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...]

Superheroes, Magic, and Kids

By Nicholas Gemini via Wikimedia Commons

I spend a lot of time around boys aged 3-7. My own son is 5 1/2. Among this demographic, I see a lot of superhero t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, toys, capes, etc and hear a lot of superhero talk. In my house we go very light on branded items and superhero images. In some very important ways, even the Powerpuff Girls, a cartoon I'm a fan of myself and for my kids, falls into the superhero category.When one of the other five year olds in my son's weekly karate class asked why he couldn't do the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part 3

By Lishu Institute (http://www.flickr.com), via Wikimedia Commons

This is the final installment of Willow Moon's comparison of his dual observance of Faerie Witchcraft and Tibetan Buddhism. Here are the previous parts one and two. I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful practitioner share their observances with us!*****Ethics are perhaps the area where Buddhism and Faerie Witchcraft diverge the most.  In Buddhism there are many rules for conduct but they all boil down to the basic ethics associated with the three levels of vows taken before … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Let’s Have Tea!

witch-tea-time

Patheos Pagan editor, Christine Hoff Kraemer, has issued a call to all of the bloggers and readers here at the Pagan Portal. She'd like to see us build community. I have found that in my short time blogging at Patheos my online community has expanded significantly. It's nice. I'm looking forward to meeting several of my fellow bloggers in person at next month's Pantheacon, as well as Rhyd  Wildermuth when he passes through my town.In an effort to expand this community, I am taking up … [Read more...]

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-68.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx are as follows: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep Silent. I can't tell you the history of this grouping, if it's ancient or not. I know Crowley talked about them. T Thorn Coyle wrote an entire book based on them. I've been thinking of these powers a lot lately, mostly in light of the last one.I'm good at Knowing. I have always been a self-motivated learner. If I can't find some one to teach me, I will press forward myself. I have an advanced degree in … [Read more...]

Theology, the Gods, and Me

Epiphany

A lot of people are currently discussing their understanding of the gods. Traci issues a challenging reminder not to let anthropomorphism cloud our understanding. Morpheus Ravenna, John Beckett, Sara Amis, and others, all give us their thoughtful perspectives. I hesitate to wade into the discussion, even though this is the very sort of discussion I'm trained to dissect.I think that's part of why discussing the gods is so challenging for me: I have too many theories, too many fancy words, and … [Read more...]


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