One tip for devotional Polytheists – curiosity

If I could give one tip to devotional Polytheists it would be this: cultivate a sense of curiosity. Your Beloved Deities are multi-faceted Beings, so become curious about Them!
Read about Them, connect with Them, ask Them things, choose something about Their myths that interests/intrigues/baffles you and research the heck out of it.

It’s one of the best ways to get to know more about Them, to build a stronger connection, and shows that you honour, respect and love Them.
Be curious about your Beloveds!

(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017

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Despacho-type ceremony to thank the house & garden Spirits at our old home

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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:

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How the music of Linkin Park has inspired me

I drafted an article last month about how I was using music to help me create. I didn’t finish it, but one of the artists who have been inspiring me while I create are Linkin Park. I wish I’d put it out there sooner.

Linkin Park have been a part of my life since my teens. Although I didn’t struggle with many of the situations and issues spoken about in their songs, their lyrics and music have had a profound effect on me. Whether singing in that raw, effortless way or screaming like a banshee, Chester Bennington’s vocals are instantly recognisable.

I can chart parts of my life through Linkin Park songs. Generally I prefer more from their later albums. They seemed to be growing, developing and evolving, and I could resonate with that too.
Living Things is probably my favourite album. I bought it for my trip to Glastonbury, Avebury and Stonehenge in 2013. I can still remember our last day, driving away with the Tor fading from view as Castle of Glass was a playing through my headphones. Glastonbury was known as Ynis Witrin (the Isle of Glass) – a fitting piece of synchronicity. A few months ago the song took on a whole new meaning for me as I was trying to find myself again.

Bring me home from this blinding dream,
Through the secrets that I have seen.
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
And teach me how to be whole again.

– Linkin Park, Castle of Glass

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