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A new tradition I have begun is to review my Year Oracle or Tarot Spread after the year has completed.  You can see my 2013 here: 2013 Through the Faerie Looking-Glass.

I draw one card for each month, and then one more card for the entire year.  I record which cards I drew and keywords about the card and then put the notebook away until the end of the year to analyze the results.  (This meets the needs of my analytical Virgo Ascendant and my magical Pisces Sun!)

For 2014, I used the Gilded Tarot deck with art by Ciro Marchetti and a companion book by Barbara Moore.  Each is accomplished with many other works to their names, (one must only Google them to see…)

This spread was drawn in the liminal time between 2013 and 2014 that still feels like the Old Year, but might really be the New Year!  I am about to draw one for 2015 to see what will be, but what follows here is how this year went down!  It is amazingly and divinely accurate…  (They always are!)

January – 9 of Cups

Sharing – Opening Home – Gratitude

 nine of cups

 I was feeling gratitude in January.  I’d had time off work for the holidays (a luxury I treasure during the Dark Time of the year), a new calendar put together for the year (no mean feat), and I was preparing my home for 6 new students to begin study in early February!  I love sharing my path with my coven.

February – 9 of Pentacles

Accomplishment & Pride – Well-earned

 nine of pentacles

Starting a new course of study as in depth as we do in my coven can be daunting and not for the faint at heart…  6 students began and I was very proud of the 5 new students who made it through the first month!  But I think this card and January are about my feelings for myself.  It is good.

March – 4 of Swords

Need to regroup – Find your Center – Use Spiritual Foundation

four of swords

I definitely got in touch with my spiritual foundation.  I learned about Despacho’s which are a wonderful and magical way to dispatch a message to the Universe.  I also spent a day with a dear sister-of-the-heart finding ‘my muse’ for her Teaching Certification in The Color of Woman Method of Intentional Creativity.  I was inspired and still look at my painting and think of the symbolism in it and the memory of that day.  You can learn more here: http://sacredriverart.com/

April – King of Wands

Focused – Determined – Driven – Be aware of intolerance & bossiness

 king of wands

By April, my job was demanding more of my time for a huge project, and this card fits that.  In the coven, two students’ jobs are demanding more of their time, with one taking a temporary position in another state and going on sabbatical and another realizing that this may not be the best time to study with us.  It is a labor of love, with the keyword being labor.

May – Ace of Swords

Gift of thought & intellect – Words can heal or hurt – Communicate well

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I attended the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology conference in San Antonio in May and it was certainly a gift for my intellect and ideas.  I am still thinking about things I learned there that shattered myths we have taken for granted.  A Gift you can find more about here:  http://womenandmyth.org/

June – Queen of Swords

Confidence – Ease in World – Lack emotion – Allow others to act as they see fit

 queen of swords

The Tree of Knowledge Coven presents the Midsummer-Litha public Ritual for the Texas Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess and we ROCKED!  I am very proud.  You can see the schedule of Sabbats here:  http://www.txcog.org/txcogrituals.html

July – King of Pentacles

Impatience – Wield authority & talent wisely – Willing to work hard for material things

 king of pentacles

By July, the student who had taken a sabbatical has decided not to return.  There are 3 students still working hard and dedicating themselves to the Goddess and Wicca.  I’m learning patience.  Again.

August – 4 of Wands

Time of Abundance and Contentment – Happiness

 four of wands

In August, I travel home to see my grown son and my grandson, my brother and sister, and my elderly father.  Only my men-folk still live in Salt Lake City, Utah.  My sister travels from the top of the country and I travel from the bottom and we meet in the middle for several days.  I have long said I go ‘home’ to “Fill Up My Tank with Love” at least once a year.  Then I fly to Grand Council in Atlanta where I get to see my Witch-kin.  It is definitely a time of abundance and contentment.

September – Ace of Wands

Don’t ignore opportunities – Gifts from human hands – Inspiration

 ace of wands

Work is so busy I hardly have time to think.  But my coven inspires me with their moons and rituals.  The new students do a wonderful moon for their first time and it rocks.  My Maiden shows me opportunities to grow with her dedication and creativity.  These are my gifts and inspiration.

