So Long, and Thanks for All the Clicks

Dear Friends,I began blogging as a personal project during a time of transition in my life. At that time I had a 3 year old and a 4 month old. I was living in Wales and about to quit my PhD program. I wanted to go deeper into my own spiritual practices, develop writing that was not academically driven, and find out what "my own ashram" might look like. Through the discipline of writing and practice, through the connections woven from the world wide web of words, I feel that I have succeeded … [Read more...]

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Relational Polytheism

One of the key pieces of my evolving personal theology is relationship. This idea seems to be taking root and flowering in the work of other Polytheist thinkers, too. People who identify with other practices, traditions, and labels will also understand the concept of relationship, as no one tradition holds the copyright to such a concept. In this piece I'd like to outline my ideas on this topic.THEORYMy thoughts around sacred relationality began by studying Christian theology, … [Read more...]

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Many Gods, Many Peoples, Many Experiences

Many Gods West, which occurred last weekend in Olympia, WA, was a tremendous success. Yes, I’ll blow my own horn. How do I judge it a success? Because it exceeded my own hopes and expectations for the weekend.Polytheists are a diverse group of people. There is no one Voice. We come from a diversity of backgrounds, we honor a variety of gods and spirits, we face different obstacles in our practices - yet, when we come together to share our experiences we grow stronger as intersectional a … [Read more...]

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The Book of Life

Last week I took my kids to a summer showing of last year's The Book of Life, an animated movie all about el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). I knew nothing about the film going in, other than it was animated and I'd heard good things about it. My kids really liked it and I did, too - mostly.Written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Torro, the film is by, for, and about people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. In a whitewashed industry, this is … [Read more...]

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What the Land Taught Me

At the end of last month I went to Alaska, my homeland and lifelong Love. (You can read the previous entries to learn a little bit about this Place and my heart struggle with it.) My kids and husband and I went to spend two weeks with my parents, sister and her kids. It was a great trip, though like all my trips home, it was emotionally and spiritually complicated. It has taken me the better part of two weeks to recover. Thanks for being patient with me.I left my home in Olympia in the … [Read more...]

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The Vocabulary of Spiritual Practice, Part 2

I apologize for leaving you hanging. I have been laid out with strep throat! Let's get back to our regularly scheduled blogging, shall we?I recently posted about some terminology and I'd like to finish off exploring a few more words related to my practice.DevotionWhat do we mean when we talk about devotion? This word is used exclusively in the context of relationship. I've never heard anyone use it outside of this context. The nature of the devotions may be different from person 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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