Looking from Lammas to Mabon

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The Wheel is turning. I feel it. High summer's heat is softened 'round the edges. It's bite is less sharp, though no less taxing when getting three children in and out of stifling car seats. I'm tired of sweating. I never like to rush a season, for time moves swiftly enough as it is, but I cannot wait for late summer, when the Wheel slips toward Mabon and full on Fall.I am looking forward to the colors of leaves, to brisk air in the mornings, to rain, to the dark. I want to be able to wear … [Read more...]

Magic and Community in the Pacific Northwest

Alliums in Olympia

Magic comes in a variety of forms, just like community. Going to events won't give anyone instant community, especially not for a perennial loner like me. I do, however, attend events to feed my intellectual curiosity, fill my social needs, see who else in my area is doing what, and to support other magic workers.I live in Olympia, Washington, a place which feels the most 'Pagan' of all the places I've lived. It's the state capital and near to two major military bases, so there are … [Read more...]

A Polytheist Twist on Narrative Theology

by Alison Rawson via Wikimedia Commons

Narrative theology (also known as postliberal theology, which I just found out) is a recent theological development where the overarching narrative of the Christian story takes on central importance, over/against ideas of systematic theology. One of its main points is that individuals are part of a community and that community's history, which is the focus of Christian narrative theology. I like the idea of being part of a story that is bigger than myself. That seems to take into account the … [Read more...]

Monism – Your Mileage May Vary

Juneau old growth forest - where I first experienced Otherness.

In my corner of the internet there is some discussion (and some insulting, some deliberately not listening, and some jumping to conclusions) about monism and polytheism. Here are my two cents.Monism is the idea that there is one unifying source. It is NOT the same as monotheism. Monotheism is the idea that there is one god and one god only. Almost all monotheists are monists, but not all monists are monotheists. Can polytheists be monists? Yes, yes they can. How important are such … [Read more...]

The Gods Are All Around Us

Larger view of Olympia's Ganesh

Driving down the main drag of Olympia, Ganesh stares out at passing drivers and pedestrians. His bright visage adorns a curry house. He's been there for months. My family almost always cries out 'Jai Ganesh!' as we pass by. Seeing him so publicly makes me smile. My three year old daughter always wants to know why he looks angry. I'm guessing the artist didn't mean to make him look that way; Ganesh is rarely angry! My daughter insists I know the answer, so I have to make something … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Flee a Pledge

The snarky lady in me wants to say this Maxim is telling us not to join fraternities or sororities. Or maybe that we should not date freshman pledging into the Greek system. I'm no fan of the Greek system, but I don't think this Maxim is about our modern social networks.I think it's a reminder that if we need to pledge something we might want to think twice - or flee from the obligation. Do we need to make a promise? Pledge money? This reminds me of how when my family was more financially … [Read more...]

Why I Need Spiritual Community

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I'm exhausted. I started the day with gentle yoga, cooked the breakfasts, harassed my son into his clothes, got him to class on time, bought groceries, cooked and cleaned up lunch. A pretty typical morning. What's missing from this day (and every other day for the last week) is sitting at my altar, lighting incense, saying prayers, or any form of puja. What was unusual for my day was 45 minutes of me crying while I cooked lunch.After the catharsis that was a good cry, the nourishment that … [Read more...]


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