Woundedness vs. Victimhood

In my experience, it is a rare beast who makes it through life without Wounds. Paganism seems to have a fair amount of people being open about their Wounds, and actively doing the Work. However, we also have our share of Victims. The idea that woundedness differs from victimhood seems, on first glance, to be splitting hairs. Aren’t all victims wounded? Doesn’t that make them the same? While the first answer is “yes”, I believe the answer to the second is an unequivocal “no”. This essay is going to unpack some of our assumptions around these concepts and offer a […]

Invocation to Femella

This is an invocation I wrote to the Divine Girl, based on my work with Jailbreaking the Goddess (I highly recommend the book and you can find my review of it here. ). If you need a little Femella in your life, I hope this might speak to you <3   Sweet innocence, gently trusting Happy girl, come to me Show me joy and blanket forts, help me build daisy chains and dance with the wind Whirling dervish, frolicking in the flowers Silly girl, come to me Let us scamper together through rain soaked puddles and laugh until we cry […]

Jailbreaking the Goddess – a review and my thoughts

This year, my treasure from Pantheacon was Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality by Lasara Firefox Allen. She offers a theory involving a 5-fold archetypal model for goddess connection, assisting us in unpacking the inherent patriarchy behind the triple goddess model. First and foremost, she is quick to say – both in her book and in her talks – that she is not demonizing or telling you to throw away all of your triple goddess beliefs. In fact, she acknowledges how necessary that concept was in early neo-paganism and what a beautiful story it makes for myths. […]

‘Cons’ and Community

One of the most needful panels I had the privilege of attending at Paganicon this year was “Pagan Clergy Addressing How to Welcome Sex-Offenders and Ex-Felons into Our Communities: A Forum”. Incarcerated members of our community is the focus of my ministry, and I’m so glad this subject is being talked about. The Minnesota Sex Offenders Program had 2 members in attendance to discuss their work with rehabilitating and reintegrating pagans who have completed their program, and pagan clergy doing work spanning 4 states were also there to inform the discussion. In my experience, most ex-felons want to be honest […]