So this is Christmas…

Such a quiet day. There is a hushed stillness over the land. I imagine in homes all across the country children have woken to find Santa has arrived. There is excitement and giddy and the fumbling of parents for coffee and tea.In a way, I suppose today marks the end of my solitary experiment. Did I enjoy it? I did. It was nice to have a season free of stress and obligations to traditions I don't much care for. Would I do it again? I don't think so.While I needed this season of hush, I … [Read more...]

A Little Holiday Cheer: 13 Songs to Rock Around the Tree

I'm a Grinch. I admit it.But I plan to watch It's A Wonderful Life this weekend and curl up with some Hogfather.I'm not immune to either fun nor holiday cheer.So here: 13.What's This? - The Nightmare Before Christmas12. Marley & Marley - Statler & Waldorf11. Meteora - The Christmas Toy Long before there was Woody and Buzz, there was Rugby and Meteora. The cat toy is my favorite.10. Cool Yule - Bette Midler9. White Christmas - Bing Crosby The cast members … [Read more...]

Hail the Unconquered Sun!

Actually here in Georgia it's a bit rainy and drizzly. There wasn't so much of a sunrise as a lighter shade of grey that dawned. But it's the spirit that counts, right?Cara Schulz has an interesting idea regarding Solstice omens I'm giving a whirl, and adding my own kick to it. Makes sense to use some of the old traditions of my ancestors on this day rather than on New Year's Day, which is really just an arbitrary calendar date. My ancestors believed whatever you do on the first day of the … [Read more...]

Solstice Eve

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...]

Pagan Soup: Honoring the Past and Other Good Things

So much to comment on this morning!First, all my love and respect to Devin Hunter, whose heartfelt blog post this morning resonated deeply with me. We are all human, and deserving of respect and human dignity. Our gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical ability do not strip us of our rights to our due respect and dignity. I have been told in the past that I cannot know the God, the Horned One, essentially because I have a vagina, but the experience of my soul knew … [Read more...]

Why Emphasize Yule?

In the Wheel of the Year, Yule isn't very important. It's one of the minor holidays. It's a bottom-rung holiday, less important than the four major fire festivals, and less important than the two most important of those: Beltane and Samhain.Yet Yule is given a lot of attention. We decorate, we buy presents, we sing holiday songs and give Yule far more attention that it's equally important counterparts Ostara, Midsummer and Mabon. We treat Yule as if, well, as if it's Christmas.I … [Read more...]

Get A Hanky…

...because if this doesn't make you cry you're more of a Grinch than I am. Anonymous donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts. … [Read more...]

Hitchens and the Ultimate Human Limitation

It's fascinating how news shapes our lives. When I awoke this morning I had no intention of writing about Christopher Hitchens and every intention of writing about human limitations. And yet, it seems Hitchens has met the ultimate human limitation: mortality.No, this won't be one of those posts about the fate of Hitchens soul. His soul is in his own keeping and I merely tip my hat in respect for the work he did while living.Today, the idea of limitation seems unacceptable. No one … [Read more...]

13 Songs to Celebrate Yule, Solstice and Saturnalia!

I have chosen a solitary Solstice this year. So much bombards us every day. Ads. Music. Shoppers. Noise. News. Chaos. Stress. Even I, who completely bowed out of the obligatory family Christmas and avoid stores, is still feeling the intrusion of this commercial juggernaut of the holiday season.So this solstice playlist is themed for the quiet, restful, joyous and solitary celebration of the season. It's about letting go of the darkness. Of flying into the future.So I recommend finding a … [Read more...]

Waiting for the King

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...]