As I sit here looking out the window, I see butterflies fluttering about. I know it must sound crazy to some of you that are dealing with cold and wet weather. Each night when we do get freezing temperatures I go out with my sheets and cover my butterfly host plants. This keeps the flowers from freezing so the butterflies and other winged creatures will have nectar. One morning when I uncovered the plants I found this little one sleeping on a leaf.
I am still amazed at the winter weather here in Florida. One day the temperature will be in the 70s and then drop to freezing at night. We have been dealing with heavy dense fog. Many times I forget we are in the winter season because of the mild temperatures. My husband added some trees to go along with my snowman from last year. They definitely make me smile whenever they float past.
Owls have become one of my totem animals since Lilith entered in my life. At night we can hear an owl sitting in a pine tree outside the bedroom window. The sound comforts me as I fall off to sleep. This year we decorated the holiday tree with my owl collection. At night the large one in the front almost looks real.
Lately we have been blessed with another bird of prey, a Red-Shouldered Hawk. For years we believed these birds were Red-tailed Hawks until we recently watched a documentary on Florida wildlife. For the past two evenings, this hawk flies down from the trees and sits on a sign or telephone box at the street corner. I was lucky enough to sneak up and get a picture the other night. These birds are so majestic.
This issue of The Oracle seems to have a theme of death and rebirth although it did not start out that way. Isn’t it funny how things work out that way? I believe it is because we have all been traveling in the dark and feel a connection.
As I look back over the past year I see things I would have done differently but so much I would have kept the same. This is a time of reflection and gratitude. I would like to take a moment to send a thank you to all of you readers that give us reason to create The Oracle. I would like to thank the authors for giving us their time and articles. I would like to also thank my friends and family that supported me as I completed my last year and graduation at the University of Florida.
May you be blessed with peace and good health this solstice season.
Blessings to you,
Dawn “Belladonna” Thomas is a High Priestess and Elder of The Apple Branch, a Dianic Tradition. She is the editor and book reviewer for the Oracle and was the Treasurer for The Global Goddess, a non-profit organization. She recently graduated from the University of Florida fulfilling a lifelong goal of completing her college education. She has been published in several magazines for her paper crafting designs. She is the owner of Belladonna’s Garden and makes homemade soaps. She is an avid gardener and lives in Florida with her husband.
Her Blog: http://becomingbelladonna.blogspot.com/