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The Secrets In Plain Sight!

Published: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:45:24 +0000

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Copyright: Aidan Odinson (CC-Share Alike) 2006-2017

December 23, 2017 - Happy Whatsitsday!

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:45:24 +0000

It's that time of year when some people worry if they'll offend others with a seasonal greeting that might hint at a possible religious or ethnic affiliation, and others insist ion feeling offended if such a greeting is not their kind of greeting. And so many of the rest of us are just happy that someone wishes us well, including in their own terms.

I see this as an opportunity to learn how much we actually have in common. Once we do that, there's no limit to what we can do!

Blessed Be!


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December 16, 2017 - Some Questions Should Not Have To Be Asked!

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:11:11 +0000

Some questions should not have to be asked! As an example, I have ridden on many busses and have never asked the bus driver if he or she were sober! Some issues should be presumed resolved by the time you're involved. The recent special election in Alabama is an example of questions being asked which should have never needed asking.

Standards might change. In the 12th and 14th centuries, it was not uncommon for a girl to be married at 12, but now we consider anyone at that age to be a child. The needs of society dictated the change, and it does not get changed based on some whim or temporary sentiment. Similarly, it was once not uncommon for certain people to own slaves, but no more.

We need to know what our standards are, why they are there and follow them!

Blessed Be!

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December 9, 2017 - Powerful Prayer's Secret Ingredient!

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:22:57 +0000

There is a secret ingredient to prayer, and it can often make a major difference! It not only helps you to pray, it makes it flow better. And, it helps you to know what you need to do.

Unlike the "secret ingredients" mentioned in advertising, which usually prove to be standard components which everyone uses, this one is a genuine "secret in plain sight", often overlooked by many.

Blessed Be!

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December 2, 2017 - Who Are You Going To Call?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:39:51 +0000

I've spoken about prayer in the last few episodes, and that leaves us with one question. The problem is, the question is so obvious that some don't even see it as a question. Very simply: to whom should you address your prayers? And some other questions would follow. For instance, if what works for me doesn't work for you, or vice versa, does that mean that one should impose their faith on the other?

The answer to this and other similar questions can be found, and found clearly, even in the Christians' Bible. People who can keep their preconceived notions from interfering with the actual content will understand.

Blessed Be!


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November 25, 2017 - Prayer That Can Kick Butt!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:00:11 +0000

We've spent a fair amount of time discussing prayer in the last couple of episodes, and not flatteringly in the case of some who seem to mis-use or actually avoid real prayer. It's time to see how prayer can actually be made to work, and work effectively!

To begin with, understand that praying for what you need is not greed, but also know that praying for others does help them. In fact, I am aware of a very recent and well-documented case that proves that point.

And The Divine is indeed listening!

Blessed Be!


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November 18, 2017 - Can So-Called "Thoughts And Prayers" Do Anything?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:22:35 +0000

With every major tragedy on the news, especially storms and mass shootings, many politicians and others say that the victims have their "thoughts and prayers". I often wonder if their "thoughts and prayers" are a euphemism for doing nothing. But, people who want to do something can transform genuine thoughts and prayers into powerful action! And, it is well within our grasp!

Not only is it within our grasp, but many of the tasks are ones you do anyway, and look forward to doing! Let's see what can happen when we turn other people's insincerities into genuine action!

Blessed Be!


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November 11, 2017 - When Do We Draw The Line?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:26:46 +0000

We call ourselves spiritual, and/or magickal, and/or religious. Yet even the best of us is getting too accustomed to the continuing wave of gun violence. Here in the Philadelphia area, part of the routine is to turn on the morning news to learn who got shot last night. And then, there are the mass shootings in which any number from a dozen to several hundred are shot! When do we draw the line and say that enough is enough?

It might be fair to say that we are the victims of bullying. The fact is that public officials, including elected ones, are attracted to money and promises of good publicity. And that has attracted them to the point that it was recently shown how little their own lives matter!

The question is begging for an answer!

Blessed Be!


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November 4, 2017 - Minding Your Spiritual Manners!

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 20:48:13 +0000

Most of us understand manners and common courtesy in dealing with our fellow mortals in any number of situations, whether it's in an elementary school classroom, a corporate boardroom, or anywhere ale you can imagine. But what about dealing with The Divine, or The Departed? And what about deities or departed ones who are not your own? And what about the people who do revere them?

Some basic principles can go a long way here. Not only might they keep us out of trouble, we might even benefit!

Blessed Be!

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October 28, 2017 - The Fullness Of Samhain!

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:16:04 +0000

At Samhaintide, the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. Many consider Samhaintide to be the time beginning eight days before and ending eight days after Samhain. It does not mean that the veil is ever impenetrable, but this is when it is easiest for us to reach through to them, and for them to reach through to us. And, they remember us and still care.

If you are here, you probably already understand the necessity of respect between the worlds, but there are many who do not. In this world, you would not simply barge into someone's home and mess around, would you? A little respect can go a long, long way!

Blessed Be!


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October 22, 2017 - Ancient Wells And So Much More!

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:20:13 +0000

A Facebook friend of mine has been posting some spectacular photos of sacred sites in the UK where she lives, and I notice that many of them have pre-Christian roots. Yes, they were sacred before they were Christian. What is more, the people in charge of those sites appear to recognize and respect that!

In much of the rest of the world, where the original peoples are strong end populous enough, the pre-Christian historic sites and burial grounds are treated with respect. It is in North America and Australia where aboriginal sacred sites are ignored or outright disrespected.

Given what I have learned, I don't want the consequences. We need to learn to recognize and respect sacred sites, as if they were our own because they are!

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Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:17:20 +0000


I had everything ready to go for an episode of "The Secrets In Plain Sight", and suddenly the mixer quit on me! A new one is on order, and so help me, that episode is going to be out as soon as I can put it out! I think folks will see what I am suggesting when they hear it.

October 7, 2017 - We Need To Hate Hate!

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:10:23 +0000

Hate distracts, and sometimes throws us off-schedule. Yet again, someone accused me of hate, when the truth is that I only hate hate. And so, something about a special blessing dating back to our most ancient ancestors and available at your fingertips today will have to be next week.

It is a proven fact that hate is wasteful. Even ignoring the actions of nations and looking at small communities, how much is lost because of refused service, substandard service, ignored employment applications and the like where someone uses hate as an excuse to ignore opportunity? And, of course, never forget the fact that the "geek" you tormented in school might become your commanding officer or the person reading your resume.

Education at the national and community level is not the entire answer. We must be able to reach the consciousness of each individual.

Blessed Be!

PS: I might have gotten the date wrong on the audio, don't let that get in the way of the message!

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September 30, 2017 - Smart Protesting!

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:44:55 +0000

Protests have been a part of our lives almost since the invention of the opinion. But to be effective, the nature of the protest must be expressed in a way that those seeing the protest will understand.

The first protest which I personally instigated was intentionally subtle, but those who recognized what was going on needed only a once-sentence justification to understand and know that they could not really disagree with an obvious point.

One current form of protest seems to be causing some controversy, even though it involves some symbolism which most adults and older children should be able to understand.

Blessed Be!


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September 23, 2017 - Religion Vs The State!

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:36:40 +0000

People talk about "church and state", but there are much more than churches involved. And, it is an issue that has been there since the first existence of organized religion within the borders of a secular state. But, it got more complicated.

Complications began when people tried to follow the same religion in different places which had their own histories, traditions and cultures. And that was only the beginning! How much authority did the state have over religion, and vice versa? At one time, people identified as clergy could only be tried in church courts, and held in church prisons.

Matters become even more complicated in modern times when religions and cultures mix together in many places worldwide.

Blessed Be!

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September 16, 2017 - Don't Let Your Ancestors Down!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:51:53 +0000

The history of a people can be conspicuous either by its overabundance or its absence. We know only too well how history can be embellished, especially when there are significant characters such as Moses, Jesus, George Washington or Elvis. But then there are those which seem to "disappear," either because an oral tradition never got written down, or the influence of a conqueror to ignore it and perhaps replace it with their own.

There is much to be discovered, and some of the results can be amazing! Put them together, and your ancestors will no longer to appear to be living in trees until Rome "rescued" them. And the learning can give us much that we can value and cherish!

Blessed Be!


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September 9, 2017 - Are You A Real One?

