Memories of Holidays with My Family

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 in Journal

Memories of Holidays with My Family

When I think of the holidays with my family, I get a mixture of nostalgia and horror. There were certainly good times, but there was also torture of a special kind. In general, I hated family holidays and am happy not to have to endure them anymore. During the holidays, you’d think people were more relaxed, but in abusive families, holidays are often a time of greater stress.

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Samhain/Halloween

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Spirituality

Samhain/Halloween

The festival known as Samhain, or more commonly Halloween, is coming up. For many Neo-Pagans, this is the end of one yearly cycle and the beginning of a new one. This links closely to the harvest when the last of the abundant crops are picked and a winter mindset begins setting in. It’s a time to bring closure to the year, honoring the process of death and rebirth, and to play around with some new possibilities, at least for a while.

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Autumn Equinox/Mabon

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Spirituality

Autumn Equinox/Mabon

This is the time of the autumn equinox. From an astronomical point of view, equinoxes are times when day and night are about equal. Symbolically, we can see this as a balance between light and dark. Light is life and darkness is death, so the autumn equinox is a time to appreciate both sides of our experience but to recognize that we’re headed into the darkness with the coming of winter. We can feel this on a physical, personal, and spiritual level.

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Lughnasadh/Lammas

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Spirituality

Lughnasadh/Lammas

August 1 is Lughnasadh or Lammas in the Northern Hemisphere (February 1 in the Southern Hemisphere). This is known as the first harvest (the other two being the autumn equinox and Samhain). That means we’re starting to see results from the labor of previous months, but there’s still lots of work to do. This is an important time for being thankful and praying for abundance. It’s a time to celebrate the cycle of life. It’s also a good time to reflect on where we are and where we want to go for the remainder of the year.

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Emotional Abuse Answers–at Last!

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse Answers–at Last!

It’s funny how things come around full circle sometimes. If you make the effort to stay in tune with the rhythm of the Universe, you’re led to what you need. That’s what I believe, anyway. Three years ago, I had a vision of creating a website that goes into depth about childhood emotional abuse from the perspective of the adult survivor. I thought the desire to create it had died in me, but it hasn’t. Emotional Abuse Answers is the result.

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It’s Not Fair–Or Is It?

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Emotional Abuse

It’s Not Fair–Or Is It?

A few days ago, I got a couple of emails from my sister about a financial issue that’s going on right now in my family. For anyone who doesn’t know, I ceased contact with my parents back in 2002. My sister and brother, however, are still in contact with them. My sister recently lost a source of income, and my parents have decided to help her financially by deferring repayment of a loan they got from my brother in order to send the money to her. This touches a sore point for all of us, including me, though I’m not directly involved.

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My 2014 Tarot Year Card

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Tarot

My 2014 Tarot Year Card

Every year, I like to figure up my Tarot Year Card. I learned about the Tarot Year Card from Mary Greer’s book “Tarot for Your Self,” which identifies this as the card that represents your particular theme, challenge, and focus for the coming year. Last year’s Tarot Year Card was Justice, which involves assessing your life from a more objective, non-emotional point of view and recognizing where change needs to happen. This year it’s The Hanged Man, which follows Justice in the Tarot. It’s about surrender, taking a different point of view, and honoring who you are.

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