Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brunswick Springs in the 21st Century

Part of the original road to the Brunswick Hotel. Still used by tent-campers and Zoe the wonder dog.
From author's collection

Today Brunswick springs is a little known piece of the world visited mainly by locals and those who visit locals. The property itself has been deeded to the Koasek Tribe by the last owners (as reported to me by the last owner).

After a short hike over and around fallen trees (easy hike) you come to the road which descends gently down to the lake. Seen here through the trees:

The road continues down the gentle hill and around the lake. The lake, I've been told, is called Crystal Lake, though I have doubts about that as there is already a Crystal Lake in Barton, VT. The area is populated by moose, deer, coyote (seen by myself, a friend, and Zoe the wonder dog), and beaver.

Beaver lodge at Brunswick Springs.

At this point you can either continue walking along the road by the lake or, if the water is too high, take the path up the hill to your left. The path is lesser used though maintained by myself and several friends to be relatively easy to access. About half way along the path there is a staircase going down to the lake, it also goes directly into the lowest point of the road where it commonly floods. For this reason the staircase has been mainly ignored by people. This year we cleaned the stairs and trimmed back the trees. It's now a really beautiful spot with a canopy of green! 

There is a total of 3 sets of stairs that our group maintains, the second of which is at the end of the "high road" path. It brings you to the third and final stairs, those that lead to the springs. Down the stairs and onto a concrete pad that's seen better days but not bad for a 90 + year old slab! I, personally, do not feel comfortable taking pictures of the springs, the pools that survive only due to the white man's invasion of concrete. 

There are still 3 defined pools to the right side (Iron, Arsenic, and Sulfur), the three to the left (Calcium, Cobalt, and Bromide) have become one pool with 3 separate springs running into them. All six springs run together so all the elements are combined though they tend to be in higher concentration near their sources. 

Zoe the wonder dog only avoids 1 pool, the smallest, arsenic. When she first first arrives at the springs she jumps into each starting at the furthest left and making sure to lay and drink from each of the 5 other springs.

It is traditional and expected that if you take something from the spring you must leave something. Offerings of tobacco are common, leaving tobacco products (filterless please), having a smoke, or, in my case since I'm a non-smoker, smudging with pipe tobacco. Others are more creative with their offerings, here are a couple: 

These are two exceptional objects, others have left things much more simple: rings, charms, flowers, coins, etc. 

Beyond the springs platform (to the left) along the river is the remaining foundation to the old hotel. I tend to avoid this area as the energy is not that great. Due in part to the hotel itself as well as the 1997 killing of Carl Drega who killed 4 people in one afternoon before being killed at the springs where he fled. 

To the right, following the lake you will eventually come to the camping and swimming spot. You should swim with caution as the lake was used as a dump for several decades. While most of the trash has been removed (car, washers, dryers, refrigerator, etc) there is still glass and other unpleasant things on the bottom.

Please note that there is  not trash collections here. You take out what you take in. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Brunswick Springs: The Legend

I have many things to be grateful for: my health, my family, a roof over my head, food to eat, a good job...the list could go on forever. As for my studies in magick, I am blessed with living 5 miles away from a powerful spot.

The Brunswick Springs, located in Brunswick, VT. To pull into the parking lot you would think there was nothing to see. An old logging road covered with downed trees (from a wind storm several years ago). Like any location of power it has its own legend but legends have root in truth...

The start of the hiking trail. (and Zoe the wonder dog)
From author's collection

The Legend of Brunswick Springs

Long before the white man made his way up the Connecticut River valley to set his feet upon the deep forests and abundant waters, the Abenaki traveled the valley from its mouth at the Atlantic to its headwaters in Pittsburg, NH and beyond, into Canada. The Abenaki are part of the Iroquois tribe and bands wandered from Lake Champlain to Maine. (From my Native American class at JSC) Many places still bear the Abenaki names Lake Memphremagog in northeaster Vermont and the Pemigewasset River in central New Hampshire, to name two.

Over time the bands that used these waterways discovered many interesting things about them. One of those things is the Brunswick Springs. Six springs flow out of a semi-circle high up on a river bank. These springs were so powerful that rules were set in place by the elders who frequented the area.

