The Gift

Pull it from the stone
And press it to your heart.

Take it from the fire
And cool it with your tears.

Lift it from the waters
And sing it into life.

Raise it high into the air,
Brandish it above your head,
And show your gift
For all to see and share.

© jsmorgane (May 2010)

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Pagan Holidays for May 15, 2010


Buckle up and strap yourself in because today our Ancient Ancestors had quite a bit going on.

In Rome, we would have seen two Goddess held high. Maia–Goddess of the full moon and Vesta, Goddess of the hearth.

This day was also the mark of the Ides of May when our Vestal Virgins would show the way again by performing rites which would hopefully ensure the flow of water for the coming year. The ritual itself involved sacrifice but not of the flesh and blood kind. No need to worry darklings, unless you were the Scarecrow off of the Wizard of Oz. because this hay day called for puppets made of straw.

The Goddess month of Maia also begins today and less not forget that she was one of the daughters of Atlas, making her one of the seven Pleiades.

In many parts of Germany, people would know today as –Kalte Sophie—translated into Cold Sophie. Now, before anyone pictures a heartless, lying, vindictive, (bleep, bleep, bleep) like my step-monster Sophie, hold the brain. (Or maybe I was the only one picturing that lol curse my past—far but not forgotten– teenage years.) This had nothing to do with that embodiment of evil. lol

No, this day was all about planting and when one could do it. So after today passes,  then it’s safe to plant the crops without worries and fears of frost.

Saturday is the day of Seatere, Seater, Saturn, and Loki—trickster of the Norse Culture.


Saturday is a good day to deal with matters and or invoke magical spells concerning:

A Gift of some sort, and or maybe something to do with your property?

Are you moving your home? Is someone else moving their home? Do you have matters concerning the elderly and or maybe you need to work on self discipline?


Remember that Saturday belongs to Saturn and the Element of Earth.



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Conscious Choice

For me, what matters most is action. While action comes from will and intention, those aren’t always knowable. Action can be seen, judged, responded to. Action has a tangible reality in the world, far more significant than the interesting, ephemeral nature of belief and ideas.

It is not enough to believe. It is not enough to hold nature sacred, or reverence the old gods as a personal, emotional thing. Being a pagan, is an act of dedication. It is a willingness to sacrifice. Not blood, but time, energy, and the comfort of not knowing.

Every choice I make is a conscious one. That’s hard work, and even so I get things wrong, speak with insufficient care, fail to hear properly, and make bad choices. Sometimes a shortage of cash wins out over ethics, or personal need seems more important than environmental awareness. In April I flew to America and back. That does not sit easily, but the man I love is on the wrong side of the ocean. There are seldom many easy choices, and in being consciously, actively pagan, we sacrifice comfortable disinterest in favour of being uncomfortably aware. Choosing, consciously, when not to care and when to give up and walk away is one of the most painful things to have to do. Conscious choice means becoming aware of inaction as well.

Moment to moment we make choices about how we live and who we are. In every communication, every act of consumption, every waste, every sharing of inspiration. To live with that kind of awareness is sometimes to court misery and hopelessness. With so much wrong in the world, it can be overwhelming. However, we can also choose to embrace the beauty around us, to notice more, interact with our world as we encounter it. Conscious living is not just about opening yourself to the wrongs of the world, it’s about seeing nature as it exists around you, and being able to appreciate it. There are many rewards to be had this way. Every good conscious choice is a small triumph, and a way of improving things.

 To be pagan is to know what you are doing, and why, moment to moment. Expressing belief through action, and recognising that the small details are important too. It is easy to go blindly, ricocheting from one experience to the next with no feeling of control or purpose. In choosing awareness, we take control of our lives, our actions, we become more fully ourselves and life becomes a lot more real and meaningful as a consequence.