Embracing Hope

The last few days have been tense. My county currently has zero confirmed cases of the new corona virus, my state has quickly jumped to the top of the pile. While schools just a couple hours away are closing for two to three weeks, we’re all waiting and trying to maintain normalcy. We see theContinue reading “Embracing Hope”

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…”

Persevering

My spiritual community was recently rocked with news on allegations of sexual misconduct by our late founder, Isaac Bonewits.  While the initial accusations occurred before ADF was founded, others have come forth with more experiences.  Like others in ADF, I’ve felt a mixed bag of emotions.  Mostly, disappointment, sadness for the victims, confusion, listlessness, andContinue reading “Persevering”

Druid on the Run: Here I Go Again! (With Some Druidic Virtues Along the Way…)

A cesarean section is an excellent excuse for not running.  Because of that, and the other demands that come with new babies, I gave running up last year.  I still went for walks, danced when I could, and did yoga once (something I’d like to do more of).  Weretoad and I said, “next year.” WellContinue reading “Druid on the Run: Here I Go Again! (With Some Druidic Virtues Along the Way…)”

Druid in Progress: My Struggles with Hospitality

This post has been a long time coming.  It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot… ADF Druids spend a lot of time examining things in light of the Nine Virtues, of which hospitality is one.  It’s always been a quality I struggled with.  Not that I don’t want to be hospitable.  It’s just difficult forContinue reading “Druid in Progress: My Struggles with Hospitality”

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”

Pagan Group Etiquette

I’ve been mulling over this post for awhile now because of things I continually see in the Pagan community.  Although some of us prefer to be solitary, there are plenty more who would like camaraderie.  Maybe it’s just to make friends so you have someone who already gets you and your bone collection.  Maybe it’sContinue reading “Pagan Group Etiquette”

Druidic Family Values

With the GOP primary and the upcoming presidential race, there’s been some discussion about family values on the radio.  Many of the conservative candidates claim that they represent “family values” in the USA.  I always cringe when I hear that.  I studied a little (a little) linguistics in college, and I remember one particular lecture aboutContinue reading “Druidic Family Values”

Why is there suffering?

It’s Pagan Values month in the blogosphere and, while I’ve been doing my best to keep up on some of the contributions, I’ve stayed on the sidelines as far as participation is concerned.  I don’t know what I have to say that hasn’t been said.  I also don’t know if I could articulate it veryContinue reading “Why is there suffering?”