Reach Out and Touch Faith

[Written at the beginning of my blog project, when I was just getting to know Hinduism. I still feel that this post speaks to my experience.]I don’t know if it’s the time spent in the Christian world or the time spent in the pagan world that makes me think I need to have a Personal Relationship with the Divine.In the Evangelical Christian world it’s all about one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As hard as I tried I never felt close to Jesus. I felt more connected to the abstrac … [Read more...]

The Body

'Venus Binding Her Hair' John William Godward.

[Written a year ago, but edited for better writing. I now have three children and am currently thick in the midst of post-partum recovery - and doing incredibly, surprisingly well this time around! Obviously, bodies are on my mind a lot these days, both mine and the newborn's. Humans are amazing.]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 … [Read more...]

Praying Like a Pilgrim

Christ in Majesty/Christ the Great Hierophant

[This was written in early 2012, when I was immersed in my Christian quarter, revisiting my Christian past. I really like this post. Every tradition has something we can learn from. Re-reading this post reminds me of the benefits of mantra and prayer, mercy and gratitude.]I was hoping to have all of The Pilgrim’s Tale, a Russian spiritual classic, read for review today. Even with kids and limited reading time I can plow through a book if need be. This time? I’m savoring it. In fact, I’m inspi … [Read more...]

He is not here, He is risen!

 I haven’t celebrated Easter in any meaningful way in a long time. I dislike pastels and cartoon bunnies and cheap chocolate, so the mainstream/commercial parts of this holiday don’t interest me at all. I don’t want to start that with my kids, either. There’s enough sugar and cartoon-y fun in our lives as it is.But I do love the resurrection story. Even though we are not a Christian household and even though Jesus is not my god, I love the power of the resurrection story. In a world … [Read more...]

What is a Witch?

[From October 2011.]For about a thousand years the witch has been drawn as an ugly, old woman, in league with the devil, living on the outskirts of a village, waiting to take advantage of the virtuous and/or small children. She flies on her broomstick and gathers with others under the full moon to do terrible rituals. Later, she acquired an outfit of black and a pointy hat. The Halloween stereotypes we associate with witches are not new; they are deeply embedded in the Western … [Read more...]

Pagans and Money, part 2

Twenty_dollar_bills

An interesting discussion occurred on my personal Facebook page when I brought up Pagans and money. I realized that so many of hang ups I see and experience around money can be tied to Christian theological influence and the struggle to mix the spiritual and the 'mundane.' Christianity is deeply conflicted about money. Since the overculture in the United States is very Christian and many Pagans started out as Christians, it's not surprising that some of that confusion and ambivalence has … [Read more...]

Late Night Revelations

Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands from 1508.

I seem to be doing my best thinking in the wee hours of the night, those minutes (or hours) between trips to the bathrooms or careful turnings over. For some reason last night I was thinking of an ended relationship and my reactions to it, wondering if I've been too harsh. In a flash of insight I realized that part of my problem is lingering Christian thinking.I'm the kind of person that takes things seriously. I've often been told that I take things too seriously. (Of course, I've often … [Read more...]


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