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Lammas/Lughnasadh: First Harvest, August Eve; & Underworking - Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #52
August 01, 2016
Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #52
Lammas/Lughnasadh: First Harvest, August Eve
In my own version of serious zipping-aroundness, I'm thrilled to be able to say I've finally got a replacement for the old computer (the one that spent the last 3 months in the repair shop more than out)! It's taking a while to get it set up and running properly — still not 100% there — but we're running at about 85% functionality now.The major hold-up is that my emails didn't transfer over completely, so I've lost a LOT of emails. It seems to be pretty random, and I'm still trying to recover them. But if you haven't heard from me, that's likely why. Please email me again... along with any pertinent back-story and receipts to save time, like me writing back to ask you about it if yours are missing. Thanks! Of course, I'm a quarter-year behind on everything, since I've essentially been without a functioning computer since, oh, April! So there's a lot of catch-up I'll be doing. And unfortunately my health situation is still requiring the majority of my focus. Healing is just not a quick fix, sometimes. It seems that the time is just not right for me to be giving all my focus to the social media connections, or future developments for that matter. I keep wanting to get back into the harness, so to speak, but clearly the Resonance is going another direction... at least for now. (See the Energy Field Barometer column for more on this.) I just wanted to let you know what's up with me lately, and why there's not so much excitement happening in the Wicca Spirituality world. One of the benefits of this, though (there's always a silver lining, right?), is that I've been incorporating articles from Wicca Spirituality fans into the 'Zine. Last month was the first one, with tips for garden Witchery, and it was well-received. So we'll do another one this month. So here's your chance to speak out to other Wiccans on topics that excite you. Please submit your own articles for future 'Zines! Just email them in, with "Silver Chalice submission" in the subject line. (See the Events & Announcements column below for more details.)
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I had a Christian friend ask me why I'm Pagan and I explained to them the best I could. I wanted to share my explanation of my personal path with you as well.
Heaven is my god and Earth is my goddess. Mother Nature and father heaven.And my church is the world. The stars the moon the wind, the air, the fire, the water, the spirit. The light in a baby's eyes as they smile. The pattern of a dog's fur. The sound of bird song. The color of flowers. The giantness of trees. The smallness of weeds. The way the waves lap against the sand and rocks. The way a lake looks from a boat with the sun setting. The way a cat nuzzles its head against your legs. The crash of thunder and flash of lightning. The scent of tar when it rains after a hot sunny day. The complexity and beauty of our universe. All of that is my church. I consider myself a witch but not the type you see on TV. I'm not an evil old lady with warts and green skin. I don't sacrifice lambs or turn people into frogs. I light candles and chant prayers or poems. I mix herbs in hopes that their properties mixed together will signal my intentions to my goddess and help my life. I have rituals, yes. But they aren't what most think. It's not "a lamb's head and eye of Newt in a cauldron with some hag chanting Latin curses." It's thanking my goddess for everything she's given me and worshipping her greatness. It's offering her herbs flowers and gorgeous things to show her I know I'm blessed to be here. Yes, I am magickal, but not "abracadabra, some hot dude loves me" or "alacazam, that Bitch who stole my man is now ugly and hated." My magick is just things I can see and it seems that few others can. The vibrations of feelings; the intensity of intentions. The colors of the clouds during sunrise and the feeling of the wind on a hot day. The freshness of the rain and how my soul yearns to dance and frolick in it. The beauty of our world. That is magick. That is my magick. That is why I love everything equally. Because my goddess created everything so perfect and beautiful and everything has a purpose. A frog is just as important as a human and all life is sacred. So yeah. That's what Paganism and being a Witch is to me. However, there are so many different kinds and every Witch you ask will have a completely different explanation and reason.
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Why I Wake EarlyHello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety — best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light —
good morning, good morning, good morning. Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
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The Energy is about not taking things as seriously. Especially ourselves.While that's always good advice, up until now it's been tremendously difficult to put into practice. At least, for some of us. Happily, with the Energy Field supporting this viewpoint, it's now becoming more accessible, easier to achieve. I call it "becoming an easy-going person" — a challenge, for a very intense person by nature. This is like deciding to be happy, and letting go of things more easily. Trusting that it'll all be okay. After all, it'll be what it is. We can either fight what is, or accept it and be happy anyway. As Byron Katie says...
It's like not thinking about pink elephants if someone says "don't think of pink elephants." You will think of pink elephants, unavoidably. But then you stop the thoughts that build on that.You end up having an internal conversation that goes something like this...
"I'm thinking of a pink elephant."She says this works because these tendencies have no power of their own: our thoughts are what empower them, which gives us pain. Reining them in creates a calm, peaceful response to whatever is happening in your life. When you do that, then the situation can shift. From that calm place, you can make changes happen that you absolutely could not influence from stressed, angry, fearful, states. When I asked if it was frustrating or tiresome to have to do that all the time, Colombe's answer made me laugh: "Having to stop yourself repeatedly is so much better than consistently having to feel those things!"
"Oh my god it's such a huge elephant"
"No, I don't have to think about that."
"But it's so huge, and it's going to make a horrible mess!"
"Don't even go there."
"But, but, it's, it's...!!!"
"Shh, it's okay..."
She also maintains that this practice cures an over-sensitivity to other people and their emotions — a common malady among highly sensitive people, as most Wiccans tend to be.
I think this Energy Field is related to the over-arching process of switching from head-driven motivation to heart-centered enthusiasm... i.e., from Old to New Paradigm.It seems that while the ego is still saying things like "hurry up, gotta keep going, no time to rest, gotta produce, gotta make things happen..." etc., the heart is taking more control of the body and saying, "nah, it's such a great day to read a book or take a walk" or whatever. In other words — It's getting harder to ignore our true, deep desires... or to bury them under the mudpies of busyness and self-importance. And these are the underlying desires we're talking about here. Not the surface-level ones like a big house, a new car, the biggest home theatre, partying, a million dollars, and such. And certainly not the addictions like losing weight, being able to buy more stuff, zoning out to video games, etc. More like peacefulness, time with friends, quiet time outdoors, contentment, meaningful action, and so on. You might have thought it was just you, getting fed up with things you don't really want, getting impatient for the things you've denied yourself for too long. It's not! It's a movement in the Energy of the planet, and it's expressing itself through you. What is it your heart is urging you to — pursuing your passions (as a hobby, which is more fun than doing it as a job), taking a painting or pottery class, just sitting quietly on the deck for an hour a day...? What is it that your body is crying out for — more rest, less toxic food/drink, putting your bare feet on the Earth...? Open up to wider and better possibilities in your life! Now is the time to let yourself go with these longings. The dividends will be greater than you'd imagine, in the end: greater health, greater vitality, greater happiness, even, yes, greater productivity!
Underworking is the opposite of overworking. It means working while staying in harmony with your body, and being in Flow with the Universal Energies so that you don't have to work so hard.Let's face it: 75% of the old way of working was just not being in the Flow, so everything was so much harder and slower. Getting in the Flow makes twice as much work seem thrice as easy! This way of working has room for doing the things in your life that are taking care of yourself — or even better: making you happy! This can be small, everyday things, like spending some time playing with your kids or pets, or large things like retreats or vacations. Try it! You might like it! But you may need to do some work to clear those pesky workaholic, low-self-worth issues. (The methods I've found most effective for that kind of healing are found on this page: Best Self-Healing Techniques to Make Real and Lasting Personal Transformation.) May these Energy Fields serve you well!
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