(Not) Working with the Ancestors

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Almost every witch, shaman, or spirit worker I know talks about working with their Ancestors. Some magicians do it. Polytheists, if they don't work directly with their Ancestors, usually have ways in which they honor them. But me? I'm terribly conflicted.See, I understand the theory behind most Ancestor veneration and spirit work. It reminds me a lot of the tradition of Saints in Catholicism. Why not send up a prayer to some one who is invested in my well being and has experience in a … [Read more...]

On Being a Student

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I know a little something about being a student: I've got a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree in history, most of a vocal performance degree, a master's degree in religious studies, and a few years of doctoral work in theology. I've spent probably ten full years in voice lessons with a total of nine different teachers and I've spent the last 8 years studying Feri/Faerie witchcraft with a total of four teachers.Yet, for all that studying, on my own and with teachers, I realized … [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...]

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...]

Beginning Thoughts from Cornwall

The 21st has come and gone. A new quarter begins.I stood at the sink washing the dishes, looking out at the stump and bush from which the Horned One was staring at me. I apologized that I would be neglecting him. He continues to peek out at me. My instincts tell me to greet the land and offer milk and mince pies, but that just doesn’t….. seem Christian.So I sit and stew about this conflict. My sensibilities have changed since last I practiced Christianity exclusively. I tried, I really tr … [Read more...]

The Left Hand Path

Today is all about change. This evening I leave the US to fly back to my current home in the UK. I said goodbye to Hinduism last night (bittersweet) and this morning I woke up enthusiastically embracing the Feri tradition.* A discussion of the 'left hand paths' is an appropriate segue between these two traditions. They might appear radically different, but you might be surprised. I was!Like all dualities, the split between left and right hand paths is a bit of a false dichotomy. Each side … [Read more...]

Who’s your guru?

In my last post I wrote that nothing is all that different about life as a Hindu. But that's not entirely true. Yes, I have early morning devotions (I read some where that devotions at sunrise were customary). At their core they are not all that different from what I've done in the past. There a few other minor things that are different. My altar is different. I don't let my son touch anything on the altar if he hasn't washed his face and hands (low level purification standards, but very taxing … [Read more...]


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