Here I Love You

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Here I Love You

Sometimes I get up early and even my soul is wet.
Far away the sea sounds and resounds.
This is a port.

Here I love you.
Here I love you and the horizon hides you in vain.
I love you still among these cold things.
Sometimes my kisses go on those heavy vessels
that cross the sea towards no arrival.
I see myself forgotten like those old anchors.

The piers sadden when the afternoon moors there.
My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose.
I love what I do not have. You are so far.
My loathing wrestles with the slow twilights.
But night comes and starts to sing to me.

The moon turns its clockwork dream.
The biggest stars look at me with your eyes.
And as I love you, the pines in the wind
want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.

Pablo Neruda

Painting by Anna Razumovskaya

Yuletide Blessings

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The Snow Maiden

Howard David Johnson

Celebration of Yule

By Alaric Albertsson
December 2013

Yule is often confused with the winter solstice, but the former is a season while the latter is a precise moment in time.

Yule begins with the Arra Geola moon, which grows full in late November or the first few weeks of December, and the season then continues for two lunar months.

For Saxon Pagans (as well as Pagans from many other paths), the celebration of the Yuletide usually does not actually begin until Mothers’ Night (the solstice) and continues for a week or two after this. I celebrate for twelve days, from Mothers’ Night to New Year’s Day, but I have been invited to Yule feasts held as late as mid-January. For that matter, I have attended Yule feasts that took place ten days or more before the solstice. And this was entirely appropriate, for Yule is a season.

I love Yule, partly because it is the most important holy tide in the Saxon sacral calendar, but also for the same reason that many non-Germanic Pagans love it. Wiccans have no reason to be exceptionally excited about the winter solstice, as it is a “minor sabbat” secondary to the big holidays like Beltane and Samhain. I have never known a Hellenic Pagan to make a big deal out of the Haloa, the December festival sacred to both Demeter and Dionysus, at least not more so than any other Greek festival. And yet Yule seems to have a special place in the hearts of most Pagans, regardless of their spiritual path, simply because it is so prevalent in our culture due to the influence of Christianity. The majority of first-generation Pagans (those of us who were raised by non-Pagan families) grew up in Christian households where we were introduced to Santa Claus, cinnamon cookies, eggnog, and jingle bells as children, and the oldest of us have passed these things on to our own children, the second- and third-generation Pagans of this century.

Although Pagans do not actually celebrate Christmas (as in “the birth of Christ”), we have no desire to relinquish the pleasantries of Christmas. Some Pagans claim that these traditions are ours, but any claim we may have to ownership is indirect at best.

While Christmas traditions may not literally be ours, the secular trappings of Christmas also have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus, and most of them suffer little or not at all when translated into a Pagan lifestyle. This is especially true for Pagans who follow Germanic paths, since so many of the Christmas customs we are familiar with originated in northern Europe. In my home we decorate a Yule tree each year. For us it represents the World Tree that connects all of the Seven Worlds. We enjoy munching on Yule cookies, and we have our favorite Yule songs. We do all of the secular things that our neighbors do, pretty much substituting the word Yule for the word Christmas.

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Disclaimer* This does not necessarily reflect my views, just food for thought*

 

Have a Holiday Season

With Love Sent

From Me

To

You

Namaste

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Kemper Art Museum F14

 

Revisiting and older post. Namaste~ We all know its meaning, just a blessed reminder.

Namaste

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word “Namaste” is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture, in India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.

We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart. One can do Namaste to oneself as a meditation technique to go deeper inside the heart chakra; when done with someone else, it is also a beautiful, albeit quick, meditation.

Aadil Palkhivala

 

Namaste, to myself, to you, to my world, and universe, to infinity and beyond~

Sindy

Dream Retrospective

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Dreams seemed to be a reoccurring theme today, a new friend blogger, Amy and her blog The Dream Well    joined in the Let’s Go Retro Challenge,  and her post is below. That was first today, and then my friend mentions have met me in a dream, which reminds me of a prominent dream and it’s current manifestation in the waking world.

 I only recently started taking the freeway to work, (recall the recent speeding incident) well, I always take it home but never took it going. Okay a long preamble, or ramble, there is an express overpass for the carpool lane, on the freeway, and coming off it was when I got stopped. The express overpass is almost surreal as it heads into a lone blue sky. The first time I was on it, I was disoriented, or enchanted, but I din’t know why. It was probably the second or third time before the dream came to mind. A couple years ago when briefly living in Louisiana, and before I had any idea of moving to Arizona I had this dream.

In the dream I was on this sky highway that sloped in curves like a roller coaster in the sky. I remember feeling light and happy in the dream. It has been awhile so I only recall fragments of the dream out of sequence, the overpass is straight from the dream. In this dream I met Kieth Richards who was riding a chopper on a curvy desert road. I recall an amazing rock arch and another good friend, who just this last weekend was in the desert at an event. That is about all of the dream I can remember but I had other dreams of the desert at that time. That might have influenced my decision to move to Arizona. The collage in the third art piece really reminds me of the dream which was like a “Doors” song.

Thanks to all of you for contributing your incredible post in the Retro challenge. I created a Participation badge if you want for your blog in my tool bar ❤

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~Let’s Go Retro Challenge~

Contributors

 litebeing chronicles

Eyes Of Odysseus

Soul Fields

Fiesta Estrellas

Sophia’s Children

Not Just Sassy on the Inside

Me, My Magnificent Self

Not Just Sassy on the Inside (II)

The Seeker’s Dungeon

Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary

Through the Peacock’s Eyes

The Dream Well

Walking My Path

Sammi Cox

I would love your contribution

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 Art top & bottom

Laura Hollick

Power Of Attention

VA9

 

Art by Visual Alchemy

Day 6

The Power of Attention

CENTERING THOUGHT

My attention activates my desires.

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SANSKRIT MANTRA

Hum Sa

Unboundedness is my true nature.

Oprah & Deepak

Energy of Attraction

Free connect on Facebook

Chopra Center

I Blue Love You

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Music , or Music, or Music

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More Love

Elizabeth Chapman

I blue love you. Get it? Haha I crack myself up and I am so cheesey sometimes.

“Love, True love.” I heart that character in The Princess Bride, so funny. What is love? I wrote an essay about it once, it was alright but love is……

Bliss, Ananda and connection with Source. Sometimes we experience this expansion with another, and that is splendid, but we can experience it without. Love is something that when we are in it, that blissful moment, expand on it and send it out, to the waters, to the skies, to Mother Earth, and to the animals, to each other.

Channel love into your children, your garden, your work, your music, your art, your writing and everywhere and everything you can think of. That is why listing things I am grateful for when driving in my car, puts me into that love vibration.

But really, really, really, I blue love ya!

Namaste

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~Much love~

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Sindy