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  • Nary a Spade Has Been Turned

    The Gods Are Bored
    Anne Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Have you ever seen a cat that knows it has a mouse cornered under the refrigerator? That cat will sit there for days, totally attentive, waiting for the mouse to emerge. Cats are tenacious that way.Housing developers are tenacious, too. Once they've bought a parcel of land, it doesn't matter how much common sense, local opposition, and state regulations stand in their way. They just keep sitting there, waiting for the pay day, waiting for that moment when a commissioner can be bribed, or the administration changes in the state capital, or the opponents run out of money for a land-use…
  • NO pizza OR PEPSI in SIGHT, O MY!

    Radical Goddess Thealogy
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Whenever Jesus saunters through the front door of a society, all other springtime Gods are forced to exit stage left. And that’s a crying shame, because those other Gods used to lug back good stuff with them when they died and resurrected.  Gods like Osiris and Adonis, for example, lugged back food – grain, crops, chips, pizzas and diet Pepsis (metaphorically speaking, of course).  But
  • Helen Ukpabio’s London visit renews focus on African child abuse

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Heather Greene
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Last week notorious “witch-hunter” Helen Ukpabio, known as Lady Apostle, arrived in London to hold a 3 day revival meeting called a ”Season for Disconnections From All Spiritual Attack.” Ukpabio’s message is made very clear in a widely circulated poster that asks “Are you under Witchcraft attack? Mermaid Attack? Ancestral Spirit Attack?” It adds: “Come and be disconnected” a service that is “free of charge.” Ukpabio is the founder of Nigeria’s Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries which claims to have more than 150 churches in that country alone. Allegedly Ukpabio…
  • Session of Hebrew Priestess Institute This Summer

    Medusa Coils
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Training Institute is accepting applications for the session of its two-level training program that starts July 28 and runs through August 3, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Institute co-director with Taya Shere,  announced this week. The program will take place at the Isabella Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. "The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute revives and
  • Correspondences for Saturday

    PaganNews.com Featured Content.
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Light Black candles. Burn incense of Peperwort, assodilious, black poppy seed. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, and is a good day to work with duties, responsibilities, protection, finding families, works of magic, buildings, meditation, life, doctrines.
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • NO pizza OR PEPSI in SIGHT, O MY!

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Whenever Jesus saunters through the front door of a society, all other springtime Gods are forced to exit stage left. And that’s a crying shame, because those other Gods used to lug back good stuff with them when they died and resurrected.  Gods like Osiris and Adonis, for example, lugged back food – grain, crops, chips, pizzas and diet Pepsis (metaphorically speaking, of course).  But
  • HAPPY dying-GOD DAY

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    I don’t know why Christians think they have a monopoly on the dying-god business.  The world is awash in dying gods: SHORT LIST OF DYING GODS  The God Osiris (Egypt)  The God Attis (Anatolia)  The God Odin (Scandinavia)  The God Iarilo (Russia)  The God Dionysos (Greece)  The God Baal (Ugaritic Canaan)  The God Melgart (Phoenicia)  The God Eshmun (Phoenicia)  The God Adonis (
  • GODDESS COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATION launched

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    On behalf of Goddess lovers everywhere, thank you, thank you to the silent angel who glued back together the broken Wikipedia article “Venus Figurines”!  (See Apr. 14 post, "The Goddess Police").   This angel unearthed two separate sources to back up her/his new passage (sources are the key to getting entrance visas from the Wiki Police).  Wiki goddess pesterers, watch out, because here we
  • MOTHERS lift TRUCKS

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    What the world needs now is a Mother Goddess. Because to save her kid’s life, a mother can lift a two-ton truck -- meaning mothers are perfect role models for high-powered love (not to mention unconditional love). So if we’d follow The Mother Law (Do Unto Others as a Healthy Mother Does Unto Her Kid), all would be good with the world. ***** FOR MORE along these lines, get your
  • jumping THE GUN, HOPES dashed

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    In Maine, wait til May to put your snow shovel away.  And to pull your deck furniture out.  To do either earlier invites bad luck. I hope things are better where you are. <!--[if gte mso 9]> 0 0 1 37 211 -- 1 1 247 14.0 <![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE
 
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • Helen Ukpabio’s London visit renews focus on African child abuse

    Heather Greene
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Last week notorious “witch-hunter” Helen Ukpabio, known as Lady Apostle, arrived in London to hold a 3 day revival meeting called a ”Season for Disconnections From All Spiritual Attack.” Ukpabio’s message is made very clear in a widely circulated poster that asks “Are you under Witchcraft attack? Mermaid Attack? Ancestral Spirit Attack?” It adds: “Come and be disconnected” a service that is “free of charge.” Ukpabio is the founder of Nigeria’s Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries which claims to have more than 150 churches in that country alone. Allegedly Ukpabio…
  • Updates: Frazier Glenn Cross, Helen Ukpabio, Town of Greece, and More!

