A Modern Bard Explores Myth and Our Relationship With the Earth in “Shoulders”

The poet, Shane Koyczan, takes a more “rationalistic” and archetypal view of the Gods, but I find his view on the Titan Atlas, particularly his modern relevance, to be fascinating. Just as interesting is his retelling of the age-old story of the Earth Mother and Sky Father. How is ancient myth relevant to our currantContinue reading “A Modern Bard Explores Myth and Our Relationship With the Earth in “Shoulders””

Devotionals in the Forest

Today I went to the forest to do a devotional. It’s a perfect day for that. The sky is clear, allowing the sun to hit the changing leaves. It makes them look like a brilliant flame! As a precaution against hunters and bears, I donned a red jacket and, once I was in the forest,Continue reading “Devotionals in the Forest”

Pagan Parenting: Autumn Fun with a One Year Old

This is my favorite time of year, so naturally I’m over the moon when it comes to sharing it with my little one.  It’s hard to enjoy traditions, old or new, with an infant, however. This year is a whole new experience!  She’s able to interact with the world around her, so it’s a greatContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Autumn Fun with a One Year Old”

Autumn in Upstate NY Means Apples

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Each autumn, orchards roll out their red, yellow, and green goodness, cider presses offer their ambrosial best, and folks everywhere delight at the numerous confections produced in kitchens across the land.  When fresh apples appear in mounds at farmers’ markets and grocery stores, when the cider pressesContinue reading “Autumn in Upstate NY Means Apples”

Autumn Equinox Earth Mother Flag

Autumn’s arrival means I have to prepare my garden for the colder temperatures. I realized that I had the same garden flag out since the Spring Equinox. I’ve grown fond of having a splash of color flying in my garden, but tulips and bees just won’t cut it for this time of year. Rather thanContinue reading “Autumn Equinox Earth Mother Flag”

Lessons from Potatoes and Carrots: Creative and Destructive Earth Magic

This Lughnasadh season’s harvest has made me very happy.  I garden in containers on my patio because I rent.  I don’t have enough room or resources at this time to grow all the food my family eats, but I’m always proud of contributing to our stores.  Every year comes with successes, failures, and the resultingContinue reading “Lessons from Potatoes and Carrots: Creative and Destructive Earth Magic”

Sacred Mountains

Last Friday, my husband and I returned to the sacred land of our childhood – the glorious Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, NY.  Neither of us had been born there, but we spent time there as children.  As for myself, my family seemed to travel there just about every weekend in the summers.  Most often, we swamContinue reading “Sacred Mountains”

North Country Druid: Thousand Islands Land Trust Hosts “Green Movie Night”

When I first started this blog five years ago, it was originally called “North Country Pagan” because I wanted it to reflect my experiences finding things relevant to Paganism and Pagan culture in Northern NY.  My blog title eventually changed because I wanted to narrow my focus more on my spiritual path of choice, butContinue reading “North Country Druid: Thousand Islands Land Trust Hosts “Green Movie Night””