Archive for June, 2011

In My Backyard

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Since I have not been home much in the past couple of months, I have missed my back yard.  It seems to have become so green in my absence. Friends that visited from Florida, this week, even commented on how green everything is.  I decided to enjoy it this morning and soaked in the hot tub for about an hour.  During that time, I listened to the birds singing in the trees and flying overhead.

At one point a hawk made a low pass over the trees and was pursued by two smaller birds that seemed really upset.  It reminded me of my dog Raven that passed earlier this Spring.  We called her our huntress.  One day she was in our back yard and managed to snag a bird out of mid air.  She was so proud!  Although it didn’t please us, it really made the songbirds angry and for the rest of that year she was attacked by dive-bombing birds that held a grudge.

There are those that say animals don’t remember or have a soul, but I for one believe they do.  These birds obviously grieved one of their own and demonstrated their anger for a sustained period of time.  I have witnessed many situations where animals and birds have mourned the loss of one of their own.  I know that there is a spark of the Devine in every living thing as much as there is in us.  I honor this in all of life and know that we all share the energies of the cosmos and the Spirit of Deity.

Spring Festivals

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Life has finally slowed down this Spring.  Not that it hasn’t been a wonderful ride.  Because it has.  I have attended and presented at several Pagan festivals to include PhoenixPhyre Phamily Phestival, Old Earth Gather, MoonDance, Pagan Unity Festival (PUF) and a couple of smaller events.  The conclusion that I have come to is that each festival has a spirit of its own.  The things that remain constant, however, are that I meet new friends and renew old acquaintances with many wonderful people.  I have made many new friends this year and by the same token, it has been wonderful to see old friends.  The really fun thing is that people show up where I least expect them.  People that I know from one festival and don’t expect to see again until the same time next year suddenly appear in my peripheral and good times get even better.

 

The second constant is the I get to share my knowledge with others at these venues.  It is so rewarding to have so many people attend my workshops and linger afterwards to talk and share ideas.  It is especially rewarding when I see familiar faces (people that have taken the workshop previously) show up to go through it again.  I do love to teach and facilitate workshops.  I also attend other workshops and learn from them.  Not to mention the fact that I learn from my attendees and students.  The more challenging the questions and comments the better it is and the more I learn.

 

I have enjoyed some fantastic music this year also.  S.J. Tucker is one of my favorites and I enjoyed her music at PUF.  I really enjoyed Spiral Rhythm and Telling Point.  So much good Pagan entertainment out there.

 

I am already have bookings for this Fall and next Spring and will post the fall schedule soon.