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Welsh Winter Traditions, Part 2: The Hunting of the Wren

The Hunting of the Wren – Hela’r Dryw – is a winter mumming custom practiced in Wales and other Celtic countries since at least the middle ages. There are two distinct phases of the practice: the hunt itself, and the subsequent parading of the captured […]

Here’s the taboo I’m breaking in 2019: talking about Pagans and how they (don’t) organize

It’s taken awhile for some clarity to coalesce with this blog. Sometimes the problem comes from my private life, other times from my fears of my own inadequacies. Finally a small vision has formed, one where I have something helpful to say: I am damn […]

A Night of Stars, A Morning Comes: Two Stories

There is a story that I have heard over and over again for so long I do not know of the first time I heard it. It is told in the winter when people gather together. It is told in the texts I studied as […]

Moderating a panel at a con

Not directly pagan related but definitely fits into my ‘running a con series’. Here is a set of resource links for you when you a mod on how to run a panel. SMOF Babe Wiscon Arisia Tips for Our Moderators Having skimmed John Ringo's 38 […]

Local Krampusnacht festivities

Modern, many Krampuses… Krampi? St. Nicholas with a megaphone. Is that a screaming child being offered as sacrifice? Served on the stroller platter of Olde.  

Feeling Uninspired?

It is inevitable…we wake up one day and we’re just not “feelin’ it”.  Our spirits are low, our bodies are exhausted, our energies seemingly nonexistent.  What do we do then?  We’re leaders.  Rituals need priestessing, classes need teaching, students need feedback, email needs answering.  At […]

The Place of the Legless

I am the descendant of many lines of ancestors who helped to form opposing sides of some of the most storied armed conflicts in their history. Both sides of the genocide carried out against the tribal peoples of this continent under the name of Manifest […]

Long time, no blog – a personal observation

Recently I’ve been purging the heaps of things I’ve acquired over the decades as an uncommon lack of sentimental attachment has engulfed me. It’s a bit unnerving to watch myself unceremoniously pitch items I felt I had to keep just 6 months ago. Along with […]

Facilitating Authenticity

There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself. ~Hermann Hesse For more years than […]

Samhain 2018

This past weekend I got to attend and participate in Circle Sanctuary’s 2018 Samhain festival. It was cold and muddy with an intermittent drizzle, but at least it wasn’t snowing! Many people tent camped, including us, but our friend has a large canvas tent with […]