Many Gods, Many Peoples, Many Experiences

Many Gods West, which occurred last weekend in Olympia, WA, was a tremendous success. Yes, I’ll blow my own horn. How do I judge it a success? Because it exceeded my own hopes and expectations for the weekend.Polytheists are a diverse group of people. There is no one Voice. We come from a diversity of backgrounds, we honor a variety of gods and spirits, we face different obstacles in our practices - yet, when we come together to share our experiences we grow stronger as intersectional a … [Read more...]

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Shinto Blessings

Yesterday Rhyd Wildermuth, PSVL, and I went to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of North America in Granite Falls, WA. This is one of the only official Shinto Shrines in North America. Please take a moment to look through the Shrine's website to learn more about it's history and to look at the pictures.I know a little bit about Shinto and feel quite an affinity with the Shinto animist world view and many of its practices. However, I had never been to a Shinto Shrine and what I experienced was … [Read more...]

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Playing Catch Up

In late winter I promised that I would write less. I keep forgetting this promise and instead, getting down on myself for not writing "enough." Here is what is happening in between the posts:Family life is busy, as usual. The baby is over a year old and is mobile. She needs more attention. The four year old is out of preschool. She is bright, needing more stimulation. She is also a little lonely with Mama writing all the time and big brother at school. She needs more attention.We … [Read more...]

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May the First

For many Pagans the first of May is Beltane. In the past I never celebrated this holiday that much. I came into my own as a Pagan living in the San Francisco Bay Area and I struggled to feel the rhythms of the Land there and the turnings of the Wheel. Beltane made more sense when I lived in Wales, especially as that Land is rife with the Fey. And then we moved again, this time to Washington State. I had no standard practice for this holiday and so I let it slide. But no more. This day is full to … [Read more...]

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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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Kindred Spirits

I have a gully. Some people have a forest, I have a gully. It's only about 7 blocks from my house. The deep gully has houses lining the tops of the sides. People walk, run and bike through it. But it's the wildest, greenest space that I can get to without driving.I've been needing to get out more. Get offline. Get away from the bills and to-do lists. I've been taking the kids for walks up and down it, almost daily. This piece of land and I are taking our relationship to the next level, from … [Read more...]

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Imbolc, aka False Spring

Imbolc has grown on me over the years. Like the growing light of the days, finally discernible after the long dark of winter nights, Imbolc makes its presence quietly known. I've never had a strong connected with Brigit, Bríd, or any of the patron saints and gods of this holiday. I admit that the lore only finally made sense to me after living in Wales, across from a sheep field.What I've noticed here in Washington is that Imbolc is the False Spring. Yes, there's more light. Yes, some buds … [Read more...]

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