An Elder’s Musings on Love

Joanne posted on Facebook last week a quote by Rumi – “Wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love.” When Rumi spoke of love he wasn’t talking about one person, he spoke of the Divine.  That is my message, “Be in love.”   I could end there, but I won’t.

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Recognizing Abuse

I’ve been thinking a lot about abuse.  Of course, most of us know about the domination, exploitation and  need for control meted out by patriarchy, but I wonder if we have actually normalized many abuses?  Abuse in the home, in the workplace, in our culture.   Perhaps  we accepted it unconsciously because so many of us are conditioned by religions that tell us to make noble sacrifice and tolerate suffering silently?  I wonder if we’re calling it out when we see it – often and loudly – or if we’ve become conditioned to quietly accept the abuse with little push back?

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The Blue Lotus and the Butterfly

Just at dawn, the lotus pushed its way up through a crack in the concrete lot where an abandoned tenement building had burned to the ground and been forgotten.  Nearby, a butterfly hatched in a rusty tin pail. After drying its wings in the smoky city air, it gently landed on the lotus, waiting to be seen

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Herbal Adventures with Susun S Weed

It’s the first day of my week-long horseback trip in Provence, the South of France. Beneath my feet (and my horse’s hooves) aromatic and beautiful plants that I know as cultivated, sometimes pot-bound, specimens are growing wild: grey bitter wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), heavy-headed fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), ground-hugging thyme (Thymus vulgaris), spicy lavender (Lavendula dentata), and heart-warming rosemary (Rosmarinus off.). Each step we take releases sharp, heady fragrances.

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Invoking the Goddess to Dream with Us

How can dreams contribute to healing… and to one’s creativity? For fifty years, I’ve written down my dreams and pondered their significance in my daily life. Having collected so much material over five decades, I have learned to discriminate and differentiate the kind of dreams, whether useful, garbage, archetypal, or healing. Subjects come and go, connections arise. I don’t know how such clusters occur.

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“The Goddess in America – The Divine Feminine in Cultural Context”, edited by Trevor Greenfield with an introduction by Jhenah Telyndru

This is an anthology of specialist essays by 19 Goddess experts. Included in the articles are Native American (such as the Cherokee, Hopi and Maya), Irish, African, Creole, Hebrew and female deities from other cultures, along with modern influences, such as feminist, shaman, Christian, psychologist, Goth, witch, and other perspectives.

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