Totem Animals

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“A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides.” – http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-totems.html

The website goes on to explain that though a person may have many guides throughout their lives, the totem animal is the primary guide that stays with a person their entire life. It also has a list of questions to assist the reader in determining their animal guide(s), and the meanings of the different animal guides that are common.

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Nature

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On 08/09/2015, we headed out to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Ever since I was a little girl, I have needed at least one day a week dedicated to getting back to nature. It brings me a sense of balance, which is necessary in my life. I cannot get the same sense of harmony while I am in town – it just doesn’t work, there is too much noise, too much motion, too much metal; too much man.

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Archetypes, Part I

So, to restart my journey off the right way, I am going to start with a blog post about something that seems to be a big part of my practice: archetypes. This is a word I use regularly in discussing deities and supernatural forces. It seems like a huge part of spirituality – not just religion – is the concept of deity. We, as a species, focus entirely way too much on deity, god, or a higher power – we give our problems over to god with no further thought on it, believing that this force will handle things for us when it just gets to hard. No. Wrong. At least for my spiritual practice, this is wrong. I cannot accept relinquishing responsibility for my own problems and actions, it makes no sense. How am I supposed to learn a lesson if every time something gets too tough, I whine to a god? Yeah, I’m gonna ask for guidance – but I’m not gonna sit there and be like “yo, god, I cant handle this right now, can you hold onto this burden for me?” How wrong is that? How cowardice and weak? I am not a weak person, I can shoulder my own issues even if I ask for a map or a signpost along the way.

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Why I’m Boycotting Lughnasadh

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Why I’m Boycotting Lughnasadh.

via The Allergic Pagan.

As a person who currently lives in the Southwestern desert, I connected with what this author has to say. I live in a small military town at the base of the Huachuca mountain range – we have Cold, Hot, Monsoon, and Windy. We also have two Springs – between Cold and Hot (usually around mid-March to late April) and during to about a month after Monsoon. It takes a lot of effort to grow food in this area, especially since the dirt is sad, red, and dry. Living here for a total of about 7-8 years, I’ve tried to celebrate the traditional Pagan holy days – but it just doesn’t work.

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