360 Comments

  1. Love & Light, Michael! Sending Druid prayers of healing and support for what ever you face.

    Bruce

  2. Hi John
    Could I have your permission to pray for a timely and positive resolution to your current issue?
    Godspeed brother; see you on the other side.

  3. JMG
    My deepest gratitude for everything you have done for us all and my prayers and wishes for your familiy’s health and wellbeing.
    Stephen

  4. May the ancient starlight shine upon you and all whom you love, and may you walk between the raindrops.

  5. Dear Mr Greer

    I have been following your blog since 2008 and wanted to say how much I appreciate what you have done. I don’t always agree with everything you say, but you have been like a harbor of sanity in an insane world. You have such a wonderful way of getting under the skin of what is happening and showing us what is really going on and can look at thing in such a dispassionate and rational way. This has helped me to keep a handle on things and stopped me from losing it. Thanks to you I know what is going on in the world is not something new. Decline is something that has occurred throughout history.

    I don’t normally pray, but I will do that tonight for you and your wife.

    I apologise if this sounds a bit emotional, but when you have been following a blog like this for so long it is difficult to stop yourself from feeling like that.

    Yours sincerely

    Jasmine

  6. You have many people who love you for your many years of great writing and thinking, and I am certain that all of us are sincere in our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Best wishes JMG.

  7. Dear JMG
    Sending you and your family so much love. I am keeping you in my prayers. Thank you for the permission to pray for you.

  8. Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, healthful resolution to whatever has occurred.

  9. Hi John,

    Best wishes to you and your family, I will say a prayer of health and happiness for you both.

    Regards,
    Dermotok

  10. This is worrying news, JMG. My prayers join the many prayers here for blessings for you and Sara.
    OtterGirl

  11. I am sending my best wishes for you and your family that all will be well. I have been very, very appreciative of you have done over the years. I think you have had a positive effect on may lives, my own included.

  12. Dear JMG,
    I will sing some prayers to the gods for you and your family. Thank you for taking on the burdens of being a sane occultist in a world gone mad. You’ve helped me personally more than you could ever know, and I hope the gifts you’ve generously given come back to you via the power of seven. Of course I could be wrong, but I am fairly confident they will. Be blessed.

  13. Greetings all!

    Best wishes to JMG and family. May the issues be resolved fairly and justly to all concerned.

    Regards

  14. I will pray for you and Sarah, assuming you’re still accepting prayers? I hope things get both easier and better for you both soon.

  15. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope whatever it is will be resolved quickly and positively.

  16. Dear JMG and Sara,
    We are sending you prayers and desires for healing for Sara and strength and courage for you both for whatever comes. It’s an honor to give back to you guys after all you have given us! Thank you.

    Ellen in ME

  17. Brother JMG,

    You will be in my prayers. Thanks for all you share and for helping me realize those prayers actually mean something after all.

    Best,
    Monster

  18. All good energy towards you from the foothills of the Rockies. You have a big ol’ weather system coming your way anyhoo.
    If thoughts are things, I join so many others in sending you tangible good will.

  19. Best wishes at this time, and if you’d like prayers for the situation, I’d happy to do so.

  20. Dear JMG,
    With much appreciation and gratitude for you, I send you my prayers and hope you feel the deep support of all of us in your community.

  21. Those of us who have known (of) you for a long time—in my case, roughly since 2000 through Druidry, through your writings, you have built up such an enormous amount of benevolence, generosity, and goodwill, it is a no-brainer to wish you,—and yours—good fortune during a time of distress.

    I hope things work out for the best, short- and long-term. Going forward, many prayers🙏🏼 , over many moons🌔🌚. (It is nearly a new moon.)

    May the winds whisper good news💨.

  22. Thank you for everything you have given.
    I know your gods will sustain you through this difficult time.

  23. I have never posted to here to Ecosophia. But… The Divine Light be upon you and yours and heal all in Perfect Harmony. We are grateful. Blessed Be.!

  24. Wherever the road may take you – prayers and blessings for you and your family!

    Best wishes,
    Nachtgurke

  25. I am praying that all will work out for your and your family’s highest good and that you receive grace and comfort if you will have them.

  26. JMG, I offer you my best wishes! I’ll send you positive energies if you want them and if divination agrees. You were/are a profound influence on my thinking and my practices.

  27. Mr. Greer,

    I will keep you and your wife in my prayers and hope for a speedy recovery for your family.

  28. Jasmine #13 said all I wanted to say. I’ve been following your blog for about as long as she has, and it is as important to me as it is to her, for the same reasons. My best wishes are with you and Sara.

  29. John Michael, you have helped guide untold numbers of your readers to a clearer understanding of the exceedingly complex reality we came to dwell in. For that generous goodwill, we will forever be in your debt, sharing both your burdens and our most heartfelt gratitude.

    Many divinities (Karma very much included) now watch over you in appreciation for your kind shepherding of their befuddled wards. May all the stars in the heavens shine their light and guidance upon you and your family. And may you always walk in the company of gods, sharing in their vast understanding.

  30. Best wishes to you and yours, Archdruid. We will miss you at my house, but are praying that you get everything you need, including time. Much love.

  31. I was on Glastonbury Tor on Sunday and said a prayer for Sara. Hope everything resolves for the best. Blessings to you both.

  32. I hope all goes well. I will keep both you and your wife in my thoughts and meditations, if that is ok with you.

  33. Wishing the best for you and your family. Hope whatever matter is at hand gets resolved in the best way possible.

  34. Just going by your previous requests for prayer for Sara, I assume that we have your consent. Prayers being lifted up for you both.

    Nicole

  35. Dear JMG and Sara,

    Best wishes and blessings. Thank you both for sharing your time, knowledge, and insight..

    Take the time and rest you need.

    Cugel

  36. Praying to my Goddess for the best possible resolution to this matter, and in complete gratitude to you & Sara for the years of steady, reliable guidance.

  37. Reading all these benedictions from your other loving fans, my heart swells as I amplify and ground them all into a space of peace and thriving for you and your loved-ones. Love and power and respect to you…

  38. I’m hoping in our collective wisdom and experience, that we may be able to help. Please do not hesitate to ask for anything. A burden shared is a burden halved.

  39. Dear John,
    I wish you and your family Happiness and well-being, and pray for a swift resolution for whatever challenge you are facing, with a good outcome for everyone concerned.
    Mohsin

  40. You are much loved, JMG. You are an important part of my life. I wish you and Sara all the best for what you are going through right now.

  41. My prayers for you and your family (Sara?).
    May the deities give you all the comfort and love you need.

  42. May the Blessings of God, Trine-and-One, reach you and yours! May the steps you take be effective and bear Good Fruit!

    Best regards, from my hearth.

  43. JMG and Sara,
    May All Your Spiritual Companions Enfold You Both in Your Time of Need!

  44. Prayers, blessings, and best wishes.

    If you can use any assistance of a material nature (e.g. chores, errands), I’m not too far away.

  45. Best wishes and blessings to you and Sara, JMG. I added you to my prayers as requested on the prayer list.

    May the gods be with you.

  46. John, i wish Sara recovers her health very soon, and to both of you to go through this experience as smoothly as possible.

    Guillem Mateo

  47. Blessings for you and your family JMG.

    namo bhagavate bhaiśajyaguru vaidūryaprabharājāya tathāgatāya arhate samyaksambuddhāya tadyathā: oṃ bhaiśajye bhaiśajye bhaiśajya-samudgate svāhā.

