What Do You Mean by “Scary”?

I’ve met a new friend. We jumped right into some deep waters. She’s made some less than conventional life choices and has faced the consequences of people she loves telling her that she needs to get right with Jesus. I can relate, I told her. I’ve given many people many reasons to stop talking to me. Not only did I get a divorce in my early twenties, I ran off with a younger woman. Two good reasons for excommunication right there. But, I added, now I practice witchcraft and blog publicly about it … [Read more...]

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May the First

For many Pagans the first of May is Beltane. In the past I never celebrated this holiday that much. I came into my own as a Pagan living in the San Francisco Bay Area and I struggled to feel the rhythms of the Land there and the turnings of the Wheel. Beltane made more sense when I lived in Wales, especially as that Land is rife with the Fey. And then we moved again, this time to Washington State. I had no standard practice for this holiday and so I let it slide. But no more. This day is full to … [Read more...]

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Procession of the Species

Nestled between Earth Day and May Day/Beltaine is the Procession of the Species in Olympia, WA. Procession is a set of a parades, a luminary night time parade on Friday evening and a Saturday afternoon one, that occurs in the last weekend of April, in conjunction with Arts Walk. It's been happening for 20 years. It's one of my favorite community gatherings of all time and is one of the reasons I love Olympia so damn much.Why? I love a good parade. I love creativity, marching bands, the … [Read more...]

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The Vocabulary of Spiritual Practice, part 1

Humans like boundaries and definitions. We like order. Understanding what something is or is not happens early on in our development and helps us to make sense of the world. I learn a lot about humanity by watching my kids. When infants and older babies, there is no male or female, no boy or girl. There are only people that are safe. Once self-awareness begins somewhere in the third and fourth years (2 or 3) noticing body parts and differences, as well as growing a vocabulary for explaining … [Read more...]

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What If We’re Just Making It All Up?

Can I tell you a secret? Something I rarely say out loud, something I often wonder might be the elephant in the room?Sometimes, when things have been quiet or hard, sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with all the doing, I wonder, "What if we're just making it all up?"What do I mean by "all"? I mean, the gods, the spirits, the striving, the masks and nuances, the performances of normality and culture: all of it.Fake It Til You Make ItHow many of us go through our lives feeling … [Read more...]

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One True Thing

The gods are real.Remember that one time that one god walked through my living room? I didn't make that up. Or the dream I had just last week about the work that other devotees are doing, things I shouldn't know? Or that consistent, still, small voice that whispers to me when I am still and quiet. The gods are real.The land speaks.Some of it speaks more loudly than others. Sometimes I can hear it more easily than at other times or in other places.Sometimes these voices are … [Read more...]

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Pantheacon Rituals are a Blessing

I don't get a lot of ecstatic ritual in my life. Most of the ritual in my life has to do with the kids' night time routine. If I get ritual it's usually solitary, staying up past my bedtime, carefully preparing before and cleaning up after. Getting to sink into a ritual is a rare treat for me. Good ritual fills my "cup" - a cup that is often dry for much of the year. This is one of the reasons that going to Pantheacon (and other gatherings) are so important and enjoyable for me.This didn't … [Read more...]

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