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6/29/10 11:31 A

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Greetings,

I am so happy that you have found a comfortable place. I guess I will need to keep my channels open and to find like-minded people here as well. Terrific to have such a wonderful Midsummer gathering.

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6/28/10 11:06 P

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Midsummer here in Sanford, Florida was great this year! I am a solitary, a follower of Buckland, and have the good fortune to live within walking distance of Ann Moura's new shop, Luna Sol Esoterica. Even tho were're in the "bible belt," there are many pagans here! Woo Hoo!!

Until we meet again - Peace.

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6/22/10 11:05 P

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Greetings SOCKGIRL1991M,

I am in my mid-50's and it is sad that I allow others to silence me in this respect. The community I live in (plus my family) is into Christianity and any other form of thinking is basically persecuted. [Sometimes I wonder if my previous life in Salem, Mass. has something to do with my fear]. Anyway, I was talking to man (who was way far-right, politically) in a bar several years ago and because I spoke up for feminism I was called a heathen, pagan, satanist, and the list went on and on. By the time he was done spewing I was portrayed, rather loudly, to others as a Satanist and Communist which is not a good thing to be in a conservative rural town in Iowa. I know that is extreme, but I really do not wish to repeat that experience. Now my sister (bless her) has "found God" BIG time and she "helps him with all of the decisions in running the world and others lives." Just ask her.

So basically, I guess I do not have the energy nor the will to fight this discrimination in this society just to share my beliefs with others.

But after saying that, I guess that isn't right either. I do try to share my personal understanding of the world in regards to magic and mysticism all within the cycles of the medicine wheel; the never ending cycles of days, seasons, years, and lifetimes along with the lessons and the intertwining of lives during those lifetimes. This has become such a part of who I am that I guess I share a form of this with the children I work with since I use nature therapy when I work with children who have been abused/neglected and are in the beginning stages of healing from abuse.

After looking at it this way, I guess I am not just cringing and keeping quiet about my philosophy on life. I am openly applying my philosophy and beliefs about the Universe.

Wow, sorry about the spewing part, but I guess I needed that. It has been over 14 years since I have had the opportunity to speak to others with similar beliefs or even open to exploring other ways of viewing our perceptions. Hope you excuse my mild rantings and accept me as an individual who appreciates our Earth Mother and the blessings we have and will receive.

By the way, I did not get to make the solstice cakes, ran out of time, and since I need to cut down on the sugar
emoticon I went for my "first alone one mile walk" for the first time in many, many years. It was such a charge for my whole Being. I forgot how wonderful it is to be back out communing with "Mother Nature." Happy Solstice everyone. Be Well. Julia emoticon

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6/22/10 12:55 A

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Luckily for me, my folks haven't expressed their views on paganism as work of the devil, but they don't really approve of it. (They respect my choice, but they don't approve - does that make sense?) If I keep quiet, then they keep quiet - our unspoken agreement.

I wasn't able to get around to making the solstice cakes, but I hope that I can soon. I hope that they work out well for you when you try to make them, Julia. Please, do share how it worked for you! I spent my time on this solstice admiring the view and working on my room.

Edited by: SOCKGIRL1991M at: 6/22/2010 (00:56)
...is what Mary said.


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6/21/10 7:04 P

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Summer Solstice snuck up on me as well this year. I understand about living with people who view paganism as of "the devil." I am a solitary practitioner as well. It doesn't mean I can't celebrate. I spent some time outside in the beautiful sun (well when it was shining) and gave thanks for the summer season of growth and maturity. We are all so blessed.

Hope all are well and are at peace.

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Thanks SOCKGIRL1991M for the link to Solstice Cakes, I may get to try them.

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6/21/10 12:48 P

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I'm not sure what I'll be doing. I sort of take the day as it comes, as I live with a Christian family and I don't really feel free to practice the way that I want to.

If it's cool enough today, I might try to bake something. I may try to make Solstice Cakes (miniature versions of Pineapple Upside-down cake) if I have the ingredients. (They may have been originally intended for the Winter Solstice, but why not have one of them in the summer?) Recipe here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuPWPIYowiM

I don't think that I can do anything "really spectacular" until I get my room back into order (I had to dig out my room so I could paint it, and now I need to get everything /back/ into my room), so I may spend a fair portion of the solstice getting my room back into order.

...is what Mary said.


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6/21/10 10:34 A

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I did my thing yesterday as I was alone all day long. I'm a solitary witch, so I like it like that. Today I will likely go for a walk in the woods and for a swim to enjoy this lovely Mother Earth and give thanks for the blessed life I lead.

When you don't know what you want it's probably time to begin enjoying what you have.


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6/21/10 3:51 A

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Is anyone doing anything special for Midsummer today?

Sadly, this year it snuck up on me and I'm not as prepared as I would like and am looking for a few fresh ideas.

With that being said, Happy Solstice all!

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