"The tribe would camp here above the lake. Only those needing the springs healing waters would continue the journey down to the springs themselves. Those who were too weak could bring helpers with them." (As told to me by an Abenaki elder 1997)

Where the walking trail and road meet. At one time was a clearing where tribe would camp.
From author's collection

So the sick were made well. As with most native philosophy, you could not own the springs nor sell the water. As the white man made his way into the north country many chose to live in peace with the native peoples. Homes and inns sprung up along the river and near the springs but the water was never sold.

Until one day, some business men came to the springs with big ideas. They were going to build an inn and charge for the use of the springs. Two young braves, brothers, stood up to the men and said no, that this spring was given by the Great Spirit for all to use. The businessmen became forceful and the young braves died.

The braves' mother was the local shaman. A powerful woman she cast a curse over the land: Any who seek to profit from the springs will only find misery.

So time rolled on. Other whites settled the area and boarding houses were built but none dared to build near the springs nor to sell the waters.

In the 1920's a businessman named John C. Hutchins from across the river in North Stratford, NH decided to build a grand hotel on the spot. The building (seen below) was slated to open on June 1, 1930. In the evening of May 15, 1930 a guard was walking through the nearly complete hotel when he saw smoke coming from a room that was being used to store paint cans. Before he could call for help the phone lines snapped and he was unable to get help. The building burned to the ground.

Sketch of the Brunswick Hotel on fire and the springs below. (Not to scale)
Scanned copy from "Summer 1984"

Not one to be held down, Hutchins decided to build again. With his contractor well versed in constructing this hotel and only a few minor changes, the Brunswick Hotel (II) went up faster than the first and an opening date of June 1931 was set. On April 23rd the Brunswick Hotel (II) burned to the ground a second time. 

By this point John C. Hutchins was broke and his plans for the Brunswick Hotel were brought to a screeching halt. To add insult to injury, the J.C. Hutchins block in North Stratford, NH, the last remaining part of Hutchins' legacy, was destroyed in a train accident in the summer of 1995. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Solstice

The wheel turns.... The growing season is upon us.

Artist Unknown (I'd love to give you credit though.)

Also known as Alban Hefin, Litha, and Midsummer, the Summer Solstice marks the highest point the sun will travel in the northern hemisphere making it the longest day of the year. For our brothers and sisters on the other side of the equator, Blessed Midwinter! It falls somewhere between the 19th and 23rd of June. In 2014 it will fall on the 21st (a Saturday). Here on the east coast of the US it will happen at 6:51am...but I'm hoping to be asleep still.

William Shakespeare wrote about the holiday in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The mischievous Puck runs around doing his Lord's bidding causing havoc for a group of young lovers as well as for his Lady. Shakespeare had done his homework, that is, he studied the was of the Celts. He learned about their celebration of the holiday and made sure to incorporate some of their beliefs into it.
We are also entering the time of the "traditional" wedding. Why is this the time when everyone gets married? In ancient times, pagan couples who had paired up during Beltane, had spent their year and a day together, and decided on a more formal handfasting would have the ceremony between Midsummer and Lughnasadh. Other pagan symbols still seen at modern weddings: wedding bands a symbol of the Magick Circle, throwing the bouquet or garter, and jumping the broom.

Back to magick...

Image from: A Solar Summer Solstice Project, Annie B. Bond

Midsummer is the high point of growth. Our gardens are going crazy. We're mowing our lawns regularly, like twice a week. There are baby animals EVERYWHERE! It is an excellent time to stop and look at our own growth. 

Was there something that you had wanted to grow or expand on? Now is a great time to put that into effect. I'm not talking about physically growing something necessarily, it's a great time to boost your plants a bit, I'm talking more abstract like growing knowledge, love, or wealth. 


There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance Buddha

We gain knowledge through learning whether it's from people or books. This is a great time to join a new club, start a new book, or learn a new skill. 
Learning is ruled by the element of Air (East). Call upon the element to aid in your study, just be careful and don't call up a wind storm.

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection – Buddha

The most true fact about love is this: no one can or will love you as you should be loved until you love yourself. Each of us has parts of ourselves we dislike and maybe downright hate. We need to learn to love ourselves from the inside out. 

First, let's stop with the "if...then" promises we make ourselves. "If I lose 10 pounds then I'll buy that ---- I really like." NO. STOP!! Buy the item because you love you because you're perfect being you. (Hey, you ARE perfect being you! You are the only you there is!!!) Stop letting the outside dictate how the inside should feel/think/act.

