Saturday, October 29, 2016

Seasons, Part 1

     As I have been reading in Celtic Inspirations: Essential Meditations and Texts (Inspirations Series) by Lyn Webster Wilde, the Celtic calendar is punctuated by seasonal festivities.  One that is coming up soon is Samhain, celebrated on November 1st.  For some, this is the start of the Celtic year. 

     This is when the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, and we feel that as darkness reigns, we are drawn to darker things. We remember our loved ones who have passed and contemplate our own death.

     At this time, the Celts would slaughter animals and preserve the meat for the winter.  We consider the coming winter and the challenges it brings.  Are we prepared?

     This is also a time when the veil between the Otherworld and our reality is thin.  Some practice divination, some share myths or scary stories, others commune with the ancestors.  In Scotland, those who are born around the time of Samhain are said to have the "sight."

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Beautiful Book

     Lately, I've been reading a beautiful book called Celtic Inspirations: Essential Meditations and Texts (Inspirations Series) by Lyn Webster Wilde.  By beautiful, I mean that every page is decorated with the most lovely illustrations and/or photos.  And Wilde's words are informative and inspiring.

     Some chapter headings include:  The Celtic Treasure Chest; Bards, Druids and Seers; Mystic Symbols; Heroes of the Spirit, and more.  It's something to savor right before I turn off the light at night.  Highly recommended!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Don't You Love Fall?

     Don't you love this time of year?  The cooler days, the changing angle of the sun, the colors of the leaves -- it's a beautiful time of year.

     As the leaves turn color, detach from the tree and fall, it reminds me to take stock of my life and see if there are things that I can let go of.  Perhaps it is simple as cleaning out a drawer or a closet, or it could be more internal, as in letting go of a habit, a thought-pattern, or an old grudge.  But before I can let something go, I need to acknowledge its purpose in my life and be thankful for the lessons I have learned from it. How did it color my life?  How did it bring new growth?  Next, I need to let it go as simply as a leaf falling from a branch.  Finally, I allow it to act as compost for these new ways of being.  Yes, this is a wonderful time of year. 

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Life's Little Ironies

     Have you seen the movie Sully yet?  I highly recommend it!  I know some critics complained that there wasn't enough adversity to keep the movie going, but I disagree.  The psychological adversity -- what Sully and his co-pilot faced in their own minds -- was more than enough adversity, compiled with a grueling investigation by the Transportation Board.  Go see it.

     I enjoy life's little ironies.  Here's one.  The director of the movie Sully is a well-known Republican and conservative.  Here is a movie about a highly experienced pilot, with a logical, tactical mind, and cool-as-a-cucumber personality.  It was pointed out again and again that Sully's experience and cool-headedness are what saved the 155 passengers on board the plane.  And here we are in the United States facing an election for a new president -- choosing between one candidate who is experienced, with a logical, tactical mind, and a level-headed personality versus one who is . . . not. 

     Ironic, no?
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another OBG

     OBG -- That's "oldie but goodie."  I found another great book sitting on my bookshelf that I honestly don't remember reading.  I think I saw the movie, liked it a lot, and then bought the book with every intention of reading it . . . and didn't. 

     Either that, or my brain has completely lost those cells which recorded the memory of reading it.

     Anyway, the book is Contactby Carl Sagan.  The late, great, mellifluous-voiced Carl Sagan.  I miss hearing him say, "Billions and billions of worlds" in that sonorous baritone of his.  But I digress.

     If you want to read an intelligent, hopeful, and scientific science fiction book full of humanity and warmth, this is a good one to get.  I think I liked it better than the movie because it goes into the back stories of characters and talks about global movements in ways that are believable and optimistic. 

     Clearly, Sagan had great hope for humanity.  This book is a good antidote for reading the morning's headlines.