December 6, 2011

Remember last week’s post on making a quick spell for a home? It worked. I’ve been looking for rentals in Olympia online for about two months now, trying to get an idea of locations, styles, and prices. I figured I’d find a place once I landed as house hunting from a distance has many challenges. However, a few days after casting the spell my very good friend in Olympia emailed me with a listing for my ‘dream house.’ It had… Read more

December 5, 2011

The concept of the triple soul came up in the comments of an earlier post. I give much credit to my Hindu friend who asked me to explain this concept in greater detail. I’ve been avoiding writing about the topic or even mentioning the parts, mostly because it is such a distinct Feri concept and I wary of speaking about anything that is distinctly Feri in a public forum. But the idea of the triple, or multilayered, soul is not… Read more

December 2, 2011

I have been reading a ton lately. I have a few recommendations and one to avoid. The first is Queen of the Night: The Celtic Moon Goddess in Our Lives by Sharynne MacLeod Nicmhacha. I thought this was an interesting book, well researched and good for those knowledgeable in the field, as well as novices, and suitable for Pagans or Celtophiles alike. The book is extensively footnoted and felt like something in between a master’s thesis and a doctoral dissertation…. Read more

November 29, 2011

Last night I went to yoga for the first time in over a month. It wasn’t a difficult practice, but after being sick for so many weeks it challenged my body. I still think of myself as an ‘advanced beginner’ or ‘intermediate’ level yoga practitioner – even now, after years away from a regular practice! Sessions like last night’s are humbling, but also excellent opportunities to practice ‘beginner’s mind’ and return to basics. What is the most basic thing of… Read more

November 28, 2011

There are many levels to magic. There’s Big Magic: big in scope and aim and performance. It might, and might not, be the same as High Magic, usually referring to the kind of magic that involves complicated casting, symbols, words and lots of ritual/liturgy. There’s folk or Low Magic, usually referring to the types of magic that many solitary practitioners use: lunar timing, herbs, oils, candles, charms, etc. There’s Small Magic, where are aims are simpler. I think all of… Read more

November 24, 2011

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday centered around food, family both biological and chosen, and food (and shopping and football and Christmas, with a veneer of remembering our indigenous cultures, and more food). I am cynical and critical about many aspects of holiday celebrating in the US, but I’m thankful that we have a holiday centered around the idea of gratitude, even if just in name. Over here in Wales, we’ll be celebrating by eating left over… Read more

November 23, 2011

Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. This is one definition of magic, by Aleister Crowley, from his book, Magick, Liber ABA, Book 4. While I’m not a fan of Crowley, I do have respect for his daring and determination to push the boundaries of magic. Or magick, with a k, if you prefer. Which I don’t. But I do agree with this statement on magic. Is it magic when I pick… Read more

November 21, 2011

Last week, during a peaceful moment involving watching the laundry blow dry on the line and drinking tea, I had a neat thought for a post. And then the power source for my computer died, I continued to struggle with a malingering virus, and my family prepped for a trip to London (a trip that never ended up happening). It wasn’t my best week. A new week begins today and here I am feeling somewhat less than excited about writing… Read more

November 17, 2011

This week my laptop power source died. Now that I have a replacement I am leaving for London for the weekend. I have two posts brewing and I hope to write those up next week. Have a great weekend everybody. Read more

November 12, 2011

At his preschool, my son made a poppy to wear for Remembrance Day, the British Equivalent of Veterans Day. He quite liked his poppy and made sure he was very careful with it. He wore his proudly in the middle of his shirt all day long. Until he asked why we wore poppies on this day. I’m not sure what the preschool told him. I explained that the poppy flower symbolized remembering and today we were remembering the dead that… Read more

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