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BunniHotep helps Yemaya

Once upon a time there was a small rabbit goddess named BunniHotep. Occasionally she liked to go down to the seaside and sit on the sand and watch the waves come in. One day she had been sitting there for sometime and was actually becoming a bit bored when she saw a woman walking down the beach.

BunniHotep watched her walk slowly toward her and waited. The woman was a beautiful shade of dark brown and her lively hair was even darker, the colour of rich beautiful Nile mud and she walked with a queenly stride but she also seemed to be very sad. Her lovely brown eyes seem to hold the woes of the world in them and it weighed heavily upon her. She came up to BunniHoTep and sank gracefully down beside her.

In a low quiet voice she asked BunniHoTep, “Are you the one who finds things?” She sighed and fell silent.

BunniHoTep looked at her a moment and replied, “Yes, that is what I do if it is needed. Did you lose something important?”

The woman replied, “Oh yes, I have lost something very important but not something I necessarily want to find.”

BunniHotep was confused, “What can I do if you don’t really want to find what you have lost?”

The woman paused, “Maybe I had better tell you my story. Have you the time to listen?”

“I always have time to listen,” BunniHotep said and she sat waiting with her ears up and ready.

“My name is Yemaya and I am the goddess of the ocean as well as of people’s hearts and I make the sea salty so it is like the blood that flows in each of us but I make it salty with my tears and I don’t want to cry anymore.”

BunniHoTep nodded, “I can understand that but what do you want me to find? Your sadness? I don’t think I can do that even if you really wanted me too. Isn’t there another way?”

“That is why I came to you, Isis told me long ago how clever you were at puzzles and finding things. I am so tired I can no longer think so do you think you can help me find a way to keep the sea salty and no longer cry and still help my people?”

BunniHoTep was quiet for quite awhile. She stared at the ocean and she knew the life there would start to die if she didn’t do something soon. And then she thought of something in her Temple that was just sitting there doing nothing.

“Ah Ha!” She said, I have just the thing. Wait right here!” And she hopped away as fast as she could for there was no time to waste!

She got to her Temple and asked one of her priestesses to get the object from the offering storeroom and to please carry it back for her while she hopped quickly back.

The priestess came running, breathing heavily over the sand because running across hot sand is hard work.

“I have it!” the Priestess said. She was carrying a large box with a funnel on top and a large handle and a big drawer on the bottom.

“Please set it down and stand back, please.” BunniHoTep motioned for Yemaya to move closer. “I think this will fix the problem. This is a special object. It makes salt. All you have to do is once a day, turn the handle and take what is in the box and spread it across the water. That way you make the sea salty and only cry for people if you feel the need to not because you have to do it.” BunniHoTep stepped back and let her try it.

Yemaya turned the crank slowly and then faster. She went and spread the salt from the drawer across the tide after she had ground a bit.

“Oh, BunniHoTep, Isis was right you are a clever and loving rabbit. I will always treasure this. Thank you!” And she placed a kiss on the forehead Isis loved to kiss. She gave her a quick stroke across her fur and picked up her new treasure and walked back down the beach like the goddess she was.

BunniHotep and the Priestess walked back to the Temple to share a few nice carrots and a cup of tea.

From my silly brain and the Lapin Archives

Flameshift

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I light your flame for peace

I light your flame

I light your flame for healing

I light your flame

Brighid of three faces

I light your flame

Brighid of the forge

I light your flame

I light your flame for strength

I light your flame

I light your flame for knowledge

I light your flame

Brighid of the flame of nine tongues

I light your flame

Brighid, goddess of poets

I light your flame

I light your flame for growth

I light your flame

I light your flame in memory

I light your flame

Brighid, Goddess of midwives

I light your flame

Brighid, guardian of the passage into life

I light your flame

I light your flame for calmness

I light your flame

I light your flame for patience

I light your flame

Brighid, guide of lambs

I light your flame

Brighid, Goddess of Sunrise

I light your flame

I light your flame.

Kat Robb

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A prayer for today

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Brighid, Kwan Yin and Hecate

Be with those who walk the twilight path

And be with those who watch them go.

Brighid, they walk a path lighted with your flame

A flame that those watching cannot see but have to trust is there

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Kwan Yin, they walk your healing way

And those who watch cannot see the healing

Hecate, you wait with your arms waiting to greet them

And accompany them on that path.

Please reassure those who have sent them to you

Let us know they are safe.

The walker holds our hearts, knowing and unknowing

Brighid, Kwan Yin and Hecate

Comfort those of us left behind

We grieve too early, the walker is not gone yet.

She is just gone from us.

She is in a different time and place from us.

Let her know she is always in our hearts

We await the times in the next life we will meet under the trees

We wait at the door we can’t pass through yet

It isn’t our time

We will follow you and the Green Lady

To where our own paths lead.

Our time is not yet.

We hold open hearts

We love and we honour each of our paths

Our time is not now

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Places to visit if you’re a Druid/Pagan/Wicca and don’t want to just go to tourist traps

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If you are a druid or pagan and visiting Los Angeles, how about skipping Hollywood Blvd, Rodeo Dr and the cheesy walk of fame or any of the other plebian and crowded delights that tourists hit when they visit here. How about something that is closer to the spirit of LA and not the places no native would ever set foot in without a visiting relative in tow.

