Saturday, December 26, 2009

Episode 14 - No Fools LIke Yule Fools. No Fooling!

The Magical Earth Episode 14

Greetings, Fellow Travelers, and welcome to the Magical Earth, recorded Dec 17th, 2009.

A Quick Check in - after we discuss the snowball effect of life in the fourth quarter of the year and how the cultural cues and clues are both more and less predictable.

How much of the Christmas culture do many Pagans participate in? Do Pagans have Christmas Trees (yes, they were ours first). Do you exchange Christmas gifts with other Pagans? How do you, as a Pagan celebrate - mark - participate in Dec 25th? There are no right or wrong answers - just explorations of your personal practice.

(We talk about our Christmas Eve Orphan tradition of movie going on Christmas Eve - this year - Avatar! Followed by Sherlock Holmes.)

Cliff references his current Question of the Week on The Modern Pagan - Bombarded on All Sides. We also talk about our personal "wish lists" - everything from a knitting swift and / or a wool ball winder for Alex. Susan has already received her holiday gifts (a new laptop and a new TV) - so that leaves her with a wish for a new knitting needle set - but would settle for a Boler trailer. Jacinthe wants 10 hours in a recording studio for Musique Magique and a digital camera, more Le Creuset, and Cliff wants to be a published author by a real publisher so he can be a published author and hold a copy of his own book in his hot little hands.

Cliff references this great writing blog - Writing Excuses. Susan suggests two books by Judy Harrow - Spiritual Mentoring and Wicca Covens.

We acknowledge that we have "wants" - not needs - and that we are all grateful for what we do have. It helps to put our relationship with abundance into perspective by seeing how "desire driven" our wants are, and how far removed they are from being "needs". This is a time of year to acknowledge the blessings in our life that have sustained us through the dark time, now that the Light is returning. We chat about how our Circadian rhythms are completely "off" and we blame climate change.

We recap our knitting projects, for no particular reason except that's what we do. :) Cliff still isn't knitting.

International Calendar Change Day is approaching, and we each have our own resolutions or anti-resolutions to challenge our resolve. Health - Frugal Living - Lifestyle Changes - we shall see how we go.

Closing thoughts, and holy-day blessings from each of us - to all of you.

Susan closes with two pieces of sacred poetry - again from Galen Gilotte's Goddess Book of Hours, and the God Book of Hours.

Until next time, walk softly.

Have you purchased your Walking the Hedge calendar yet?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lucky Episode 13 - We Got Guests!

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Greetings Fellow Travelers, and welcome to the Magical Earth - recorded at The Little Pink House Studio (for a change of pace from our usual recording place).

We got guests - Brendan Meyers and Juniper from the Hedge and Crash the Dog.

A quick check in:
Cliff is recovering from larangitis and is immersed in NanoWriMo (he won, by the way)
Alex is pursuing NanoKnitSwiMo - knitting 50,000 stitches in the month of November
Susan is mourning the death of her trusty laptop and is anticipating the arrival of something new and shiny
Jacinthe is enjoying her finally completed Tattoo - done by Jodie from Rock Road Tattoo (pictures coming soon) and is being creative.

Juniper talks about her preparation for moving from the Okanagan Valley to the Ottawa Valley, and Brendan has been preparing for Juniper's arrival in Ottawa and looking for a job and working on another book.

Then follows some free range discussion - enjoy! It was a great conversation that discusses Paganism from a uniquely Canadian point of view. Lots of ideas - push - pull - agree - disagree - Good Stuff! Entertaining and Informative - but don't take our word for it - listen up!!!

Some things that we reference in it are:

We talk about how to build community and maintain community. It is a heartfelt exploration of what makes a community cleave (in both meanings of the word).

Our guests do a bit of greatly encouraged self promotion, including a list of Brendan's books (buy a book - order online or through your local metaphysical bookstore or big box book barn)
  • The Other Side of Virtue
  • A Pagan Testament
  • Mysteries of Druidry
And Brendan's on Wikipedia!

and Brendan ends with Jacinthe's favourite song from his repertoire.

AND - buy your Walking the Hedge Calendar for 2010 TODAY! Support your local calendar making hedge-witch!

Until next time - walk softly....

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