Happy Halloween!

Today is the rather secular holiday of Halloween, where kids dress up in costumes and eat absurd amounts of candy. We'll be observing by doing about the same, only going easy on the candy part. My son is going as a 'skull ninja' and my daughter found a dragon suit to wear.There is something lovely, especially for a kid, about getting to walk around in the dark, autumnal weather. The leaves crunch under the feet. The cold (or rain) nips the nose. You get to knock on doors that you might never … [Read more...]

Health, part 2

In my last post I talked about five dietary changes to help you be healthy. Now I want to add five non-food related ideas for health. Yep, it's another non-spiritual post!Let me reiterate two things. One, I am not a medical professional. Take this post as you will. Two, I am not interested in promoting weight loss. I am interested in overall health. Sure, taking steps to get healthy as a whole person often leads to weight loss for those who have excess weight on their frames. Sometimes it … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Give back what you have received

I think this is basically an ancient way of saying 'Pay it forward.' I absolutely agree with this idea. Now that I have a family, I believe this even more. I can respect and care for my parents, who have given me much for my success in life. But I can pass on the gifts and resources to help my kids succeed as a way of paying forward the generosity shown to me.And not just my kids, but everyone's kids. Modern America is a divided society, segregated primarily by class. We have less upwards … [Read more...]

Health, part 1

Warning: This post has nothing to do with Paganism or Hinduism or magic.This time of year everyone is writing on Halloween and Samhain (I'll get there). However, health is a topic that is really important to me. I am an American with lousy health insurance. I have a family of young children and another on the way. These two things make maintaining my health a priority.Good health is also a political act. Working with an herbalist, choosing not to eat junk food or eschewing television for … [Read more...]

Herbalism and the Craft

Witches, midwives and herbal healers all have some history in common. Throughout history many midwives were also healers, shamans were healers, and many women who worked as midwives or healers might also have been considered witches. Their histories are often woven together.In modern times, people who are attracted to witchcraft, in my experience, tend be rather independent and willing to learn about anything that attracts their fancy and/or will advance their craft. I never had an interest … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Test the Character

I feel like this one is incomplete, as in an incomplete sentence. Test the character of what? But I suspect this one is telling us to test the character of the people around us.Knowing of what sort of character our friends and family are made of is a good idea. Can we trust them? Do their words and actions line up? But I don't think we actually need to test anyone's character. If we just pay attention we'll find that people reveal their character regularly. In my experience, life is full of … [Read more...]

Surrender

I suck at surrender. I'm a dominant, organized, go-getter who has a very hard time not doing. A lot of the time this works in my favor, especially as I run a household and raise my kids. I enjoy nurturing others and being pro-active in all of my varied practices. But surrender is an important act of (not)doing, critical to the spiritual life and for healthy relationships.I'm starting to see that my limited capacity for ecstasy might be linked to my limited ability to surrender. Letting go to … [Read more...]


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