Reparation and Healing the Land as part of American Druidry

I also live in an area of mining, paper mills, and farms, so I understand working with timbering and strip mine areas.
We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, so we can only move forward with what was left behind.

The Druid's Garden

Sunrise over the land Sunrise over the land

Two weeks ago, I talked about what American Druidry looks like. One of the big issues that came up in conversations here on the blog in the comments and also in the comments on the Druid’s Garden Facebook page was guilt from those of non-indigenous heritage. Guilt about the legacy of abuses against Native Americans in this country–a legacy that continues to this day. Guilt of being here on this land, knowing that many of us who are here now are here because of three centuries of genocide. Guilt about knowing that despite all that we may do now, this past bloodshed colors the way that we interact with the land, our relationships with the spirits of the land, and everything else we try to do to connect with the land and build sacredness.  In the last two weeks, I’ve heard how people feel the spirits…

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Artist of the Month GLORIA OJULARI plus Amazing ideas for Christmas 2017.

oshunschild's Blog: Simply my thoughts and feelings about being an Iyalocha in London

I first came across Gloria through her daughter who was a  member of the London Lucumi Choir for a very brief period a few years ago. Her work is so beautiful because it is so authentic and personal to her. Based in London, she draws on her experience as a woman of dual heritage and uses art to pursue and explore her Yoruban Identity.

The Drawing below depicts her daughter Esther, dancing yemaya. I loved it so much, it is now hanging in my Ocha room. However there are other works of art to be purchased so have a look below.

6Yemaya drawing

Gloria F. Y. Ojulari Sule  is a visual artist/maker from London UK. She specialises in
Artworks/mixed media, painting, drawing, recycled objects Exhibitions/installations moving image Giclee Prints/Greetings cards Textile/Baby Books & Bibs Commissions, Presentations, Community Arts and Visual Arts Education.
She recently created 15 artworks for TACT The Adolescents Children’s…

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The power of the individual vs. the staged collective

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The Individual vs. the Staged Collective

by Jon Rappoport

“The individual sees how a machine is put together. He sees the pieces and the systems. Because he is creative, he doesn’t stop there. He doesn’t automatically believe in the machine and accept it as the final THING. He can invent a better machine—or no machine at all. Something else. He has the latent power to go outside the machine and invent in a different way. He can CREATE HIS OWN WORLD. It isn’t a bubble that separates him from the commonly shared world. It is inserted into the common world. It is built on different ideas. He is alive, his creative force is alive, and so what he builds will be alive, too. This is a kind of natural magic. A magic that is inherent in him. It surpasses the ordinary strictures of society. Am I talking about imagination? Absolutely…

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As We Approach the Winter Solstice

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If you are like me, December can be overwhelming…. As we approach the Winter Solstice, the gift of sunlight is hard to come by, causing light deprivation, circadian disturbances, and shifts in melatonin regulation.  The subsequent effects on mood, behavior and health can be difficult to deal with, especially since the reins of life’s expectations don’t loosen to accommodate these seasonal shifts.  Instead, the holidays bring their own unique stresses and can add to a sense of depletion and anxiety.

In my case, it’s the same each year.  The effects of light deprivation sneak up on me, much in the way that seasonal allergies seem to. I start feeling sluggish and apathetic.  My eyes take on a dull ache and my skin and hair feel like straw.  My sleep is less rejuvenating and I feel starved for more of it.  When the morning alarm rings, it takes me by surprise…

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Veteran’s Day Tribute: “12 Strong” America’s Horse Soldiers

Straight from the Horse's Heart

“Each and every Veteran’s Day we attempt to highlight equine bravery that has helped to keep this country free and with that said, we usually land on telling the story of Sgt. Reckless, a little mare that attained the rank of Sgt. in the Marine Corp. during the Korean war.  But there have been so many other horses who have served bravely and some not all that long ago.  Which brings us to the upcoming release of the movie “12 STRONG” the unclassified true story of America’s first soldiers to enter Afghanistan after 9/11 and they did it on horseback.

We are not hyping a movie but instead applauding the telling of an important tale where horses were one of the most important components of battling for America’s freedom and sovereignty.

To all my fellow veterans, (both 2 and 4 legged) thank you for your sacrifice, your service…

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All Hallows Eve – 3 Days of the Dead & Beyond..

