Homesick, or Learning to Love a “New” Place

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I grew up and became an adult in Juneau, Alaska. I've written a lot about my love for my homeland. The concept of Place shapes how I view the world and interact with it. Now I live in Olympia, Washington, a state where for many years I considered "Alaska-lite." I now see how derogatory and misguided that thinking was. It's not fair to compare the two states. One of the very things I assumed was better - Alaska's remoteness, its difficult wildness - is not actually better. Accessible wild places … [Read more...]

Home Ownership and Death

By Ildar Sagdejev

Here's a list of topics I want to write about: how exhausting, yet fulfilling it is to have so many holidays to celebrate in October and November; respond to Christine Kraemer's article on working with the ancestors, respond to Jason Mankey's response to Time Magazine's disrespectful article on witchcraft, and those are just the ideas from the last 24 hours. That doesn't take into account the list I keep of all the topics I have floating in my head.But what I am going to write about today? … [Read more...]

Devotional Polytheism

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Devotional polytheism is what I "do." Most Pagans, witches and/or occultists I know are involved to some degree in this practice, even if most people don't use the term as a label or description. I like it as a descriptor, as it cleanly explains what the bulk of my practice is about. When I saw that Galina Krasskova had written a book on the subject I was immediately interested.Galina Krasskova is an interesting internet personality. People seem to love her or hate her; few, other than … [Read more...]

Hello Again!

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Hello there. I'm coming back from my second break in a year. Thanks for being patient with me. What have I been up to?*Mourning the loss of my spiritual teacher.*Attending the Dandelion Seed Conference. It was excellent. So magical, so informative, so welcoming. People come from as far away as southern Oregon and British Columbia. If you are in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend attending!*Celebrating Diwali. It was a quiet affair for us. We put an altar outside and … [Read more...]

Full Moon Eulogy

It's a beautiful, stunning Sunday in October. The trees look like they are on fire and the air is sweet, smoky, and faintly chill. I am bustling about the house, getting myself and the baby ready for a 70 minute drive north. No need to rush, I tell myself. I don't want to set off panic reactions or assume the worst. One of my teachers is dying and I am hoping to say my goodbyes and to help his husband set up altars all around him.My car is in desperate need of repair. It's scheduled for the … [Read more...]

Closing the Doors

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The Doors! The Doors! In wisdom let us attend.In the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church the above line is spoken loudly. It calls for the doors of the church to be closed, that no one else may enter. In times past this was the point when all the unbaptized had left the building, as communion was a sacred mystery reserved for those who were full members of the Church. This is no longer the case today, but the words are still chanted.These words came to mind today, as I have … [Read more...]

Pausing Polytheist Practice

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Christianity places an emphasis on a "relationship with Jesus;" it privileges that relationship above all other relationships. Christianity and monotheisms also see the physical world in need of domination and/or subjugation and/or stewardship; the physical world is most certainly not one to be in relationship with. What polytheism and witchcraft have been teaching me is the reality of a complex web of relationships that exist between me, communities, spirits, deities, and other other-than-human … [Read more...]


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