Sunday, August 21, 2016

Wheel of Wonder August 21, 2016

Those who are three generations removed from their Irish or Scottish Roots and are living in another country are among the Diaspora.  Diaspora are people who have been, or are fairly closely related to those that have been displaced from the Mother Country of their ancestors, and are living in other parts of the world.  This usually comes from the ravages of War, a bad economy, or these days maybe a changing climate.  They or their Grandparents had to leave the Mother Country or die.
The Jacobite revolution played a very key role in the Irish/Scottish Diaspora experience.  Unsurprisingly, so did Capitalism.
  The Jacobites and their Anglo-Saxon allies who wished to own other people's property declared it illegal for any non-Protestant  to own property or hold Political office, and with the help of the Frenchman, William of Orange and his Army, successfully put down a rebellion against this law, and forcibly took the traditional property of the Catholic Celts and effectively destroyed the Clan and Tribe system of Scotland. The Highland Clearances in Scotland came out of these policies. Celts were considered a lesser race by the arrogant Anglo-Saxons, and generations of suffering have come out of this displacement.
Those of us now in America, cast adrift from our ancestral, traditional and sacred lands, feel this most keenly.  Many of us are spiritually drifting or lost as a result of it.  We do not need these lands returned, we're Americans now with our own property, some of the time.  The point of this observation is that Government sanctioned Genocide and property theft is not something that is done by whites to folks that aren't white, this is a recurring pattern across ethnicity, and across the whole of the Human Race.  We as a Human race should stand together in spirit and action and say "No more of this!"  Its been happening for many hundreds of years and its time we matured beyond it as we enter the Aquarian Age.
The picture above is a picture of the Famine memorial in Dublin, Ireland.

The Interview with Ginger Doss went well, She is an outspoken, strong, and deeply spiritual person.  As of this writing you can still here Wheel of Wonder, and the Interview, on Radio Free America. check out her site and Music here.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wheel of Wonder August 7, 2016

The Harvest of Lammas:  Transformation and Change

With Lughnasadh/Lammas behind us, until it returns again, the Wheel of the Year turns steadily along.  How do we experience the first harvest of summer if we are not living the agrarian lifestyle?  Perhaps it is in the changes that have occurred in our lives over the past and passing year?  John Barleycorn is transformed into Bread, Mead and Ale through fire and pain, dissolution and transformation.  That is the alchemy of the season.  Perhaps the sacred fire of the burning wicker man, is also the fire of transformation, if we carry that idea, that energy within us, take it home from the ritual, if we attended one, it can inform our decisions for the up and coming year.  I sacrificed to the wicker man.  I sacrificed fear and aversion to change, I hope the sacred fire that I feel burn within me leads down the path of change.  Not to end Wheel of Wonder and the Wheel of Wonder blog, but perhaps to deepen our mutual experience of it.  Its a matter of facing changes in our lives with hope, or with fear, as we have free will the choice is always ours.  That is the first harvest I've been feeling the presence of as this year draws to a close.  I hope everyones life will see some improvements as we look forward to our further harvests and Samhain, followed by the darker half of the new year.  I've heard the ancient Celts had always said the new day begins at the setting of the sun.  We stumble through the darkness a spell, until the new light of a new day clarifies the experience that day has to offer!

Next week on Wheel of Wonder I look forward to interviewing Ginger Doss, Pagan Musician and Music Director for the Church of the Mind in Fayetteville. Check out This Video on YouTube if you'd like! Or visit her website via the sidebar.