A Crazy Late Night Lammas

Several years ago, my husband and I were part of a group from Missouri that was invited to a Lamas camp out. This event took place in Illinois and we didn't get there until the sun was just going down. We were left setting up our tents in the dark by feel and unsteady flashlight. After wrestling canvas and poles we followed a narrow trail through the woods toward the sound of drums and ritual voices. It led an air of mystery to the adventure. Here I was in unknown surroundings going to a … [Read more...]

Worth

Baldur, from "A Book of Myths" (1915)

From an anon on Tumblr: I’m starting to think all this “I’m a mighty woo woo genius!” and “I’m *insert deity here*’s husband/wife/partner/favorite!” stuff is just straight up [expletive]. If you’re so powerful and “in” with some supreme entity then how come you’re broke and miserable all the time? It’s like how you never meet a psychic or mind reader that’s ever won the lottery.Well...If Odin is such a powerful deity why was his beloved son Baldur killed and not able to be returned from t … [Read more...]

Psychedelic Breakthrough

by Chris Johnson theartofchrisjohnson.com

This piece was planned while the artist was in a mental institution. They posted on Reddit saying, "I cannot use traditional paint mediums, I have very weak lungs because of a childhood accident where I was exposed to high levels of chlorine. I could not participate in sports, or any other childhood fun, but in my isolation I started to make artwork. I had to drop out of art school because in every painting class I would be sneezing out blood and red phlemb. This made me very depressed for some … [Read more...]

Interview with author C.J. Blackwood about PSG

I spoke with C. J. Blackwood about her experience at Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG). C. J. is a visually impaired author. One of her essays was included in Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul under the name Lady Cedar Nightsong.What was your favorite thing about the event?All of the music. There were quite a few concerts. Spiral Rhythm and Tuatha Dea played Celtic Rock. They were really good. If I had to name a favorite thing, it would be making friends and meeting a bunch of people. … [Read more...]

Loaf-mass and me

Mixed_bread_loaves

Last weekend was Lammas (or at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).   While I do adhere to the eightfold Wheel of the Year as observed by Wicca (though not Wiccan myself), Lammas is a particularly difficult holiday for me because it is literally "Loaf-mass", the grain festival, and wheat and barley in particular.  This is the time of year when you see over nine thousand bread recipes circulate in pagan circles, and pagan events where bread is going to be a big part of what's on the m … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Fifty Shades of Gray: a Guest Commentary (Warning Triggers/Adult Content))

A Note from Tara "Masery" Miller:The people who participate in BDSM come from every walk of life, are abled or disabled, and belong to many different races and creeds. It can be a safe and responsible form of pleasure for consenting adults. For more information on BDSM and people with disabilities visit Keeping it Kinky.Fifty Shades of Gray is a book about a fictional couple's BDSM sex life that's been talked about world wide. "The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and … [Read more...]

Finding motivation

Three Points Lane, Runt's Wood by Andy Gryce.

I released a book this past Friday, entitled Visions of Vanaheim (PDF), which I previously released in 2009 under the name Svartesol - I began to work on a re-write in late 2013.  The re-write of the book - culling a significant portion of older material, revising what older material I kept, and writing a lot of new material - took a lot longer than I expected, for a lot of reasons.  During the re-write I wound up changing living situations and began to get some long-standing medical issues ad … [Read more...]

Signs – A New Restaurant in Toronto Hires Only Deaf Waiters

Ioanna Roumeliotis visits Signs, Canada's first restaurant staffed with deaf waiters. … [Read more...]


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