Ganesh Chaturthi

Yesterday was Ganesh Chaturthi - the first day of a ten (or so) day festival celebrating the birthday of Ganesh. In India this is a huge festival! Many people make murtis (statues) of Ganesh out of clay and then submerge and dissolve them in local rivers.There is no Hindu community in my town with which to celebrate, and I have no interest in crafting a statue (maybe next year?), so my household celebrated by basically having a bit of a birthday party for Ganesh.I set up the altar on … [Read more...]

Five Year Old Rituals

Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, empathetic little guy, he's also combative, struggles especially much with … [Read more...]

Passing Down the Trad

There's a series of blog posts over at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a certain way, practice in a certain way, and celebrate in a certain way - a rather hodge … [Read more...]

Sacrifice

The ever provocative Sam Webster posted about sacrifice this week at his biweekly blog on Patheos. Many people seemed off put at the idea of animal sacrifice, but Mr Webster spoke about the many different kinds of offerings and sacrifices that can be made. I think sacrifice is important - especially for modern Western people.What is sacrifice? It is a giving of something precious, something that 'feeds' the gods or spirits, but I also view it as a gift. A simple gift might be on par with … [Read more...]

Observing the week with Shiva and Kali

I've been writing a lot more frequently about Traditional Witchcraft stuff, but what's been happening with my Hindu practices, you might be wondering? I haven't forgotten or forsaken it. I've returned to a practice that I gained much from during my Hindu quarter at the start of this blog: I devote one day a week each to Shiva and Kali.Mondays are traditionally devoted to Shiva. Tuesdays are Kali's day. On these days I refrain from eating beef. While many Hindus are vegetarian, not all … [Read more...]

Collaging the year, part two: 2013

Yesterday I posted about my 2012 collage, what came to pass and what did not (click here to read that post).For 2013 I did a tarot reading. I used the Mary-El tarot. I drew the 9 of Swords, the King of Disks, the Devil reversed, the 2 of Swords reversed, the Moon, and the Hanged Man. Basically, I have yet another intense year ahead of me. (What I'd like to do is take a moment to whine about how intense and challenging everything has been for the last few years and how I'd really love it if … [Read more...]

Honor the Hearth

I've actually got a large post brewing in me about vulnerability and writing, but I've not had the space to cultivate it. The kids are intensely clingy - all the change of travel gets to them, even though I am so lucky that they travel well. We're back from Alaska but I'm preparing to leave again tomorrow for another trip for five days. This time alone, to California for a good friend's wedding. Of course, there is much to be done to prepare myself and my home for my departure.Which is a … [Read more...]


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