Magic Amongst the Mundane

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I'd like to say I'm up to no good, but mostly I'm up to my elbows in house work. My family has been incredibly busy this month. Here's a bit of what a week in a polytheist parent's life looks like.Last Friday I posted my review of Gus DiZerega's latest book. I thought the book was flawed, but full of ideas that I hope can find a wider audience. Gus did not take too kindly to my review. As it was also my husband's birthday weekend, we went south to Portland to visit friends and eat … [Read more...]

Fault Lines: A Review

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Gus DiZerega is a scholar and blogger - in fact, he writes regularly here at Patheos Pagan! His most recent book is Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. I've spent most of my advanced academic career studying the Divine Feminine in one form or another, so I was interested in what a smart, Pagan scholar would have to say about this topic. I am disappointed to report that this book is underwhelming.DiZerega spends most of the book detailing how … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading

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The end of summer quickly approaches. I am pleased that the heat is beginning to mellow. My eldest son starts first grade in a couple of weeks and I couldn't be happier! However, the end of summer brings a kind of busyness that leaves me feeling frayed at the edges. Summer promises must be kept. School supplies must be gathered. The clothing must be gone through to see what is needed (my son basically needs everything; he grows like a weed!). My husband's birthday is this weekend. There is a lot … [Read more...]

Spiritual Boundaries and Full Moons

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Full moons and witches go together like sriracha and rice (hey, it's my blog, I'll make my own comparisons, thank you!). Tonight's moon is this year's largest supermoon - a full moon that is slightly closer to the earth and thus looks larger than usual. Not only are these moons extra gorgeous, they are extra potent. It's no wonder I've been extra jittery and overwhelmed this week! Over the years I have found that I react to both the full and dark moons. It feels a little bit like spiritual … [Read more...]

Looking from Lammas to Mabon

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The Wheel is turning. I feel it. High summer's heat is softened 'round the edges. It's bite is less sharp, though no less taxing when getting three children in and out of stifling car seats. I'm tired of sweating. I never like to rush a season, for time moves swiftly enough as it is, but I cannot wait for late summer, when the Wheel slips toward Mabon and full on Fall.I am looking forward to the colors of leaves, to brisk air in the mornings, to rain, to the dark. I want to be able to wear … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Perfectionism

The single biggest hindrance to doing anything is the tyranny of perfectionism. Fearing that I'm not Doing it Right or Doing Enough keeps me from doing more than I care to admit. As a parent of young children I am often caught in this web of lies. There's never enough uninterrupted time. There's never enough childcare. This web tangles up many areas of my life: spiritual practice, health, parenting, community building, and so on.The tyranny of perfectionism sometimes also keeps people … [Read more...]

(Not) Working with the Ancestors

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Almost every witch, shaman, or spirit worker I know talks about working with their Ancestors. Some magicians do it. Polytheists, if they don't work directly with their Ancestors, usually have ways in which they honor them. But me? I'm terribly conflicted.See, I understand the theory behind most Ancestor veneration and spirit work. It reminds me a lot of the tradition of Saints in Catholicism. Why not send up a prayer to some one who is invested in my well being and has experience in a … [Read more...]


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