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  • Moved Into New Digs At Last! And - Mini-Treasure Trove Discovered!

    Goddesschess
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hola darlings! Bear with me, please.  It has been a chaotic and traumatic three months, but about 95% of my possessions are here at the new, smaller, house and I am in the process of unpacking dozens of boxes and trying to figure out where the hell to put everything! I just wanted to let you all know that yes, I am still alive and feeling quite well, actually, despite all the stress and horrors
  • Was It Race, Or Climate Change, That Triggered A War?

    Goddesschess
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I do wish writers and editors would stop using such misleading lead-ins to articles.  Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago This is a very interesting article, once one gets past the crap about it possibly (later in the article it is essentially stated as fact) being a race-based war instead of what a current look at the evidence actually suggests -- it was a war
  • The Unreal World and the Sky

    A Weblog for Our Mother God
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Recent notes on some everyday Japanese words 空蝉 kuusemi means the temporal world or a worldly person. The literal meaning (and it also still has this sense) is a cast-off cicada-shell. Clearly the expression refers to the empty illusion of material existence. How telling then that the English dictionary-translation, without blinking, defines it as “the real world”. The modern West really does live, philosophically, in a world of its own! Here is one I just love. 空の玄関 sora no genkan is a regular expression meaning “airport”. Genkan, as you know, is the place where you…
  • Ancient Mammoth Bone Used in Apparent Olmec Construction Ritual

    Goddesschess
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is absolutely fascinating!  Why did the builders use this ancient fossil (a few other examples have also been discovered)?  Did they understand how old it was?  Was there a legend that related to an ancient behemoth that they knew but was never recorded in a form that survived so that we of today could learn of it?  So many questions! Posted at Art Daily -- sometime in July, 2014
  • The Compact Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    Stella Seaspirit
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    When you are residing in a small space, need to keep your Witchiness clandestine or want something small to travel with you easily the compact altar is your friend.   This altar is miniature for convenience. Take it in and out your cupboard or sock drawer or take it with you on a business trip or vacation. It is lightweight and easy to set up and take down within a few minutes either indoors or outdoors.   Pictured above are the following representations: Air: a feather Fire: tealight candle Water: a shell which is shaped to hold a little water Earth: a pebble The wooden box used…
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • THE GRAND controller

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    A few days ago I promised I'd reveal my translation of the Sator Square, a magic word square in which each word appears four times (up, down, backwards and forwards). The Sator Square:  S A T O RA R E P OT E N E TO P E R AR O T A S Here is my translation of the Square: 1.  "Sator" means "Goddess"* 2.  "Arepo" is the name of this particular Goddess 3.  "Tenet" translates into "is
  • MYSTERIOUS word MAGIC

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Ah, the mysterious mysteries of word magic!  In Ariadne’s Thread* Laura Perry labels the following jaw-dropping ancient Roman word-square a “letter labyrinth: SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS See how all five words pop out at you four times each – once forward, once backward, once heading down and once heading up?  Utter wizardry!    According to Perry, letter labyrinths descended
  • waltzing YOUR WAY: WORLD GODDESS DAY

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    WHEN – September 7, 2014; ink it on your calendars today. WHERE – Although the idea for it came from Brazil, World Goddess Day will be a world-wide celebration. WHY –  “To unite ... Mother Goddess' worshipers world wide.”  WHO – World Goddess Day was initiated by Brazilian author Claudiney Prieto. WHAT – Ideas for how to celebrate the day may be found at worldgoddessday.com <!-
  • SCOTUS* dropping DOWN MY CHIMNEY!

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Oh, joy, joy, rapture, rapture – I do so adore Christmas in July! On Monday the SCOTUS* promised Americans anything – ASAP! -- our little religious hearts desire!** Dear Santa SCOTUS, I could kiss you on your 18 cheeks!  Here’s my list (each gift based on my beliefs as a follower of Female Deity):  War – Out, scotch it, nix it, never again, nowhere nohow, nuh-uh, no way.  Period.  End
  • pulling OUT THE PITCHFORKS?

