Vulture

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Lately I have been frequently seeing large birds of pray.  Generally they are too far away for me to be sure what they are.  However, the other day I saw two vultures fly from the ground as my Dad and I drove by them.  Then today I saw two vultures flying.  I looked up the message of vulture at spirit-animals.com, and this is what is says:

If Vulture has flown across your path;

Vulture is asking you to be patient with yourself and think things through. Take your time before making decisions and choose paths that support your higher consciousness and your heart. Use all of your resources combined with your past experience to approach the problem from a different angle. Know that you are always free to choose your own path but be flexible while moving forward. Allow yourself to use all of your senses to navigate through this situation for your highest benefit. Call on all your resources to get the job done. Alternatively this bird recognizes that you are fiercely protective of those you feel responsible for but you are reminded that knowing when to allow others to sink or swim is important too. Recognize the need for higher awareness in all those around you.”

Granted I see many birds because I live out in the boonies.  These large bird sightings have really been grabbing my attention lately though, so I figured that my intuition may be telling me to take particular notice of Vulture’s message.

I find it interesting that there is an overlap of Vulture’s message with Donkey and Spider’s message.  Spider being my totem, and donkey seeming to be an animal messenger of mine.  Each spirit animal has a message of taking my time to make the best decisions for me.  That’s all for this post.  Blessed be, y’all.

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Typing to Vent

I just spent a little while typing a post to vent my frustration about a situation and then discuss what I learned from it.  I was not being nasty or negative, but when I came to the end of the post, I felt it had served its purpose and then deleted it.  This is not the first time such has happened, and it likely won’t be the last.  It really can be quite relieving to just type about what is bothering you and your thoughts on the matter, even when nobody else is going to see what you type. Perhaps especially when you do not share what you are typing.  Without going into all the details of the deleted post, I will share some of the wisdom nuggets here:

  • Verbal confrontation forces us to consider how we react to the words/perceptions of others.  You most likely can’t control what somebody says, but you can control whether or not you react with negativity.
  • Don’t let anybody cause you to feel lousy when you have been doing what you can.  People often try to project their perceptions with force and might insult you when you don’t live up to their standards.  You weren’t put here to live up to everybody’s standards.  If you try to do that, you will likely cause constant internal conflict.
  • Don’t second guess your faith because of somebody else insulting it.   Know your own truths.

Blessed be, y’all.

Personal Elemental Correspondences

Today I did an exercise in which I figured out personal correspondences for the elements.  These correspondences were not animals, trees, herbs, etc., but rather the effects the elements seem to have on me (or personal attributes they seem to represent).  Perhaps some of you will be interested in doing this exercise.  Here are my results:

Earth:  grounding, calming, patience

Air:  freedom, breath, exhileration

Fire:  warmth, exertion, intent

Water:  cleansing, transformation, revitalizing

I kept to three correspondences each for simplicity and time-saving.  Feel free to type up as my personal correspondences as you desire and leave a link to your post in my comment section.  Blessed be, y’all.  🙂

The Storms We Have Weathered

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Earlier today I remembered the short period of my life when I suffered from PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).  I was blessed that I was able to see a doctor and get it sorted out before too much time passed.  A couple of cycles of crying over things like not being able to find the right flatware was enough to convince my Dad I needed help.  Remembering that period from a decade ago made me feel thankful for the passing of that storm.  There have surely been several other storms that I have weathered, and I am thankful for the passing of each of those.

I think most of us go through times in which we just don’t know how we are going to get through whatever it is we are dealing with.   There are at least millions of people dealing with problems so great I cannot fathom the strength it takes for them to march on.  I know the gratitude that comes from surviving a storm.  I also believe that remembering times we survived storms can help us weather storms to come.  This means that not only do hard times help us to be grateful by showing us a contrast, they can help make us realize our strength.

Next time you are feeling weak or lost, I ask that you remember how strong you have been so that you will realize the strength you are capable of.  May you all be blessed upon your journeys, and find shelter during your storms.

A Day for Reading a Book

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I have books that seemed to call to me to be purchased yet are rarely opened.  There are three books in particular that really “called” to me which I have slacked on reading.  Those three are:

  • The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak
  • Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
  • The Witches’ Goddess by Janet and Stewart Farrar

Today I have been reading Wicca for Beginners.  It seems fitting after watching a documentary last night about how Gerald Gardner founded Wicca.  Although I don’t consider myself Wiccan, the religion does provide a foundation for modern witches to learn from.  There are also certainly aspects of the religion that jive with me.  Some of its basic principles that I connect with are:

  • Divine is too large and transcendent for us to fully comprehend.  Thus, Wiccans perceive Deity in different facets/aspects.
  • Psychic abilities are real and innate within each of us.
  • Magic is real.  To practice magic (or magick, as I prefer to spell it) is to create change in accordance with one’s will.
  • Sex is sacred.  Thus, sexual relationships should be approached with consideration.
  • An ye harm none, do as ye will.  Or in other words; Do your own thing as long as you are not behaving like a horrible person.

As you may have assumed, I finished reading the chapter on Wiccan principles before typing this post.  I believe I have read from the next chapter before.  It is about the fundamental energy tools of grounding, visualization, and and shielding.  I figure it will be good to reread that information.

