the two truths

I think this is a good blog post by this SE coast witch and want to share it with you. Blessed Be.

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In this cup lies all the world’s wisdom, And I will share it with you.. Froud (GF/BF.. i believe)

Saturday past woke me with anticipation.. I had a planned sojourn to the coast with one of mine to visit Walking Bear. As always, he refreshes my spirit and makes the day to day a little easier to go back to and I was looking so forward to seeing him. I had plans to visit my grave and so was up early collecting this and that needed, still thinking on (as I had been the night before) of what I would want to do once we went to sea. For just a moment I saw her reflected in the altar’s ball, shining white with a crowning mass of coral where her hair should be (things have really been sneaking up on me lately) and an hourglass. She said I had but…

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So Many Posts, So Little Time, Finally catching up and just Rebloging my Favourites from this Week

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I spend yesterday doing almost Nothing pleasurable on the computer (no, i am not talking about that those of you with dirty minds). I was literally surrounded 180* with medical paperwork of letters and statements and bills writing a long letter to Medicare. What fun.

I Finally got round to reading about 20 blog posts i had bookmarked and will post a link of three from A Bad Witch’s Blog here and here and here, The Wild Hunts Unleash the Hounds and Invocatio’s Mysteria Misc Maxima January 31st 2014. Enjoy, and thank you all for your Great posts and posts of posts of posts ad infinitum….

Once you read them i can say i guess i did OK for the Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse, did clean the house expecting guests today who cancelled, didn’t cry, but its hard for a witch to not wear black, and i did cut some mail open, so i guess i did OK. I did light a candle to a nice old thick brass Dragon plate i have.

OK with all the news stories about the Pope’s blood gone missing – It did turn out well made into a sweet rasberry jam which i will have on peanut butter on a communion wafer for the upcoming Sabat. LOL. Just kidding NSA!

You all have a blessed Candlemas and a wonderful weekend.

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Crowley’s Babalon by Freida Harris – drinking the blood of the saints…….

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Another powerful poem from Lorna. My comment was – “It’s funny. At new moon i used to light a candle to Mahakala, but now that i have the Anubis i light a candle to him and to the black Bastet across the room from him too. Anubis being a canine is like yr hounds of the underworld. Candlemas / Imbolc will be lovely with the thin crescent waxing moon, the glimmer of Persephone’s candle as she begins her months long walk out of the underworld to bring back the green, illuminated in the sky by her sister’s crescent lantern. I see a poem in there, but i am no poet, but you are…..”

I Personally Think US President Barack OBama’s State of the Union Speech was Great

I actually stayed up to start to watch the yearly State of the Union speech but usually go to bed before it is over. Last night i watched the whole 1.5 speech and I was impressed. I know it is just a speech, and written by him with some help, and love to watch John Boehner’s facial and body language reactions, and i can tell you with all the standing ovations this is the most exercise the members of congress have in a year, lol. It is also always interesting how the Judges of the Supreme Court never clap or rise, because they are the third pillar of our government which is to remain detached from the President and the Congress.

I think what i remember the best, and i paraphrase as best as i quickly wrote it down last night. President Obama said – “America must move away from our constant war footage”, which means to me that we as a powerful country will hopefully not waste our blood and treasure fighting wars where there will never be a winner over usually nothing but oil and male bravado. We Will support as best we can what we perceive to be the good guys vs the bad guys, hopefully by UN definitions, but the world is so frigging mixed up now who knows who is good or bad? I know some wars, like WWII, were justified or the west would be speaking German right now. No affront to our German pagan brothers and sisters. In fact if you or i lived in Germany post WWI we would all joined the Nazi party, which started out as a nationalistic political party, but ended up as an extermination machine. I know 90% of wars are over religion or property and resources.But the male ego in the past and present drives them both.

I am almost 61 years old and i do Not Ever remember when we were not in some war some time some where and almost got drafted to kill human beings in Vietnam and  i am sick of it. I lived through the Cold War and do not have kids primarily because i just figured they would all be fried by nukes.When Reagen and Gorbachev, neither of whom i liked but they were the leaders for their times, signed the first nuclear peace agreement i signed a huge sign of relief. Before them Churchill and Roosevelt were the leaders for their times.

I worked 7 years in the ER and saw more shot and stabbed dead bodies than most of our brave soldiers even in recent wars, well maybe just as many. I know the smell and emotion of death, and the grieving of families which is even worse than picking up brains off the ER floor and carting bloodless white bodies to the morgue.

I am for peace as much as it can be achieved. I hope tribal wars from millennia ago that continue yet today with bigger and better and smarter weapons just STOP. the Blood Feud must stop. We all live on the same planet. There are enough resources here if we are smart and frugal and control our reproduction and move from fossil fuels to solar and geothermal and wind and wave energy sources. Otherwise Mother Earth will shake us off like fleas off a dog.

Anyway, enough of my rant, here is a great speech if you have the patience to watch it and have not seen it already. End of sermon. Amen.