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:21:52 +0000

From time to time, I've heard of some person being described as "a real one". At the same time, we see people every day who claim to be one thing or another, or act as if they were. Whether you are talking about a security guard who acts as if they were a police officer, an "open carry" advocate dressed and armed as if he or she were a soldier, or someone preaching their religion, the question is the same: "Is that person a real one?"

Real ones can be identified by certain characteristics. Those who are not often share similar shortcomings. And there is also something that all "Real Ones" have in common in the process which forms them.

Blessed Be!

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September 2, 2017 - History's Whole Story!

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:06:56 +0000

For some, history is taught with tales and folklore, sometimes seeming so full of lore, superstition and even fairies that it loses credibility. For others, history is a series of lists of names, places and dates that offer no emotion or feeling. Both leave much to be desired. Whether or not George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree or Davy Crockett shot a bear at age three, such tales do not come out of a vacuum.

We need to understand the folklore, the emotions and the spirituality, especially if we are exploring something hiddeen in mystery from times long past. By doing so, we open ourselves up to quite a lot!

Blessed Be!


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August 26, 2017 - Conspiracies - They're Everywhere! They're Everywhere!

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:51:19 +0000

In high school, I recall being subjected to lectures on the subject of "secret societies", whatever they were. Apparently, they were deep, dark and deadly. But except for a couple of honoraries and a few church groups, we didn't know who they might be. And no, I get to see tabloids telling about conspiracies ranging from the killing of John Kennedy to treaties made with UFO aliens!

The nice thing about all of this conspiracy noise is that it diverts attention from some real and important work being done quietly. Some knowledge is preserved that most folks are not ready for. There are religious and historical relics that most people would not be able to deal with. All to be revealed in due time.

Meanwhile, we can be glad for the people who do engage in such work!

Blessed Be!


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August 19, 2017 - Checking The Character Of Your Characters!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:19:45 +0000

One of the bigger challenges of any historical expedition, whether in a library or on-site, is the fact that human history is created and recorded by humans. Not only that, but much of history is dominated by the viewpoint of the people who considered themselves to be the winners.

You can imagine the surprise that someone of Norse heritage might have when discovering that King Atli, revered in their own heritage, was the same person known in other places as Atilla The Hun. Some of the most sober and somber of one religious group seem to have a hard time remembering that their movement began with a man who appears to have really known how to party! The list goes on.

The challenge is to find the actual human being within the historical figure.

Blessed Be!

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August 12, 2017 - Picking Up My Own Gauntlet!

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:43:42 +0000

I accepted my own challenge, and have taken on the task of learning what I can about Glastonbury and its legends, beginning with Joseph of Arimathea and expanding toward Arthur.  As with any expedition, I have some idea of where I'm going and I have some idea of what I am looking for, but I know to keep my eyes open as doors may open along the way.

This is my journey, and yours is the one which you choose.  But, many of the principles are the same, and we all seek knowledge.  Glastonbury has been attracting me for some time because of certain legends which, if proven, would force at least some of us to shift our perspectives!

And with this, we can explore the secrets in plain sight which have been waiting for us.

Blessed Be!

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July 22, 2017 - Time For Study By More!

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:43:09 +0000

We're back, after hopefully winning some battles concerning health and hired help.  Some aspects of being a "senior citizen" are not fun!  And we're starting off this new round with something that everyone can get into!

As weapons go, perhaps none is more powerful than truth.  Even the worst fanatics get forced to face some truth!  And we have an opportunity to uncover a lot of truth through our studies!  Did you ever notice how much "history" has a very narrow focus?  Even in the most ancient of times when many might have believed that their little world was the entire world, others were reaching out and learning!

It's a nice thought to think that if we can find out how much our ancestors knew about each other, perhaps it might encourage our ancestors' descendants into getting along with each other!

Blessed Be!

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June 17, 2017 - Breaking Bread And Healing Ourselves!

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:35:30 +0000

Unless you happen to be a monk or nun living in highly cloistered isolation, dealing with the world can be a real challenge.  The divisiveness being created among people for various reasons makes it even more so.  And, such challenges in daily life are among the basic reasons for needing religion and spirituality.  Regardless of their name, nature or number, they do care about us.  And they have inspired us to find ways to find help.

The breaking of bread is a component of more rituals in more traditions than anyone wishes to list, and you can even find variations within traditions which use the breaking of bread for its primary purpose.  When we come together at a table or altar, we share the brad and more.  And therein lays the magick which we need at this time.  

Blessed Be!

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June 3, 2017 - Toeing Your Own Mark!

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 01:00:54 +0000

A comedy stunt by comedienne Kathy Griffin brought out a point worth sharing.  Many people, including myself, did not like the supposed humor in a skit using what was supposedly the severed head of Donald Trunp.  And this is in spite of some of the supposed humor aimed at us.

I also could not stomach the fact that Donald Trump invited Ted Nugent to the White House after a performance which included a suggestion that Barak Obama be shot and Hillary Clinton be hanged.  If President Trump is worried about the trauma his son might suffer from the sight of a supposedly severed head, does he have any appreciation of what President Obama's daughters endured seeing images of their father being lynched or burned?  

We simply cannot afford to stoop to the level of stupid people.  Taking the "high road" has its advantages.  The people at Seekers' Temple set an example for us, and we will do well to follow,

Blessed Be!

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May 27, 2017 - Focusing On Focus!!

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:21:32 +0000

Like in secular education, your spiritual learning begins with learning a broad and general range of topics.  As you grow, you become more focused in certain areas, especially those where you've discovered interest or ability.  Eventually, you might become known for particular abilities in certain areas.

Everyone has particular talents, and so do you!  Everyone has particular interests, and so do you.  Some you might only share with a deity, but others you might want to share with anyone who wishes to listen.  

And with this, we bring blessings on ourselves!

Blessed Be!

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May 13, 2017 - We Need Our Histories!

Sat, 13 May 2017 00:34:50 +0000

You may have noticed lately the collection of "alternative facts" which some politicians are using in place of actual history.  While claims made by politicians about historical figures can muddle up our mundane lives, similar claims can have an even worse effect in our spiritual lives.  

It can be said that at the heart of any legend is a kernel of truth.  And, it is amazing how much archaeology has done to show legends and revered writings to be accurate history.  And, the internet makes more available in the way of documentation and distance exploration than has ever existed!  This means that most people will be able to read literature of history and/or legends, experience the places where they happened, and also have a more fulfilling spiritual experience.  

While many people have been exposed to Biblical Archaeology, other traditions have their ancient times and their tales, writings, sites and ways waiting to be explored and learned.  Heorot, the mead-hall made famous in the tale of Beowulf, for instance, has been located.  The Celtic lands have many sites, and more waiting discovery.  I could go on and on.

The result will not only help your journey, but it will also put your spiritual feet on firmer ground due to your adding knowledge to experience!

Blessed Be!

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May 6, 2017 - Wait For It - Or Enjoy It?

Sat, 06 May 2017 00:16:04 +0000

Is something coming?  Or is it here?  Do we wait for it, do we enjoy it, or do we enjoy what we have and anticipate even more?  

There is much anticipation in most spiritual traditions, looking forward to what is coming.  Or is it already here?  Some among the followers of the Norse tradition feel that Ragnarok and Baldur's return have happened, while others are waiting.  There are those among the Christians who will tell us that we are supposed to wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God, but would Jesus agree?

The answer might surprise many, and give us a clue as to our own actions which we need to take.

Blessed Be!

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April 29, 2017 - Who are they?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:14:15 +0000

If you see or hear something that others do not, or if you have a significant dream, who are the ones who are communicating with you, and what does it mean?  It's a question which most of us have at times in our lives and for some of us, it nags us almost constantly.

Following the death of a loved one, a series of very vivid dreams concerning that loved one or what that loved one knows about you.  Lying in bed late at night, depressed and not quite asleep, and suddenly a voice calls your name.  Someone you love and miss appears in a dream to show you something.  The possibilities are limitless, but sometimes a dream is only a dream.

The task for each of us is to gain understanding of what we are seeing  

Blessed Be!

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April 22, 2017 - No, You Are Not Crazy!

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:14:53 +0000

What is the difference between your friend who has a vision of a goddess or an angel, and the TV preacher who claims that his god tolls him to tell you to support a particular politician?  Quite a lot, probably, beginning with the fact that real visions do not come to support partisan agendas.