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Pluties (billionaires and gazillionaires) are fretting and sweating.  Visions of the 99 Percent pulling out our pitchforks and forking a Plutie or two over a slow fire, keep popping into their heads.    Pluties by the trainload are waking up nights shrieking, Plutie sweat running slowly down the smalls of their backs.  Goddess bless their tiny little hearts and souls (She
 
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • Pagan Community Notes: Polytheist Leadership Conference, Polytheist.com, Cherry Hill Seminary, and More!

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and news-worthy. My hope is that more individuals, especially those working within Pagan organizations, get into the habit of sharing their news with the world. So let’s get started! As mentioned last week, the recently concluded inaugural Polytheist Leadership Conference was considered a success by all who attended. Conference co-organizer Galina Krasskova has been rounding up thoughts and…
  • Religious Requirements to Hold Public Office?

    Heather Greene
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    It may not surprise anyone that the word “God,” “Almighty God,” or similar, is written into the constitution of all 50 states. In most cases, such words are found in the preambles and in the, often required, oaths of office. The mention of “God,” or the like, is used predominantly in reverent thanks or acknowledgment of a divine goodness. However, what most people do not realize is that eight of the states also include a religious component to a citizen’s eligibility to hold public office and, in two cases, to testify in court or serve on a jury.
  • Lady Loreon Vigne 1932 – 2014

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Local papers in Geyserville, California are reporting that Lady Lorean Vigne, founder of Isis Oasis Sanctuary, passed away on July 15th at the age of 82. Photo: Geyserville Press Democrat. “Lady Loreon Vigne was a successful business woman who brought an animal sanctuary, Egyptian Temple and retreat center to the agricultural town of Geyserville.  She brought new ideas and welcomed all to be a part of her journey by opening Isis Oasis one Sunday a month to visitors. A local Geyserville personality, Vigne opened her Isis Oasis home to the community for many years.” Lady Lorean…
  • Culture and Community: Exploring The Pathology of Reactivity in Modern Paganism

    Crystal Blanton
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This past week ­ several pieces hit the internet that focused attention on Paganism and gathered a response from Pagans. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a Catholic priest and blogger on Patheos, wrote two pieces discussing views about Paganism and judgments about those who follow the path. Many Pagans interpreted Longenecker’s writing to be an attempt to poke fun at Paganism, which has led to the discussions, comments and angst often seen when misinformation is published about the community.  The Huffington Post also posted an article this week about Pagans; it was a small piece about Pat…
  • A Declaration for European Indigenous Religious Traditions

    Cara Schulz
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    For only the second time in its 16 year history, the European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER) issued a Declaration. ECER is an international body composed of delegates from 12 different countries which assist European ethnic religious groups in opposing discrimination. The organization focuses on ethnic or indigenous religions, not modern occult or syncretic neo-religions. ECER was founded in 1998 and drew up its first declaration, with a second addition, in the same year. ECER decided to write a new declaration after the death of krivis (supreme priest) Jonas Trinkūnas of Lithuania,…
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    Medusa Coils

  • In Memoriam: Lady Loreon Vigne of Isis Oasis

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    We join the Pagan community in mourning the passing on July 15 of Lady Loreon Vigne, Founder and Archpriestess of Isis Oasis in Geyersville, California. She was 82. An obituary for Lady Loreon appears online in July 18 issue of  the Geyersville Press Democrat. She is also memorialized in a post in The Wild Hunt. May she rest in the arms of the Goddess Isis and be renewed.
  • Global Goddess Oracle: Summer Solstice 2014

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Summer Solstice issue of the e-journal, Global Goddess Oracle, begins with a "welcome" from Dawn, writing from stormy Florida. Invocations and poetry include: "Carol for Cardea" by Heather Geileis Kohser (with link to video so you can hear the melody); and  "Morning Devotion" and "The Arrival of Joy" by Katy Ravensong. Articles includes two excerpts from Barbara Ardinger's book, Pagan Every
  • Australian Goddess Conference, Oct. 24-26

