We all go through the cabin fever stage at this time of the year. Winter has had it toll on our mood and we are getting a little short tempered with mother nature and her game of warm and freezing temperatures. We yearn for the sun, dirt to dig in and the colors and smells of springtime. We are ready for warmth! We are grateful that spring is fast approaching.
Broken Heart ©
By Terry Moore
My heart is broken
My tears just a token
Lover, parent, friend or child
No guarantee about no exile
If it was meant to be
There would be no absentee
Can’t make them love you
This statement is so true
Let them go with kindness
Show your ferocity and fineness
The heart can heal when broken
When words of kindness are spoken
This poem is for whomever holds that special place in your heart.
Let Me Count The Ways ©
By Terry Moore
For a sister, a brother, a lover, a friend
Our friendship will never end
I love you so let me count the ways
You laugh when we are together always
You sometimes make fun of me
It makes me laugh please see
When I am scared you hold my hand
You let me sit while you stand
You are there for me – thick and thin
When I am sad you make me grin
You are there for me and me for you
Our love keeps our hearts anew ♥
“It is a frightening thought that man also has a shadow side to him, consisting not just of little weaknesses – and foibles, but of a positively demonic dynamism. The individual seldom knows anything of this; to him, as an individual, it is incredible that he should ever in any circumstances go beyond himself. But let these harmless creatures form a mass, and there emerges a ranging monster. ~Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconscious.”
On the other hand, the Shadow Self is an archetype that forms part of the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, perversions and embarrassing fears. This archetype is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos and the unknown. Jung believed that these latent dispositions are present in all of us, in many instances forming a strong source of creative energy.
We are all born pure, like blank canvases. But at some point during our childhood development, we learn knowledge that teaches us to separate things into good and evil. The moment we eat from this tree of knowledge, our shadows are born and we begin to divide ourselves. Furthermore, in our cultural ‘socialization’ process, we begin to sort out those traits within us that are acceptable in society, and those unacceptable traits that aren’t (which are later hidden away). As Jung said:
What we call civilized consciousness has steadily separated itself from the basic instincts. But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion. This may be by means of physical symptoms in the case of a neurosis, or by means of incidents of various kinds, or by unaccountable moods, unexpected forgetfulness, or mistakes in in speech… modern man protects himself against seeing his own split state by a system of compartments. Certain areas of outer life and of his own behavior are kept, as it were, in separate drawers and are never confronted with one another.
My altar setup with my new drum at the bottom. Can’t wait to use it during this ceremony. Each elemental has a correspondence and crystal. My little moon cake and ritual drink. I made my wand from an Ash tree and it has four crystals embedded in it (sorry this pic does not show it. My list of what I want to draw into my life on a 3 x 5 index card, and my BOS.
Better picture of my wand.
This is the first time I used a drum for New Moon ritual. It added so much energy to the ceremony – John Lundy did a really great job making it to my specifications. The tone is excellent, as good as a larger drum. Loving it.
A poem for Beltane
By Terry Moore
Maypole – the symbol of spring, the warmth of the sun – flowers it will bring
Dancers sway and weave, Bringing renewal and fertility it’s believed
Festivals with May Queen and King, Representing the God and Goddess and the blessings they bring
Beltane fires with flames so high, The winter season has begun to die
As the Maypole signifies spring, Celebrate all the beauty this season brings
By Terry Moore
Life is a balancing act
Moderation is just a fact
You need to keep your head up
Are you tough enough?
Keep your feet on the ground
Thinking straight and sound
Your heart now that’s a different thing
Allow it to go as if it has wings
The heart does what the heart does. We have all been in that situation that we allowed our heart to rule instead of the head. Other times we are so stuck in the thinking aspect that our heart becomes stone cold. The balancing act is to have moderation in all things. Think but don’t over think, let your heart explore but not totally rule. Most of all enjoy the ride because life is such an amazing journey.
Stuck in Victim Mode
By Terry Moore
You play the victim so well
Your sad stories you love to tell
This is where your energies dwell
Making some changes you dispel
I do not walk in your shoes
I do not have the right to accuse
I do wonder why you don’t refuse
So the turmoil continues to brew
Stuck in victim mode
No way out you forebode
Your self-esteem continues to erode
The stress you need to unload
Small changes you can make
Staying in victim mode you can break
Your sanity is at stake
Learn to say NO and refuse partake!
We all know someone who is stuck in Victim mode. The emotions, the feelings of being helpless and the just plain ‘give up’ is what you see in their eyes. Some of us are blessed with the fight / flight reaction. Others totally shut down and are unable to muster up the strength to get out of bed and handle daily routines.
Judgement is the last thing they need to experience from us in their time of need. It is hard for those around them to not to get frustrated with their inability to try to alleviate some of the reasons for their distress. Try to be patient, show compassion but don’t turn into an enabler.
It is OK to be honest by saying that you can’t continue to listen to the unending stories of pain and suffering because it is so upsetting to you because you can’t help them when they are unable to help themselves. It is OK and highly recommended that you to encourage them to seek professional help. By all means let them know that you still care and that you are sorry that they have to go through the turmoil.