A blessed Diwali!

Diwali decorations are up. Candles are lit. Lights are on. Wine is poured. Gifts given. I'm wearing new earrings and I'm about to cook one of my husband's favorite meals.Tonight, after the kids are asleep, I'll make puja to Lakshmi, honoring her for the abundance and beauty in my life, and asking for her blessings upon my life, my family, and all who dwell in this house.Pictures (and more explanation) to come tomorrow.May we all find light in the darkness, may liberation and … [Read more...]

Holidays and Hinduism

Diwali begins today. Well, in some communities. The major Lakshmi puja is observed the day after the dark moon, on Tuesday. What's hard for me about observing Hindu holidays is that so many of the details depend on cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent. Tamils observe slightly differently than Nepalese than the myriad other ethnic and cultural groups. The gods even have different names and sometimes slightly different mythology! While this is really confusing, it's also liberating. … [Read more...]

Morning Practice

Every morning I escape from the family routine of breakfast, showers, dishes, getting dressed, stop hitting your sister, and escape into my back room to sit. I used to get up before the kids and do this, but my son typically is wide awake at 6.30 ready to snuggle and be read to. Getting up at 5.30 would be wise, but just isn't going to happen, if I'm being honest.Sitting in my bathrobe (sometimes I'm dressed first, not usually) I light the candles and the incense, waving it in front of … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Vote

I didn't double-check, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a Delphic Maxim. Democracy comes from the Greeks, even if only the non-slave males were given the opportunity to vote. The Unites States doesn't have a direct democracy, which really only functions best among thousands of people. But we do have democracy, and I'm a fan of it. I don't use this blog for my political thoughts (although you can be certain I have many). Doing our civic duty is an ancient pagan value and so I'm using today's post … [Read more...]

The Not So Dumb Supper

I don't know the much about history and tradition of the dumb supper. I've been to a few communal suppers and really enjoyed them. A few years ago I decided I'd like to add this to my own family's traditions. Finding some balance to the commercialized candy-fest of mainstream Halloween and creating a container to discuss death and ancestors with the kids is important to me. This was our third dumb supper - and it certainly wasn't all that dumb (and by dumb, I mean silent).My ideal dumb … [Read more...]

From one fire to another

Last night was Halloween. Did you dress up? Have trick-or-treaters at your door? Halloween (October 31) is the holiday I reserve for the fun, cultural aspects of this particular season. I enjoy the knocks on the door and walking around in the dark. I admit I take a perverse pleasure in getting to peek inside people's homes. I don't enjoy the abundance of cheap sugary crap and "sexy" costumes, but much of that can be avoided with a little creativity and diligence.My kids dressed up as Luigi … [Read more...]

Samhain Thoughts

Halloween/Samhain approaches. It's my High Holy Days! But there is so much going on in my world right now that I can barely focus. I've missed the last two Maxim Mondays - the week before was the middle of Navratri and yesterday I was attending to family things. I'd like to share some of what's going on in my world and what I've been up to, along with a few thoughts on the season.First, I was able to meet up with some amazing people on Sunday. I drove to Seattle and met with Christine Hoff … [Read more...]


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