The Left Hand Path

My left hand

[I wrote this piece near the beginning of my blog project, when I was devoted to one tradition for a quarter each, and I shifted from practicing all Hinduism all the time to practicing the Feri tradition.*]A discussion of the ‘left hand paths’ is an appropriate segue between the Hindu and Feri traditions. They might appear radically different, but you might be surprised. I was!Like all dualities, the split between left and right hand paths is a bit of a false dichotomy. Each side has ele … [Read more...]

What is Feri?

By Katharine Cameron, 1908, from Thomas the Rhymer.

[I've updated this post from 2011. I thought it would make an appropriate response to Wednesday's guest post. Enjoy!]Feri* is……Feri is a form of traditional witchcraft. It’s an American-born, syncretic tradition, informed by Hoodoo, Voudoun, Huna, Wicca, Yoruba, Gwyddon (Welsh witchcraft), Appalachian folk tradition, and probably more that I just don’t know about. Victor Anderson saw himself drawing on ancient commonalities, the current of the ‘small dark peoples of the earth.’ … [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...]

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...]

A happy mother’s day

Being a mother is perhaps the single most life altering, spiritually powerful thing I've ever done. Women often write about how intense and life-changing are the self-sacrifice, the long hours, the intense demands, and the beauty of the love that children bring. Those things are all real. For parents, male and female and every other stripe, parenting is crash course in intense love and compassion and heartbreak. These are good things.For me, being a mother is all of those things and it is … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be (religiously) silent

I love this one.Spring is in full swing here in Olympia. New colors from fresh blooms appear each morning. The sun's heat is gaining in intensity, despite the bitter the breezes. The lilacs are blooming, although I can't smell them because my sinuses are blocked up. That makes me sad, since lilac is my favorite scent. The birds are raucous in the twilight periods twice a day. Everything is a cacophony of scent, sound, texture and color.But I've been feeling a little quiet lately. Not … [Read more...]

Desire

Last night my husband and I went on a date. An actual dinner without children. We talked. We sipped drinks. Halfway through my sidecar I realized I was fired up, giddy about my subject matter, and rambling. That's how I feel when I'm full of desire. It's a stream of passion, enthusiasm, happiness, intensity, and a feeling of losing track of time.Desire is on my mind. Yes, the sexual kind, too. Spring will do that to a person. I embrace the lengthening days, the growing sunshine, the … [Read more...]


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