Let’s Have Tea!

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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

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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...]

Maxim Monday: Be jealous of no one

Allegory of Jealousy by Luca Ferrari

Welcome back to my Maxim Monday series, where we look at the values and advice given by the Delphic Oracle. We're only about half way through all of the Delphic Maxims!"Be jealous of no one" - this is great advice, for all spheres of life. Wanting what another a person has can be quite motivating or inspiring. What causes problems is the negativity and resentment that can come with wanting what other people have. If we start dwelling on what others have, we start to view our own possessions … [Read more...]

2014 Begins

This is twice as large as in previous years, so I had to stand on my chair to get a picture.

My 2014 New Year's collage took a little bit longer than I'd anticipated, for several reasons. First, I have two small kids, both of whom wanted to see what I was doing, touch what I was doing, and ask questions about what I was doing. I couldn't do the entire collage on New Year's Eve, after the kids went to sleep, because I was in bed before 10 pm. It's how I roll. Finding quiet times throughout the days to focus, cut, and paste without little fingers near was quite the challenge. Eventually … [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...]

Top Ten Books of 2013

Rebecca Sutherland illustrates a story from 'The Bloody Chamber'

I read a lot. These days I read a lot for reviews, almost entirely non-fiction, or to my kids. Occasionally I'll post reviews of books that I have chosen to read, ones I think are particularly significant. However, I've read a lot of really good stuff this year that I haven't written reviews for. Here is a selection of books that got me fired up this year.Note: These are not ranked in any order of preference, and they may or may not have been released in 2013.FictionThe Bloody … [Read more...]


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