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are some quick updates on stories previously reported on at The Wild Hunt. Frazier Glenn Cross Frazier Glenn Cross: Alleged murderer Frazier Glenn Cross (aka Glenn Miller), an avowed white supremacist, currently held on murder and hate crime charges after reportedly opening fire on two Jewish community centers, was tied to Odinism earlier this week by CNN’s Belief Blog (despite citing a contradictory source). Since then, that reporting has been worked into official CNN newswire reports, and repeated by tabloids like the New York Daily News. However, other outlets, like Time…
  • Pagan Leadership Revisited: New Visions for a New Age

    Crystal Blanton
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Changing times in society cause shifts in the needs of the average person. While each community has distinctly different aspects, there are commonalities that exist within every community. The needs of those within any dynamic will dictate the needs of the leadership; Some say a leader should be a reflection of the people they serve. The Pagan community has walked through several different situations recently, forcing introspection on the ideals of what it means to be an effective leader, and challenging perceptions of accountability within the community. Pagans continue to question what…
  • Addressing Safety at Pagan Conventions and Festivals

    Cara Schulz
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    As the immediate shock regarding the arrest of Pagan author and musician Kenny Klein on possession of child pornography wears off, a wider conversation in the Pagan community on event safety and sexual predators begins. Festival and convention organizers consider possible changes in policies while attendees ask for greater protection. Yet it’s unclear if this focus is a lasting trend or a short lived reaction. MerryMeet, a yearly convention hosted by different Covenant of the Goddess Chapters, and CONvergence, a science fiction and fantasy convention lauded internationally for their…
  • South African Sports Minister calls political opponents Witches

    Heather Greene
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    On April 6 South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) held a 35th anniversary event to commemorate the death of freedom fighter Solomon Malanghu. Several national politicians spoke including President Jacob Zuma. The event turned “surreal,” as described by The Cape Times, when the National Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula labeled opposition party members “witches.” The ANC is currently the controlling party of South Africa’s national government. However the country’s provinces are independently run. While the ANC maintains control over most of these provinces,…
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    Medusa Coils

  • Session of Hebrew Priestess Institute This Summer

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Training Institute is accepting applications for the session of its two-level training program that starts July 28 and runs through August 3, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Institute co-director with Taya Shere,  announced this week. The program will take place at the Isabella Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. "The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute revives and
  • Review of Anthology on Priestessing

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Stepping into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses, edited by Anne Key and Candace Kant, (Goddess Ink 2014) trade paperback, 592 pages. This is a BIG book, not only in pages, but also in concept and design, in inclusiveness of many paths and cultures, in the number of contributors, and in the quality of the prose, poetry, and art. The cover art by Betty LaDuke is gorgeous
  • Brighid Festival in May in Canada

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    "Brighid for All Seasons: Fire in the Soul," a festival for women, will be held May 2-4 in London, Ontario, Canada. It is sponsored by the Women's Centre for Spirituality, Activism and the Earth and will be guest facilitated by Mary Condren, national director of the Institute for Feminism and Religion in Dublin, Ireland, with additional facilitation by Mary Hamilton, pioneer in dance and theater
  • Conference on Gimbutas' Work in Italy Next Month

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    "Marija Gimbutas: Twenty Years of Goddess Studies" will be held May 9-10 at Casa Internazionale delle Donne in Rome. The Conference opens on May 9 with an exhibit containing the work of 11 artists and introduced by Lydia Ruyle. This will be followed by meditative movement and ritual performance.  Saturday's program will be introduced by Luciana Percovich and Morena Luciani. Presenters are to
  • Buzz Coil: March 2014

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
     A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: The Retiring Mind: In a extensive March 13 post, "The Decolonized Goddess, Part I," Wendy Griffin recalls a trip to Mexico during which her field work led to several experiences related to the re-emergence of the Aztec Goddess Coatlique.  Annelinde's World: In her March 21 post, Annelinde Metzner's poem, "Ix Chel in my
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Nary a Spade Has Been Turned