People can and do see, hear and feel things from the spiritual.  And, if it happens to you, you probably do not need the services of a psychiatrist.  But you should use common sense in making use of what you are given.

If you are entrusted with something, you are intrusted to use it with wisdom.  Knowledge is power, but wisdom is what gives that power strength and credibility.

Blessed Be!

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April 15, 2017 - Prayer Composition 101!

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:31:21 +0000

Prayer is just possibly the most powerful thing you can do in working with your deities.  No matter the name, number, or gender, deities like to receive prayer, and they do respond.  

Prayer can be corporate, such as in a group.  But it can also be alone, sometimes solitary and sometimes even absolutely secret.  And, of course, what you pray is between you and your deity, and nobody else.

The only thing left to consider is what you are praying for or about.  There are indeed some lines you don't want to cross.  But, there are ways to bring about what you need.  Never forget that your deity's will is your happiness and well-being.

Blessed Be!

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April 8, 2017 - Four-Footed Spiritual Windows!

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:21:30 +0000

Some of our best spiritual teachers are around us most of the day, and many of them have four feet.  There are exceptions, of course, such as those who have wings.  And the trick is to put their teaching to use without convincing your secular/ mundane neighbor that you're crazy!

They come to you in any number of ways, but often with impeccable timing.  And, nurturing the learning they offer will bring you much joy.  And eventually, you'll have a confidante and partner.

Watch, and you'll be amazed.  And you will also grow.

Blessed Be!

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April 1, 2017 - Friendships Inspired By Enemies!

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:59:36 +0000

Sorry for my absence last week, but my wife and I were terribly sick.  Hopefully, that's over and now we can make some progress.

Nothing bothers me so much in what passes for news these days as the number of examples of hate I see, especially when it appears to be organized.  And most especially, when it appears to be orchestrated and managed by people who have enough education to know better!  Did they cut class that day in Sunday school?
A solution offers itself which will create a situation which might well be a hate-monger's worst nightmare.  Let's go for it!

Blessed Be!

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March 18, 2017 - Your Daily Miracle!

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:32:38 +0000

Religion and spirituality need to work.  That is an absolute.  There are some people who might follow a religion even if it didn't accomplish anything and there are others who would not follow any religious or spiritual path even if it would guarantee to make them rich, but most of us want religion and spirituality to work. And that means more than Pollyanna-style appreciation of flowers and butterflies or thoughts of someone watching to keep score on our sins.  

It begins with an active spiritual life, and it will grow.  Your spiritual life is your own, and more personal even than your underwear.  And nobody gets to mess with it!

Equally important is to be able to recognize the results, and give appropriate thanks for them.  Some might not be as obvious as others, but you can learn how to see them!
Blessed Be!

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March 11, 2017 - Where Paths Join!

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:35:43 +0000

Imagine that a spiritual path which you might know for its history of hate, bigotry and violence had another, less known, path which is known for just the opposite.  Of course, that other path is not known by many, nor recognized by some who see it, but it is there.  And, that other path mixes well with every other path which it encounters, allowing it to survive and thrive in spite of persecutions and so-called "reforms".

While the more major, well-known path with its infamous history has as the main author of its doctrine a person who learned second-hand from others who had known the actual founder, the founder of the branch less evident is someone who learned directly from the actual founder, and apparently knew that founder very well.  And the difference shows in the fruits each path bore.  And the fact that the less-known path survived and thrived quietly might be for the reason of that teaching.

Let us look at Glastonbury and what it can offer us.  Many of us know Glastonbury, but who knows what all there is to Glastonbury?
Blessed Be!

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March 4, 2017 - What Kind Of Unity?

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:39:26 +0000

When various groups are confronted by hate and ignorance, one of the first things people call for is unity.  Unfortunately, the concept of unity carries with it connotations of uniformity, conformity, organization and structure.  And, in the same manner that we won't see every African-American marching in step with Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, you won't see groups of Pagans, Wiccan, or other minorities merging together, because they do not want to lose the individuality which they cherish.

There was a time when traditional unity was deemed necessary.  An example was the early Christian church even during persecution.  Church leaders such as Iranaeus of Lyon enforced doctrine, dogma and hierarchy to insure uniformity.  When other group spit away, they did likewise, with the added occasional use of armies to add to the persuasion.

Let us not forget that in those days, since ancient times and until less than 200 years ago, people and messages could not travel faster than the fastest horse available.  Things changed in the 20th century, to the point that a meat boycott came to be because of angry retail customers who had no organization, and a comedian's monologue sparked a nationwide toilet paper shortage!  

In the early 1990's, someone wrote that while it was once said that freedom of the press once belonged to those who owned a press, "If you own a computer, welcome to the fourth estate".  And we are only beginning to experience what can be, and no politician or anyone else will be able to force that genie back into the bottle!
Blessed Be!

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February 25, 2017 - The Two Worst Faith Crimes!

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:26:31 +0000

Even though "Faith Crime" is not a term you can find in a law book, they do happen.  Faith Crimes are those acts which a reasonable person should be able to see might destroy another person's faith.  This goes beyond any question of religion, denomination, or deity.  

One form of faith crime is interference with a person's free exercise of their faith, especially if the perpetrator could reasonably see that it might damage the person's faith.  Routinely interrupting someone's prayers might be an example, as would a base chaplain prohibiting a particular faith's services in the absence of a military chaplain of that faith.  

Another form of faith crime is putting words in the mouths of deities, especially when there is no legitimate basis for such a statement.  Telling a three-year-old girl that her beloved daddy died because of "God's will" is as wrong as claiming that Jesus wants a particular candidate elected!

Yes, there is some overlap between the two types of faith crimes.  Nevertheless, they are crimes against people.
Blessed Be!

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February 18, 2017 - A Wiccan Jesus?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:40:15 +0000

Why not?  Wiccans and Pagan have no problem with any number of gods and goddesses, and it is apparent that Yahweh does not mind.  He does want "top billing" from those who followed Moses out of Egypt and their descendants, but are you one of them?  And the tenth chapter of Acts gives some further exemptions!  And I am not about to abandon Allfather Odin!

The fact that certain early church missionaries followed by others demanded abandonment of other deities does not make it right!  And, there were other Christian traditions, rooted in places like Glastonbury and Alexandria which were different from the Roman.  Some say they "disappeared", but did they?

Before he ascended, Jesus told his followers that he still had many things to tell them, "but ye cannot bear them now" "John 16:12).  What happened to them?  Since the Bible was closed to any additions, where are those things he wanted to tell us?  Many of the people who think they follow Jesus are following several strange routes, but for the rest of us, there is a quest with eternal rewards!
Blessed Be!

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February 11, 2017 - Carrying Imbolc's Power Forward!

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:37:43 +0000

Imbolc has a powerful gift which we can put to good use throughout the year, but especially during the time which spans from Imbolc itself to the following Sabbat.  While the celebration of a particular day is important, we need to be aware of what the Sabbat brings to us.  And Imbolc has something which can be highly relevant.

Think of our most ancient ancestors, still learning how the world works.  Some will have figured out the cycle of seasons, but there might be doom-sayers among them who claim that winter has come to stay.  But when the first shoots poke up through the snow, they accepted the fact that they are seeing the fulfillment of the promise made at Samhain and repeated at Yule.

And we can harness this power to meet our needs!
Blessed Be!

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February 4, 2017 - Hate - Again!

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 01:38:53 +0000

I really did not want to bring up the subject of hate again, but current events make it unavoidable.  And those of us who are not totally in the mainstream have cause for concern.  President Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" might be just the first of several acts which will become historically infamous.  There is talk of another measure in the offing concerning the LGBT communities, and that's cause for more concern.

History proves how wasteful hate invariably is, and how the consequences are usually more than expected and often tragic.  And people do not seem to learn from the mistakes of past hate campaigns.  All that, and it distracts effort from more worthwhile causes.  As an example, where is the federal disaster aid for the tornado victims in Mississippi?

My basic feeling can be summed up if I might please adapt from the masterful words of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  He once said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  I say "The only thing we have to hate is hate itself!"

Blessed Be!

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January 28, 2017 - On-Target Prayers!

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 01:17:10 +0000

The most important thing about prayer is that it needs to work.  Unfortunately, some people's introduction to prayer is such that it doesn't get much of a chance to show itself working.  In my own case, I had to learn the difference between what I was taught and truth.

There's a basic principle which some seem to want to avoid: if you want something, ask for it.  That is as it should be.  What few legitimate restrictions there are fall under the basic heading of common sense.

