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The reason we need you to contribute is that Kewl Kate is worth it! She’s a damn hard worker, she’s a genuinely beautiful soul, and she writes her fucking heart out. With no support in her own home. We can ALL afford one single dollar. Or a few more.
One more time, here’s the link: CLICK ON IT! Please and Thank You. And, remember, with every good thing we do, we are rippling the lovingkindness out and out and out somemore.
Now, moving on to the event du jour. Happy and festive Samhain. I hope everyone’s New Year was delightful. As I write this (mobile-y from the kitchen table, waiting for Trick-or-Treaters), mine is still in progress.
Earlier though, as I began my afternoon, I had dreams of a scattered nature. And by that I mean the feeling was not restful. Like all of the people I was interacting with were transitioning.
This is the second time we’ve received a message with that type of attitude. The focus is (again) on our knowing that we’ve got choices. But this time, our aim is directed toward the mindfulness of it.
Then, on our card altar, we’ve been given a gift. Once more, validating, and super spiritual.
“Bat ~ 42 ~ Rebirth
Shrouded in the mystery of Meso-American tribal ritual is the legend of the Bat. Akin to the ancient Buddhist belief in reincarnation, in Central America, Bat is the symbol of rebirth. The Bat has for centuries been a treasured medicine of the Aztec, Toltec, Tolucan, and Mayan peoples.
Bat embraces the idea of shamanistic death. The ritual death of the healer is steeped in secrets and highly involved initiation rites. Shaman death is the symbolic death of the initiate to the old ways of life and personal identity. The initiation that brings the right to heal and to be called shaman is necessarily preceeded by the ritual death. Most of these rituals are brutally hard on the body, mind, and spirit. In light of today’s standards, it can be very difficult to find a person who can take the abuse and come through it with their balance intact…….
If Bat has appeared in your cards today, it symbolizes the need for a ritualistic death of some way of life that no longer suits your new growth pattern. This can mean a time of letting go of old habits,and of assuming the position in life that prepares you for rebirth, or in some cases initiation. In every case, Bat signals rebirth of some part of yourself or the death of old patterns.
If you resist your destiny, it can be a long, drawn out, or painful death. The universe is always asking you to grow and become your future. To do so you must die the shaman’s death.”
How much more perfect of a draw could we have gotten? Bat is the ideal representative for what we’re working on, as well as the day(s). The happiest of Dia de los Muertos to you and yours!
Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson, illustrated by Angela C Werneke
was to see *K* and back, nowhere else, in 7.538 miles, for 43 minutes 32 seconds of pedal time, with an average pace of 10.3 MPH (zippier than it looks because there are no hills between me and her, except for the ones I need to climb on our own street in order to get home).
is Dan’s holiday contributions for this year, all carved and lit. (Be sure to check in the archives for his previous works of art if this is your first October with us, tagged as samhain.)
And for his white one, he used a pattern that came from these guys.
There is a back-side carving that’s supposed to reflect behind your pumpkin. It’s a very cool concept, and works well when we have them outside. Hopefully you can see how it works this way, too.
Wyoming. That was it.