Once again I implore you all to send some positive energy this way. My stepdad is going back into the hospital July 9th for about a week due to his cystic fibrosis. He's at 28% lung functionality; this is a last ditch effort before he goes on the transplant list.
Your help is very much appreciated.
Recently, the Pope has come under attack for statements he made regarding Islam, particularly quoting Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus in his statement, "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
Now, I don't need to point out the blatant irony of that statement, considering that both sides raped, pilaged, and burned millions of lives in the name of their "God". What interests me is Pope Benedict's speech transcription itself, which I find a very fascinating glimpse into the psyche of two cultures, two philosophies, and shockingly enough, a somewhat enlightening unification of them.
So, here's the transcript of his speech so you can read it for yourself: http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=94748
I'd just like to say to all the newcomers, Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you...your beautiful souls are welcome here and your contributions generously accepted. The rules are simple and pagan: Don't harm anyone, and do what thou wilt. Please feel free to submit articles, poetry, ideas, rituals, spells, blessings, anthropological treatises, heartaches, advice, need for advice, recipes for badass food or fun, crazy stories, sad stories, stories of godesses and the like, or any other thing you would want to share with a group of women connected by a love of life, liberty, and the inexhaustible divinity within each of our beings. Wow, that was a lot of commas.
Currently i'm reading a great book called "A Holy Book of Women's Mysteries" by Zsuzsanna E. Budapest, a feminist witch and very wise women. Also on the list are "Spider Woman's Web" by Susan Hazen-Hammond and "Entering the Circle" (2nd time reading it) by Olga Khariditi. I'm a Gemini so I can't read just one book at a time.
Anyone else read any good books lately?
love and light,
den mother delphi
The first real "Tent" that we held in Denton,Tx, was a year ago, by the lunar calendar, and it happened on the Eclipse of October. The moon shown red, and the girls gathered with their wine and their thoughts, their laughter and their tears...a very good friend of mine showed up in near desperation, and through everything we healed each other. I also saw my first real UFO, and I'll never forget that. This night is very sacred to me. October is a "thin" month--the three days of Samhain are the times when the veils between the worlds (and there are many worlds than these) are the thinnest, and I have always treasured Octobers.
My most recent tent was with the girl who let me borrow the book, The Red Tent. Read it if you haven't. This community is based on this intuitive gathering of women, to laugh and learn and grow from each other and our experiences. We have all witnessed, I believe, what can be done when a group of women gather together, put aside their girly competitions and socially prescribed inhibitions, and focus on the pure spirit--the raising of consiousness and lightworking like no other.
All these gatherings I treasure, and now, as I spend this anniversary in a state of solitude, I'm reminded of Diana, the solitary huntress (Hey girls, remember last Samhain? Esp. Annie dressed to kill---literally!). Last Halloween/Samhain the three of us dressed as "pagans" and invaded the local "christian" halloween fest. It was great fun. And then there was the wine...
But beyond that was the sisterhood. Is the sisterhood, I should say. For we are never separate from our sisters, but always interconnected in the Ways we practice our faith--and this faith means something different to each of us. No one person dictates what it is that allows us in the Tent. No one member says "you must believe this, at least, or you can't join." The Tent is forever. The Tent is all-encompassing. The Tent extends wherever the Moon sheds Her light. The Sisterhood is now and forever.
So I say this to reflect upon some of the things I've learned in the past year--to forgive men for their faults, their betrayals, for their lies and their forcefulness. To realize all beings as part of the infinite, nearly incomprehensible understanding of the Universe, of which it's very difficult to get a complete grasp on at any one time. To live in the present and know that the future holds great things. To live to spread compassion and awakening in all beings, plants, animals, and rocks even as big as the Moon Herself. I love you all, Sisters, and I hope that this Full Moon sheds her life and love on you as She has on me.
