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4. A favorite deity or archetype you use in your spiritual work.

My work with deities has fluctuated quite a bit over the years. It is my belief that there is no separate being that is more godly than another, that each of us is god-energy in physical form, and that the greater part of us is, in fact, god-energy still in non-physical form, too. And I say "god" without a gender implication--I think divinity is beyond the physical, and beyond duality. But, that being said, I think there will always be quite a lot about god-energy that we in our physical forms will never be able to really comprehend, and so we have to quantify and personify and compartmentalize a lot of the aspects of our own divinity and the workings of the universe so that we can have some grasp of It All. So, when I work with deities, it is from that standpoint. I do believe that the energy is real and really communicating and interacting with me, but it is my belief that when I work with, say, Artemis, I'm working with a collective of god-energy that is akin to my feelings about her and her wisdom.

Artemis was huge for me when I was in my Maiden and Maiden-warrior phase of life, but her energy hasn't been necessary for some time. Now that I'm basically into the Mother phase of my life (I think the maiden phase is always there, a little bit), I have actually had quite an affinity for Mary. This strikes me as odd because I have never been raised anything close to Christian or Catholic, in fact I identify more with my father's Jewish heritage than my mother's Episcopal, and I also spent a lot of time in my angrier, less-understanding youth kind of thinking anything associated with Jesus was stupid. But when I work with Mary I feel so fucking loved. Like, tears-to-my-eyes, nothing-can-hurt-me, look-at-how-amazing-the-world-is kind of love, and joy. And still I feel like I want to work more deeply with her, to understand her story. I'm hoping to reconnect with my deities this fall and winter, so hopefully I'll get the chance to communicate more with her in detail.

(As an aside, kind of, Jared and I watched the first part of a movie called "Zeitgeist" the other day, where they discuss, essentially, how Jesus's story is the same as hundreds of legends that came before him, based on stories we've told by the stars for thousands of years. This is something I've known for a long time, but it got me thinking though: who is the "virgin mother" really? Why is she a constant in these stories? Why is she called "virgin?" I must look into this further!)

Male female balance in my "worship" is important to me, too, and comes rather naturally. I've work a lot with Hermes and Ganesh in the past, and Ganesh is still someone I smile at every day (I keep his statue at my cubicle at work, he helps to dispel the negativity). But my main male figure is actually something more like a spirit guide, which, seeing as how I believe spirit is god-energy too, makes me think of him as a deity for this question's sake. I call him Malcom, because I realized a character in one of my books by the same name was modeled after him. I've been seeing him in dreams and in my head since I was a very little girl. I can communicate with him any time, easy as pie. He always knows the answers to my questions. He is the wisdom I have but often can't access when I need it most.

5. An animal you identify with spiritually.
Crows are big for me. I have three of them tattooed on my ribs. To me they are magical, otherworldly things. They represent the kind of grounded-yet-free state of being that I strive for, creatures that seem to shift between worlds and yet remain anchored. As a writer, I'm always striving for that balance--how to stay grounded and let myself float off into my imagination at the same time. Crows embody that capacity to me, and I don't really know why.

I also love pigeons. They're tenacious, brave, excellent communicators, and can always find their way home :)

6. A photo of a magical place outdoors.



The Sahara Desert in Morocco. I think the most alive day/night of my life was there. Everything was thrilling--sound, touch, taste, smell, and dear gods the sights... it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I love the desert.


The Questions )
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TPaL:


I write like
Arthur Conan Doyle

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




LJ:


I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




The Hierophant:


I write like
H. G. Wells

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Huzzah! A writing meme tells me I am awesome! ;p ;D
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01. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?

Studied abroad; met my soulmates (romantic and non); rode a camel; climbed a dune; rolled down a hill in Scotland; made out with a gay boy... this list could go on and on...

02. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Didn't make resolutions last year, but I did have areas of focus that I focused the HELL out of! :D Already set some goals for next year!

03. Did anyone close to you give birth?

More inside! )
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Life is good! I know it has its ups and downs, but god damn- it's fucking beautiful! :D

I just feel so inspired lately... so happy... so care free. I shouldn't feel care free at all, logically- but I hate logic, don't you? It makes us think awful things.

There are so many ideas in my head- so many projects to work on- alone, with friends, and family. So many exciting things ahead! There's the Salem pilgrimage in a few weeks (a road trip with 3 of the most awesome ladies ever; whale watching!; the fantabulous New England coast, and all the wonderful energy it brings with it; and the general magic that I feel in that touristy little town ;D). And Heather might be coming to visit me before summer ends! THAT will be epic! She and I are awesome- together we're mind-blowingly awesome. I don't know if Buffalo can handle us. Plus, I just have a feeling... things are happening. My third and fourth chakra tell me so. Nothing as huge as the hand that reached out of my solar plexus when I went to the study abroad fair, but definitely something.

Also, new projects- totally new! I've still got my fantastic novels to work on and query agents about, but there's non-fiction projects now! The Buffalo travel guide, and another secret collaboration... And there's the rock opera, which has had some developments in the past 24 hours (I don't want to say just yet, I'm letting it settle in my brain for now)! And, an old project, a website Sarah and I thought of last year... I'm really feeling it now. Plus, I want to redesign my own website to make it more user-friendly, and get my blog on there/The Poppet and the Lune.

Heeeee. I love it when this stuff happens.

And now, a meme )
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lol
In 2009, lathriel resolves to...
Cut down on my walking.
Go to the dreams every month.
Ask my boss for a dune.
Find a better culture.
Be nicer to shizandwich.
Eat more wuthering heights.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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stolen from Alex )
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I get sleepy in the middle of the day. Here is a quiz to keep me awake.

Let me showz u it. )
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YEAR IN REVIEW: Take the first sentence (or two) from the first post of each month of 2007. That's your year in review.

Hrm... )

I'm not sure how I feel about this... ;p
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The rules:
1) Answer questions and type into Google image search
2) Post pictures from results

I should be writing... )
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Tagged by [personal profile] mermaiden

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.


"Marvellous sweet music!"

Enter Prospero above, invisible. Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; they dance about it with gentle actions of salutation; and, inviting the King, &c. to eat, they depart.

From The Complete Works of Shakespeare. That's the most Shakespeare you will ever see in this journal ;p

I tag: [profile] costumenut[profile] roofpig13, [profile] taurnufuin... and I don't have enough people on my friends list that are on lj regularly so just them.

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