    Anne Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Have you ever seen a cat that knows it has a mouse cornered under the refrigerator? That cat will sit there for days, totally attentive, waiting for the mouse to emerge. Cats are tenacious that way.Housing developers are tenacious, too. Once they've bought a parcel of land, it doesn't matter how much common sense, local opposition, and state regulations stand in their way. They just keep sitting there, waiting for the pay day, waiting for that moment when a commissioner can be bribed, or the administration changes in the state capital, or the opponents run out of money for a land-use…
  • Dinner Plans

    Anne Johnson
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," a favorite haunt for all the Spirits of Trickery and Mayhem since 2005! Sly Anansi and cheeky Loki do really funny things when they're bored (which is less and less often these days). I've had me some grand times with them over the years.Which is why they've both popped in for an interview today! Other people ask Heloise for hints, but me? I go straight to the Jokers. Please give a warm, wonderful, Gods Are Bored welcome to Loki and Anansi, Gods of Trickery!Anne: Sacred Fellows, I have a problem.Anansi: Oh, I love problems! I tend to think of them as…
  • One Healthy Druid, Sort Of

    Anne Johnson
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" I'm your host, Anne Johnson, and I'm healthy. Well, not really. If you consider mental health part of health, then I have a chronic condition. I take medication for the condition. If I miss the medication, I will become ill.I take two medications. One is controlled. One isn't.My local pharmacy fills my prescriptions automatically. When I went to pick them up on Sunday, the controlled medication wasn't there. The prescriptions had expired, and apparently my doctor, Doctor Mushroom, was out of town. So I got my one medicine (filled by some doctor I'd never heard…
  • National Poetry Month, Gods Are Bored Edition!

    Anne Johnson
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The parrot and the carrot one may easily confound.They're very much alike in looks, and similar in sound.We recognize the parrot by his clear articulation,For carrots are unable to engage in conversation.From How To Tell the Birds from the Flowers, by Robert Williams Wood
  • National Poetry Month

    Anne Johnson
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Some primal termiteknocked on wood,and tasted it,and found it good.And that is whyyour cousin Maefell through the parlor floor today.--Ogden Nash
 
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • My Perspective on “Wiccanate Privilege”

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    There’s been a lot angst expressed over the notion of “Wiccanate privilege.”  Personally, I dislike the term.  I think that stating this dissatisfaction at the outset by the using the notion of “Wiccanate privilege,” or any other kind of privilege, sets up an oppositional stance when perhaps none was intended.  Or if it was intended to be derogatory or critical, I feel disappointed, even hurt.I’ve read most, but surely not all, of the discussions of this topic in the Pagan blogosphere.  Between what I’ve read and attending the “Wiccanate privilege”…
  • My Take on the Kenny Klein Affair

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    If you’re one of those Pagans who socialize on the Web, you’re no doubt aware of the current shitstorm in the wake of the arrest of prominent Pagan musician Kenny Klein for possession and distribution of child pornography.The way I see it, this occurrence has brought out the best and the worst conduct on the part of Pagans.Among the worstare (1) screaming for his head; (2) protesting in his defense because there’s been no adjudication yet, just an arrest; (3) dredging up all manner of rumor, founded and unfounded, from the past; and (4) untenable ad hominem attacks on other prominent…
  • PantheaCon -- Part III

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Jo-Ann Byers-Mierzwicki, Corby Lawton, me, Tony MierzwickiIf readers are confused, PantheaCon – Part II, is about veils.Saturday began with breakfast Jessie Olson, who explained her Cornerstone Pagan Fellowship being launched at PantheaCon in a welcoming hospitality suite I’d visited the previous night.  I’m down with their motto of “Making the Old Ways New,” but less enthusiastic about “Let’s make Paganism mainstream!”  I question whether that goal is either something to strive for or realistic.  Having said that, I do hope – and work for – Pagans achieving…
  • Judy Harrow, 1945 - 2014

    22 Mar 2014 | 3:15 am
    Judy Harrow, March 14, 1945 - March 21, 2014I've just learned of the passing of my old friend Judy Harrow.  Her health had been fragile for some years now, so her passing is not entirely unexpected.  That said, it is a great loss to American Witchcraft and the Pagan movement in general.First Meeting & CoGJudy and I first met at CoG's very first MerryMeet festival at Rodeo Beach, Marin County, California, in 1981.1  Not only was this the first MerryMeet, but it was a first in other ways.  It was my first exposure to Witches2 beyond my Northern California Local Council…
  • Finding My Footing

