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>Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn

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One of the biggest issues I have with doing past life readings for people is that they can’t comprehend how to forgive their enemies or release trauma inflicted upon them by other people. It seems impossible to forgive those who have done us serious wrongs. I struggle to explain it because, within the constraints of the earthly body and pressures of society, forgiveness and healing are not easily achieved.

In her novel, Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn, Nell Gavin takes great pains to explore the many layers of human behavior and its affect on spiritual development. Tackling such a relationship as that of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII and how a man could, in essence, murder his own wife seems insurmountable. I’m not even sure that I could have explored the spiritual implications of that time but Gavin weaves Anne Boleyn’s tapestry of lifetimes with seeming ease. The novel, although fictional, has a ring of truth to it that leaves the reader reflective on their own spiritual path and how they might have done this or that differently in order to live a better future.

The beginning of the journey occurs at the moment of Boleyn’s death at the sword of her executioner and carries her into the afterlife where she is greeted by “the Voice”, whom I typically tell my clients is the spirit guide. Boleyn’s feelings of rage and betrayal at the way Henry ended their relationship must be healed before she can move on to her next life. Threads holds the reader’s attention through Boleyn’s voice as she recounts her previous lifetimes and relationships with the souls from Henry’s court in several past lives. We are carried mainly through her life as Anne but also through ancient Egypt and western Europe, through plague, anger, love, betrayal and everything in between as Boleyn must recount her deeds as well as the deeds of those around her. Gavin skillfully paints the picture of what is typical with after-death experiences in which we are all made to go through a period of review before we lay out the skeleton of our next lifetimes. Throughout this painful process of reflection, Boleyn wrestles with her love and hatred for Henry and those who did her wrong in her latest lifetime. Forgiveness or forsaking those souls is the tension and suspense throughout the novel.

Overall, I found the novel to be an accurate reflection of the learning process all of our souls are going through even though it is merely fiction. I have always believed that fiction is at its best when the reader is left wondering if it was really fiction at all. That was the feeling I had upon finishing this novel. Not even the few places of slow pacing or repetitive points by Gavin could detract from the sense that this is an inspiring novel that holds up a mirror to our own souls.

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>We need your help! Save this plantation!

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>There is nothing sadder than an old plantation falling into decay and ruin. That is what’s happening to Red Doe Plantation in South Carolina because there isn’t enough money to begin serious restoration efforts. I’m very close to one of the women who works with this plantation and I’ve offered to use my clout with the thousands of people who follow my Twitter and Facebook accounts to help draw attention to this beautiful place. Nothing is more shocking to the senses than pictures, so I will show you the current condition of Red Doe first.

Pretty sad, right? I have been to this plantation several times and I can tell you from my own experience that it needs a lot of work. The rain porch was not stable enough to trust my wheelchair with being safe out there, so the work needed is not just cosmetic. It’s structural. Inside, it looks like a stereotypical dilapidated haunted house with different eras of peeling wallpaper, paint and so forth. Underneath the decay, however, there are beautiful gems of historical integrity waiting to be uncovered and restored. Believe me when I tell you that this plantation is very much alive and does not deserve the slow, painful death brought on by lack of public donations.

The historical marker on the road reads: Red Doe Plantation was built in 1846 for Evander A. Gregg (1818-1874), a planter in what was Marion District. Its high masonry basement and porch form, indigenous to northeastern S.C., make it a fine example of a raised Carolina cottage. It was acquired by R.L. Singletary (1830-1910) in 1867 and by J.W. Wallace (1861-1928) in 1912. The plantation was named Red Doe in the 1930s.

You may be wondering what good it will do to save a plantation. For one thing, plantations are excellent teaching tools to educate school children and the public about American history. These places bring in tourist dollars and create jobs in the local community. Additionally, my friend says that they want to restore the big barn on the property (pictured below) to house horses for the local humane society. Simply put, this plantation needs to be saved!

So what can you do? Well, here’s how you can help!

My friend who works regularly with Red Doe has established Lucky’s Dollars for the Doe to carry on the legacy of her dog, Lucky. He has cancer and she wants to use his name to leave a legacy long after his passing of restoration and hope that we can all work together to bring Red Doe back to life. The picture on the left is Lucky sitting on the front steps of the plantation that he has known for years as his second home. Lucky’s Dollars for the Doe is a very simple program. Dig through your change jars, lift up your couch cushions, etc., and find a dollar to help Red Doe survive in Lucky’s name.

In Lucky’s own words:

Hi, I am asking all of my friends and their peepuls to please consider sending one dollar in an envelope to the non-profit group Red Doe Plantation, Inc. in care of my mama (since I am not allowed to walk to the mailbox alone). You will receive a receipt!

