- Name: Julie A. Carda
- Location: United States
Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Once in a Blue Moon
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
May the heavens above continue to live
May the rains continue to dampen the land
May the wet forests continue to grow
Then the flowers shall bloom
And we people shall live again.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
may be clothed in ground corn four times over; that frost flowers cover her over entirely;
that the mountain pines far away over there
may stand close to each other in the cold;
that the weight of snow crack some branches!
In order that the country may be this way
I have made my prayer sticks into something alive.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Yule Wishes 2009
May the time be close at hand
when all may live in harmony,
a peaceful world of kindred hearts,
united as a family.
In your heart...peace.
In your home...happiness.
In the world...love.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Ye Ole Christmas Cactus
The History of this Christmas cactus
In February of 1924, my grandmother married my grandfather. As a wedding present my grandmother received a Christmas cactus. When my grandmother was alive, she’d clip back plant starts every March from the main Cactus and nurture them all year to give as gifts for various occasions.
Grandmother passed away in 1988 and my mother inherited the original plant. Every March since my grandmother’s death, my mother has cut back starts from the original and prepared them for gifts for Christmas. The one in this picture is two years old.
As a recipient of one of these starts, I’ll continue the tradition. I view this cactus as symbol of the interconnected web of life. May your life be blessed with fertile inspiration, productive growth, and radiant abundance.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Life of a Tree
Aside from the axe, what trees acquire from man is inconsiderable.
What man may acquire from trees is immeasurable.
From their mute forms there flows a poise, in silence,
a lovely sound and motion in response to wind.
What peace comes to those aware of the voice and bearing of trees!
Trees do not scream for attention.
A tree, a rock, has no pretense, only a real growth out of itself,
in close communion with the universal spirit.
A tree retains a deep serenity.
It establishes in the earth not only its root system but also
those roots of its beauty and its unknown consciousness.
Sometimes one may sense a glisten of that consciousness and with
such perspective, feel that man is not necessarily the highest form of life.
~CEDRIC WRIGHT, 1899-1959
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Appreciation for the Winter Moisture
Monday, December 21, 2009
Celebrate Winter Solstice with Three Wish Boxes
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Part Six: Winter Solstice Prayer Meditation
The Winter Solstice promises new dreams, new hopes and new light...Be not afraid!
Will you help the light to be reborn? Do you, the people, hold the light in your hearts?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Part Five: Winter Solstice Prayer Meditation
The Crone-the Sun God Guardian:
My children, there are many kinds of darkness - the darkness of death and suffering, of hatred and war, of bloodshed. The darkness of fear and despair, the darkness of cruelty and injustice. The darkness of sorrow and loss.
Yet, all these, as great and terrible as they are, are held within another and far greater darkness. The darkness which preceded all. The darkness from which all creation surges forth. This is the pregnant darkness - the womb darkness - the darkness of the Great Mother, She who is the Source of Creation.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Part Four: Winter Solstice Prayer Meditation
I am the North, the place of midnight, ruled by the Element of Earth. I am the place of the ancestors and ancient wisdom, of all that has walked the Wheel through millennia and knows the way. I rule the time of Winter.
The time of Darkness is now upon us. A time of cold and scarcity when the northern-most Earth leans farthest from the Sun. The Sun gives brief light and little warmth. The life that was lies shattered and still - retreated like refugees in the migration of herds, the flight of the flocks. The trees stand stripped and naked in their poverty, imprisoned in ice, bowed and broken by storms. In suffering and hardship you learn what is essential. Your wealth is taken, your weakness exposed, your dreams perish. Even the God, too, dies!(Mary Marsh, 1994, link contains solstice ritual.)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Part Three: Winter Solstice Prayer Meditation
I am the West, place of dusk, ruled by the Element of Water. I am the guardian of life's water - from the oceans' depths to the waters of the womb that rocked you before your birth. I am the sweet rain satisfying the thirsty Earth, and keeper of all that swims and lives in water. I am the place of all that lies below the surface, of intuition and dreams. I am the season of Fall and I rule the time of Harvest.