October – Ace of Pentacles

Gifts of resources; money or time – Be grateful – Temptation to be greedy or undervalue

 ace of pentacles

I get to spend a wonderful weekend with my coven at our annual Coven Retreat in the wilds of Oklahoma’s Broken Bow area glamping (glamorously camping in a cabin!)  This is my gift of time with my family-of-the-heart.

November – Justice

Being called to do something.  Face it with courage & action.  Don’t ignore the dance & music of your own heart.

 Justice

My father passes away after a short illness that we only learn about when I visited in August.  I was there when they told him stage 4 lung cancer and it knocked the wind from me.  This blow is harder than I imagined it would be.  I had scheduled to visit him over Thanksgiving, but he passed over the veil the day after Veteran’s Day.  I lose another student who has decided that this is not her path. The loss is hard, but I also initiate my first male member to my coven.  A wonderful priest in the making and I celebrate in my heart for him.

December – 4 of Cups

Don’t quest for perfection and not see reality – See what is in front of you

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I travel home on the day after Thanksgiving to lay my dad to rest.  He is interred with an Honor Guard on December 1 and my grief shades the Yule celebrations for the rest of the month.  It is hard to see what is in front of you when you have lost what you want.  Loss seems to be the keyword for the month and I move through my days like being in a dream.

Card for the Year – Temperance

Moderation – Temper extremes – Moderate life in all ways; physical, emotional, spiritual, & intellectual

 temperance

This card does not look at all like the description to me.  The description for the year is balance.  Be balanced in all things.  A worthy objective to always strive for.  But the art on the card looks like someone who is actively, magically making things happen in a cosmic way.  That the woman is looking away and almost behind her or perhaps meditating on the fire she holds in her chalice does not look like moderation.  (Maybe my view of moderation is that life would be boring, and this card is not boring.)

Short Tarot education:  

Most Tarot decks have 78 cards that are classified as Major Arcana or Minor Arcana.  There are 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana cards.  The Minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 suits that represent the elements; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water and in the case of the Gilded Tarot deck, Pentacles represent Earth, Cups represent Water, while the Wands and Swords can be either Fire or Air.  I choose to use Wands for Fire as they represent actions and the spark of life, and Swords for Air because they represent intellect and challenges.  (The colors also seem to suggest Wands are Red for Fire and the Swords are Blue for Air despite what Barbara Moore has written in the companion book.)

Analysis:

I drew just 13 cards out of the 78 cards possible in the Tarot, and all but two were from the Minor Arcana.  According to Barbara Moore, the Minor Arcana depicts everyday life and aspects over which one has personal control.  That makes a lot of sense to me.  The only two cards from the Major Arcana that I pulled were for November and one for the entire Year.  My father died in November.  Definitely something out of my control and the Justice card I pulled for November called me to face something with courage.  Seems very fitting.

I pulled 3 of the ACES; Pentacles, Wands, and Swords, and 3 of the FOURS; Cups, Wands, and Swords.  ACES are all about new beginnings, opportunities, and gifts and FOURS are all about structure, stability, and stagnation.  I shuffle my cards very well, and I choose from all over the deck so it seems very telling that I have pulled THREE of each of these cards.  They represent HALF of the year!

As a High Priestess to the Tree of Knowledge Wiccan coven, I take new students each year, (or so – sometimes it takes more than a year before I take a whole new batch of students.)  I am very passionate about my work as a High Priestess and teacher and this year began a new student year in February with 6 new students.  There were many new beginnings, opportunities, and gifts throughout the year but also challenges to structure and stability with the loss of students and the potential of stagnation by the end of the year due to loss and grief.  I can easily say half my year concerned these aspects.

I also pulled 3 Court Cards; 2 Kings (Pentacles and Wands) and 1 Queen (Swords) and 2 of the NINES; Cups and Pentacles.

According to Barbara Moore, Queens are mature and reflective and nurture others but can be prone to obsessions, while Kings are mature and expressive, organize and control external matters, but sometimes at the expense of personal issues.  NINES are all about fruition and attainment, and these Court cards related to Ideas, Actions, and Resources.

There was much fruition and attainment with one student initiating into the coven in November, but both of the NINES cards were pulled for January and February.  I think the fruition and attainment is more personal for me.  I have worked hard in all areas to be where I am at this point in my life.  I feel I am the King in these aspects of being driven in the areas of Ideas, Actions, and Resources, and I do often neglect myself for my passions (maybe even a little obsessively, like the Queen!)  It fits that these aspects pertain to most of the rest of the year.

