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Somehow over the past year this has changed from a blog about my life and my spiritual pursuits to a blog about my knitting, cross stitch and crochet. See, the sad thing is I’m not sure I have much in the way of spiritual pursuits any more. Between watching/changing/playing with/teaching animal sounds to Caden Bryce, occasionally knitting or cross stitching to remain sane and general household things, there is really only time left for sleep. And as important as spiritual pursuits are, when you have a toddler and a teenager, sleep is more important.

Does this mean I’m dissatisfied, or looking to re-evaluate my faith or, all the gods forbid, give up knitting and cross stitch? Nope. It means that I’m coming to terms with the fact that there are only so many hours in the day and there is only so much I can do without burning myself out. Right now, Caden Bryce, Regan, Erin, housework (ick) and my hobbies are the most important things. They keep me going. I’d love to go back to meditation and the like, but then I’d have to let something else drop.

What I want to do–no, what I will do–when Caden Bryce is bigger is find a way to work my spirituality into my every day life more.

So, if I’m not dissatisfied, why am I writing about this? Well, I’m reading The Way Of The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, and it is inspiring me. It has helped me remember why I decided to follow a Pagan path. And reading the book has helped me to think about how I can express this in the other things I do. I’m starting to make my list of goals for 2013, and I think a few Pagan-related things will be there.

While both Wiccans and Christians celebrate the rebirth of their respective gods (more or less) at the same time, the lead up to the event couldn’t be more different. To Wiccans, the days between November Eve/Samhain (October 31st) and Winter Solstice/Yule (approx. December 21s) are meant to be a time to slow down and mourn the death of the god. For most Christians, November and December are the busiest time of year, with everyone rushing from mall to office party to family event and back to the mall, and then off to church.

As with all generalizations, though, there are plenty of exceptions. There are those Wiccans who are just as caught up in the yearly gift giving and parting frenzy as anyone else (and I admit to being one until a few years ago), and there are those Christians who slow down during this time to honour what the birth of Jesus meant for humankind. (Just because I’m not Christian doesn’t mean I don’t think that Jesus wasn’t a pretty cool guy.)

Growing up, it was always the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day that was the downtime for the year for me. Presents had been opened, the turkey mostly eaten, and family gone home. Now it is still a nice time to relax. Holiday visiting is done, and Regan is off school for at least a few days more. It is all the more sweet this year, since we are also counting down our last few weeks as our small family – Caden Bryce will arrive sometime before the end of January and make us into a trio. 2011 will be much different then 2010, but the changes will be welcome, even if they bring sadness, but most especially if they bring happiness.

Miss Jade

jade rachel. 37. october 29 1978. scorpio. snake. welsh. lives in london. black hair. green eyes. tattooed. pierced. mother. daughter. sister. aunt. fiance. widow. lesbian. wiccan. hippy. geek. goth. ravenclaw

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