Monthly Archives: February 2011

February Update at Facing North

We have a great lineup of reviews this month.

Several fiction items:
How to Knit a Heart Back Home — which will debut in March
Halfway Hexed

A bunch of Megalithica/Immanion Press titles:
Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick, volumes 1, 2 and 3
Women’s Voices In Magic
Space/ Time Magic
Quantum Sorcery

And a variety of tarot-related items by our newest reviewer, Rev. John Marani, Jr.
Hallmark Tarot
Imperial Dragon Oracle Deck
Tarot 101: Mastering the Art of Reading the Cards
Tarot Dynamics

I highly recommend John’s article: “Turning Off the Faucet: Setting Boundaries for Clients, Relatives, and Friends in Tarot Readings.” It is a must-read for anyone who provides occult services (not just tarot!) to others.

Rev. John Marani, Jr., has been studying the tarot since 1989, and began his professional tarot practice in 2005. He is a Certified Tarot Consultant from the Tarot Certification Board of America, a member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) , and a regular article contributor to the ATA Quarterly Journal. John studies Witchcraft with Tradition of the Witches Circle (TWC) in Occoquan, VA, with its Head High Priestess and founder, Rev. Samantha Harvey. He is the Head High Priest in Training and the Priest of Tarot for the TWC, and teaches astrology, Reiki, and tarot classes at 13 Magickal Moons of Occoquan, VA, where he also regularly reads tarot and does astrology consultations. John is an ordained Minister with the Ministry of Light Interfaith Church in Occoquan, VA. In his spare time, John is a Dungeon Master, and die-hard computer and console gamer.

Finally, we are featuring an excellent article from a new author, Lewis Richmond, “We Age From Our First Breath, ” author of the forthcoming Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser.

Check it out!

I forgot to mention

that I was also scheduled for an MRI yesterday.

It didn’t go so well.

The MRI went badly — I couldn’t finish it. I’d forgotten that they would have to inject me with a dye (for the contrast) and that makes a 15 min process more like 30. Mentally I could deal with that, but then my shoulder started to cramp up and I had waves of pain. . . I was working the relaxation imagery and calm breathing …like nobody’s business, all to no avail.

Moreover, the machine was unable to ‘find’ a series of images and they had to be redone, so my 15 mins of initial images turned into 30. I could NOT stand it anymore and I pulled the plug on the entire event.

But I still have to do it. I’m wondering if taking a muscle relaxant will help?

In other news, the class was fine. I’m sure you’ll be surprised that I was singled out as a leader (“But you’re so articulate!”) and have form/joined a study group.

Kind of nervous

I’m kind of nervous. I’m going back to school tonight.

It’s a study prep course for the SPHR exam — the highest level of certification in the HR world. It only has a 54% pass rate, so I am probably not going to pass it the first time around . .. and that’s why I’m taking the night class.

It’s been awhile since I was in school. I hope I remember how to learn.

The Red Road

This was given to me by a close friend and beautiful woman. She gave me permission to share it publicly.

The Red Road

A Long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean… It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and keeps winding around the indigenous.

The Red road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people in the Spirit world, star people, animal people, stone people, river people, tree people… The Sacred Hoop.

To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice, suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before the Creator in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your dis-compassionate way, for your arrogance – because to walk the Red Road, you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.

To walk, the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives you superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountains know more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and the animal people carry wisdom. You can learn from every one of them, because they have something you don’t. They are void of evil thoughts, they wish vengeance on no one, they seek Justice.

To Walk the Red Road, you have given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have a right to grieve, you have a right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have a right to the Spirit World.

To Walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistance… It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine… It is to know that Evil exists, but is cowardly, as it is often in disguise. It is to know there evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.

To Walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong. Because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, a sacred hoop. Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected–if you will be humble, for if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you have made a mistake.

If you Walk the Red Road, you know that every sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

To Walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things.

To walk the Red Road us to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be afraid…

~by Tracie, Blood Poet

Pagan Predators Article Reprinted

hey — my article “Pagan Predators” has been reprinted in the new Wicca Spirit Newsletter (available through this link). It’s kind of cool that something I wrote several years ago remains fresh.

Moreover, that particular article remains one of my favorite. It was honest and provocative.

For my writer friends: this is a new gig (non paying) for your work.

For everyone: check it out!