What little I know about reincarnation

Reincarnation is a standard concept in Hinduism and pretty common in the wider Pagan world, but I have long been agnostic about it. As a kid it didn't make much sense to me, but then, neither did the ideas of heaven and hell.The afterlife was a giant unknown - no one ever came back to tell us what really happens, so why let the hope or fear of an afterlife encourage us in the here-and-now? Any devotion to a god should be done for the virtue and blessings in this life. The concept of being a … [Read more...]

Missing Pantheacon – again

This weekend - every President's day weekend - is Pantheacon, the largest indoor Pagan conference/gathering in the world, in San Jose, CA. I've been twice, and I've been itching to go back ever since.To me, PCon (as it's known) is like a family reunion. I get to spend time with my fellow Feri students, meet other practitioners I've only known online, and share some magic together. There are rituals and workshops, lectures and panels, hospitality suites and parties, and lots of conversation … [Read more...]

Imbolc

Tomorrow, or maybe the day after, or sometime in the next week to ten days, depending on how you follow these sorts of things, is Imbolc, cross quarter Sabbat of Celtic origin and propagated via Wicca and various witchcraft traditions.I have tended not to observe this holiday very much. I resonate a lot with all things Celtic, but I admit I've been intimidated by the heavy academic bent to much of Celtic Reconstruction practice. Now, I'd like to expand my practice and start incorporating … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Pursue honor

When I hear this word I think of knights and samurais: people who live by what seem to be (according to romantic and anachronistic novels) hard-and-fast codes of honor. I also think of 'honor killings,' where people murder others (usually women, sometimes themselves) in order to 'save face.' I can see nothing honorable about killing somebody else because you feel ashamed of their actions. That to me is not honor, or even remotely healthy boundaries.And yet we have phrases like 'honoring our … [Read more...]

Dedication

Tomorrow I am driving north to Seattle for a dedication. My dedication.For the last year I've been driving 70 miles every third Saturday of the month to study with two amazing Feri/Faery initiates, NG and W. I haven't written about it; it's been something close to my heart and I wanted to keep it to myself. My teachers are private and don't have much of an online presence. I only learned about their location and openness to teaching through word of mouth: one initiate introduced to me … [Read more...]

Collaging the Year, part one: A 2012 review

Every calendrical new year I collage. You can read about last year's collage and see pictures of 2011's and 2012's here. This year it took me and Adam a week to complete our collage. Both of our kids were very interested in what we were doing. We tried to wait for the youngest's nap times. My son even managed to make his first one. He says it's a collage about Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. A born story-teller, he is.First, I want to look at my 2012 collage and see what came to … [Read more...]

The Not So Dumb Supper

I don't know the much about history and tradition of the dumb supper. I've been to a few communal suppers and really enjoyed them. A few years ago I decided I'd like to add this to my own family's traditions. Finding some balance to the commercialized candy-fest of mainstream Halloween and creating a container to discuss death and ancestors with the kids is important to me. This was our third dumb supper - and it certainly wasn't all that dumb (and by dumb, I mean silent).My ideal dumb … [Read more...]


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