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Early-bird registration for the 2014 Australian Goddess Conference, being held in Sydney Australia Oct. 24-26, is open now through Aug. 31. The early, reduced-fee registration requires that you be a member of the sponsoring organization, Goddess Association in Australia, Inc (GAIA); membership costs $15 AUD (currently $14.81 US, $15.12 Canadian, 10.96 EU, 8.20 £ ). Early-bird registration
  • Brazilian Author Announces World Goddess Day

    30 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    Claudiney Prieto, author of several books  on Wicca in Portuguese and participant in the Dianic Nemorensis tradition in Brazil, is encouraging people worldwide to celebrate a World Goddess Day yearly on the first Sunday in September. This year the holiday falls on Sept. 7.  The link to the World Goddess Day website above is in English (there is also a Portuguese version), and includes a page
  • Goddess Pages: Summer-Autumn 2014

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:05 am
    The online magazine, Goddess Pages, headquartered in Great Britain and featuring authors internationally, published Issue 25 a few days ago. It opens with art, "Enchanted Moon Goddess Cabinet," by Rachel Pereira and editor Geraldine Charles' introductory, "She Changes Everything She Touches." All material begins on the home page and continues on linked pages. This issue's poem is  Annelinde
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Where the Lilies Bloom

    Anne Johnson
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    It's a big, tough world out there, and I honestly don't know how I got so lucky as to live comfortably, have enough to eat, health care, and the age of fifty-plus. There are so many dangers without and within. Ah, but rest assured my time will come. I don't know anyone who has escaped the Reaper.In the meantime, here's a little bit of mundane happiness. My lilies have bloomed.The plant lady who came over to help me make a meadow says that these are the only native American lily. All the others are imported. I got the seeds for these lilies from my dad, out in Appalachia. They have grown in my…
  • Pagan Ministry for Kids

    Anne Johnson
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Ahem. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please. This sermon will be about ...ZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzz! Hey, I'm no scholar! This is me, Anne, the Mistress of Mayhem! Time to have some fun!In today's mail I received a lovely note from my dear friend the Monkey Man. How time flies! I haven't seen the Monkey Man since we went to a Snobville Fighting Wombats football game last fall. However, next week I'll get to see him at his monthly poetry get-together in sunny downtown Camden. I'll get someone to snap a shot of us together. Here he is, in all his Monkey Man glory, with my…
  • Open Invitation

    Anne Johnson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    I will be sojourning in sunny Baltimore for two days in order to visit my mother-in-law. This is a good time to issue anOPEN INVITATIONTo a Lughnasadh ritual hosted by Grove of the Black OakArea 14, Ridley Creek State Park, Media PASunday, August 31:00 p.m.Bring some eats and beverages for yourself.Free of chargeThis is a beautiful wooded setting. Our group is easy-going, egalitarian, and funny. The ritual is not aligned with any particular Pagan path ... all are welcome.I would love to meet you.Oh yeah ... we do this rain or shine. Once it hailed on us. Hoping for a sunny day, but we take…
  • No Surprises with Hobby Lobby Family Agenda

    Anne Johnson
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    What, you were expecting them to stop at Plan B?I stumbled across a print version of Time magazine in a doctor's office earlier this week. Wow! Are those getting thin! Striplings, when I was your age, Time magazine arrived in the mailbox, chock-a-block with advertising of all sorts and running more than 100 pages. Now they have a website. On which I could not find a copy of the print article about the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby.The article is called "The Contraception Countdown." It appeared in the July 7-14 print issue.In the absence of the link (sorry), let us here at…
  • Friends of the Cherry Hill Library

    Anne Johnson
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Oops! I did it again. I volunteered. I broke that most sacred of vows, to never ever volunteer to do anything for anyone. And as usual, I got my bitch slap. Happens every time.It's hot as Hell here, and muggy as a sauna, so when Mr. J  suggested I help him set up for the semi-annual Friends of the Cherry Hill Library book sale, I said yes. Mr. J has been lugging boxes of books for these Friends for about twelve years. He is a collector, and he does quickly peruse the boxes as he stacks them on the carts ... but he's there to work.So was I. On a hot day it's good to have a workout…
 
