Sometimes I roll my eyes at the posts I find online promising that I can be happier by just reading a few simple tips. Eh. Isn't happiness... well, an existential dilemma? Don't we have to call in therapists and philosophers with PhdDs to help us with that? Or at least spread a little love around the world before we can find peace within ourselves? The answer, of course, is yes and no. On a daily basis, it's the simple things you can easily control that go far to increase your happiness.
This post Twenty Easier Ways to Be Happier at Divine Caroline charmed me instantly with its first tip. Make your bed. At The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin says "making the bed is one of the quickest,
I have the sad news to report that Isaac Bonewits—author, Druid, and a leader of the occult community for decades—is reportedly in the hospital and not doing well. My best wishes to him, all of his loved ones, those who care about him, and all who have learned from him. Please add him to your prayers and rituals.
Most people reading this will know that adding the "k" to "magic" is not merely an affectation. Rather, it is a way to discriminate between the entertainment known for pulling rabbits out of hats (magic) and techniques for harnessing internal and external energies that will help us change ourselves and our environment (magick). I like to define the difference simply as "Magic is an attempt to imitate magick, by artificial means, as part of entertainment." Although the spelling with the "k" has a long history (there was a time when manuscript copyists were paid by the letter, resulting in the many words with needless double and multiple letters), it was Aleister Crowley who is credited with
Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone, the hosts of the Readers Studio, work hard to ensure that attendees can absorb as much as their hearts desire. If one wished, one could attend various activities from 8 am until 11 pm. Not everyone does that, of course. But some are determined to take advantage of every opportunity. I am glad that I did attend everything I intended except for one 9 pm – 11 pm workshop.
Lunch with Dan
On Friday, lunch was provided. In addition to food, we had entertainment. They call this a “Lunch and Learn Session.” Dan Pelletier, one of the fine proprietors of The Tarot Garden, dazzled us with his wit and wisdom.
One thing he discussed was the value of doing