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

Inanna with two of her symbols, the lion and the eight-pointed Venus star.

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...]

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Decluttering for the Samhain Soul: Day 2

Altar for my own Decluttering for the Samhain Soul working.

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...]

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Grateful to be Free From Want and Out of the Underworld

Norman Rockwell's "Freedom From Want," first used as a Saturday Evening Post cover in 1946.

I never expected financial stability to take the form of becoming a self-employed housekeeper. My education was supposed to keep me out of the pink-collar ghetto. And yet—I am thrilled. And more than a little certain I hear Hermes and the Faeries laughing at the plot twists. [Read more...]

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