Stumbling Past Imbolc, or Not All Sabbats Are Created Equal

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I have already broken one of my New Year's resolutions. I intended to celebrate every Sabbat equally in 2012. Yet Imbolc has come and gone, and I honestly did very little to celebrate it. I don't even really feel regret at skipping past the holiday uncelebrated. As I sit here and consider Imbolc, I have to admit that I don't really care about it.I want to care about Imbolc. I've put a lot of effort into psyching myself up and getting excited about Imbolc. I've tried to plumb it's … [Read more...]

Can You See Your Shadow?

What shadows have been seen, cannot be unseen, young padawan.

Everybody has their favorite groundhog. Mine is General Beauregard Lee, who lives (not far from my birthplace) at Yellow River Game Ranch. He agrees with my prediction that the warm weather will continue, and predicts an early spring.It seems to me this morning that all this groundhog lore is perhaps also a lesson in self-knowledge. Can you see your own shadow? Can you predict your foreseeable future? Do you know thyself?A lot of Pagan books talk of shadow work, of confronting our … [Read more...]

Ascent of the Goddess: 7th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival

Song of Springtime John William Waterhouse

Here's my contribution to the 7th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival:Clean water, rose-scented, bright linen sheets: wind-rippled.Droplets race down her skin, carrying death back to the earth. Sun-brown women carry pitchers filled with lavender water for hair matted, plaited in patterns of death.Throw those rotten shoes into the sea! Banish these tattered rags to the mountain! Exorcise this filth from her pure body!Caramel skin glows radiant as the decay falls away, hidden … [Read more...]

By the Hair On My Chinny, Chin, Chin

If I had 100X more chin hair I would do this, only in pink and black. Click the pic to read an article about a disturbing beard trend.

Like many women, I have wild hairs that grow on my chin. Amidst the barely visible down that adorns every woman's chin, I have random stiff hairs, standing dark and proud. Staunch, rugged individuals among the insubstantial fluff. Rebels.I tend to keep these hairs plucked and my chin tidily feminine, but a week of wrangling boxes and furniture left my boar bristles free reign. My chin looked decidedly mangy this morning as I lucked each pioneer, each thick outpost, from my face.On … [Read more...]

Almost Imbolc and I Feel Fine…

Credit: Caroline Ford

I should write something deep about poetry. Or fire. Or the sacred forge of life tempering us all. Or spring.But I really don't want to. We've had unusually warm, lovely spring weather here in Georgia and I just want to play on a tire swing. Or ride my bike. Or have a picnic.One of those picnics where you eat tomato sandwiches, ridged potato chips, and store-bought cookies. Where you crack open a watermelon and eat it with the juice running down your arms but you don't care because … [Read more...]

Solstice Eve

Via orionpozo Flickr CC

Have you ever stirred water in a glass and then tried to change direction? The current pushes back at you at first. I tried this exercise once in a swimming pool with a group of people. We all walked around in a circle in the pool until the water began to flow in the direction we were moving, and then we changed direction and moved against the current. It was harder than I expected.Even though I know it's gravitational pull that is swinging us back closer to the sun, I find myself thinking … [Read more...]

Waiting for the King

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Sometimes it's hard to figure out what to write for this blog. So much is going on in the world. There is so much I could draw attention to or draw out into discussion. Sometimes I think I should be more newsy, but I don't really have any desire to be a "poor man's" The Wild Hunt. Jason and the PNC folks do news much better than I do.I've been using this season between Hallows and Yule to do some deep introspection. Although Hallows marks the new year in the Wiccan tradition, it doesn't feel … [Read more...]

“You can raise money to help your sick cat, for example, but not poor people.”

Congratulations to PayPal for winning Top Scrooge 2012.Regretsy, possibly one of the most deliciously twisted web sites around (which means I LOVE them), decided to help out poor folks this holiday season. Because our economy sucks and there are lots of poor folks who are hurting right now.However, PayPal arbitrarily decided to not merely shut down their charitable actions, but freeze ALL of their accounts for 6 months and is insisting all the donations be refunded. Of course, PayPal is … [Read more...]

Paganism and “Passing”

I am completely overwhelmed with what I need to do for tomorrow. Turkey is thawed in the fridge, I'm trying to figure out if I have enough serving dishes and figure out the whole chair situation. I'm sure many of you are doing the same thing. Do I have enough sage? Will there be traffic? Is someone in the family going to take issue with me this year? Do I need to de-Pagan myself, my house, my kids before having dinner with family?I have something on my mind that's kind of appropriate to the … [Read more...]

Feast of The Good Galileans (or Star invents a Holiday)

There are days when I really hate Christians. I loathe them on those days. My wrath swells and my rage increases. I hate their dismissiveness. I hate their blindness to their own privilege. I hate their double standards. I hate their elitism and snobbery. I hate their bland platitudes, and their church clothes. I hate their taking over restaurants on a Sunday and that they dictate my shopping habits with their blue laws. I hate the fish plaques on minivans and the Jesus bumperstickers. It's not … [Read more...]


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