  48. Dear JMG and Sara
    I will continue to pray for you both that all my be well.
    I post rarely but have missed no posts and few comments since 2008, your writings and the comments of the commentariat that has grown around you has been a wonderful influence upon me; thank you.
    With Love
    Lurksalong

  49. I need to forward a comment from Sara at this point. As some of you know and I think many of you have guessed, she is dying. She’s had serious health problems for years now, things started getting very bad in October, and since the beginning of this year she’s been bedridden. She’s entirely lucid and at peace with what’s happening; she thanks all of you who have prayed for her healing but asks you not to continue those prayers, as she’s decided it’s time to let go. Prayers for an easy transition would be welcome.

    I’ve passed on your good wishes and blessings to her, and she sends her gratitude to all — as do I. I’ve teared up more than once reading the comments above.

    As for myself, I’m grateful for prayers and good wishes on my behalf. I’ll be okay; this isn’t the first serious grief I’ve had to deal with in this life, and though I won’t say it’s easy I have some idea what to expect and how to deal. It also helps that it didn’t happen suddenly and so we’ve had plenty of time to talk, and say the things that need to be said.

    Right now she’s resting peacefully in bed, with one of her favorite harp CDs (Music of the 16th, 17th, and 18 Centuries by harpist Therese Honey) playing quietly on the boom box. She probably doesn’t have more than a day or so left, but we’ll see.

    Thank you again for all your love and support!

  50. JMG, my sincere condolences to you. I will keep you and Sarah in my prayers and pray for a peaceful passing and an easy transition for her and strength for you in this difficult time.
    My deepest sympathy.

  51. Dear John, it’s hard to describe how big an influence your writings (and many podcasts) have had on me over the years. Not just the content but your seemingly tireless spirit of generosity. With love and prayers for you and Sara.

  52. Here are all of the requests for prayer that have recently appeared at ecosophia.net and ecosophia.dreamwidth.org, as well as in the comments of the prayer list posts. Please feel free to add any or all of the requests to your own prayers.

    If I missed anybody, or if you would like to add a prayer request for yourself or anyone who has given you consent (or for whom a relevant person holds power of consent) to the list, please feel free to leave a comment below.

    * * *This week I would like to bring special attention to the following prayer requests.

    May JMG’s wife Sara Greer, who is dying, make an easy transition into death and be blessed as she moves into the next stage of her spirit’s journey. And may JMG be blessed and soothed, and lent strength in this most difficult time.

    May Erika’s partner James remain cancer free, and make a full return to robust health.

    Tyler A’s wife Monika’s pregnancy is high risk; may Mother and child be blessed with good health and a smooth delivery.

    May the surgery for Yuccaglauca’s mother Monica‘s malignant mass be safe, successful, and conclusive of the matter.

    May Frank Rudolf Hartman of Altadena California (picture), who is receiving chemotherapy, be completely cured of the lymphoma that is afflicting him, and may he return to full health.

    May Audrey’s nephew Jon, who is now in a wheelchair due to ALS, have peace and comfort during this difficult time, and be healed of his condition to the greatest degree possible.

    May Just Another Green Rage Monster‘s father, who is dealing with Stage 4 Lymphoma, and mother, who is primary caregiver, be blessed, protected and healed.

    May Kyle’s friend Amanda, who though in her early thirties is undergoing various difficult treatments for brain cancer, make a full recovery; and may her body and spirit heal with grace.

    Lp9’s hometown, East Palestine, Ohio, for the safety and welfare of their people, animals and all living beings in and around East Palestine, and to improve the natural environment there to the benefit of all.* * *

    Guidelines for how long prayer requests stay on the list, how to word requests, how to be added to the weekly email list, how to improve the chances of your prayer being answered, and several other common questions and issues, are to be found at the Ecosophia Prayer List FAQ.

    If there are any among you who might wish to join me in a bit of astrological timing, I pray each week for the health of all those with health problems on the list on the astrological hour of the Sun on Sundays, bearing in mind the Sun’s rulerships of heart, brain, and vital energies. If this appeals to you, I invite you to join me.

  53. Dear JMG, I’d like to pass along my condolences; I am praying for Sara’s peaceful and easy transition and for blessings on your behalf.

  54. I want to add my best wishes too!
    All the best to you Mr. Greer for this difficult challenge in life!

    I also thank you for all the sound advice that has helped me enormously, especially when it comes to spiritual hygiene.

    thanks for so many insights on so many topics, and especially for all your signposting to practices and tools for people to help themselves, empower themselves, without any dependency on a master or an insitutution, this is really helpful, a buoy for all those who for many reasons won’t sign up for any organisation but still want to advance spiritually, mentally.

    All the best to you!

  55. Prayers for an easy transition for Sara on their way.
    And prayers that you will receive the help you need.

    You led me back to the Divine i can’t thank you enough.

  56. Thank you for the update. We know that these remaining hours are precious, and very much appreciate your taking a few minutes to type a few paragraphs. Prayers redirected towards your respective futures.

  57. What a sad news JMG. My prayers are with you and Sara. May she have an easy transition and may you be as well as the circumstances allow. Take care, dear archdruid.

    With love, Boccaccio

  58. Dear JohnMichael,

    So sorry to hear this; my deepest condolences to you.
    I shall pray for an easy transition for her and blessings to you.
    Lurksalong

  59. Dear John,
    May Divine Mother surround your house with light and fill it with peace and harmony.
    With gratitude and love,
    Jeff

  60. I am so very sorry to hear this, JMG. Sara, may your gods grant you a safe and easy passage to the Otherworld, and may your beloved ancestors welcome you–and should you have neither, then may Divine Light shine on you and lead you home. Blessings of peace and comfort to you both, Sister Crow.

  61. Prayers of peace and strength for you both have been sent to Hermes, that he may carry them where they need be deposited! You have my deepest sympathies.

  62. All the best to you, JMG and Sara, as you both face this time of profound transition. You have be come a beloved teacher to many of us and I am sure that Sara’s love and energy have come through you to us many times. Peace and love to you both.

  63. JMG, it is sad to hear that it is about Sara! May all go as well as circumstances permit. At first, I thought it was about your father, who must be quite old now.

  64. My best wishes to both of you in this time of transition, and my sincerest condolences. Happy you both found the opportunity for closure, I will be hoping for her safe passage and for your wellbeing.

  65. I’m so sorry to hear this, John Michael. May Sara’s transition be peaceful and may you find the strength and comfort you need. Many blessings to you both.

  66. Dear JMG. I’m sorry to hear your sad news – I hope that Sara has an easy transition to the next world, and that you can take comfort from memories of the life you have shared together and from your many, many well-wishers. Jason

  67. I made my first comment before I read yours, JMG (I was reading from the bottom up). Please know how grateful I am to both of you for all of your work as Archdruids in AODA and for all of the blessings both of you have brought into my life in one way or another. I’m sending peace and love to both of you and will continue with prayers for each of you.

  68. Dear John Michael
    Thank you for even now showing us the way. I will pray exactly as you asked.
    Sending all my love to you and Sara as she makes this journey.

  69. Dear John,

    I’m genuinely very sorry to hear your sad news. I’ve been following you for the last twenty years and in all that time you have mentioned Sara only rarely. Nevertheless, from all the breadcrumbs I managed to gain a mental picture of her (I don’t remember ever seeing an actual photo of her) with the overriding impression being that she and you made a formidable team.

    I am happy to pray for her to have an easy transition. I would also like to pray for you in this most difficult time, if that’s okay by you.

    Hereward

  70. I hope you don’t mind something from the Tempest

    You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
    As if you were dismay’d: be cheerful, sir.
    Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits and
    Are melted into air, into thin air:
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vex’d;
    Bear with my weakness; my, brain is troubled:
    Be not disturb’d with my infirmity:
    If you be pleased, retire into my cell
    And there repose: a turn or two I’ll walk,
    To still my beating mind.

