I’ve been a Minister in Training with Circle Sanctuary for over a year now, and I’ve received my Practicum assignment! I am so excited to once again be going behind the wire to work as a volunteer chaplain in a prison. This is the work that really catches my soul on fire, knowing I can make a difference to folks who otherwise wouldn’t have anyone caring about them or their spirituality – damn that’s powerful stuff! Being able to facilitate that space for them, in a space that wouldn’t otherwise have it. Just wow. This will be a different […]
The theme of Pagan Spirit Gathering this year was Soul Shine. And man do I feel my soul shining! It’s a wonderful, intense, incredible experience… no one would argue. And yet… and yet I’m still so surprised at how deeply under my skin Tribe got this year. I miss it. I miss them. I miss PSG. I miss the heartbeat of your drums pulsing through my bones. I miss the swirl of skirts and scarves frolicking in the sun. I miss the authentic faces of tribe, unhidden by masks and business and ‘the real world’. I miss the hiss of […]
To the tune of “Silent Night” Silent night, Solstice rite All is still, work our will Round our Yule log, here we join hands Candlelight burns so bright in the night Together we celebrate Yule Together we celebrate Yule Quiet night, Longest Night Renewal inside, awaiting the light Now Earth sleeps, cloaked in the snow Reflecting the year, it’s time to rejoice now Sun will always return Sun will always return Wishing you joyful holidays, as we finish 2017. Love and Magick from me to you and yours <3Grace
First, let me start out by saying – I love Unicorns! I have always loved them, and always will. My bedroom was wall papered in it as a child, I had dozens of figurines, and when the internet+colored printers became a thing, I spent hours printing unicorn pictures and cutting them out to make collages. This pop-culture return to the love of the Unicorn, except sassier and more awesome, speaks to my heart and makes me do happy dances. A little history However, Unicorn in lore and legend was vastly different than the beautiful, playful, rainbow-loving creatures we picture […]
In my experience with pagan communities, we are seen (and often see ourselves) as irresponsible, unable to be on time [pagan standard time, anyone?], with this sort of ‘hippy dippy’ culture. This isn’t something to be proud of, in my opinion. We have the power to affect great and real change, but we can’t even get to a workshop on time nor have we managed to create established churches, seminaries, or land spaces except for the rare few. It’s so frustrating that ‘calendaring’ seems to be a foreign concept, and I so appreciate events like Pantheacon that specifically say “we […]
Lady cloaked in midnight, hear my keen tonight. Help me to midwife this transition, to ease the passing of that which was. Bring ease to our hearts, let us dance to tame the howling winds of grief. As I stand at the crossroads, light the path with dream-songs that we may access deep wells of intuition. Weaver, your threads of fate create the future & tie us together. Never alone, never forgotten .
Lady of wisdom, hear my call. Grant us your discernment in the weaving this night. Multivalent goddess, I feel the chill in the air as evening falls, And we sip from your Cauldron of Wisdom, chasing Awen. Help us to understand your mysteries, bring us knowledge of the cycles and the sacred. We honor your energy, rooted in the deep earth, and embrace your mastery. Goddess, Hierophant, Sapientia – Lady, we welcome you.
Celebrating the turning of the year as a pagan in Madison, WI has been a completely different experience from the years I spent in San Diego, CA. In SoCal, it was impossible to relate to “winter” holidays, because it was 80* and sunny at Christmas. We didn’t really have “harvest” due to drought and lack of rainfall (San Diego sees an average of 266 sunny days per year, to give you context). Here in southwest Wisconsin, though, we get all manner of weather, definitely all 4 seasons, and being surrounded by farms makes it a bit easier to see […]
Every time I see “sending thoughts/energy/prayers/etc.” on social media, I cringe. It’s not that I don’t believe in the power of energy healing, because I do. “One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems.” (NYDailyNews) and “The most recent data analyzed (during 2008-9) shows strong evidence that Reiki is indeed responsible for a positive biological response in both humans and animals. The strongest evidence (rated “excellent” in the Process) was reported in the most carefully controlled of all experiments; none other […]
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 […]