From there, proceed to bring what you wish into being, maintaining a focus of the results.
Blessed Be!

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January 21, 2017 - Spirituality Under Fire!

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:49:46 +0000

My own spirituality has been under fire almost since I considered myself old enough to take responsibility for it.  Whether it was in college where any religion was suspect, to the Air Force where "such stuff" was sup-posed to be confined to the base chapel, to later when it seemed so many spiritual paths seemed to forget tradition in favor of bending with the social/political winds.  And now, we face some groups who seem to think that their way is the only valid way!

It is possible to confront such groups publicly and often it is necessary.  But, it is necessary to maintain control over the situation and to insure that we do in fact get the right attention.  

But, in addition to what we do in the open, our private spiritual lives are the backbone of what we do and what we accomplish.  All the more reason to jealously guard your prayer life and never lose sight of the fact that your spiritual life is your business.
Blessed Be!

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January 14, 2017 - Spiritual Benchmarks And Yardsticks!

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:35:59 +0000

Benchmarks and yardsticks are as useful in spiritual matters as they are in other tasks.  The term "benchmark" comes from the measuring marks which artisan and craftspeople would make on their workbenches.  A yardstick is, of course, a measurement tool most often associated with dressmakers and tailors because of cloth being sold by the yard.

Most of us probably have the basis for making similar measurements because of the books and other literature we've collected.  It is sometimes said that a spiritual "real one" can sometimes be identified by their collection of literature.  If you recognize what kind of writings your personal library includes, you'll see how they can be used to measure what people say in the name of deities or spirituality.

Armed with that, you might be able to tell if someone is following the path they claim, if they are diverting for a valid reason, or if they are simply doing their own thing while using a label that does not belong!
Blessed Be!

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January 7, 2017 - Beginning With Infinity!

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:57:15 +0000

While it might seem strange to begin the New Year with discussing infinity, for me it seems logical.  In a society where 8% of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the earth, and it took some eminent meteorologists armed with documentation to show that "polar vortex" was not some newly-created piece of propaganda, it's easy to see how people's viewpoints can become too limited.  And that does include The Divine.

While most people of most faiths will agree that The Divine is infinite, many seem to adjust infinity to the point that it fits their own understanding and experience, and nothing more!  In some cases, notably the Christians, one group might not even recognize another group as being their fellow believers!

What's really hard about this is how much might be being revealed to us, and how much we might be able to share and perhaps even see together!

Blessed Be!

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December 31, 2016 - How About New Year's Projects?

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:44:00 +0000

One of the regular features of the mundane New Year celebration is the annual offering of New Year's resolutions, those promises to do better in one thing or another, or to achieve something.  They can cover any number of subjects or wishes including losing weight, stopping smoking, pursuing education, getting a new job, or anything else you can imagine.  

Some are reasonable and realistic.  Others could be, but they need some additional power to actually come to be.  Let’s look at them and see what can be done!

With some thought and effort, you might surprise yourself and others.  

Blessed Be!

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December 24, 2016 - All Those Divine Babies!

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:20:25 +0000

If you explore a calendar that embraces a number of spiritual paths and traditions, you'll find that this time of year is full of celebrations.  Many of these celebrations are celebration of beginning and/or renewal.  Central to most of the celebrations is the birth of a divine child.

Even the Jewish Hanukah celebration, although it does not include a divine birth, does celebrate the Jerusalem Temple coming "back to life" and staying that way because one day's supply of lamp oil lasted for the eight days needed to make more oil.

The implications of a divine child being born are tremendous, and we certainly might expect the local religious and/or political powers-that-be to possibly see this as a challenge to their authority.  And who knows what else might be going on!

Blessed Be!

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December 17, 2016 - We Must All Become Students!

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:18:34 +0000

The complaints about the so-called "war on Christmas" seem absent this year during the holiday season.  It's not that the supposed war is over or settled.  It simply has been overshadowed by the rhetoric, bullying and other after-effects of the elections!  And, it is not over yet and is not likely to be over for some time.  But it does give us all the more reason to appreciate not only knowing the facts, but knowing enough of the facts to maintain our mental and spiritual strength.  And note that I speak of strength.

We get confronted with a lot of words and stories, some of which is good information.  Others might be garbage.  And still others were perfectly valid at one time or in a particular situation, but they do not apply any longer.  It is a very good thing to be able to tell the difference.

There is no substitute for the right information.

Blessed Be!

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December 10, 2016 - Truth: The Greatest Armor!

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:45:10 +0000

Regardless of your spiritual path, or even lack of one, there will be those who oppose you.  The fact that your spirituality and your religion are your business will not stop certain people from trying to make it their business.  I recall one of my first Wiccan teachers impressing on me the importance of knowing the Bible, and it quickly became apparent.  The fact of the matter is that many Christians who wanted to "save" me did not know their own scripture.  

Christianity is not the only religion with such problems, but you’re more likely to be confronted by them than by any others.  But I've found similar issues among Buddhists, Hindus, Norse and Wiccans.  

You probably won't have any problem with people whose own faith is solid.  The problem comes from people whose zealotry and fanaticism come from insecurity.
Blessed Be!

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December 3, 2016 - Receiving And Embracing!

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:20:09 +0000

Tuesday morning, Lady Stormy and I were presented with a surprise.  We found a reminder of someone we loved, who had passed away.  It was something that most folks would not even notice, but that we would know why it was special.  Of course, we remembered and of course we put it with other keepsakes.  It was unexpected and we didn't even think it was in the house.  But there is was.

I was so glad that we recognized it.  It helps with the pain of loss.  It might even be someone reaching across the veil to let us know that he still cares.

The point here is not what happened this time, but that these things can and do happen.  And it is wonderful to be able to recognize and receive such blessings.  It would be sad to think that some people might be missing blessings which are there for them.
Blessed Be!

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November 26, 2016 - Going In To Action!

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:47:31 +0000

At some time in your life, someone or something will have you so upset that you'll want to take action.  And, if you have a strong spiritual life, you'll want to do something spiritually about it!  It's not only natural, it's expected.  And, there are ways to do it.

The first thing you need is a good understanding of the situation, which will mean doing more than scanning a social media post.  Is this situation someone proposing something, or is it happening?  What exactly is the situation?  What should you call for?  Are you ready for any "fallout"?

Done well, this can do much!
Blessed Be!

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November 19, 2016 - Spiritual Protection For Your Self!

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 01:29:54 +0000

The events of the last few weeks have some folks wondering if there is a need for more spiritual protection, especially for those in the so-called "other religions".  Actually, the need has always been there and is no greater than it has been for a while.  The same people are who they have always been, especially spiritually.  The only difference is that some who felt part of the extremist fringe consider themselves as having been invited to join the so-called religious mainstream.

The need has always been there, and extra paranoia will not help anyone.  But, the need is indeed there and in a couple of places we can help ourselves.  Experience has shown two places where protection is especially appropriate.  And note that some protective measures can become the best kind of defensive weapons when needed.
Blessed Be!

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November 12, 2016 - What Do We Do Now?!

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:28:00 +0000

This is a religious show, aimed primarily at those of "alternative faiths", but the fact is that we have to deal with the realities of life, including politics.  And the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is something which we all will need to deal with.

It is apparent what certain people are trying to do.  And if it is apparent, then it is possible to defeat such an effort.  People do not have to be divided against each other, and especially not by bigotry, prejudice, racism, or any of the various phobias which seem to be currently in "fashion", such as Islamophobia or homophobia.  It can be defeated.

There is a way to do it, and we can do it if we try.  It begins by taking each other’s hands.
Blessed Be!

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November 5, 2016 - You're Not Wrong!

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 01:04:20 +0000

I keep saying that your spiritual path is your business, as is your spiritual growth and learning.  The problem is that on the way to enlightenment, so many of us are confronted by what seems to be an army of nitpickers and self-appointed prophets as well as actual teachers and mentors to the point that it can be overwhelming.  And many of them will try to convince you that your way is wrong.  If that is what they claim, then they are wrong.  And that is one of the few times when I'll say that someone's way is wrong - if they say that your way is wrong because it's not theirs.

In choosing a teacher or mentor, there are certain factors to consider.  There are also certain things to look for that will show you how much of a teacher that teacher really is.

