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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]