Pilgrimage to Pantheacon 2015

Five days later I’m back at home. The dirty laundry sits in the suitcases. The cat has made a mess of the house. Spring sunlight streams in through the windows, tempting me to duck all the chores and go outside. But Pantheacon, guys. I’m still high as a kite, giddy, and ready to fall asleep on my feet after five days of friends and travel and provocation and heart-expanding discussion. Here is my quick sum up, with deeper posts to... Read more

Ave Maria

Madonna of the Lillies, William-Adolph Bouguereau, 1899 Imbolc is a holiday for the Brigids and Brídes. But this turn of the Wheel is also for Candlemass and the Virgin Mary. A friend reminded me that I might want to honor Mary during this time, if I don’t have a relationship with Brigid, and I don’t. Honoring Mary at this time makes sense, especially given my long history with her; she was always good to me. The... Read more

Pantheacon is Approaching Fast!

It’s that time again, my friends! Pantheacon time! This is how I feel: I don’t get many vacations, so PCon fills that space. Sure, it’s a working vacation, in the sense that I also take notes for future blog posts, try to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the Pagan world, and network about various things. But the trip also fills many other personal cups for me too. I get to see friends and allies... Read more

The Mystic Hunger

I am looking for something. And I don’t know what it is. I am looking for a place to call home. A land that speaks to me. No, all land speaks. I’m looking for a land I can hear. Whose words and sounds and shapes match my rhythms and cadences. I’m looking for the gods. Where will they manifest? In this ritual? At this devotion? Around that corner? The gods have truly Shown Up so rarely that I go through... Read more

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... Read more

Get ready….. Get set…..

Many Gods West, the polytheist conference Rhyd Wildermuth, P Sufenas Virius Lupus, and I have been working on will open for registration on Sunday, February 1! Our keynote speaker is Morpheus Ravenna, she of the Coru Cathubodua. We are still seeking submissions for presentations, panels, lectures, rituals, and the like. The conference will be in Olympia, WA, conveniently located between Seattle and Portland, Jul 31- Aug 2. We’re going to have fun. I hope you’ll join us!

My First Gods

I have a special place in my heart for the gods I consider my “first.” They aren’t the gods I work with regularly now. They aren’t the ones I turn to regularly for inspiration, guidance, or companionship these days. But they are two that have had a profound impact on my life. Because of that I hold them in high regard, have a place for them on my altars and shrines, and give them greetings regularly. ... Read more

Ordeals and Austerities

Ordeals and austerities have a place in most religious traditions. They serve a variety of purposes: strengthening, purifying, humbling, initiating. The two are not the same though, and don’t necessarily serve the same purposes. Ordeals are trials that one must go through. I see them as one time occurences. One can prepare for them, or sometimes an ordeal is upon us before we realize it. Ordeals take us into a place where we face our fears. This can be part... Read more

The Witches’ Almanac 2015

Fifteen years ago the internet was a baby. If a person wanted to reach out to other like minded Pagans, Occultists, or feminist spirituality nerds, there were some chat groups and some awful Angel Fire websites. Wikipedia didn’t exist. Facebook didn’t exist. Perhaps some very tech savvy people were finding outlets for their curiosities and needs. I was not tech savvy. What I found on the internet was generally unhelpful and confusing. Book stores were where I found information. Among... Read more

Looking Ahead to 2015

I didn’t do a tarot reading for my year ahead as I have done the past two years. I can do a tarot reading off the top of my head: 6 Swords, Temperance, Hermit, Four of Swords, and the 8 of Pentacles. My year ahead is filled with travel, paring away the distractions, getting deeper into my work, sorting out a health issue, and finding the balance necessary to thrive in a very busy summer. I started the year in... Read more