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Thanks to a silly Facebook meme I've been humming '90s Christian music in my head all week. I'm not gonna lie: I owned Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W Smith cds, but my favorites were Iona and Rich Mullins. I still like those last two. I think the last two spoke to me - speak to me still - because they weren't the standard popular music of day (Mullins played the hammer dulcimer!) and the lyrics were sometimes ambiguous, sometimes about the personal struggle to even feel the intimacy of … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]

Kali Puja

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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. Background I 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...]

Pancha Ganapati: My Multi-Observant Holiday

Beautiful image of an altar. Click on the image to go the Boston homestay blog, where I snagged it from.

Pancha Ganapati is a modern holiday invented by the people at the Hindu Academy in Hawaii. The idea is to give Hindus in North America something to focus on while the over culture is celebrating Christmas. It reminds me of Hanukkah: a legitimate but minor holiday that took on increased focus as mainstream American Christianity increased its observance of Christmas. I love holidays and completely support people creating alternatives to give certain seasons meaning and/or to diffuse the over … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Magical Kids (and Kids at Heart)

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When I'm shopping for my kids for birthdays or holidays, I rarely think to myself 'is this Pagan?' I don't care if something is exactly my flavor of spirituality. What I'm looking for are things that foster creativity and enjoyment, and stories that reflect the values with which I and my husband are raising our family. There isn't a lot of high quality Pagan- or Hindu-specific kid stuff out there (that I can find easily). But there are some things I've found and I'd like to share with you. Some … [Read more...]

Equinox Thoughts

Equinox is the time when light and dark is balanced. From here we tip discernibly into the Dark Season. While technically the Dark Season begins at Midsummer, when the nights begin to get longer, I don't really feel the longer nights until around this Equinox time. The same goes for the growing days. I don't feel their lengthening until spring Equinox. Once upon a time, the Equinox meant for me giving the house a deep clean and fasting. The fasting has fallen by the wayside since I've mostly … [Read more...]


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