The weekend’s Harvest Moon

You might have noticed the full moon over the weekend. In this corner of the world it was hard to ignore. Big and bright, making puffy clouds shine silver one night, glowing gold and orange in a clear, starlit sky the next.According to many sources around me, this full moon was especially powerful. I don't often make magic at full moons; I usually reserve that for the dark moon. Full moons usually make me spacey and a touch giddy. But all weekend long I had a strong urge to make … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Honor Providence

This is another maxim where I felt the need to look up the words. If anyone has clarification around what the original Greek intended, I'm wide open for schooling. (Cara Schulz, I'm looking at you.)According to basic dictionary definitions, providence is the protective care of God/Deity/nature/the gods. I can't see how this would be different from honoring the gods in any other way, except for the nuance of gratitude. Honor (respect, be grateful for) the forces that help sustain and protect … [Read more...]

The best non-magic books about magic, part 2

Young adult and children's books are a font of magical storytelling. Much of the stories are based on myth or made up worlds. There may be similarities to magical practices or beliefs in our 'real' world, but usually most of the story is a fantasy, pure and simple. And yet, when I read The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer I was astounded at the depiction of magic.The Sea of Trolls is set in the 8th century in Saxon 'England'. Our hero is Jack, an 11 yr old boy. His father longs for Lindisfarne, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Exercise Prudence

Who's Prudence? And why isn't she getting any exercise? Ahem. In all seriousness prudence is one of those words that I recognize and know what it means without being able to actually define it. So I looked it up: Prudence is the quality of caution or discretion in everyday matters.This maxim seems to contain many of other maxims within it: Controlling oneself, helping your friends, obeying the laws, controlling anger, all of these might be considered parts of prudence. Other qualities … [Read more...]

How the Equinox actually turned out

One of the things that I love about keeping this blog is that it helps me think about how and what I want to observe in my spiritual practice. So I plan ahead and write posts for holidays that then go up right before or as they are beginning. Then the actual observance occurs - and sometimes things don't go according to plan. This is what it's like being a householder, trying to create my own ashram in the midst of being a stay at home parent and partner and possibly make a little money here and … [Read more...]

Equinox

The Equinox is coming. It occurs on March and September 21, midpoints between the Summer and Winter Solstices. This year it occurs on Saturday, the 22, but I'm be observing it today, Friday, the 21st. The Equinox is when the days and nights are of equal length; light is balanced.For several years now I've used it as a day of fasting and deep cleaning my house. I don't fast when pregnant or nursing, but this year, as the baby is now 19 months old and nursing infrequently, I'm going to give a … [Read more...]

Control Anger

It's Maxim Monday! And today's is: control anger.On the surface, I think, yes, we absolutely need to control our anger. I'm raising small children. How many times a day can I say the following? Keep your hands to yourself. Use your words. How are you feeling? We don't hit people. If you hit anybody in any way with that, I will take it away for the rest of the day. Please be in control of all your parts. You may not call me names.All of that is great advice for big or little people. We … [Read more...]


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