Spell for Growing Self-Love:
What you need:
A mirror - the larger the better

You can do this ritually in a circle if you wish but I do it daily during my daily self-purification (shower, lotion, quick smudge/anointment).

Start by writing a list of everything you like/love about yourself. It can be surface things like your eyes or hair, or they can be things like different parts of your personality. You must come up with 12, more is great but no less.

Now, stand naked in front of your mirror, look yourself in the eye and tell yourself WHY you're special. WHY you love yourself. And FEEL  the love. If you need to lie to yourself for a little while that's fine but still try to feel the love for yourself. Every week add a new part of yourself that you may not have liked/loved so much before and add it to your daily list.

Remember the Saturday Night Live skit: (Ok, I'm dating myself but I love me anyway!) 

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and, gosh darn it, people like me.

 Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wealth is not the abundance of money, oh no, it is so much more. The wealthiest people I know don't drive fancy new cars or live in huge homes; they live simply surrounded by family and friends. They work hard but enjoy the work they do. They find joy in the simple things, not the expensive ones. 
So use this time to grow stronger bonds with those you love and with your connection to the things that matter to you. I plan on making a trip to our local Native American healing springs where I will release what has been holding me back, leave some nasty energy that attempted to invade my home this winter, and hopefully leave grounded, centered, and at peace. 
Ok. Ok. I know, we still need to pay the bills. So, my here's my:

Never Run Out of Money Spell (a modification of a Scott Cunningham spell)
What you need: 
Bowl - earth colored (brown or green) 
Pocket change - the larger the better

-as long as there is money in the bowl there will be money in your bank account
-as the money in the bowl grows so does your bank account (<-- I don't recommend since at some point you have to empty the bowl)
-as long as there is money in the bowl you will always have enough (<-- what my  bowl is charged for) 

Charge the bowl. Now, you can do this any number of ways but here are some suggestions: 
Now place some pocket change in the bowl, the larger denomination the better. My bowl ALWAYS has a $2 bill, a $1 piece, and a $0.50 piece. I place my  pocket change in the bowl at the end of the day, as I collect it cleaning the house, etc. (That is, if I can get it before the 8-year-old does.) 

When the bowl gets full I roll up the change and take it to the bank. Sometimes I deposit it, sometimes I take my little guy out for ice cream. I always leave my seed money to start the next round. 

Traditional Herbs: chamomile, cinquefoil, elder, fennel, hemp, larkspur, lavender, male fern, mugwort, pine, rose, Saint John's wort, wild thyme, wisteria, verbena

Traditional Incense: frankincense, lemon, myrrh, pine, rose, wisteria

Traditional Gemstones: all green gemstones (emerald, jade, etc.)

Traditional Foods: fresh veggies, Summer fruits, pumpernickel bread, ale, mead

Traditional Colors: blue, green, yellow

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Life and Lyme

Over the last two years I have found my health steadily deteriorating. I believed strongly that I had Lyme disease and asked my doctors repeatedly for the blood test. I was denied repeatedly and told that it was just depression, my thyroid issues (I haven't had one for 15 years), or that I was just over reacting. 

1. I managed cancer and divorce without ever being on depression medication, why then, in the past 2 years should I need it?

2. I have been without a thyroid for 15 years, I've figured out my issues with it and learned to manage them, this is something completely different. 

3. I'm over reacting? I'm a 30-something year old woman who feels like she's arthritic in every joint and moves like an 80-something? I've gone from hiking, snowshoeing, and being generally active to taking 5 minutes to walk the 50 feet from my bedroom to the bathroom every morning. Sure, I'm just over reacting. 

A recent documentary produced by the French (France) public television states that in Germany where Lyme disease is actively being tested for, over 80% of the population is positive for the disease. In countries like France and the US it is 30% or less. Does that mean there's less cases of Lyme in these countries? Doubtful. 

In the US, people are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, neurological disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and early onset dementia before they are ever tested for Lyme disease. The kicker is, not everyone who has Lyme tests positive and not everyone who tests positive is symptomatic. 

I've been telling people it's better to be safe than sorry! By following some simple steps you can keep yourself pretty safe: 

1. ALWAY wear closed shoes (sneakers, hiking boots, etc), socks, and pants when in the woods or in areas of long grass. (Long grass: any grass that is taller than your ankle.)