Pulling just 2 Major Arcana; Justice for November and Temperance for the whole year is telling.  I’ve written above about November and a card from the Major Arcana to represent the whole year does seem fitting.  In the end, though we can actively engage in our life, the whole of it can be seen as out of our control.  We do not bring the challenges or the opportunities into our lives, we just meet them and take them.

Temperance for the entire year seems the ideal, and I cannot honestly say that I succeeded.  The other cards each make sense, and are perfectly in tune with the year and very telling in their divination, but Barbara Moore says this card more than any other in the tarot, speaks of perfect balance, perfectly expressed.  The Temperance in my life may be my partner, a Rock of a man who is very balanced in life.  He travels this journey with me, ‘whither he wants or no’, just because he loves me.  He is my Temperance.

My life, my year, is wholly my life, lived to the fullest.  There were highs and there were lows.  Each challenge was met and each opportunity was embraced.  I spent more time with family and friends.  I spent more time exploring my spirituality and less time at work.  I have what I need financially and am healthy physically and feel very fortunate for that.  My Rock of a man keeps me grounded and I am grateful.

I’ve learned and grown.  I’ve loved and been loved.  It is enough.

May it be so for you.

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Looking back on the last year as one is sure to do on the doorstep of another, it is certain I have forgotten most of the low-lights and perhaps even some of the high-lights as well.  Ever the optimist, I usually float atop the river of mud, however slowly it might move, which makes for interesting times for one as impatient as I.  But liminal times call for liminal actions, and looking at the past while moving to the future builds character, teaches one the mysteries of life, and makes all your dreams come true, or so the Faeries tell me.  (They are always telling me that my dreams are coming true, though I have to take their word for it as I seldom remember my dreams…)

In early January 2013, I sat down with my Froud Faerie Oracle cards, which always tell me the truth, even if it is not what I want to hear, and pulled cards for the year.  A Spread of my own making, if you will.

I pulled one card for the year, and another 12 cards encircling it, one for each month.  Now a year later, I can look back at the spread to see how closely it came to pass, or if I have forgotten, to remind me of my lessons!

13 cards

  1. Year =                   # 60 – The Pook
  2. January =             # 38 – Laiste, Moon’s Daughter
  3. February =          # 48 – A Collective of Pixies
  4. March =               # 43 – Geeeeeooo the Slow
  5. April =                   # 50 – Arval Parrot
  6. May =                   # 51 – The Topsie Turvets
  7. June =                   # 0 – Faery Guide
  8. July =                     # 8 – The Singer of Courage
  9. August =              # 54 – Epona’s Wild Daughter
  10. September =     # 55 – The Soul Shrinker
  11. October =            # 37 – Tobaira of the Waters
  12. November =      # 64 – Gawtcha
  13. December =       # 29 – Ta‘Om the Poet

Listing them made me want to sum the card numbers.  They equal 537 which reduces to 6 (5+3+7=15 to 1+5=6).  In numerology, 6 can refer to Home/family; responsibility; and being artistic in nature.  Lissa Coffey, says 6 is ruled by Venus in Vedic numerology.  Venus; known as “Shukra” in Sanskrit, influences the sensuous side of humanity: beauty, passion, romance, and art.  6 people are artists – they’re creative and inventive, sensitive and emotional, lively, loving, and playful.  6 people tend to be lucky, like luxury, and have good taste. They easily attract people to them and are very busy and social.

So was 2013 a 6 year for me?  Well, let’s look at the cards a little closer.  It just might make sense.  Doesn’t it seem strangely coincidental that the card I drew for the year, #60 also reduces to 6 AND that the year itself, 2013 also reduces to 6?  (cue the eerie music here)

I want to talk about the Pook last though, so let’s go through each month and find out what they say.

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January # 38 – Laiste, Moon’s Daughter

Light cast in shadows. Spiritual Guidance.  Illumination.  Riddles.

In January 2013, I was interviewing late applicants to the Tree of Knowledge Coven for classes to begin on February 3rd, just a day after Imbolc.  Before the month was over, I would have 5 students starting.