“The Ents andTaliesin’s Battle Of The Trees” from The Dance of Life blog

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Beech with Heart – Copyright 2014 GLHoke

I have been wanting to reblog this for days, this wonderful post and animated video on Taliesin’s Battle of the Trees from The Dance of Life blog. I especially liked the second half of the video which Is a version of the Song of Amergin. Besides his post and video i loved his Pinterest page of Tree Ents or trees that have human or elven features. Enjoy and Blessed Be.

Taliesin’s Battle of the Trees

Hmmm, can’t seem to embed it, so just hit the link above. And you know i just Have to have pics in my blog so enjoy those, but this post is about the post and video linked above. Bad me.

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Closeup Beech with Heart – Copyright 2014 GLHoke

These tree pics are of a tree along the stream which not only has a heart shaped hole but also has many old and new hearts carved into it with so and so loves so and so. It was at the end of an old bridge which washed out back in 2006, the stone piers of which are still laying downstream from me and my bro used his SUV and a big chain to drag one piece up as a step for my bridge.And here below is a pic of part of the pier on which these old timers who built it carved their initials and names in the crude concrete.

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The English Elm is Dead

Another lovely poem post by Lorna to share with you. My comment was – “I swear my good neighbor, who is a woodsman and archer hunter, has an English elm in his front yard. Though it is a “dirty” tree dropping long flowers full of tannin that stain his sidewalk and producing a copious amount of seeds in spiky pods you don’t want to step on or run the mower over. But he won’t cut it down because he knows how rare it is for one to have survived Dutch Elm Disease. I collect these and plant them in my woods across the stream and have been successful with one so far. Also its funny about my good neighbor, whose first name btw is Loyal, though he used his middle name. He is a Mason and a good man. He does archery and some gun hunting but is such a perfectionist on getting the perfect kill shot i have never seen him with prey for 10 years, and i salute that. And if he would get prey he would be one to use Everything on it for a purpose.”

Signposts in the Mist

Spreads in the midst her boughs and agéd arms
an elm, huge, shadowy, where vain dreams, ’tis said,
are wont to roost them, under every leaf close-clinging.’
-Virgil, The Aeneid

The English Elm is dead.
No more does she live.
Nowhere but the realm of dream.
I prepare my chariot for the journey.

Two white coursers
plunge through the hedge of mist
and a spark of elf light leads the way
through withered corpses of trees,
leaves fallow, roots starved,
gagging on the pain
of their tyloses
over ground thick with beetles
dark with pox
thronging without purpose,
teeth chattering
to the huge, shadowy elm
who keeps our dreams
sheltered beneath her generous leaves.

She is dead. Rotten.
Riddled with disease.
Her towering boughs creak in a windless wind.
There is no sign of our dreams.

The virus takes form in beetles
nonchalant, uncaring if it has lost…

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Post by HPS Vivianne Crowley – ‘The woods have gone away… we are lonely by moonlight’

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Please read this wonderful post by the High Priestess Vivianne Crowley at the Patheos blog entitled

‘The woods have gone away… we are lonely by moonlight’

And Here are more of her writings at Patheos. Thank you and Blessed Be.

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Photo of roots and rocks – Copyright 2014 GLHoke

Homophobia in Paganism

My original comment was – “Well written and i think i will reblog it. One of our priestesses in NC has big Beltane and All Hallows gatherings with ritual and late one night she heard some guys dissing some gays and kicked their asses right out and told them to not come back. She is a tigress that way, lol. BB. Lee / Shawnus” But i can now add my own experience from the mid-1990s where a famous Dianic witch writer was coming to town to give a lecture so me and my gf called to get tickets and i was told i could not come because i was a man. So there i was the 3rd* high priest of a coven for 15 years at that point and i could not hear a writer i liked because i had a dick between my legs????? That kinda pissed me off, no pun intended.

Pagan Activist

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~by RevKess

Homophobia. Biphobia. Transphobia. Each term implies an irrational fear of someone or something that is different. That’s just it. Irrational fear. Unfortunately the Pagan community is not immune to such fears. They are present in the Pagan world just as they are in every other aspect of human civilization. Unlike arachnophobia, which can be founded in something real – a person bitten by a brown recluse may be very afraid of all spiders afterwards – these phobias are more a result of cultural influence than anything real.

Personal experiences: I feel lucky that in my early years as a Pagan and an openly gay person that I did not face these phobias from within my new community. I came out of both the broom closet and the gay closet at the tender age of 14 while attending a small rural high school. I was harassed in school for…

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Shaman, Sage and Bard

Nice picture and poem, finally getting through all the posts of the last two days, been working on upcoming rituals. My comment here was – “A true shaman is her to serve her/his community, to be a conduit between the world of man and the world of the gods and fey.”

Metal Gaia

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(By Mogon)

I protect my home, for I am the Shaman.
I see into others minds, for I am the Sage.
I mend the broken heart, for I am the Bard.
But of these three there is only one.
I fear.
I worry.
I cry.
For I am Human, like you.

This is not a Metal Gaia creation. Just sharing a poem from a friend. 

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