Month: October 2017

The Dead are Restless Waiting for Us to Enact Change

Every year the Dead are restless. This year even more so. They’re yearning to be remembered, to be learned from, to hear their names called. They want us to heal the wounds of earlier generations and to send that healing forward into our future. They […]

The Show Must Go On

Intent is magic. We like to talk about that a lot; that intent is key to formulating good magic, that it won’t work without intent. This isn’t really true. Sometimes it’s true, but sometimes it’s not — like with folk magic. And I think magic […]

She Who Unveils the Mystery: Part 1

In the velvety blackness of Lunar Samhain our coven, Sisterhood of the Sacred Veil, celebrated the Dark Moon with our annual overnight gathering. The synchronicities, both by timing and by theme, were perfect for me. I’m currently digging down into my own bedrock in a […]

Religious literacy (and the modern Pagan)

Several recent questions in my job as a librarian have me thinking about the many kinds of literacy out there. Literacy literacy, as it were (reading and writing). Digital literacy. Math literacy. Science literacy. Emotional literacy. But there’s a kind that doesn’t get talked about […]

The Power of Cycle

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell The cyclic tides of nature are, for many Pagans, the closest thing we have to a holy book. Even those whose […]

pomegranates and veils

the time for thinning veils and the closeness of those departed Samhain, I’ve been warned about you so tonight, i’ll sit with myself with a bowl of pomegranates and remember that there are some pips i decided to eat and some that i didn’t realize […]

A Ritual of the Three Harvests 

  This an abbreviated ritual I’ve written for an Elder who has recently gone in to a nursing home.  This person is struggling with Alzheimer’s, which is why the ritual is pretty short. I wanted to make sure the Elder could follow along, and also, to avoid […]

The Great Forest Spirit

“In ancient times, the land lay covered lay covered in forests. Where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed…” — Princess Mononoke […]

Yosemite National Park 14

Peaks above Bridal Veil in April 2017