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Painting by Barbara JacobsenCh-ch-changes.If you've been reading the Broomstick Chronicles with any regularity -- I post infrequently -- you're aware that in August of 2012 I disaffiliated from what I'll call my 'matrix community,' Reclaiming (San Francisco, the matrix, and offshoots of that matrix) -- after more than 30 years of doing what I could to help create and establish a community, one that evolved into a tradition in its own right, one that contains roles and practices that I had a hand in, and a statement of Principles of Unity that I helped articulate, bylaws I helped write, a…
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    Goddesschess

  • Looted Statue of Goddess Demeter Recovered by Turkish Police

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    From greekreporter.com Greek Goddess Statue Found At Illegal Excavation in Turkey by Iro-Anna Mamakouka - Apr 17, 2014 A statue, believed to be the ancient Greek goddess Demeter, has been unearthed at an illegal excavation in Simav, western Turkey. The statue, weighing in at 610kg and standing 2.8 meters tall, was discovered by two Turks, Ramazan C. And Ismail G, 26 and 62 years old
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Thank you to Tom Fogec, who sent me the following, highlighting all of the chess femmes and how they did!  This year there was a new playing venue, the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, April 12, 2014.  Four rounds in one day.  Too stressful for me, alas. Chess Femmes in RED Hales Corners Challenge XIX - OpenCross Table, Page 1 No. Name St Rate Rd 1 Rd 2
  • FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Hola darlings! I am in the middle of selling my house and shopping for a new place and it's been crazy crazy crazy around here.  All of this has happened within the past 3 weeks or so, out of the blue.  I didn't have my house up for sale, I received a private offer!  Now I'm simultaneously trying to get everything marshalled together for a private sale (no broker and closing department involved)
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX - April 12, 2014!

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Hola darlings! I won't be there in person tomorrow, but I will be there in spirit, and in Goddesschess Prize Money, woo woo!  The latest email I received, there are 89 pre-registered players, 11 of which are you, my dear chess femmes.  Can we break a record?  Let's go for it, ladies.  Top $800 in Goddesschess prize money winnings (paid out in Challenge XVIII) and we set a new record.  I know
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX!

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Update:  As of last night, there are 79 pre-registered players, of which 11 are chess femmes:  3 in the Open and 8 in the Reserve. Woo woo!  And as of earlier today, there are now 82 pre-registered players, 38 in the Open, and 44 in the Reserve!  Chess femmes in the Open are:  Rachel Ulrich (2070); Anne Ulrich (1668); and Alena Huang (1620).  In the Reserve:  Teja Karimikonda (1487); Susanna
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • The Song of the Scriptures

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The music of the Filianic Scriptures is just amazing! I didn't realize it was connected to their meaning! When I recited the Scriptures one of the first things I thought was "This isn't just text, it is music!" but I didn't understand how exact the meter actually is. Is this something that happens a lot in the Scriptures? And are there other meters too? Are the meters related to the meaning? Yes, there are other meters in the Filianic Scriptures and Ithelic meter occurs in various places. There is also a lot of rhythm that is not so strictly metrical. Rhythm is often closely woven in with the…
  • Filianic Scriptures: Ithelic Meter

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The Filianic Scriptures incorporate beautiful and musical poetic meters. Here we examine one of them - the Ithelic meter
  • Filianic Scriptures - the Golden Time

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We present an important commentary on the very beginning of the Filianic Scriptures - the creation of the Golden World at the Beginning of time.
  • The Day of Our Sovereign Lady

    25 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    Culverine 5 (March 25) is the Day of Our Sovereign Lady. You can hear about this Festival in a recording of part of a sermon given some years ago, explaining the meaning of the Festival of the Princess of the World.
  • Calendar for this year

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A full calendar for this Filianic year that has just begun has been posted by the Daughters of Shining Harmony. The calendar contains all the High Festivals and most of the currently observed low ones, together with the Gregorian (commonly-used) date-equivalents, lunar phases and other information. The calenar is recommended to everyone who uses the Filianic five-season, thirteen-month year.
 
