More losses. We have witnessed the passing of Cindy (Crescynt) Spindle and Nancy Roesch in the past month. On a highly personal note, I had to escort my beloved familiar Kukulcan to the Summerland on February 8. And the Wheel continues to turn. Once again, I urge you to take care of your health and your loved ones.
I’m delighted to introduce a new column this month: "Children and the Goddess" by Flame. Flame’s full craft name is Morgan FlameWalker, but she goes by Flame. She is a Celtic Dragon witch, the mother of one heathen child and the five cat mafia. Flame is handfasted to Ken Blacklion. She is a student of Reiki, teacher of Basic Wicca and Tarot with an on-line seminary/coven, and Priestess to a herd of Cats. She currently lives in Tennessee, but hopes to move back to Colorado soon. She feels that the Denver pagan community is a second family to her. I hope you enjoy her columns.
We still could use some more officiants for 2001! Please let Southwynde or me know if you are interested.
Thanks and a Tip of the Hat to Alia, Marian and Stephen who presented our February Open Full Moon, celebrating Imbolc. We were led on a guided meditation through a still and frozen Winterland, until we met the Goddess of Spring. Then we individually walked a real pathway and met the Winter Goddess, who spoke of that in our lives which we could choose to leave behind, melting away. Farther through the passageway we came upon the fiery Lord of the returning Sun, who gave each of us a brilliant token of fire to empower that which we wish to create anew in our lives.
Thank you for this experiential ritual of transformation. May the inspiration of this season light all our lives!
The March Open Full Moon will be on Friday, March 2, 2001, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO. The doors of the church open at 7:00. We like to begin at 7:30.
The Friends of Nancy Roesch will present a Ritual of Renewal this month. Kestrel informs me that:
"Spring is upon us and most of us are already thinking in terms of growth and new life. But, loved ones pass the wheel at all times of the year. Yet crossing the veil brings us to a different kind of renewal. We will celebrate the life and gifts of one of our community members, Nancy Roesch, in this ritual of remembering and renewal as we seek to honor our own hopes for growth at this spring tide."
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My beautiful heathen child has finally done it. She has become the devastatingly logical child. In arming myself for an 8 year olds spiritual interrogation, I have begun a "Pagan Child’s BOS." I would like to share my trials and errors on this new path and certainly welcome all comments, suggestions, and questions!
Isle of Apples
My grandfather passed on this last summer and it has been difficult for my daughter to cope with. She was very close to him and this is the first family member she can remember losing. The question, of course, came up: "What happens when you die?" I wanted to give her an answer that would explain my beliefs on her terms. I came across a story from Starhawk’s Circle Round, “The Isle of Apples.”
“When we die, we pass on to the Summerlands to the Isle of Apples. Every time we eat an apple we grow younger, but as we grow younger, we go backwards through our lives. We finish the things we didn’t have time for. If we had a fight with someone and never said "I’m sorry," we do that. If we didn’t have time to say so, we tell people we love them. Then we’re just a spirit. The Goddess puts us into her cauldron of rebirth and we get mixed up with all the other spirits. And when she has a new life, she dips in and pours out a new spirit. We don’t become ourselves again. Everyone gets a brand new spirit made up of this mix.”
My daughter thought about what I had said for a moment and I could see her understanding of it. Her only comment was, "Papa (my grandfather) will have to eat a lot of apples. He was really old when he died".
Child’s Bedtime Chant
Now I lay me down to rest.
I pray that all the World be blest.
Lady Moon and Sister Star
Watch over me from afar.
Mother Earth is always there
And keeps me safe
Within her care.
The Lord of Dreams
Will dance and sing
And happy dreams
Will to me bring.
And when I wake to
Greet the day,
Brother Sun will
Light my way.
~Lady Little Grove
Ostara Craft Project
Ostara, occurring at the Spring Equinox, is a welcome to Spring. The Full Moon of March is also known as the Seed Moon. This day marks the triumph of daylight over darkness for after today, there is more day than night. A good project for this time of year is making a Flower Bottle. This is especially good for those in a climate not quite ready for springtime planting.
You will need:
Take a clear 2 liter bottle and cut 2 D shaped holes on the sides in the middle so the flat part of the D is at the bottom and the curve is up (a D on its side). Then take a pretty flower, like a petunia, and potting soil. Plant the flower in the bottle and put it in the window. Don’t forget to water it; and watch to see if it reaches through the neck of the bottle to reach the sun.
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