Late Night Revelations

Albrecht Dürer's Praying Hands from 1508.

I seem to be doing my best thinking in the wee hours of the night, those minutes (or hours) between trips to the bathrooms or careful turnings over. For some reason last night I was thinking of an ended relationship and my reactions to it, wondering if I've been too harsh. In a flash of insight I realized that part of my problem is lingering Christian thinking.I'm the kind of person that takes things seriously. I've often been told that I take things too seriously. (Of course, I've often … [Read more...]

Pagan Dinner Time

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Now with more angst!I had my last Pagan Tea Time date on Sunday evening: Rhyd Wildermuth, blogger and punk, came to dinner at my house. We were supposed to gather for afternoon tea, but as he was catching a ride from Seattle to Portland, it worked out that he got dinner at my house instead.There were pleasantries, getting-to-know-you questions, and interruptions galore from my kids. My husband had just finished doing the taxes, and suffice it to say that he was not his usual sociable … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Honor Good Men

Adam and our daughter, about 8 months old at the time, in Wales.

This Maxim is likely using the word 'men' to mean humans. (Any Greek scholars want to help me out here?) So, yes, let's honor good people where we find them.We can get caught up parsing the word 'good' and wonder who among us is truly good? Everyone has a flaw, a blind spot, or something dishonorable in their past. Yet, we should honor the good we want to see more of in the world.On that note, I'd like to honor a good man in my life. It's a few days after Valentine's day, a 'holiday' I … [Read more...]

My 2013 Collage Review

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New Year's Eve means one thing for me: collaging. I'm not much of a crowd person, so I rarely go out in public on New Year's Eve. Even before I had kids I mostly stayed in and went to bed at my typical early  hour. For the last six or seven years I have used this night to make magic. I collage.I can't remember how I came up with this idea. Did I see it in some women's magazine? Did some one put an 'inspirational' post on Facebook? I have no idea, but I do know that now my New Year's collage … [Read more...]

Letting Go with Dhumavati

Having tools to develop my Self, as a spiritual being and as a form of self-therapy, are among the reasons I love practicing witchcraft and Hinduism. Both traditions serve my desire for theosis, or becoming a god, or achieving enlightenment.One necessary ability in this journey is being able to see clearly. Tantric Hinduism does not encourage complete renunciation of the world, rather embracing the world and also seeing it clearly is its complex call to humans. Seeing clearly, particularly … [Read more...]

Chop Wood, Carry Water

There is a Zen saying, "Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."I'm definitely in the 'before enlightenment' state of things, and most definitely lately. I feel further away from anything spiritually meaningful than I have in a while. I'm tired, getting over some sort of mild virus, and likely swinging on the swing set of hormones. While I usually have a strong container for dealing with news and the internet, the last few says have felt … [Read more...]

The Stories We Tell

Attempting to process one's life in public is difficult. It's challenging to avoid details that risk exposing other less public people, or details that get too intimate for my comfort. Yet how to explain my story? I fear I might have misrepresented myself in my last post. The likelier occurrence is that in attempting to present my experience safely, I actually created A Story.What's a 'Story'? It's a narrative of events that we tell ourselves to make the confusion neater and tidier, to wrap … [Read more...]


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