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Respect the Mysteries

“When we bring mindful awareness to the simple activity of perception, we may notice that what draws our attention to things – what enables our senses to really engage and participate with them – is precisely the open and uncertain character of those things. An entity that captures my gaze is never revealed to me in its totality; it presents some facet of itself to my eyes while always withholding other aspects from my direct apprehension. I never see a ponderosa pine in its entirety – I see one side of this wide trunk with its fissured bark, while the other side remains concealed. When I walk around to view the other side, the first side is obscured. Nonetheless, I now have a fuller sense of this trunk – although its interior structure remains hidden…I can see only sporadic glimmerings of the upper branches; they’re mostly hidden by the spray of needles, as the spreading roots of this pine are concealed beneath the ground. If, seized by an uncontrollable urge to know the whole of this being, I brought over a shovel and began to dig up those roots, I’d be endangering the vitality and beauty of this pine, interrupting the very mystery that draws me back to this huge tree day after day.” – David Abram, Becoming Animal, p. 44

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Reblog: The Wind: An Air Memoir

 

Image: Windy by Garry Knight. Some rights reserved.

“It is October, and I am taking her for a constitutional in our new neighborhood one morning when I notice how powerful the wind has become – this autumn the air is especially wild. I am buffeted about by strong, cold gusts as I walk the dog, my hair flying into my face, tangled and wild, my small dog struggling to keep her eyes open in the fast, chilled air. We return to the apartment, and I notice that, for a moment, I don’t feel as empty or as despondent.”

Read more at The Wind: An Air Memoir — Amoret BriarRose

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Reblog: Paganism: resists infallible leader syndrome, eats them when they fail

My insightful friend Bone discusses the risk of being a fallible human and a leader in pagan communities:

I’m always hesitant about stepping into leadership in my community. I feel called to share my gifts, and resist the glare of the spotlight. Scrutiny is a difficult thing, but my religious community prides itself on being fully human in all the places of our lives. We encourage and embrace each other as we flail…

via Paganism: resists infallible leader syndrome, eats them when they fail — Musings from the Bone

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Reblog: All the Green and Growing Things

 

The first three months of 2017 have been full of change, disruption and flux for me. Like the seasonal shift from winter to spring, I have been working through the fits and starts of the new exchanging with the old, of life dancing with death. I have been sitting listlessly…

Read more at All the Green and Growing Things: Casting a Spell upon Myself — Amoret BriarRose

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Witches’ Tools for Artists: Elements of Magic

Witches’ Tools for Artists: Elements of Magic [Online: March 1 – May 17]

Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit…allies in living magically, allies in creating art, allies in enacting change in our living world.

TO REGISTER:
Please fill out our registration form: https://goo.gl/Ux088W
Send payment via Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/witcharts-please include in the comments your name and “Elements of Magic”

Are you the magical sort, interested in learning more about Reclaiming Witchcraft?Do you create? Are you interested in exploring your craft by using the tools of the Witch?

The first of the Reclaiming Tradition core classes, this class will explore the Elements through the lens of the Reclaiming Tradition. Over 10 weeks, we will investigate the foundations of the practice of Witchcraft through intimate workings with Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. With Allies both magical and human, we will step into artistic practice as a magical and revolutionary act.

For more information about Reclaiming: http://reclaiming.org/about/

FACILITATORS:

Amoret BriarRose: I am a poet, witch, and synergist. I am an initiate in both Reclaiming and Anderson Feri traditions and have been working magic for 17 years. I seek the sacred in words and woods, in song and silence, and in the intimate magics of the everyday. I endeavor to look life in the eye and believe that surrender holds a key to grace. I am called to divination, gathering messages from tarot cards and runes, from the sounds of tree roots stretching and the drumming of heartbeats. I am called to community, knowing that many hands make light and interesting work. I come alive when our voices come together, calling to the Mysteries. Find out more about me at https://amoretbriarrose.com/

Laurie Dietrich: I am a performance artist, a ritualist and a deathworker. I was trained as a priestess at Diana’s Grove Mystery School, and continue that work with a team of Grove-trained collaborators as Expanding Inward (expandinginward.com). I am interested in coherence. Coincidence. Simplicity. Integrity. I call myself a Shaper, and I do that work with words and silence, motion and stillness, pageant and darkness. My great teachers are Paradox, Necessity and Change. My spiritual practice is Buddhism. One of my deep joys is sharing the ideas, values and practices that have transformed my own life with others.

CLASS INFORMATION:

PREREQUISITE: Participants should have already read the first six chapters of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

WHERE:
 Class participation will take place online (Facebook group, audio files, Zoom conference calls)

WHEN: Class begins March 1, 2016 and runs through May 17, 2016


COST: 
$100-$250, sliding scale. In Reclaiming, we try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels. By using a sliding scale, we hope that those who can afford to do so will pay on the higher end. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

YOU WILL NEED: 
A reliable internet connection; an open mind; a desire to create; an artistic practice, either ongoing or new to you, that you can commit to for the duration of the class; a journal.

TO REGISTER: 
Please fill out our registration form: https://goo.gl/Ux088W 
Send payment via Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/witcharts-please include in the comments your name and “Elements of Magic”
Have questions? Please email Amoret and Laurie at thewitcharts@gmail.com