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  • edna s. murga-jackson
    A Thanksgiving blessing to all the members of the Lovingpurelove and to my dear brother Shay for his lovely message...icould not have put any better than
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 22, 2012
      A Thanksgiving blessing to all the members of the Lovingpurelove and to my dear brother Shay for his lovely message...icould not have put any better than this...namaste dear ones 
      Brightest blessings to you and yours, today, tomorrow,
      and always e*

      From: Ash <mhc4sure@...>
      To: love <lovingpurelove@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:44 AM
      Subject: << lovingpurelove >> Blessed Thanksgiving!
      While this is a time that we come together to share in the bounty that we have been blessed with and to give thanks for all who have touched our lives both present and have passed on I wanted to take a moment to give my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to each of you; for making a true impact and difference in the lives of everyone who have been blessed to know and connect with each of you for you have made a difference in mine. Yes today is a day that we give thanks but it is not the only day for each day, each night, each moment is a precious gift that is given and we partake in with one another. Life is richer and fuller with each of you apart of it and always will be. So for today and each and every day to come may your lives be enriched, full of peace, joy, passion and love for these are apart of the many gifts deeply and richly received from each of the beloved souls that you are. Love, Shay

      A Pagan Thanksgiving celebration

      AP Photo D. Fondsdick
      As we approach the holiday season, many of my pagan friends feel a bit disconnected from the Thanksgiving celebrations. As an earth based spirituality and religion, Pagans always seem at odds during certain celebrations such as St. Patrick’s, which is an extremely large celebration for the city of Savannah. Well received in the areas of economy, development and growth for our city St. Patrick’s has become a synonym for Savannah tourists.
      The question that we as followers of an earth based religion need to ask is what we can do during this holiday season to make it a time of thanksgiving. If history has taught us anything is that, we can change things for a better future and with that high vibration; we resonate in a higher level of consciousness allowing ourselves to write new stories as well as history. To begin lets talk about the all-Pagan symbolism that we will able to find at most American homes during this holiday.
      Turkey: Symbolic of harvest and shared blessings of Mother Earth.  Native American Indians view the turkey as a both a symbol of abundance and fertility. The turkey was the guest of honor (sacrificial, that is) in various fertility and gratitude ceremonies.  The Creek tribes (like the Yamacraw Indians) that still practice the turkey dance during its annual fire festivals.
      Rabbit: Although not mentioned in accounts of the feast, was one of the foods available to the Pilgrims in 1621. Rabbits and hares are new life, fertility, intuition, balance and rebirth.
      Apple: Avalon is from a Celtic word meaning apple. The apple tree is the Celtic tree of life. Symbolic of love, purity and wisdom.
      Pumpkin: Represents the sun to some Native Americans tribe. Symbolic of power.
      Wheat: Often use in magical workings for prosperity and abundance. Always have some hanging in your kitchen for prosperity.
      Corn: Represents the power of people, fertility and healing. The oldest corns date 7000 years back and were grown in Mexico. Americans taught pilgrims how to grow corn and help them survive the bitter winter of 1620. It is certain that corn were a part of the first thanksgiving dinner. 
      In addition, let us not forget the cornucopia according to the dictionary:
      1. A goat's horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grain, signifying prosperity. Also called horn of plenty.2. Greek Mythology The horn of the goat that suckled Zeus, which broke off and became filled with fruit. In folklore, it became full of whatever its owner desired.3. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle.4. An overflowing store; an abundance
      Savannah, GA’s weather never disappoints we enjoy what some call Indian Summers until late November. It is at this time that you are packing your summer items and those items that perhaps do not fit and that you no longer want. A good old fall cleaning session before the new goodies arrive in December please, do not forget those less fortunate and give the Goodwill a hand.
      To fight hunger in Savannah follow this link.
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      Sources: Animal-Speak, Ted Andrews, (Llewellyn Publications, 2002)
      The Dictionary of Native American Mythology, Sam D. Gill & Irene F. Sullivan, (Oxford University Press, 1992)

      Adriana Iris Boatwright, Savannah Paganism Examiner

      Adriana Iris Boatwright is the mother of two and a Savannah resident for the last 16 years. She is the founder of the Savannah Pagan Pride Day. A writer, researcher, and advisor on the subject of the occult, Adriana is also a paranormal investigator and researcher, as well as a yogi, an ordained...

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