The Witch & Walnut

halloween nightHappy Halloween Everyone! I wish you all a wonderful night and wish you well for the remainder of the season that is now upon us. Tonight is a highly celebrated day for most Witches. To some it is a New Year and others welcome the dead, open doors and set a place at their tables for their ancestors.

The actual “celebration” of the dead lasts 3 days for my particular tribe. In fact I started my decent and workings in September and will continue well into November. During this time we typically take personal time to honor, connect and celebrate those whom have come before us.  Think about what that means to you and how you want to honor the other side. The side we will all be on one day.

This is the dying season, and tonight marks a peak in that season but don’t forget that its not…

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The new Pope of NSA-Google-Facebook

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The new Pope of NSA-Google-Facebook

by Jon Rappoport

Note: In the event this piece may float ahead in time, I feel compelled to say it was written for people who can not only read pictures, but can still read words.

In the year 2072…there was a time of great celebration.

The President was about to appoint a new Pope of NSA-Google-Facebook. Aside from 12 Western states, where gangs ruled the population, America was united as never before.

What many analysts were calling The Greater System had taken hold in consciousness. People were aware they were living inside a bubble of super-surveillance, and they loved it.

Therefore, the appointment of a new Pope was a momentous event.

The man of the hour, the saint-in-waiting, was Jonas Hoover, formerly a professor at MIT. Famously, at the age of nine, Hoover had written this Facebook post:

“Below, you’ll see a complete inventory of…

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Unsocial Media

Journey through my Journal

Social media – “connecting” you to people on the other side of the world but not in the same room.

When did we start living through a screen? When did we start placing more importance on our social media “presence” than our actual presence? Our filterless, flawless and fabulous selves. Our lying on the couch in our sweatpants eating sour lollies loveable selves. The answer is irrelevant, what matters is where do we go from here? We weren’t taught how to cope with this devotion to self-promotion at school. There was no “how to survive without social media 101” or “how to love and accept yourself as a real person, not a profile 102”.

Do we continue to scroll through mindlessly judging, regretting, wishing and fantasising while staring blankly at a screen? With no external expression of emotion visible beside the occasional LOL from a good meme. We all do it…

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Amy Brucker ~ My Cat Angus Died This Week ~

By Amy Brucker

My cat Angus died this past Thursday. He was 18 years old and a little shaman who would curl up next to my clients and do his part to help them in their healing process.

He lived a long, good life, but it was time for him to say goodbye, and October was the perfect time for him to leave.

October is a Time for Releasing

Of releasing golden leaves that fall like confetti to the ground.

Of releasing grief so it can flow through us (instead of turning into depression).

Of releasing whatever is getting in the way of you living a good life.

Releasing Angus was a process for me. His small body started to decline a couple years ago, so I was able to prepare for the inevitable.

Every day I gave thanks for his grace in my life, for his presence. I reveled in his softness, knowing that someday it would be a memory. I took mental pictures, memorizing the subtle angles of his nose and chin, noticing how he sometimes looked like Homer Simpson, but other times like a wise Buddha, and laughing at the juxtaposition.

Releasing can be a big dramatic ritual with heart-wrenching cries, or a simple whisper of goodbye.

But however you express it, the most important thing is to be present. Presences gives your heart a chance to really feel your feelings, to give the mix of sadness and joy a place to co-exist so they can weave together a healing balm for your soul.

I said goodbye to Angus this morning, full of tears and a heavy heart. I created an altar with his photo, his favorite toy, some treats, and a candle. I’m grateful for how he shared his life with me.

What about you?

What do you need to be present with today?

What do you need to release? How does your heart feel in releasing it?

How can you make room for the joy and the sorrow so you can create your own soul medicine?

sweet dreams to you,

Amy

Open Letter From A Chronic Pain Sufferer

As Oro’s spouse I watch as he wages war everyday with his chronic pain. There is nothing like the feeling of helplessness when you know you cannot ease the pain of the person you love.

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Oro Cas Reflects

This article is copied in its entirety with links to the original site I discovered this post on. I didn’t write this but it is amazing to me how much it mirrors what I have been wanting to say for a long time.

Having chronic pain means many things change, and a lot of the changes are invisible.

Unlike having cancer or being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand chronic pain and its effects, and of those that think they know, many are actually misinformed.

In the spirit of informing those who wish to understand: These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me.

  • Please understand that being sick doesn’t mean I’m not still a human being. I have to spend most of my day in considerable pain and exhaustion, and if you visit, sometimes I probably don’t seem…

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