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Monday, November 22, 2010

Over Commercilization of Holidays

Monday, November 22, 2010
With Thanksgiving this weekend, the "Official Holiday Season" begins. You know, the time when we all are supposed to run around like mad buying all that we can get our hands on. But I think that this isn't the real way this time is supposed to be.

This is a time that we should all gather as family and not worry about the expense or cost of the gift. It is the exchange of energy that is truly important.

But what is it that has led us to this point of overcommercilization? I think it is the combination of greed by the companies that profit from this shopping spree and the lack of spirituallity in our culture. If we as a culture move away from looking at the sacredness, not only of this time but of all life, then how can we expect this holiday season to be anything else other than maddening?

I would love to hear any comments from you readers on your thoughts on this topic. So please comment below.

Blessed Be!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Take Your Kids to the Kitchen

Friday, November 12, 2010
Happy Saturday! To continue on my series on reconnecting with your family this Holiday Season we return to spending time with your children. Today I wanted to encourage you to cook and then eat your creation with your kids.

It seems that some of the most popular posts on this blog are on recipes. So I know that a lot of you already cook, but how many of you include your kids and teach them how to do the same?

This can be an educational experience for the children as well as a bonding one. Not only will they learn to cook but they will learn about measuring and counting and even fractions.

What you cook isn't important. What is, is how much fun you and the kids have. Whether you bake, fry or fricassee bring your kid along (maybe not let the younger ones take a turn at frying) and enjoy.

And the best part? Well, it is the eating of said creation. My kids get very disappointed when we don't cook. They like fast food but like home cooked meals the best.

Blessed Be and Happy Cooking/Baking!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Divination and Children - Pendulums

Sunday, November 7, 2010
When I started this series again last month, I got some feedback on how many children out there love the pendulum. So I decided to run an article on selecting, cleansing and using the pendulum.

Selecting a Pendulum

While any weight will do, it is better for you to take a moment and still the mind. The pendulum acts as a focus for your subconscious. So it is good to allow your intuition to decide. If it is does not come with a string or chain then you can simply tie a string to the end. Personally I would aim for less than a foot, maybe around six or seven inches.

Cleansing and Programming your Pendulum

The cleaning can be as simple as putting it in a bowl of salt for a day or so, preferrably in direct sunlight. But you can also bless it with charged salt water and/or the smoke from white sage.

As to programming it, draw a cross on a sheet of paper and below it a circle. Then holding your pendulum over the cross, clear your mind and ask what an Yes looks like. Followed by a what a No looks like. You can do this over the circle as well. In the first you may find the circle moving horizontally or vertically and in the second you should see it move clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Using the Pendulum

Now start out with questions you know the yes or no answers to. That way you can get a gauge for the accuracy of your new pendulum. The more you work with the better feel you will get for its particular method of revealing answers to you.

If you have anything to add by all means feel free to comment below so we can all learn.

Blessed Be!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Spend Some Time Looking Back

Friday, November 5, 2010
Yes I'm back with this series on reconnecting with the family during the Holiday Season. Hope you enjoy.

I talk often focusing on the now and being present but there is a time for reflection. And that time is now, during the dark half of the year. One of the best ways to reconnect with your partner is to look back at the "good old days". Not that today isn't great but the "honeymoon period" of any relationship is a time of great excitement and romance. And don't we all miss that from time to time?

So my advice to you all today is to look back and see what has changed. What did you all do back then that worked and that you don't do today? Now don't go assign guilt, either to yourself or to your partner, but rather make some small changes.

A few weeks ago I talked about taking your partner out on a date and just spending time with them. Today is about more than that. Be imaginative. I can't say what the answer is because it is going to be different for each of you. But I would love to hear any ideas that you have. Comment below and let us all share in the excitement.

And for more tips on reconnecting with your partners and children this holiday season, check out the rest of this series.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Teaching Children Divination -- Tarot and I-Ching

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Here is the third part of my series on divination. The next part is coming next week.

Most of us should be familiar with what the standard Tarot deck is and what the cards in a deck are. But just in case, tarot is typically seventy-eight cards; comprising of twenty-one trump cards, one Fool (this is referred to as the Major Arcana) and four suits of fourteen cards each (the Minor Arcana). These cards are then laid out in different ways and "read" for the purpose of divination.

So how to teach this complex system to young children is not a question to be approached lightly. People can make a lifetime of studying the Tarot and still not catch all the hidden symbols and cached meaning. But you can start a child to the idea of Tarot of working with them using your own deck.

Have them to look at the cards and tell you what they see. Children, being young and uncluttered, often times have an easier time seeing and understanding the archetypes that can be found in Tarot, especially the older Rider-Waite deck. This will, by the time they are old enough to know what deck is theirs, give them a solid understanding of the basics of this divinatory art.

The next topic that I would like to discuss is the I-Ching, or Book of Changes. I have not met many people that have heard of this ancient Chinese divinatory art. But I have had very good results with the system.

The system is comprised of eight trigrams that come together to make thirty-two hexagrams. These hexagrams are then looked up in the I-Ching and the proverb is given that is the fortune. I know it sounds more complicated then it really is

To find out what hexagrams you are using there are multiple methods. The easiest method I have found is the three coin method. In this method you throw three coins and count the number of heads and of tails. Heads count for three and tails for two. You add these three numbers and come up with the first of six lines.

The math to do so is as follows:
a 6 is an old yin (broken) line
a 7 is a young yang (solid) line
an 8 is a young yin (broken) line
a 9 is an old yang (solid) line
Where there are old (6 or 9) lines, the statements for those lines are read. Additionally, those lines should be converted into their opposites and the proverb for the new hexagram that results should be consulted as well.

You can search on Google for the specific meanings of the different hexagrams, but I recommend buying a book that gives more detail into this method and into the other methods as well. In addition to the meanings of the hexagrams.

So good luck on your journey into teaching your children divination.

Blessed Be!






Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Children and Divination - Runes and Ogham

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As promised here is the second part on the series on teaching children divination. In this part I am going to talk about runes and ogham. First off I guess I should define what these things are.

Runes

Although there is very little historical evidence that runes were used in divinatory practice, they can be a very useful tool for doing just that. The most common set used are the futhark runes. Pictured here:

 

These runes each have a different meaning. And can be cast for divination in various ways. When I use them I typically draw out three runes. One for the question, one for the answer and one for advice. But there are nearly as many layouts as there are readers.


Ogham

The ogham are very similar to the futhark runes but at the same time more complex and completely different. It is a Celtic alphabet dating from the fourth century and named after the Celtic god of knowledge and communication, Ogmos.



Typically carved into staves and then pulled or cast from a bag in different numbers and then read according to their meanings. Here is a link that tells their various meanings.

To make your own set of Ogham staves, start with sticks of even lengths. You'll need 25 of them. I have found that 4 - 6" is a good size for Ogham staves.

Inscribe each of the sticks with one of the Ogham symbols. You can do this either by carving them into the woods, painting them on, or using a woodburning tool.

When should Children start with these?

This answer will as always depend on the child. But they should have some ability to sense the unseen energy currents that run below and through things. Although these two divination methods can be easier to learn then tarot they still require some minor skill, most of which can be learned.

In fact they may be able to start these soon after they learn to read words on their own with no help. But I'm interested in what all of you have to say. Do your children practice divination? If so what kinds and what ages did they start?

Blessed Be!