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    The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast

  • 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…
  • Episode 121

    Sparrow & Mojo
    23 Jan 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Hey hey hey! We are back. Again. This time for real. I think we've slayed all the demons that were harassing us. If not slayed, at least have them locked up in a cage so we can poke at them once in awhile. Sadly, a friend and Pagan leader has left this World to go onto different things. Eddie Gutierrez (aka Hyperion and/or Dr E, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on January 14. He was only 38 years old. We asked Devin Hunter to join us and share some memories of Eddie. Thank you so much Devin!  Sparrow continues her thoughts on "Forgiveness" and delves into the Buddhist point of…
  • Update 2013

    Sparrow & Mojo
    7 Nov 2013 | 12:39 pm
    Holy Smoly, what a ride it has been! Hey everyone, just a quick update to let everyone know that we are still here. Thank you for staying subscribed! You Rock! It's All About the Love!
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    Beth Owl's Daughter » Owl’s Wings Blog

  • Happy Birthday, Beautiful Bull People!

    Beth
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. ~ Florence Nightingale (Sun and Moon in Taurus) Happy Birthday to all those born under the sign of Taurus — the Sun moves into your sign today. If your Sun is in Taurus, you are generally patient and determined, with lusty physical appetites. You appreciate your well-chosen possessions and prefer a stable environment, disliking upheaval or being rushed. So becoming more adaptable can be a challenge for you. But as the quote from Florence Nightingale indicates, you take your responsibilities very seriously, and are…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Welcome Back, Jewels in Flight!

    Beth
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
  • Tarot Card of the Lunar Eclipse, Pluto Retrograde, and the Ramping Up to the Cardinal Grand Cross Week, Oh My!

    Beth
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley The news this week seems ever more dramatic and grim. The Big Showdown square-off of crossed planets intensifies and includes a heavy lunar eclipse. The Jewish and Christian faiths prepare to celebrate some of their most important holidays. So, one would naturally expect our Tarot guidance this week to be rather serious and even, perhaps, offer a warning. Instead, we receive an encore visit from the happy Ten of Cups,…
  • Poetry for an April Sunday

    Beth
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    This is an encore post I shared a few years ago. I think it deserves another telling. Remember, poetry is meant to be read aloud (especially for those people who think they do not care for it much).  Poetry is the world’s oldest spell casting, and speaking poetry will make all the difference. Have a beautiful day. Such Singing in the Wild Branches by Mary Oliver from Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays Beacon Press, Boston, 2003 It was spring and finally I heard him among the first leaves— then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade with his red-brown feathers all…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Owls Hatching

    Beth
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Be sure to go full-screen! And if you stop by and see an error message, just refresh; that should restore it.
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    T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

  • The Imperfect Magic of Being Alive

    Thorn
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    “I’m still alive and I’m not afraid to die!” The strange and delightful cheerleader in the purple wig, spandex, and multi-colored jockstrap enjoined us to shout this together. We did. All 2500 of us. I’m still alive, and I’m not afraid to die. We moved our bodies. We breathed. We said no. We said yes. We said maybe. We let it go. We were being asked to shake the habitual. The stage filled with fog. There were rattles. Strange things calling. The holy people were gathering. We were with them. The drumming started, rolling through us, shaking our fingertips and toes. A thought…
  • Presence: Reading Patterns

    Thorn
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Witches and magic workers are pattern readers. We read runes, or flights of birds,  weather, candle smoke, or colored cards… Yet too often we can forget to read the patterns we see daily: the ones closest to us, in our dearest relationships.   We can slow down inside. We can center ourselves. We can teach ourselves to truly listen, sense, and see.    What have we been missing? What assumptions do we make? What habits of relationship have we entangled? Notice. Clear mind and heart with breath. Scrub the body with salt and clean water. Stand in full sunlight, and under the…
  • Feet of Clay (Part 3)

    Thorn
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I wrote this three part series after teaching at the wonderful Florida Pagan Gathering several years ago – 2009, I believe. They’ve been sitting in my old LiveJournal account. Given recent events, it seemed prudent to offer them a more visible home. I would likely write them differently today, but will leave them as they are. Also, this recent piece felt like Feet of Clay (part 4). We all have feet of clay. Myself included. Thank you for reading. I hope this series is useful to our ongoing discussions about ethics, both personal and in community. - T. Thorn Coyle, April 2014…
  • Feet of Clay (part 2)