  71. Dear JMG,

    I’m one of those who counted themselves as one of your students for a few years now. You’ve helped me change my life and myself in many ways for the better. I lost my father at as a little boy and can understand your feelings about grief.

    I’ve never really prayed before but I will pray for you and Sara. If you can use my blessings, please have them. I will send strength your way to perservere through this time and for Sara to gently pass through the veil to where we all came from.

    My sincere best to you and Sara,

    Bendith

  72. I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are for an easy transition for Sara. I pray for blessings and strength to both of you for what comes next.

  73. I’m so very sorry to hear this, JMG. I have not experienced the grief of losing a spouse, but a few years ago, I watched my mother lose my father, my sister lose her husband, and my sister’s mother-in-law lose her husband in the span of a single year. I actually came across your works as I was dealing with the grief of losing those three very important men in my life. It was a tremendous comfort at that time to learn about the occult and some of the details of the dying process and the afterlife from your work. I’ll be praying that Sara has a peaceful transition, and I’ll be praying for you as you go through this process. It is the least that I can do.

  74. Sending love to you both. My prayers are to Lord Ganesha to hold Sara’s hand on her journey and to comfort the heart of our fine teacher.

    SundaraYogaShala

  75. May peace be in the hearts of both you and Sara. Compared to when I became a widower, unlike my beloved, Sara has comfort and lucidity, and had time to prepare for the transition. And you have far more spiritual wisdom, and far more connections to so many people deeply grateful for your life and work, than I ever had. May these measures of grace help to make her passing calm and your grief gentle.

    Whenever your heart finds it helpful for you to continue the flow of essays and comments, I’ll be ready. Until then, may your mind and spirit continue to be upheld in every way, just as you have long sought the best for your readers and community members.

  76. I just read #130. Well… This puts things into perspective.
    Je vous accompagne tous les deux par la pensée, cher John.

  77. Dear John Michael, dear Sara,
    Like so many here, I have you in my daily (and now-frequent) prayers – that you may both rest easy in your tandem accomplishments and secure in the Divine love that guides your solitary journeys back into Oneness.

    That Sara has not been active here doesn’t mean we’ve not been touched by her influence – she has my gratitude and a kind and gentle expression of camaraderie founded on the pleasure of having taken a few steps of our lives in the same cohort of souls doing “humanity” here and now.

    May the transition be smooth, may she “surf the wave of the great mystery” with joy and awareness of your love, and may you, JMG, be blessed as her companion and helpmate.

    Wendy

  78. Hi John,

    My deepest condolences to you, it sounds like you and Sara had a beautiful relationship. I greatly admire your openess and emotional honesty during one of the most difficult times of your life.

    I’m sure the pain of losing her will soon be joined with the tranquility of knowing that you have fully embraced all the complexity of loving another person through sickness and health.

    I hope that you take all the time you need to fully process your loss.

    Deepest Regards,
    Dermotok

  79. You and Sara are in my prayers, JMG. Both of you are respected and loved by so many, from all walks of life, from all over this world. Thank you for your generosity in keeping us updated and connected. Peace be with you and Sara.
    OtterGirl

  80. As others have said, Sara, even if seldom mentioned, always came across as an essential participant in “the work” you do here. The ways in which ye are one another’s steadying hands are clear to see for those who have eyes.

    I will pray as asked, that Sara’s transition be blessed with grace and lightened by spirit, and may your own journey find comfort and blessing in equal measure.

  81. Dear JMG and Sara,

    It is somewhat unusual for me to feel such an emotional connection to people I have only met through their writings. As others already mentioned, the sparse comments JMG made about Sara throughout the years did give a glimpse of your camaraderie and I wish you both to go through this transition with peacefulness and grace. I thank you both for having had the courage and determination to face and heal past traumas, and come back as beacons of light to guide others through their own personal and collective karma. It definitely made a significant difference in my own life and gave me models I wish I would have had from my biological family but for various reason could not. You two may not have had children but you certainly contributed in creating a sense of kinship and offered a legacy for many.

    Dearly,
    Viking

  82. Oh no, I had no idea it was that bad. My heart is heavy for you both today. AC lit a candle and you are both in our prayers.

  83. Dearest Sara,
    Blessings to you on your transition from this world. Thank you for all the support that you have provided to this community over the years. I am grateful.
    Thank you JMG for informing us of what is going on. I rarely comment, but am a weekly reader.
    Nicky

  84. John
    May sarah’s passing be a gentle one and your bereavement as well.
    I have been greatly influenced by your writings since Adam’s journey, and have always felt her presence in your writings as well. May her spirit continue to be with you and aid you for the rest of your journey, and may it also find its new home.
    My love and respect to you both.
    Stephen

  85. Heavenly Father, I pray that you bless Sarah with peace and rest from the tribulations of this world and receive her into Your kingdom at the time of Your choosing. May You grant her rest and peace.
    Lord, I also pray for Your comfort and mercy to be upon our esteemed host in this season of mourning. Provide him with comfort in the knowledge that this is not their final farewell, but that he will see Sarah again in Your kingdom. Also, heavenly father, provide him with fellowship to share the burden of grief, as it is written, ‘rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’

    Thank you Mr Greer. your writings and the commentariat have been a refuge for me for over a decade.
    I know we do not share the same faith, but I pray for you in the manner of the Holy Spirit.

  86. I am surfing waves of grief. Praying for a peaceful transition for Sara. Wishing peace for both of you.

    —Eric

  87. Blessings to you both, and my gratitude to Sara for her quiet but essential contributions to all that has gone on here.

    – V.O.G

  88. Hey jmg

    I’m sorry to hear that Sara is finally passing away, and I assume that you will be busy not only sorting her affairs, but dealing with her family as well.

    I had a family member die a few years ago, and so I can tell you that you get used to it a lot quicker than you expect, though for awhile longer it will still feel weird knowing that they are gone.

    Btw, I’ll pray for an easy transition/afterlife today.

  89. My prayers for her transition. May she be carried gently into the next life and meet those who love her again.

  90. May you, JMG, and Sara be blessed and receive the help you need now. I will pray for you both.
    Tim PW

  91. I have recited the Memorare, a short but powerful prayer, not to be used for a lost purse or the like, requesting comfort in this life and peace and repose in the next for Mrs. Greer, and fortitude for yourself.

    You are both to be congratulated and indeed admired for having achieved a strong and happy marriage, not an easy thing in our day.

  92. Dear JMG, I was shocked to read this very sad news. May peace be with Sara and strength with you at this sad time.
    Robert

  93. Dear JMG, just to quickly add to my previous comment: being only a sporadic commenter but a very regular reader, I am very grateful for what you do here and elsewhere (and as others have suggested, that means I am grateful to Sara as well). Your writings have been of great help to me, both in my personal life and in the way I think about the world. Let me express my deeply felt sympathy. I include both of you in my prayers. Please do take all the time you need for this.

  94. I’m really sorry to hear this JMG. From everything I picked up on your blogs over so many years, and from the DOGD forum, she seemed like a lovely person with a great sense of humour. I think I remember you’ve been together since school and you sounded extremely well matched. Although I never met her, she’s one of those people who I kind of took for granted would always be around, somewhere in the background of your writings.

    I’ll pray for you both.

    Dot.

  95. Dear JMG, thank you for sharing Sara’s wishes.
    It’s long been apparent to me, just through your comments here over the years, that you and your wife have lived your way into a really admirable partnership. Your work has helped me transform my life, and I hope it’s appropriate to feel that I should be grateful to you both. Thank you.
    My prayers for you both.
    Jonathan.

