In the Kitchen

    I love working in my kitchen.  When I’m there, I feel close to Brighid, my patroness and guardian of the hearth.  Over the years, I’ve turned into a real foodie.  I love making my own food.  If I can grow it, that’s even better!  The kitchen is a great place to adopt aContinue reading “In the Kitchen”

The Three Kindred

In my early days of Pagan study and worship, it was easiest for me to connect with and understand the Nature Spirits.  I was raised to respect them and even taught by my mother to believe in fairies and unicorns, even if they were part of a different reality than our own.  As time went by, IContinue reading “The Three Kindred”

Working with Nature

It was always easy for me to connect with The Nature Spirits.  Upon reflection, I must confess that it was the Nature Spirits who originally helped me decide to turn to Paganism.  I’ve always been an environmentalist.  At a very early age, I started to learn about animals, ecosystems, and the huge amount of damage humans were inflictingContinue reading “Working with Nature”

Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America

Clifton, Chas S.  Her Hidden Children The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America.  Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2006. Many of us come to Paganism with an interest in ancient history.  We wonder who and how our ancestors worshiped and we attempt to follow in their footsteps.  I can speak for myself when I say that when I began studyingContinue reading “Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America”

The Future?

Reading predictions about the future scares me.  Anything about peak oil, the collapse of society as we know it, and/or the dystopian reality we’re supposedly headed to depresses me.  It also fascinates me and inspires me to continue to develop my gardening and other DIY skills.  Signs point to their necessity in the future. ButContinue reading “The Future?”

More on Ahimsa and The Spirit of the Deer

My most recent post about ahimsa and Druidism sparked some conversation with prophet_maid on Live Journal.  We talked about vegetarianism, eating meat, the food chain, and the hierarchy implied by Jainist ahimsa.  It helped me sort through my thoughts better and I realize that that isn’t the best way for me to express my reasonsContinue reading “More on Ahimsa and The Spirit of the Deer”

Ahimsa and Druidism?

The fact that I’m a Druidic vegetarian quietly amuses me.  My ancestors were Irish, Scottish, and Germanic!  They ate mutton, haggis, and sausage!  My ancient Irish ancestors looked to Druids for spiritual guidance – which often involved blood.  On Samhain, the herds were culled before the hard, cold months.  My ancestors were from Northern Europe.Continue reading “Ahimsa and Druidism?”

Living in Northern NY

As of August 6th, Weretoad and I have been residents of Northern NY for a year.  We moved up here from the Mohawk Valley last year.  It’s been a bit of a transition.  I’ve been meaning to write about it. In many ways, the North Country is similar to the Mohawk Valley.  It’s still NYContinue reading “Living in Northern NY”