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Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate Christmas or honor the Spirit of the Season in other ways.

As we near the threshold of the passing of this past calendar year and the dawn of a fresh new one, many of us can appreciate that feeling of starting a new year with a blend of hope and intention, mixed in with healthy doses of anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even sadness or grief.

I have no doubt that I and several other of my blog-o-sphere sisters and brothers will continue sharing what ‘good medicine’ comes into and through us to encourage and inspire (as we navigate that same mix of inspiration and uncertainty!).

And yet each of those individual sharings contributes to the greater ‘wave’.

So I’m glad to share an inspired and timely blog article from The Druid’s Garden, along with Laura Bruno’s intro-musing to her own reblog of this post.

You’ll find Laura’s message, and then the link to the reblog of ‘Making a Difference’.

It’s a really important message as each of us does of the work of keeping (or re-gaining) our Sovereign Center, and continuing to add our big and small magic, our own contributions (small and large) to the cause of wellbeing, Agape (Perdita’s Gifts!), and a restoration of joy and Wisdom for all beings.

Thanks to Laura for reblogging this (I’d missed this post, so was glad for the reblog!), and to The Druid’s Garden for the initial musing.

Here’s to the great importance of a wealth of (seemingly) small contributions.

Big Love and Holy-Season Blessings,
Jamie

From Laura Bruno’s reblog of “Making a Difference:”

“I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.”

And The Druid’s Garden original “Making a Difference” article ….

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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Redefining luxury

Kitten, 1900, by William Clarke Wontner.
Kitten, 1900, by William Clarke Wontner.

I’m happy to share this lovely musing from Nimue Brown on ‘Redefining Luxury’.

One part of reclaiming our mojo in various areas of life involves reclaiming and redefining words (and the corresponding actions) that have been co-opted and put in service of the Rat Race.

By reflecting on and reclaiming our own definition of ‘luxury’, we’re also centering in on what truly has value and worth to us (rather than what we’re brainwashed to value regardless of whether it contributes to our own and the collective wellbeing).

This is a natural question for those of us exploring the Taurean-Venus ‘mystery school’ (aka Taurus Rising) in this lifetime, since the soul-expression of Taurus is to explore, define, and take root in what’s truly of worth and what expresses the deepest and truest of all values (vs. the more superficial and transient ones defined by consumption-driven culture).

But regardless of the soul explorations and adventures we’re immersing in, these are questions that invite us all to come home to what matters most to us.

What has value, what feels (and is) of real value and worth to us, and in what simple, often-overlooked ways might we rediscover real luxury and decadence?

Many of my ‘Top 10’ (or 20, or …) simple and rich luxuries would overlap the list that Nimue shares (you’ll find the link to her post below).

Confidences, 1869, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Confidences, 1869, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

I’ve added another recent discovery in the comments on Nimue’s post — going ‘minimal or sans electricity after sundown at least several (or more) days a week.

I’ve found that, as much as I love and appreciate technology, this practice feels truly decadent in our over-tronned times!

Another simple-pleasures practice of mine in recent years has been to reclaim the wisdom of my wise woman/man ancestors by learning the ‘wild plant allies’ around me and their nutritional and medicinal gifts to us. Truly rich, and very abundant.

My ‘about Jamie‘ musing includes more of my own appreciated, simple and rich luxuries.

Thanks to Nimue for this lovely post and invitation to reflection and the power of redefining and reclaiming ‘luxury’. You might also want to check out some of her other posts, like “What’s it Worth?”

How about you?

What simple pleasures and natural luxuries have you rediscovered or renewed your appreciation for?

Big Love,
Jamie

Druid Life

Western culture tends to define luxury around items that cost a lot of money, or at a pinch, experiences that cost a lot of money (luxury holidays, mostly). ‘The Good Stuff’ is all about objects, and to afford the objects, or cheaper replicas of the objects, we have to work very hard. The culture of things is not sustainable, our planet cannot keep everyone in the style of an average western household, much less in the style of a household that can afford a lot of luxury goods.

