30 Days of Magical Roots

Between the impending move, FAE Fest, and the upcoming school year, August is going to be insane.  In an effort to help me stay rooted in my spiritual practice, and in the spirit of reflection, I’m going to try my best to participate in #30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge that Plentiful Earth is facilitating.   If you’re interestedContinue reading “30 Days of Magical Roots”

Try Try Trance

Ugh.  Sometime in December, my discipline and focus crumbled.  I really fell off the trance train… I’ve been working to reestablish my discipline over the last couple weeks.  I started to reread Paxson’s “Trance-Portations” and am going through the exercises.  I’m not rushing it. I really want to spend time on the foundational skills.  I’veContinue reading “Try Try Trance”

Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum

We’re thinking about starting to decorate our home for the Winter Solstice today.  My daughter is very excited but there’s a little confusion, too.  Excuse me while I just share some of my thoughts.  Perhaps you’ve thought similar things, or perhaps you have ideas that could inspire me.   She is now old enough toContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: The Christmas Conundrum”

Trance 1: A Lull

We experienced a very beautiful full moon recently.  Several people commented that they felt an intense amount of energy related to it.  Normally I feel very energetic around full moons, but this month found me exhausted, drained, and even a little ill feeling.  To be sure, November has been a stressful month for many ofContinue reading “Trance 1: A Lull”

In Which I Gush Over My Beloved Pagan Community

In my last post, I briefly mentioned that the ADF group I founded a few years ago grew into an official Grove.  I’m so proud of my grovies.  We have all worked so hard to get to this point.  I definitely could not have done this by myself.  Whenever I lead rituals, I make aContinue reading “In Which I Gush Over My Beloved Pagan Community”

Trance 1: Rattles and Dance

A few posts ago, I talked about my hesitance to work with a rattle during a trance exercise suggested in a book.  Something about the context didn’t feel right to me.  It just wasn’t for me. Well, I attended the Central New York Pagan Pride Day on September 17th and had an opportunity to try aContinue reading “Trance 1: Rattles and Dance”

Trance 1: The Struggle is Real

The last couple weeks (since I last updated on my work through basic trance exercises and techniques) have felt like a backwards slide.  You see, I went back to work after a long vacation.  In many ways, this was a good thing, especially because it thrust me back into my ten-month routine of waking upContinue reading “Trance 1: The Struggle is Real”

Trance 1: Yoga and Workbooks

The following is an account of my continued work with trance as part of ADF’s Trance 1 course, advanced studies towards Initiate status. I’ve decided to share my personal experiences on my blog as a way of accountability. If some of my reflections happen to help others on similar journeys, I hope they share! SinceContinue reading “Trance 1: Yoga and Workbooks”

Trance 1:Three Realms and Spirit Guides

The following is an account of my continued work with trance as part of ADF’s Trance 1 course, advanced studies towards Initiate status. I’ve decided to share my personal experiences on my blog as a way of accountability. If some of my reflections happen to help others on similar journeys, I hope they share! ThisContinue reading “Trance 1:Three Realms and Spirit Guides”

Trance 1: Trial and Error

It was difficult to get into any deep trances this past week.  We went away to a camp with some family members for a few days, which will always throw me off my routine.  However, compared to going away to a hotel, it was easier to maintain my typical devotional practices.  I set up aContinue reading “Trance 1: Trial and Error”