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    Blog o' Gnosis

  • Church of Green and Blue

    Anne Hill
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Jason’s recent editorial at the Wild Hunt has spurred me to write here, after a three month hiatus. In his article, Jason makes some good points about the growth of Pagan affiliation in the U.S. compared to its relatively small level of infrastructure and influence. On the question of how to create more engagement among the estimated [...]
  • Fire in the Earth

    Anne Hill
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    There is very little I still hold from my days of Feri (or Faery) study and practice. That stage of my life was rich in drama and wonder, and I was blessed with a circle of close friends engaged in the same pursuits. We kept each other on our toes, exploring all sorts of things [...]
  • 9th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival

    Anne Hill
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:47 am
    It is time once again to pull out your journals, those scraps of paper and backs of envelopes where you have jotted down verse throughout the year—you know you have—and offer it up to the Goddess Brigid, patron saint of Ireland. Brigid loves poetry, excels at smithcraft, is an accomplished healer, and midwife, and in [...]
  • Real World Ethics

    Anne Hill
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:20 am
    My ongoing examination of leadership and community dynamics in this blog dovetails nicely with teaching ethics classes at Cherry Hill Seminary. I never imagined teaching an ethics course, but was asked to step in mid-semester four years ago when a faculty change left the Boundaries and Ethics class without a professor. That year I played [...]
  • Three Times a Wood Passes for Rain

    Anne Hill
    19 Nov 2013 | 9:40 am
    That is the line I woke up with a few weeks ago. Three times a wood passes for rain. It gripped me and I rushed to write it down before it vanished. As I wrote, there spilled out from behind it a whole dream that was just as poetic and mysterious. In the final scene, I [...]
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    Goddesschess

  • Ancient Mammoth Bone Used in Apparent Olmec Construction Ritual

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is absolutely fascinating!  Why did the builders use this ancient fossil (a few other examples have also been discovered)?  Did they understand how old it was?  Was there a legend that related to an ancient behemoth that they knew but was never recorded in a form that survived so that we of today could learn of it?  So many questions! Posted at Art Daily -- sometime in July, 2014
  • Was It Race, Or Climate Change, That Triggered A War?

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I do wish writers and editors would stop using such misleading lead-ins to articles.  Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago This is a very interesting article, once one gets past the crap about it possibly (later in the article it is essentially stated as fact) being a race-based war instead of what a current look at the evidence actually suggests -- it was a war
  • Nanjing Man is a Woman

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Interesting facial reconstruction.  I wonder, if the people doing the reconstruction had chosen a "masculine" jawbone instead of a "feminine" one, would Nanjing Man still be a dude?  I was also much struck that this face is remarkably human, given the age of the fossil bones upon which it was reconstructed.  Nanjing woman is not depicted as an "ape-woman."  Only goes to shows how perceptions of
  • Moved Into New Digs At Last! And - Mini-Treasure Trove Discovered!

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hola darlings! Bear with me, please.  It has been a chaotic and traumatic three months, but about 95% of my possessions are here at the new, smaller, house and I am in the process of unpacking dozens of boxes and trying to figure out where the hell to put everything! I just wanted to let you all know that yes, I am still alive and feeling quite well, actually, despite all the stress and horrors
  • What Happens to a Kumari When She Stops Being a Kumari?

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    From BBC News Online 18 June 2014 Last updated at 15:35 ET Nepal's living goddess who still has to do homework By Sonia Narang PRI's The World, Nepal Samita Bajracharya is a 12-year-old Nepalese girl who lives with her family, studies hard, and enjoys playing a Nepali version of the lute. But until recently she was also worshipped by people who believed she was a reincarnated goddess.
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • The Unreal World and the Sky

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Recent notes on some everyday Japanese words 空蝉 kuusemi means the temporal world or a worldly person. The literal meaning (and it also still has this sense) is a cast-off cicada-shell. Clearly the expression refers to the empty illusion of material existence. How telling then that the English dictionary-translation, without blinking, defines it as “the real world”. The modern West really does live, philosophically, in a world of its own! Here is one I just love. 空の玄関 sora no genkan is a regular expression meaning “airport”. Genkan, as you know, is the place where you…
  • Original Sin and the Concept of Origin in Japanese