Laiste is described as the bringer of light in the darkness, yet moonlight both reveals and conceals.  She is one of the guides at the passages between the otherworlds and this one.  She places obstacles into our path so that we are forced to wake up.

Laiste hopes one reaches for their higher self, their not-yet-realized cosmic wisdom.  She says, “You know far more than you know you know.”

My lesson?  I did know far more than I knew I knew.  Of the 5 students that began, only 1 precious student would finish and initiate into the coven.  And I knew it in my bones but hoped it wasn’t true.  I knew what I knew, but didn’t know I knew it.

pixies2February # 48 – A Collective of Pixies

Duty.  Willingness.  Joyful participation. Virtue. 

In February, I was running in place, learning to teach and writing classes for hungry students.  Work was demanding, coven activities were non-stop, and I was BUSY!  

A Pixie’s gotta do what a Pixie’s gotta do, and one of the things a Pixie has to do is dance.  It has to be done, so that the flowers will grow and fruit, the grass will do its photosynthesis thing, the trees will put down the roots properly, and other processes will proceed in their proper time, at their proper pace.

Approaching these tasks with light-heartedness is, they say, essential.  It lends virtue (in the sense of potency) to their actions.

My lesson? Work done with a light-heart and sense of joy will make joyful work and a better world.  Should I have been more joyful?  Perhaps.  I was reminded often that it needed a collective approach.  I got help…

geeeeooo the slowMarch # 43 – Geeeeeooo the Slow

Cycles of Time.  Slowness.  Waiting.  Patience.

By March I had one student missing multiple classes due to a job change, but thought we might be able to work through it with patience and make-up work.  My muggle job was becoming increasingly busy with big, big projects and hard commitments.  Everything needed patience, especially me.  I also had an annual Birthday return astrological chart done telling me things I didn’t want to hear…

Geeeeeooo is the Gnome of Slow Processes.  Like watching water wear the rock away.  He is also the master of clarification whereby we let something sit so the impurities settle allowing the substance to purify itself over time.

My lesson? I learned the value of patience and allowing what will be, to be.  After being told of a potential problem, I remember remarking, that we needed to ‘wait and see’ what would happen.  It would work itself out, I thought.  It did.  With no action on my part or theirs.   Still working on balance though.

arval parrot singleApril # 50 – Arval Parrot

Communication.

By April, I informed one student he was out, one stopped showing up without warning, and one realized this wasn’t their path.  Added to the student who changed their mind at the last minute and decided not to begin study; 5 had become 1.  I was depressed about it until late in the month, my one remaining student dedicated her life to the path of Wicca.  It was beautiful…

Arval says that almost any situation can be improved by people listening to each other, and that listening is a full half of good communication.  The other half, of course, is speaking truly and clearly.  Arval has many wise sayings to help us, such as, “it takes two to say ‘yes’ but only one to say ‘no’.”

Arval reminds us that clear communication is sometimes hard work.  It requires elbow grease.  He wishes us to know that his elbows are well-greased.

My lesson?  Clear communication was key to getting through the month, most of us employed it, and when we didn’t there were hurt feelings and additional work to be done to get back to the issue at hand.  I needed to begin listening to my body.  It was telling me something I didn’t want to hear.

topsie turvetsMay # 51 – The Topsie Turvets

Change of viewpoint.  Fresh Looks.  New ways of seeing.

By May, we were, “Witches Three, a Coven of the Tree,” reveling in our romantic view of three witches performing magic under the moon enjoying the wholly feminine energies of our work together.  I would get to witness my one initiate graduate from College with a Bachelor’s Degree after attending for nearly twenty years since her children were small.  I was as proud as if I were her momma.

When life is confusing, the Turvets come to visit you.  Nothing draws them like a bit of mental muddle.  Confusion is an important stage of growth and they delight in helping things grow!

When the Topsie-Turvets show up, it indicates that someone needs to look again, to make an effort to see things from a different point of view.  Most emphatically, they suggest that we start trying to see things as they really are rather than what we think they should be.

My lesson?  I needed to look again at what I had and be glad and grateful and not mourn the loss of what was with what I should have or could have done differently.

Faerie's Oracle blank card 0 001June # 0 – Faery Guide

Guidance.  Direct Communication with Faery.

