New home, new altars

Last night's full moon was the kick in the pants I needed to get all my altars set up! We've got all the furniture we're getting for a while. We're Officially Moved In to our new home. I decided that I would use the full moon and all the energy from the solar flares - plus I had had a FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP (first one in over a year) - and bless all the altars.This is our family altar. In the passage between the living and dining rooms there is this curved space, where the phone box used to … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary in Song

Let's have some music for your weekend!My kids are feeling poorly. I'm blogged out from all the coverage of the Pantheacon transgender/Z Budapest conflict/discussion. So let's have some beauty! To song!The most famous of all songs about the Virgin Mary is the Ave Maria, the Latin version of the Hail Mary: "Hail Mary, full of grace, God is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed it the fruit of your womb, Jesus; Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour … [Read more...]

Fifteen Years in the Wrong Shoes – part four

This part of my testimony is all about graduate school, and it brings us up to the present. When we left off I had just moved to Berkeley, started work on my master's degree, and broken up with my girlfriend. You can read parts one, two, and three by clicking the links.I think I always knew I was going to end up in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union. It had been on my radar for years. I liked the small school consortium and the ecumenical and interfaith make up of the place. It had a … [Read more...]

A House Blessing

Friday, January 6th, was Theophany (according to the Eastern Orthodox Church) and Epiphany for the rest. I'm not sure why, but it is on this day that house blessings occur in the Orthodox tradition, my preferred flavor of Christianity. A priest comes around to the home and blesses the structure and its inhabitants.I've just moved into a new home. I usually do a house blessing when I move anywhere new. My past practice has been to use various incenses to cleanse the space, then sprinkle salt … [Read more...]

Perhaps: a post about the gods

Most witches and pagans are polytheists - or agnostic to greater or lesser extents. I've yet to meet anyone who calls hirself a pagan that is monotheistic, at least not in the way that anyone of the Abrahamic faiths would recognize. Plenty of people I know have patron deities or are henotheistic (honoring one god to the exclusion of the rest, yet acknowledging that other gods do exist). For a while I thought I tipped into the polytheistic non-dual (a description I first heard from T Thorn … [Read more...]


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