Wonderful Litha

Wellspring likes to do an outdoor picnic for Litha.  It's a pretty relaxed and casual affair where we often invite friends, family and other pagans to join us.  

This year we made the trip to Webber Natural Pool in North Minneapolis.  We had a lovely spread with way too much food as is typical for us in Blue Star.  Remember, if you ever leave feast hungry, it is your own damn fault as we always make enough to feed an army.

Two things stood out to me this year. 

First, it was wonderful to be outside and just enjoy the world.  There is so much turmoil and so much divisiveness right now.  We got to simply take a break from it all, spend time with each other and be peaceful.  

Secondly, several of us pushed beyond some things that are/were uncomfortable for us.  Sitting down and eating with people is one thing.  It definitely pulls you together and gives you a sense of community, but putting on a swimsuit and going into the pool is just a different level of intimacy.  Surprisingly, no one exploded.  No one died.  No one caught on fire -- although some of us are a little pink and crispy.  

We got to practice some self acceptance, together.  It's nice to grow with each other and independently together.  

And, if you've dug into our website, you'll see that this happened right as we are turning from the Path of Power of Love to the Path of Power of Music and Dance.  Great timing if you ask me!  

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Miel is on her way to visit family for the holidays.  We are hosting at home with a close friend.  It'll be low key but a day with good friends and tasty food.  

One of my favorite things about the Blue Star Tradition is the Orphans' Thanksgiving.  Many of us are transplants and away from our family.  One family opens their doors every year to anyone who wants to come and join them for Thanksgiving.  It is always potluck but they work together to try to make sure that they have all the traditional foods.  It's a huge meal, full of great food, and with great company but none of the bickering that you often get with blood family.  

After the dishes are cleared away, the big table is broken up into smaller tables and everyone plays games until they are tired and ready to go home. The fun and fellowship goes on into the night.  Snacking happens on and off throughout.  

So my wish for you all is that this Thanksgiving be filled with lots of good food, lots of love, and lots of fun.

All the best, 

Lapis

Weekend Update with Lapis

It was a busy weekend!  

Back on our Home Page, we mentioned that we lead full and busy lives.  Yes, we do!  Both Miel and I were busy, busy, busy.  

Friday night, my hubby and I managed a date night.  We checked out Pinstripes in Edina.  It's a little expensive but it was so tasty.  The antipasto and cheese was pretty good but to be honest, I like Al Vento much more.  Then we played bocce.  We discovered that I can be a little cut throat when it comes to bocce and a few times, rather than get closer to the silver ball, I just knocked my husband's way out of the way.  Afterwards, we spent some time down at Centennial Lakes just sitting and people watching and chatting.  It was nice just to sit outside in the evening air.  

Saturday, we ran around like crazy people to get all of our errands done.  Duluth Trading is open now down in Bloomington so we headed out there for some clothes.  Just a few pieces to make sure they have the life cycle to make the price worthwhile. And then a stop at the Drooling Moose chocolate shop.  OMG!  The orange chocolate pecans are to die for!  There was food... And a corn on the cob from Popeye's that wouldn't stay in the bag so I was chasing the corn while my hubby was driving.  My beautiful daughter got all dressed up, with fairy wings and full of sparkles to run around at a party all night.  

Sunday, we did our first transport to help save dogs' lives.  We got connected with an animal shelter in Little Rock, AR.  They have a rescue coordinator so her job is to try to get the animals out of the shelter before they get euthanized.  She organizes runs from AR to MA and MN and I don't know where else to rescues that won't euthanize.  So we drove down to IA and back with four great little dogs.  Then we finished off our day with the Wendy Rule concert at the Eye of Horus. What a lovely strong voice!  I wanted to just close my eyes and soak it all in.

So why am I telling you all this?  Two reasons, we really do have busy lives and do things that aren't just Wicca-related.  And community service is important to us.  

Busy lives does make it difficult to schedule sometimes, but we know that we all have things going on.  There simply comes a point though where you have to set your priorities.  Sometimes, those are grove and coven.  Sometimes, it isn't. But clearly, we do not want to be the center of your life and vice versa.  Being a whole, healthy person is vitally important to being a happy person and being able to grow.  

And service?  

Both Miel and I know that our hearts and souls demand that we help others.  You may have heard "We are the weavers, we are the web".  If anyone or anything in our web is hurting and in need of help, we want to help them.  We want them to help themselves as well.  Miel does body work to help others.  My job is about the health and safety of people.  When we have people in our community in need, we often step up to help.  Sometimes organizing or sometimes simply doing our part.  The one thing that we do though as a group is cookie making for The Aliveness Project.  Every year as one of our Yule celebrations, we get together and bake dozens of cookies.  Dozens and dozens.  And now, I think my family and I will help save dogs by transporting them from IA to MN whenever we can.  It's good for the soul to do things for others.

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, full of love and joy, like I did.

All the best, 

Lapis

Pagan Movie Night

Wellspring hosts Pagan Movie night on the first Friday of the month.  This month, movie night is on July 4th.  With Con, BBQs and fireworks, we are skipping it.  We'll be back next month for it.

Pagan Movie Night is a way for us to foster community, support each other as pagans and have some fun.  It's been mostly at my house (Lapis) but sometimes happens at Miel's.  We like to gather about 7pm and start the movie shortly thereafter.  Kids are welcome, unless the movie is not kid-friendly.  So far, they've all been kid-friendly.  We always have popcorn, water, tea, and milk available.  Often times, I've ordered in pizza (including GF and vegetarian as attendees want/need), set  up other snacks, and drinks.  

On Facebook, I set it up as an event, poll for movie suggestions, and then send out a final post with what we are watching.  

Sometimes, it is nice just to hang out and relax.  This is one of the ways we do that.  

~Lapis