Blog posts : "General"

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

This post was written for the 3rd Annual International Pagan Values Blogging & Podcasting Month.

I had thought about discussing how our various traditions prescribe values, but it didn't feel quite right. I considered addressing Star Foster's sense around a "schism between values/community based …

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On Initiation

It seems I've finally resurfaced -- as I noted some time ago, I've been retraining into a new career for the last two years, and I've finally finished the program.  Previously, my education was in the Humanities; now, I've trained into Social Service Work, which was the experience of a lifetime.  I …

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On Living Life, Passing Time, and Losing Track

The Scottish poet Robert Burns famously said, "the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley" -- and how!  My scholastic endeavours have taken a lot out of me over the last few months, but I'm hopeful that the worst has passed, and I can refocus on the things that matter.

I hope to return so…

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On Professional Development: OMC conference 2010

About this time last week, I was on my way to the annual educational conference organized and hosted by the Ontario Multifaith Council, thanks to the intervention of my mother-in-law and my friend Brian.  There's a long story behind that, but let's shorten it to "I wasn't sure I'd be able to go, but…

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On Sacred Writings

Charge of the Goddess (Traditional by Doreen Valiente, as adapted by Starhawk)

Listen to the words of the Great Mother, Who of old was called Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arionrhod, Brigid, and by many other names:

Whenever you have need of anything, once a month…

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On Pagan Pride

The last couple of weeks (wow, already?) have passed in sort of a blur.  We got Pagan Pride Day off the ground, and it fluttered around in the raging gale.  The rituals, aided by the presence of a mighty pile of rhythm instruments from big ol' djembes to seeds in pill bottles, were absolutely gorgeo…

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On Belief and Experience

This is cross-posted from my personal blog -- I'm a writing fool tonight!

I'm gearing up for the OMC educational conference, and as I think about it, remembering last year, a couple of key things come to mind. One: I'm reasonably sure I'm going to be the only Pagan there. I was last year. Two:…

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On Loss

For the second time in my adult life, I'm feeling the loss of someone who inspired me, to whom I felt a strong sense of kinship mixed with awe, without having developed the kind of substantial closeness that might have followed if that awe had been a bit smaller.  I want to note that this is a separ…

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Workshop Planning: The Broom Closet

Pagan Pride Day is slightly less than two weeks away.  Are we ready?  Not nearly.  But that's not actually such a big deal -- we're as ready as we need to be at this stage, just not as ready as we'd like to be.  Story of my life!

At any rate, this year we're trying to get back to PPD's central p…

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On Priestessing

(x-posted from where I first published it, because it's relevant)

I've spent a lot of time recently thinking about my work as a Priestess, and how fundamental it is not only to my community (I sincerely hope), but to my own well-being.

It really is a calling in the same sense as the mainstream d…

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