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for the Full Moon tonight 
01:55am 28/04/2010
mood: touched
Full Moon Blessing

Bless the sacred moon I see.
Tis a new era from the earth, sky and sea.
I raise my arms to the possibilities.
Allow every human form to see all realities.
Open hearts and minds for a universal healing.
Awaken those who ignore the feeling.
Bless the sacred moon I see as she is part of me.
I thank the sacred directions that surround me.
I draw your energy to me so I may help others to see.
Let your moonlight shine a path.
Cleanse all life in one universal bath.

Bless this sacred moon I see. So mote it be.


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Earth Day 
11:17pm 22/04/2010
mood: calm
Hope that everyone is having a good Earth Day

I found a nice ritual here on the Llewellyn website to use for today.
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New Moderator? 
01:05pm 19/04/2010
  Hey everyone (if anyone is still reading this, that is). Life has changed a lot for me in the past few years and I haven't been able to keep up with this group but I would hate to delete it if there are people still interested in it. So I'm wondering if there's anyone who may be interested in taking it over, promoting it and turning it into the group it was meant to be. Please let me know if that person is you. Thanks!  
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Ethical vs. Logical 
07:41pm 01/03/2010
mood: curious
I am considering a career change. I was a Paralegal for ten years while living in New York, and my husband got a job offer in Raleigh, NC about two and a half years ago.

We moved to the Raleigh area and my career has come to a hault. I have been temping and taking crummy cashier jobs.

I realize the only way to put my own success back on track is to go back to school. If I want to remain in the field, I would have to take four years of Paralegal and Law classes all over again and get my NC credits and certifications.

If I am to go to school all over again, I want the opportunity to take my life in a different direction and I am seriously considering Culinary School.

I have always had a love for culinary arts, food, cooking and all things tasty. Not to mention that I have been vegan/vegetarian for most of my life (I am 34 now and was pretty much raised veggie, and then made a conscious choice to commit on my own terms when I was about 13 or 14..). Being veggie for most of my life has really forced me to be involved with my food enjoyment from start to finish including nutritional education as well as prepping and cooking and knowing where the food comes from.

Having said that, I know there are some very prestigious and amazing veggie oriented Culinary Academies, however, none of them are in my area or remotely reasonable for me to attend; not to mention they are three times as expensive as regular culinary schools which are pricey to begin with.

Logically, I can attend the schools that incorporate all sorts of cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian and make informed culinary choices with the education I recieve.

But ethically, this is a difficult choice for me because it would be necessary for me to handle and probably taste animal dishes.

This is not like when I took Biology and made my partner disect the fetal pig while I just watched. I have to have the full hands on experience. I feel I could handle this as ethically as possible, but I cannot avoid it.

Any thoughts?
01:49pm 26/01/2010
mood: accomplished
Hello everyone! This is officially my first post to this community, so I thought I would introduce myself. My pen/craft name is Marcus Briarstone, and I am a writer for a pagan informational website known as Craft Haven.

I am male, 26 years of age, and identify myself as an eclectic pagan. I do not follow a specific path as I find courage, strength, and harmony with most forms of earthen spirituality. I write to inform people of pagan history, celebrations, recipes, spells, and ultimately our common ground with many other faiths. It is through such that I find a sense of contentment; I drive myself to constantly update the website and provide accurate information through it, as well as my tweets on Twitter, and my posts here on Livejournal.

The website is a baby for now. There is a ton of work to do. My goal is to have it fully fleshed out with several hundred articles by the end of this summer--accurate and thought provoking articles.

I hope you all have a grand day. Thank you for reading this.
New Here 
02:26pm 01/06/2009
mood: happy

Hi all and Merry Meet!!! My name's Kiva. I recently (about a week ago) went back to veggie. I had done it for a year or so a few years back but then my family dealt with alot of crap due to the economical strain and I had to temporarily give it up. Things in my family are now stabilizing (finally!) and so I've chosen to pick up the vegetarian lifestyle once again. I know it's not a hindrance to my body as I've done it before and been fine. I just simply make sure I get enough of everything.

This decision for me is based on alot of things: a) environmental reasons b) animal welfare and c) my spirituality. I know that "an it harm none" is not the only part of the Wiccan rede (and no I'm not Wiccan but I draw heavily on the teachings) but I do think it something I should try to live by as much as I can. I do what I currently can to leave as little of a carbon footprint as I can on our Earth. I currently live with a Christian that is a non-vegetarian so it makes things a little difficult though she does seem to like my ecosaving ideas because alot of them are money saving as well (such as unplugging chargers and not driving the car so much).

Eventually I'd like to go Vegan however I think that's going to take some adjusting for me. Eggs are something I enjoy as is cheese. However, last time I was veggie, after awhile I started to feel different. It wasn't a bad different it was a great different! i can't really explain it, it's more like I was "lighter" in a karmic sense I guess. I don't mean lighter in weight really just...less baggage or something. I know I'm not explaining that right but I can't find the words to do so. I'm starting to regain a little bit of that feeling since I've been meat free for about a week now and whatever meat I had eaten prior to that is finally getting completely out of my system.

