Maxim Monday: Recognize Fortune

From the Chibi Tarot.

Fortune can be defined as luck, serendipity, providence, coincidence, and the like. It can also be defined as wealth. Let's talk about both. I love little moments of serendipity. Are they divine acts? Sometimes I think so; sometimes I think they are just mere coincidences. Regardless, I like to recognize those moments and be grateful for them. I tend to equate acts of fortune with unexpected positive occurrences, although they can also be negative. I remember trying to go on a trip and … [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...]

Maxim Monday: Be jealous of no one

Allegory of Jealousy by Luca Ferrari

Welcome back to my Maxim Monday series, where we look at the values and advice given by the Delphic Oracle. We're only about half way through all of the Delphic Maxims! "Be jealous of no one" - this is great advice, for all spheres of life. Wanting what another a person has can be quite motivating or inspiring. What causes problems is the negativity and resentment that can come with wanting what other people have. If we start dwelling on what others have, we start to view our own possessions … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Honor a benefaction

I actually had to look up what a benefaction is. I figured it meant something positive. It does: a charitable gift or deed. Honor gifts given or good deeds done. How can we do this? I think a simple 'thank you' is always sufficient and in good taste. The art of thank you cards seems to have died out, but are always a nice touch. Sometimes an email or phone call to say thank you can work just as well. Perhaps this means not giving anonymously? Allowing others to thank you for your donations or … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day where we all eat the same meal containing too many carbs and too much sugar. A day where we drive some distance to be with family we only see once a year at most. Or a day where we're plotting our shopping itinerary to take advantage of Black Friday sales that start at midnight to buy cheap shit we don't need. Ok, that's the cynical view, but on a broad scale I'm not too far off. I love me a holiday, so while I am deeply cynical of the holiday … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Give back what you have received

I think this is basically an ancient way of saying 'Pay it forward.' I absolutely agree with this idea. Now that I have a family, I believe this even more. I can respect and care for my parents, who have given me much for my success in life. But I can pass on the gifts and resources to help my kids succeed as a way of paying forward the generosity shown to me. And not just my kids, but everyone's kids. Modern America is a divided society, segregated primarily by class. We have less upwards … [Read more...]

Living Saraswati

Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills. Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies means she has little time for … [Read more...]

Harvest in the Pacific Northwest

At the beginning of August many of my Pagan friends celebrated the first harvest, commonly known as Lammas or Lughnasadh (from the Celtic calendar system). That observance has never meant much to me. I am not a farmer, and have spent precious little time in places where early August means first fruits of any kind. Now in Washington, it means the height of summer, and I spend my summer time waiting for the days to cool. As August passed I began to have half-formed thoughts of salmon. Had my … [Read more...]

Guru Purnima

Today is the full moon and this moon marks Guru Purnima, a day to honor our gurus, or teachers. As someone who has valued learning and been successful at school, I've had pretty good relationships with most of my academic teachers along the way. I am also a self-motivated, independent learner, some one who is confident in my ability to find out what I need to know. I also hate being told what to do. I tend to learn best through brutal experience. I care more about the knowledge than the A … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Do a favor for a friend

I like this one. Probably because I'm already good at it. Probably because this one is in enlightened self-interest. This Maxim to me is one of the foundations of community building. Now that I have children I can see the needs and benefits of doing a favor for a friend (or neighbor) even more than before! Thriving in this world takes a group effort. While I believe we have to take responsibility for our own actions, we can only thrive (and by that I mean more than just get by) when we work … [Read more...]