If We Lived as a Herd

This morning on our daily walk Eli and I had a second encounter of a small herd of deer.  The larger female walking back from the lake with two yearlings and two small calves in tow.  On Sunday she crossed the road in front of us stopping midway in what seemed to be an evaluation of our threat to her family.  She bounced over the wire fence and looked back across the road as if to say, "Hold on."

I looked to the lake and saw the rest of her family waiting for her to call them to follow. Eli and I walked further up the road to give her some space.  We stopped a bit a way and turned around to watch the family walk across the road to join the adult one by one.  The yearlings bounced over the fence like the adult and then the little ones ducked under it and scampered quickly to her side. We honored that energy she shared with us and went on about our day.

This morning we were on our way back to the lake and this time we saw only the calves at first. They were waiting in the brush, hiding from us. Obviously out in the open but to their minds safely hidden. The adult was across the lot and waiting for them to join her.  Eli said to me how amazing it was that she brought them down every morning to learn how to avoid us, and how to find the lake.  This gave me pause.

If only we as humans lived in a herd.  If we stopped our kids, and taught them how to avoid danger. If we could stop and show them how to go out into the world and find the things they need. You see, the herd only takes what it needs. It comes to the lake everyday. It drinks from the lake and then goes back into the den. They don't take more than they need.  It reminded me of a discussion I had with one of my Aunts that I had a few years ago.  Eli and I were staying with them due to an evacuation from our house in North Carolina. I tore off a paper towel and then tore it in half. I gave Eli half and I kept half.  My aunt said to me, "We can afford a whole paper towel."  My response to her was, "Yes, so can I, but I don't need a whole paper towel."   To me, that's what's wrong with our world today. 

Even in one of the metaphysical groups that I'm in, a comment was posted that said, "If you can do magic, why aren't you a millionaire?"  Great question.  I think it is because I don't need to be an millionaire. Would I like it?  Sure. But it isn't what I need. My entire adult life has been staying just a head of loss. A few years ago, Eli and I were in dire straights.  I sat down and picked some lotto numbers. I matched 4 of the 5 for the win.  We didn't win the mega millions but we paid what we needed too and got out of our tight spot.

If the world would stop for a moment and really ask the question, what do I need?  What do I need to live.  What do I need to be happy? I think we would be so much better off.

I'd like to challenge you to take a moment and evaluate what you need. Just look around at what you have and take stock. Sometimes, happiness is actually blocked by the things you THINK are making you happy.

Have an amazing day!


Learn From the Past...

Over the past few months it has come to my attention that there is a blog out there that takes each post I write and creates a counter post. They take what I say and twist it around to basically claim that I'm a fake witch who doesn't follow traditions.

Let me clear this up for those following at home.  I do not follow a path of others. I do not follow deity nor do I claim to.  In my blog author profile as well as ever place where I have an "ABOUT ME" section I do not claim any tradition or path.  I think for myself and use the past as it should be used. As a record of those who lived before me. I do not base my day to day life on something written a down eons ago by people who believed the earth was flat.  I do not conduct my business based on mythology around women with snakes for hair or magical shoes with wings.

I also do not spend my days writing blog post after blog post professing some  magical knowledge of gifted to me from ancient tablets or believe that I am some all knowing all seeing mystic. You see, a lion does not need to tell you they are a lion. You can see they are a lion from their eyes.  You can see the lion's sleek body in action. You can see by the hunt that it is indeed a lion.  Anyone who needs to spend relentless hours telling you that they are an all magical being is either trying to convenience you or themselves.

In order to grow you must learn. We must learn from the past and take those things that have value.  We must toss away the rest. As humans, our past is filled with inequality and hatred. Wars and death. Famine and destruction all based on religion. While we have some good, the majority of this world's heartache is directly related to deity worship. This is because those who follow these paths for the most part have a "my way or the highway" mentality. They have no space in their brains for learning and growing. They grab their precious scrolls and condemn those around them for not following as they do.

This week when I saw the new post related to mine, I thought how simple. All those text they cling to and yet, here a strong willed open minded witch shakes them to their core. My ability to stand fast and strong in their direct attacks makes them so fearful they must still attack my work on things that have absolutely nothing to do with them.  How small they must be.  So this post my dear, is for you. This is directly for you.  You do not scare me. I know that my strength and passion for life scare you. My open willingness to embrace the magic that I control. The forces that I work with directly make you scared.

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The virtues I follow are a list of attributes that make me a better person. They are not intended to ridicule others. They aren't used as a crown or a cloak to strut around and say "Oh, look how much better I am than X."  When you strut around that way, that's pride.  That's arrogance. No matter how many ancient scrolls you wrap that shit in, it's still ugly.

You must learn new things to grow and evolve; learn from the past but live for the future.

I am lion, hear me roar.