Inspiring, forging flame,
Soothing, healing heat.
May we ever
Strength and sanctuary
At your feet.
(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
The main card is by artist Jo Jayson. The others are from oracle card decks – Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards and Keepers of the Light Oracle Cards
Discover Druidry had the links for these up on their Facebook page. They look like a nice project for crafty Pagans, so I’m sharing the links as well:
Brighid’s Cross tutorial – by Colourful Crafts
Brighid doll/ straw doll tutorial – by Colourful Crafts
A little thank you to my readers 🌻
One hundred people to be thankful for,
One hundred people who share
A love for the Gods at their core.
One hundred people out there.
One hundred people I’m grateful to,
One hundred people who love
And honour Those above.
One hundred people strong and true.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk
May the wheel of the year
Turn back ’round
And place you with
Both feet on the ground.
May the cycles old
And past renew.
May this be the year
Of finding You.
(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2018
Wishing you all a happy Yuletide.
May the Gods bless you and yours this Yuletide,
May you be happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Artwork copyright: Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk 2017
Wishing all of you a sacred Samhain.
May you be blessed with the power to leave behind all that holds you back,
May you move into this new year emboldened,
May you always return to the Truth that lies within.
(picture copyright: Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017)
I came across this quote last night and thought it would be appropriate to share in time for Samhain. As we learn to embrace the nights drawing in we learn also to embrace the dark within, the cycle of decay associated with the coming of winter, and the things we have to release or let go of as cycles in our own lives come to their conclusion.
Access to light, day and night, is now considered by most a human right.
To the Pagan, that is ludicrous. More consciously aware of the power of light, and all that it allows, darkness is a profoundly potent word. It speaks of all that is hard to understand within nature, the infinite space of the universe, the energy of the night, of winter, of death, of decay and entropy. There are here no connotations of negativity; darkness is that which necessarily balances and embraces light. It contains those aspects of nature that are not known or not knowable, the void and the density, the mysteries beyond current comprehension. The word expresses all that could happen; in the poetry of Paganism, it is the cauldron of potential, the womb of rebirth, the rich mud in which the seed germinates.
– Emma Restall Orr, Living With Honour: A Pagan Ethics, ch. 2
The Autumn Equinox is a time when day and night are of equal length, and this can be a perfect time to work with the Shadow to bring about integration. There are gifts in Shadow work – abilities and parts of our Self we’ve pushed down and that need to be recognised and brought out into the world. Likewise, some people who focus all on the Light can ‘bypass’ their true emotions to try and be more ‘spiritual’.
As with the Equinox, a healthy balance and coming together of both Shadow and Light is needed to integrate and become more whole. Even naming them as such is using the Duality terminology. When integrated a person is more whole, and things less black and white, cut and dry. Balance is achieved by living through an integrated Self, one that values authenticity, integrity and understanding.
This poem/ invocation can be used in your own Equinox celebrations to help with Shadow integration. I will point out that Shadow work is an ongoing process and is not something that can be done in an afternoon. It is something that takes time, patience and dedication, but this invocation may well help to integrate the parts of your Shadow that you have already identified and worked with. Shadow work has many lessons to teach us, but unless you actually integrate those Shadows and actively live their lessons they remain an unfulfilled potential.
We moved house on 6th July. We left the home and garden that nurtured and nourished us for almost 14 years. If we could pick them up and move them closer to the new area we would have, but we could no longer stay.
We’ve moved to a different area of the county, one closer to the main city. We need the opportunities it provides, the better transport links, the better and more varied health and wellbeing facilities, and more groups so we can experience more of life again. While the area we had been living in for the past 20 years has some beautiful countryside it is a deadzone when it comes to opportunities for me and my parents’ growth.
The house and garden we left had looked after us well, and I miss our lovely Elders, Hawthorns and Blackthorns. To thank them all I did a Despacho-type ceremony on one of the few dry days of our last week there. I used some pink handmade fair trade paper to represent the love and appreciation my parents and I feel.
The flowers were all from the garden, and I also added some dried Rose petals and Lavender. As is customary I also added lots of sugar, and some mini pretzels to represent never-ending memories.
Mum also came to see it, and added some pieces of Lavender and more sugar.
Afterwards I meditated with the Despacho for a while, then wrapped it up and buried it behind the Plum tree. I offered some potato vodka and the rest of the pretzels.
Here are some photos: