Maxim Monday: Listen to everybody

The older I get the more I see the wisdom in this maxim. Listen to everyone. Don't just smile and nod, but listen.As some one who is a very quick learner, I spent countless hours itching to get started on assignments or tests, having read the instructions myself, but forced to wait while the teacher spent 15 minutes on directions and trouble shooting tips for the rest of the class. That attitude has carried over into other aspects of my life and I hate to admit it, but I'm often chomping at … [Read more...]

Sacrifice

The ever provocative Sam Webster posted about sacrifice this week at his biweekly blog on Patheos. Many people seemed off put at the idea of animal sacrifice, but Mr Webster spoke about the many different kinds of offerings and sacrifices that can be made. I think sacrifice is important - especially for modern Western people.What is sacrifice? It is a giving of something precious, something that 'feeds' the gods or spirits, but I also view it as a gift. A simple gift might be on par with … [Read more...]

The Body

What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and understandings to unpack. I'm not going to get too theoretical about either of these points, but instead, as this blog is designed to do, I will talk about my own experience and understanding of the body.Many religious traditions proclaim that the body is a negative thing. That it is a hindrance on our … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be impartial

Be impartial. Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most definitely something I could stand to work on!Of course, some ways are better than others. Some arguments are more 'correct' than others. Some actions and decisions more virtuous than others. But in judging others, in drawing conclusions, being impartial is the best course of action.Impartial means unbiased, fair, treating all equally, and remaining dispassionate. This is most … [Read more...]

Desire

Last night my husband and I went on a date. An actual dinner without children. We talked. We sipped drinks. Halfway through my sidecar I realized I was fired up, giddy about my subject matter, and rambling. That's how I feel when I'm full of desire. It's a stream of passion, enthusiasm, happiness, intensity, and a feeling of losing track of time.Desire is on my mind. Yes, the sexual kind, too. Spring will do that to a person. I embrace the lengthening days, the growing sunshine, the … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Shun evil

This Maxim requires a lot of defining. I looked up the definition of 'shun,' and I'm glad I did. In my head it means 'reject,' and it does. But it also means to avoid or ignore. Of greater importance is the definition of evil.I've avoided talking about evil on my blog. I've thought several times about writing a post on what I consider evil, but I've chosen not to every time. I guess I can't avoid it any longer!In the Christian world many people write entire books about 'the problem of … [Read more...]

Observing the week with Shiva and Kali

I've been writing a lot more frequently about Traditional Witchcraft stuff, but what's been happening with my Hindu practices, you might be wondering? I haven't forgotten or forsaken it. I've returned to a practice that I gained much from during my Hindu quarter at the start of this blog: I devote one day a week each to Shiva and Kali.Mondays are traditionally devoted to Shiva. Tuesdays are Kali's day. On these days I refrain from eating beef. While many Hindus are vegetarian, not all … [Read more...]


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