Monday, December 28, 2009

Pull to the Goddess

I have been feeling an old pull returning me to the Goddess in the past few months. Ten years ago I was very much a Wiccan, though slowly over time I have molded those beliefs into something that more resembles where I am now. I don't think I can call myself Wiccan today. It is interesting for me to look back on how much I've changed, as is evidenced by the changes in my worship in life. I was 20 years old, and looking for some way to allow me to be powerful, or empowered ... tapping in to the world of Wicca was the perfect path for me. I loved the freedom of energy and love. Perfect love and perfect trust. I loved that feeling of invoking the goddess energy - such Strength of Spirit! I loved drinking red wine as a ritual in our magic circle, and becoming more drunk from the energy than the wine. I loved performing ritual ~ I often didn't need anything to work on, I merely enjoyed the feeling of power from the words I spoke.

I have changed so much. I truly was a Maiden then ... and now I am a Mother.

The one thing that has remained constant is that I can feel a very strong feminine energy. This energy guides me, like a grandmother, gently pointing me in this direction, or that direction. She gets me to look at the circumstances of my life from a larger perspective, showing me her point of view. I feel her even now, as I write, inviting me to go deeper in this explanation. This could take several pages ... In every stage of my life, goddess has been there, backing me up with a strong, focused, clear, direct energy. She urges me to see the love and light in every person, and to celebrate my femininity, my motherhood, my sexuality, the joy of my children. She encourages me to be strong in the challenging moments of motherhood, for these moments are fleeting. The children grow whether you are enjoying them or not. Goddess reminds me to look at my children through a grandmothers' eyes. That perspective brings me so much happiness in interactions with my little darlings.

I can see many things coming to my life in the next year ... I hope that the Goddess will invite me to see things from her perspective even more. You know I will keep these developments posted ...

Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gifts of Love: Time and Energy

Do you want to give someone you love an incredibly special gift? Many people today have a really tough time getting everything done ... let alone having time and energy left over to do something relaxing. This is so true in December, isn't it? But you truly can give someone the gift of time, while embracing the true spirit of this winter season. What makes a gift of time so special is that you will be donating that person your own precious time. Such a valuable thing, isn't it? Your time will cost you nothing, but it will mean the world to someone.

You could babysit a friend's kids for a few hours, as a gift, which means they cannot pay you back for it. If you are an employer, send your employee home a few hours early on a Friday - paid time off, of course. When you go to the coffee shop next, leave some money with the cashier to pay for the next customer's order. They will never know who did such a nice thing ... and it will bring lovely energy into that person's day.

This time of the year is filled with possibility. We are celebrating the return of the light, and that light can represent whatever you want it to. Light is Love. Light is Hope. Light is Joy. Light is Beautiful.

Happy Solstice Everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Giving a Gift of Heart

The subject of giving is a hot one right now, with Christmas and other holidays just around the corner. You hear about giving in so many ways at this time: "A gift for that special someone", "This is the time to give to someone less fortunate", "Thinking of a gift for ...?" and it goes on and on.

No matter who you will be giving to this year, it is easy to get lost in the hype of the season, rather than truly focusing on why winter celebrations are important. This is a time to enjoy each other - this means enjoying all of humanity. This is a time of openness in so many ways, and it would be a shame to use this energy in a frenzied way. Smile at fellow shoppers! Talk to your neighbors! Wave to your mailman! Try to savour this time of the year, for it is fleeting, as time has a tendency of doing.

When we reflect on the reasons we have for the desire to give someone a gift, that gift becomes so much more valuable. Winter holidays have a long history of being a time to celebrate each other. Here are some ideas for thoughtful gifts for loved ones:

  • Astrological Birth Chart
  • Homemade Jewellery
  • Homemade Baked Goods
  • Warm socks!
  • Soft Robe

Remember, the spirit of giving is not about how someone will receive - that part is very much out of our control. The spirit of giving is to give of your heart and soul.