Guest posting

I've got a guest post up at Project Conversion today! It's a little bit about how this blog came to be and how I've benefitted from the 'immersionist' experience. … [Read more...]

The best non-magic books about magic, part 1

My two most favorite books about magic aren't explicitly about magic at all. One is a philosophical work in the 'deep ecology' vein, the other is a young adult book about Vikings and Saxons.In this post I'll review (oh, who am I kidding? I'll praise) David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous. I first learned of this book three years ago, during my first autumn in Wales. My friend, Haloquin, loaned it to me. I was thick into my PhD studies, so I did a 'grad school skim.' I loved it and knew it … [Read more...]

Control Yourself

It's been a while since I wrote on the Maxims. Time to get back to them!Delphic Maxim #14 asks us to control ourselves. I can't really argue with this one. I think self-control is important. Self-control of all our parts (verbal, emotional, physical, etc) allows us to be intentional and minimizes unnecessary damage to others. Self-control is a good thing.But I don't view this in some sort of Calvinist denial of the body, some Puritanical denial of all things shiny and fun. Knowing how … [Read more...]

We accept the ….. we think we deserve.

I remember when The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out. I was working in bookstores at the time and kept hearing how good it was. I never read it. Now the movie is coming out. This book was very important to a good friend of mine, and it's thanks to her that this is even on my radar again. One of the most famous quotes from the book is "We accept the love we think we deserve." I was thinking about this quote in meditation yesterday, thinking first about how it relates to my good friend, and … [Read more...]

Coming Out as a Polytheist

Earlier this week Adam and I went to visit with a family whose daughter attends the same preschool as our son. The kids had a great time, playing together happily, whilst we adults sat around talking, drinking delicious strawberry mint "mojitos" and eating amazing meatballs. It was a great party! Somewhere in there the conversation turned to my background in theology. As it does. I had an experience I haven't had in a while: I was asked if I believe in God.I was surprised at how the … [Read more...]

Prayer of Rededication

An acquaintance of mine and Feri initiate, who goes by the internet nom de plume Happydog Potatohead, wrote this beautiful prayer recently. I was struck to the quick when I read it. Not only do I revere Kali, but Happydog speaks of the fire, the burning, the boundaries - these things which I've been feeling, pushing against, embracing. This prayer expresses my heart more accurately and eloquently than I could myself. Enjoy. My Patroness, my Maitresse de ma Tete, is Kali.Ghosts … [Read more...]

Fire

I'm done with all of my summer traveling. I'm recovering physically (had a stomach bug to contend with), emotionally (relationships to heal), and mentally (oh wow, look at that list of things to attend to). It's been hot here too, and we don't have air conditioning. As I wind down and get centered again, the image that keeps coming to me is the Tower.I feel like I'm on fire. Everything is in flames. Do you feel it, too? It's more than just the incredible heatwave that the US has been … [Read more...]


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