What little I know about reincarnation

Reincarnation is a standard concept in Hinduism and pretty common in the wider Pagan world, but I have long been agnostic about it. As a kid it didn't make much sense to me, but then, neither did the ideas of heaven and hell.The afterlife was a giant unknown - no one ever came back to tell us what really happens, so why let the hope or fear of an afterlife encourage us in the here-and-now? Any devotion to a god should be done for the virtue and blessings in this life. The concept of being a … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise virtue

Virtues are good. Virtues tend to be linked to morality, rather than ethics.* This entire Delphic Maxim series is based on what I consider virtues. I also think of virtues as strengths of character. As a parent this particular Maxim is doubly important.My son is 4 and 3/4 years. I don't know if 4 was this hard for other parents (I'm hearing that yes it was/is), but in our house it has been the season of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment my son is being super rad: maybe he's funny, helpful, … [Read more...]

Resistance is futile

Expansion, contraction, expansion, contraction. It would be nice if this was an easy, regular pattern for change and growth in our lives. Dependable like breathing, predictable intervals, clear pay-offs. But it’s not. Sometimes some parts of us are expanding, while other parts are contracting. Sometimes our expansion hits limitations or boundaries and we have to contract a little. Sometimes we resist one kind of expansion in favor of another kind.I’ve had a season of dramatic expansion. Par … [Read more...]

Missing Pantheacon – again

This weekend - every President's day weekend - is Pantheacon, the largest indoor Pagan conference/gathering in the world, in San Jose, CA. I've been twice, and I've been itching to go back ever since.To me, PCon (as it's known) is like a family reunion. I get to spend time with my fellow Feri students, meet other practitioners I've only known online, and share some magic together. There are rituals and workshops, lectures and panels, hospitality suites and parties, and lots of conversation … [Read more...]

My thoughts and predictions on the state of the Papacy

I got online yesterday morning and couldn't figure out why so many people were talking about the Pope. I don't have too many Catholic friends on Facebook. Was he dead? Many of my friends pay attention to religion in some form. What I found was even more surprising.At this point, you may be aware that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. From what I understand it's the first time in around 600 years that's happened. The last time was during the Schism - a period of time when the Papacy was … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Find fault with no one

Uh-oh.How is this maxim possible? Everybody has faults and everyone messes up from time to time. How are we supposed to not find faults with others?I actually tried to look this one up. I found a little commentary by Epictetus in The Enchiridion. It seems to be about not blaming others for things that we can control and not putting our responsibilities on those people or situations that we can't control. In a way, this maxim is a reminder to take responsibility for ourselves.Some … [Read more...]

Getting a tarot reading

I didn't get a tarot reading from some one until years after I started studying the tarot myself. It is very possible that my first reading wasn't until 2009, in Daylesford, Australia, the one that suggested I'd be moving abroad - and soon. (She was right. We had decided to move to Wales the day prior, and 9 months later we were in Wales.) I still primarily read for myself. For the last year or two I've begun taking advantage of the many other people I know who read tarot. Sometimes it's a good … [Read more...]


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