Celebrating Imbolc Quietly

Welsh snowdrops by Gerallt Pennant via Wikimedia Commons.

When I was living in Wales I felt the seasons shift at Imbolc. Snow drops raised their cheery heads from cold earth. The sheep in the pastures across from my house began their lambing. The light grew demonstrably stronger. Occasionally the daffodils would poke up, bright yellow promises of sunlight to come.Here in the Pacific Northwest I also feel the growing light in my bones. It's still cold and wet and grey - reminding me that we are still in winter's clutch. I don't see any snow … [Read more...]

My 2013 Collage Review

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New Year's Eve means one thing for me: collaging. I'm not much of a crowd person, so I rarely go out in public on New Year's Eve. Even before I had kids I mostly stayed in and went to bed at my typical early¬† hour. For the last six or seven years I have used this night to make magic. I collage.I can't remember how I came up with this idea. Did I see it in some women's magazine? Did some one put an 'inspirational' post on Facebook? I have no idea, but I do know that now my New Year's collage … [Read more...]

Pancha Ganapati: My Multi-Observant Holiday

Beautiful image of an altar. Click on the image to go the Boston homestay blog, where I snagged it from.

Pancha Ganapati is a modern holiday invented by the people at the Hindu Academy in Hawaii. The idea is to give Hindus in North America something to focus on while the over culture is celebrating Christmas. It reminds me of Hanukkah: a legitimate but minor holiday that took on increased focus as mainstream American Christianity increased its observance of Christmas. I love holidays and completely support people creating alternatives to give certain seasons meaning and/or to diffuse the over … [Read more...]

Singing In Christmas

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Christmas has almost always been a cultural holiday for me. Growing up, I had stockings and a tree, but we never went to services, unless we were visiting family in Australia. Once I started singing I was more inclined to go to midnight caroling services and join in caroling parties. Even as a teenager exploring Christianity on my own, I continued to feel that most of the holiday was more about cultural traditions rather than religious observance.I still feel this way, and I have a soft spot … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Magical Kids (and Kids at Heart)

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When I'm shopping for my kids for birthdays or holidays, I rarely think to myself 'is this Pagan?' I don't care if something is exactly my flavor of spirituality. What I'm looking for are things that foster creativity and enjoyment, and stories that reflect the values with which I and my husband are raising our family. There isn't a lot of high quality Pagan- or Hindu-specific kid stuff out there (that I can find easily). But there are some things I've found and I'd like to share with you. Some … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Mystic

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It's full on holiday shopping time. But what do you buy the mystic in your life? What do you get for the witch that has everything? Let me help you!This is my first ever gift guide. I typically don't want to encourage the commodification of sacred holidays, but who doesn't like pretty things? And who doesn't want to support independent artists and other small businesses?So without further ado here are things that I would love - I mean, that the spiritual person in your life might love. … [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...]


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