June is hot in Dallas.  Very hot.  It is also supposed to be Mid-Summer, but experience tells us it is really just the beginning of several months of hot, hot, hot weather.  But this year was different.  It wasn’t as expected.  It rained more, and had cooler temperatures.  Almost human.  It was perfect.  First June in a long time I did not begin to think of moving North.

I was surprised to draw this card!  It is meant to be my own Faery Guide, and I could draw them on the card if I chose, or I could picture my Faery Guide telling me what I need to know.  I had not thought before of “a” Faery Guide or that I might only have “one”.  I wasn’t sure what to make of it.

My lesson?   Just like the month surprised me with its mild weather, this card surprised me by being blank!  Meditating on it as suggested revealed to me the importance of the magic of Mid-Summer/Litha, when the world of Faery and the world of people are closer than at any other time.  Faery is ever-present if we pay attention.  My “Tree-Faeries” were telling me everything was going as it was meant to go and just pay attention to the magic already in my life.

singer of courageJuly # 8 – The Singer of Courage

Bravery.  Sublimation of Fear.  Moral Strength.

In July, I am faced with facilitating the Second Degree Initiation and then a week later the Initiation as Maiden of my Initiate, Gwenhwyfar.  I am preparing like a mad-woman-witch and terrified I will not ‘do’ it right or I will ‘mess’ it up.  By the end of the month, I am so relieved that everything went well, and I learned to trust myself.  I know what I know…

Someone once said that courage is not the absence of fear, but that which enables us to experience fear and not be stopped by it.  It is also what enables us to do what is right even when there is pressure to do otherwise.

Ordinary living takes courage and to rise above the ordinary into the extraordinary takes even more.  Courage also has its quiet, hidden side because we cannot expect praise or recognition.

My lesson?  Use the energy of the fear itself to power through with courage.  I was able to successfully do what needed to be done.  I learned I can do it, even when I am afraid of failure.  I continue to move forward…

eponas wild daughterAugust # 54 – Epona’s Wild Daughter

Inner Shadows.  Nightmare.  Depression.  Madness.  Growth.

During August I travel with my little sister to Great Britain, just as we did 7 years ago after the death of her daughter, my niece, just 14 years old in a freak accident.  The trip is fantastic, and there is healing through vulnerability.  It is filled with magick and growth and we learn more about ourselves and our roots.

In the bleakest part of the night, Dorcha, the Wild Daughter of Epona, Lady of the Horse and the Moon, comes to us, wearing her crown of faery stars. She kneels on an ancient owl, bearer of the hidden wisdom of the night, and, facing into the past with a clear, unflinching gaze, she holds us.  We are held immobile, inwardly focused, by her comforting, yet implacable light-filled hands.  She asks riddles that often seem impossible to answer—yet she will not let us go until we find the solutions within ourselves.  She is one of the great teachers of Faery, but her lessons are about the shadow side of ourselves—the things we fear, our insecurities, self-doubts, and denials.  She practices ‘tough-love’ therapy.

My lesson?  Seems obvious.  Facing the death, depression, nightmare, growth, and healing of my nieces’ death with my sister in a vulnerable and frank way.  She has healed though will never forget.  Have I?

soul shrinkerSeptember # 55 – The Soul Shrinker

Cruelty.  Malice.  Gossip.  Curses.  Destruction.  Blessing.

In September, it is the job I return to after my extended vacation gallivanting across Scotland that eats up my time and soul.  We deliver a huge project the team has been working on non-stop for months and everyone is tired and disagreeable.  The more time I spend away from the job reminds me how much I absolutely hate it and the demands it puts upon my time.  I also lose much-missed creative writings when my home computer dies and I don’t have a current back-up…

Once, long ago, the Soul Shrinker was very beautiful, but listening to and witnessing all the human ugliness in thought and speech has rubbed off on his appearance.  The Soul Shrinker’s heart is compassionate and anguished, his heartfelt wish is that we learn ‘right speech’ and ‘right thought’.  Ugly words and thoughts become curses, positive words and thoughts become blessings.

My lesson?  The way I think and talk about my job has a detrimental effect on me and my people.  Do I want to curse or to bless?  The choice is mine.  The other side of my demanding job is the blessings it provides, like the extended trip to Scotland for my sister and me and a new computer within a week to replace the one that died.  Think good thoughts and say good things and blessings will flow.

faery_oracle_37October # 37 – Tobaira of the Waters

Emotions. Serenity. Meditation. Gracefully accepting change.

