The Rise of the Working Poor: Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

I've been grappling with whether I should write about Occupy Wall Street, and what to write about it, for some time. I'm not as eloquent as T. Thorn Coyle nor truly very savvy to what is going on. I felt a bit like I was hearing reports from another country, as if these could not be my people, my apathetic Americans.Then suddenly, it wasn't just Americans but people were protesting in London, Rome, Madrid, Seoul, Hong Kong, Stockholm, Zurich and other cities around the world. And I was … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Lord Gothwen, Geocentrism and Hephaestus Anthology

I woke up this morning intending to write a rip-roaring post but instead I found sad news waiting for me.Lord Gothwen PassesI did not know Lord Gothwen but I know he spent decades in service to the Craft. He lived in California, worked at Apple Inc and expressed regret at not being able to attend Lady Sintana's memorial. Beyond that his stories are gone forever, with the exception of memories of family and friends. He was only 52.Lady Larina of RavenStone, my "spiritual grandmother", knew … [Read more...]

Don’t You Mean God’s Husband?

Jason Pitzl-Waters wrote about the recent God's Wife controversy over at On Faith. As a dude he nailed it, and I suggest you open it in a new tab and read it through before you go further into my rant. Leave a comment and tell him you appreciate what he wrote.I've been avoiding this drama because it cuts too close to the bone. It makes my head begin to buzz like angry honey bees. It makes me clench my fist and grind my teeth. Y'all know I ain't the Goddessy type. I have no patience for … [Read more...]

Breaking Up (With Gods) Is Hard To Do

"Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." -- Pete Seeger Proof is in the pudding. By your deeds are you known. There are a lot of old sayings relating to the value of experience, which is a harsh value: a value born of last ditch necessity. I'm afraid that I tend to learn by experience. Whatever brains I possess either aren't enough to keep me from doing something stupid, or they get a … [Read more...]

Quick Bit of News and Inspiration

I've had to find a quiet place to work today and have had an interesting morning, so as much as I have to say on many things today, I simply don't have the focus to get it out.Which is ok, because The Wild Hunt has a great news roundup today, including coverage of the TSA firing a Witch in what appears to be a case of religious discrimination.I found a really interesting translation of the Homeric Hymn to Hephaistos. The last line has become my new prayer: Of Hephaestus, famously skilled, … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Weyland The Smith

Weyland (also known as Volund) is a legendary blacksmith, which we have references to from both Norse (Þiðrekssaga & the Poetic Edda’s Völundarkviða) and Anglo-Saxon (Beowulf, Deor and Waldere) sources. In the archaeological record we see his story depicted on the Swedish Ardre image stone VIII, the Franks Casket, and a variety of stone cross and monuments throughout England. Weyland has a reputation in folk stories that once he was paid, no matter how impossible the job asked for, that he wo … [Read more...]

A Quieter Kind of Valentine (UPG inside)

Yesterday Galina Krasskova wrote that she finds Aphrodite terrifying. I get that. Aphrodite doesn't terrify me but she's not my style. She's as relevant to me as the World Cup or who cuts Justin Bieber's hair. Besides, Aphrodite doesn't care for me and that's ok.You see, I'm devoted to Hephaistos, and he and Aphrodite don't care for each other. They have what is known as a marriage of inconvenience. Zeus had them marry only to prevent war among the Gods, for who would deny beauty to the homely … [Read more...]


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