From one fire to another

Last night was Halloween. Did you dress up? Have trick-or-treaters at your door? Halloween (October 31) is the holiday I reserve for the fun, cultural aspects of this particular season. I enjoy the knocks on the door and walking around in the dark. I admit I take a perverse pleasure in getting to peek inside people's homes. I don't enjoy the abundance of cheap sugary crap and "sexy" costumes, but much of that can be avoided with a little creativity and diligence.My kids dressed up as Luigi … [Read more...]

Samhain Thoughts

Halloween/Samhain approaches. It's my High Holy Days! But there is so much going on in my world right now that I can barely focus. I've missed the last two Maxim Mondays - the week before was the middle of Navratri and yesterday I was attending to family things. I'd like to share some of what's going on in my world and what I've been up to, along with a few thoughts on the season.First, I was able to meet up with some amazing people on Sunday. I drove to Seattle and met with Christine Hoff … [Read more...]

From Lakshmi to Saraswati

Today is the third day of honoring Saraswati, goddess of knowledge, wisdom, maturity and personal authority; it's also the final day of Navratri. Tomorrow I will celebrate morning puja and then pour cream into my tea.Saraswati puja typically involves blessing one's tools of work and one's books - and then not using those items for an entire day. Those things are not really possible in my hyperliterate house. There is no way all the books in our house could fit in front of my altar I had … [Read more...]

From Kali to Lakshmi

The first three days of Navratri have passed. Three days of making purification (via kala), three days of dark red candles and meditating on the fierce love and thunder of Ma Durga, three days of praying that injustice, ignorance and illusion be razed. I have been running the iron pentacle, energetic meditations on sex, pride, self, power and passion. I have been adding an offering a day to the altar. So far I have rice, water, turmeric, and cumin.Now we shift to honoring Lakshmi, reflection … [Read more...]

Navratri begins!

After doing my dark moon cleaning of the altar, I changed my altar just a little in preparation for Navratri. For the next 8 days I'll observe this beautiful Hindu festival of Shakti principle. (I wrote about Navratri last year and recommend reading it for a little background.)Navratri focuses on the manifestations of Durga, the Mahadevi, or in my Feri eyes, the Star Goddess, the Great Source from whom we all emerge and to whom we all return. For the next three days I'm focusing on the … [Read more...]

Looking Ahead

I love October. It's my favorite month. I adore autumn, with the changing leaves, the fresh grey skies, the cool, crisp air, and warm sun (when we had it!). It's also a month of holidays. Between mid October and early November I feel like it's my High Holy Days.Here's what I'm looking ahead to:Oct. 15 - the dark moonOct. 16-24 - Navratri (Hindu observance of the Goddess in Her Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati forms)Oct. 18 - Alaska Day (the day the US purchased Alaska from Russia) I don't really … [Read more...]

How the Equinox actually turned out

One of the things that I love about keeping this blog is that it helps me think about how and what I want to observe in my spiritual practice. So I plan ahead and write posts for holidays that then go up right before or as they are beginning. Then the actual observance occurs - and sometimes things don't go according to plan. This is what it's like being a householder, trying to create my own ashram in the midst of being a stay at home parent and partner and possibly make a little money here and … [Read more...]


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