  96. JMG
    I am sorry for your loss. I can offer my prayers and condolenceces.
    Last year I had to burry my mother so I know the sadness.
    May the people we had lost rest in peace.
    My prayers go to you and Sara’s souls
    Wer

  97. Hello JMG and Sara,
    I sent you a personal message, but I also wanted to post here.

    I and many of the other members of AODA are deeply saddened to hear the news. Sara’s work and incredible legacy have sustained AODA and have contributed so much to AODA and to the broader druid tradition. She did so much behind the scenes for so many years, and we are grateful.

    Peace and prayers to you both. Sara, my friend and mentor, safe journey.

  98. Dear JMG, I’ve followed your work for many years and greatly appreciate (and have benefited from) your insight, wisdom and decency. I pray that you and Sara will be blessed with courage, strength and solace, and a peaceful transition. May love and light be extended upon you both.
    Peter

  99. While I have had little contact with Sara directly, I know and can sense what an immense influence and support she has been in her life. Thank you for your work in AODA and in all other Druid and occult endeavors to light the way for people like me who were searching for a meaningful and living spiritual path. JMG, I feel deep grief for you in this time, and I hope my humble prayers for you may help.

  100. JMG, you have royal permission to take as much time off the blog as you need. I am sure I speak for most, if not all, readers, when I say we won’t forget about the blogs.

    Goodbye, Sara. I never knew you, but I wish I had.

  101. I still use the advice that Sara gave here or on TAR, (it has been so long I cannot remember), about learning to spin with a drop spindle. To faithfully take the time each day for thirty days, thirty minutes a day, and see how much better one is after a month. I have since applied this method to learning lots of things, and I owe this idea to her.

    I was reminded to pray again for the two of you, then I came back here and read the update. It sounds like you are home with her, what a blessing to be at home and not in a “sterile” environment.

    May Sara’s passing be a blessing to you both, and may you be richly blessed for demonstrating faithful love all these years.

    Nicole

  102. Blessings to both Sara and you, JMG. As others have said, your work has been instrumental in making me who I am today. For that,I am eternally grateful. May the Divine bless and guide both of you in this time of transition.

  103. Dear John Michael,

    Although I have only occasionally posted comments here, I have been a regular reader and follower of your blog going back to well before the end of the Archdruid Report. Perhaps surprisingly even to me, the measure of your impact was demonstrated when, upon reading your post above (#130), I shed more than a few tears for both you and your wife Sara, even though I have never met either of you in person.

    May the gods grant you solace and succor in this time of grief.

  104. So much appreciation for both of you – they say behind every wisdom-cracking man there’s a wise woman whispering mysteries. Praying for a gentle transition for Sara.
    Deep peace of the running wave to you
    Ebbing and flowing
    In everlasting beauty.

  105. I did not comment as I a) thought that there wouldn’t be comments (due to the normal moderation you do) and b) didn’t want to add moderation pressures on top of whatever else was going on if there were.

    I saw this morning that there were comments and read through them ready to add my healing prayers when I read your update.

    I will most certainly pray for both of you in your transitions … hers to a far different reality and yours to a reality that will be far different – yes you have been there before but each time it is unique.

    Take what time you need … for some time away helps and for other engaging in activity with others does and you know you best … you are needed but more than that you are loved.

    Take care and all the blessings I can muster heading Greer(s)-ward

    SELAH

  106. Dear JMG,

    I am sorry to hear of such difficult times for you both. I am glad that Sara is at peace with moving on and you’ve both had time to prepare.

    She has contributed much directly and indirectly to my spiritual life through her writing and activities within the DOGD. I wish her the very best for the end of this life and her transition to the next.

    You’re in my prayers.

    Patrick

  107. May Sara’s and your profound journey be blessed and supported in all good ways, JMG.
    With sincere respect and deep gratitude for your work.
    Susan W.

  108. Warmest sympathies and blessings to you both. I pray for a gentle, peaceful, loveful passing onwards for Sara and thank her deeply for her support to you and this community. I look forward to listening to Therese Honey with particular care and gratitude; she could not come recommended in a more beautiful way. God bless.

  109. Your news makes me very sad. You’ve both been in my prayers (though to Apollo). I’ll start praying to Hermes tonight.

  110. Dear Sara,
    Though we never talked and I never saw your words directly expressed I have seen through JMG’s writings what an amazing and supportive person you are. I am deeply grateful for the years of support you have lent to him and in doing so helped enrich all of our lives. I wish you a peaceful passage from this life into the next. Thank you.

  111. JMG:
    I was about to guess that Sara was dying, but I figured that announcing that news was up to you.

    Anyway, prayers are going to you and Sara – For Sara to have a good death with the next parts of her soul’s journey to be beneficial, and for you to be comforted and to come out better.

    Oh, and one note for everyone here – I’ve observed plenty of deaths, and the one thing I’ve noticed is that once the person dying becomes accepting of their death, that death comes much sooner than everyone else expects. It’s as if death knows who will welcome them and comes to them sooner, when that death will actually be beneficial to them.

  112. Dear JMG, I am saddened to hear of Sara’s imminent passing. I’m grateful for the privilege of having met her in 2021 at the annual June potluck . You, through your blogs, have been an ongoing source of blessings to me, most recently as I reported in your last Magic Monday blog. Of course you are in my prayers now. Many blessings to you.

    –Lunar Apprentice

  113. Dear JMG,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Sara and your coming loss. I will pray for her easy transition into the afterlife and whatever comes next for her–and for blessings and healing for you, as well. I have no doubt that you, of all people, will make your way through this and have the necessary tools at your disposal to cope with this loss, but that does not negate the grief and challenge. I’ll keep you both in my prayers.

    I give my thanks to Sara and all that she’s done. I don’t particularly know her, but from how you have spoken of her and from what I know of a good marriage via my own experience, I have no doubt that her presence is strong in all of your own work and writing, and that the significant gifts and wisdom you have given to this community are due in part to her companionship and influence.

    I am very thankful to hear that you and Sara have had time to talk through and face this together. Having lost my mother somewhat recently, one of the things I was grateful for was the time we had together knowing what was coming, and having had the opportunity to talk of it, to speak of what we meant to each other, and to go into her death at least somewhat prepared and not left with regret for things left unsaid.

    Sending lots of love to you and Sara and wishing you both graceful transitions in the coming days and weeks.

  114. I will be adding both you and Sara to my prayers as well; and wish to state my condolences on your loss here.

    If Sara is still alive and alert when you read this, please let her know that Pagan Prayer Beads powerfully shaped my life; it opened my mind and spirit to potentials and options I would never have found otherwise, and so I will forever be grateful to her for that.

  115. I am so glad that you two have been able to give each other such beautiful lives.
    Sara, may you journey from love to Love, in peace and safety.
    JMG, I hope that our love will be of comfort to you.

  116. JMG,
    I am very sorry to hear that. I will pray for both you and Sara. May gods bless and console you.

  117. I am so deeply sorry to hear this. You most certainly will have my prayers for your strength and well being, and Sara for a peaceful and easy transition. And I hope it’s a comfort to you that you clearly are a very well-liked man.

  118. JMG-

    I am so, so sorry. My love and gratitude are with you and Sara.

    You have been my teacher, my guide, my refuge and my calm island of sanity for 14 years now. It is thanks to you I understand what is happening to my country, my culture and my world. And it goes on- from you, through me, to my daughter in her early 20s who was the only one in her peer group to get the memo, and now through her to her friends, slowly.

    My screen name? That’s thanks to you.

    I believe there is someone waiting for Sara she will be overjoyed to see. May her transition be easy.