2. Tuck your pants into your socks. Ticks, unlike fleas, do not jump but they can crawl! Tucking your pants into your socks makes it that much harder.

3. Spray your legs & feet with a tick repelling bug spray. Not all bug sprays repel ticks so check carefully. Spray your clothing and shoes at regular intervals during your day.

4. Do a check at the end of the day! Most ticks will remain attached for 2-7 days. Look for small red dots with black centers. They can be taken out with tweezers or tick key (available at most drug stores). Don't forget to check your furry family members too!

5. Let your doctor know you've been bitten by a tick. She/he may wish to take preventative measures.

For now, I live one day at a time. I try to stay as active as possible. I've done a run of antibiotics but I don't feel they've really helped. I'm now working with a natural remedy, a Lyme Defense Tea created by an herbalist in southern New Hampshire (mistymeadows.org). I'm drinking 34 ounces daily, well, trying to anyway. 

This is also why I haven't been blogging much. My main symptoms are fatigue, joint pain, and mood swings. (JOY!) I often don't feel like doing much of anything except sleeping. 

Oh, and that video LYME DISEASE A SILENT EPIDEMIC (password: LD)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

30 traits of an Empath

Copied from a Facebook Post
I'm posting this because I AM an empath. Not just the standard emotional empath but a physical one on top of it. Meaning not only can I feel your emotions, I can feel your physical discomforts. FYI: I worked in an ER for several years, nothing like sharing nausea, vomiting, heart attacks, and motor vehicle accidents!
1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.
A "good" empath won't let on though. The most they're going to do is ask if everything is ok. There's nothing more awkward than having someone tell you what you're feeling. As I said, a "good" empath won't do much more than ask if you're ok but a "bad" empath may try to push the issue. 
2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.
Empath's are often labeled as "introverts" but this isn't always the case. I find that they are usually moderately extroverted and know when they've had enough. I have been accused of being "too" extroverted and needing large groups of people to keep my energy up. I find just the opposite to be true, with the exception of the large group being close friends and/or family.  
3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.

An unfortunate truth. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between YOUR feelings and those of the people around you. Uncontrolled mood swings can, and often do, happen.
4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

I have not had mainstream TV in my home since before 2001. I listen to public radio for my international news, online newspapers and TV stations for information that pertains or interests me, and my local newspapers to keep me up to date with local information (which is more a gossip column than hard news). I enjoy movies but tend to stay away from horror and psychological thrillers and lean more toward comedies, the occasional feel good action flick, and LOTS of animated movies!
5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

This is most uncomfortable with friends and family but quite helpful in my work. Having worked with me in the afore mentioned ER, my current boss is well aware of my empathic abilities and will often ask me if someone is lying, bending the truth, or being honest. 
6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they're closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

Or, as in my case, you may pick up symptoms of complete strangers. 
7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.

To elaborate more, there is a personality type called "the victim". "The victim" subconsciously seeks out situations that put them in this position. "Victim" personalities tend to seek out empaths to be their anchor. They require great amounts of energy and will "feed" off their empath if able.  
9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they're not careful can end up as their own.

As one of my friends once said, "Sue, you just attract the crazies." For some people all it takes is a smile and they're telling me their life story. People will often tell me things that they don't mean to. An acquaintance at work once told me that I was so easy to talk to and that she had shared things with me that she hadn't shared with anyone else. 
10. Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME.

ME = Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. (I do so love authors who expect you to understand medical terminology. I work with it daily and still had to look this one up.) Again, I cannot stress the importance of grounding enough. Regular visits to a trusted fellow empath or energy healer will also help you to clear out the build up of residual energy sludge. 
11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.

Not all addictions are so...mainstream... I know many empaths (because contrary to the scientific principle, like attracts like) who are addicted to fantasy: books, comics, LARP (live action role playing), video games. It is a small world in which they can control OR one in which there are strict rules which make it safe. 
12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they've studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.

The best healers are empaths, this is well known in healing circles. What is less well known is that the best healers die young often from terrible wasting diseases like cancer. Yet again, grounding before, during, and after these encounters are important. 
13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

No need to elaborate. 
14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.

