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...]

Maxim Monday: Do what you mean to do

Intention. Do what you mean to do. Do what you say you will do. Follow through.These phrases are what come to mind with today's maxim. Along with the aphorism: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But see, words and desires not followed through on were never really intentional. They were empty words, half-considered actions.This maxim asks us to do several things. First, we have to decide what it is we want to do. What is it we mean to do? What is the outcome I'm hoping for, … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

Today is the rather secular holiday of Halloween, where kids dress up in costumes and eat absurd amounts of candy. We'll be observing by doing about the same, only going easy on the candy part. My son is going as a 'skull ninja' and my daughter found a dragon suit to wear.There is something lovely, especially for a kid, about getting to walk around in the dark, autumnal weather. The leaves crunch under the feet. The cold (or rain) nips the nose. You get to knock on doors that you might never … [Read more...]

Navratri 2013

Navratri, nine nights devoted to the Holy Mother in her various forms, began on Saturday with the dark of the moon. Last year I kept the observance rather simple and personal. This year I feel pulled to engage with the holiday more deeply.The first three days are a purification of sorts. The focus is on Durga, but also Kali and Parvati. I spent one day on each goddess, making kala, and working on letting go of what no longer serves me. I burned black candles and spent a lot of time in … [Read more...]

Equinox Thoughts

Equinox is the time when light and dark is balanced. From here we tip discernibly into the Dark Season. While technically the Dark Season begins at Midsummer, when the nights begin to get longer, I don't really feel the longer nights until around this Equinox time. The same goes for the growing days. I don't feel their lengthening until spring Equinox.Once upon a time, the Equinox meant for me giving the house a deep clean and fasting. The fasting has fallen by the wayside since I've mostly … [Read more...]


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