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Welcome to the personal web site of Starweaver, Wiccan priest, tarot and astrology practitioner, and dabbler in the visual arts. This site is an expression of my own personality: sometimes focused, sometimes fanciful, always fluid. I hope you find this a place of beauty, wisdom, and warmth.

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The Second Door: Everything is Alive

Life, personality, and passion are everywhere - if we choose to see them

My parents' approach to sex education at home was to read me biology textbooks as bedtime stories. I learned all about meiosis and mitosis, dominant and recessive genes, and sperm and egg cells. I also picked up a very scientific, reductionist perspective on the nature of life. In our home, we didn't give much credence to the idea of a soul or spirit animating living beings, and looked back through time with a smirk at the quaintness of ideas such as vitalism, which holds that living beings contain some vital essence beyond the simple material components of their bodies.

When my first child was born, I had quite a revelation. All that biology hadn't really prepared for the reality that a new person had come into being. Even during the pregnancy, my mind had remained mostly rooted in those biology textbooks. But when I held my daughter in my arms and recognized her as a personality, as an independent being experiencing life for herself and already gifted with an individual identity and inner nature, all those biology lessons seemed to be missing the point, somehow . . .

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Celestial Gossip for January, February, and March

Starweaver's down-to-earth look at the doings of the heavenly gods and goddesses in the months ahead.

In the last episode, we left Saturn somewhat thwarted in his plans to teach us how to manage time and obligations, his allies Mars and Mercury being much to moody and morose to be of much help. Encouraging news came at the end of December, though, when Jupiter, Sun, and Mercury ended their adventuresome jaunt in Sagittarius and moved into Capricorn, ready to take on a productive project or two.

Saturn, therefore, is changing his strategy. Being retrograde now, he is much less bossy and easier to get along with. He's taken to working less conspicuously, and being helpful more often than punitive . . .

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In the next issue...

The next issue of Gems from Earth and Sky will be published on Imbolc, February 4. Look for a Seasons of the Goddess story, Moon Magic, Tarot Wisdom, Sacred Space, Earth Powers, Rune Lore, and more.

Pilfered Wisdom

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again -
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

- Mary Oliver,

Gems from Earth and Sky

Yule 2007 Issue

The Winter Solstice is the time of greatest darkness. Daylight is short, and we gather indoors to build fires, light candles, and celebrate with family and friends, making our small enclaves in the midst of the long night.

This issue revisits Celestial Gossip, Tarot Wisdom, and Seven Doors. Seasons of the Goddess / Seasons of the God continues, as do the Imaginarium and the cooking and gardening features.

Yule, Light in the Darkness

In the midst of winter, King Hollyhorn celebrates with feasting and revelry, while somewhere in his kingdom, a golden-haired child is born.

Winter had come and the nights were long and dark and cold. Snow fell softly over the fields and houses, and between the clouds the stars shown like cold and distant flecks of silver in the pitch black of the sky.

King Hollyhorn had grown heavy with the passing years, and his beard was thick and there were threads of white in his black hair. Each evening, a fire would be lit in his great hall. Torches hung from the walls, and there were many candles burning on the tables. He would order his servants to bring out bottles of wine, and roasts, and root vegetables from the stores. Fresh loaves of bread were baked, and apples brought up from the cellars. At Hollyhorn's feasts, the people could forget, for awhile, the dark winter outside their doors . . .

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The Empress

For the second in our series of ramblings on the major arcana of the tarot, we move to The Empress.

This card is traditionally seen as a symbol of creativity, fertility, nurturing and nourishing - the Earth-mother.

Psychologically, she represents the Mother archetype.

Just as I regard the Emperor as connecting Younger Self with Thinking Self, I see the Empress as connecting Younger Self with Feeling Self. I use "Feeling Self" to refer to our emotional consciousness, the state of being we partake in when we have strong feelings, such as love, desire, fear, or sadness. Whereas the stereotypical father is concerned with enforcing norms and imposing rule-based thinking, the stereotypical mother is concerned with happiness, harmony, and being the emotional caregiver of the family. On first take, most of us probably see that as a positive archetype . . .

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Upcoming Events

Ritual for Solitaries
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Rowan
February 9-10, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

The Art of Divination
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Karen Waters
March 15-16, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

The Ways of Magic
a weekend workshop with InaraMichelle and Starweaver
April 12-13, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Rhythms of the Sun and Moon
a Saturday workshop with Starweaver
May 10, 2008, $60
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

House Blessings
a morning workshop with Starweaver
May 11, 2008, $35
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Meditation for Discovery
an afternoon workshop with Starweaver
May 11, 2008, $35
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Astrology for Pagans
a weekend workshop with Starweaver and Rowan
May 24-25, 2008, $110
at Ardantane near Jemez Springs

Whole Expo Santa Fe
Metaphysical/Wholistic Conference and Exhibition
May 31 and June 1, 2008, $10
Museo Cultural de Santa Fe

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From the Hearth: Mulled Wine

In the Garden: Winter Planning, Spring Planting

The Imaginarium: An Invitation to Greenhall

Copyright © 2007 Tom Waters