Gateway Goddess: Poison Ivy Vengeance – A Trickster Teacher

Small farm girl, angry with her brothers. She knows how to get even. She gathers a large bunch of poison ivy and rubs it on their skin. Revenge. On them, and on her. “She got it worse than they did,” her father said. He laughed a little, that “Kids, what are you gonna do” kind of [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: St. Louis Pagan Picnic – 20 years of open-air Pagan community

If someone were to ask me what Pagan community is like in the St. Louis area, I’d say, “Picnic.” Part festival, part family reunion, and altogether joyous, the St. Louis Pagan Picnic celebrated its 20th anniversary June 9 and 10. Organizers said more than 4,000 people—perhaps as many as 4,500—gathered over two days in Tower Grove [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: The Transit of Venus, Gifts, and Gratitude

The tree stood alone, just to the side of the small parking space near Monk’s Mound. A couple small, concrete benches made it a perfect picnic spot. Wendy and I walked to the tree, having decided to have a bit of lunch before climbing the 98-foot tall earth mound built centuries before, basket of earth [Read More…]