October brings a much anticipated First Degree Initiation of my student and a coven trip to Beaver’s Bend, OK where both my new First and Second degree initiates do an all-night Vision Quest.  I am so proud and full of love for these beautiful women who have committed to serve with me I can’t contain it.

For a moment, close your eyes and just let yourself feel the cool, sparkling faery waters flowing through your fingers. Imagine drinking this sparking coolness from your own cupped hands, and imagine the water flowing down your throat. You may even be able to feel that magical, energy-filled coolness flow right through to your toes.  Ah!  Feel better?

Water is mutable, changeable, fluid, and Tobaira speaks to us of a particular kind of change in emotions and possibly health.  The two are related.  We choose how we will meet those changes.

My lesson?  Tune in to my emotions, my body, and my health.  Each is in need of my attention.  Change is coming.

gawtchaNovember # 64 – Gawtcha

Sudden shock.  Unexpected events.  Rude awakenings.

November brings much-anticipated time off work with plans to complete all kinds of coven work, but the time seems eaten up.  A last-minute trip home to see my men-folk; father, brother, son, and grand-son is too short and I am concerned with my father’s health after the recent death of my step-mother.  She died while I was in Scotland, and it is my first trip home in a year.  He seems much changed, and much older.

Gawtcha is the Out of the Blue Faery.  He likes to surprise us.  You know—you’re walking along, minding your own business, and the universe smacks you on your blind side with something that makes an awful splat.

Gawtcha is trying to teach us two things; first, we need to be awake and aware and trust our intuition (and listen to it), and second, we need to learn to roll with the punches, learn what we can, and regain our balance as quickly as possible.

My lesson?  Accept my father’s aging and eventual passing, and learn to deal with the heart-ache of missing my son and grandson ALL of the time.

imagesDecember # 29 – Ta‘Om the Poet

Clear sight.  Poetry.  Erotic energy.  Laughter.  Not getting into serious mischief.

December brings down-time with an Ice-pocalypse 3-day weekend without power keeping warm by the gas fire-place and gas-stove, 5 Yule/Christmas celebrations, (one with coven, and four for family – two sons of SO and my two step-daughters from Ex that could not be all in the same place at the same time due to work or travel!)  I find time to write (like this) and create a new calendar for the next student year for 6 new students that will start coven classes the week after Imbolc.  Christmas comes too soon, and I thought I was ready!

Ta’Om has a poetic spirit, which involves much more than just the writing of rhymes. It is about being able to see things as they really are and recognize the beauty sometimes hidden by difficulty.  His is the understanding we get from joy and sorrow, ease and hardship, pain and pleasure.  He brings a lusty appreciation of life and laughter.

My lesson?  When a poet shows up, then get to appreciating and writing.  Read and enjoy life.  Spend time with friends and family.  I did all those things.  It was a wonderful month and a wonderful way to end the year.

Now for the year in total as forecasted by the Pook!

pookYear # 60 – The Pook

Shape-changer.  Good in bad, bad in good.  Paradox.  Resolution.

As noted in each of the monthly updates, the year 2013 was a growth year for me.  I grew more knowledgeable in my craft, grew experience with my coven, grew closer to my family, grew closer to my coven, grew wisdom of self and what I need, and grew more in love with the life I lead.

I recommitted myself to this wonderful and fulfilling magickal work I do in Wicca and am looking forward at this liminal time to working within my tradition and my community to strengthen bonds and ties over the next year.

The Pook is a shape-changer.  He is a master of the arts of illusion and delusion, holding up a magickal mirror to reveal the good in the bad, and the bad in the good.  He is very against rigid thinking and mind-sets and encourages the development of inquiring minds.  His challenge for us is to wake up and stop projecting our expectations onto reality but to gain a more balanced understanding of how things really are.  Once we see the truth, seeming contradictions and paradoxes melt away, like finally realizing the solution to a Zen koan like, “What of the bud before the flower?”

My lesson?  My lesson for this year and for all years, is to see the good in the bad and the bad in the good.  Do not close my mind but allow myself to consider paradoxes.  Go with the flow and be the shape-shifter as needed to meet the needs of myself, my family, my coven, my direct reports at work, and my community.

It is always about balance.  May it be so for you.

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