Writing the Spiritual Life

Cold Winter Sunrise.  BLM, 2014.

To write about Spirit is to risk distorting or distracting from the experience itself, whether of ritual, dream, or gnosis. Words are two dimensional, even when they create the illusion of more, and we always change the map of the world when we render it flat. [Read more...]

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Anticipating Imbolc

February Sun. Peter Bishop, 2012.

Over the past few weeks, I have been sensing in my body that something important is drawing to a close, some cycle I had been unconscious of. What’s more, I can feel something new on its way. Imbolc is coming. I am ready for another turning of the year. [Read more...]

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Why I’m Uneasy with Martin Luther King Day

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I wish I had never seen this, but I’ve actually seen it more times than I care to count: a black person speaks out against present-day racism and violence, and a white person attempts to shame him into silence by invoking Martin Luther King and what the white person is pleased to call “non-violence.” [Read more...]

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On Nature, Human Ugliness and the Problem of Evil

Anne Frank, school photo.

This world is so beautiful. And yet, in spite of that, we humans manage to bring so much ugliness into it. [Read more...]

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How to Have a Perfect Yule

Yule Wreath. 2014.

Families change. Traditions evolve; we craft some that are new, and others we must lay aside. After all, that is what Yule is about: Renewal. Some things must change… but some are forever the same. [Read more...]

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Walking through Grief and Loss

Bare tree at Sunset

Grief is a skill, and one that improves with use. [Read more...]

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Grief, Death, and the Wheel of the Year

Painted Wheel of the Year

This world is beautiful. This life is glorious. It is made of summer sunlight on clear water, and the smell of fresh-cut grass and freshly-poured mead. And it is made of the turf that grows over the grave, and the tears that are shed onto it. [Read more...]

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November, and the Nurturing Dark

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October takes the breath away. But November is the world taking back that breath, taking a rest. November is the world made plain. [Read more...]

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Samhain Is My Fertility Festival

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I worship the god of the hunt, the horned one who dies and is reborn, he who takes life to feed the people, and also is the life that’s taken. His story is a Samhain story: generosity and ruthlessness, and humility and strength, and lust. Life, right in the face of death. [Read more...]

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Altruism, Becoming the Crone, and the Grandmother Effect

Suriya Donavanik. 2010.

I’ve been working on my Crone’s Wings, and I’m here to tell you: menopause is a nuisance. But it’s worth it, because I know that this misery is what has given the human race its weirdly long lifespan. [Read more...]

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