Magical Ingredients – At What Cost?

Recently on Facebook, someone posted a story and the headline read that the black rhino was now extinct.  The story must have been hyperbolized, because my reading revealed that the black rhino is extinct in certain regions but not entirely (thank the Gods!).  They are critically endangered and some still exist in captivity or inContinue reading “Magical Ingredients – At What Cost?”

Do What You Can

It’s Earth Day once more, and many people, Pagan and non, are doing their best to honor the Mother.  Whether it’s Earth Day, Earth Hour, Arbor Day, or what have you, one should definitely take these observances as reminders of what we should be doing every day.  Honoring the Earth Mother, and attempting to live inContinue reading “Do What You Can”

The Intersection of Nature Photography, Conservation, and Druidism

I had a girls’ day out today with my friend Miss Corinne of A Green(ish) Life.  I’d not seen her since New Year’s Eve, so it was really nice to catch up in person.  FB is no replacement for a true social-outing!  She’s involved with conservation efforts in the Thousand Islands Land Trust, and thereforeContinue reading “The Intersection of Nature Photography, Conservation, and Druidism”

Pregnant Pagan: The Question of Raising Children in a Pagan Home

A figurine from my mother and baby’s first photo on our family altar.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012 I can’t remember the first time I considered raising a future child Pagan.  When I started down the polytheistic path, I was still quite young and wasn’t even sure I wanted to have kids.  I have memoriesContinue reading “Pregnant Pagan: The Question of Raising Children in a Pagan Home”

Easy Winter Solstice Cheer with Homegrown, Recycled, and Found Joy

December is here and the excited march to the Winter Solstice begins!  I’ve been a busy gal sewing, crocheting, knitting, and wrapping.  I still have so much to do!  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and overlook the real essence of this time of year (regardless of your holiday): light, love, family, coming together, generosity,Continue reading “Easy Winter Solstice Cheer with Homegrown, Recycled, and Found Joy”

Sharing the Love: “How to find your own crystals”

I’m sure most of my readers remember my posts on the ethics of using silver in ritual, and the reactions and suggestions by others.  I had an amazing response from others who feel the same way – that Earth-centered Pagans should really try not to support mines that ravage the Earth Mother!  It is just unsustainable.Continue reading “Sharing the Love: “How to find your own crystals””

A Druid’s Toolbox

  Fire is a sacred element in Druidic ritual and cosmology.  As a result, it is almost always present at our rituals.  Photo by Weretoad, 2012.   Have you ever wondered what Druids use in magic and ritual?  Due to the variety of Druidic traditions that exist, an exhaustive list of tools is impossible.  ThatContinue reading “A Druid’s Toolbox”

A Great Time at the Homesteading Fair in Lowville, NY

Yesterday I went to a Mother Earth News Homesteading Fair in Lowville, NY.  It was located at the Maple Ridge Center, kind of a hybrid farm, winter recreation retreat, and Christian education facility.    Thankfully, the event was secular in nature and thus very accessible.  The cost was only $10 for a whole day ($15Continue reading “A Great Time at the Homesteading Fair in Lowville, NY”

The Ditzy Druid Goes Shopping: The Magical Druid

It’s been awhile since I’ve added to this series, but summer has been a huge financial drain.  I’ve done very little shopping outside of farmers’ markets and grocery stores.  However I have been meaning to post about a shop called The Magical Druid since this year’s Wellspring.  Better late than never! Name of Shop: TheContinue reading “The Ditzy Druid Goes Shopping: The Magical Druid”

Reaction to “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites” and Where to Go Next?

When I first asked my readers, “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites?” I was bracing myself for some tongue lashings.  I felt the same way sharing my concerns on the ADF Discussion list.  Although I did get responses along the same tone I’m used to when explaining my vegetarianism, many people –Continue reading “Reaction to “Is it Ethical to Use Silver in Druidic Rites” and Where to Go Next?”