Maxim Monday: Give back what you have received

I think this is basically an ancient way of saying 'Pay it forward.' I absolutely agree with this idea. Now that I have a family, I believe this even more. I can respect and care for my parents, who have given me much for my success in life. But I can pass on the gifts and resources to help my kids succeed as a way of paying forward the generosity shown to me.And not just my kids, but everyone's kids. Modern America is a divided society, segregated primarily by class. We have less upwards … [Read more...]

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Health, part 1

Warning: This post has nothing to do with Paganism or Hinduism or magic.This time of year everyone is writing on Halloween and Samhain (I'll get there). However, health is a topic that is really important to me. I am an American with lousy health insurance. I have a family of young children and another on the way. These two things make maintaining my health a priority.Good health is also a political act. Working with an herbalist, choosing not to eat junk food or eschewing television for … [Read more...]

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Herbalism and the Craft

Witches, midwives and herbal healers all have some history in common. Throughout history many midwives were also healers, shamans were healers, and many women who worked as midwives or healers might also have been considered witches. Their histories are often woven together.In modern times, people who are attracted to witchcraft, in my experience, tend be rather independent and willing to learn about anything that attracts their fancy and/or will advance their craft. I never had an interest … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Test the Character

I feel like this one is incomplete, as in an incomplete sentence. Test the character of what? But I suspect this one is telling us to test the character of the people around us.Knowing of what sort of character our friends and family are made of is a good idea. Can we trust them? Do their words and actions line up? But I don't think we actually need to test anyone's character. If we just pay attention we'll find that people reveal their character regularly. In my experience, life is full of … [Read more...]

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Surrender

I suck at surrender. I'm a dominant, organized, go-getter who has a very hard time not doing. A lot of the time this works in my favor, especially as I run a household and raise my kids. I enjoy nurturing others and being pro-active in all of my varied practices. But surrender is an important act of (not)doing, critical to the spiritual life and for healthy relationships.I'm starting to see that my limited capacity for ecstasy might be linked to my limited ability to surrender. Letting go to … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Consult the Wise

I love this one, and it's one I have problems doing myself.Who are the wise? They are those trusted souls who have walked before us. They might be elders in our family or communities. They can be authors of books. They could be our mentors, teachers, or spiritual leaders. Maybe even one of our friends is especially wise. Many of the people around us have struggled with the same questions or tried some version of a similar task or quest. All we have to do is reach out and ask, "How did you do … [Read more...]

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Living Saraswati

Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills.Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies means she has little time for … [Read more...]

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