Welcome to my personal blog. Here you will find my own personal thoughts, philosophy, spirituality, pet peeves, rants and rambles, expressions of joy and angst, griping and observations on life. I hope you enjoy them, and find that any wisdom I may have gained from my experiences helps you out in your own, but really, I write for me here.

Blessings Of Artemis

Each month on the New Moon I celebrate Noumenia and focus my celebration on a different Olympian God. For the new moon in Sagittarius, I honor Artemis. I have always had somewhat of a difficult...

We're Probably Not Speaking The Same Language

And that's okay. It's true. I am writing in and you are most likely reading American English and you have probably been speaking it since you were about 1.5 years old. But the understanding that we...

Healthful Food Need Not Be More Expensive Than Junk Food

This is a rant: If one more person says to me that they can't afford to eat healthy, I swear my head is going to explode. Every time I hear this I know that if I want to continue this conversation...

Exploring The Familiars

I just wrote an article about familiars on the Witchipedia ( http://www.witchipedia.com/def:familiar ). I try to avoid injecting my opinion into Witchipedia articles but this is a subject I connect...

The Meaning Of Witchcraft

Witchcraft. That is an ambiguous word. Its meaning varies dramatically according to who is speaking and who they are speaking to. In college I learned one definition in an Anthropology class, another...

On The Elements

Some time ago I gave my daughter a lecture on the elements; Their nature, why we call them in ritual, what it's all about, etc. And I don't know that I'm an expert, but I felt I needed to hash it out...

Breastfeeding Is Divine

Breastfeeding is a subject I've become extremely passionate about over the past few years. I never thought I would, but there it is. I'm even considering joining a local breastfeeding awareness group...

On Dogs

I do not think of dogs like other people. Many of my clients and other canine professionals are huge dog fans without respecting the animal as it is. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs. But that...

On Circumcision

I remember coming across mentions of circumcision in the Bible when I was a teenager (yes, I've read it 3 times now and it still hasn't led me to salvation) and asking my mother about it. She told me...

On The Word "Pagan"

I have noticed, as perhaps you have, that there has been some discussion among Polytheists and Reconstructionists of late about separating themselves from the Pagan monitor and calling themselves...

When Alexandria Burned

When I hear other Pagans talk about The Burning Times , they often talk about the Inquisition, the Witch Trials of Europe, Salem, etc. and hold them up as examples of Pagan and witchcraft...

On Coming Out

With regard to my previous Broomcloset post, I wanted to take a minute to clarify things, and maybe double down on it. I still hold the position that everyone should be out and hiding is stupid. I...

Get Out Of The Broomcloset

This is a rant. I am not going to do a bunch of research like I usually do; I am going to just blurt out my opinion and some arguments to support it at the speed of type, and some of you aren't going...

On Arete

Arete is the Hellenic virtue of greatness or excellence . It means (to steal a tagline from the Army recruitment commercials of my youth) being all you can be . But it is more than that. Arete is...

Where Will You Go When You Die?

Discussing the recent one-year anniversary of my grandfather's death, a friend of mine asked me where the old man was buried. As it happens, my grandfather has was not buried. His body was sent to a...

Keeping It Simple

There is no better group of people for making things more complicated than they have to be than a bunch of Pagans. I include myself in that, by the way. When I first started along this path all those...

My Polytheism versus Polytheism at Large

I am a polytheist. A hard polytheist. This means that I believe that there are many Gods and Goddesses. Each of these has his or her own personality, opinions, preferences, identity. I do not believe...

Read, Read, Read (Advice for New Pagans and Witches)

So you're a newbie and you go on a Pagan message board and you say Hey, I'm a newbie. How do I get started? and a dozen or so folks unhelpfully say Read read read! Read everything you can get your...

On Being Pagan And Pregnant

Last winter I had a baby. My third and final. I never thought I would get to do this again. I was determined to enjoy every perfect moment of my pregnancy. Pregnant is a sacred state. It is a state of...

The Three Sacred Hearths

I wrote this article as part of this year's Pagan Values Project, in 2012: The Sacred Hearth Tradition is a tradition that I developed based on personal gnosis combined with academic research with a...