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    We reproduce with permission this recent forum post: An interesting Japanese word/concept is 元通り motodoori. Literally it means "the path/way of origin", and thus "the way things were originally". It does not have an exact English equivalent. Its meaning is "back the way it was" usually with the implication of "back the way it should be". In Precure kinnies when the villains have ruined some realm or area characters often speak of returning it to 元通り- the way it was and should be. The expression can be used for anything from the revival of a ruined realm to a simple "Please put…
  • Original Sin in Filianism

    3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    What does the religion of our Mother God say about original sin? Are beings born sinful, or are they fundamentally good?
  • Satya Yuga to Kali Yuga, Gold to Iron - the True Pattern of History

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Satya Yuga, the "Golden Age" was the beginning of human history. What is the Pattern of History as taught not just by Indian, but by all ancient civilisations?
  • The use of "Amen"

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love this internet presence for the Eternal Faith, so any critique or questions I write in the spirit of love and trying to understand. My question here in regards to the Canonical Hours: why does the 'Our Mother' end with 'Amen', which is the name of a Kemetic male god, (and incidentally the chief male creator god - equivalent to Zeus and Iupiter)? With best wishes, Dini Pantheacraft Thank you for your kind words and for your inquiry. The name of the Egyptian (or Kemetic) deity Amun has sometimes been spelt as Amen in English (also Amon and Ammon). It does not appear to have any…
 
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    The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast

  • Episode 126

    Sparrow & Mojo
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Episode 126 is brought to you by the letter DARK.  The music is dark and the subject matter is often at least some shade of dark. We are talking about divorce on this episode. In fact, I got to interview Diana Rajchel about her new book, Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the people that used to Love Them. Often we don't get enough information about divorce and how to go about it in a healthy way. Thanks to Diana, we have a pagan resource for that now. Thank you for joining us Diana.  Due to the subject matter, and the fact that we met Damh the Bard and he likes metal music, we…
  • EPISODE 125

    Sparrow & Mojo
    28 May 2014 | 11:49 am
    We strive for Episode 125, and what happens? It Happens.  We have a pretty packed show for you.  Mojo got the chance to sit down with Anne Niven, the publisher of Witches & Pagans Magazine (and so much more). Thank you for coming on the show, Anne. We hope you all enjoy the interview.  We share a little bit about Morning Glory Zell and her passing. Hail and Farewell, Morning Glory! You were and continues to be an inspiration.  Mojo has had a few really great weeks and he tells us a little bit about his experience at the Shamanic Conference. Not only that, but…
  • Episode 124

    Sparrow & Mojo
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This episode is jampacked. We have three interviews, crowdfunding news, protesters, and dear friends.  Have you heard about Sir Mojo and his Quest for the Love Leaf? If not, and I am sure you haven't yet, have a listen to Mojo's interview with the lovely and multi-talented Heather Dale. Heather and Mojo chat about the Celtic Avalon crowdfunding campaign.  Save the Bison in Yellowstone! That's exactly what our friend Comfrey Root did and continues to keep doing. I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Comfrey. He shares some of his incredble story. Tune and and if you…
  • Episode 123

    Sparrow & Mojo
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Thanks everybody for downloading the show! We have a real good for you tonight.   Tonight we are joined by the President of The Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society, John-Luke Edwards. John-Luke tells us about his path and Returning to 4 Legs- 6th BC Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering. Tonight's feature album is the debut effort from The Familiars, CunningFolk. From CunningFolk we hear Witches Reel, Tree Song and the show ends with Cuckoo's Nest. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of SJ Tucker's debut effort; Haphazard, we play Face-Down and…
  • Episode 122

