Magic to the People

If you're not familiar with Drew Jacob, let me introduce you. He's the Rogue Priest and a professional adventurer. His blog was one of the inspirations for mine. He's planning on walking to and through South America from Minnesota. He's already made it to New Orleans, where's he been wintering. It hasn't been some idle winter for him. He's been working as a magician, studying Vodou, and is now creating Magic to the People, a pay-as-you-can community magic shop!I think this concept is rad on … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: practice what is just

I like that the word practice is in this Maxim. The word 'practice' is a reminder that there is no perfection, and Justice is a Platonic concept - something that seems like an Absolute but in reality has many nuances. So we aim for what is just in our actions and intentions.Unfortunately, the concept of justice seems to be one that is confused and muddied. Justice is equated with what the courts decide, and sadly, courts are often not just. Racism, sexism, classism and other -isms obscure … [Read more...]

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Further thoughts on being a householder

One of the things I didn't get into in my last post on being a householder and homemaker was how amazing a spiritual journey pregnancy and childbirth are. I wrote my last post from where I'm standing currently: parent to a nearly 5 yr old and a freshly 2 yr old. Yet, I learned so much from growing, birthing, and sustaining a new life.*I found my naturally heady and airy self more grounded and physically present in my body while pregnant. I struggled with the limitations of a growing … [Read more...]

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Being a householder

In my last post I talked about the possibility that if reincarnation was a real thing then my previous lives most likely included several rounds of being a monk and/or a nun. Those past lives would explain my fascination with, inexplicable love for, and extreme weariness with Christianity; my intense longing for the contemplative life and for a spiritual tradition; my obsession with books and learning; my inner conflict with discipline; and my vehement chaffing at rules and orders of any … [Read more...]

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What little I know about reincarnation

Reincarnation is a standard concept in Hinduism and pretty common in the wider Pagan world, but I have long been agnostic about it. As a kid it didn't make much sense to me, but then, neither did the ideas of heaven and hell.The afterlife was a giant unknown - no one ever came back to tell us what really happens, so why let the hope or fear of an afterlife encourage us in the here-and-now? Any devotion to a god should be done for the virtue and blessings in this life. The concept of being a … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Praise virtue

Virtues are good. Virtues tend to be linked to morality, rather than ethics.* This entire Delphic Maxim series is based on what I consider virtues. I also think of virtues as strengths of character. As a parent this particular Maxim is doubly important.My son is 4 and 3/4 years. I don't know if 4 was this hard for other parents (I'm hearing that yes it was/is), but in our house it has been the season of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One moment my son is being super rad: maybe he's funny, helpful, … [Read more...]

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Resistance is futile

Expansion, contraction, expansion, contraction. It would be nice if this was an easy, regular pattern for change and growth in our lives. Dependable like breathing, predictable intervals, clear pay-offs. But it’s not. Sometimes some parts of us are expanding, while other parts are contracting. Sometimes our expansion hits limitations or boundaries and we have to contract a little. Sometimes we resist one kind of expansion in favor of another kind.I’ve had a season of dramatic expansion. Par … [Read more...]

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