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Mindfulness

  "According to the Buddha, the grace of charity is the true beauty of a human being. It is the kindness that really shines forth from within a person. This is one of the greatest contributions we can make to the life of the world, because our attitude of non-infringement offers the gift of security and trust to those around us." - Joseph Goldstein - 

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Winter solstice: The Magical Feast of Juul, celebrate the shortest day of the year

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Winter solstice: The Magical Feast of Juul, celebrate the shortest day of the year

The winter solstice happens every year when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year. The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December solstice and is closer to the horizon than at any other time in the year, meaning shorter days and longer nights. What does 'solstice' mean? The term 'solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', meaning 'Sun standing still'. On this day the Sun seems to stand still...

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What is a Deva?

What is a Deva?

Pronounced Day-va. The Sanskrit deva- derives from Indo-Iranian *dev- which in turn descends from the Proto-Indo-European word, *deiwos, originally an adjective meaning "celestial" or "shining", which is a (not synchronic Sanskrit) vrddhi derivative from the root *diw meaning "to shine", especially as the day-lit sky. Indo-European, Sanskrit word for God, originally thought of as feminine. The modern word Goddess  has changed connotations to represent a lesser form of divinity. Deva had the meaning we typically think of as the word God today, however God was thought to be the Great Mother.  In Buddhism Deva's are highly evolved beings who inhabit different levels of existence. Deva's are commonly...

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Angels

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Angels

  ANGELS Angels: {Latin: angelus} ~ {Greek: angelos; "a super natural being"} ~ {Hebrew: malak; "a messenger"} A being empowered as a messenger of the divine, for divine justice, guidance and/or protection. Overview Human kind has been interested in the Angel kingdom since centuries. All those who believe in the existence of angels have their own theories and explanations It is a misconception that Angels are strictly Christian or non-pagan. They're not. Mythology of Angels existed long before Judaism and Christianity. Angels also are major figures in Buddhism, Hinduism, Celtic and Norse mythology as well as in many Shamanistic legends. But...

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BELTANE April 30th - May 1st

BELTANE April 30th - May 1st

 Sunset to Sunset. Beltane honors Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak...

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