    Thorn
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I wrote this three part series after teaching at the wonderful Florida Pagan Gathering several years ago – 2009, I believe. They’ve been sitting in my old LiveJournal account. Given recent events, it seemed prudent to offer them a more visible home. I would likely write them differently today, but will leave them as they are. Also, this recent piece felt like Feet of Clay (part 4). We all have feet of clay. Myself included. Thank you for reading. I hope this series is useful to our ongoing discussions about ethics, both personal and in community. - T. Thorn Coyle, April 2014…
  • Feet of Clay (part 1)

    Thorn
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I wrote this three part series after teaching at the wonderful Florida Pagan Gathering several years ago – 2009, I believe. They’ve been sitting in my old LiveJournal account. Given recent events, it seemed prudent to offer them a more visible home. I would likely write them differently today, but will leave them as they are. Also, this recent piece felt like Feet of Clay (part 4). We all have feet of clay. Myself included. Thank you for reading. I hope this series is useful to our ongoing discussions about ethics, both personal and in community. - T. Thorn Coyle, April 2014 Feet…
 
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    Alison Leigh Lilly

  • 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…
  • Keystones of the Sacred Land: Free 12-Week eCourse

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, one of my students from the Keystones of the Sacred Land eCourse that I taught last summer sent me a link to a breathtaking video called “How Wolves Change Rivers.” What an awesome surprise! This short little film is possibly the best explanation I’ve ever seen of the awesome power of keystone species to transform the world: Watching this fills me with awe and gratitude for the natural world, and gives me hope in the earth’s deep-rooted resilience. (And I don’t know about you, but there are days when I desperately need that kind of hope!) Maybe…
  • When the Frogs Begin to Sing

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:26 am
    “As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.” ― Cynthia Bourgeault We hear the song long before we reach the pond itself ― the rolling, rhythmic voices rising up from among the grasses all around us as if we have entered the halls of some vast monastery during evening prayer. The thrum washes over us in the darkness. We step carefully, sweeping the red-cellophane-filtered beams of our flashlights back and forth across the path. Somewhere in the darkness nearby, a duck splashes gracelessly into a bed of reeds,…
  • The Wrong Kind of Poem

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today is the five year anniversary of my first date with Jeff, and the two-and-a-half year anniversary of our wedding. (Which means that, from this day forward, we’ll have been married longer than we dated. Weird!) Recently I was looking back through old journal entries, when I found this poem that I wrote back in March 2010, one year after we’d met. As the French say, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… Happy anniversary, love! The Wrong Kind of Poem I am looking for poems about love in the vast collections and anthologies I used to read. I remember so many of…
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  • The Majesty and Power of Ritual

    Stella Seaspirit
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
        So many people today dismiss ritual and ceremony as something fine to behold yet dismiss it as irrelevant to “modern life.”  If you have ever participated in or carried a ceremony, have you noticed how you feel better? More serene, more connected and aligned, more balanced? Ceremony is just ritual beautified by incorporating [...]
  • What is the Difference Between Witch and Wicca?

    Stella Seaspirit
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
        Not all Witches are Wicca. Just like not all Christians are Catholic.   Wicca is a formal religion with its own set of guidelines and faith-based worship that distinguish it from other Pagan traditions, with various denominations such as Gardenarian, Alexandrian etcetera much like Protestants and Methodists have differentiation.     Witchcraft by [...]
  • Karma is not a Biatch

    Stella Seaspirit
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
        The term “Karma” gets bandied about a lot. So much so that it has perhaps become a common expression (and explanation) for describing either wayward or fortunate results without giving the underlying concept any gravity.   “Karma” is most often associated with consequences for your actions, “as you sow so shall you reap” [...]
  • Free Virgo Full Moon Illumination Quest

    Stella Seaspirit
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
          It is Full Moon in the sign of Virgo this coming Sunday (Monday if you are in Sydney, Australia).   I prefer to leverage full moon energy as a time for meditation, reflection, appreciation and thanksgiving rather than spell work.   That is why I have created a free Full Moon in [...]
  • The Witching Hour ~ Every Hour

    Stella Seaspirit
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
          •  Do you constantly feel drained and tired?   •  Unmotivated to pursue activities you enjoy?   •  In a funk of “depressed” energy?   •  Cut off from Spirit guidance?   •  Suspended in a toxic pattern?   •  Unable to get clarity and a sense of purpose?   •  Frenetic, [...]
 
