River Magic: a Love Letter to my Pagan Community

Blessed Samhain! River Magic, my debut novel featuring modern Pagans and a friends-to-lovers romance, is officially available today! I can now say I’m a published novelist. Wow. That’s something I’ve been striving toward since I was very young. It’s been a long journey of self-doubt, drafting, revising, wading into the publishing industry, reclaiming my dreams,Continue reading “River Magic: a Love Letter to my Pagan Community”

A Pre-Ritual Prayer

Ah, that crazy time leading up to a ritual.  As Senior Druid of Northern Rivers Grove, organizing the celebrations is often my responsibility.  I embrace it, though it is quite an offering of time and energy.  There was recently a conversation on one of the ADF groups about how ritual leaders feel following ceremonies.  ManyContinue reading “A Pre-Ritual Prayer”

Samhain in Our New Home

I’ve been pretty quiet lately, and it’s largely because I’ve been so busy with projects. For one, I’m all about costumes. As a large part my family’s celebration involves dressing up, I put a lot of time and energy into costumes for my daughter and myself. I’ve also needed to finish editing and revising theContinue reading “Samhain in Our New Home”

Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle

When Samhain / Halloween decorations and materials started showing up at the craft stores, I snatched up one of those small, papier mâché skulls.  At the time, I didn’t have a project in mind, but I knew something would come to me.  It wasn’t until my daughter was playing with it that we stumbled uponContinue reading “Tutorial: Ancestor Skull Rattle”

Trance 1: Yoga and Consecrations

I’m proud to say that I did my Three Realms Yoga* yesterday and this morning.  I went downstairs before anyone else, opened the curtains in the windows facing the back forest, and moved through my poses.  It rained all day Saturday, and today is a sunny autumn day.  The difference in weather mixed with two daysContinue reading “Trance 1: Yoga and Consecrations”

Reflections on Samhain and Mortality

Another Samhain has come and gone in my household and protogrove. Some, like myself, observed it from October 31st-November 1st (sundown to sundown). Many celebrated this weekend, for reasons of convenience or celestial precision. I know of some people who honor it all month long, which is totally fine, as the veil between this world andContinue reading “Reflections on Samhain and Mortality”

Why Carve Turnips for Samhain

In previous years, I’ve posted photos, tutorials, and even lore-based reasons for carving turnips.  It’s become a part of my family Samhain celebration. They are tough veggies to carve, even with strong, well-made spoons as I’ve suggested. I’m proud to have resurrected the tradition in my own family. I excitedly turn them into protective talismans, warding theContinue reading “Why Carve Turnips for Samhain”

Honoring Furry Friends as Ancestors of Heart

My sister recently lost one of her kitties to old age and disease.  The elderly cat, named “Carmel”, had reached the crazy age of 17 or 18, which is ancient for a cat.  Her hearing was mostly gone, and her eyes were riddled with cataracts.  Her hips and legs were starting to give out onContinue reading “Honoring Furry Friends as Ancestors of Heart”

Pagan Parenting: Scribble Face Paper Pumpkins

Since giving birth, I’ve looked for ways to introduce and include my daughter in our holidays.  It was all about basic inclusion when she was an infant and one-year-old.  Now that she’s two, she’s better able to interact with her environment, discuss things she enjoys, and make bigger connections. We don’t carve Jack-o-lanterns until aContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Scribble Face Paper Pumpkins”

Druid Movie Night: “The Lion King” – After All These Years…

Yes, yes, I can already hear your impatient mutterings, wondering what “The Lion King” is doing on a blog about Celtic spirituality.  Well hold your horses (or zebras). Earlier in the day, my daughter followed my husband into the garage to “help” him with something.  She emerged carrying my large plush adult Simba.  He’d beenContinue reading “Druid Movie Night: “The Lion King” – After All These Years…”