The best non-magic books about magic, part 1

My two most favorite books about magic aren't explicitly about magic at all. One is a philosophical work in the 'deep ecology' vein, the other is a young adult book about Vikings and Saxons.In this post I'll review (oh, who am I kidding? I'll praise) David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous. I first learned of this book three years ago, during my first autumn in Wales. My friend, Haloquin, loaned it to me. I was thick into my PhD studies, so I did a 'grad school skim.' I loved it and knew it … [Read more...]

Harvest

Today is Lughnasadh, a Celtic cross-quarter holiday celebrating the first fruits of what has been sown and preparing for the harvest to come. I don't typically observe it, as I'm not much in tune with farm cycles. I notice that the selection at the farmer's market is larger: more vegetables, the first pig from my favorite local farm was just slaughtered. But I don't garden, nor do I live in a community centered on farm life, and so this holiday doesn't often register for me.However, a lot of … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Great White North

It’s been three years since I’ve been back to my hometown, Juneau, Alaska. My relationship to Juneau is complicated. I wrote about its formative qualities in the early part of my spiritual biography. I’ve never been away from Juneau for this long. It’s as if I have new eyes, and yet my senses remember: the way the water smells here, the feel of this beach, my legs know how to respond to the sea, my eyes know how to spot whales and eagles at 300 yards, my ears recognize the wake of the cruise ship … [Read more...]

Walk Like a God – a review

One of the blogs that inspired me to start my own is Rogue Priest, written by Drew Jacob. He is a modern-day Priest, Hero and Adventurer. What does that mean? Well, you'll have to read his blog to figure it out. I don't always agree with his take, but I love that he's actively thinking about the big Life Questions and attempting to live the life he believes in. One of the things that I love about P/paganism is that it seems to create space to live the life of one's imagination (fodder for a … [Read more...]

Silence and Opportunity

The next Delphic Maxim is Know Your Opportunity. It seems a pretty obvious one, and yet, it's a lot more difficult to actually suss out when, where, and what kind of opportunities are waiting for us. Opportunity is, in my head, an action word. Opportunity is to be grabbed hold of! Opportunity is not to be missed! Go out and forge some opportunity!But for me, these last two months, I have had the opportunity to rest. To not do. Don't seize anything. In fact, let go. Learning about place, … [Read more...]

A love song for Juneau

I haven't lived in Juneau, Alaska, for over a decade. I've spent little more than a handful of weeks at a time there. Home for me these days is Olympia, Washington. I've just recently returned from a 'long weekend' in California, a stunningly beautiful part of the world. There were six ladies present: three of whom live in California (two in the Bay Area, one in the LA area), two in the Pacific North West (me and one in Seattle), and one who lives in Alaska - Anchorage. But five of us are from … [Read more...]

Return

Hello again. I've returned from a few days along the Russian River in Northern California. The Sonoma/Russian River area is easily my favorite part of that great state. The wineries, oak trees, enormous redwoods; the jays, buzzards, herons; the warm sun, cool breezes, and lazy river are intoxicating. I'm not yet ready to get back to the Delphic Maxims or my daily grind/practice. I am sleepy (baby girl decided to celebrate my return by nursing all night long) and full of … [Read more...]


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