower above me?
And what is the work of this god?
I would know myself in all of my parts.
~ Feri Flower Prayer
What is the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism? When are we doing necessary work for growth and change, and when are we spinning our wheels, avoiding discomfort and deeper transformation? Can unexamined self-improvement become a tool of self-hate? What does it look like when we know our selves in all our parts? Join me in an open discussion of self love, self work, and the delicate balancing act between the two!
Join us for our once-a-month Pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to any one who would like to join. Remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the Tinychat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!
Join us tonight at 8pm EST on Tinychat for our once-a-month pagan meeting-of-minds! Tonight’s discussion will be lead by Boneweaver, and will focus on how to serve your community even when you don’t feel particularly connected to the magic of the moment.
Visit our Alchemeet Page for details on how to join if you need a reminder!
Days With Dee: Can it be one year already???
One year completed………….
I just came back from another wonderful week at camp with all my SpiralHeart friends. Some familiar faces and many new ones for me. As always, the energy was incredible the minute my tires hit the dirt road leading up to Four Quarters. Now I know this because the radio and iPod turned themselves back on after they were turned off to navigate those small roads leading up to the land. Welcome to Camp!!
I was so excited to be back to where it all began for me. It is amazing how fast time can just fly by. It had felt like I hadn’t left. Spent that first day helping out with setting up tents, which I had NEVER done before, and setting up lights. One thing that I made sure that I did was find my candle and go see my stone. I placed my hand on her and could feel the welcoming energy coming from her.
This camp was definitely such a different energy from last year. It was very calming and healing. As it was intended to be. I chose the Cornerstones of Community for my path. It was definitely the best choice for me. As last year, it was emotional and tears were shed, but this time it was such a cleansing feeling. Like shedding old skin that really needed to go……NOW! My love and admiration goes out to the two lovely ladies who were the path facilitators. Both led us with a gentleness and kindness down some rather rough roads. I know that some of the cornerstones were easy for me, but a couple I have some work to do. I appreciate the safe place that was created by us all in which to do our work. All the lovely ladies in our path have a place in my heart. <3
Rituals were fantastic as always. The healing ritual on the one night I went not knowing what I really needed healing with. The only thing that I knew I would do was to write down three names for people I knew who needed physical healing. I wound up going into the healing circle with a woman who is so special to me. My love and gratitude goes out to her. She is an amazing woman and makes you feel so safe to let out all the feelings that need to come out. I have to say that I didn’t see all those tears coming. Some were sad and some were happy tears. I am getting used to the unusual emotional happenings to this very cerebral Libra. The most powerful was the over whelming urge to help heal one of our camp members who is suffering from a blood disease. I stood outside the circle and pushed my energy towards her. When I had my time with Kwan Yin, I told her that I didn’t need anything for me. She needed the healing. Kwan Yin held my hands and told me to go give her my love. Which is exactly what I did. It felt so good to help another person. I think I found more of a direction for my path. I do think that healing is where I need to focus my energy on.
At the last ritual, we had the bonfire. The pieces of paper where we had written down names of the people who needed healing were poured into the fire. I found out later that week after being home that one of the people I had written down had basically lost her shit at a party at around the same time the names were put into the fire. She cried like a baby and got rid of a lot of things that were weighing her down spiritually. Now I had focused on her physical problems, but healing is healing. She was very grateful. Also another person had said he felt better with his back. Thank you to all who put their energy into that ritual. With all our combined energies I am hoping that all the names in that cauldron received the healing that they needed.
On the last day at Four Quarters, it seemed a general feeling of most people that we were going to miss everyone, but ready to go home. Last year, all I wanted to do was stay. Never leave. Interesting the differences. I am looking forward to keeping the lines of communications open throughout the year and preparing for next year’s camp.
I am excited to learn about runes prior to next years camp. Thank you for thinking of the Facebook page where we can all learn together and such a great way to keep in touch. I am looking forward to what the story for camp will be. Also looking through my clothes and making sure I pack snow pants for this Norse story. lol
Lammas is here. Unfortunately being so under the weather right now, I wasn’t able to attend the Silver Broom ritual. Didn’t want to get the entire coven sick with whatever I have. But looking forward to more rituals that the deds-to-be and dedicants are going to be doing ourselves. Writing a ritual all on our own. Never did that and excited to see where we can take this with the help of our mentors.
I will also be starting Witchcraft II classes at the Silver Broom. In this series of classes we will be learning how to write spells. Very intrigued and will be a much needed guidance on how to start. I’m not much of a writer and any help will be appreciated. I love learning from people who have been on this path for years. I am a sponge with anyone who can offer me help in learning. At camp I was talking to another camper and told how I had a hard time grounding to the earth. He gave me the suggestion instead of grounding with earth that I should use water. I worked beautifully!
I hope that everyone had a safe re-entry into the mundane world. I miss all of you and love the connections that I re-established and the new ones I made this camp. I hope to bring my sister next camp and possibly my son as well. I hope that we can continue to grow and spend many more camps together. I know I plan to be there every year until my bones are dust.
"SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGH A DISCONNECT"
You’ve paid your monies and with an open heart you have joined your community for a week of intense connections at Spiralheart Witchcamp only to find the myth being worked stood on your every nerve. You had read the story beforehand. You knew in times past the connection to the myth happened after arrival. This time it did not. Can you still engage, connect, and serve your community when this happens? Join me for the next installment of Spiralheart’s Alchemeet discussion forum where I’ll explain how such an experience unfolded for me and then we’ll open the discussion for everyone’s thoughts. Group discussion and laughter abounds at Spiralheart Alchemeets! Come see for yourself on Thursday August 14th at 8 p.m!
Join us for our once-a-month Pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet. And remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the tinychat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!
Spake in Rhyme: And There I Went (Aspecting Death)
And There I Went (Aspecting Death)
And there I went,
Nimue’s spark in the juices;
There I ran,
pink bright trust
flowing from upturned wrists;
There I sat,
rushing red rivers
of Death and Life
thrusting through my core;
There I spoke,
brilliant Blue Fire
ringing in ears not my own;
There I returned,
coursing down my aching back.
©Boneweaver/Pamela V Jones July 2014
~originally posted at Lean in to Joy
10 MINUTES AND COUNTING!!
Spiralheart’s 8th Alchemeet starts tonight (7/28) at 8pm EST. Tonight’s topic is Intersecting Faiths in the Neo-Pagan Tradition and will be led by Jibrael. There’s still time to join, so head on over to www.tinychat.com/spiralheart and grab a spot!
See Ya soon!
"INTERSECTING FAITHS IN THE NEO-PAGAN TRADITION"
While many of are proud to call themselves “Pagan,” for others naming our religious identity is a bit more complicated. Some may hold a deep relationship with Jesus, or follow Buddhist practices, or incorporate various folk traditions from our family heritage. How can I be authentically who I am if my sense of the Divine doesn’t fit into a single religious label? Is there a place in Neo-Paganism for those with multiple faith commitments?
Join us for our once-a-month Pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet. And remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the tiny chat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!