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Book Review: Pagan Portals – Odin: Meeting the Norse Allfather

This is the first book I’ve read of the Moon Books Pagan Portals series, and I’m glad I picked Morgan Daimler’s work to start with! I went on a binge a couple months ago and bought a whole slew of books on Amazon. Several Pagan […]

Healing Ourselves, Healing the Land

Like so many sensitive people I know, I’ve struggled this year with feeling anxious and filled with grief.  Sometimes I even feel afraid at an animal level, like every muscle in my body is tensing, ready to flee.  We live in troubled times.  We feel, […]

Waiting for what?

Are you a saver? You know, one who saves things. You save it for the right time. The best opportunity to utilize it. Saving for a special occasion. You aren’t a hoarder! Oh no. You fully expect to use the thing. One day. When you […]

Cultivating Self-Discipline

Note:  In the first post in this series Leadership Assets:  Discipline I discussed what self-discipline is and why it is so important for us to develop this quality. In the second post Following the Path of Self-Discipline, I talked more about how self-discipline can serve us […]

A skill of being, in one way

Sometimes, you don’t know you are preparing yourself. This was not the case when I took a weekend intensive. The class was aiming for being ready to engage in a very intimate conversation. The kind of encounter that can happen at any time and in […]

red moon ritual

I’ve been doing a lot of spellwork these days. More than I ever have. Maybe it helps me feel more in control. Maybe it reminds me I am always able to do something. Tomorrow’s blood moon / full moon / total lunar eclipse feels ripe […]

Compartmentalizing Politics

Man, has this been a fucked up couple of years in politics. I never thought I would see the day when I’m embarrassed to be an American. We still have much better lives than developing countries, sure, like clean water (except for Flint) and places […]

Silence from the edges to the center

I maintain a small circle of small stones in my back yard garden. When I moved in I was sure I would soon be bringing in a collection of huge boulders to raise up and do my rituals and meditations within. As I lived with […]

a season for healing

“Can we allow this eclipse to open us up to transforming our feelings into healings?” — Many Moons, 2018 Vol. 2: July – December, Sarah Faith Gottesdiener We are coming into an eclipse season. A time of wonder, a history of confusion and a modern […]

A type of practice: Why I play with my tarot deck (4 of 4)

This is the 4th and last in a 4 part series. I hope by the end of the series, you might understand some ways these games can add to your practices. I want to share my personal opinions and feelings about 3 different card game […]


My Diary

The Stream By finnchuill

I’m sitting on a bench, happy that the stream that has been dry lately, except for a few diminishing pools, the last hideout for the frogs, has water again. I met this stream last year, just about a year ago, and since walk along the ‘streamside trail’ frequently. Walking is a druidic practice for me. The land by the stream slowly opens itself to me. Small naio trees form an open grove about me.

My thoughts open to this: place is a kind of gnosis. A place slowly coalesces around me, around my body on a bench, in and out of my mind, my breathing, my perceptions. The stream is variant, diverse, sometimes hugely full, flowing up through small side channels, even taking out the little bridge one time last summer. Other times, all polished boulders, small puddles. Everything is volcanic here, water can percolate down into the earth easily, but up in the mountains it rains a lot, sending more water down. Such simple things, but so often ignored, such small things the place reveals.