On Being a Student

By Fewskulchor (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons.

I know a little something about being a student: I've got a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree in history, most of a vocal performance degree, a master's degree in religious studies, and a few years of doctoral work in theology. I've spent probably ten full years in voice lessons with a total of nine different teachers and I've spent the last 8 years studying Feri/Faerie witchcraft with a total of four teachers.Yet, for all that studying, on my own and with teachers, I realized … [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...]

Singing In Christmas

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Christmas has almost always been a cultural holiday for me. Growing up, I had stockings and a tree, but we never went to services, unless we were visiting family in Australia. Once I started singing I was more inclined to go to midnight caroling services and join in caroling parties. Even as a teenager exploring Christianity on my own, I continued to feel that most of the holiday was more about cultural traditions rather than religious observance.I still feel this way, and I have a soft spot … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Mystic

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It's full on holiday shopping time. But what do you buy the mystic in your life? What do you get for the witch that has everything? Let me help you!This is my first ever gift guide. I typically don't want to encourage the commodification of sacred holidays, but who doesn't like pretty things? And who doesn't want to support independent artists and other small businesses?So without further ado here are things that I would love - I mean, that the spiritual person in your life might love. … [Read more...]

Finished Yantras

I finished my yantras! It's taken me all week. Between finding the concentrated time and preparing myself, through meditation and chanting, it has been more challenging than I expected to finish such a small project.I have no idea if these are "correct," but they are infused with much intention, prayer, and enthusiasm.I'm so pleased that I finally got around to making my own yantras. I found the process educational and meditative. Next I will hang them in my altar.And … [Read more...]

Attempting Yantras

Yantras are intricate, geometrical Hindu designs. Tantric Hinduism uses them for meditation, magic, and devotion. It's an ancient practice that involves a lot of training, preparation, and precision. So I thought I'd make some. In a morning. Silly me.I have only ever seen yantras in books or on-line, never in person. I've been intrigued by the idea of doing some for myself since I first began my Hindu quarter at the beginning of this blog. Now, with my eldest child in kindergarten and my … [Read more...]


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