    Sparrow & Mojo
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Told ya! We had no doubts. We are really stoked about the show and all the interviews, information, and interesting add ons that we want to bring you in upcoming episodes.  This episode was pretty special for us to make. It didn't start that way. At first we were both going to do informational segments. I know I had mine prepared and ready to go, and I am almost positive that Mojo's segment was polished to gleaming as well.  Those segments so didn't happen. I had asked on Facebook if anyone wanted to weigh in on my "Forgiveness" (now) series. The specific topic was on "forgiving…
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    Beth Owl's Daughter » Owl’s Wings Blog

  • Tarot Card of the Week, July 21-27, 2014: The Empress

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Abundance is about being rich, with or without money. ~ Suze Orman This week, when both the Sun and New Moon align in Leo, the sign which has just begun a year of blessings from Jupiter, perhaps it is no surprise that for only the fourth time in over 10 years, The Empress graces us with her voluptuous, inexhaustible life-force. You can see that The Empress is beautiful, presiding over a field of wheat, with trees and a stream with a waterfall in the background.  She is abundant, lush, fertile, and relaxes on her throne of cushions.  In many decks, she is pregnant, although in the…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Welcoming All Who Come In Peace

    Beth
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
  • Tarot Card of the Week, July 14-20, 2014: Nine of Cups

    Beth
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Gratitude is a two-fold love – love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest. ~ Henry Van Dyke How perfect that this is the card that appears just after the Full Blessing Moon of July! This week, we welcome the Nine of Cups, the gatekeeper of satisfaction and thanksgiving. Nine is a very magical number in many traditions. Of all the single digit numbers, it may be the most profound. Composed of three trinities (3 times 3), it represents the principles of the sacred Triad taken to their utmost expression. And in the base 10 system, where all numbers are represented…
  • Considering the Full Blessing Moon in Capricorn

    Beth
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Blessings to one and all on one of my favorite Full Moons of the year!  She has been called the Thunder Moon, the Hay Moon, the Buck Moon, the Black Cherries Moon, and the Blessing Moon. When we have the Full Moon of Capricorn, that means the Sun is in the opposite sign – my own Sun sign of Cancer. I also love Her because the Capricorn/Cancer duality feels like home for me.  My mom was a Capricorn, and my dad (the OWL, whose daughter I am) is a triple Cancer. So on a bone deep level, I grok the complimentary nature of this combination, as well as the conflicts between the two. As…
  • Wordless Wednesday: New Family in Our Neighborhood

    Beth
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
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    T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

  • Ida’s Legacy

    Thorn
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Today, in honor of her birth anniversary, people are posting thoughts on #IdasLegacy. I wrote the following in 2010 and wanted to share it again – slightly edited – today:   “Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.” – Ida B. Wells I would like to write of one of my heroes, Ida B. Wells. A fierce advocate for racial and women’s equality and justice, she did what few were willing to. In 1884, she refused to sit in the “Jim Crow” car of a train and was dragged…
  • Big Fish in Small Ponds

    Thorn
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I’ve given the topic of Public Priests and making a living teaching or being of service a lot of thought. After several conversations, I decided to write a little about my experience. I did so over at Patheos, including getting into some nitty gritty financials. I hope this article gives you food for thought. Please comment over there. Click on the block quote:   Moving from local to public, or from occasional donations to paying the rent, is hard. It takes time. Most people fail. I’ve watched this from a distance many times. Some have written much about whether or not…
  • None of Us Are Free

    Thorn
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    “Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the…
  • Desiring Life

    Thorn
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    What do you want from your life? How do you honor your Gods? What causes you to fall in love? Who do you think you are? Who do you want to become? Include as much of life as you possibly can: Fall in love. Break your heart. Risk. Open. Seek justice. Create. Dance. Listen. Fuck. Desire. Will. Act. Live. Build the world you most desire.
  • On (My) Writing…

    Thorn
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    I want to let you know – if you don’t already – that I’ve a regular column at Patheos now. I’m posting there twice monthly, second Wednesdays on spirituality and fourth Wednesdays for a study group on mass incarceration in the U.S.   My latest Patheos column is on Honoring the Gods. Here is an excerpt: Feri Priest Anaar sometimes speaks of the need to court deity. How do we do that? We get to know them. Make a space for them. We look at how we conduct our other relationships – is that how we want to conduct a relationship with a God? If it isn’t, we may wish to…
 