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  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo by ToniVC The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
  • Weekly Rune – Ingwaz Merskstave

    Kelley Harrell
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Ingwaz (or Inguz) - People of Ing - How often do we hear, “Forget the journey, focus on the destination?” Pretty much never? Well, Ingwaz merkstave is screaming it, now. This stave calls to mind the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” While it portends the end of a cycle, it also brings a sense of survival and sacrifice to get there. Connected to Tyr/Tuisto (Tiwaz), this Rune reminds us of Plan Bs and last-ditch efforts, both of which can only occur when initial plans have failed. By ‘initial plans’ I mean our heart’s dream,…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    Kelley Harrell
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
     My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful for steady healing, progressive flexibility. I’m grateful for acupuncture. I’m happy to have new tree spirits in the yard. I’m grateful to myself for allowing my process. What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list, then post your gratitude every Friday.  Easiest blog hop ever! Click here to hop on… the hop,…
  • Thursday Betwixt – Body as Intuition

    Kelley Harrell
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Throughout the Betwixt series, I’ve talked about the significance of creating community along a shamanic path. I delved briefly into viewing ourselves as a valuable, informed member of our own spiritual council, encouraged readers to shapeshift into themselves to better step into their power. Taking that further, I’d like to talk about the many blessings and challenges of realizing  the body’s inherent spirituality. Most modern shamanic circles focus on all things soul. They touch on amorphous internal cosmologies supporting the whole, though the experience of the form…
  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo by jeff medaugh The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
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  • Le Sigh: How Life Gets in the Way

    Velody Dark
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is going to be a bit more of a personal post as it's been forever since I wrote anything.To start off I swear I will not promise I'm going to post more, say how bad I've been and give plans. Nope this is just a post no clue when the next will be. Brainstorming Puzzle Pieces using Isometric DrawingsI believe the last time I wrote I said about how I had gotten a full-time teaching job and my time had become very limited. Yep that's true. I've been working at a local high school since the start of the school year teaching the the Freshman level Engineering Magnet Classes along with…
  • 2 Years of Searching but I finally have a Full Time Job!

    Velody Dark
    1 Jul 2013 | 5:00 am
    Me Just a little bit after I was offered the position.It was in September of 2011 that I was laid off of my full time job and since then I have been unemployed, a student, or under-employed working multiple part-time jobs. 2 weeks ago I was finally offered full time employment. It isn’t just a job I found either but I think I may have found the perfect job. Though craftiness is often seen as a more Right brained creative thinking person skill set, my passion actually lies in math and science combined with design. I hold 2 degrees in Engineering and worked in the field for almost 5 years.
  • Squirrel Behavioral Incentive Chart

    Velody Dark
    15 Apr 2013 | 4:30 am
    I’m still around, and I think I’m starting to get a better handle on my new schedule and commitments. Last week Hubby was at WrestleMania 29 leaving me solo with the kids for 5 days. All the work I had done to getting settled, right out the window! I have something new for everyone though!It’s a Squirrel Themed Behavior Tree and Reward system. We’re having a lot of different issues with Lil ‘R about his behavior and I wanted to start mirroring systems he will see when he enters Kindergarten. I also wanted a way to incorporate the behavior tree with some type of reward system so this…
  • Very Overwhelmed and Trying to Cope

    Velody Dark
    28 Mar 2013 | 5:54 am
    Today I'm going a bit more personal than I normally do. Call it the culture of how I was raised or just my shyness about sharing incredibly personal information, but normally I keep things to mysself. But as of recent I've been extremely overwhelmed with life. It's come from multiple aspects and all the while I'm trying to cope with those factors I've been fighting an internal struggle I let very few know. I've suffered from depression to various degrees since I was a teen. At some points in my life it has been almost non existant while at others it has been crushing. The stress since…
  • Adventures with 1st Graders

    Velody Dark
    18 Feb 2013 | 6:17 am
    Mobile blogging today as I mismanaged my time this weekend.I've been substitute teaching for over 5 months now. I will say it's been quite an adventure. In that time I've twice covered classes for multiple weeks were I was the teacher doing full lessons ever day. In one of those classes I was even in charge of lesson planning. Last week I had a first though. I began substituting at a K-8 charter school. Wow are the little ones different than Middle or High Schoolers.I get my first call the afternoon after I finish up my paperwork. A teacher needed to leave suddenly. She taught first grade. I…
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