Anyway just thought I'd say hello. Other facts about me? Hmmm...I have 3 cats. Two that I got at a pet shop (this was before I knew about mills and what not) and one that is a rescue from the local humane society. She is my baby, her name's Melodi because she talks alot. I write alot and practice photography on and off again. I'm an avid reader and though I'm not in school I'm reading an Ecology text book. Thanks to it I finally know what I definitely wnat to study when I go back to school. (Graduated high school in 2002 but haven't been to college yet-want to though!).

I tracked back through this community and noticed that[info]aisa0 was raising some of his own chickens and growing his own food. This is what I would eventually like to do. I want to grow my own food as much as I can, get back to the way my ancestors (the Hopi Indians) used to live instead of buying food that was grown and shipped 1,000 miles.

Anyway Blessed Be all!!!

Spell gone weird... 
07:40am 30/01/2009
  I thought some of you might find this interesting. My husband thinks it's funny.

I've been trying to go back to raw vegan for a few years. It was easiest when I was pregnant with my daughter because cooked food made me sick. I stayed raw for a while after she was born. I tried to stay vegan too but for one reason or another I had also started eating meat again.

After several failed attempts to go raw last year, I decided to do a spell to help me along. Just a simple thing to help me stay on track and focus on eating what is healthy for my body, mind, and soul. I wanted to increase my desire to go veggie again.

Well, unfortunatly while doing the spell I flashed back to when I was pregnant and how certain foods made me ill. I didn't think anything of it at the time. This was about September I think.

Shortly after I found that eating meat bothered my stomach. I would get the runs 2 hours after eating it. No problem, I just reduced how much I ate it.

Then the meat began to give me unbearable pain. Worse than anything I had ever felt before. So I stopped eating meat all together. I thought, "No problem, I want to go veggie anyway."

After a while I had trouble eating cooked foods as well. Certain sauces would give me pain. Mostly everything else gave me heartburn or made me feel nauseous. The pain and nausea starts a few minutes after eating and lasts for hours.

I've been to the doctor. A few in fact. They did every test they could think of and found nothing wrong.

I think it was the spell. I wanted something that would help me go raw. I had that flashback of cooked foods making me sick.

Raw veggies and berries are the only things that don't make me sick. I got my wish. I'm a raw vegan again. hehe
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am I detoxing? 
07:51am 29/01/2009
  I just recently switched to vegetarian. I want to be totally vegan, but it's a tough switch, so, I'm still eating  eggs & cheese (and very rarely fish).
It's been 3 weeks and suddenly yesterday I had a headache and I felt so weak; this morning I also found a ...I guess it's a boil in my armpit.
My 1st reaction is that I'm detoxing from my old diet, but I would like to hear from somebody if it happened to them.
The headache possibly could be from not enough water after a head/neck massage I received the day before. And yesterday I also got a tattoo, but I felt these symptoms before that.
I feel the same today, but not as strong.
Please, any insight or encouragement would be appreciated.
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Pass (on) the Turkey? 
07:04am 10/10/2008
mood: groggy
i found and posted this last year for thanksgiving, and although the link i originally got it from doesn't work anymore, it was a good article:

Pass (on) the Turkey?

For generations we have watched our great grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers agonize over preparing the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving?getting up at some ungodly hour to shove the bird into the oven, basting, stuffing, and glazing over and over again, and then, finally using every ounce of energy left to heave it on the table for all to say, "looks great mom, but when can we dig into the mashed potatoes and hit the pumpkin pie?"

Year after year, the turkey gets buried under mounds of succulent, tasty, and often more interesting vegetarian side dishes and deserts. So this year let the turkey (and your mom) thank you by choosing a less laborious, convenient and healthier vegetarian Thanksgiving meal.

Turning your Thanksgiving meal vegetarian is a no-brainer and can appeal to every family member. Remember, losing the turkey does not mean losing those traditional flavors and tastes that we all crave this time of year.
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Samhain is coming 
01:55pm 07/10/2008
  My family celebrates every year with an ancestor feast, prepping and eating veganized versions of favorite foods of our beloved dead. This year I'm making:

Butternut squash, carmelized onion and chipotle tamales
Lasange with tofu ricotta and lots of exciting veggies
Lentil-nut shepherds pie
Coomla (a potato-oat dumpling traditionally boiled with salt pork. I just boil them in heavily salted water)
Oatmeal Raisin cookies
Pumpkin Pasties (My meatless version of a dear friend's family tradition)

I'm also hoping to find a vegan croissant recipe, so I can make Pain au Chocolat.
And we are SO making vegan caramel to dip apples in.

Any Halloween/Samhain traditions that you veg*nize?
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Going veg...again 
03:32pm 16/04/2008
  Hello everyone. For a while now I've been wanting to go raw vegan again. I haven't lived the raw lifestyle for a long while now. Instead I've been eating all sorts of unhealthy foods, including meat.

