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Patchwork Quilt

Life is like a patchwork quilt. I love to quilt and see the creation of a new and unique fabric as I add various remnants and special fabrics I've been saving. Quilts come in different sizes and a wide variety of patterns, but all share a similar process in their creation. No two ever look alike, even if the same pattern is used.

My spiritual path is like a quilt. The backing is Mother Earth in Her many forms. I am Wiccan, Druid, and work with the Native American Medicine Wheel. I work with energy and have learned to appreciate the healing value of energy systems and methods from the East. Feng Shui aids in balancing and harmonizing the energy of my home. I'm a Reiki III Master, and value it's connection to universal healing energy.

This sometimes column will be a patchwork quilt, with fabrics from my differing interests.

I was asked to tell you something about myself . Here goes! I'm a Traditional Wiccan, of both the Gardnerian and Alexandrian lineages, and have a small coven. I was a member of a Dianic coven for several years, until it faded away. I'm also a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and a tutor for the Bardic Grade.

I live in Holland, NY, 30 miles south east of Buffalo, and about 50 miles south of Niagara Falls. My home is 'Verne Nemeton' (Marion Zimmer Bradley fans may recognize the name!) on two wooded acres with a waterfall and ravine at the rear. Since my home is near the front of the property I have space in the woods for my Circle/Grove and a Medicine Wheel.

My back sun room gives me a long view into the woods, with a glimpse of the woods on the other side of the ravine. My connection with nature has deepened greatly since moving here nearly 5 years ago. I've had the thrill of watching a small herd of nine deer this winter, as they come close to the house to dine on my ivy!

I'll share the two simple ritual that normally open and close my day. The first was given to me by an Objibwe Elder, and is done first thing in the morning. I have tobacco I've blessed - you may choose to add sage, sweet grass, lavender to it, as I have, or use only the tobacco. Step outdoors, take a pinch of tobacco, hold it up to Father Sky in gratitude, and then down to Mother Earth, again in gratitude. Place it on the ground. Meditate briefly if you wish.

In the evening I honor the elements on my meditation altar. I throw out the salt and water in my small bowl with the intention that I'm throwing out the problems or annoyances of the day. I fill the bowl with fresh water and bless it with the intent that as any negativity leaves the water, so will any negativity leave me. I bless a pinch of salt and add it to the water with the intent that as the salt, which represents earth, is blessed that good may enter into it, so will it aid me, and help me to be grounded and centered. I bless myself with the salt and water. Next I bless a stick of incense with the intent that it be an offering to the Mighty Ones that will carry my prayers and praise to Them on the element of air. I ask that air help me to clarify my thoughts and visions. As I light the incense from my perpetual candle (that's another story!) I bless the fire with the intention that it fill me with its passion, and that it burn away all that I no longer need. I bless/smudge myself with the incense to clear my aura for the night. I may choose to meditate after this ritual. This simple ritual takes longer to write about than to do.

Bright Blessings on your quilts! Donata )O(

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