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.

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...

Pouring Libations

Pouring libations is a very Pagan act. When folks say how can I live my faith every day? this is the answer. Pour libations. It is a simple act that takes moments, but means much. The act of pouring...

Adventures In Knitting

I love to knit but like so many things I love to do (like singing and dancing) I do so with much more enthusiasm than skill. Knitting is a magical act to me, as is any act of creation. Knitting has...

On Happiness

Happiness is a concept that can mean different things to different people. At its most simple, happiness is an emotion, but emotions are fleeting. True happiness is a state of being, a state of being...

Jealousy And The Evil Eye

I was reading the story The Magic Mirror (also known as Snow White) in the book Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know and I was reminded of what a powerful force emotions can be, particularly jealousy....

On The Nature Of The Gods

In the Pagan community the subject of Gods is a very personal one and and explanation of their nature will vary greatly between tradition and even between individuals within a tradition. While other...

Flu Season

I hate flu season. I always get the flu whether or not I get a shot and as every mom knows, mom does not get sick days. Worst is when dad's sick. I have all the patience in the world for animals and...

Talking With Eos

Eos is the Goddess of the Dawn and one of my patrons . (I really hate the word patron in this context, I prefer tutelary Goddess, but nobody ever knows what I mean.) Eos is the Goddess who has done...

Lullabies For Little Pagans

For some families, bedtime can be a huge struggle and I don't want to be one of them. But as a Pagan family, we're looking for something a little different. We would like bedtime to be a little bit...

Baby Meet Tawaret

Hippos seem to be a popular gift for babies these days. My Grandmother gave my son a stuffed hippo for Yule and he adores it. My husband has informed me that we can expect a handmade hippo from my...

Entering The Sanctuary

For me, my home is my temple. It is where all the most important things in my life happen. It's where I raise my children, entertain beloved guests, prepare and eat food, write, read, learn, teach and...

A Few Of My Favorite Baby Things

A few weeks into this new mom all over again thing and I think I'm finally getting a handle on it. My first batch of kids are all teenagers now and while I thought I knew exactly what I was doing,...

On Broomsticks

With the Chinese New Year coming up I started thinking about traditions. One of these is sweeping out the house with a broom, sweeping all the bad luck out the front door to make way for the good...

Feathering The Nest

The last few months of pregnancy can make you crazy. Once your maternity leave starts and boredom sets in and your nesting instincts kick into high gear and you realize you are physically incapable of...