Chastity vs Hedonism

Fasting. By Jean Fortunet via Wikimedia Commons

A few weeks ago (months maybe?) a reader asked me via Facebook if I'd write about chastity vs hedonism. Sure, I said. I like reader prompts...Chastity is related to abstaining from sexual activities of all kinds. Hedonism implies a rampant indulgence in all lustful desires. Hedonism conjures up images of luxurious excesses of all kinds of fleshly pleasures, not just sexual ones. I think the real issue in these words is what role does austerity play in our lives? Should it have one? If so, … [Read more...]

Literally in the Weeds

The adorable stump table and chairs in March. Room for three!

My family bought a house this spring. Our first home. Our first plot of land that is ours to maintain and serve. It's a large piece of land for our area and for us. Our house is small (1096 sq. ft.) but we sit on 1/5 of an acre, most of which is taken up with an enormous garden. It is easily the size of  a footprint of a small house. The previous owners grew a lot of their own food, raised chickens (the house came with a beautiful chicken coop!) and goats. I almost feel bad that their good work … [Read more...]

Sabotage

That can wait. I totally need more tea.

Even when I haven't moved house and had a baby, even during my most inspired periods, I struggle with sabotage. Why is it that I do the things I know don't make me feel good, that get in the way of the work I want to do? Why do I procrastinate? Especially when I have such little uninterrupted time?I am reminded of a passage from the New Testament, Romans chapter 7:15 "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate." The context is about … [Read more...]

What I Do

By Dedda71, via Wikimedia Commons

[From a post last September. The entire post still holds.]Earlier in the week a friend on Facebook linked to a great blog post on a blog I’d never read before. The post is called The Keys to Success in Magic. It makes a great point, that most witches/magicians/sorcerers worth their salt don’t do magic most of the time. I’d say that’s true!Midway through the post the author has a ‘flow chart’ of his practice. If I had to make a chart, this would be pretty close. … [Read more...]

Happy Five Years Patheos!

By Sander van der Wel from Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons.

Patheos is celebrating its 5th birthday. While A Witch's Ashram has only been here since December, I'd been writing for both Pagan Families and A Sense of Place for over a year prior to moving my personal blog to Patheos as well.If you look to the right side of the page, you can see what my top 5 posts are here. I'd like to highlight some other things I've written for my own 'top 5.'Since I'm on loose maternity leave, I've been posting some of my favorite posts from before my move to … [Read more...]

What is a Witch?

[From October 2011.]For about a thousand years the witch has been drawn as an ugly, old woman, in league with the devil, living on the outskirts of a village, waiting to take advantage of the virtuous and/or small children. She flies on her broomstick and gathers with others under the full moon to do terrible rituals. Later, she acquired an outfit of black and a pointy hat. The Halloween stereotypes we associate with witches are not new; they are deeply embedded in the Western … [Read more...]

On Finding My Yoga

By Sardaka, via Wikimedia Creative Commons.

[This piece was written in August of 2011. My son was 3 and my daughter was 6 months old. I've edited it in places, but much of it remains true to where I'm at now.]One of the things I love about yoga and Hinduism is that there is an ‘in’ for just about everyone. Are you a monotheist? There is point of entry. Are you a non-dualist? Try Advaita Vedanta. Do you see the God as male? Perhaps being a Vaishnava is for you. Do you see God as female? Say hello to Durga. Want to be less religious and … [Read more...]


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