    You take all the time you need. And if you want to talk? We are here.

  119. So sad to hear this JMG, I hope this final time you have together is as good as it can be.
    Life is so bittersweet, Ive no doubt that Sara wants your life to continue be a happy and productive one and that is my great wish for you.
    Sara has a new phase in this strange journey of our souls.
    My boss, a relatively young man, barely 50, with 2 kids and a stepson is shortly to make that journey too, probably this weekend.
    Sometimes life can seem, so tough, so hard to bear, but we who are still here have to keep going and keep looking for the roses among the thorns.
    Go well, Sara and Bruce 🌹🙏
    Helen in Oz

  120. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. May you both be blessed, and may the transition be full of grace.

    MCB

  121. Hi John,

    I went through the exact same circumstances with my wife 4 years ago. “Til death do us part” are not empty words; your place is by her side giving her the love that will forever transcend this mortal plane. I fervently hope her passing is painless and peaceful as was with my wife. You are a treasure and we all appreciate you (and by extension Sara) beyond measure.

    Sincerely,
    Troy

  122. Greetings all.
    To JMG and family and friends of Sara,
    May you all find solace, peace and fortitude during those difficult times.
    And may Sara find her way in serenity.
    I wish to all those concerned my best wishes.
    Regards

  123. Dear Sara,
    I never knew you, but caught a glimpse of you through John’s writings. Thank you for being you. May your transition be peaceful and your future to your liking.
    Dear John,
    I offer my prayers for your strength and comfort. Take all the time you need.

  124. Dear JMG,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sara, your family and friends at this time.

    Yours with sadness,
    Boy

  125. Hi John and Sara,

    I’m not sure what to say other than I’m terribly sorry that this is happening and I was very moved by Sara’s message. I have said some prayers for her for an easy transition, and will hold on to her example here as a role model for when it is my time to do the same.

  126. Unlike hearing your voice on a variety of podcasts, I never heard Sara’s voice. That is until a read your joint book Pagan Prayer Beads. Sara’s voice was beautifully clear in her writings. May her transition be peaceful.

  127. Dear John,
    please accept my condolences and my prayers for Sara’s smooth passing. I live across the pond but If there’s anyting at all I can do to help via the internet please let me know.
    Manuel

  128. Dear John and Sarah,

    Holding you both in my prayers during this great transition.

    Pagan Prayer Beads inspired me to begin my own prayer practice, and my spiritual life has been profoundly enriched by my Druid rosary that evolved from reading that book.

    Learning Ritual Magic was also my first exploration into the occult, and so I wish to share my deep gratitude to Sara for her enduring contributions to my practice, which has become the single most important thing to me in this incarnation.

    I pray for a graceful transition.

    John, I cannot begin to put into words what your work has done for me and means to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

    Gavin.

  129. I’m so sorry for what you are going through right now. Even when your cherished person is ready it is not easy. Love to both of you.

  130. I am truly saddened to hear this news. Although I never knew Sara in any meaningful sense, I did at least meet her briefly at two of the Ecosophia potluck gatherings, and she struck me as a very sweet woman, soft spoken, but with a strong spirit to match her soulmate’s. I feel honored to have met her thus, and will pray for her peaceful journey to the afterworld.

  131. Dear JMG,
    I have been reading you weekly forever and never commented, but with this sad news how could I not. I have learned so much from you and you have made my life better. I even pray again due to the influence of you and the many people in this community. I wish you love and peace. May Sara be blessed and protected on her new journey.
    Peter

  132. @JMG – I just now read your sad news. Deepest condolences, and, what else is there to say? Just a few hours ago, I was rereading “The Going Song” from one of the After Oil anthologies, and it says a lot of what there is to say. About everything else: I agree wholeheartedly with all the comments earlier – before the news – people said in praise of you, and have little else to add except that your influence has been profound. But I want Sara to know how much I’ve enjoyed the letters she sent me. It was like having another sister. Sara, I’ll miss those letters. Blessings on you, and on a peaceful transition to the next world. May the gods be with you and the Lady fold you in her arms. And thank you for everything. And, John, I’ll grieve with you; I know what it’s like to lose a loved one; I was at my sister’s deathbed a little less than 20 years ago. And with her 800 best friends at her wake! Blessings on you, and may your gods strengthen you in this sad time.
    —-and the harp music sounds lovely.

  133. Dear John,

    Reading your comment and all the comments it has provoked is extremely moving — what an outpouring of love for you and Sara. I hope it will buoy you both on this path into the very heart of the mystery.

    Thank you for all that you and Sara have given us over the years.

    I will light a candle tomorrow in the cathedral, and pray that things may be as easy and smooth as possible for you both as you continue your journeys.

    With love.

  134. JMG, I have dedicated the merits of my practice to you.

    May all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bless you in these difficult times.

  135. May the blessing of the Divine rest upon you both. May Peace abide with you. May Love illuminate your paths, together and apart, now and forever more.

  136. Dear JMG,

    My prayers are with you both. While I have commented very rarely, I have been following this blog since I found ADR in 2012 and was intrigued by the name. I can only say that, like so many others have said, yo have made a tremendous difference in my life. You have provided a haven of calm, sanity, rational thought and thoughtful discussion in an increasingly crazy world where nothing is what it seems.

    Thank you.

  137. JMG,
    Prayers for you and your family. You have given this community so much and I hope you will not hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to return the favor.

  138. My thanks to Sara for having your back, JMG, while you brought forth your work which means so much to so many. I pray for her gentle and blessed transition.
    For you, kind sir, I pray for strength.

    Mike

  139. Just wondering how many more views/listens Therese Honey’s harp music is getting this week…

    That’s what my wife and I are waking up with on this gray Saturn’s morning. A first listen for us.
    And what a great portal to dream through!

  140. Peace be upon you and your house.
    I trust that you will find comfort in the sympathy shown here by so many, names that I’ve seen more or less often over the years.
    Thank you so much for continuing to moderate this comment section. It hadn’t occurred to me, for a few days, that you would be able to do so, and it left a void in my life.

  141. Thank you, everyone, for your words and wishes. I’ve kept Sara informed and read her some of the comments here, and she’s profoundly grateful for the outpouring of love and sympathy.

    I’m glad more people are listening to Therese Honey’s harp music! Sara and I attended a performance of hers at Dusty Strings in Seattle many years ago, and it was a magical evening. Two other harpists Sara’s been listening to in the last few days are Robin Huw Bowen and Llio Rhydderch, in case that’s of interest.

  142. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I will add you both to my prayer list. I will pray for Sara’s journey to go smoothly and for you to be blessed and healed in this time of troubles. Many family members, mostly from the older generations, have departed from my life, and while as an occultist well knows, they’re never really gone, it is sad to know that you’ll never see them on this plane again. May your hiatus afford you renewed strength, resolve and spirits.

  143. Dear JMG –
    Please accept my sincere condolences as well. You and Sara have my immense respect and gratitude for all the work you’ve done and the wise teachings you’ve helped spread over the years. Thank you for the positive impact you’ve had on my life, and I wish you the best in this difficult time.

  144. So very sorry to hear about what you and Sara are going through. May the gods be with you both and guide you through this transition.

  145. Dear JMG,
    May any merit from my practice (Zen Buddhism) be of benefit to you and Sara. Your names are on my altar and you are both in my prayers.
    I don’t often comment but I’m a regular reader and consider you a teacher and friend whose point of view and approach to life I refer to often and respect greatly. You’ve been with me through many ups and downs of life since I discovered your blog sometime around 2009, and I’ve greatly appreciated your calm, reasonable, and often humorous approach to life, the universe, and everything.
    Peace and well-wishes to you both during this time of transition.
    Erica

  146. You don’t need me to tell you, but you are very blessed to have each other; I appreciate that you and she have supported each other with your love incomparably, and we who are responding have all benefited from such a remarkable couple’s work, as well as by your personal example. You will both have my and my family’s prayers. My deep thanks and respect to you both for all the outcomes of your labours, here and elsewhere. Thank you and take care.

