Kali Puja

Kalialtaricon

Several people for the last year or two have asked me to write about how I do devotions to Kali. Here is what I do. It is a combination of rituals I have gleaned online and in books, and elements of my Feri practice.BackgroundI honor Kali just about any time I sit down at my altar and light incense. Ganesh always gets the first wave of incense and prayer: "Jai Ganesh. May my worship be acceptable." Then I wave the incense before Kali and say "Jai Ma!"From there I may go into … [Read more...]

Pagan Dinner Time

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Now with more angst!I had my last Pagan Tea Time date on Sunday evening: Rhyd Wildermuth, blogger and punk, came to dinner at my house. We were supposed to gather for afternoon tea, but as he was catching a ride from Seattle to Portland, it worked out that he got dinner at my house instead.There were pleasantries, getting-to-know-you questions, and interruptions galore from my kids. My husband had just finished doing the taxes, and suffice it to say that he was not his usual sociable … [Read more...]

Pagan Chat Time

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Patheos Pagan editor, Christine Kraemer, has called upon her fellow bloggers to create more community through getting together - whether in person or via video technology. Pagan Tea Time is the result and February's mission for many people here at Patheos Pagan.Many bloggers have already been reaching out to one another with what appears to be great success. Unlike many comment threads, not one chat time has degenerated into a shouting match!I, too, have jumped in to the tea pot. I've … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part 3

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This is the final installment of Willow Moon's comparison of his dual observance of Faerie Witchcraft and Tibetan Buddhism. Here are the previous parts one and two. I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful practitioner share their observances with us!*****Ethics are perhaps the area where Buddhism and Faerie Witchcraft diverge the most.  In Buddhism there are many rules for conduct but they all boil down to the basic ethics associated with the three levels of vows taken before … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part two

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Welcome to the second installment of Willow Moon's comparison of his two traditions, Tibetan Buddhism and Faerie Witchcraft. You can read the first part here and Willow's bio. Enjoy!*****Both Buddhists and Faerie Witches gain knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world through inner knowledge combined with an acquired knowledge passed to us by our teachers and spiritual friends.  Inner knowledge is the development of what we have learned from others by mulling it over, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part one

Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava. By anonymus (Sotheby's) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dual observance is a theme at my blog. I practice Traditional Witchcraft and Hinduism on the left-hand Tantric side of things. The following guest post is written by Willow Moon. I am honored to have such a wise teacher share his experience here.Willow Moon has had a long and abiding interest in traditional Witchcraft since the 70's which led him to be initiated and trained in a number of Witchcraft traditions.  In the early 80's he met his first primary Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He started … [Read more...]

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-68.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx are as follows: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep Silent. I can't tell you the history of this grouping, if it's ancient or not. I know Crowley talked about them. T Thorn Coyle wrote an entire book based on them. I've been thinking of these powers a lot lately, mostly in light of the last one.I'm good at Knowing. I have always been a self-motivated learner. If I can't find some one to teach me, I will press forward myself. I have an advanced degree in … [Read more...]


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