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 potentially coming into conflict with nurses or medication walking into the room. The reason I put a focus on food in this ritual is mostly because Elder is not wanting to eat, and every bite has to be encouraged. I thought perhaps we could get some nutritious food into Elder without a battle.   Items: Plate, cup, juice […]

Finding Community, Wearing Identity

I smile at the cashier softly, ask her how her day is going. I can tell that I’ve caught her a bit off-guard as she meets my gaze. In low tones, I say, “Your  Mjölnir is lovely.” Her hand immediately reaches up to it and I see her tense, wondering what will come next. It is lovely, just a small wire outline of hammer, surrounded by green glass beads. I point to my spouse, who sports Viking longship pendant. She visibly relaxes and says she didn’t know if there were any others in town. We tell her there’s more than she thinks, […]

On Charlottesville and Elsewhere

  What the fuck can you say about Charlottesville? What can you say or do about any egregious act of violence or hatred? Lately, I’ve been really struggling with the “Thoughts and prayers” posts on social media. To me, it’s an echoing, mocking cry. It is not enough to just think and pray; if it was, we wouldn’t be here. Most practitioners of magic will tell you that spells and prayers are only a part of the work. For example, you can pray all you want for a new job, but you gotta send out your resume, you gotta fill […]

Reflections on Lammas/Lughnasadh and Imbolc

  Imbolc and Lammas/Lughnasadh are the two Sabbats I struggle with the most. It’s not that I flat out hate these Sabbats, it’s just that I feel incredibly uninspired by them. I think it’s worth noting that these two complement each other on the Wheel of the Year. Perhaps it because of the climate here. At Imbolc, it’s still bitterly cold, possibly the coldest time of the year- you can’t really get out and stomp on the ground to awaken- the ground is still covered in snow. With Lammas/Lughnasadh, the opposite applies; it doesn’t feel nor look like the first […]

Building A Shrine

As a followup to my last post, I’ve been working on a shrine for my goddess. As I mentioned previously, I’ve been having trouble finding any statues, contemporary or otherwise, specifically made for her. First, I happened to get a little inspiration at a local store where you pick a piece of pottery to paint and the store will fire it in their kiln. I ended making up two devotional bowls. One is for the river and sunrise and the other is for the forest and sunset. After searching around a bit, I decided on a small goddess from Brigid’s […]

For the Love of the Little-Known Gods

    I love rivers. I’ve always wanted to live by one. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Pisces as I find healing in running water; whenever I’m sick, I head for the shower and let the water beat down on me. So, it was natural for me to seek out deities of the river. I found a name that caught my eye and felt a connection; however, when attempting to research further, I soon hit a wall. There’s not much out there about her: basically, the same paragraph appears in the various websites; she doesn’t seem to be on the devotion radar for the Reconstructionists or the more mystically-minded. Can’t […]

Things I’ve Learned Since I’ve Joined A Coven…so far

  These are some of the lessons I’ve learned since joining a coven in 2011. It’s probably not complete, and I know I’ve got a lot to learn, but I figured I’d share what I’ve learned thus far. Inclusivity is key. Recently, there was a beautiful public ritual where the focus was to get reconnected with joy. The work was to create a mandala with chalk. Some of the ritual goers couldn’t get down on the ground to participate. Also, the ritual took place on one of the hottest days of the year. For those who could participate it was very […]

Stepping Away from the Screen

  I’ve got to get better at unplugging.   I realize the irony of sitting here typing this statement to be posted online. I recognize the irony of having four tabs (none of which have anything to do with the topic at hand) open on my browser as I write and that the TV is on for noise in the background; my phone right beside me in case someone calls or texts. I know I’m not the only one plugged in as much, and that there are people who are more addicted. There’s a couple of reasons why I’ve come to this realization. I’ve been reading The Voice of the Earth: […]

What Does It Mean To Be A Priest or Priestess?

  I’ve been planning on taking my 2nd Degree by the end of this year. Until recently, individuals that obtained their 2nd degrees didn’t go by priest or priestess, however there is now a precedent to do so.I’ve been reflecting on what those terms mean to me as I prepare to take this step. Mainly, my question is framed as, “What does being a priest or priestess mean? Which do you serve: the Gods or the Community? What does that role look like in public vs in private?” Starting with the Merriam Webster website definitions we get:       […]

Earth-based faith without the Earth?

  I watched Alien Planet today. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a study in the hypothetical. A bunch of scientists, physicists, biologists, et, all, come together and discuss what different types of life could be like on a planet that may or may not exist. It features at first some singular and multi-celled organisms, and then gradually builds up to more and more complex creatures. It showcases one animal, dubbed a “Groveback” that I found particularly striking, mostly because it looks so damn happy.   When the Groveback was first mentioned, the immediate thing that came to my mind […]