  147. John,
    I never knew Sara and only got to intuit her presence and character trough your writing. But you have been an example of an individual worthy of admiration. Even in this ordeal.
    You once wrote, that the best relationships are between people who are both on a path of spiritual growth, and hence I conclude, that Sara is a remarkable person, whose farewell will be sorely missed.
    I am sorry for your pain.
    And I admire your poise.

    May the Gods help both of you on your paths.
    Marko

  148. Dearest Sara,
    I wish I knew you, but I only had glimpses of you through JMG’s writings. I wish you an easy passage. I wish you luck on the next leg of the journey. May your soul be blessed and protected!
    Kirsten

  149. Sara has profoundly influenced my spiritual path through her life’s work in the conduit of your writings. In a way, she has touched the lives of all of us here. I will pray for her a safe passageway on the next leg of her journey.

  150. Part of the chorus to CAIN’s “The Commission” was running through my head this morning.
    “I’ve got to go for a little while, but goodbye is not the end.”

  151. I just read the news, I didn’t expect there to be updates to this thread and didn’t check until just now. I’m so sorry JMG, my heart goes out to you. I think I once asked Sara a question in the DOGD forum, but I mostly knew about her from lurking every post since 2018 or so. She always struck me as very smart and wonderfully nerdy, and your marriage as one of those ideal fairy tale happily-ever-afters. I will pray for both of you as you’ve requested upthread. You are both dearly loved and appreciated.

    It may seem a bit pithy, but when facing loss and despair I comfort myself with the Dr. Seuss quote “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Thank you Sara for the smiles you’ve brought to this life.

  152. Dear JMG and Sara,
    I wish both of you a peaceful transition. To Sara, whether you’ve begun it now or not, I wish you a beautiful journey into the next place you’re headed. To JMG, I can only add my little bit to all the appreciation and love that everyone here feels for you, and wish that it can all make itself felt for you during this time as much as you need it. You’ve helped us all a great deal, and I hope our positive energy can help you back.

  153. I was at the Theosophical Society today picking some books and Linda sends her best wishes and prayers

  154. I pray for peace and emotional strength for both of you. I am glad to hear Sara is at home, in her own bed, faithfully cared for by her loving husband. A far more comforting environment than being in some soul-less mega-hospital.
    Bless you both, and may you have an easy transition, Sara.
    Thank you, JMG for many years of providing such enlightening alternative perspectives to the mainstream propaganda. You have given me hope for the future, despite the many challenges we face.

  155. Dear JMG,
    I’ve been traveling, and only just read this post.
    It has been one of the blessings of my life to have made your and Sara’s acquaintance when you were first thinking to move to Providence, and for both of you to join some of your readers at the annual Potluck.
    Godspeed Sara, and carry what blessings I can bestow with you.

  156. I pray for a peaceful transition for Sara and for strength and peace for you, JMG. Thank you for all that you have done for all of us here and for others.

  157. My best wishes and all my sympathy to you and Sara, and many thanks for all you’ve given to us.

  158. My sincerest sympathy. I have prayed for an easy transition. You two have done an awful lot for the world, now it’s a time for the people that you’ve supported to support you in whatever way they can.

  159. Dear JMG,
    I wanted to let you know that you and Sara are in AODA’s GCC Monastery’s prayers – for Sara’s passing to be gentle and peaceful, and for strength and peace for you in this difficult time.

    On a personal note, Sara has had some influence on me over the years – I’ve read her messages on the old AODA yahoo forums, when she posted as Oakmouse. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of Pagan Prayer Beads, and she was incredibly kind and patient when she showed me and others around and answered our many questions in the DOGD dreamwidth forums. From what interaction I’ve had with her, I know her as a brilliant, insightful, kind and caring person, and she will be missed.

  160. My goodness, I’m sorry: I didn’t see your explanation about your wife, in light of which my previous comment seems perhaps a little inappropriate. Your work has opened my eyes to so many things and done more than any other to change my view of the world and whilst I don’t have the privilege to know you or Sara personally I am so sorry to read of your grief.

    I will keep you and your dear wife in my prayers and ask that Sara be granted a peaceful and painless passing and peace in the next life and that God will comfort you and your family in this most difficult time. Bereavement is always tough, however expected or anticipated.

    Blessings on you both.

    Sam

  161. I do believe that this post is the most healing and sacred thread that I have ever had the privilege of reading anywhere on the internet. What an extraordinary testimony this is to the enchanting work that Sara and John Michael have dedicated their lives to cultivating. Based on what I am reading here, we have all of us been profoundly blessed through their efforts, and we have enthusiastically welcomed their deep wisdom into our lives to enrich our incoherent worldviews and our atrophied compassions beyond measure. That is a truly magical legacy.

    As for the sympathetic working playing out through all the shared harp music, it is quite divine! Therese Honey plays a beautiful Canarios by de Huete that I had never heard before, as well as a lovely Folia with her own ancient-sounding variations. Until listening to Bowen, I hadn’t realize just how many of the familiar melodies from church and folk music are originally of Welsh derivation. And I haven’t even had the time to give Rhydderch a listen yet! Leave it to Sara to continue sharing her delightful musical talents and devotions with us all, even as the clock is striking twelve. I have no doubt that her blessing spirit will come to check in on us often in the years to come, as a joyous song, dancing past on the wild and unfettered winds.

  162. Thank you again, everyone. The outpouring of compassion I’ve witnessed over the last week has been deeply moving.

    Sara’s still on this side of the Veil as I type this, and still calm and lucid. (Occult training has its benefits.) Current music on the boom box is Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, an Irish fiddle and guitar duo, recorded live in Seattle. We saw them play in Ashland, OR; it was a magical experience, even from the perspective of a couple of mages.

  163. It sounds like the two of you got to experience some really wonderful music and time together.

    Wishing you continued strength and Sara continued peace as she makes her transition.

    You caring for your wife in such a personal way in her last days is a true testament to your love and bond. Thanks for sharing your example with us.

  164. Praying for a smooth and peaceful transition for Sara and blessings where her journey onward takes her and for support for John Michael in this challenging time.

  165. May the gods help you and Sara through this difficult moment, I will keep both of you in my prayers. Many thanks for all your work and your books, you have completely changed my life and I will be forever grateful for this.

  166. @JMG

    Very sorry to hear about Mrs. Greer. I prayed to Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna, to give you strength and any kind of support you need in this difficult period, and also for Mrs. Greer to have a peaceful transition to her next life, where she can continue on her spiritual journey and sort out whatever karmic debts she owes to people, positive or negative. Om Shanti.

  167. Dear John Michael and Sara,
    Best wishes and condolences in this difficult time. My the love that you shared in life carry you forward. Many blessings be on you. May the road rise up to greet you.
    Raphanus

  168. I have been a reader since the beginning of ADR and rarely comment. JMG, this blog and the Dreamwidth site bring such comfort to me in these troubling times. I have learned so much and am so grateful to you and all the commenters here. I feel Sara’s presence as well in all that you discuss. Sara I am holding you in the Light. May your gods and goddesses carry you in love and peace through the journey you are embarking upon.

