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Hard Year

This past year has been terrible for my husband's family in Colorado. A terrible motorcycle accident, prostate cancer (the same person!) and another motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a wonderful young man. And today I learned that my husband's uncle's prostate cancer has returned and they give him a year.   Seriously. How much bad news can one family handle?   I got to meet this family for the first time at the aforementioned funeral in July. You can't find a better group of people. O

Abhainn

Abhainn

 

Forgiving Faith

I love my uncle, the Southern Baptist preacher. I love his exuberance, his sunny personality, his sense of humor.   He has been an enormous help and source of support. He was grieving as well, but he made sure that I had as much trouble as possible deflected away. He made calls, he set up everything for the reception after the graveside, he spoke for my mom's surviving brothers and sister, letting me know that we were all in accord about how to proceed. He has been a solid support through this w

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Abhainn

 

Blog Name

I'm looking at my blog name (Brave Enough to Burn) and realizing that I've got a nice double-meaning there. The name is taken from SJ Tucker's song "Firebird's Child" (still one of my faves).   I am the firebird! I am his daughter! I am the firebird's child! I am a firebird! I am his daughter! And like the flame, I am wild wild wild wild WILD! I am the firebird! I am his daughter! I am the firebird's child! I am a firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard Join in the dance, and ma

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Abhainn

 

From: Laying a Compass v. Casting a Circle

This is from Michele's original post.   Many Traditional Witches will say they don’t need to work in a compass, and they are right. The witch (and any other human for that matter) is already in the center so there is no need to lay the compass or call the land to place one’s self there; however, to gain true understanding of the center, what the center is, and what the human’s relationship is with the center, the keys are within the compass and must be worked to be understood. The center is the

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Abhainn

 

Shadow

Looking into areas that I had previously left on the "perhaps later" list. Either because I was afraid or I wasn't ready for it. Likely both. But instead of quickly dismissing some topics or possibilities, I'd might as well face my fear, right?   This was originally going to be a post in the thread "The Shadow and the LHP," but it felt too *something* to post as a part of the conversation, so I dragged it over here.   The question for me about the Shadow is, which parts of me are "me" and which

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Abhainn

 

Independence

The Gods and Goddesses thread got me thinking. So if you don't mind, I'm going to use this space as a sounding board to flush out my thoughts.   My original concept of deity was determined by my Christian background. It took a long time to realize that I had, to some extent, carried that concept with me into my current path. That concept basically comprised of an omniscient God who had everything under control and knew more about my needs and destiny than I did. There was also a self-image that

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Abhainn

 

Graveyard

One of the best experiences I had while I was in Michigan was to visit the family cemetery with my dad. I had done all this family history in the fall, and I also shared that with my dad. Apparently, my dad's great-great grandfather moved from the New York area and settled in this little farming area of Southwest Michigan in the late early 1800s. Others of his family came also - enough to warrant a cemetery named after them (The Austin Cemetery). I think it was also on part of their land. There

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Abhainn

 

Fusion

I've recently started a blog   http://hagstones.blogspot.com   about my fusion of witchcraft, Buddhism, yoga, and Paganism and how this fusion applies to life and everyday experiences. Over the years I have drawn variously from these fields, deepening my understanding of each of them while recognizing how all of them work together.   Shameless plug...please check it out. :)   Abhainn

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Abhainn

 

Heavy energy in my apartment

My husband and I have lived in this apartment for about 7 months, and I've noticed a significant different in the energy here than in our previous homes. It's heavier, harder to "hold up" under, if that makes sense. And I don't know if it's because of the lack of sunlight (we're shaded all around and the only part that gets any direct sunlight is the patio in the morning), or something else. It might also be that I'm tired of being alone in it all day - and this might be a manifestation of my fr

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Abhainn

 

flash rant

I hate dreams. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. They dredge up much of what I so forcefully suppress. They create false feelings that linger in the folds of my mind. They confuse the hell out of me, are sometimes more vivid and real than the muddled life I live while awake, and they make me acknowledge truths that throw all my memories into turmoil.

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Abhainn

 

Answered question

A while back I asked about working with ancestors with nasty histories, and that issue has lingered until today, when I finally just had it with the questioning, and cut this person out entirely. It might be callous and I might be short-sighted, but it's the decision that seems best for me, considering the emotions that correspond to this person's actions.   I had been using something of his as the base of my ancestor candle, and a few other things of his are around the house. I gathered them al

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Abhainn

 

Rivers

I have the time, and I will have the money soon, to send in the paperwork for opening my adoption files. It's been over 8 years since I started this process, and every time I do, I leave off because I'm afraid of causing trouble. Horror stories of kids put up for adoption who attempt to contact parents who want nothing to do with them, or who had kept the secret for years only to have the contact ruin the family. But the more I think about it, the more I feel I need to do this. Mostly because as

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Abhainn

 

Playing witch?

Something Michele and others have said recently has been pricking me. And I'm not sure how to approach it.   I love this path. I love the intricacy, the mystery, the potential. I like that I can make it what I need. I like that it's only me, without having to defer to anyone else who claims to have authority. I love the symbolism, the actions, the thought-processes. And I have to admit that I like being a little different from those around me.   But sometimes, I worry that I'm not really what I

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Abhainn

 

Cats and visitors

Two cats reside with me and my husband.   And I'm beginning to think we have visitors, as well.   I know that animals are better a detecting fairies, brownies, etc. And my two cats are peering very intensely at a certain spot in my closet. I got down on the floor next to Tigger, my fiery ginger tabby, and followed his line of vision to one of my skirts. Tigs would get up on his hind legs and bat at the hem, chatter a little. Then sit back down and S T A R E for a while, or look around quickly, l

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Abhainn

 

Yes, I'm ranting

Clearly I have a lot to learn.   And I feel a little (ok...a lot) like thumbing my nose at them. But I know that's immature, and I'm not that petty.   At least, I don't want anyone to think I'm that petty.   Grrr....so I was denied full access to the other TW forum I signed up for because I have too much to learn about TW. Seriously? And I'm not really surprised so much as disappointed. I know they are not a learning forum, and I was honest in that I admitted that I am a newbie. And I understan

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Abhainn

 

Witchcraft and "The Crucible"

I'm going to ramble for a while. I'm about to start teaching "The Crucible" to my 11th grade students. I love the play, and it's usually a big hit with the students, but I always get the questions about witchcraft. I'm pretty open with my students, so I try to answer their questions honestly. Were the girls engaging in witchcraft when they danced around the fire? In the movie, the girls do a love spell. Abigail Williams smashes a chicken and smears its blood on her face. Tituba (from Barbados) l

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Abhainn

 

The wedge

He said he felt a wedge growing between us, and it was because of our differences in religion. It gets like this every once in a while...he starts to hear the old voices in his head that tell him he is being a "bad patriarch" and "how could he let his family stray from the church?" He starts to feel like he's a failure. And there's no easy way to tell him that all of those lines are bullshit used to keep people in line. Once one brick loosens, they all start to crumble. How I know. So how do I d

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Abhainn

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