Drawing Down the Sun – a review and my thoughts

Drawing Down the Sun is a devotional guide for sun goddess worship, written by Stephanie Woodfield. Ms. Woodfield is a well known writer for SageWoman and The Portal and is also a founding member of Morrigu’s Daughters. Her website is www.stephanie-woodfield.com. I picked this book up in the Circle Sanctuary store sometime last fall. I was drawn to the cover art more than anything, and a yearning for the sun that was already fading into the Wisconsin winter. I found this book a refreshing change as someone who loves the Sun but hasn’t seen practical worship of Her as a […]

Sun of the Son – Thoughts on the Solstice

I love summer, even more so now that I live in a place where the seasons are clearly delineated and you have to maximize your warm weather enjoyment when you can. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, opposite Winter Solstice as the longest night of the year, and is the official beginning of summer (nope, it doesn’t start on Memorial Day (US) when the pools open :-P). On the Solstice, whether Winter or Summer, we honor the sun that gives us warmth and life; in summer the sun is at the height of its power, reigning in […]

Red Hot & Holy – a review and my thoughts

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Sera Beak’s The Red Book was one of the most influential books in developing my spirituality. Recently, I picked up her second book, Red Hot & Holy: A Heretics Love Story, and put it on the top of my TBR list. Here are some of my thoughts on it.   First, thoughts when comparing two different works by the same author. If I had to choose, The Red Book has my vote, but I actually don’t think that comparisons are possible here. The first was written as more of a how-to and the […]

Spiritual Biography

It used to crack me up when people claimed they’d been a Witch since childhood. Children grow up in the religion of their parents and it seemed fake & presumptuous to make a claim like that. After all, Wicca and Goddess Spirituality have only been a part of the modern, cultural fabric for roughly half a century – and there are only 2-3 generations that could have been born into them as of 2017. In considering writing my own spiritual biography, I assumed it would start in my teen years as I discovered Wicca/Paganism for myself. The deeper I thought […]

Invocation to Potens

I wrote this to honor the Woman of Power, called Potens, based on my work with Jailbreaking the Goddess (I highly recommend the book and you can find my review of it here.). If you’re looking to call in the power of potential & passion, I offer you my invocation.   I call to you, Potens You with the passion to change the world. Warrior Queen, strong and powerful Virgin Huntress, sovereign unto herself Wayfaring Wanderer, lusting for adventure Sacred Whore, empowering sexual expression Impassioned Activist, resolve at the ready Join me now, lend me your verve. Help me as […]

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 […]