  169. Reading about Sara’s choices of harp music reminded me of one of my most beautiful memories, which I’d not thought of for quite a while. One cold and dark winter, I visited a quiet small town library, which had the cozy fireplace going as snow fell out outside. To my surprise, I happened to be there the evening when a harp and cello duet came to quietly serenade the few readers present. The setting made the notes especially sweet.
    Your mention of Ashland also reminded me of some long overlooked memories of happy moments in delightful Lithia Park.
    I’m glad that the two of you have happy shared memories of times enjoying the wonderful emotional and spiritual power of music, joys to recall as you again share that music now.

    My own greatest regret is passing up some opportunities I had, to have made music my calling and vocation. While it would have had its own challenges, it would have been better for my soul, and brought more joy than the path I fell into: one where a mixture of talent and fear were equally present in my getting too wrapped up in others’ technical concerns, that perhaps didn’t have to be mine to take on.
    Seeing the compassion shared between the two of you and the community at this time, and being reminded of times of profound feelings of connectedness through beauty, has made me reflect and ponder on what legacy I would like to aspire to create in my own remaining time. There may still be ways to reorient my life around what I find most uplifting. Your work’s provided some practical tools for me to seek and ponder, with your recommendations about basics of meditation, divination, and banishing, and I thank you again for that.

    I came into awareness of your work too late to have directly interacted with Sara, but I have always admired the devotion and respect that’s always shined through in your every mention of her. May her music choices now bring smiles and solace to both of you.

  170. Hi John Michael,

    I’ve never felt such sadness for a stranger on the internet across the other side of the world from me. I’ve been reading your blogs for several years now and your writing radiates kindness and generosity – you are my most favourite writer. You inspired me to start my occult training (you actually introduced it to me – I had no idea it existed before reading it from you) and I am unbelieveably thankful for that. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine the pain of losing your life partner – it is the one grief that I never want to feel in this lifetime. I wish you strength and Sarah a peaceful passing.

    Sam

  171. I’m sorry to hear the news; this is my first time commenting, but for what it’s worth I’ve been a reader since the days of the Archdruid Report, and your writing really changed the course of my life for the better.

    I hope Sara’s transition is a peaceful one, and that you find solace in time.

  172. I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and from what you’ve written over the years, I have imagined your life with Sara and feel I know you both a little. Now, I’m one of the many people thinking about you who hopes that the process of Sara leaving this life and moving on goes easy for you both. Love and good wishes.

  173. I pray that Sara will have a peaceful and blessed transition, and that you will be comforted during this most difficult time by the love and life you’ve shared together.

    As you can tell by these messages of sympathy and support, you both have meant so much to so many people. Blessings to you both.

    Kelly

  174. I have been deeply saddened to hear the news of Sara’s imminent departure from this world. The two of you have been such a great inspiration to me, even though I have never had the opportunity to meet either in person. Like some of the others here, I have been a long-time reader, beginning even before I discovered The Archdruid Report in its very early days (I ordered and read a copy of the first edition of Monsters way back when it first came out thanks to the recommendation of a New Age mail order catalog I used to subscribe to).

    Thank you both for everything. May Sara’s passing be peaceful and may the gods comfort you both.

  175. Peace and love to all here, and especially to you, Mr. Greer. I have been a faithful reader for 14 years and rarely comment, but please know how profoundly you have influenced my life. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Mrs. Greer’s illness. I am adding my hope and my prayers to the others here for her gentle passing. You are very blessed to have found each other and to have shared many years together. May the Gods and our gentle Mother carry her safety home.
    Heather

  176. Dear Sara and JMG,

    I pray every day for you now, sending love and blessings.

    My prayers sometimes take unexpected forms – yesterday, I was playing several short pieces by J.S.Bach from Little Music Book for Anna Magdalena Bach and I remembered you in some harmonies and replayed two of them especially as a prayer for you.

    I would also like to share with you – and also with the other commenters, whose messages are very touching, one insight about sorrow. Since the time of my mother’s passing on I call it “beautiful sorrow” and I perceive it as a bridge of love; on our side it feels like deep missing, sadness, but I read its deep meaning as “waves of love, which cannot be directly manifested”. I firmly believe that on the other side it shines as pure, beautiful, balanced, dancing love.

    Blessings,
    Markéta

  177. After I read some more of the posts here this morning, I had the oddest feeling that we (all who post here) were members of some kind of large family or tribe gathering around the death bed of a beloved elder to witness their passing. Granted, we are posting to a forum and are present electronically on the forum, but perhaps we are also present in person on another plain.

  178. I’m somewhat late seeing this, but there fortunately if unsurprisingly seems to have been plenty of support here already. I’ve added a prayer of my own now, though, and though I’m not really sure what to say in this comment, the two of you’ve also my more mundane hopes for things to go well.

  179. Dear John,
    Your sharing with us the music you and Sara are listening to is such a beautiful way to allow us the privilege of being with you both during this very intimate time. You and Sara have quite the family gathered here. Music does indeed transcend time and space; I believe it’s one of the ways available to us to experience the Divine.
    Blessings
    Jeff

  180. Dear John and Sara;
    I will keep you both in my prayers and can not tell you how deeply this sad news has affected me. I’m not the emotional type yet I can not stop crying.
    I
    John, I’ve followed your writing since the beginnings of the Archdruid Report and you have had a profound influence on me
    I just reread Retrotopia and it remains my hope for the future as the American empire staggers down the road to ruin.
    All the love in the world!

  181. I add my words of support to the others here and send courage and light. I recall that you once said that you had turned to the Stoic writers in an earlier time of great loss, and I hope you can find meaning now too.
    How blessed you that you have so many here with you.
    peace

  182. Dear JMG,
    Prayers and love to yourself and Sara from our little corner of North Wales.
    I will keep a candle lit for both of you in the land once known as Powys Fadog.
    Tim

  183. My thoughts are with you, Sara, as you enter this new phase of your journey. I pray you find your way on this new path before you.

    Best wishes to you, JMG, as you find peace in this challenging time. Like many others here, I have been profoundly and positively influenced by your writing over the years. I send warm regards to both of you now.

  184. JMG & Sara,

    I’ve been away on a walking trip, investigating an old Hospitaller commandery. I don’t know what to add to what’s been said.

    To cross the Veil is a part of being human. It comes to us all, and all of us should be prepared for it as best we can. I’ve cared for close relatives with dementia; I know how that ends. So do you, from your days working in a nursing home. It doesn’t assuage the grief we feel at all, but a good end – lucid, able to prepare and be calm – is a blessing for a loved one. I hope that comes across as it’s meant: with sincere sympathy for you both, knowing that both of you as Archdruids understand that this passage through Abred has purpose and meaning as we move through incarnations towards Ceugant.

    You are both in my thoughts.

    Bogatyr

  185. Thinking of you JMG and Sara, I don’t know what to say but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to send love and appreciation to you both and to offer all the blessings I can for your journeys onwards both in life and in death. Thank you for sharing the music with us.

  186. My sincerest condolences at this tough time. May Sara’s journey be a smooth one, and your journey through the grief be a healthy one, guided by the wisdom and perspective you display to us all here every week. Best wishes John, you are in my thoughts.

  187. I’ve been reading since the Archdruid days, but never commented before. I’m here to express love, appreciation and good will to you and Sara. I’m working my way through LRM and my life is better because of what both of you have brought into the world.

  188. Sara is on my blessing candle tonight for a smooth transition. Best wishes and know that both of you have done work that has helped people improve their lives, myself included. This month marks five years of magical practice inspired by DMH & DA and it has really helped me to get a handle on my life and work on myself. Thank you!

  189. JMG,
    Prayers for you during this difficult time and for Sarah to have a peaceful transition into the next world.

    May the god(s) bless both of you and give you both strength for what comes next.

