Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How not to piss of the fey or how not to behave in a spiriutal group



 The other day, I spent working desperately to get the fairy garden back in shape. Though we pack the statuary and wind chimes for the winter there is still a lot that stays out all year, particularly older larger logs that have had a lot of were and tear. I liked to recycle things to make interesting one of a kind pieces for the fairy garden. Not only do they make good conversation pieces, I believe the fey appreciate human attempts at creativity.  At the very least they appreciate when humans are willing to go out of their way to try to make the fey feel more at home or at least give them a pleasant environment in which to live. In some neighborhoods, the fairy garden you create, may be the only place they actually feel safe.

What I had made a few years ago was definitely one of a kind.  We had an old hot tub that the wood outer casing was falling apart. A few staples, some nails a burning tool several weeks of work, and soon I had the beginning of Puck’s closing speech from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Might Dream’ – “If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that we have but slumbered here while these visions did appear.” All on rustic looking old signs spread throughout the garden.  I felt it to be a fitting quote to and a wonderful present to the fey. Each year I would reburn the wording as this was skill I was still quite a beginner at. Each year the rain and sun would fade the wording so I would fill it up good as new.

The at Lughnasadh last year everything changed.  As a Grove, part of our Lughnasadh festivities included several games and feats of strength including tug of war over a mud pit.  After one particularly challenge and a lack of paying attention to what he was doing, a new member to the group crashed through the fairy garden breaking a fairy and destroying flowers. This person, being a relative by marriage knew the garden was there, and if he had paid enough attention he would have understood its significance. But it appeared he had no clue what he had just done.  Too make matters worse, he then “went after” the person who had chased him into the fairy garden and tried attacking him   This ended with the “attackee” picking up the “attacker” and body slamming him onto one of the signs.  The sign was destroyed, the scratches on his body awful, and how he had avoided actually being impaled through the chest or abdomen I will never know.

Now while there were apologizes made between the two guys, my husband and I, the actual property owners were left out of that. There were no apologies, to us there were no offerings of restitution – which would have been difficult to begin with. There was a lot of laughing, but no remorse. But in the way I understand, and practice paganism, it would have at the very least been offered, and it would have been offered in a way where those who had perpetrated the damage would have worked together until it was someone how fixed.  Since this was also a set of special signs made with a very limited type of wood, it was irreplaceable. We could have done something, different.

Needless to say neither of these people are still in our grove.  This event led to complaints from just about every other grove member, which led to a policy change in the amount of alcohol allowed to be consumed and when. While many saw this as a positive step forward, the “guilty” parties saw this as a way to control them. They never see it as something they did wrong, it’s always the other people taking things to seriously and not ‘lightening up’ enough.  I’m not sure how someone can believe that part of lightening up involves destruction of property attempted murder, but hey if so they can do that at home.

We of course found out some people had left the group because of them and I always wish instead of leaving the group people would just come talk to me instead.

It astounds me that in this day and age people still act like this, particularly those who claim to be enlightened.

So at least now those people are gone, and as soon as I get a check I’ve been waiting, for I will be off to a add a few more pieces and hopefully replace some of the lost positive energy.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Get back to Nature - and why I love my UU



The more I attend my new Church: Tree of Life” A Universal Unitarian Congregation. The more I love it. 

Yesterday’s sermon was all about Spring is here, get outside. Spend some time in nature.  Let your spirit reconnect with nature.  Feel the difference in yourself after you have, Whether it’s yard work, playing, hiking whatever, your spirit needs to reconnect with nature to recharge.  They even passed out brochures that contained the information about all of the MCCD parts --- the very  parks that I had started scheduling hike at lat year as a part of the Witch Hat Society field trips as a way to reconnect with nature.  I will be scheduling those again starting very soon, just need to take care of a few things first, like confirm it they still have the hiker’s club.

The more time I get to spend with the UUC though, the more excited I get – People preaching to be outdoors!  Last week they had an earth day event but I was at the fundraising metaphysical faire so knew I would miss that.

It just makes me happy so find so many people wanting the same things in their life that I do.  I’ll admit, it get very difficult to not give up on other people. I hear all the time “I would if I could”, “Maybe next time” and sometimes (especially from my own family) some real lame ass excuse. Honesty is always highly more appreciated. “I can’t stand being in nature”, “I hate bugs and other critters“,  “I would rather have a root canal than spend time outside”. Are not only honest statements, if you find yourself agreeing with them, you have a lot more questioning to do about your chosen pathway as it is.

Pagans are a part of nature. It’s where we get our power. It’s how we recharge. It’s how we  connect with all living things around us.  When we can’t make those connections we become slow and sluggish. The longer we are away, the harder sometimes to get back, but the only way to get back is to get back out there and do it. 

Maybe start slow, meditate outside sitting on the ground, even on a blanket for the real squeamish.  Listen to all the different sounds you hear. Just take them in. Feel the air on your skin particularly the sunlight if you haven’t see it for a while!

Last year when I first scheduled hikes for WHS, I was asked by some people, why hikes? What does that have to do with being pagan or witch? Well if you haven’t figured it out yet ---- you still haven’t been out there long enough!

Honestly I was shocked t this question and I wonder if it has anything to do with the difference between those who associate more with neo-pagan than with actual pagan. Personally I don’t use the term “neo”. For me it feels as if we are trying to separate ourselves too much from what we really were. Though I don’t want to go off on a huge tangent here most people will say the different is because pagans sacrificed things and new pagans don’t and while we may not sacrifice our enemies to the gods in a battle, many of us make sacrifices everyday in other ways. Our battles are different – often  we have to sacrifice paying one bill for paying another. Or we do indeed sacrifice the chicken so to speak, when we pull the left overs out of the fridge and realize that with some water, celery and some seasoning, we can pull another meal out of that chicken in the form of soup, we are still sacrificing.  So yes, I still stick with the original term pagan myself, I feel sacrifices, and nature everyday around me.

When you feel run down, tired, and the LEAST likely to spend some time outside  - get back to  nature, you’re missing so much and your batteries? Well they are pretty much completely depleted.

Now I'm headed out --- meeting a friend for a walk!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What is going on in the world

while many people were silly and thought that 12/21/21 was supposed to be the end of the world, others of us new that the Mayans were referring to a change of enlightenment. I has hoped for an easy change and that never happens. This past week is showing how intense it is again. With attacks, explosions, murder, gunmen at schools it just seems that things are getting worse. It's the storm before the calm. I recently started attending the local UU church who's memberships is climbing like mad. I'm hearing from people all over who work in spiritual positions that their businesses are suddenly swarming. So yes, there are a lot of crazies out there doing the wrong thing, heading down the wrong path, but there are many out there seeking a positive path too. The change of enlightenment is coming and these insane criminal acts only push more people too loo or that path of enlightenment. Then change is coming, it just takes time. Just remember for every negative, there is a positive to counter it.