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I have rewritten parts of the original essay here to clarify and better focus its argument.
One of the most important things you can know about my practice – and one of the few things about my personal practice that is not too out-there-in-woo-woo-territory to discuss publicly – is that I am a Maker. What this means in terms of my practice is making art, jewelry, and other things that have been enchanted with the presence of spirits, or to open doors into the Otherworld, or serve specific purposes (like protective or healing amulets, etc).
One of the reasons why I wound up on this path is that beauty is an important personal value. Most people like pretty things. There is this, and then there is needing to have beauty in your life. For me, beauty is not a luxury, but a necessity. I am one of those people who cries at beautiful things, and enthralled by beautiful people. I see beauty in other people, I cherish what is beautiful within them and try to encourage it. I find beauty in experiences, beautiful moments in every day life. I have a continual sense of wonder that has carried me through the worst times, kept me going when there was otherwise too much ugliness and pain....
This is not a complete list. I have left out several excellent contributors, with no lack of appreciation. And these reactions are purely subjective, based on my peculiar mindset and experiences.
Archer is a very smart cookie. She has the sort of brilliantly analytical mind which is usually referred to as a shining intellect. Her studies in Buddhism and Yoga exhibit insights far deeper than mere academia, for she derives clear lessons from their teachings which directly bear on our current daily issues. Her revelations come from states of profound meditation and intense thought....
Today is Faithful Friday and our Pagan News Beagle focuses on English winter festivals, faith perspectives on physician-assisted suicide, and the many paths of Afro-diaspora faiths in Haiti and south Florida.
Halloween is over, but that's just the first of many Winter-season folk festivals in England. The BBC shares a panoply of fiery festivals like the “Allendale Baal Fire” in this colorful photo essay....
From the Wild Hunt: Robert Rudachyk is seeking the nomination to become the Liberal Party of Canada‘s candidate for the federal riding of Saskatoon West. What makes this run for office unusual is that Rudachyk appears to be the first openly Heathen candidate to run for public office in Canada.
Blót-monað, the ancestors called it: Sacrifice-Month.* Or one could say (as the ancestors did, in their pragmatic way) Blood-month. It still goes on.
Deer-hunting begins this weekend here in Minnesota. Hunting opener is generally the first full weekend of November. (Just coincidence, I'm sure. Yeah, right.) Blood on the leaves.
It's the season of the Dead, yes, but let us not forget what the witches in their wisdom have always remembered: it's also the time of the Rut.** The fawns that Old Green Eyes sires right now will be born about Bealtaine, sure. Blood and spooge: Old Craft in the nutshell.