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...]

Birth as Edge Walking

Kali, from the Calcutta Art Studio, 1885.

Last month I entered my third trimester of my third pregnancy. I felt the shift about 10 days before the 'technical' date; I felt the fullness of my belly growing, the spread of my hips, and a certain mental shift. With my first child I didn't know what to expect; with the second and with this third one, I started out the pregnancies thinking, "Joy! I get to experience giving birth again! What a blessing!"And then sometime in my 6th month I woke in the night, and I knew I was entering the … [Read more...]

Pantheacon 2014: Biggest Pagan Tea Time Ever

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I attended Pantheacon in San Jose this past weekend. Every one else has their review posts up; I'd like to add mine to the mix! It was a bit of a 'working vacation,' but since I consider my 'work' my entire life, practice, family, and all, the overwhelming feeling coming home was more joy at having had my cups filled, in ways that a regular, ol' vacation rarely does for me.Pantheacon occurs every President's Day weekend at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. Between flights, rooms, and … [Read more...]

Pantheacon: Health and Hygiene

I drew Kali yantras and used them to ward my house. I'll be doing something different for my hotel room.

Pantheacon may not be the center of the Pagan world, but for four days every February it sure does feel like it is. At the very least, it's the center of much of my Pagan world. This year I am thrilled to be attending for my third time.Here is a list of my Con advice. I think it's advice that works not just for Pantheacon (PCon), but other large gatherings and life in general.My number one recommendation to anyone attending PCon is ward your room. Whatever technique you have - … [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...]

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...]

Dual Observance and Me

Albrecht Durer, Die Vier Hexen (or The Four Witches), 1497.

Dual observance, the practice of  more than one tradition at one time, is more common than most people realize, I think. It's not just for Pagans, either. For some people, it becomes syncretism, a blending of two (or more) systems into one. For some, one practice is spiritual or religious and the other practice is more cultural. Some people pick and choose parts of various traditions they like, leaving the difficult, challenging, or distasteful aspects by the wayside. For others, like myself, … [Read more...]


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