Personal Experiences

The Anger of the Other

    “But…we’ll get Good Friday off, right?”  my hopeful co-worker asked. “No, the only secular holiday we get is Christmas,” I replied. “Oh, that’s a shame, I really wanted to go celebrate with my family and I don’t know if I’ll have the time off…” she continued. I wanted to snap back, “Yeah, it really sucks when you have to take PTO to celebrate your faith.”  I like this co-worker quite a bit. She knows I’m Pagan and has a passing interest in some of the things I do. I’ve read cards for her on numerous times, and have […]

Letting go and Gratitude

      I’m looking outside my sliding glass door as I write today, thinking about the increasingly bare trees. The leaves swirling in the Great Plains wind are a reminder to me to let go. The leaves of a (deciduous) tree have a life cycle which most Pagans can appreciate. They sprout from the branches, in the spring, collect sunlight and rain alike in the summer, turn beautiful colors and detach in the autumn, and then decay and feed the soil in the winter. I am reminded of the importance of gracefully letting go of things and people that […]

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 […]

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 […]