The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water and earth... To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which … Continue reading Sacred Things
Hair has had a special significance in spiritual practice for millennia. Whether we consider it our crowning glory, a symbol of self, or the part of our bodies closest to the Divine, tending our hair as a spiritual practice has a long and varied history. We polytheists can use that foundation to support our own spiritual work.
"Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" is on Netflix right now and we're at the time of year when a bunch of folks commit to reorganizing their homes. Put those together and folks are once again talking about Kondo's 2014 best-selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".
Most Westerners think of this book as just another guide to organizing the home. However, this book is one of the most prized on my spirituality shelf.
I thought it might be helpful to explain why.
I'm always on the lookout for something new and different when it comes to Tarot. When I saw the Tinker's Damn Legacy Edition on Kickstarter I pledged in about, oh, two seconds. It's billed as both a Tarot deck and an expanded Mantegna, which obviously meant I had to have it.
It finally came in this week, and while I'm still getting acquainted with this edition I'm absolutely thrilled. It's also a limited edition, so I wanted to get it reviewed and bring it to your attention before all chance to grab it for yourself disappeared.
So let's do this.
I've had an altar or shrine of some kind in every home I've lived in since I was 13. I love creating and tending them, and find it fulfilling to customize them for every new space I'm in.
This has been an interesting year, though, since I've been traveling. Each stay of longer than a month has required an established shrine, and each new space has presented new challenges and opportunities for me to create a shrine that fits the environment.
Let's see how I did.
Like most dances Hospitality is also a joy when your partner knows the steps. We in the US are stumbling hard during this particular dance, have been stumbling, and now we're falling to the floor.
As I started walking a more Proto-Indo-European path I started looking at Arianrhod through a PIE lens too. Could that lens maybe help explain why She's so different with me than with others?
I've discussed mealtime offerings before. Now it's time to talk about offerings for dawn and dusk. Like mealtime offerings, they're fairly quick and easy. They're also way more meaningful than we might otherwise think.
I’ve been away from my blog for a bit.
That being said, I thought the post I’m sharing here was a very timely reminder! Enjoy the read, and may you find it as helpful as I did!
In my altar makeover earlier this year, I took down some framed pictures I had of Carolina Parakeets and Passenger Pigeons because I didn’t have any room for them on top of the altar itself. But I took them out again this week because I’m celebrating All Species Week, a personal observance where I honor every species of Ancestor Bird, particularly the ones that haven’t been discovered or named by human beings.
After my morning devotions to the Ancestor Birds, I took the one picture, of Carolina Parakeet, my very first spirit ally, to my home office with me while I was working. I just wanted that awareness that today is a special day to stay with me.
It immediately looked at home on my desk–maybe it helps that I’ve got a bunch of other bird items nearby! But then I realized, this is something I can do all the…
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As our society grapples with the idea of consent through the #metoo movement, it’s becoming ever-more-important in Pagan groups too. The latest scandal rocking segments of the Pagan community are just that – the latest in a string. I’ve been talking about the need for consent culture since Kenny Klein. Others have been talking about it longer than I have. This isn’t a new concept.
What IS new, I think, is that more folks than ever seem open to hearing about it. However, there are still lots of folks who think consent only applies to sexual interactions, and don’t really get how it can apply non-sexually too. Here’s a great example.
With thanks to Caer, who is always there to remind me that my voice deserves to be heard.
In our concern to address the most egregious breaches of consent in Pagan communities, the basis for consent culture is often overlooked. At its heart, consent means that no one can touch you in any way you aren’t expressly ok with. They have to ask for consent; you can give, refuse to give, or revoke that consent at any time; you do not have to offer any kind of justification as to why you don’t want touched by a particular individual under particular circumstances.
Many people don’t realize that this means more than sexual forms of contact. In fact a lot of times, people who are violating boundaries of consent have no idea that’s what they’re doing.
As an example, I’m going to talk about something that happened to me. For awhile…
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