Reviewing Project Conversion

Andrew Bowen is an angry, self-righteous asshole. That's probably why we get along so well, and why his book,¬†Project Conversion:¬†One Man, 12 Faiths, One Year, is so powerful.Full disclosure: Andrew's blog, Project Conversion, began in 2011 and was one of the inspirations for me starting My Own Ashram. Through mutual blog reading and various discussions via Facebook he and I have become friends and allies in our spiritual journeys, though we've never met in person. When he asked me to review … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Praise the good

Yes! A maxim I'm already good at!I am by nature very critical. Do you need some one to pick something apart? I'm your girl! On the flip side, if you need a cheerleader, if you need some one to get excited about you and what you're doing, if you need some encouragement, I am equally your girl. I love to praise to what is good.So many people will gladly disparage those around them in an effort to build themselves up or to drag others down to their level of misery. Cynicism can be funny, … [Read more...]

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Imbolc

Tomorrow, or maybe the day after, or sometime in the next week to ten days, depending on how you follow these sorts of things, is Imbolc, cross quarter Sabbat of Celtic origin and propagated via Wicca and various witchcraft traditions.I have tended not to observe this holiday very much. I resonate a lot with all things Celtic, but I admit I've been intimidated by the heavy academic bent to much of Celtic Reconstruction practice. Now, I'd like to expand my practice and start incorporating … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Long for wisdom

This one is easy. Long for wisdom? I've been yearning for it my whole life. Actually, I yearned for knowledge, confusing the two. When I was 11 wisdom and knowledge seemed like the same things. I distinctly remember spending hours looking through a family friend's college viewbooks (remember those? from before the internet?). By 12 I had decided that I wanted to go to Bowdoin college in Maine and eventually get a PhD so I could be the smartest girl in the world.I still privilege knowledge. I … [Read more...]

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Midwinter

Midwinter is here. I feel it in my energy levels. I see it in the light. It's been cold here: dry and close to freezing most days. Today it warmed up enough to rain. In the mornings we're awake for the sunrises, but we don't have to wait long. The days feel ever so slightly longer. The growing light is welcome.The first part of winter always feels intense to me. It comes on the end of an autumn cull and the high holidays of Samhain. This year was no different. But the level of intensity of … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Pursue honor

When I hear this word I think of knights and samurais: people who live by what seem to be (according to romantic and anachronistic novels) hard-and-fast codes of honor. I also think of 'honor killings,' where people murder others (usually women, sometimes themselves) in order to 'save face.' I can see nothing honorable about killing somebody else because you feel ashamed of their actions. That to me is not honor, or even remotely healthy boundaries.And yet we have phrases like 'honoring our … [Read more...]

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Dedication

Tomorrow I am driving north to Seattle for a dedication. My dedication.For the last year I've been driving 70 miles every third Saturday of the month to study with two amazing Feri/Faery initiates, NG and W. I haven't written about it; it's been something close to my heart and I wanted to keep it to myself. My teachers are private and don't have much of an online presence. I only learned about their location and openness to teaching through word of mouth: one initiate introduced to me … [Read more...]

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