The Dance of Pagan Recovery: One Last Dance

Friends, this will be my last “Dance of Pagan Recovery” column. Next week, I will begin a new blog for Patheos Pagan entitled The Urban Pagan Homestead: Earthy Adventures of a Dirt-Heart Witch. But before I go, I offer you this ongoing ritual for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom. [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Turn on the Porch Light!

If we want to work with powerful gods, we have to recognize the power inherent in our choice to step away from our addictions. There’s a big difference between the weakness of “I can’t drink” and the courage of “I choose not to feed the monster.” Our health, safety and sanity is our gift to the gods, to all beings, and to our own sweet selves. [Read more…]

Happy 5th, Patheos! #‎Patheos5yrs‬

“The Dance of Pagan Recovery” is a newcomer to the Patheos Pagan Agora blog, only appearing since January of this year. In that short time, I’ve begun to feel the juju that is available through this venue. It feels good to have a place to discuss the needs of those like me, who may have felt unwelcome in traditional recovery programs. [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: “Just one won’t hurt!”

I was having a conversation with someone yesterday at our community Beltane ritual about that tricky thing that happens to us as we get further along in our recovery process… you know, when you start questioning whether you actually ARE an addict or alcoholic? When you remember the innocent pleasure of just that ONE glass of wine, or brownie, or bump? Maybe we could engage in those behaviors in a normal way. Oh, the beautiful maybe! [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: The Season of Sex

Lust is a holy thing and satisfaction is a gift, but Beltane can still be tricky for those in recovery. How do those of us who learned to dance and kiss and make love while under the influence navigate the powerful energies of the season? [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Values and Virtues

Guilt does for the soul what pain does for the body: it lets us know that there is a problem that needs to be tended to. But there is such a thing as false guilt. When we are using old beliefs from old systems to judge ourselves, then the measuring stick becomes a club to beat ourselves with. When we know what we value today, we can disarm the false signal and become that much stronger in our resolve to act honorably. [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Feeling the Feelings

Naked in our rites means being willing to be as we truly are: broken and beautiful and messed up and wise. First, willing to see ourselves, we become willing to let others see us. [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: Welcome to the Dance

How can we get clean while holding our own spiritual practices intact? We’re going to talk about specific rituals to help with recovery, what deities might support or detract from our resolve (because, dang, some of them really like to party), existing groups for pagans, and prayers that help when we’re digging in our darkness. We’re going to help each other to learn the steps of all the dances that keep us healthy and sane. [Read more…]


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