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[This essay was written back in 2011, but it touches on some conversations I've had recently, as well as the work I am currently doing with my teachers. I have re-written portions of this and edited it. Please enjoy!]Pagans get a bad rap in the media. Nonconformists, anti-establishment, the lot of them - and dangerous to boot. (Not such bad things, I think!) Witches are next down the list of potentially scary people, what with their magic and generally pro-feminist attitudes. Within the … [Read more...]

Third Trimester Update

Me, 35 weeks pregnant. Photo courtesy of my 5 year old on my iphone.

Folks, I'm on the countdown to meeting Baby #3. I'm 35 weeks and starting to prepare for anything. My son was born at 34.5 weeks, my daughter at 38 weeks. On top of waiting for Baby, my family is getting ready to move house next weekend. It's all more than a little stressful, especially since we're planning on a home birth. There is so much to get organized so that I will feel comfortable birthing!I am preparing by working on being adaptable and letting go of frustrations as soon as I can. I … [Read more...]

Vasanta Navratri

My Durga altar for Navratri.

Today begins the spring Navratri. Nine nights of honoring Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. It's very similar to Mahanavratri, which occurs in the fall, and is the major Shakti festival of all the Navratris.I've had this on my calendar for months. But for the last week or so I thought I would pass on observing. There's just so much on my plate right that I really don't feel I can keep up. My family is buying a house and moving in two weeks. I'm fully pregnant with two kids already to care for. … [Read more...]

Why Not Wicca

scott cunningham

When I get asked what my religion is I almost always answer "Pagan" and move on from there. Usually the first response is "Oh, you're Wiccan?" I also get "Oh, my mother-in-law/niece/cousin's girlfriend/and so on is a Wiccan!" Without fail I tell them I'm not Wiccan. Part of this is a desire for clarity (I practice an American form of Traditional Witchcraft and have a Hindu devotion). Part of it is a desire not to be lumped in with Wiccans. Because, in all honesty, I'm a hater.When I began my … [Read more...]

Kali Puja

Kalialtaricon

Several people for the last year or two have asked me to write about how I do devotions to Kali. Here is what I do. It is a combination of rituals I have gleaned online and in books, and elements of my Feri practice.BackgroundI honor Kali just about any time I sit down at my altar and light incense. Ganesh always gets the first wave of incense and prayer: "Jai Ganesh. May my worship be acceptable." Then I wave the incense before Kali and say "Jai Ma!"From there I may go into … [Read more...]

Why I Need Spiritual Community

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I'm exhausted. I started the day with gentle yoga, cooked the breakfasts, harassed my son into his clothes, got him to class on time, bought groceries, cooked and cleaned up lunch. A pretty typical morning. What's missing from this day (and every other day for the last week) is sitting at my altar, lighting incense, saying prayers, or any form of puja. What was unusual for my day was 45 minutes of me crying while I cooked lunch.After the catharsis that was a good cry, the nourishment that … [Read more...]

My Take on Wiccanate Privilege

Another of the big discussions of privilege that occurred at PCon this year was regarding Wiccanate privilege. I did not attend this panel. I had decided to not write on this topic as I don't feel particularly strongly about it. But after going through some of the various write ups of this panel, I have some thoughts.Firstly, there is some great discussion occurring, mainly in regard to the larger ideas of what our communities are, stand for, and how they work (or don't work) together. There … [Read more...]


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