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The girlfriend and I recently returned from a week long vacation in Toronto, where we did ALL THE THINGS, including marching in the annual pride parade, as part of World Pride 2014, in support of asexual awareness and visibility.  I'm still going through all the photographs, of which I shot over 4200, between my two cameras and my phone. However, I have finished all the ones I took at the CN Tower (with a side trip up to the Skypod):


Teddy makes a triumphant return to the top of Toronto!

More photos under the cut... )
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Tomorrow morning, I'm off to Toronto for a week of fun and antics (as well as attending some of the World Pride events)!  Many photos to follow!
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Feck it. I did 17.5 km anyway. How are you spending your New Year's Eve? :)
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I managed to regain a bit of my holiday spirit with the help of a little retail therapy:


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The Wheel turns and, once again, the days begin to grow longer.

Blessed
Be!
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Okay, granted the Canada Day fireworks I went to see on Sunday night were not worth the mosquito bites I suffered for it. I'm not sure if it was a matter of cutting back on the budget, but it was kinda lacking. However, the afternoon preceding was quite pleasant. I spent it with my folks, first going to a rather nice brunch buffet at the casino and then sitting outdoors at a pub on Main Street, enjoying a pint and watching the interesting characters gathered to celebrate Canada Day. Of course, in amongst all that was a bunch of Canada Day related spamming on AVEN and Facebook.  In particular, I shared my thoughts from this post I wrote two years ago, which still hold true for me.

Yesterday, I finally got out to a local beach and spent the afternoon embracing the Ocean and Sun (and then enjoying a chicken poutine, afterwards). It was a very restful and relaxing day, good for the spirit. Today (yes, a long weekend), I've got nothing on the agenda but doing some cooking in the kitchen and perhaps going to Kung Fu, if my shoulder is up to it (I injured it last week and it's still quite sore).

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Check out the adorable story that [personal profile] aldersprig  wrote based on my birthday prompt during her latest Giraffe Call!
 

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The candle I lit against the longest night is still going strongly. Good thing, too! I went out to greet the Sun with song for what should've been sunrise, but it was far too cloudy to see the Sun at all (still is). Regardless, I sang a few songs and shared a bit of libation, so it wasn't for naught. I checked the mailbox on the way back home and, most unexpectedly, there was a parcel for me. Yes, I got a present to open for Solstice Morn this very morning! Hee! (Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] magikgypsy!)

A photo to share with you this beautiful Yule morning:



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Although, I must admit it seems kind of odd celebrating first harvest just prior to a tremendous amount of change in my lifestyle to occur later this month. It's like I'm undergoing a lot of action when I should be reflecting. Ah, well. I'll just have to catch up on the reflection at Mabon.  :)
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I've no patriotic YouTube presentations to post here, sorry! I'm quickly getting in my greetings to all my webfriends whilst packing for a BBQ and camp-out with my Kung Fu brothers.  :)
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I got back from vacation early yesterday afternoon, caught some sleep, and then did my first night of the new night shift. It went by quick, thankfully.

The week at the beach itself was amazing! There was much healing, balancing, and communing with Mother Ocean. I also enjoyed the entertaining company of a number of my relatives (with one party thrown in for good measure). There was even some poetry written!  :D   

I didn't have access to a computer the whole time so, while I was able to keep up with my flist, I'm still in need of transcribing a lot of my thoughts, uploading photos, posting poems, etc. That'll come along in the next few days.  

I hope your summer is going well, too!   :)
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This morning I celebrated by taking a long walk out on the marsh to greet the dawning Sun with libation and the song of my didjeridoo.

A few hours bus trip later, I arrived at the cabin on the beach. After a long walk along the beach, along with a little Kung Fu, I'm already feeling MUCH more relaxed.  :)

More details to follow when I get access to a computer.

Blessed Be!

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

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As many of you are aware, last evening's Lunar Eclipse, in occurring on the day of the Winter Solstice, is quite a rare event. Sadly, I could not participate in it as I would have liked: the weather was just too foul to see anything in the night sky (and, in actuality, I even had some difficulty seeing some of the city's taller landmarks). I did, however, shared a few words with the Goddess and laid out a number of my female aligned altar and ritual items on the windowsill to absorb a bit of the extra Female energy that was about. 

Later on today, of course, I will be having a private Yule ceremony in which I will be honoring the rebirth of the God. For me, it is a time of new beginnings, as the energies of the world shift from building potential to beginning action. As such, I've chosen this evening to consecrate my new sword, which will finally see ritual use, as well as reconsecrate a number of my other implements. 

In her article for The Washington Post, 
Out of darkness, light: Solstice and the lunar eclipse, prominent Pagan author Starhawk wrote:

More of what both Starhawk and I have written about the Solstice... )

May the promise of the returning Light fill your hearts with warmth, joy and peace this holiday season!
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This photo shows the first Jack-O-Lantern that I've carved in YEARS. Perhaps not the most technically complicated one I've carved, but very likely the cutest. :)

Happy Samhain! May it be filled with pleasant reflection of the past year and and joyous expectations for the next!

Blessed Be!
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Proudly displaying some of my favourite moments of Canadianity:

First, the CLASSIC Molson Canadian commercial:



Second, a commercial broadcast during the 2010 Winter Olympics (TEAM  C A N A D A  ROCKS!!!) that really stirred me (and still does):



And, finally, 'O Canada', the Canadian National Anthem, as sung by several thousand hockey fans because no singular musical artist can really compare:



It took living in a foreign land for a number of years
, to be apart from everything Canadian, for me to really understand what 'home' meant to me. In all its diversity and its vast distances, with all that it shares with the rest of the world, there is still something beyond description, but immensely powerful, that unites all of us who live here, that makes us CANADIAN. It is something you will find nowhere else on this planet.

This is the nation of my birth. This is the country of a thousand journeys. This is the land where my dreams take shape and soar. This is where my spirit calls home. This is the best place on earth and its name is
CANADA!
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Yes, I've managed to transplant one of my favourite public pagan events from the West Coast to the East (though it did take a few tries). Last month, we had a blast doing a bunch of collaborative poetry whilst sharing good company and good cheer. This month, the event took on its own flavour, bringing in collaborative story writing, with often hilarious results.

I iz pleased!  :D

Beltaine

May. 3rd, 2010 05:27 am
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A blessed (if belated) Beltaine to all celebrate it! 

My celebration of Beltaine was a simple, but very satisfying affair. The ceremony included purification followed by, as [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch  calls it, 'trance dancing' in and amongst a number of lit candles in the pre-dawn darkness, summoning the fertile energy of Spring to bless myself with creativity and productivity over the coming year. This time around, I challenged myself in a very particular way, dancing 'skyclad'* for the first time ever. The experience was a very powerful and evocative event that left me quite energized for the remainder of the day.


* 'Skyclad' is the Wiccan way of saying 'naked' in the context of ceremonial purposes. (If any of you are trying to picture me dancing around naked in your mind, for the love of the Gods, STOP before you TRAUMATIZE yourself! :p )
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Ah yes, the Spring Equinox is once again upon us, heralding an end to all this wintery blah and a return of all sorts of warm, fuzzy rebirth stuff.  :D

I think today I will celebrate with a small private ceremony and creating some artwork in acknowledgement of the season of fertility.

However you choose to celebrate the Equinox, may you have a warm and wonderful one!

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