Everybody Say Love

I didn't have a lot of downtime this weekend really, but I'm in a really good mood this morning. Such a good mood that I'm setting aside what I had planned for this morning (including an essay on my experience with gay marriage) but instead I want to share this feeling of love and hope I have this morning.As we are quickly speeding towards mid-year, I have to reflect that 2012 has not been very kind to me, but I didn't expect the Year of the Dragon to be flowing with milk and honey for a dog … [Read more...]

Slipping On A Patch Of Doubt

I'm slipping and sliding on a patch of doubt this morning. Nothing I could write seems appropriate. I don't have a lot of time to write, and my heart is troubled.However, doubt means one thing: you see how things could be better and it gives you pause. Which path leads to the bright future? Did you choose correctly or do you need to turn around and hit the turnpike instead?My priestess tells me faith is based on experience, and that we don't trade in beliefs but have faith.So I'm digging … [Read more...]

We Always Have Hope

I've been thinking a lot about Pandora lately. About how she let all the evils of the world, all the miasma, tragedy, depression, heartbreak, anger and violence just floated away. All she kept was hope. I know a lot of folks interpret this as a an Eve-esque story of woman inflicting evil on the world. It's true in Greek mythos Pandora, the all-gifted, is the first woman, but I don't think she inflicted evil on the world. I think she taught us how to let go.It's a valuable gift, the ability to … [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...]

Blessed be the Holy Thorn–and Her new leaves

Hacked by vandals shortly before Yule and left for dead, the Glastonbury Holy Thorn unfurled two wee leaves for Ostara.Best news I've heard in months. A tiny sprig of green on a tree whose origins could stretch back a couple thousand of years, that was hacked by vandals and feared dead just a few months ago—it's as though the Green Man himself has sprung from the new grass, laughing.The report came the day after the Sabbat on the Thorn's official Facebook page. A local Thorn-watcher shot a p … [Read more...]

The Best Gift is Hope

This is dedicated to my best friend, Debbie. I love you.These ornaments are getting old and the bow is a bit wrinkled but I can't help but feel joy when I look at them.There's a bit of a story to these, so I hope you will indulge me. About 16 years ago, my husband left me, so it was just me and my son together. He also racked up a considerable debt before leaving the state, and I was left to pay it off. It was near Christmas and I had no money. When I say "no money" I mean I had NO MONEY - … [Read more...]

The Love of Community

Samhain is close, October is hectic, my extended family experienced tragedy and I just got over being sick. At this moment I feel caught in a maelstrom: swept up, ground down and a little helpless.I've spoken before about the concentric rings of community I belong to. Right now with all the stress at this moment and all the various perspectives, personalities and dreams crashing about in the pan-Pagan communities it's tempting to lose hope. It's tempting to say "I do not wish to deal with … [Read more...]