These are in no particular order, just some of my favourites that reflect my LA:

  1. Franklin Canyon – http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=14

Franklin Canyon is the geographical center of LA and you can hike to the marker that says so. It isn’t always on the map you can get at the Visitor Center so ask how to hike there. Wear good shoes and consider wearing long pants and long sleeves as they do not remove the poison oak. That is another thing to take a careful look at in the Visitor Center. Tons of stuff is filmed here almost weekly so you may run into the film crew from NCIS or Criminal Minds. My sister and I get the giggles about how often we can identify places in the park. They have a mountain lion that comes by the park and there are always lots of waterfowl. I love the colourful wood ducks and turtles that crowd one of the ponds. This is really wilderness in the middle of the city.

  1. Descanso Gardens – https://www.descansogardens.org/

I’ve been coming to Descanso since birth. I took summer classes here when I was 7 or 8 and loved almost every minute of it (the exception being the impressment of small children as labour to divide the immense bearded iris bed.) Come in the morning and you can spot deer passing through. We’ve seen Great Horned Owls and their nestlings as well as ducks, koi, wild geese and woodpeckers. There is a large lake with a observation deck on the west end that is full of turtles and fish. I love the large oak groves and the camellia forest.

  1. Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden – http://www.rsabg.org/  this is a garden of California Native plants that is also full of wildlife and has great views of the nearby Sierra Madres mountains. We had our Grove Companion ritual out in the north portion and people walked around us and never saw is which was really cool.
  1. Huntington Library and Gardens – http://www.huntington.org/   This is the most expensive place to visit but well worth it and you could really spend more than one day here. I always have to visit the Audubon folio to see what bird they have on exhibit for the day. It’s also a great place to have tea and dress up before a walk through the rose garden. You have to make reservations for tea usually. Visit the herb garden and the Shakespeare garden. There is a Japanese garden with bonsai and a Chinese garden with another spot for tea and snacks. I really love the Children’s Garden with it’s fish fountains and rainbow making tunnel and the mist garden. If you like succulents and cacti, you can satisfy that urge too.
  1. Ferndell is part of Griffith Park- http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/ferndell.htm  It has a natural spring that Gypsy Boots used to say had curative water but I don’t think the spout is functioning any more. One of my Sunday School teachers used to cram us all in her car on Sunday mornings and take us crawdad fishing in the stream. It must have looked hilarious to see 8 or 9 little girls with their hooklines and bacon and Sunday best hanging out over the stream. It’s cool and beautiful on a hot day and filled with ferns and a feeling of sanctuary.
  1. Griffith Park Observatory – http://www.griffithobservatory.org/   has always been a big place to visit with my family. Dad would have us running in and out to see what the camera obscura showed. I always loved the spectroscopes showing the rainbow signatures of the elements. They upgraded it a few years ago but it’s still free and on nights of astronomical importance the telescopes are open to the public
  1. A great place to hike to in Griffith Park – http://amirsgarden.org/
  1. Eaton Canyon Nature Center – http://www.ecnca.org/ is a great place to hike in the San Gabriel valley and they have night hikes at the full moon and a great nature center
  2. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles – http://www.nhm.org/site/  love, love, love this place and in summer they have a great butterfly tent too. They have a big dinosaur hall and a hall devoted to the history of LA and a fantastic gem and mineral room that makes the magpie in me go crazy. This was where my dad took us every school holiday along with what used to be the Museum of Science and Industry and is now the California Science Center
  1. Ranch Palos Verdes Interpretive center http://www.palosverdes.com/rpv/recreationparks/pointvicenteinterpretivecenter/   This is the only place I know of in Southern California where you can watch for whales from shore. A really good thing if you get seasick or can’t to take the whole family on a whale watching trip. They also have a great interpretive center on whales and sealife
  1. Paramount Ranch – http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm  This is both a film set still in occasional use and the original site of the first Ren Faire. The oak that was the centerpiece of Faire and is still there and more than one Faire person’s ashes have found their way here. It still holds the magic of Faire. If you have read Mercedes Lackey’s books about elves, they start right here. There are wonderful hikes in the chapparal and a nice covered area to have lunch.
  1. Scripps Oceanographic’s Aquarium – https://scripps.ucsd.edu/ – this was a must go when I was a kid mad about being a marine biologist before I knew they had to swim and I sunk. Still a very cool place.
  2. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/ This aquarium’s price is only $5 as opposed to the multibuck one over the estuary in Long Beach. I like this one better. When I was a kid this one was free and I loved going here. Always good to see the jellies. I love jellyfish.
  3. Sepulveda Wildlife Refuge – http://www.laparks.org/dos/horticulture/sepulvedabasin.htm

My sister and I love taking hikes here and I drag friends here to walk. This is where we had our Druid ordination early on a January morning and it was the last ritual we did with Laura. The basin is loaded with waterfowl and on the flight paths for migration so you can see different birds all year long. White pelicans winter here every year for a short period. They are magnificent birds and one year there were swans. There is an island in the center that ospreys and other birds. If you go really early you can see the owls before they go to sleep.

15. Self Realization Fellowship Gardens – http://www.lakeshrine.org/

I love walking here in the peace of the garden. This is a wonderful place to go to get away and be quiet

A prayer for friends

I thank the Goddess for friends

I ask that they be blessed everyday

I ask that the lessons they learn be gentle

I thank you for love

I ask that the ones that have passed on

Know that they were loved

I ask that those here know

That they have left their mark on my heart

Everyday and everywhere I go

I ask healing for those that need it

I ask strength for those who need it

I ask endurance for those who need it

I ask that I be open to friends I haven’t yet met

I ask that I not forget those

That are there quietly in the shadows

I thank you for the love in my life.

I thank for love in my life

I thank you for love.