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The need for clear thinking, honest speaking, and courageous action are stronger than ever. If we are to respond according to our values and not the values of Trump and his ilk, we must maintain the sovereignty of our minds.

The need for clear thinking, honest speaking, and courageous action are stronger than ever. If we are to respond according to our values and not the values of Trump and his ilk, we must maintain the sovereignty of our minds.
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All that studying, organizing, and training She’s been telling us to do? This is why – to prepare us for now. I don’t feel ready, but you never feel ready for something this big. If we are wise, clever, and determined – and just a bit lucky – we will win.
All that studying, organizing, and training She’s been telling us to do? This is why – to prepare us for now. I don’t feel ready, but you never feel ready for something this big. If we are wise, clever, and determined – and just a bit lucky – we will win.
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This is how I learned to read the Tarot. If you’re just starting out, or if you’ve tried with less success than you’d like, I encourage you to learn from my experience – both the good and the bad.
This is how I learned to read the Tarot. If you’re just starting out, or if you’ve tried with less success than you’d like, I encourage you to learn from my experience – both the good and the bad.
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We can’t keep “prayer warriors” from impacting us, but we can keep them from stopping us. We can keep being Pagans and practicing Paganism day in and day out. Over time, our skill and confidence will grow and the impact of those working against us will fade.
We can’t keep “prayer warriors” from impacting us, but we can keep them from stopping us. We can keep being Pagans and practicing Paganism day in and day out. Over time, our skill and confidence will grow and the impact of those working against us will fade.
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Adult coloring books are intended to be a means to relax without drugs or alcohol, but they can also be very focusing. This wasn’t just a picture to color – it was a tool for scrying into the coming year.
Adult coloring books are intended to be a means to relax without drugs or alcohol, but they can also be very focusing. This wasn’t just a picture to color – it was a tool for scrying into the coming year.
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While I’ve come to accept that sometimes the Pagan community just doesn’t care about something nearly as much as I do, there are times when I find myself screaming “this is important! Why are you not reading this?!”
While I’ve come to accept that sometimes the Pagan community just doesn’t care about something nearly as much as I do, there are times when I find myself screaming “this is important! Why are you not reading this?!”
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What does it mean to win? What does victory look like for you? If you don’t like the dichotomy of winners and losers, what does success look like for you? More specifically, what does victory or success look like for you over the next four years?
What does it mean to win? What does victory look like for you? If you don’t like the dichotomy of winners and losers, what does success look like for you? More specifically, what does victory or success look like for you over the next four years?
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The unmediated, first-hand experience of a God is an awesome and humbling thing. But your value as a person and your authenticity as a polytheist are not dependent on your ability to have these experiences.
The unmediated, first-hand experience of a God is an awesome and humbling thing. But your value as a person and your authenticity as a polytheist are not dependent on your ability to have these experiences.
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Some of us have prayed “teach us again to be wild and free” and we’re starting to see the results of those prayers. The territory is wild and dangerous, but 2016 showed us we’re going to get hurt anyway. We might as well put that pain toward something we want.
Some of us have prayed “teach us again to be wild and free” and we’re starting to see the results of those prayers. The territory is wild and dangerous, but 2016 showed us we’re going to get hurt anyway. We might as well put that pain toward something we want.
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Adult coloring books are intended to be a means to relax without drugs or alcohol, but they can also be very focusing. This wasn’t just a picture to color – it was a tool for scrying into the coming year.
Adult coloring books are intended to be a means to relax without drugs or alcohol, but they can also be very focusing. This wasn’t just a picture to color – it was a tool for scrying into the coming year.
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The Top 10 blog posts of 2016 on Under the Ancient Oaks. 
Thank you for all your support this year. Here are the top ten post of 2016 on Under the Ancient Oaks.
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I’m more than a little reluctant publish a list of things that need to be done. My work is not your work, even if we’re playing on the same team. But when multiple people ask the same question at the same time, that’s usually a sign I’m supposed to write about it.
I’m more than a little reluctant publish a list of things that need to be done. My work is not your work, even if we’re playing on the same team. But when multiple people ask the same question at the same time, that’s usually a sign I’m supposed to write about it.
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I'm a Pagan, Druid, and Unitarian Universalist trying to deepen my spiritual practice and serve my community.  I earn my keep as an engineer.
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