Mishap, Magic, Minneapolis and Mabon

Yesterday I got to my bus stop on time only for no bus to arrive. And then the next bus didn't arrive. I waited in the sun for over an hour in high heels with no bench before a bus arrived, driven by a man more interested in reading his newspaper than keeping an eye on what was happening around him. As soon as I found a familiar neighborhood I bolted off the bus and dove into a sandwich shop to collect myself and fight back tears.No matter what you do, you will have a setback that makes it … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks and Grieving

Long before the sun is up, my turkey is in the oven. It's a small turkey but in terms of intimidation it's ginormous. Still, I'm grateful to have it. Grateful to be able to cook a meal for my family. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I'm so glad to be able to celebrate that.Yet I live where the trail of tears began. Thar's gold in these here hills, and it's caused a lot of heartbreak. I have ancestors who were Tsalagi (Cherokee) and though only a very small amount of their blood runs … [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...]

Giving Thanks

For a lot of us, our holiday to give thanks was back at Mabon, although we ideally give thanks year round. However, it's still kind of powerful to give thanks as a nation. So here are a few things I'm thankful for:Good Friends: it's nice to know there are people who are just there for you. Answer the phone when you call. Watch tv with you. Share the calories when you have a craving for decadent desserts. Friends rock. WM3 Freedom: It makes me so happy to see the guys finally able to live … [Read more...]

13 Songs for the Autumnal Equinox

I tried writing a post today three different times. Wasn't happening. So maybe we all just need some music. The autumnal equinox, or Mabon, or the Witch's Thanksgiving is upon us. I think music about food, family and reflection sounds pretty good.I hope you have family you can be with this weekend, biological or adopted, and I hope you're harvesting things for which you're truly grateful. May we be surrounded by love and abundance as we move into the dark half of the year.13. Home Again by … [Read more...]

Pre-Mabon Inspiration

I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest today, so here's something for everyone prepping for Mabon this weekend. Your regular crankyness will resume on the morrow. … [Read more...]

Bad Manners (A Holiday Rant)

There are a lot of things I could write about today. Black Friday. Buy Nothing Day. The 13 Things I LOVE About Pagans post I'm working on. Instead, this cornbred fed and Southern bred Witch would like to say a few words about bad manners.For Thanksgiving I was a guest in a relative's home. We were sharing holiday hospitality duties, yet still I was a guest in her home. I did my best to do my part and be helpful and respectful. Even when it meant holding my tongue. You see, another guest was my … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving – Gratitude, Family, & Citizenship – Apaturia

Thanksgiving, when you get past the elementary school fluff, has three things as its focus: an attitude of conscious thankfulness, strengthening familial bonds, and celebrating our citizenship through a shared founding mythos. The Apaturia, a three day festival celebrated by both ancient Greeks and some modern Hellenic Pagans, has the same three elements. Which is why some US Hellenes are not just celebrating the Apaturia in place of Thanksgiving, but see them as essentially the same holiday … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

I know Thanksgiving has a rough history but, practically speaking, it's a much-needed holiday. Mythos aside, it's a day to share a meal with your family and give thanks for your blessings. Whether that's with your biological family or chosen family, whether it's celebrated with the roasted flesh of a bird or with tofurky, it's a nice idea.I've got a lot to be thankful for this year. My family is well, my church is well, and I have enough work to keep me out of trouble. Life is full of … [Read more...]

Lo, A Turkey Cometh!

Many of us are already in holiday mode. Planning our holiday travel route, planning our holiday meals or checking ahead to see the Black Friday sales. I'm wondering what it means to eat turkey.Yes, I know there's the whole pilgrim mythos, but what do turkey's really mean? As an omnivore I eat salmon for wisdom, beef for strength, pork for creativity and chicken when I need to feel unemcumbered and clarified. I rarely eat lamb but when I do it's usually for celebration, however small and … [Read more...]