Den Mother Delphi
i've been having wild dreams lately. my mother coming in a telling me that the zombies were coming this evening to ask for marital sex (however that works) and that's why she put "sheeps blood and lambs skin" on the doorway. dreaming about fist fights with fat men holding greasy bags of fast food. about joining a gang of elves and slaying hairy men in pink leotards. about giving birth to a spinx! there are so many dreams i can't remember them all in time to write them! my tarot readings have been off the wall too. danger, sex, a hero, death. there's another reading where all the cards pointed to a power that is to fall into my hands and to be very careful with it. i have yet to make very many connections with all of these things. if anyone see's something here in what i've described please let me know.
This is really interesting about Mars going into retrograde on October 1st.http://www.astrologycom.com/marsret.html
If you scroll down the page a little bit it talks specifically about this retrograde happening in Taurus. 23 degrees Taurus in '05.
Ladies - just wondering if any of you are planning special rituals or gatherings for Samhain. I am going to have a gathering this year with my friends, most of whom are non-pagan, but very open-minded. I thought we could start a dialogue about how open we are with our spirituality, possibly share some great harvest recipes and ritual ideas that are very inclusive. How do you all decorate your homes for this time of year (if you are into decorating)? I'd really like to know what Goddesses you all identify with at this time of year. I always think of Kali this time of year because of her destructive nature and winter's arrival.
oh and the tent grows! i am overjoyed!
The following is from another blog I have that no one reads anymore, so I figured I'd post it here since I thought not only you would someone read it (my selfish reason) but that someone might also enjoy it!
I finally bought these documentaries done in the late 80's by Canadian director, Donna Read. They are a series documenting the Women's Spirituality/Goddess Worship revolution in North America. The first of three videos is called Goddess Remembered, where Read digs through our "history" to reveal the untold herstory of our Pagan ancestors. The second tape is called The Burning Times, where Read examines the Witch Burnings that took place in Europe in the 1500-1700's. The final tape, aptly titled Full Circle, brings our distant past and not so distant past together, and calls the Women's Spirituality movement her own - she has grown to believe that despite our differences, humans share one thing: common ground - Gaia, Earth Mother of All. We truly have an obligation to care for eachother, ourselves and most of all our home the Earth.
Where I work, most people have signs in their cubicles displaying slogans like "God Bless America" - and I've always felt this idea was missing the point. Although I feel grateful that we have a country that gives women the most freedom they've had since the rise of patriarchy, I still do not consider myself patriotic, persay. While watching the last two of Read's documentaries last night, I was inspired to create a new banner to hang in my cube at work. After drawing the Earth somewhat abstractly, I wrote the words "Goddess Bless Our Earth" - I felt inspired! A domician preist in the documentary said, in our New Age (age as in time, moving from Picses to Aquarias) we will move from the idea of nationalism to borderless "Earthism" (I made that up b/c I can't remember the correct term) where all people, regardless of race, ethinicity, social class, etc. will feel called to work towards environmental and egalitarian efforts. Let's face it, women get this b/c we are the original Creators! We all came from a Woman's ocean-like womb - that's where the word Woman comes from "Womb-man" - we are all Wombmen.
After I created my poster for "Earthism" (haha) I went outside and I stood in the grass in my yard and tried to listen to only the wind and the crickets; tried to ignore the SUV's, and the glowing yellow M and the automatic porch light, overhead wires, pavement, litter, highway, smog and airplane light mascarading as a moving, blinking star. I just wanted to be in Her - totally immersed. I let my hair down and bent over to touch the grass, wet from Katrina's aftermath, and I baptized myself on my head, neck and breasts with the water. I stood there a few more minutes and went inside to write a poem about it. It felt so good to be alone and to realize that ritual with the Earth is so closely linked with human health. It's essential, I believe, to commune with Her, to feel her presense in your life because we come from Her and return to Her. She is change and so are we. An old wise crone in the third documentary said; "Young people come to me and ask 'What can I do to heal the earth?' and I tell them 'Heal yourself.'" That moved me to ritual, to commune, to create art and poetry. To heal my insecurities about my ability to do those very things alone. To be human, fallible, breakable, yet still complete able to bring change. To live and be alive.