But above all else, it's your spiritual path.  Also bear in mind that we're dealing with the infinite, so nobody knows everything about anything, and only The Divine has any chance of having all of the answers!

Blessed Be!

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October 29, 2016 - Samhain!

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:13:55 +0000

Samhain is here!  Don't worry about the date when you hear this, because Samhaintide lasts a while.  The veil thins, and then it thickens.  It is not like a door that opens and then slams shut, which is the impression some have of Christmas season, especially on December 26th.

Samhain marks beginnings and endings, and more.  It is interesting to note that while Samhain is a seasonal festival governed by the seasons (and different in the northern and southern hemispheres, There are other holidays and festivities which perfectly mark six months and therefore give one of Samhsain's main functions a firm place.  

Above all else, this is a wonderful opportunity.

Blessed Be!

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October 22, 2016 - A Vision To Enjoy!

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:41:30 +0000

With Samhain coming, we need to look at beginnings, and see what beginnings we want to begin.  This is the right time for that.  And we have clues about what we can do all around us!

I've said before, often enough that some of you think I'm repeating myself, that if we put our prejudices and biases aside, we might be able to do some great stuff.  We're not talking about "pay it forward" as much as we are talking about "keep the ball rolling".

Amazing, the things which have been done.  Imagine, then, what can be.  Let's look for opportunities!

Blessed Be!

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October 15, 2016 - Who are your Visitors?

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:40:32 +0000

With Samhain approaching and the veil between the worlds being at its thinnest, we do well to remember that not only might we want to reach out to them, but they might want to reach out to us.  After all, it works both ways.

If you miss someone who has crossed over, then it follows that someone might miss you, too!  And, there might be others, such as ancestors or those with whom you share some other connection.  And some happen along as a result of what someone is doing.

Learning who they are and why they show up can be important in our quest.  And, it can go a long way to help in many issues.

Blessed Be!

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October 8, 2016 - Reaching Out To Touch Someone!

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:38:49 +0000

We are approaching the time when it is easiest to reach across the veil to those on the other side.  It is also the time when it is easiest for them to reach out to us.  And, there are times when we feel the need or desire to reach out to someone in particular for any of a number of possible reasons.  

They miss us as much as we miss them.  Also some of our ancestors and others might be interested in knowing us for any number of reasons, such as shared interests.  

The key is focus, and how to get that focus working for us.
Blessed Be!

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October 1, 2016 - Gearing Up For Samhain!

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:53:47 +0000

Like with any Sabbat, holiday or other special occasion, Samhain has its preparation.  Along with all of the other preparations going on, how about preparing yourself spiritually for Samhain?  It is perhaps the most spiritual of all Sabbats, and those on the other side of the veil miss us as much as we miss them.

We have the advantage over some in that we know of the spiritual, but there is always the question of knowing what we see when we see it.  

Here are some things you can do to increase your awareness, and perhaps be more aware.
Blessed Be!

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September 24, 2016 - Hell No, I won't Let Go!

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:22:27 +0000

I am grateful that while I have been going through the grieving process for my best friend, I have mercifully been spared the gratuitous advice of the useless variety such as I have been subjected to in times past.  It's bad enough to hear about something like "God's will" enough times that for a while I considered him an enemy.  The worst of all was the advice that I was supposed to "let go".  

I was beginning to wonder if I had to keep "letting go", does that mean that there is nothing that I get to keep?  And if that is true, then should I live my life accordingly and simply see what I can gain for me?  I'm glad that I didn't try that path.

There really is a better way, and it balances the need to hold on with the need to avoid living in the past or clinging to a past that no longer exists.

And a good balance is possible.  And an active spiritual life really helps!
Blessed Be!

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September 17, 2016 - That Bridge, Again!

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:31:36 +0000

I had to say goodbye to Yuengling this past Monday.  The day started like any other happy day in his life, and we were having a great time together until just about dinnertime.  He sounded like he was trying to catch his breath, and he couldn't get up.  I carried him up the stairs and into the car while Lady Stormy called the vet.  The people who met us at the vet were people he'd known and liked for the 12 years we'd been going there.  He tried to sit up, but couldn't.  Not long after they got him into the procedure room, his heart stopped and CPR didn't help re-start it.  Only about an hour from everything being normal to his having passed.

My best friend and constant companion.  My office (before I retired) and shopping were the only places he didn't go with me.  He was my partner in everything I did, including this podcast.  This is the first episode without him next to me.  All that he accomplished, from a life that started as an abandoned, abused dog wandering the streets of Philadelphia!

I know that, at the very least, I will see him again at the Rainbow Bridge, and we'll be together from then on.  Experience shows that other times before then might be.  And I thought I should share my thoughts with you as I miss that wonderful guy!
Blessed Be!

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September 10, 2016 - What's More Important: The Label Or The Content?

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:42:04 +0000

Working for a company that produced consumer goods, I was amazed to find the same actual product being sold at different prices, with different reviews, based on the label and the pricing.  And it can be the same in our spiritual lives.

In the most ancient of times, each community or cluster of communities considered themselves to be the world.  Is it no surprise that The Divine would present itself to them in that context?  Especially so considering that each group would have special needs which needed to be addressed, such as dietary laws in order to eat safely.

As we come together, we have opportunities to learn from each other.
Blessed Be!

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September 3, 2016 - Get Off The Guilt Trip!

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:16:07 +0000

Guilt-tripping is a popular activity among certain people, especially for those inclined to mess with other people's spiritual lives.  And they claim to be so caring and concerned while they are doing it!

Let's begin by sharing what some people consider to be a big secret:  Your spiritual life, including the religious aspects are your business and yours alone.  Others might teach you or influence you, but in the final analysis, it's yours and yours alone.  That applies to your thoughts and opinions on just about any other matter.

This also applies to issues from the past.  In fact, it especially applies there.  And once you realize what the basis of your spiritual journey is, it will be all the more clear!

Blessed Be!

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August 27, 2016 - False Teachers!

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:22:42 +0000

Once you have a relationship going with your deity or deities, certain people will want to "help" you.  Some might be offering genuine help, but you need to beware of the others.  There will be those who do not have what you have already gained, and envy and jealousy has taken over them.  And they will want to "set you right".  Some of them have not even tried.  As you walk through a door, they haven't even tried the knob!

There are also those who will not agree with what you are doing because it does not precisely match their own path, it does not match with the words of their favorite TV preacher, or they simply don't know any better.  One particular movement in parts of one particular path is evidence of people acting out of ignorance, or having an agenda.

If you wonder why some of us harp so much on the basics, this is why!  You need to be grounded in the basics so that you don't get mis-guided.
Blessed Be!

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August 20, 2016 - Celebrating With Thanks!

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:24:45 +0000

If you want to open communication with your deities (or deity), here's a good starting point.  And, it can be the start of building something substantial.

No deity needs anything from us.  They were here before us, and they will be here long after anyone here remembers any of our names!  But, that does not stop them from caring about us.  And, they do like it when they see that we know them and when we thank them for something that they have done for us.  In fact, they outright enjoy it!

Thanking them for what they do, as well as celebrating what they have done, can go a long way toward opening lines of communication.
Blessed Be!

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August 13, 2016 - So, Where's The Argument?

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:43:58 +0000

One of the most hilarious happenings in life comes when you discover that two people who are arguing passionately against each other are actually for the same thing.  They simply don't want to admit it!  Not only does it happen in schoolyards, it also happens when religion is being debated!

Looking at a variety of scriptures and revered writings, I am amazed at how similar so many stories are.  How many gods had sons who died from treachery?  How many of those sons will return during the end times?  And nothing is more interesting than comparing flood/ark stories.  Can you actually picture penguins from Antarctica and kangaroos from Australia walking all the way to wherever Noah had his ark?  And then they would have to walk back home afterward?  More credible would be the idea that they would have been saved from a more local flood by a more local hero.

But it also gives us cause to wonder if perhaps there is good reason to respect other mythologies and lore.  Especially if they might actually interface with our own!
Blessed Be!

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August 6, 2016 - In The Closet Or In Their Face?

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 00:10:06 +0000

One of the decisions which nag at each of us is how much "in" or "out" we intend to be about various aspects of our lives.  And even in this supposed era of religious freedom, in the United States at least, there are those who seriously question whether they can afford to be open ("out") about their religious faith, or whether they will have to be secretive about it.  Some Wiccans and Pagans refer to that as being "in the broom closet".

