Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part 3

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This is the final installment of Willow Moon's comparison of his dual observance of Faerie Witchcraft and Tibetan Buddhism. Here are the previous parts one and two. I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful practitioner share their observances with us!*****Ethics are perhaps the area where Buddhism and Faerie Witchcraft diverge the most.  In Buddhism there are many rules for conduct but they all boil down to the basic ethics associated with the three levels of vows taken before … [Read more...]

Celebrating Imbolc Quietly

Welsh snowdrops by Gerallt Pennant via Wikimedia Commons.

When I was living in Wales I felt the seasons shift at Imbolc. Snow drops raised their cheery heads from cold earth. The sheep in the pastures across from my house began their lambing. The light grew demonstrably stronger. Occasionally the daffodils would poke up, bright yellow promises of sunlight to come.Here in the Pacific Northwest I also feel the growing light in my bones. It's still cold and wet and grey - reminding me that we are still in winter's clutch. I don't see any snow … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part two

By Hoi-Man Hau (Harmony Bells), via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to the second installment of Willow Moon's comparison of his two traditions, Tibetan Buddhism and Faerie Witchcraft. You can read the first part here and Willow's bio. Enjoy!*****Both Buddhists and Faerie Witches gain knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world through inner knowledge combined with an acquired knowledge passed to us by our teachers and spiritual friends.  Inner knowledge is the development of what we have learned from others by mulling it over, … [Read more...]

On Being a Student

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I know a little something about being a student: I've got a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree in history, most of a vocal performance degree, a master's degree in religious studies, and a few years of doctoral work in theology. I've spent probably ten full years in voice lessons with a total of nine different teachers and I've spent the last 8 years studying Feri/Faerie witchcraft with a total of four teachers.Yet, for all that studying, on my own and with teachers, I realized … [Read more...]

Let’s Have Tea!

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Patheos Pagan editor, Christine Hoff Kraemer, has issued a call to all of the bloggers and readers here at the Pagan Portal. She'd like to see us build community. I have found that in my short time blogging at Patheos my online community has expanded significantly. It's nice. I'm looking forward to meeting several of my fellow bloggers in person at next month's Pantheacon, as well as Rhyd  Wildermuth when he passes through my town.In an effort to expand this community, I am taking up … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part one

Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava. By anonymus (Sotheby's) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dual observance is a theme at my blog. I practice Traditional Witchcraft and Hinduism on the left-hand Tantric side of things. The following guest post is written by Willow Moon. I am honored to have such a wise teacher share his experience here.Willow Moon has had a long and abiding interest in traditional Witchcraft since the 70's which led him to be initiated and trained in a number of Witchcraft traditions.  In the early 80's he met his first primary Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He started … [Read more...]


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