Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

Winter Comments & Graphics

Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

Winter’s cold is Mother Nature’s way
Of saying, lie with me now, lay your head on my breast
It’s snow, a blanket under which to lay
Neath a crystal cover, enjoying winter’s cold caress

Frost rimed windows … Mother Nature’s art
Icy abstractions painted with frosty finesse
Crystalline concoctions that form only a part
Of Mother Natures wonderful winter largesse

Ice coated limbs of slope shouldered trees
droop drowsily down as if fallen asleep
Unable to sway in winter’s frigid breeze
Appear as white mounds, when the snow drifts deep

The stillness one hears on cold winter nights
Broken by the sudden crack of ice laden boughs
The ethereal essence of undulating northern lights
Headlights in the sky for Nature’s snowplows

All is withdrawn, in awe of Nature’s might
Willingly waiting, deep neath frozen ground
Safely sequestered, from winter’s cruel bite
In warm tunnels and burrows, til spring comes around

Mother Nature invites winter into her domain Cohabits with coldness, wantonly sleeps with Jack frost
Yet finds cold winter quickly falls to disdain
Invites in the spring…and tells winter to get lost

Mother Nature is fickle…and also the boss!

—–David Whalen

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Daily Motivator for Oct. 29th – Your great potential

Your great potential

To build something beautiful and wonderful takes time and effort. Make good  use of every moment you have.

You can go a long, long way. To do so, you must be going on that way every  chance you get.

What you can accomplish is truly amazing. So work on it with persistence and  commitment, and bring all that great value to life.

The minutes and hours of this day will quickly pass no matter what you do  with them. Choose to do the highest and best with each of them, and to fulfill  your great potential.

Rather than dwelling on the excuses, focus intently on the possibilities.  Find great joy in the fact that you can make a difference, and make that  difference again and again.

You can do great things. Feel that potential, then get busy and fulfill it.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Working by the Moon

Working by the Moon

Moon time is the oldest measurement of time used by humans and it accords with our natural rhythms in the lives of men as well as women. In magick we primarily look to the moon for timings.

The waxing or increasing moon from the crescent to the night before the full moon is potent for all forms of attracting magick, for the gradual increase of money, love, happiness or health and for fertility spells. These powers will grow daily as the physical moon size increase to reach their height on the full moon.

The full moon represents a surge of power that can be plugged into for fertility, the consummation of love or commitment, a major money gain or for launching a creative venture. Also, because the full moon is unstable, this day and night is good for initiating change.

The waning moon helps us to let go of what we no longer need or wish for in our lives an can banish pain, sorrow or a destructive influence, a perfect phase of starting diet spells. As the moon decreases in size so the pull that holds negative people or factors in your life likewise weakens.

Calendar of the Moon for Thursday, Feb. 16th

Calendar of the Moon
16 Luis/Gamelion

Day of the Sugar Maple

Color: Golden
Element: Earth
Altar: On a cloth of deep gold place a vase of forced and budded branches of the sugar maple, a large pottery bowl of maple sugar, a single golden candle, a pot of soil, seeds, a large bowl of water, and a bell.
Offerings: Plant seeds. Promise to look for sweetness in the natural order of things.
Daily Meal: Vegan. Serve maple sugar and maple syrup.

Invocation to the Green Man of the Sugar Maple

Hail, Green Man of the Winter!
Your secret blood rises
With the first teasing thaw,
Amid the chill winds and snow.
We drink of your blood,
And you give it willingly,
Sacrificing your life force
That we may have sweetness.
For happiness is no luxury,
It is our right and our delight.
You who bleed for our pleasure,
You who give us your innermost gift,
You who flame like a torch in the autumn
And warm our tongues in the spring,
Tree of beauty, tree of nourishment,
Fire of a hundred hills,
Wild turkey who gives of its flesh,
We hail you, sacred sugar maple,
Green Man of the Winter,
On this the time of your rising.

Chant:
I am flame on the hill
I am love on the tongue
I am words that flow forth
As the winter is sung.

(Each comes forward and plants a seed in the pot of soil, saying, “Hail Green Man of the Earth!” Water is poured onto the pot, and then the rest is poured out as a libation. Maple sugar is passed around and shared. Ring bell and dismiss.)

Daily OM for August 21 – A Great Teacher

 

A Great Teacher
Living Like Water

 

 

Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility. 

The journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths through life. Water begins its residence on earth as it falls from the sky or melts from ice and streams down a mountain into a tributary or stream. In the same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on earth. Like a river that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a specific time and place, within a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and obstacles along the way just as a river flows.

Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with grace, ease, determination, and humility. When a river breaks at a waterfall, it gains energy and moves on, as we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall hard but we always keep moving on. Water can inspire us to not become rigid with fear or cling to what’s familiar. Water is brave and does not waste time clinging to its past, but flows onward without looking back. At the same time, when there is a hole to be filled, water does not run away from it in fear of the dark; instead, water humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we can face the dark moments of our life rather than run away from them.

Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the river.