Thoughts on Thanksgiving and Offerings

My cat loves to roam around outside then come back for meals or to go to bed. He makes gifts out of the things he has hunted around the neighborhood or out in the field. I appreciate how he keeps mice out of our home and the mole population down. I appreciate how in the summer he sits on the potato tires keeping an eye out for rabbits or paws my head when I sit and read. He's thankful for cat food, a warm dry place to sleep, and scritches. It's our human and cat exchange so I don't fuss at … [Read more...]

Circle Round

In 2005, I met Shekhinah Mountainwater one of the foremothers of the American Goddess movement. We lived just a few blocks from each other in the Seabright district of Santa Cruz, CA. We didn't always agree on thealogy or thealagie as she spelled it to feminize Goddess studies even further. She did teach me to literally think outside of the box and it changed my life forever. We were in her apartment in the temple room. We sat among many draperies and pillows heavily perfumed with incense … [Read more...]

Haven

My husband pulled the car into the garage. My head tilted back, legs tensed, right arm shook as tears streamed down my face during the seizure. I kept my eyes closed knowing I would only see flashes of light or dark spots anyway. I sort of remember staring at the dashboard and drying my eyes after. There's some noise and in his nervousness my husband has dropped a bag of groceries and broken the eggs while trying to help me. I stare fascinated by some spot on the fabric of the now open car … [Read more...]

Making Myth, Music and Magic

I have a passion for books and music. E-books are very popular but I prefer print because books are a full body experience. I get a thrill from the smell of ink and paper. It's the only time knowledge and tales have a scent and when I walk into a library my spirit soars, carried away on perfumed promises of insights and flights of fancy. On Reddit, I'm subscribed to Libraryporn where people post pictures of amazing libraries. There are some breathtaking vaults of knowledge. The sounds of … [Read more...]

On Faith and Facts

Religious and cultural misunderstanding happen between people of many different backgrounds. So when I saw a minister had published that witches were dancing around pentagrams on brooms and laying on graves, I had to jump in.As many of my readers know, I live in a small rural Missouri town. It's so small, sometimes men will ride lawn mowers to the grocery store. It's actually in the city code that they, as men, can do so. Really, most of the relationships are equal these days and it's an old … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Samhain: When Your Roots Become Your Branches

This is a post from October 2011 which I wanted to share again.I enjoy living in a small rural town. Each fall I look out my kitchen window on a back yard filled with walnut trees and corn. This year the reformed Amish family didn't plant sweet corn so my husband and I planted a small patch of popcorn. It's long since been harvested and the stalks bundled up for decoration in the front of the house. Cool crisp wind blows in from the east and north now bringing frost instead of stifling heat … [Read more...]

Samhain Ceremony Near White House in DC

by: Caroline Kenner Silver Spring, MarylandFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDC Pagans to Hold Samhain Ceremony Countering the New Apostolic Reformation Cursing Prayer Campaign On October 30th in Lafayette Square ParkSilver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011 Priestesses and priests from the Washington, DC Pagan community will hold a Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom in Lafayette Square Park across from the White House on Sunday, October 30th, 2011, as a protest to the New Apostolic … [Read more...]

Aligning Pagan Values of Community and Honor with Action

We have forgotten who we areWe have sought only our own security We have exploited simply for our own ends We have distorted our knowledge We have abused our power [...]We ask for the gift of remembering We ask for the strength to change." - John Matthews, The Quest for the Green ManThe virtue of honor gives us the strength to become capable of living and acting for the long haul, rather than immediate gain. There is nothing we cannot do, because we learn to not give up easily, to … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you.Entertainment and EducationAt the Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)’s Annual Convention this past weekend there was a special educational edition release of the award winning documentary Monica & David."MONICA & DAVID explores the marriage of two a … [Read more...]


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