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Diana's Grove: Selling the land [Nov. 10th, 2009|08:23 pm]
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 I was shocked to find an email in my inbox last night that Diana's Grove will be selling the land after the 2010 Mystery School year ends. I'm still kind of sad and angry, and feel like I've had a metaphysical punch in the gut.

Having lived at Diana's Grove for several months, and having spent a lot of time there, this news doesn't come as a complete surprise. I know what many of the challenges Cynthea and Patricia and other staffers have faced with making Diana's Grove possible. 

But it still hurts. And my heart hurts not just for me, but for all my friends who are part of the Diana's Grove community. 

In 2010, Diana’s Grove Mystery School will be working with the story of Persephone. It is a story of cycles, and as we all know, part of the wisdom of cycles is that all things come to an end. While it is our intention that Mystery School will continue, Diana’s Grove Center, as you and we have known it, is coming to an end.




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Pagans and finance [Jul. 30th, 2009|02:07 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Hello all! I've been pondering something & I figured this would be a good place to put out some feelers and see what the rest of the (neo-Pagan) world thinks.

I've been wondering if there are any Pagan-specific financial issues. I work in the mortgage industry and I had a borrower who happened to find out that I was Wiccan. Thankfully the result was positive in that she was also and was actually tickled pink to find out that she was working with another Wiccan. But in talking to her I got to thinking about do Wiccans/Pagans have special financial needs?

I can think of several issues that very much overlap the LBGT and polyamorous groups of the general population. Things like getting mortgages when you're not legally married or there's more than two people and what title/ownership implications there are for that (nothing that can't be worked around easily these days, but still there are implications).

What about buying a covenstead - how would you finance that? It's not really a second home. How would you handle it if you had 13 people all wanting to hold partial title and contribute to the mortgage payment each month?

Are there other issues I'm not seeing? I only work in mortgage, so I don't know what other finance issues Wiccans and Pagans might have. I guess I'm trying to figure out how financial institutions could be supportive of the Pagan population.

X-posted to my personal journal.
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Looking for submissions for a book, if inappropriate I will remove [May. 9th, 2009|02:39 pm]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

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New Here [Feb. 13th, 2009|03:01 pm]
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[Current Location |my home office]
[mood |happyhappy]

Merry Meet,

I'm fairly new to LJ and look forward to meeting new folks and making new friends.

A little bit about myself:

I am a 3* Gardnerian HPS and run my own coven. I also run the
Toronto Pagan Pub Moot . This Monday we're celebrating 13 wonderfully witchy years of success.

I am married, with one son, and I am the author of "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen" which is set to be released this summer.

I look forward to getting to know everyone here.

Bright Blessings!

Karen Dales
"Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen"
Release - Summer 2009

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5 am thoughts [Jan. 27th, 2009|11:13 am]
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[Current Location |Home]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Wicked! Soundtrack - Defying Gravity]

I have just finished reading Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls edited by Sorita D'Este. Very thought provoking to say the least. It reminded me to once again consider the view that we are each our own Priestess.

Being the somewhat reluctant priestess that I am, I often find it difficult to get past the barrier of my low self esteem and into the mindset that I am worthy enough to commune with Deity. Sure, I have people around me that believe in me, my abilities - my strength, my compassion - but it is rather a rare occasion to find that I am accepting of their support and trusting myself, allowing myself to embody all of those things. I am working very hard to give myself permission to be the person I am, and I suspect that I always will be to some extent. I tend not to actively petition Deity to speak through me, or to me for that matter, as I have the constant fear that I'm not good enough, I'm not the right person for the job, I'll screw everything up.

Despite this, Deity still 'speak' to me, just as They always have. They guide me in my dreams, walk with me in meditation and watch over me always. They inspire me to write poetry (usually in the shower of all places), to draw and paint, to be an ambassador for Them in my thoughts, and in my actions. I strive to live with honour and compassion, with joy and a boundless capacity for forgiveness, and most importantly for me, with accountability. Working for Deity is hard. Every day there is a challenge to be faced, a test of our devotion and trust. It is also a blessing and a privilege, to know that everything that you do reflects not only on you but on Deity. This is not to say that the people around us know why we conduct ourselves as we do, but it is to be hoped that in this self-centric age we are able to stand a breath apart, to lead by example and to change little by little the attitudes of the people we share the earth with. Not for one moment do I mean that I achieve this on a daily basis, but it is something to aim for. Even if we only touch the heart of one person in a lifetime, bring one person closer to knowing the ceaseless embrace of the Divine, that one person can make a difference. This is for me the life of the priestess, and I live the best way I can.
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New Year Altar [Jan. 13th, 2009|11:40 am]
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Below is a cell-camera shot of my altar ready for the New Year in '09.
I cleaned off previous energy work and the altar is mostly empty, like a blank canvas.
There is a bowl of protective stones in a dish to the left. My silver blade athame to the right.
The candle is a 'problem-solving' candle charged with energy.
In the corner of the wall stands the tall wooden staff gifted to me more than 10 years ago.
The shadows cast on the wall behind are of two Goddess-like statues I have.

Happy New Year!
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Favorite Samhain ritual [Oct. 13th, 2008|01:56 pm]
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Hi all! With Samhain just around the corner (eta: in the Northern hemisphere) I was wondering what everyone else's favorite Samhain (eta: or other late Fall/early Winter) ritual that you led or attended. What was the most fun? Or, conversely, what was the least favorite?
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Oops, sorry [Sep. 22nd, 2008|10:44 pm]
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I didn't mean to post that long thing without a cut to the community but apparently I can't edit it- at least, I can't figure out how to from the page- so forgive it and if the Mod wants to delete the post, I'd not be offended.
Just trying to get the word out about an event I put on in my corner of the world.
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Antelope Valley Pagan Pride Day (SoCal) [Sep. 22nd, 2008|10:40 pm]
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[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

We welcome and encourage you to forward and repost this information widely-
we are putting on a great event this year!!
Local Coordinator, AV Pagan Pride Day http://paganpride.avpagans.org

Come join us for a lot of fun in Palmdale as we celebrate Pagan Pride Day in
Palmdale, CA.
Sunday, September 28, 2008

Poncitlan Square
at 38315 9th Street East in Palmdale, California. Near the Library and City
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Fluff-Fluff [Jun. 1st, 2008|04:10 pm]
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Is there something more to the phrase?


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