What do you consider to be a luxury? Is it the price tag? Is luxury defined by scarcity? Is it an emotional response to something indulgent? If so, what feels indulgent? If we can redefine luxury, perhaps more of us can get off the treadmill and enjoy living, rather than chasing after objects that will soon become obsolete. Here are ten things…

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“there’s no love for a poor man”

The Painter's Honeymoon, 1864, by Frederick, Lord Leighton. Public domain image from WikiMedia.
The Painter’s Honeymoon, 1864, by Frederick, Lord Leighton. Public domain image from WikiMedia.

A really beautiful post about valuing what’s actually valuable — in general, and in each other.

What’s truly of worth and value can get a bit lost in the consumption-oriented, materialistic culture.

So it was lovely to read this heartful reminder. Enjoy.

Big Love,
Jamie

See, there's this thing called biology...

“There’s no love for a poor man,” ahhh, now there’s a Google search term that just broke my heart. It isn’t true, you know, there is lots of love for a poor man, poor in riches, but well off in spirit. I married such a man, on purpose, and it was the best decision I ever made. He has a good heart and soul, comes from a large family, and built himself a business that has always kept food on the table and the lights on. How can I not admire such a man? He’s made something out of nothing. Besides having raised four kids, we’ve taken trips, gone camping, bought a house, had some great fun and good memories.

One of the best things about my job is that I get to work with a lot of widows and widowers and they tell me the most beautiful love stories…

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Virgo Mysteries – Tending the Sacred, Keeping the Flame

Do you feel your Virgoan angels (or demons) being stirred right about now? How can you tell? When Virgo facets and essences are activated -- as they might be during a Virgo Moon time or when we have other Virgo-activating... Continue Reading →

Finding Center in Simple Things

A rose made of galaxies, for the Hubbell 21st anniversary. Photo courtesy of Hubbell gallery, NASA.
A rose made of galaxies, for the Hubbell 21st anniversary. Photo courtesy of Hubbell gallery, NASA.

Seems like it’s always a fine time to center into the everyday  magic of kindness, simple things (a.k.a. what Dorothy Day called ‘the little work’), and other ‘revolutionary acts’.

See what stirs for you …

Big Love,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

Boiling mud hole at the Sulphur Lake
from TripAdvisor.com

From what I’m hearing, seeing around me, and experiencing myself in various ways, it sounds like a lot of us are feeling the psychic-energetic rollercoaster these days.

Many now are feeling the influences of the steamy fiery trine in cahoots with the very lunar, watery, highly sensitizing, boundary- (and structure-) dissolving Pisces-Neptune frequencies, too, where the pre-fab, ‘should do’ agenda goes right out the window.

There are days like this, and plenty of them in these ‘transformation times’ of ours.

If I’ve done my usual energy ‘tracking’ and clearing approaches to clear out the funk, and the funk (or fiery anger) is still there … well, maybe it’s just one of those days when it’s wisest to flow with and open to the mysteries of the energy that’s present.

Aside from my usual repertoir of energy management ‘tools’,one thing…

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Are You on the Con-Some-Damn-Thing Treadmill?

"The compulsion to acquire possessions has often been compared to an addiction. Just as addicts need more and more of their drug to get the same level of pleasure, Americans buy more and more stuff to maintain the same level... Continue Reading →

‘Making Sacred’ at Lughnasa-Lammas

Happy Lughnasa-Lammas! Technically, the 'exact' time for this ancestral 'Festival of Light & Harvest' is when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Leo -- August 7th this year. But the traditional calendar time is the first several days of August,... Continue Reading →

Finding Center in Simple Things

It sounds like a lot of us are feeling the current psychic-energetic influences, either directly or via those around us. The steamy fiery trine is in cahoots with the very lunar, watery, highly sensitizing, boundary- (and structure-) dissolving Pisces-Neptune frequencies,... Continue Reading →

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