Animals are natural empaths and healers. They lend energy, help to ground, and will often counteract or sever energy draining links. 
15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

I love gatherings, especially with friends and family. However, after two days straight of parties this Memorial Day weekend, all I and my son wanted was to stay home, snuggle with the dog and cat, and lay low. 
16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

Recently my mother told me that if I had applied myself in school I would have had better grades than my sister (who was third in her class, I was around 12th). School was, for the most part, boring. I either caught on to concepts quickly or had no interest in the subject. My junior year in high school I had a teacher that my brother (8 years) and my uncle (5 years) had before. And like the two older members of my family, I napped during his lectures. One day, frustrated with me, he spent several minutes putting a large equation on the board. He barked out my last name and asked me to complete it, which I did in about half the time it took for him to do it then returned to my seat and nap. Apparently, he spent several more minutes attempting to find my error (there wasn't any) and another couple glaring at me. 
17. Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labelled as being lazy.

The strongest empaths in my aquaintance, myself included, have a difficult time with relationships I believe due to both this and #16. 
18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

This drives my 8 year old nuts! He cannot lie to me even though most everyone else believes him.
19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

Like my searching for what ME meant in #10.
20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.

At the same time, they need to know where their roots are. No matter how free they often wander back home on regular occasions. 
21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

Um....partially true...for me anyway. My WORK space must be uncluttered but the rest of my house is fair game. When it gets too cluttered I spend a day cleaning. 
22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

....hmmm....what? I'm sorry, I wasn't paying attention.
23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath even poisoning.

My son has some autistic tendancies, one is the need for a schedule. *shudder* I often hear, "But you said we'd do X after Y!" 
24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

Yes! So very true. 
25. Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

Also true, though I would personally amend that to a location they trust. If I feel protected I tend to share more about myself. I'm more likely to talk about myself in my office than in a store.
26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.

One I feel strongly about. I have NO patience for people like this. When someone calls my office demanding to see the doctor NOW I often remind them that so do others and they will have to wait their turn, if they don't like it there are other health care facilities they can go to.
27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

Last Wednesday was a Monday. I don't care what the calendar says, it was energetically a Monday. 
28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

I COMPLETELY disagree with this one. I HATE new houses! They're...empty. No matter how much stuff you put in it, it's just a big empty building. If a house was filled with love that love remains as long as the house stands, and sometimes long after it falls. The same goes for negativity. I often buy used. I've never owned a new car. My house is about 150 years old. None of my furniture is new. Many of my magickal tools are used. Why? because their energy was good. Because when I touched it my hand warmed, happy images filled my head, and love filled my heart. We are sensitive to these energies and will stay away from places that are full of negativity but be drawn to those that are positive. 
29. Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

I do know some empaths like this. I have a more practical outlook. Having been raised on a farm I understood the circle of life at a very young age. In my philosophy eating meat is what we do, we are omnivores. Our bodies were designed to ingest meat in order to live.  I know, not very New Age-y is it? I got into a HUGE fight during one of my undergrad Alternative Med courses because some of the students told me that I was unhealthy because I ate meat. I let them have it! Eating meat was less healthy than binge drinking 3-4 days a week and smoking a pack of cigarettes a day (an abbreviated version of what I said). By the time I was done they were all looking shame faced and the teacher was applauding. 
30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.

Funny, my boss and I JUST had this discussion in the past month. 
If you can say yes to most or all of the above then you are most definitely an empath
Empaths are having a particularly difficult time at the present time, picking up on all the negative emotions that are being emanated into the world from the populace.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring!

Now that I've managed to move into a more long-term home, survived the holidays with my Catholic family, finished my Master's degree, and dig myself out of more snow storms than I can count. I am (hopefully) going to be able to get back  into the swing of blogging regularly.

Today is the Spring Equinox. It's usually about the time I start my seedlings for the garden. I'm probably going to head to the hardware store next door during my lunch break and see what they've got. I'm desperately needing to dig in the soil and ground myself. There truly is nothing more grounding than working with the earth.

It looks like it will be quite some time before we'll be seeing any ground here in the frozen north. Our highest temp for the last several months has only been in the 40's. We've also had weeks of -20 and the occasional -30. We've had several snowstorms since the start of 2014 that have given us several inches though, until recently, the bulk of the snow has been falling well to the south of us.

Last week we received 2 feet of snow and today, the first day of spring, Mother Nature has decided to bless us with more snow. When I arrived at work just before 9 am we had 4 inches. It has continued to snow and I'm sure we've gotten another inch or two...joy!