Making Art of Annual Divination

I was so busy working with my Decluttering for the Samhain Soul challenge that I haven’t yet done my annual Samhain divination project. So, I’ll be saving my big annual Divination Fest for astrological Samhain, which this year is November 6. That is the day the Sun arrives at 15 Scorpio, precisely halfway between the [Read More…]

Decluttering For The Samhain Soul: Day 5. The Ritual

Most of the year, I keep a small, ceramic box of earth sitting near a figure of Kuan Yin. The box of earth holds soil from two places. One, more black, is from the field that is in front of my Grandma and Grandpa Wright’s house. Less than a month after his funeral, I walked [Read More…]

Decluttering for the Samhain Soul, Day 4: Who’s Your Ninshubur?

Who is your Ninshubur? “Ninshubur, my constant support, My sukkal who gives me wise advice, My warrior who fights by my side.” (From one translation of Inanna’s descent.) Ninshubur. She who fights beside me. Queen of the East. Messenger for Inanna and other Gods, perhaps the cousin and forerunner of my beloved Hermes. Today, think [Read More…]

Decluttering for the Samhain Soul, Day 3: Do Something!

Today is a “do something” day. We’ve spent a couple days focusing on the issues that are most cluttering our internal closets and blocking the progress we want to make in our lives. Today, we move something physical. We declutter—something. Just one something. Today, we start with the Power of One. This will help us [Read More…]

Decluttering for the Samhain Soul: Day 2

Each journey needs a beginning. Our Samhain ritual journey’s starting spot will be either an altar or an artwork, or a bit of both. Traditional Samhain altars I’m familiar with tend to have certain elements in common: images of dead family members or friends; candles; crystals, or other natural items; images of skulls or bones; [Read More…]

Decluttering for the Samhain Soul: Day 1

“Dad is being transferred. We’re moving. Go to your room and go through your things and get rid of the ones you don’t need any more.” I first heard that sentence from my mother when I was seven years old. Seven. How do you know, at seven, what you don’t need any more? I loved [Read More…]

A Five-Day Decluttering Ritual For The Samhain Soul

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about decluttering. Not just the kind that has left me, for the first time in my life, with more drawer space than things to put in them. But the kind of decluttering that led me to hold on to some physical objects and all the emotions trailing from them [Read More…]

Start Anew With Pattern-Breaking Lunar Eclipse

No one wants The Tower. But sometimes, we need it. I pulled two cards for this full moon lunar eclipse. The first to appear was the Page of Wands. Happy card, beginnings, a new bright spirit holding a crystal-peaked wand high in the sunlit desert, light flowing in seven rays from it. Yes, a good [Read More…]

The potent domestic magick of clutter clearing

There is a potent domestic magic in clearing away that which no longer serves. We make room for new growth in our lives by clearing away the things we no longer use, just as we make room for new growth in our gardens by clearing away last year’s crop. [Read more…]

Love and Artistry Bring Back Songs of Babylon and Sumer

Just as some Pagans have made it their life’s task to recreate the ancient religious practices as best they can, so too have modern musicians sought to recreate the ancient music of old Sumer and Babylon. “The Flood” is the result. [Read more…]