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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...


Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings

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Over The Rivers and Through The Woods

Author: Wren
Posted: November 27th. 2000
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Greetings everyone!

Walking through the woods for us is always both a treat and a lesson plan. As Pagans, we are aware of the changes, great and small, which continually reveal the many mysteries within the Web of Life. Wren recalls the many times that she investigated the 'south forty' with her Dad. Under the summer canopy of yellow and white pines, the ground was laid with a plush carpet of needles so thick that even walking side by side, two such travelers made no sound. In the winter months, snowshoe tracks paved the familiar paths now discernable only by an instinct born of familiarity and guided by the occasional twisted tree branch or rock outcropping jutting out from the white and frosty topping of snow. In every season, the lessons are there just waiting for us to discern them.

Northern Hemisphere Pagans are preparing for Yule or the Winter Solstice. Walking through the trees in the crisp and increasingly cold air, Pagans know just why our ancestors didn't write down many spiritual concepts. It is not on the printed page, but in the images of gnarled bare tree limb shapes and the sharp shadows cast by the huddling winter sunlight, that the messages are read. Red partridge berries and evergreen holly branches decorate the white package wrapping over the dormant land. Beneath the many layers of freezing wet-tissue snow lies the gift of future Life. The woods sleep deeply with only the chattering squirrels and calling chick-a-dees to tell us that all is still well with the world. Spring will return and warmth will awaken the sleepers. But for now, it is for us to dream long nights away and gaze sleepily while the woods in the fireplace speak to us in their crackling and sputtering voices of the days gone by.

Wren's dad knew about leaving things behind. When he passed from this realm almost ten years ago, he left behind the things that he treasured the most for his daughter. It was not the antique furniture nor the seemingly irresistible urge to fill up every window in the old farmhouse with the multi-colored wavy-glass bottles that he and she dug up from the forgotten homesteads that once dotted the New England countryside that are his legacy. Bill left behind the wisdom of a lifetime spent observing nature. As a pantheist, he saw within the cycles of the wood, a give and take as natural as the changing seasons that guided him. "Leave some to go to seed for next year," he would chant as fiddlehead fern tips were gathered up for spring salads. "Leave some for the birds." Bill would remind the children crawling up twisted vine wrapped tree trunks for the concord grapes which would stain fingers purple today and become jam for YuleTide giving later.

In the coming commercial frenzy known as the "Yule/Christmas shopping season", we hear Bill's voice still. Don't take it all. Leave something behind for the birds, for the animals, for the children of tomorrow. Whatever gifts you may give this Yule, whatever gifts you may receive this Yule, may they be the kind that not only last, but which also leave something of value behind for the future world yet unborn.

Photo credit: This image was sent in by Meredith (Email: "These are photos I took for a photography class project in college. I had termed the project "The Alchemist's Lab" At any rate, I thought you might be interested in them".. Thank YOU Meredith for lending us some of your magick. -- TWV Staff

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