    Bob

  190. Dear JMG,
    Greetings from Mexico. I have read your blog for some time, and I have acquired a deep respect for your knowledge, intellect, insight., and humanity.
    I have never posted until now. My heartfelt condolences and my best wishes.

  191. John

    Sympathy to you
    In my Irish way
    May I ask
    Have you someone with you ? To help you John
    To make tay or be quiet over a gentle bit of reflection
    Of the joys ye had
    The Smiles ye shared

    Someone to help you sup from this parting glass ?

    Be not alone friend at this time

  192. Tadhg, thanks for asking. At the moment it’s just me, but solitude’s very comforting to me, and it allows me to focus on Sara when she’s awake. Once it’s all over I plan on spending plenty of time with friends. As for reflection, true to form, I’ve been doing that in writing — here again, that’s easier for me. I’ll be posting the results once I return to blogging.

  193. I’ve been experiencing a season of loss for the last two years, first my mother, then my father five days later. And on the day my father died I lost my sister as well. A year prior I lost my uncle and even my seventeen year old dog. It’s been absolutely gut wrenching and disorienting period. JMG I hope you have close friends who can surround you with love and support. You’ll find out who your real friends are during this period. I only know you through your books and this blog, but I’m sending you all the positive energy and thoughts I have. You’re not alone.

  194. Once it’s all over, may we talk about death and dying?

    💨Northwind Grandma💨
    Dane County, Wisconsin, USA

  195. Hi John Michael,

    Dropping by to let you know that you are in my thoughts. Peace be with both you and Sara.

    With sympathy in these most tragic of all hours,

    Chris

    PS: Thought you might be interested. The departed sometimes come knocking. Yesterday an old school friend popped into my awareness. Curiosity got the better of me, and the keyboard did the rest. Turns out his funeral was six days ago. The world is a far more interesting place than the materialist set may recognise. Reading at a distance is not my thing, but over the long years I’ve formed the impression that yours and Sara’s bond is strong, and the idea of Eagles comes to mind (not sure why), but they also pair bond for life. May in years to come, you both once again enjoy a mead in a rowdy mead hall. Peace.

  196. Dear JMG,
    My thoughts have been and are with you and Sara during this most challenging time.
    All the very best,
    Owain

  197. Tadgh #330 is so wonderfully spot on.
    For days now I’ve wanted to say here the dearest, kindest, caring four words of Irish–
    ioche mhaigh, cullaigh samh.
    Please forgive my spelling.
    It means: night good, sleep well.

    The only other thing I’d offer , is from my experience with hospice dogs. I struggled to lay beside days and days of dying. Joan Halifax’s book Being With Dying helped greatly. Joan Halifax did a lot of interviews, etc and somewhere in there she said this:
    The body knows how to die.

  198. Thank you John, for all these years. I have not developed knack for feeling I’ve said much in few words, but I would rather say a little than nothing at all. The energy of these transitions can be such a powerful thing and I am grateful for your sharing your words. Praying for peace in Sara’s crossing.

  199. God bless you both. May Sara fly on angel’s wings and see the faces of her loved ones waiting for her.

  200. I just wanted to add my voice.
    You have given me so very much over the years through your writing.
    I pray for you both.
    Christine S

  201. You know I felt I halfway knew Sarah just though the blog. Now I realize we owe her equally. May all be well and all manner of things well, despite the stormy clouds, with you both.

  202. Morning John,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both. May your wife’s transition to the summer lands be a smooth one.
    Kind regards Averagejoe

  203. I continue to send calming, soothing thoughts for you and Sara. It’s so heart warming to see the scale of support and strength this community provides.

  204. PG

    That’s it !

    “Good night and sleep well”

    From reading John over the years Sara’s Welsh background shines through
    A nation that reclaimed their language conversationally and its great to hear

    We Irish have kept our musical lineage thank God but regard our language poorly which is a shame

    Tir gan Teanga
    Tir gan Anam

    A land without a tongue
    Is a land without a soul

    Anyway that’s a chat for a less somber time eh ?

    All the best
    Tadhg

  205. PG or Tadgh,
    How does one pronounce “io che maigh, culligh samh”?
    My Irish grandmother taught me only the sign of the cross in Irish but when I became interested in languages and asked her to teach me more, that was all that she had learned in school.
    I wish good night and good sleep for all of us, John Michael and Sara in particular.

  206. I’m so sorry to read the news.
    Thank you, Sara, for the vegetarian lentil stew recipe. Changed my life, you did.
    My prayers are with you both. God Bless.
    Claus

  207. I pray Sara’s transition is a peaceful one and that you, dear druid, are comforted by sweet memories. May you both be in peace and love.

  208. For Sarah and John:
    After reading tonight these many expressions of love and gratitude, I wish to add my own thanks and grateful regard for your writing and your patient thoughtfulness, and for creating this forum of honest exchange. Thank you for teaching us in these difficult times, and for sharing the radiating love of your time together. Sending prayers for Sarah’s peaceful crossing and prayers for Johns work and comfort as he continues here.
    Alice

  209. JMG, thank you for your postings on Subscribestar despite your difficult circumstances! I found the discussion of the upcoming conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus particularly intriguing.

  210. Dearest John and beloved Sara:
    Long time lurker, first time speaker: When I read about Sara, I wept. Like so many here, I knew her as the steady, loving presence behind your words and your warm regard so evident anytime you mentioned her name. I see the two of you on a path, lined on both sides by all of us here. Some have their arms raised in blessing, others their hands clasped in prayer, and still others reach out in friendship and love and one final touch. The path crosses the border between this life and the next and the line of people continues on , into the misty twilight. While some continue on with her, others wait at the border to stand with you as you watch her go. May she be blessed with starlight and the joy of being free of physical pain. And may you be blessed with solace and strength for the hard days to come.

  211. Thank you for all the years of ideas and wisdom Much love to you both May the stars shine upon you

  212. Hi JMG,
    In sorrow we hold with you, taking your sorrow as our own.
    In peace we send peace to you–may peace be yours beyond understanding.
    Today, I sing James Taylor’s ‘Enough to Be On Your Way’ for both of you, and my blessings”

    “Oh it’s enough to be on your way
    It’s enough just to cover ground
    It’s enough to be moving on
    Home, build it behind your eyes
    Carry it in your heart
    Safe among your own”

    –Emmanuel G

    PS–
    Here’s a link to a commentary on the song.
    https://jmeshel.com/132-james-taylor-enough-to-be-on-your-way/#:~:text='Enough%20To%20Be%20On%20Your%20Way'%20is%20James'%20lament,to%20Florida%20to%20say%20goodbye.

    and the song on youtube for those who want to hear it:

  213. JMG,
    I have read your blogs for years and they have had a huge impact on my life although I do not comment often. I saw your update on the Dreamwidth site earlier this evening about Sara’s passing. My sincere condolences for your loss. You will be in my prayers over the coming weeks.

  214. JMG May grief weight lightly upon you and the Knowledge you will be reunited in this world and the next stay strong in your mine.

Courteous, concise comments relevant to the topic of the current post are welcome, whether or not they agree with the views expressed here, and I try to respond to each comment as time permits. Long screeds proclaiming the infallibility of some ideology or other, however, will be deleted; so will repeated attempts to hammer on a point already addressed; so will comments containing profanity, abusive language, flamebaiting and the like -- I filled up my supply of Troll Bingo cards years ago and have no interest in adding any more to my collection; and so will sales spam and offers of "guest posts" pitching products. I'm quite aware that the concept of polite discourse is hopelessly dowdy and out of date, but then some people would say the same thing about the traditions this blog is meant to discuss. Thank you for reading Ecosophia! -- JMG

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