But eating the way I have been lately has left me feeling not so clean spiritually speaking. For that and other reasons I'm going raw again.

How many of you feel that being veg*n is something spiritual for you?
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Online Survey on Food and Attitudes 
06:07pm 02/04/2008
mood: calm
Hello all you lovely veggie pagans :)

I'm a Master's student studying social psychology at the University of British Columbia. I have a new survey online looking at people's accuracy in personality perception, and asking people about their attitudes related to various issues surrounding food.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete, is completely confidential, and doing so enters you into a drawing for $200 CAD.

The survey can be found here:

Thanks for your time!

Vegan Ostara Recipes Question 
10:08am 01/03/2008
mood: cheerful
Anyone here have vegan Ostara recipes?
"vegan eggs" 
05:35pm 25/07/2007
  [chickens]after 2-3 years as a vegan, i've started eating eggs again. the title of this post is from my partner, yarrowkat, who affectionately calls the eggs i eat my "vegan eggs." this is because i'll only eat eggs from hens we raise ourselves. (you can see them here in our newly constructed chicken yard.)

becoming vegan was for me a response to the horrendous conditions animals are subjected to in industrial animal farming. further, changing your diet is the largest single thing one can do to reduce you impact on the earth. veganism for me is a way to protest the way animals are raised in the US, as well it is a way to combat the waste inherent in factory farming.

as life is a journey, i've also in this time worked to deepen my understanding of my impact on the world, and work to create a culture around me that is more sustainable, more local, and more connected.

part of this journey has been for yarrowkat and i to start keeping our own hens. as i've worked to make my own life more sustainable, i've learned a lot more about gardening, water catchment, composting, etc. i've been learning a lot of self-sufficiency skills.

i ate my first eggs this weekend. this wasn't an easy choice to make. in the outside world, i still eat a vegan diet. but in the 5 days we've had these chickens, they've become a clear and amazing part of our home ecosystem. we feed them kitchen scraps and bits from our garden. they have had a noticeable effect on the insect population around us. the hay we have laid down for them will eventually saturate with manure and go straight into the compost. keeping hens was the next step on our way to becoming more self-sufficient and to reduce our food miles.

i'd really like your thoughts on this. i became vegan for environmental reasons. i feel i'm holding true to that motivation. i know this isn't the only reason people become vegan. care to share yours?

x-posted to queervegans and veggie_pagans.
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05:28pm 21/12/2006
mood: celebratory
This is from a post I made in my own journal, to try to explain the significance of the winter solstice to my non-pagan friends. I just thought I'd share it with you guys.

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Wellness Community 
10:28am 11/11/2006
  I created a place for those with a thirst for wellness and a compassion for all life. It is called the

Life Dynamix Wellness Community

Here you can meet others with similar interests, spread your message of wellness, and have your health questions answered by one of our wellness experts. These services are at no cost to you - this is our way of saying thanks for making Life Dynamix part of your world :)

Click Here
to Join The Circle.

I will be added to your friends network automatically. I hope to see you there :)

To Magic & Possibilities!

Reasons to be happy 
05:59pm 26/10/2006
mood: chipper
There's a 10 day vegetarian festival here in Thailand at the mo, which is awesome.

Thailand isn't usually very veggie friendly, and it's quite tough to find decent cheap food, so I am particularly happy at the moment.
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My body is my temple 
12:04pm 12/07/2006
  And I'm going to treat it that way. One of the ways I'm doing this is by going raw once more. I've done it before but never long term. I always caved in to cooked foods, which the rest of my family eats. However, after some serious meditation some things became quite clear.

1) I need to stop taking meds and find a more natural approach to handling my "mental illness". So after they're out of my system I'm going to start seeing a holistic practitioner.

2) I need to quit smoking (started it again when I started the meds)

3) I need to get off this SAD diet. It's probably part of the reason for my mental health issues as well as some weight issues that have recently been plaguing me (I don't want to be super skinny but I do want to be at a healthy weight again).

4) I need to meditate more. Afterall, the mental and physical health is nothing without spiritual health as well.

Today I'm going to the store and stocking up on all that good and yummy fruits and veggies I've been denying myself (as well as plenty of nuts for protein). I'm going to start taking vitamins again, acidophilus, and cod liver oil.

I LOVED being raw last time. I wish I had never stopped. I wish I had some more support around here. My family supports me and has even tried going raw with me, but they don't like the raw veggies as much as I do. My hope is that my children will follow in my footsteps. My son already likes eating salads but only if he can eat the one I'm eating. And my daughter, well she already doesn't like meat (she's 16 months old).

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for listening/reading. :D
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PaganVeggie emailing list 
10:18pm 19/06/2006
  People here may like this place:

03:52am 03/06/2006
check out my store yo.
i have some pretty cool vegan shirts.
some have a more "hardcore" messgage, but some are fine to wear around your grandmother as well.
i just added some stuff, with quotes on the back and stuff.
please check it out!!




x-posted like woah, sorry if you are getting this twice or three times or more on your friends list!
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