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    Alison Leigh Lilly

  • Meme Me…

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Hey look, someone on Twitter made a meme out of me! I feel honored! (Does this mean I get to start wearing a “Ask Me About My Meme” button on my lapel?) "Sometimes my gods are like mountains, sometimes they are like mist." – @alileighlilly pic.twitter.com/5kcT0ZF9ip — Mud and Magic (@mudandmagic) July 15, 2014 From my post, “Gods Like Mountains, Gods Like Mist.”
  • Animist Blog Carnival: Wakeful World Book Club

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    2 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the Animist Blog Carnival! For this month’s theme, the ABC hosts its first-ever virtual book club — exploring the work of renowned animist and Druid author, Emma Restall Orr. Last summer when I first picked up Orr’s The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature, I was anticipating a memoir-like book rich with the poetry and storytelling that has come to characterize much of her work. By its outward appearance, The Wakeful World is a slim book with a beautifully minimalist cover. I’d tossed it into my suitcase as I packed for…
  • The Hunt for a Wakeful World: Anthropocentrism & Subjectivity (Part 2)

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    29 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    In the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, a young man of the !Xõ people bends towards the earth, examining in detail an impression in the sand the shape of an upside-down heart. Nearby, his fellow hunters make their way quietly through the underbrush, moving with caution so that they might not come upon their prey too suddenly and startle it. The gemsbok is quick; they must be quicker. One of the hunters, an older man with years of experience and many successful kills to his name, gestures to the others, indicating a bit of scat drying in the midday sun — a sign that the beast has…
  • The Familiar

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    This is Cu Gwyn, my black cat. Last month, Jeff was away for two weeks traveling for work, and Cu Gwyn kept me company. He keeps me company most days when I’m working from home. If I’m at my desk, he’ll fold himself onto the windowsill to watch the birds in the neighbor’s trees. If I’m working on my laptop, he’ll curl up next to me on the futon on his favorite pillow. The first day Jeff was traveling, he did the whole texting-you-during-my-layover-to-say-my-plane-didn’t-crash thing. And I sent him back the usual…
  • A More Wakeful World: Animist Book Club Call for Submissions

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    This May, the “ABC” in Animist Blog Carnival will also stand for the Animist Book Club! Here on Holy Wild, I’ll be hosting this monthly gathering of bloggers and writers exploring the evolving role of animism in modern Pagan and earth-centered spiritual traditions. Most months, the ABC host chooses a theme for all participating writers to explore (past themes have included Becoming an Animist, Bioregionalism, Trees, Animist Ethics, and Dreams). This time, I wanted to try something a little different. And so, the ABC theme for May is: A More Wakeful World: Reviews and…
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  • The Compact Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    When you are residing in a small space, need to keep your Witchiness clandestine or want something small to travel with you easily the compact altar is your friend.   This altar is miniature for convenience. Take it in and out your cupboard or sock drawer or take it with you on a business trip or vacation. It is lightweight and easy to set up and take down within a few minutes either indoors or outdoors.   Pictured above are the following representations: Air: a feather Fire: tealight candle Water: a shell which is shaped to hold a little water Earth: a pebble The wooden box used…
  • Altar: Definition, Purpose and Design

    Stella Seaspirit
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Building an altar doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. You can utilise things already in your possession and it can be done in the space you have available to you.   What Is An Altar? An altar is a dedicated space you use for personal sacred connection. It functions as a loophole beyond time and place that restores your presence from busy-ness and serves as a touchstone for checking in with your core and rejuvenating your spirit.   I would like to make it clear that an altar need not only be used for ceremony, prayer or devotions. An altar can be constructed for use as…
  • Collect Healing Moonbeams

