Animals Never…..

Animals Never…

“Animals never worry about Heaven or Hell. Neither do I. Maybe that’s why we get along” ―Charles Bukowski

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Blessed Samhain & Happy Halloween

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Today is Samhain. It is one of the most important of the 8 Sabbats as it is the Pagan New Year. The wheel of the year has turned full circle and a new year begins. The word ‘Samhain’ means Summers end. It is pronounced ‘Sowin’. Samhain is the third of the harvest festivals, only this isn’t a harvest of crops or grain, it is the harvest of flesh. It was the time of year when farmers and families would slaughter cattle and preserve the meat to last through the cold winter months. Samhain is a festival of death as it is the death of the year and of the waxing Sun. It is also the death of the earth when Plants, seeds, and acorns are now slowly descending underground to ready themselves to be reborn in Spring. Animals will start to hibernate, and the earth will appear barren as it sleeps through the winter months.
Earth energies are being pulled inwards at this time, and this is the time we should also be looking inwards at ourselves. Contemplate the year we have had and the lessons we have learned, whether they were good or bad, what can we take from them and use in the future. The God of the waxing Sun descends into the underworld opening up the veil between the two worlds of the living and the dead. At Samhain, spirits can commune with the living and visit us. We remember our ancestors, the people and pets who have died, and we honor them by placing pictures of them on our altars (you do not need an altar to be Wiccan) and invite them to join us. We should also adorn our altars with seasonal fare such as fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, nuts, turnips, and pumpkins and offer these as gifts to the Triple Goddess who is now in her crone phase. She is the wise, dark mother of knowledge and days past.

Although a time of death, Samhain is also a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. It is a time of ‘out with the old, in with the new’, to start looking forward to our future. On Samhain we should light a fire, as this is primarily a Celtic fire festival where the villagers and townsfolk would light giant bonfires to say goodbye to the God of the waxing Sun, and to thank the Goddess for her gifts bestowed upon the earth. There would also be big feast with stews, corn, and breads, and we would give thanks for people in our lives and show gratitude for all that we have, and give thanks to the people who are no longer with us and invite them to join us at the feast.

Light a candle tonight and put it, safely, near a window facing West to light the way for our lost loved ones and invite their spirits to visit us.

Today is a great time for divination, for doing tarot readings, looking to the future, and asking ourselves how we can improve our lives and move forward for the coming year.

Have a Blessed & Safe Samhain/Halloween.

*Written credit in full goes to Wicca Teachings*
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Fearless Cat Chases Fox Intruder Off His Land

Fearless Cat Chases Fox Intruder Off His Land

http://www.pawnation.com/2013/10/09/fearless-cat-chases-fox-intruder-off-his-land/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing8%7Cdl16%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D389183#photo=1

This just plain makes me smile. Way too many people think dogs are guardians, but they probably don’t know that cats are deeply protective when it comes to their families and home. Plus, most animals freak out when a cat comes after them. Norwegian Forest Cats are known for their predatory instincts. Lots of people like to keep them as mousers. They’re a beautiful breed.

5 Surprising Drug-Free Ways To Fight Chronic Pain

5 Surprising Drug-Free Ways To Fight Chronic Pain

http://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management-pictures/surprising-drug-free-ways-to-fight-pain.aspx?xid=aol_rss#/slide-1

*I do not buy into 9/4’s of this, but decided to share it anyway. The last time I checked, the only real help was having a pet. I’ve got a few months of rough terrain to go before I can bring a couple of balls of fluff home. In the meantime, I simply refuse to age like most of the people in these photos. Why do they always make it seem like the only people that suffer from chronic pain are over 45?! I hate that kind of “advertising”. It’s completely bogus.* 

Getting Health Insurance For My Pet Was A Bad Deal. Here’s Why…

This is definitely making me question this plan, which I had already decided on for the kittens I am going to adopt, as well as a hybrid I am looking into. The plan states that they will pay up to $14,000 per year, per animal. My little girl that I lost a few months ago went through an expensive procedure that cost me about two months of my mortgage, yet it added years to her life and I didn’t even question whether I was going to do it or not, I just wrote the damn check. She too had a cardiologist, and extremely expensive vet bills for the last two years of her life. I figure the insurance might still be worth it, but this leaves me concerned.