Three Things Thursday: Herbal Reparations, Ogham Pronunciation, and Never Date a Siren

I feel like I blinked and it’s Thursday again! Here’s my weekly roundup of interesting items that have informed and inspired me this week. I hope you find something to help you on your way! Herbal Reparations Herbal practitioner Regina Kankinza of In Her it Blooms added a way for people to make donations toContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Herbal Reparations, Ogham Pronunciation, and Never Date a Siren”

Three Things Thursday: Luis, These Witches Don’t Burn, and an Introverted Conference

Each week, I share three little things. This week, I’m contemplating luis, I’ve got a short book review for you, and I reflect on a writing conference I attended on Zoom. I recently started an in-depth reflection of the ogham with a friend and fellow polytheist. Each week, we focus on one symbol, or fid,Continue reading “Three Things Thursday: Luis, These Witches Don’t Burn, and an Introverted Conference”

Three Things Thursday: Sacred Stitches, “Cooked,” and Novel Aesthetics

Sacred Stitches Each day, I draw an ogham card as an omen. I ask the Kindred what guidance, lessons, and blessings they have for me. Yesterday, I pulled Ioho /Idad/ Yew. Most of my sources refer to this as Idad… I’m very fond of Erynn Rowan Laurie’s interpretation of the ogham, and I embrace thisContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Sacred Stitches, “Cooked,” and Novel Aesthetics”

Working with the Land: My First Wattle Fence

There are several tree stumps  in my back yard. At one point, there was a grove of trees in the back corner. Last year, our first full summer at our new home, I decided to observe everything growing there in order to decide how to proceed our approach to that area. Given that we onlyContinue reading “Working with the Land: My First Wattle Fence”

If at first you don’t succeed…

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m working through the Initiate Path of ADF. The Dedicant Path took me three years to complete. The IP is taking much longer. The biggest hurdle for me is finding the quiet time and mental space to complete the work. My career is exhausting. Keeping house is exhausting. My daughterContinue reading “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Reflecting on my Spiritual Practice and Growth this Past Year

As I write this, the year’s first real snowfall is blanketing the land. It’s a time of rest and introspection. Spiritually, it’s a new year. As with our secular New Year, it’s custom to reflect on various aspects of our lives, how we’ve changed, and where we’re going. Recently, I’ve found myself thinking a lotContinue reading “Reflecting on my Spiritual Practice and Growth this Past Year”

How Ancient Greek Literature and Yoga Helped Me With Ogham

Although my divination method of choice remains “The Druid Animal Oracle,” I’ve been working to improve my understanding of ogham.  Each day, after I perform my morning or afternoon devotional, I ask for an omen for the day and draw an ogham symbol from a muslin bag.  I’m getting better at interpreting certain symbols and seeingContinue reading “How Ancient Greek Literature and Yoga Helped Me With Ogham”

Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham

Slowly, slowly, I study and learn the ogham lore. It seems important, even necessary, for someone on the Druidic path to understand it. My go-to method of divination has been the Druid Animal Oracle. I love the rich symbolism and lore associated with the Nature Spirits. I don’t intend to stop working with that deck,Continue reading “Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham”

Collecting the Ogham

Slowly, slowly, my understanding of the ogham grows. As that flourishes, so does my collection of ogham wood.  Since the summer, I’ve started to locate trees named in the ogham system, seek their fallen branches, made offerings to the trees, and learned more about them.  Birch (beith) and ash (nion) came down during summer storms.Continue reading “Collecting the Ogham”

When Our Inner Bards Fail Us

As part of my devotional, I meditated. I started with a Two Powers, visualizing myself at my inner grove. I felt at peace, and enjoyed feeling the sun on my face. Eventually, images of myself making candles appeared. I’ve been feeling compelled to try that recently. My mind moved to something that has been botheringContinue reading “When Our Inner Bards Fail Us”