This is my most favorite place to spend time and I would like to leave a legacy of luck at “The Doe” long after I can’t fight my cancer anymore. Some peepuls don’t realize how much a doggy can do so help me show them! Time has taken a toll on the house and outbuildings and it is in desperate need of donations in any amount. (Take a peek at the pictures on the group page “Red Doe Plantation”.

So flip up those couch cushions, reach under the car seats and check the bottom of the washer! Spare some change to save this piece of history pwease! You know you can’t resist my cuteness, hee hee.

(P.S. Any doggy currency that is received will NOT be eated by me I promise. It will be taken to the local humane society.)

Red Doe Plantation, Inc.
c/o Gretchen Huggins
3695 Willow Creek Rd.
Florence, SC 29505

Lucky Huggins
via Gretchen Huggins

Everybody can afford a dollar. Just stick it in an envelope and send it today. If all of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers send one dollar, we have the potential to raise about $5,000. A lot of good can be done with $5,000! Please help us. I will consider it a personal favor and you will receive a receipt for your donation!

Lucky sitting on the front porch. Don’t disappoint this dog in the last phase of his life!

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Day One of Ostara Fasting

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Today is the beginning of my fasting period as part of my Ostara celebration. For information about Ostara, refer to this blog. Tomorrow is the spring equinox and the Ostara sabbat, although many practitioners are doing their rituals tonight for practicality purposes. I am currently a solitary practitioner, meaning I create and celebrate my own rituals. I feel that fasting is an important part of bringing the winter season to an end and celebrating the rebirth of our planet in springtime. Fasting is a purification ritual done in virtually every religion in the world. There are misconceptions about fasting though, the biggest being that the person starves themselves by consuming nothing at all. This is not the case. Some go to that extreme but most do not.

In my case, as part of celebrating Ostara, I’m limiting my diet to natural spring/summer foods in order to cleanse myself of the impurities and heaviness built up during the fall/winter seasons. We eat a lot of heavy things to keep warm and we basically go into hibernation during that phase of the earth’s cycle. In my practice, the dark months are a death phase and the light months are the life phase. Fasting allows me to physically cleanse my system and prepare myself spiritually for this rebirth period in the earth’s yearly cycle. It takes discipline to deny oneself the comforting things eaten during the dark months but the outcome is a healthy jumpstart on life.

As part of my fasting, I’m limiting myself to fresh fruits and vegetables, noodles, eggs, light breads with honey, water and natural juice. I have eliminated soda, coffee, sweets like candy and cake, meat (I have not been eating most meats for a while anyway), dairy and anything that will leave me feeling heavy after eating it, including eliminating fast food from my diet. Eggs and light breads with honey are traditional foods in the celebration of Ostara and eggs can help make up for the protein lost with giving up meat. Asparagus and spinach are great vegetables at this time of year. I have been putting uncooked spinach in my salads to get all the nutritional value without tasting it much (I don’t really like the taste of spinach). I’m controlling my cravings for sweets by eating pears and grapes. Those things trick my mind into thinking I’ve eaten sugar but without having what I call the food hangover afterward. Controlling the amount of food consumed is part of fasting as well. Once you enter into a fasting period, you become acutely aware of everything going into your body and you begin to realize that many of the times you eat are simply due to boredom. I’m only eating when I feel hunger. That means I’m not snacking on potato chips, candy, etc., just because they’re sitting there looking at me.

So far the hardest part has been giving up the soda and sweets. I have been having fantasies about a frosty Dr Pepper today even though I have been working the last few weeks to significantly cut down on the amount of soda I consume. Diet or caffeine free doesn’t count either. Those things are just as bad for you as regular soda. I’ve become very aware of how much I eat in the way of sweets now that I can’t have them. A beautiful freshly frosted chocolate cupcake is the stuff of fantasy today.

Outside of fasting, the next thing you can do to prepare yourself for the rebirth of spring is to do a deep clean on your house. “Spring cleaning” has a lot to do with these practices. Sweep under your furniture, pull up the area rugs and beat the dust out of them, clear out any dead leaves on plants, dust everything, clean out your closets and make donations to needy people, begin preparing your gardens for the growing season, etc. It’s also very important to clear out any remnants of the Christmas/Yule season. Simplify your homes and bring in fresh flowers to brighten things up. All of these things are rituals in themselves that will prepare you spiritually and mentally for the upcoming seasons. If you are a real practitioner, don’t forget to set out sweets by your door tonight.

Last night I had a dream that might have been symbolic of the goddess and rebirth of the planet right now. My mother was young again and in labor, having a baby. She was wearing a long white gown and flowers in her hair. I was helping her through the labor. This was obviously not my actual mother since she is neither that young or able to have children anymore but the mother figure is the goddess. The act of being in labor is renewing life. I must have been thinking heavily about the celebration of Ostara last night when I was going to sleep!

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