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A Sad and Serious Topic

(Language and Trigger Warning)

So my podcast has been on hiatus and will be for a while yet …

I could have taken the easy way out and just not comment and claim that “It’s because I’m not podcasting right now.”

But this is too important, and everybody … EVERYBODY… in the Pagan community NEEDS to speak out and speak up.

We are living in a time where we have a “president” who has openly commented about women and “… grabbing them by the pussy…” and who “can’t control himself when he sees a pretty woman and just goes right up and kisses them”

We have a Supreme Court judge who has been accused of rape …

There are scandals coming to light every day, it seems …and the Pagan community is not immune …

We talk about the Catholic Church sex scandals and shake our heads …

But what about the abuse within our own Pagan community !?

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It has been over a month since sexual abuse allegations in our community came to light in a blog post by Sarah Anne Lawless (link below)…

http://sarahannelawless.com/2018/09/28/sexual-trauma-in-the-pagan-community/

Shortly afterward, she released a list of names of the people referred to in her article …

… and then …

Nothing … not a fucking thing …

A few fellow podcasters and bloggers came out and sounded the bells … but where is everyone else !? …

I understand that there are lawyers involved and people don’t want to get caught up in possible slander and libel and blah, blah, blah…

NOT FUCKING GOOD ENOUGH!

THIS is not the first time this issue has come up in our community…

THIS is not the time to just wait for the lawyers to squash this and let it be forgotten …

THIS needs to be talked about and addressed and recognized as a major issue…

And THEN, “WE”, the leaders, the Priests and Priestesses, the authors, the musicians, the bloggers, the podcasters … need to find solutions … we need to protect those who are in our fold … we need to be there for those who are abused… we need to weed out those who take advantage and abuse others…

WHY THE HELL aren’t there more leaders speaking up!? …

Why are they ‘waiting” !?…

THIS is not an isolated case! …

We don’t have to “wait and see” what happens in THIS case to act and make sure this doesn’t happen again !!

Some are waiting for the “truth” to come out and waiting to see what else is said from all sides …

How the Hell can the “truth” come out if NOBODY IS EVEN WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT!!

I was brought up as a kid to treat women proper… to hold the door … to be respectful …

As a Pagan, I have learned to see all women as a reflection of the Goddess, even as men are reflections of the God…

You treat ALL women the same as you would treat the Goddess … with honor, with respect …

 

I’ve broken my hiatus because this is important …

I stand with Sarah and all victims…

My voice will not be silent …

 

Thoughts on this Solstice Day…

I have said this before on my podcast and in my writings … Life is NOT about what happens “to” you … life is about how you respond, your reaction to events …

We do not have control over all the events that happen to us in life, but we DO have total control of how we react and adjust to them …

The journey is as much about perception as it is about decision … How you see things determine how you will react … Change yourself and you change the world around you …

It has been a HELL of a year … It began in January when I was out of commission for two months that started with chest pains … selling our house … Alta’s first major surgery … Sandy fighting cancer … Alta’s SECOND major surgery …

And now Alta’s workplace calling us yesterday telling her that her position cannot be held open and they are letting her go as of Christmas Eve …

Alta worked for Southern Maine Health Care right at the hospital, and they said she was an excellent employee during the same phone call that they told her she was no longer an employee …

I understand it’s a “business” decision … that allows the people actually MAKING the decision to hide behind the business itself and not have to feel compassion so they can sleep at night …

… fuckers …

BUT I’m getting off track …

We don’t get to choose what happens to us all the time … It would be easy to blame God, or Gods, Goddesses, Universe, Teddy Ruxpin, whoever, for all the horrible shit that happens in life … I don’t believe that for a moment.

It would be easy to just curl up in a ball at the back of the closet and hibernate, peeking out every few years to see if anything has changed, grabbing a spoon and another jar of peanut butter and crawling back into that dark, safe place.

Or you change yourself … and change your world…

Life is not the struggle most people think it is … don’t get me wrong, it IS a struggle at times …

just not the one you think it is …

I believe everything happens for a reason, even if I don’t know what that reason is … even if the reason is only because “Shit Happens” …

Every struggle does NOT have to be fought with a face on attack, pushing against the wind … sometimes it is enough to hold on and just keep from being blown over … sometimes it means finding shelter until the storm passes … sometimes it means walking sideways across the wind … sometimes it means backing up and finding a different way around…

There are challenges every day … learning how to flow around them means keeping perspective so you can make the right decisions for YOUR life … being able to bend in the wind so you don’t break …

Sometimes you have to changes paths to get around broken trees in the way …

Your journey is not a single path, it may be winding and full of thorn bushes at times… and straight and sunny with flowers growing along it at others …

Flowers grow in shit …

Perception…

I can’t control what happens to me in Life all the time … I CAN control how I deal with it.

I’ve seen a LOT of shit in my life, and I know it doesn’t stay that way …

Change is the constant, and change is neither “Good” nor “Bad”…

It just “Is” …

It is our personal perception that determines “Good” or “Bad” …

MY perception in life is “Is”… and it is my reactions that I CHOOSE to stay positive.

It wasn’t a heart attack I had in January, and the medication I’m taking fixed the problem I do have … being able to sell our house probably kept us from losing our house to the bank with all our bills this year, and we have a wonderful apartment for now that is cheaper than what we were paying … Alta’s first operation on her neck kept her from being paralyzed or dead, and she is getting feeling back into her arms… Sandy’s cancer was removed and follow-up tests are showing negative for any more cancer … Alta’s second operation on her lower back last week is already showing signs of helping with the pain in her legs …

As far as Alta’s job? … Change is constant … new beginnings, new year.

Blessed Yule, Blessed Solstice … and the path keeps on before us

Episode 52 – Ask Greywolf

On today’s episode I answer some questions sent to me …

 
Music on today’s show is from Featherscale, Laura Powers, Bone Poets Orchestra and Emerald Rose.

Enjoy! … Brightest Blessings 🙂

Episode 51 – It’s About Waves …

On today’s episode I talk about the element of Water and share a great interview with Blake and Gwain from the “Broadcasts from the Cove” podcast …

 

You can find Blake and Gwain at : http://broadcastsfromthecove.podbean.com/

and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BroadcastsFromTheCove/

 
Music on today’s show is from Celtic Legend, Gwain Nighthawk (feat. Blake Octavian Blair) . Abney Park and Spiral Dance.

Enjoy! … Brightest Blessings 🙂

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