    Stella Seaspirit
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    It is advantageous to craft healing remedies for areas of the physical body on days when the moon is in the zodiac sign associated with them because your product will be packed with more healing potential to restore vibrational balance and stimulate healing of the ailment.   However, it would be an unfavourable time to undergo invasive treatment on these areas when the moon is in the sign that affects them because they are more sensitive on these days and will take extra strain.   For example, Gemini rules the nervous system, shoulders, arms and extremities as well as the lungs. So…
 
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  • The Weekly Rune – Isa

    Kelley Harrell
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Isa – ice- Keep cool is the message from this last of the winter Runes. Tuck in and be comfortable, because we’re not going anywhere. I like a message that emphasizes relaxation; however, there’s a more to it than that. At this time, we’re challenged to find comfort in something not so comfy, and that’s not as easy as it sounds. Isa brings a ‘ring pass not’ sort of scrutiny. We all have our limits, through which we cannot move until we find the momentum to do so from our deepest reserves. Isa comes when it’s time to examine those depths.
  • Teen Spirit Wise Voice – Lei Lei – Spiritual Crisis to Personal Triumph

    Kelley Harrell
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m happy to have Lei Lei on my blog, today. She’s young, energetic, and ready to take on the world–all of them! How would you describe your work/path/art to a beginner? I am a multi-gifted medium whose purpose or path here on earth is to help others with their gifts, especially gifted youth. I have had psychic moments, but they are rare and not a gift I can control, so I am by no means psychic. I am able to see, hear, and speak to spirits and have since I was a kid, this makes me a medium. In addition to my medium related gifts I am also an empath, so I sense and feel…
  • Teen Spirit Wise Voice – Karen Paquin – The Path I needed

    Kelley Harrell
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m thrilled to have Karen here today. Not only is she a great lady to know, she’s a Rune sister.  How would you describe your work/path/art to a beginner? I describe myself as a humanistic heathen/pagan.  This is my path.  I believe in the energy and essence of the Norse pantheon of gods coupled with modern day scientific knowledge.  This path influences every aspect of my life in very clear ways, but the most important is that my gods and goddesses do not judge me; they walk with me, which I find far more empowering than the former idea.  The scientific influence is a bit…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo by Cuatrok77 The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
  • Teen Spirit Wise Voice – Jen McConnel – My First New Age Store

    Kelley Harrell
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I <3 Jen. I’m so happy to have her on my blog, today. She’s a local author, and an all-around awesome human being. Check out her giveaway at the end of her story. I wandered into Paganism when I was seventeen, after reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon and feeling like I’d found my home. I bought my first tarot deck the same time I snagged the book, and I started to teach myself to trust my intuition. Even though I grew up in a small, fairly rural community, there was a fabulous New Age store nearby, but it took me awhile to work up the nerve to visit the…
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  • The Secret Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    This is an ideal little bit of sacred space that you can display on a windowsill, fireplace mantle, dressing table, kitchen nook or other open surface without causing too much interrogation from others about what you are up to.   Pictured below are the following representations: Five flat stones from the beach (or river etc) for Earth A teensy white feather for Air A tiny seashell for Water A tealight candle (you could also use an aromatherapy votive candle) for Fire   Incorporate your altar into your daily activities: Light the wick with an intention for the day Say a prayer or…
  • The Compact Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    When you are residing in a small space, need to keep your Witchiness clandestine or want something small to travel with you easily the compact altar is your friend.   This altar is miniature for convenience. Take it in and out your cupboard or sock drawer or take it with you on a business trip or vacation. It is lightweight and easy to set up and take down within a few minutes either indoors or outdoors.   Pictured above are the following representations: Air: a feather Fire: tealight candle Water: a shell which is shaped to hold a little water Earth: a pebble The wooden box used…
  • Altar: Definition, Purpose and Design

    Stella Seaspirit
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    Building an altar doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. You can utilise things already in your possession and it can be done in the space you have available to you.   What Is An Altar? An altar is a dedicated space you use for personal sacred connection. It functions as a loophole beyond time and place that restores your presence from busy-ness and serves as a touchstone for checking in with your core and rejuvenating your spirit.   I would like to make it clear that an altar need not only be used for ceremony, prayer or devotions. An altar can be constructed for use as…
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