Full moons, tarot, and the transit of Venus

It's an astrological bonanza right now. I don't know much about astrology, and I tend to be rather agnostic about it. As in most things, if I find some truth, or my experience lines up, I'll take it; if not, I won't. For example, I find that full moons make me buzz and jittery, and my head often gets scattered. Whereas the dark moon draws me inward, helps me feel focused, but even more like a homebody than usual. This seems to match up with people I've known who work in law enforcement, mental … [Read more...]

Magic for a dark night

24 hours of magic. That was my weekend. It started with a Feri gathering in Seattle on Saturday evening. We did some mediation and chanting about Godsoul. There are no coincidences, and I was only mildly surprised that the chants overlapped with some work that I've been doing in relation to some non-blogged about stuff. I've woven those words in with my daily practice and that dovetailed nicely into the work with the group. These days everything - everything - is about soul alignment. … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links. I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

A New Year

I'm not much for New Year's parties or resolutions. Now that I have kids I have even less desire to stay up late among raucous revellers. Going to bed early suits me just fine. I feel like the Gregorian new year is oddly placed anyway. I always feel like it should come either at the winter solstice or perhaps on the vernal equinox. January 1st feels like an arbitrary, but satisfying bookend to the winter holiday season, a point marking the arrival of the longest, coldest part of winter for me: … [Read more...]

A Goodbye

The boxes are packed. We came to Wales with twelve boxes, four suitcases, two cats and one child nearly two and half years ago. We leave with 14 boxes, three and a half suitcases, one cat and two kids. These final days are the busiest, most chaotic. My friend, Haloquin, arrived for dinner and magic last night in the midst of people moving furniture out of our house, me feeding the baby and the three-year old running around in his green, footed pajamas. My energy was frazzled and frayed.Halo and … [Read more...]

Wishbird update

Remember last week's post on making a quick spell for a home? It worked. I've been looking for rentals in Olympia online for about two months now, trying to get an idea of locations, styles, and prices. I figured I'd find a place once I landed as house hunting from a distance has many challenges. However, a few days after casting the spell my very good friend in Olympia emailed me with a listing for my 'dream house.' It had all of the things I was looking for - it even was in the Craftsman … [Read more...]

Book reviews

I have been reading a ton lately. I have a few recommendations and one to avoid. The first is Queen of the Night: The Celtic Moon Goddess in Our Lives by Sharynne MacLeod Nicmhacha. I thought this was an interesting book, well researched and good for those knowledgeable in the field, as well as novices, and suitable for Pagans or Celtophiles alike. The book is extensively footnoted and felt like something in between a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation. Don't let that put you off! … [Read more...]

Wishbird

Last night I went to yoga for the first time in over a month. It wasn't a difficult practice, but after being sick for so many weeks it challenged my body. I still think of myself as an 'advanced beginner' or 'intermediate' level yoga practitioner - even now, after years away from a regular practice! Sessions like last night's are humbling, but also excellent opportunities to practice 'beginner's mind' and return to basics. What is the most basic thing of all? The breath. In between postures … [Read more...]

House Magic for Beginners – the post

There are many levels to magic. There's Big Magic: big in scope and aim and performance. It might, and might not, be the same as High Magic, usually referring to the kind of magic that involves complicated casting, symbols, words and lots of ritual/liturgy. There's folk or Low Magic, usually referring to the types of magic that many solitary practitioners use: lunar timing, herbs, oils, candles, charms, etc. There's Small Magic, where are aims are simpler. I think all of these kinds blur … [Read more...]

What is magic?

Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. This is one definition of magic, by Aleister Crowley, from his book, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4. While I'm not a fan of Crowley, I do have respect for his daring and determination to push the boundaries of magic. Or magick, with a k, if you prefer. Which I don't. But I do agree with this statement on magic. Is it magic when I pick up my cup because I want a drink of water? Not really, even though it fits a … [Read more...]