Secrets of Building a Castle

Several years ago during one of my stays in Austria, I had the opportunity to visit a very special site of an ongoing ‘living history’ project in Austria. It was one of the many adventures set upon by my Templar family in Kärnten, and what a treat it was!  On this particular occasion in summer,…

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Still Standing

Each day is a gift. Some days, the gift is the challenge. Flecks of light keep the soul engine running on fumes. Around and around we spin about the sun, Weaving new webs of light, Growing new galaxies deep in the heart.  ~Winter Solstice~ ~Full Moon~ ~Still standing~

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Historical Musings on Christmas

I just finished reading  Judith Flanders’  CHRISTMAS A BIOGRAPHY   and  WHAT  a REFRESHING read!!! I bought the book on a whim, hoping to find some justifications for simplifying duties as well as to glean insights into the old conundrum of religious vs. secular tensions. And what I got by reading the book is a more…

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Silent Messages in Tree Ornaments

How do you adorn your holiday tree? How have you collected your ornaments? Are they just fun or do they contain symbolism of your cherished beliefs and fantasies? Does your tree invoke your better self or lighten your mood? When you’ve lived as long as I have, a LOT of Christmas trees have come and…

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Holiday Smarts

Tips for Managing the Busiest Holiday Season Ever Simplify ~ Simplify ~ Simplify!   Easier said than done… I am living testament to the difficulty of untangling the proverbial Xmas lights to find comfort and joy amidst the hot mess of  ‘not-missing-out on holiday activities. From Halloween to New Year’s society dials up the fires…

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Hidden Sedona

Mindfulness and grounding are particularly helpful while exploring New Age shops and vortexes, even if time runs short. Whether driving Sedona’s eleven ’roundabouts’  or watching where you step while looking across panoramic views, it’s easy to get disoriented.

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England’s Arthur & Alfred

One of my more recent pleasures has been to enjoy the BBC Series, The Last Kingdom, which takes place in tenth century England. It is inspired by Britain’s early history and is mesmerizing! When I heard Marilyn MacDonald speak on Kings Arthur and Alfred, I requested that she share her work with my Blog Readers. Get…

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We’re Waking Up ~ Now What? VOTE!

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do…

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Some Musings on Ma’at

Now and then, it’s wonderful to hear from others about their interests  and read their interesting research. Please welcome my guest contributor, Dr. Christopher Dalrymple, a Templar Knight with a curiosity for all things Masonic! The ancient Egyptian pantheon is a confusing and convoluted concept.  This EDUTAINMENT presentation will bring some clarity to the family tree…

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Making Sense of the Middle Ages

Making Sense of the Middle Ages 500 – 1500 A.D. What comes to mind when you think of Middle Ages? Castles? Crusades? Knights & tournaments? Well, here is attempt at making sense of the complexities and constellations of  dynamics at play from the fall of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Age of…

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