There are many factors that can come to bear on such a decision, and sometimes it can seem to force a decision.  But one truth remains.
Blessed Be!

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July 30, 2016 - A Salute To Three Enemies!

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:22:06 +0000

Each one had stood in the way of something which I considered important, even vital, at the time.  Each one was so far in the wrong direction at the time that I considered them to be disgusting.  This isn't just about politics, and it isn't just about religion.  It has to do with how we regard each other.  

A President of the United States who inspired me to no longer pursue a military career.  A Speaker of the House whose actions were so contrary to his claimed religious views that I considered him an apostate.  A senator whose antics made me ask questions about him.  Each of them had a confrontation with reality, and the result was worth noting!

I can only hope that they will continue to do so well, and follow Former President Carter's example.
Blessed Be!

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July 23, 2016 - Focus To Turn Up The Volume!

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:31:59 +0000

Most of us have had the need at some time to turn up the volume of a television, radio or stereo player to be able to hear what was being offered in spite of the distracting noises and talking around you.  Some of those distractions might not be within your control.  And, you are not trying to drown out those other sounds, so much as you are trying to focus and concentrate on what you do indeed wish to hear!  Similar can and does happen in prayer and meditation.

So, how do you focus on something spiritual with the mundane world all around you?  By focusing on something that resonates and allows the spiritual to respond!  By using whatever combination you need of visual, sound, aroma and whatever else needed to let that happen.

The trick, as usual, is finding what works for you, individually!

Blessed Be!

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July 16, 2016 - Meditation: The Next Step!

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:30:18 +0000

Once you have a grasp of what prayer is, does and can do for you, the next logical step in the growth of your spiritual life probably is meditation.  Please understand that you don't have to wait until you've mastered prayer, because very few mortals have ever actually mastered prayer, even if a few might claim to do so.  

The number of methods, books and tools available for learning meditation is too great for me to list them here.  I don't have the time, and you don't have the disk space.  Even limiting to your own single spiritual path, much is offered.

Meditation is one of the most individual things you can do spiritually.  It is also a process of growth.  Don't let initial disappointment slow you down!
Blessed Be!

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July 9, 2016 - Why Follow Defunct Doctrine?

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 00:12:11 +0000

Before you drive your car, do you have a man walk in front of it carrying a red flag?  It used to be the law in several places, and one US city has it still on the books for women who drive!  It was within the time of my adulthood that a certain city required inter-racial couples to have a copy of their marriage certificate with them at all times.  In our spiritual lives, it is not uncommon to find people with similar hang-ups based on teachings.

Many of us have heard of people using the trappings and regalia of Norse and Germanic traditions as a pretext for racism.  The truth is that the Aesir and Vanir tried to get along with each other and everyone else, with there being ample proof of that in the Havamal and other written lore.  

Similarly, some Christians keep citing scripture which Jesus specifically said went out with the coming of John The Baptist.  As we do when we deal with issues such as the "guru" who claims to have a "spiritual herb", we need to know the truth about our own path, and each other's path.
Blessed Be!

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July 2, 2016 - Opening The Divine Door!

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:10:41 +0000

Prayer is the primary of the three means to open a door to The Divine, and it is certainly the most significant way of communicating with your deities.  The other two are meditation and contemplation and just about anything else falls within the definition of one of those three.  The main problem with prayer is how much wrong information we've been given and the personal agendas of some who would be teachers.

From rote recitation of prayers without learning their meaning to list of things that you are not supposed to pray for to such barriers as "God's will" and "God's time", there is much standing in the way of the full truth about what prayer can do.  But if you can still see and feel the truth beyond that, then you are ready for the full wonder and power of what prayer can do!
Blessed Be!

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June 25, 2016 - Forgiveness: A First Step In Healing!

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:13:51 +0000

Much has been said about forgiveness, but little seems really understood.  Forgiveness is a key element in the process of healing, because it assigns the hurt its proper place in the past, and makes it stay in the past.  This can involve individuals, nations, or any size of distinguishable groups of people in between.

The course forgiveness takes will depend on the situation and those involved.  It is possible to cite numerous cases in which the result was not just reconciliation, but the building of something better and stronger than before.  I have also known cases in which the person forgiven became part of someone's past and remained there out of sheer necessity.

As much hurt and division as has been created, as well as excuses and pretexts for even more, we need to look to forgiveness as a way to get ourselves to move forward.

Blessed Be!

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June 18, 2016 - Orlando's Message For All Of Us!

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:17:19 +0000

We have a unique problem right now.  Until now, the big-name, high-publicity shootings could be simply identified by its location, such as the Columbine shooting, the Thurston shooting, or the Sandy Hook shooting.  Now, we have two big-name shootings, both in Orlando, Florida, and within less than three days of each other.  Singer Christina Grimmie was gunned down on June 10th, and a whole lot more people were gunned down at a nightclub known as The Pulse, an establishment well-known for catering to the LGBT community.  It was also popular with teens that couldn't go elsewhere.

As of recording time, it appears that 49 people dies and another 50 were wounded in the Pulse shooting.  In both cases, the shooter died in the shooting, so there will not be anything with the finality of a trial.  Official investigations are going on, of course, but the door is wide open for speculation.

And what can we do?  We can do what we've always done!  They don't sell "Witches Heal" bumper stickers for nothing, you know!  And let's see what we can bring about!

Blessed Be!

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June 11, 2016 - Where's The Argument?

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:48:06 +0000

My dad kept a small rubber ball on his desk, half red and half yellow, to get people to understand one of the basic facts of a dispute.  If he held up the ball and asked what color it was, his reply would not be the same as the person responded because each was looking at a different color.  That is the nature of many of the disputes we have today, and religion is one of the areas where such disputes happen.

If we look beyond the proper names of deities and people, we might find that our paths have more in command than they have differences.  And if that is true, then it might follow that there might be little substantive reason for dispute.  If that is true, then we should be able to keep differences in perspective so that we can work together.

And if we can work together, some great things might be waiting for us!

Blessed Be!

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June 4, 2016 - Love: The Key Of Keys!

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:04:19 +0000

One of the greatest spiritual experiences of my life was a gathering called Witchstock 97, put on by the Serpentstone Family.  The absolute high point of that gathering was the main ritual.  As I entered, I was smudged and I stated that I was entering in perfect love and perfect trust.  And in the years since then, I have been grasping just how much that meant.

Perfect love and perfect trust are not two separate things, but two expressions of one.  After all, love cannot grow beyond a superficial level without trust.  And once that fact settles in on us, we notice that love is the natural state for all sentient beings, human or animal.  

Whether we are talking about Odin hanging from the World Tree, the Shinto goddess installing her grandson Jimmu as the first emperor and custodian of Japan, or any other lore, we can see how much our deities do for all of us.  And if we can get the point in our own lives and our dealings with each other, there is no limit to what can be!  

Blessed Be!

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May 28, 2016 - Thoughts On Memorial Day

Sat, 28 May 2016 00:32:40 +0000

Memorial Day being May 30th this year has some significance.  Before Memorial Day became a "Monday holiday", it was regularly celebrated on May 30th.  And this gives us an opportunity to think about what Memorial Day is about.  If you are not in the United States, I imagine that you have a similar holiday and what I say here should apply.

It began as "Decoration Day", when people would decorate the graves of fallen Union Soldiers from the Civil War.  As Civil War veterans began dying, a veterans' group began adding them to the honorees on Decoration Day, although the primary emphasis remains to this day on those who died fighting for our country.  And it developed into Memorial Day, a day for remembering the fallen from all wars.

These were people who interrupted their lives for the sake of their country.  Whether recruited or drafted, they stepped forward.  They left behind schools, jobs, and families with the hope of returning when it was over.  And so, we honor them.  And in honoring, we can heal.    

Blessed Be!

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May 21, 2016 - Does A Wiccan Get Born Again?

Sat, 21 May 2016 00:23:52 +0000

One of my favorite buttons in the late 80's and early 90's was one that said "Born Again Pagan".  Not only did it say where I was at during that point of my life, it insured that the more obnoxious of the Christian Fundamentalists would avoid me so that they didn't have to hear how I had something which they thought was their exclusive!

As my path developed into what it is now, I saw how many ways there were to be born again, and how many paths shared this concept - whether or not they would admit it!  But if it doesn't happen with burning bushes are apparitions as if we were in the movies, how does it happen?  Might it be that sometimes we have to recognize what we've been given?