I hope you are all having a lovely day.  Perhaps somebody else will be inspired to dust off a book and open it.

Park Adventure

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I enjoyed the second day of Spring by spending some time at a park with a friend.  It was a warm and sunny day, however the temperature has been up and down a lot lately.  This probably explains why most of the trees around here have no leaves on them.

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There was some greenery to be found though.

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The best part of the visit was getting to dip my toes in the river.

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Blessed be, y’all.

 

The Shack

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This is a free stock image, not the shack featured in the film

*Spoilers Alert*

I recently went to see The Shack.  I knew it was going to be a Christian movie.  What pleasantly surprised me were the Christo-Pagan elements of it.  Most have heard of The Holy Trinity.  However, how often do we see God represented as a trio in a movie?  This is probably the only time I have ever seen God represented as The Trinity in a movie.  When I was growing up God was simply presented as God The Father.  Christ was presented as the son of God.  I don’t recall the Holy Spirit being discussed as one of three Divine personalities.  If the Holy Spirit was mentioned, it seemed to be in a manner representing The Father.  The name the Holy Spirit goes by in The Shack is Sarayu.  The actor portraying Christ in the movie says “Sarayu is creativity, action, the breath of life.  She is my spirit and even if you can’t see it, you are in the center of our love and purpose.”  The name is said to mean “wind.”  It is apparently derived from Sanskrit.  The air element is often associated with creativity in pagan belief.  On a personal note, I have stated that I feel The Goddess’ presence in breezes.

An interesting note about the representation of The Father is that an actress played the roll for most of the movie.  She was referred to as Papa, but presented as a woman who was kind to the main character when he was a child.  The reason given for this in the movie is that God knew he didn’t need a father at that time.  Thus God the Father in the movie played more of an aunt-like roll until later in the movie when the main character did need a father.  (His earthly father was not available, but I won’t get into that in this post.)  The message there is that God presents to each of us in the way that best appeals to us at the time.  Also, different representations of Deity come from the same Source.  This is also a familiar belief under the pagan umbrella.

Wisdom is character in the movie as well.  She is not presented as Deity, but does seem to represent the wisdom of our Higher Selves or Divine Sparks.  The soul is represented as a garden that Divine enjoys.  This “tickles me” (as many little old ladies would say) because the name of my blog is The Spirit Garden.  As the main character is in a garden with Sarayu, he comments on the wildness/messiness of the garden.  She responds by agreeing that the garden is wild and saying “It’s wild and wonderful and perfectly in process. This mess is you.”

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Here are some lessons this movie taught:

  • God is not wrathful.  God is good.  People tend to pay a price for bad deeds without God smiting them.
  • God should not be blamed for “allowing” evil deeds to occur.  God does not want slaves.  We are loved.  Free will exists so that we have the choice to have a relationship with God.  The consequence of free will is that people can decide to do horrible things.  This is how evil leaks into the world and causes pain.
  • You shouldn’t expect God to condemn anybody to Hell for all eternity because we are all His children.  Good parents love their children even when they are upset by them.  Asking God to condemn anybody in such a way is comparable to a person being told to choose which of their children goes to Heaven and which spends the rest of eternity in anguish.  It is unfair.
  • We can recognize evil deeds without becoming the judge of others’ souls.  Wisdom states that the burden of judging God’s other children is too heavy for us to bare.  Judging other souls weighs down on us and reduces our heart’s ability to love.
  • Know that life circumstances can warp a person and cause them to act outside of their soul’s true nature.  Hence bad deeds do not necessarily mean a soul is bad.
  • The past is a place to learn from, not dwell in.  Keeping our eyes on Divine prevents us from sinking in regrets and anger.
  • We can still be angry after deciding to forgive somebody.  You may have to forgive somebody a thousand times for the same hurtful action before you are ably to fully let go of that anger.  We need to let go of anger so that we can move forward instead of being ruled by thoughts of what was done to us (or to our loved ones).  Forgiveness is to heal the self.  Forgiving does not make what the offender did “okay.”
  • Tears are “healing waters”.
  • People were not meant to war over disagreements.  We were meant to have friendly conversations with each other and treat each other as family.  It isn’t right to declare our goodness and place ourselves higher than our neighbors because of their “badness.”
  • Sometimes we must intentionally make room in our gardens (our souls) for the purpose of planting something that is needed.  The Divine is ready to help us create space and plant what is needed.
  • The representation of Christ in the movie tells the main character that we can each have a relationship with God without being obedient to a religion.  He reminds the main character that He himself is not Christian.
  • As well as forgiving others, we need to forgive ourselves and stop allowing ourselves to be burdened by blame.  (Especially when something was not our fault.  Ie.  “If only I had been there maybe I could have….”)
  • Tis good to imagine ourselves and each other through the loving eyes of God, in which we are each seen as radiant beings.  We are not our flaws or mistakes.  Sometimes we get covered in muck and that dims our glow.  God sees our light even when we are unaware of our radiance.

To summarize, I greatly enjoyed watching this movie.  I was leaned forward in my seat as though the movie was physically pulling me in.  I may not be able to speak for every Christo-Pagan, but I think this movie is a delight for pagans influenced by Christianity.  It may even be a delight for some people who have no ties to Christianity.  I enthusiastically recommend it.  Blessed be, y’all.