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...]

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...]

The Body

What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and understandings to unpack. I'm not going to get too theoretical about either of these points, but instead, as this blog is designed to do, I will talk about my own experience and understanding of the body.Many religious traditions proclaim that the body is a negative thing. That it is a hindrance on our … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise the good

Yes! A maxim I'm already good at!I am by nature very critical. Do you need some one to pick something apart? I'm your girl! On the flip side, if you need a cheerleader, if you need some one to get excited about you and what you're doing, if you need some encouragement, I am equally your girl. I love to praise to what is good.So many people will gladly disparage those around them in an effort to build themselves up or to drag others down to their level of misery. Cynicism can be funny, … [Read more...]


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