Blessed Be!

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May 14, 2016 - Red Flags On Your Path!

Sat, 14 May 2016 00:17:10 +0000

We've heard of "red flags" before, those indicators that we need to stop and look because something is probably not right.  I've found five flags that might be found on any kind of path: spiritual, political, professional, or just about anything else.  And there are plenty to be seen every day.

One thing these red flags have in common is that they distract you from your path, even though the manipulators behind them want you to think that you are on your path.  See what I mean and then see what you see!

Blessed Be!

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May 7, 2016 - Our Own Ending, And Beginning!

Sat, 07 May 2016 00:28:44 +0000

Death is inevitable; no matter how badly some wish to ignore it.  Those who don't ignore it seem forced into either speculating, or buying into someone else's speculation.  So much of the latter, unfortunately, seems to be spiritual blackmail by people who want their followers to comply.  

A quick examination will reveal more paths in agreement than disagreement on the broad details.  And only one path has branches which teach an either/or between blissful reward and eternal punishment.  Then again, look at the teaching at the root, and you'll see reason to doubt the speculations of some "teachers".  

And the final analysis might not be so bad.

Blessed Be!

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April 30, 2016 - Your Special Helpers!

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:12:58 +0000

Your best helpers in your spiritual life might well be your four-footed friends with whom you share a home.  It certainly is true for me!  People often talk about Wiccans and Witches with their familiars as if it were something mysterious and perhaps sinister, when the only thing that actually happens is that the dog or cat is allowed to reach toward his or her potential.

You will come to understand much as you grow together!

Blessed Be!

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April 23, 2016 - Claiming Your Sacred Space!

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:17:23 +0000

In the last episode, I spoke about having sacred space, now I need to talk about claiming it!  That word "claim" has a powerful significance, from a spiritual point of view.  It means that it is yours when you use it.  Even if it's a place which has to be shared with others at other times, it is yours when you use it for sacred purposes.

There might be some people who might try to interfere with your use of your sacred space, but a few polite words will stop all but the most obstinate.  For those not stopped by politeness, there are some ways that don't involve retaliation which have proven effective.

If you're an adult, if nobody can claim that you're trespassing, you're doing it on your own time and you're not interfering with other people's rights, you should be able to make use of that sacred space.

Blessed Be!

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April 16, 2016 - A Sacred Space Of Your Own!

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:23:38 +0000

Of all of the obstacles that you might face in growing your spirituality and making something of your spiritual life, one of the first might well be the question of a place where you can actually exercise your spirituality.  In other words, a sacred space of your own.  

It might seem a simple matter, but it can become complicated as the time I had a room set aside, but it seemed as if someone was always busting in.  Or, it might seem difficult when it is not, such as a place where other people are, but they respect what you are doing.

And as you advance and grow, you'll see what I mean!

Blessed Be!

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April 9, 2016 - Ten Years, Same Question!

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:27:56 +0000

Ten years ago, I created the first episode of this podcast.  Its title was "Can We Please Get Along?".  It seemed then (and still does) that we have more to share than we will ever have differences, and many of those differences don't even really exist!  So, then, why not?

There's bad news and good news.  There are people who are working together today who would have never thought of doing so ten years ago.  And, people are making the discovery that some differences don't matter as much as they once thought.

The problem is the folks who not only don't want to get along, but want to force division, controversy, and even raise issues to divert attention from real issues.  

Blessed Be!

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April 2, 2016 - Take A Clue From The Golden Rule!

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:28:24 +0000

Some basic ideas that have been drummed into your head can become tools, and even weapons, in dealing with the words and actions we see from politicians, candidates, business executives, and various forms of bureaucrats as well as religious leaders.  Look at the "Golden Rule" that every Christian child learns in Sunday school, and the "Threefold Law" well known to every Wiccan.  After all, if someone bullies you, does that mean that the bully really wants you to bully him/her?

Given the broad-brush statements about certain groups of people, how would someone feel if the same broad-brush were applied to them?  Not only is there a question of whether or not we can afford that kind of prejudiced thinking, it might keep us from seeing greater issues.  The Oklahoma City bombing and several other terrorist-type actions since then, for instance, had nothing to do with minority religions such as Islam.  

We have a weapon immediately available which will let each of us know what a person is advocating.  Add a little to that, and you can get an idea of what we might have to expect from that person.  We might even be able to stop a snake before it strikes!  

Blessed Be!

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March 26, 2016 - In The Face Of Our Enemies!

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:28:37 +0000

If there is one challenge facing us that is greater than any other, it is the challenge presented by hate.  Hate is no stranger to our history, even the history of the United States.  At least one early synagogue was equipped with an escape tunnel found necessary in European synagogues, and the Philadelphia cathedral's stained glass windows were set high enough to be out of reach of a mob's rocks.  The problem today, however, is that many of the preachers of hate are in positions which would ordinarily deserve great respect!  

If there is anything more wasteful than hate, I can't think of what it would be.  And hate is so wasteful that it can lead to the downfall of an entire country.  While some might say that if there were no hate, there would have been no war against Hitler's Germany, the fact is that enforcing and administering their policies of hate caused Germany to divert vast resources and thousands of people for the sake of enforcing their hate.

What can we do?  Much can be done and much has been discussed.  But a thought occurred to me which might work if a direct confrontation happens!

Blessed Be!

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March 19, 2016 - Three Holidays With One Celebration!

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:19:30 +0000

Three holidays are celebrated within days of each other, depending on a person's spiritual path.  Each is associated with a particular spiritual path, each has its own unique set of roots, yet all three are celebrating the same thing!  And why not?  It gives us all something not only to celebrate, but also to cherish!

To those who insist upon being totally mundane and secular, nothing is more final and absolute than death.  And, there is more than one way of dying.  If a person dies and is buried, if an entire people disappear into the mists of slavery, or if the world is plunged into the death known as winter, those of us who know and appreciate the spiritual see how that can and will be overcome!

Blessed Be!

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March 12, 2016 - Meditation That Moves Mountains!

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 01:43:21 +0000

Meditation has many definitions, mostly depending on the person's teacher, the person's experience, and what the person gets from it.  For me, meditation is the next logical step from prayer.  I see it as the weapon which I use to bring my spirituality to bear on a subject.

The various methods and teaching of various traditions about meditation might seem diverse, but they are very similar at the core.  And, as with anything that brings reward through effort, regular use improves the experience and the power.
Blessed Be!

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March 5, 2016 - Three Spiritual Landmines!

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 01:19:51 +0000

While a military land mine can end someone's physical life, a spiritual land mine can end your spiritual life.  While a military land mine is buried in the ground by soldiers during an armed conflict, a spiritual land mine is often offered in public in what appears to be polite company.

The three kinds of spiritual land mines are divine arbitrariness, nitpicking and guilt.  I've seen some wonderful people be spiritually ruined by them.  But by recognizing them for what they are and the lies at their root, you have a remedy!
Blessed Be!


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February 27, 2016 - Another "F-Word": Faith!

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:57:43 +0000

There are some words I call "F-words".  They are proper and can be used in polite company.  Unfortunately, they begin with that letter, and have been so misused that, to some folks, their real meaning has been totally obscured!  Today, I introduce you to the 5-letter F-word "faith".

Some seem to think of it as some sort of commodity, as if you might be able to buy it at a supermarket.  Many others seem to take pride in pointing out its apparent absence in some people.  It is my considered opinion that such thinking actually avoids the real definition of faith.

Once you understand it and use it, it will surprise you!   
Blessed Be!

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February 20, 2016 - Tempest Smith Day!

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:40:29 +0000

February 20th is Tempest Smith Day.  On February 20, 2001, Tempest Kayne Smith died by her own hand.  She was twelve years old.  She had been tormented by her classmates for some years because she was shy, because she liked to wear black clothing, and especially because she chose to follow Wicca as her religious path.  At that age, time goes very slowly.  At that age, well-intentioned advice to confide in teachers, counselors and parents meet with trust issues.  Besides, how was it possible that the teachers and staff at her school would not have known, as blatant as some of the abuse was?

I have been promoting Tempest Smith Day since the day I first heard of her.  I see her as a martyr, and as a patron of victims of bullying, especially religious bullying.

In spite of hopes that things would get better, they have gotten worse.  We now have public officials and candidates for office who claim they want to deport people based on their religion.  What are we going to do?
Blessed Be!

