gratitude friday 2/1

Wow. February already. Almost Imbolc, the time halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. The earliest whisperings and glimpses of spring are heard and seen now. As a time of the year associated with beginning growth, Imbolc is an initiatory and commitment period for many. Here we plant the “seeds” of our hopes and dreams for the coming summer months.

I’m beginning (have already begun; the kickoff ritual is this coming Wednesday) my year-and-a-day of initiation into a deeper commitment to my spiritual path. I am learning so much:

Have dusted off and resumed my work with Tarot and astrology after so many years. I have to relearn everything; all that remains is a sense of the structure and flow. It’s coming back to me quickly. I’ve done my third reading now, and intend to do one for myself every rosh chodesh (the head of the month—literally—the time when the new moon is just visible). And I’m going to do free readings for the next few months for anyone who’d like one as I practice. I will charge for an illuminated poster of the reading. Another page in my portfolio career. Nice.

I’ve written—and practice daily—a self-blessing ritual naked in front of the mirror acknowledging the divine presence of the goddess all through me.

I’m reading my second of the eight books on the reading list.

I’m memorizing the Charge of the Star Goddess. Phew!h_uli_dance.jpg

With the stuff I’m learning in hula (dances and chants) combined with this, I have a lot going on in my brain. So grateful to be a learner.

The maiden goddess I chose as the focus for my first quarter, Laka, is a Hawaiian goddess of the hula, love and healing. How wonderful that the new ole (chant) we are learning in hula just happens to be dedicated to Laka. Another divine coincidence.

I am a grateful woman in a rich rich life. And I am lucky.

I am also grateful to dedicate some time to a restful recuperating vacation. I’ve been working very hard and I have been ill. I am taking a little time off to heal and rest and have a little fun. I don’t think I have ever taken a vacation and stayed at home. A first. Blessed be.

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