Category Hearth & Home

Kindling, Tending, and Drawing from the Hearth-Fire with Brigid, Frigga, and Eir

I’ve made a habit over the past couple months of lighting a tealight on my kitchen windowsill above the sink before starting the morning cooking and getting into the day. After my son wakes up and we head downstairs, I turn on the lights, turn on the heaters, and head to the kitchen, where as […]

Building a Daily Spiritual Practice

After studying Islam and observing some of the Islamic daily prayers for a few weeks, I have realized how meaningful devotionals are. When you start the day facing the Gods and with your goals and objectives borne out of your desire to help fulfill the Divine Will, things not only go more smoothly, but your […]

Samhain Reflections on Transition

One thing I have loved about the Pacific Northwest since moving here as a child is just how markedly observable the seasonal changes are up here. While I’m sure I just didn’t take the time when I was young to notice the smaller seasonal changes that occur in my southern California birthplace, I love how […]

Feeling Their Presence

I sprang awake this morning at 5 am with the strange compulsion to write my will, the contents of which I had just dreamed of in their entirety. Never before had I considered writing a will, but the season of death and getting cozy with your ancestors will do that to you. I also awoke […]

Heeding What You Hear

How well can you listen? How well can you hear the calls of the spirits, the commands and desires of the gods, and the whispers of the dead? I’ve always had a good inner ear for it, but as much as I want to be good at taking orders, I’m not. I’ve always preferred to […]

Writing the Next Chapter

Sometimes I feel like Enkidu in the Epic of Gilgamesh, who traveled to the Underworld with knowledge of everything right to do while he was there and yet who did everything wrong. Or maybe I’m more like Persephone, tricked and trapped by a dark figure in a dark land. I am a very different person than […]

Lights Out and Spirits Wild

He has allies on the other side of the fence; I know he does, even despite his oaths (or perhaps they are the ones who helped him to make those pacts), but the darkness still creeps in as he speaks, drawn to the cold flame of his voice just as it seemed to loom that […]