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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Expanding My Horizons

Many years ago I spent an extended period of time only reading works and listening to music by women. The male voice is overwhelmingly dominant in our society. Surrounding myself exclusively with women's voices and perspectives was soothing, inspiring, and very clarifying. I have decided that I needed to reset my perspective and do the same with race. The white experience is overwhelmingly dominant in our society. It doesn't help that I am and my world is overwhelmingly white. It's time to … [Read more...]

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Preparation for Practice

[This is the second in a series on practice. Read part one here.]How do we prepare to practice?Sometimes the preparation is the practice; sometimes it's an important precursor to the practice.I talked a lot yesterday about the grounding and aligning I do as part of my breath work. I do that before and after almost everything I do: prayers, offerings, meditation, trance, ritual, etc. Grounding and aligning is the preparation for further work and is the work itself.The Feri/Faery … [Read more...]

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Foundations of Practice

River Devora has a monthly meeting for discussion among polytheists at her house. Those of us far away can attend online, which I did the first month, and will do again. Yesterday's gathering was all about practice. I wasn't able to attend (virtually or otherwise) as I was singing my heart out at the third and final choir performance of Dvorak's Mass in D and Fauré's Requiem. I was, however, able to see the list of questions that were discussed and I'd like to use it for blog fodder. The topic … [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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What We’re Reading

Occasionally (usually when I'm sick, out of ideas, or pressed for time - like this week!) I like to post what we're reading in my house.Niki's booksI am embarrassed to admit it, but I'm STILL reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. I started this book back in September. The introduction and opening chapters were so intense, so bleak, that I began to have anxiety attacks at night after reading it. What sort of world were my children born into?? I had to put the book away for a … [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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