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February 13, 2016 - The Weakness Of Our Enemies!

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:16:13 +0000

It is amazing, the number of people who seem to need to hate.  And when they hate us, it might seem that the only two options to escape their venom are to either capitulate to their slogans or keep your beliefs to yourself.  And neither of those actually works, and in fact it will only increase their hate!  Fortunately, they have a vulnerability which they share with the schoolyard bullies we knew in childhood.

You are strong where the haters are weak.  I know that I sometimes have to remind myself of both facts.  Those who hate have a weakness which can be their downfall.  Meanwhile, we have strength which we can depend on.  It begins not merely with maturity, but with growth that lets us avoid immaturity!
Blessed Be!

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February 6, 2016 - Fighting Trolls And Other Evil Beings!

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 01:37:21 +0000

Have you been receiving harassment lately, especially religious harassment?  It happens a lot lately, and social media only added to the potential ways for it to happen.  On the internet, they are often referred to as "trolls", for their obsessive behavior.  It's even worse when it's someone you thought you knew.  In my case, one was someone I had known since high school and another was someone I had served with in the Air Force.  And past friendship does not curb their obsession or their verbal venom.

There is much that can be said about them, but often not much that can be done about them except perhaps reporting and blocking.  But one factor about those "trolls" and other harassers actually works against them and for your benefit!

Blessed Be!

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January 30, 2016 - Imbolc And Infinity!

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:33:48 +0000

Some might find Imbolc to be a Sabbat which is easy to skip-over, but those who really grasp what Imbolc is about find it to be one of the most powerful.  As with Yule and Samhain having their corresponding Yuletide and Samhaintide to mark the days and other celebrations surrounding them, it would not be wrong to speak of Imbolctide for all of the related celebrations.

From ancient Pagan celebrations to Christian holidays and even to the American folklore celebration of Groundhog Day, All of the celebrations tie in together with a basic fact which can give us much encouragement.

Regardless of deity or denomination, Imbolc offers us something special!

Blessed Be!

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January 23, 2016 - Where Christians And Atheists Miss The Point!

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:09:25 +0000

Christians and atheists appear to be missing the same point! I don't mean all of both groups, but a sizeable number indeed.  A group known for atheism recently posted a graphic containing several pictures of starving, suffering people, especially children.  Along with the pictures was the taunt: "Where is your god?"

The answer applies to both groups, both the Christians and the atheists.  And please don't think that the answer lets the atheists off the hook, either!

Blessed Be!

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January 16, 2016 - Lent: A Good Idea With A Bad History!

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 01:36:50 +0000

Most people think of Lent as a Christian tradition, but it has its parallels in many other spiritual paths.  Used well, it functions nicely as a "course correction maneuver" to give each of us an opportunity to see where we are on our journey compared to where we could be.  

Unfortunately, many Christians have made Lent a negative experience.  There may be those who picture Santa Claus or the Nativity when they think of Christmas, but when I think of Lent, I picture an old lady waving her finger at a child while trying to live in the 19th century.  That's the problem.

Blessed Be!

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January 9, 2016 - The Danger Of Empty Prayer!

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 01:22:44 +0000

Nothing irritates me quite as much as when a tragedy happens, such as the recent mass shootings, and people in a position to offer solutions instead prefer to say how the victims and their families are in their "thoughts and prayers."  I found it irritating enough that at one time I left Christianity as I then had known it because of how many purported Christians seemed to be using prayer as a means to avoid dealing with issues.

The current wave of mass shootings makes it more direct and personal for me.  I know what it is like to hear on the news that an old friend was shot and killed, and I have seen the look on a co-worker's face as she tried to find out if her child was all right after a shooting in a school.  But the issue I raise here goes beyond that.  Deities must be very displeased with empty prayers and empty promises of prayers.

Blessed Be!

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January 2, 2016 - New Spirituality In A New Year!

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 01:34:23 +0000

Those of us who are Pagan and/or Wiccan are fortunate: Some of our most important holidays have mundane equivalents on different days, and it means we have two chances at some things.  The mundane New Year's Day is like that because of its parallels to Samhain.  Not only do both celebrate endings and beginnings, it is an opportunity to help beginnings with resolutions.  One resolution that I am making is to strengthen my spiritual life.

Your spiritual life is your own and private, with the only exceptions being if you have a teacher for that area, and for those activities done in a group, such as group rituals.  Other than ant, it's yours and your business.  And on that note, we can explore.

Blessed Be!

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December 26, 2015 - Priesthood Revisited!

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 01:28:10 +0000

To begin with, a basic point: you are a priest/ priestess.  You have an absolute right and indeed a responsibility to be a priest or priestess for the sake of your own needs.  You might need a stock broker to buy shares of corporate stock and you might need a commodities broker to buy agricultural commodities, but there are no "blessing brokers".  There are times, of course, when you will need the services of someone functioning as clergy, such as a wedding or for a specialized need.

And there are those called to be clergy.  Such a call can be very forceful, and can even cross supposed boundaries of denomination and even deity.  The force can be so compelling that it almost makes death seem optional by comparison!  And if it is real, it is never just a job.

So, let's explore priesthood and see what it is all about.  It will be a good beginning to some exploration of your own spiritual life!

Blessed Be!

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December 19, 2015 - Yule, Christmas, And So What?

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:29:01 +0000

Once upon a time, I was a total cynic about this time of year.  If I went to a church, it seemed to be permeated by gossip, people who led soap-opera lives, and folks who used prayer as a way to avoid doing anything tangible for people.  And, in the mundane world, there was the usual seasonal hype, centered around a seasonal tree holding the objects of seasonal blackmail and bribery.  

Let's not forget the annual one-upping the neighbor when it comes time to decorate the house.  It's gotten to the point that a situation which was included in a comedy some years back has actually become a daily problem in some cities!

Things changed for me when I learned how to tune in certain aspect and tune out certain others.  It's not difficult, nobody has to give up anything important, and we'll have our holidays back, regardless of the name of the holiday we're celebrating!

Blessed Be!

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December 12, 2015 - The Current Epidemic That's Killing People!

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 01:42:09 +0000

There is an epidemic in this country.  It is an epidemic of a disease that has brought down nations before, and has brought disaster to many more.  This is not the first time that this disease hadinfested the United States.  We need to stop it!

The disease spreads among people, leaving plants and animals innocently non-involved.  Parents can easily pass the disease to their children.  Worse yet, the disease can spread among children in places like schools, with the result being that a child can be seriously infected before a parent even notices.  And, of course, adults have ample opportunity to catch the disease.

The disease can often cause fortunes to be consumed in meeting the demands that the disease brings on, and more than one war has been lost by a country where this disease is especially rampant.

Can you tell that the disease is none other than hate?  Explore further, and see how we might fight it and win!

Blessed Be!

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December 5, 2015 - The Real War On Christmas!

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 01:22:28 +0000

Once again, some Christians are claiming that there is a "war on Christmas" going on, and in the past I have stated a claim that I did not believe there was a "war on Christmas."  I was mistaken.  I do believe that there is a "war on Christmas", but it is not the one that so many, particularly Evangelical Protestants, claim exists.

The nature of the real war on Christmas goes beyond made-up issues as a coffee shop's cups being red without additional decoration, and it goes beyond non-issues such as a store clerk saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas".

The real war on Christmas is worse than that.  And what scares me is that it could happen to the special days of any spiritual path.  What would a Wiccan or other Pagan do if Beltane became an excuse for one-night stands, or if Ostara or Samhain became nothing more than occasions to gorge yourself on candy?  

Blessed Be!

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November 28, 2015 - Yes We Can For The 500th Time: We Must!

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:51:15 +0000

This is the 500th episode of "The Secrets In Plain Sight".  The first episode was titled "Can We Please Get Along?"  Each episode since then has touched on this issue in one way or another.  And at the 500th episode, I am convinced that we can, and that we must!

With all of the controversies going on, it might not seem possible, but it is!  Here at home, we are dealing with radicals claiming to be Christian, and in other parts of the world, extremists labeling themselves as Muslim have our attention.  Which of either gets attention of the mass media depends, of course, on what sells and who won't be offended.  

In the Norse, the Aesir made peace with the Vanir.  And even Christian scripture shows a path not to conciliation or consolidation, but to respect and working together.  We do that, and there will be no limit to what we can accomplish!

Blessed Be!

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