Can you remember the time of Fall? Do you remember the backbreaking labor of harvesting the grains and fruits and vegetables? The vines and trees heavy with their bounty? Now the young animals take their places beside the elders and begin the great migrations to the realms of the South and the pastures of the lowlands.
The trees transform from deep green into glorious gold, orange, and red, - their true colors shine forth before they drop their finery, leaf by leaf, to the ground. Your own children must be dressed against the evening chill and you labor to make ready for the coming darkness. The Earth stands apart from the Sun who grows cooler, and the light begins to die. Did you think it would last forever? The Wheel turns!
(Mary Marsh, 1994 Link contains solstice ritual.)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Part Two: Winter Solstice Prayer Meditation
I am the South, the place of mid-day, ruled by the element of Fire. I am the passion and laughter of life. Keeper of Earth's fertility. Guardian of all that walks and crawls on the Earth. I hold the gift of fertile Earth from whence your crops come forth. I am the blessing of children, the keeper of truth and innocence. I am the season of Summer.
Can you remember the Summer? The fruit sets upon the vines and the branches of the trees. The herds fatten on the thick grass of the upper pastures. Young animals scamper and play under the watchful eyes of the older animals. The young birds learn to fly. Your own children take shade under the glorious leaf canopy of the trees. The Earth leans nearest the Sun, radiant in her beauty. The Sun, strong and hot, is at the peak of His power. And the light exceeds the darkness. Did you think it would last forever? The Wheel turns!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Part One: Winter Solstice Ritual Meditation
"I am the east the place of the dawn, ruled by the element of air.
I am the breath of life, of speech and song.
I watched over all the winged ones.
I am the season of Spring, the season of birth and new creation surging forth.
Can you remember the Spring? Life surges forth in buds and sprouts. The trees dress their branches in new leaves as the sap rises to rouse them from sleep. The birds return from the realms of the South to raise their children. New life comes forth and multiplies. The Earth warms and leans towards the Sun as she greens and blossoms. Each day the young Sun rises in the East and each day grows stronger. Each day the time of light lasts longer. Did you think it would last forever? The Wheel turns!"
(From Mary Marsh 1994. This link contains her entire ritual)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Take time to reflect on your life. Think of those people who have guided you and inspired you. Reflect on the times in your life which were difficult and remember the lessons learned. Remember those turning points in your life that have been determinative in shaping your journey. This could be a solitary reflection or you could invite others to do the same and come together to share.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Winter in the Kin Domain Garden
The chickens are snug and warm. The light 60 watt bulb supplies PLENTY of heat. Even in the near zero temps, I must crack the open the Plexiglas door to let in cool, fresh air.
By the way, chickens do not like snow. I had to sprinkle some straw on top of the snow in their coop to coax them out into the sunshine. They didn't stay out long but it gave me enough time to change the bedding, food, water, and pick the eggs from the nests. So long enough.
The converted dog house has been a blessing!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Eco Christmas Tree
I string a set of LED lights between the white bows, tiny pine cones and small bird's nest I rescued from the ground this past summer. I have a few ornaments that people have given me over the years.
Occasionally, I will add these but some years I just want simple. For me, simple is when I allow my gaze to extend outward into nature and take pleasure from her unique decor.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Plant Fears, Plant Loves
I can't begin to tell readers how many plants I've nurtured to death! All I can say is that plant care is a process, relationship, and journey. Interacting with plants allows me to understand opportunity comes around again, and again, and again. Each time more knowledge and wisdom combine to create new outcomes. If you are someone who has had the above experience decide to simply cancel those plant fears. Plant love and you'll never fail.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Kin Domain Concept with Wendell Berry
no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home."
If you are interested in sustainable living, Kin Domains, Space of Love, Transition towns then you can't go far without connecting with the inspired Wendell Berry. Visit his site for an opportunity to read and listen to a wisdom keeper.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Winter Solstice
Stillness and thought of death come more readily to us in winter and remind us that each season is part of an ongoing cycle of birth, growth, fruition, and death.
