(Plus, Pax plays with the new linking set up and labeling system for WordPress…)
In addition to discovering Veles’ little gem, I have had a both lazy and eventful Friday… working the 11pm-7am shift Friday and Saturday nights means that I sometimes get a nice long Friday to relax a bit it… especially as the week-ends can be chock-full of things..
I awoke to this depressing news on NPR of the recent effort by the Republicans and Teabagger’s to cut NPR funding, probably because they prefer to maintain the conservative media dominance that they have worked so hard to establish. So this put me in a bit of a mood today.
In order to try and lift my mood I listened to one of Rev. Kathy’s Sermons from the 1U New Membership Service “What we Freely Choose….“, a very inspiring sermon on the power of choices we make and how we have power to change the moral arc of the Universe…
After that I ended up chatting with Veles on Facebook for a bit, always a delight… and finally HAD to sign off there in order to get some writing and copying done as I poked through my archives for old articles and such.
Then since I was in further need of inspiration, and given that the WitchFather as I am coming to call Him (influenced no doubt by some young rascal or another) is also the Bringer of Wisdom and Inspiration, I re-listened to episode 4 of the Druidcast podcast… the segment where Ronald Hutton gives a talk about the Wiccan/Neo-Pagan Horned God and his modern history… which always brings a smile to my lips and helps inspire me… and I was also looking for a little extra information and inspiration as I want to contribute to that Horned God Devotional, which of course took me over to of Oak and Ivy… where I found a reference to this poem….
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
~William Ernest Henley
Which poem I very much like and find inspiring and in keeping with the themes of Power and Choice and True Will for today…
I also found, as I poked around the archives that I have surprisingly little written down… at least in the computer about the Horned God, so I shall poke around in the old BoS’s and see what I might see to share, and I will hope that some time presents itself in the wee-hours at work where I can work on some poetry and journaling… although this could be a busy week-end with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up here in the U.S.
although I did find an old piece of mine I had forgotten about and will be including in the new BoS and Grimmoire I am working on for myself….
Let the Circle Be Cast
In this night and in this hour,
I weave once more, Magicks power,
Between the worlds this Circle stands,
A Sphere of light, a ring of clasping hands,
Here incense sweet and bitter brine,
Shall bless each atom, each cell, and empower, and re-awaken the Divine
Remember, Remember oh blessed space,
That you are of, and beyond, all time and place.
Watchtowers and Powers of Earth and Sky, of Sun and Sea,
Please join in this Circle, and Guide, and Guard,
And celebrate with me.
Mother Celestial and Father Divine,
I call on Thee, as I am Thine.
I cry out welcome to thee,
Welcome to the Powers and Principalities!
With the Fruits of the Earth I welcome Thee,
With sweet scented incense in the Air I welcome Thee,
With the warmth and light of the Fires within my Hearth and Heart I welcome Thee,
With cool and refreshing and holy Water I welcome Thee!
Hail and Well Met and Blessed Be!
~ Pax 2007~
And so now I am off to Dinner and to contemplate poetry and spirituality and how best to work and Work and how to engage in Service in order to help to bend that famous and much talked about moral arc of the Universe towards justice..
Pax / Geoffrey