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Operation Circle Care – Yuletide gifts for Pagan Troops

Know of any Pagans serving in the US Military in Afghanistan & elsewhere overseas? Please send their full name, rank, branch of military service, country and war where serving, postal address, and email address for the Pagan Soldier, and also include your own name and contact info, plus your relationship with the Soldier before before November 20th. Circle Sanctuary keeps contact information confidential. Contributions of items and funds are also welcomed for this program.

You can help this effort by sending them donations of new and gently used items as well as funds to cover air mail postage.

DONATE ITEMS: contact the Operation Circle Care project coordinator: occ@circlesanctuary.org.

 

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

Pagan Spiritual Medallions –

  • Pentacles
  • Ankhs
  • Awen symbols
  • Thor’s Hammers
  • Sun symbols
  • Moon symbols
  • Goddess and/or God symbols
  • Green Man/Woman symbols
  • Wheel of the Year symbols

Other items –

  • Pagan Music, Meditation: CDs & DVDs
  • Gift cards from store that ship overseas, for example Barnes and Noble, Amazon
  • Gift cards can be used for online holiday shopping (So deployed soldiers can send gifts home to their children from overseas)
  • ATT phone cards
  • Crystals
  • Small God and Goddess statues
  • Pagan Books (No nudity)
  • Incense
  • Oils
  • Herbs
  • Small Wands
  • Small travel chalices
  • Altar cloths

DONATE FUNDS: Donate to this project on-line by credit card by clicking here or you can send check or money order payable to Circle – Operation Circle Care, Circle, PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA.

Wiccan/Pagan Soldiers may make their own requests for inclusion in our gifting program. Email: circle@circlesanctuary.org with cc to: occ@circlesanctuary.org

NETWORK: Please help get the word out to others about this project.

THANKS to everyone involved in this project!

Current Supporters for the 2012 Yule Package Drive

Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Dogwood Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess (Georgia)
  • Everglade Moon Local Council of Covenant of the Godess (Florida)
  • Garden State Pagan Alliance (New Jersey)
  • The Crystal Fox (Maryland)
  • Wizard’s Emporium (Indiana)
  • Pagan Educational Network (Indiana)
  • Louisville, KY CUUPS
  • Joliet, IL CUUPS
  • Witches Hat Society of Northwest Indiana

Past Operation Circle Care Supporters
Organizations, festivals, & businesses making contributions of items and/or funds

  • Church of the Eternal Circle (New York)
  • That Witchy Place (http://www.thatwitchyplace.com/)
  • Llewellyn Publications (Minnesota, worldwide)
  • Order of the Pentacle (worldwide)
  • Greater Augusta Pagan Community (Georgia)
  • Pagan Peddler (Virginia)
  • Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival (Pennsylvania)
  • Sassafras Grove ADF, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Luna Rising, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Charter Oak Grove, Ware, MA

Operation Circle Care Staff

Coordinators: David & Jeanet Ewing
Advisor: Selena Fox

Operation Circle Care is a charity sponsored by Circle Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization.

Contact: occ@circlesanctuary.org.

More details: https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/military-ministries/operation-circle-care.html

I’ve been blessed with a few experiences these past few weeks that have been a bit of a wake up call for me.  My daughter, who will be 4 in November, has been very observant of books I have laying out that I use as references to my daily Goddess blog and statuary I have around the house on my altars.  She asks questions, as to who They are and I explain that they’re Goddesses.  She likes to look at the images and say, “Oohh, nice Goddess!”

She’s also been very observant of my acts of devotion and thanks to the gods.  Whenever we bake together (my daughter, 2 & 1/2 year old son and myself), we always make wishes and stir love into whatever we’re baking.  Then, whatever it is, when it comes out of the oven, I set a cookie, a muffin, the first heal of bread aside – as an offering to bring out to my outside Sacred Space,  showing my love and thanks for the blessings the gods have bestowed upon me.  Offerings of beer, wine and other malt beverages are quite frequently made as well.

Last week, my daughter asked me what I was doing as I was leaving a heal of bread in one of the fairy offering dishes and I explained to her that I was offering thanks and love to the Goddess and the gods for the blessings they have given me.  She then asked for a piece and if she could leave some.  I broke her off a piece to leave and she said, “I wish for love.  Momma, is that a good God wish?”  I almost shed a tear right there…out of the mouth of babes…It quite possibly was the cutest, most innocent and blessed thing that I’ve ever heard.  I said, “Yes baby, that’s a beautiful God wish.”

Then, yesterday, I had given both of my kiddies bananas as afternoon snacks as I was getting things set up for a forthcoming garage sale.  I found her outside in my Sacred Space breaking off a piece of banana and asking if she could leave it as an offering.  Of course, I told her yes, it was fine and she offered it with her God wish of love.  My son, watching, decided this was a good idea and ended up “offering” half his banana into my fountain.  My daughter and I both got a good little chuckle out of that.

To be honest, I’ve been stressing over the issue of religion since I found out I was pregnant with her.  My husband  was raised a Southern Baptist and comes from a very deeply religious and Christian family.  He is however, from what I can tell, very much against organized religion for his own personal reasons that he has not confided in me.  He can’t stand the holidays and wasn’t too big on the idea of me bringing the kids to Sunday School at the Unitarian Universalist church when we were in AK.

    

As for myself, I try to explain concepts to her about Mother Nature, the cycles of things (i.e. nature, seasons, etc.) and their significance and instill respect for the Kindreds of fur, feather, scale and fin int them.  Even though I’ve been a practicing Pagan for 8 years, I still feel as though I’m kind of new to it still and really don’t have an idea how to raise a Pagan child as I was raised Catholic, Methodist and Episcopalian myself.  I have a few good books that I feel I NEED to read: Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill; The Pagan Family by Ceisiwr Serith; and Celebrating the Great Mother by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw.  I’m also trying to balance A Dance with Dragons (yes, I’m hopelessly addicted to Game of Thrones) for pleasure reading and The Solitary Druid as part of my reading and writing for the Dedicant Path with the ADF.

I do believe it’s time however.  As much as I’m sure he doesn’t want her exposed to organized religion, she’s starting to question and deep down, there’s a little part of me that doesn’t feel “qualified enough” to teach her about the concepts of deity(ies) – I think it would be different if I were dealing with an older person, someone who already had an “understanding” of deity.  She’s going to be exposed to all kinds of religious ideas and concepts when she starts school (mainly Christian) and I want her to have a healthy foundation.  She’s going to need to have knowledge of the different religions and spiritual followings, as will my son for that matter, while being raised in an Earth centered religion.

So my plan of action – read, read and read some more.  Check out the local UU church and their Sunday school program.  The kiddies will be tagging along with me to the next two High Day celebrations at the ADF Grove I recently started attending as my husband will be away at school that the military is sending him to.  Finally, meditating and using my intuition to guide me along the way…

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