The annuals that die in winter provide the mulch and compost for the spring seedlings. The cold of winter provides the dormancy for seeds and bulbs so that they may burst forth in spring. It is gestation time for the lambs, calves, and other creatures that will be born in spring. The harshness of winter prepares us for the burst of creativity, freedom, and light of spring and summer. The crisp, clear, cold, nights reveal a sky filled with the stars of the galaxies that connect us with our origins and the origins of all that is.
The bare branches of trees, stripped to the essentials, remind us to reflect on what is essential in our lives. Winter brings the still time for us to consider what is meaningful and what is not. To ask: What choices have I made-what decisions do I need to make now? What inheritance have I received from life-what legacy will I leave?
To take the time in winter's quiet to ponder these deeper, inner questions pays honor to this season and to the eternal rhythms of the Earth."
Monday, December 7, 2009
Winter A Symbol of Old Age
Knowing that everything we do,
no matter how simple,
has a halo of imagination around it that serves the soul,
and makes things around us more precious
and more worthy of our protection and care."
Thoughts about old age and death are common during the winter months where solitude gives us time to reflect on the human journey. All life experiences the cycles from birth to death. Winter is the symbol for old age in the cycle of seasons. Unfortunately, in the western culture, old age is denied and death ignored. If you haven't ever done so, ponder for yourself the meaning of growing old and the naturalness of death.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Earth Celebration for Winter
December is a wonderful month of celebration. A contrast of black and white and all colors between. Each day reveals the sacred in life. The month lends itself to attuning the seed of dreams that will sprout in the warmth of spring. The journey through December is a time to appreciate the gift of living the dreams and loving life, and then marking the appreciation with celebration.
For the next few weeks, as we enjoy the many multicultural celebrations of the season, I'll mention a bit here and there about the earth celebration of Winter Solstice, December 21, 2009.
Fact: Stonehenge is a perfect marker of both solstices.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
As I was contemplating the difference between appreciation and gratitude, I came to this wonderful Abraham-Hicks explanation on YouTube. Below is a bit of the translation, but please follow the link as the insight is delivered with such beauty and elegance you won't want to miss the experience in the vibration.
"Gratitude is looking at a struggle that you've overcome and feeling grateful, feeling happy that you're still not in the struggle. But you are still messing with that vibration just a little bit...the difference between inspiration which is being called to who you are and motivation which is trying to make yourself go somewhere that's a similar difference. Appreciation is that tuned in, taped in, turned on...Appreciation is vibrational alignment with who I have become. The state of Appreciation is me being in sync with the whole of that which I am. Being in a state of appreciation is seeing whatever I'm looking at through the eyes of Source. And when you are in that state of appreciation you could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of other people find reason to criticize or even worry about and you would not have access to them because your vibration in appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature. A state of appreciation is a sate of Godliness. A state of appreciation is being who you really are. A state of appreciation is who you were the day you were born and who you will be the moment you die. And it would be if we were standing in your physical shoes your quest in every moment...."
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Birth Night Poem
soft shadows dance in delight.
Big white glow influences below
undulating waves both high and low.
The fullness reminiscent of the lady's ripe womb
the silence embracing the stillness of whom?
The energetic pulsing shudders through the loom
shoved aside to prepare the baby's room.
December the third beckons near and dear
as the luminescent ball travels the sky without fear.
Count steady the hours passing slowly by
until red blinks its enormous eye.
But under the gaze of the yellow sun
the birthing waned only just begun.
The child, it seemed wanted his birth
illuminated in moonlight upon this sweet earth.
~Dedicated to my eldest son born December 3, 1990
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Prayers from the U.N.
give us hearts to understand,
never to take
from creation's beauty more than we give,
never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed,
never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty,
never to take from her what we cannot use.
Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth's
music is to create confusion,
that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty,
that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
that as we care for her she will care for us. Amen.
~U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program