On Finding My Yoga

By Sardaka, via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

[This piece was written in August of 2011. My son was 3 and my daughter was 6 months old. I've edited it in places, but much of it remains true to where I'm at now.]One of the things I love about yoga and Hinduism is that there is an ‘in’ for just about everyone. Are you a monotheist? There is point of entry. Are you a non-dualist? Try Advaita Vedanta. Do you see the God as male? Perhaps being a Vaishnava is for you. Do you see God as female? Say hello to Durga. Want to be less religious and … [Read more...]

Values

[This essay was written back in 2011, but it touches on some conversations I've had recently, as well as the work I am currently doing with my teachers. I have re-written portions of this and edited it. Please enjoy!]Pagans get a bad rap in the media. Nonconformists, anti-establishment, the lot of them - and dangerous to boot. (Not such bad things, I think!) Witches are next down the list of potentially scary people, what with their magic and generally pro-feminist attitudes. Within the … [Read more...]

Vasanta Navratri

My Durga altar for Navratri.

Today begins the spring Navratri. Nine nights of honoring Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. It's very similar to Mahanavratri, which occurs in the fall, and is the major Shakti festival of all the Navratris.I've had this on my calendar for months. But for the last week or so I thought I would pass on observing. There's just so much on my plate right that I really don't feel I can keep up. My family is buying a house and moving in two weeks. I'm fully pregnant with two kids already to care for. … [Read more...]

Kali Puja

Kalialtaricon

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.BackgroundI 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...]

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-68.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx are as follows: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep Silent. I can't tell you the history of this grouping, if it's ancient or not. I know Crowley talked about them. T Thorn Coyle wrote an entire book based on them. I've been thinking of these powers a lot lately, mostly in light of the last one.I'm good at Knowing. I have always been a self-motivated learner. If I can't find some one to teach me, I will press forward myself. I have an advanced degree in … [Read more...]

Shiva the Witch God

Kalialtaricon

Shiva has been part of my devotional practice for quite a while: I dedicate Mondays to him specifically. For the last few months I've been contemplating him as a witch god. In some Hindu traditions Shiva is considered the god of the margins, of the people on the far edges of society. Part of this is because Shiva is not concerned with social structures or formalities - he would rather be focused on his own practice and bliss.Depending on one's Hindu tradition, Shiva can be the Destroyer, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Books of 2013

Rebecca Sutherland illustrates a story from 'The Bloody Chamber'

I read a lot. These days I read a lot for reviews, almost entirely non-fiction, or to my kids. Occasionally I'll post reviews of books that I have chosen to read, ones I think are particularly significant. However, I've read a lot of really good stuff this year that I haven't written reviews for. Here is a selection of books that got me fired up this year.Note: These are not ranked in any order of preference, and they may or may not have been released in 2013.FictionThe Bloody … [Read more...]


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