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Discrimination, ATR’s, and the Power of Myth!

There is something that has been weighing on my heart that I feel that I must speak about.  I was reading a post by a fellow Witch who spoke her heart about coming to accept herself and her path and how liberating it was to just embrace herself in the face of the persecutors.  It is hard to believe that in this day and age that people are still persecuting each other based on religious belief.  I mean Continue reading Discrimination, ATR’s, and the Power of Myth!

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What is Sanse?

Sanse is a practice to some and a religion to others.  It depends on who you ask.  Some people will practice Sanse alongside their own religion and some practice only Sanse.  Many Sansistas (initiates of Sanse) tend to consider themselves religiously Catholic, Christian, or Espiritismo (which again by many is considered another Practice), but they can be of any religious background. The basic belief of Sanse is that God is the beginning and the end.  The creator of all Continue reading What is Sanse?

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The Angles of Light in Sanse

In Sanse the Mysteries are divided into 7 divisions.  They are called Mysteries because as much as we would like to, it is not possible to comprehend as humans how and why they work. We accept that they are Angles of Light. Messengers of God.

The first division is known as the Black Division.  When people hear the name the Black division I think their heart probably jumps a little.  I think this is related to a Hollywood, and a media laden understanding of African based traditions.  I am going to leave it there as that his-tory is very convoluted.  Suffice it to say that we come from the Black dust of the earth and to the Black dust of the Earth we must return.  It is the womb and we are all birthed from it.  This is the Black Division.  It consists of all the Dead that you do not consider an Ancestor or do not Continue reading The Angles of Light in Sanse

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Tuning into the Sky

As we move through life it is easy to get so immersed in the drama of life that we fail to connect to the greater universe.  We forget that we are individuals living within a vast web that is made of relationships. Our relationships are not only interpersonal but environmental, international, and interplanetary.  We do not exist as islands unto ourselves. Everyday there Continue reading Tuning into the Sky

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St. John’s Wort Herb

St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum.  From the time of the ancient Greeks down through the middle ages it was used to dispel evil spirits, witches, and black magic.  It has been used from the time of the Common names are names are Amber Touch-and-heal, Goat weed, Klamath Weed, Rosin Rose.  The genus name Hypericum is derived from the Greek words hyper (above) and eikon (picture), in reference to the tradition of hanging plants Continue reading St. John’s Wort Herb

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John The Baptist

John the Baptist was the son of the priest Zachariah and Elizabeth, a cousin of the Virgin Mary. They were an elderly, child-less couple who had given up all hopes of ever having children of their own. One day, the archangel Gabriel announced to Zachariah that they were going to have a son, but as the latter did not believe that was possible at Elizabeth’s age he openly doubted the angel. As a punishment, he was struck dumb and got his speech back only after John had been born. John the Baptist dedicated his life to God is known for his evangelization and the baptism of Jesus on the banks of the river Jordan. Continue reading John The Baptist

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The False Husband

Today I read a post on Facebook about a couple who decided to write a book to counter in their opinion the deleterious affect fairytales like Cinderella and Rapunzel have on the minds of young women.  These stories are of young women who are trapped and helpless and feel they can’t move on without the male heroes rescue.  The women wrote a contemporary book about real life women who created and manifested their own realities. I think some of the characters in the book were about women like Freda Kahlo, Helen Keller, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, maybe Oprah.  All great names and definitely inspiring stories of the lives of women who are excellent role models for young women.  I have to agree 100% that young girls need all the knowledge they can get on how to be strong for themselves. Continue reading The False Husband

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Vasilissa The Beautiful

My birthday was a few weeks ago.  For my birthday I treated myself to a mortar and pestle to grind some spices.  I usually use my food processor to grind them but was feeling like I wanted the experience of using a mortar and pestle.  As I was grinding away, the sweet scent of cassia, that’s Cinnamon, wafting through the air, I was reminded of the fairytale Vasilissa the Beautiful.  In the story there is an old witch called the Baba Yaga who rides in a mortar and pestle.  The whole thing made me giggle and glow with a knowing smile as a warm comforting nostalgic connection to the many beings who all across the world throughout history have had the experience and joy of grinding spice.   Continue reading Vasilissa The Beautiful

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Vegetarianism. A Moral Obligation?

Thirteen or so odd years ago I participated in a post graduate studies program that was designed to prepare college graduates for graduate level study.  One of the requirements for participation was to write a thesis style research paper on a topic of interest.  I think also the paper was to be published.  I also might be confusing that with another paper that I wrote.  Thirteen years is long time to remember back and much has transpired since then.  I was mid step between transitioning from an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate program in Nutrition so i chose a topic that would allow me to explore nutrition from a philosophical perspective.   Vegetarianism. A moral Obligation? I felt like it was a great topic I could tell the program directors felt baffled by the idea.   You would expect more open mindedness at an institute of Continue reading Vegetarianism. A Moral Obligation?