Tag Archives: Aenghus Mac Óg

Embarkation: Renewing My Dedication to the Dedicant Path

To those who noticed that Hemlock & Hawthorn briefly went private (and I know there were some because I received quite a few requests to grant individuals access!), it was due to some personal concerns about my and my son’s safety, and the desire to go a bit more anonymous until some turmoil in our lives simmered […]

Lughnasadh 2018 | Dedicant Work

I have been a Pagan for many years — 13 years, at this time — but I believe that this was the first year I performed a full ritual in recognition of the August Cross-Quarter Festival. Sure, I’ve baked loaves of bread and celebrated the peak of summer, but I’ve never felt much of a […]

My Path To Paganism, or Where I’ve Been and How I Got There

It’s been a few more years since my last little spurt of activity on this blog, which itself came after a two-year hiatus, and in order to explain what I’ve been up to, I think it’s important to explain where my journey into belief began. My earliest memory about having an opinion or awareness about […]

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 […]

Profound Love, Forgiveness & Change, the Purest Forms of Suffering

That sunny warm Beltaine deep in the marshes, when I made my first oath to the gods, the spirits, and the ancestors, sticky with witch’s ointment and sweat from hiking–a combination that stirred up potent visions–I prayed to Aenghus with all my might that he may bring someone into my life to whom I might […]

The Edgy Mead Moon Mood

After a night dreaming of necromancy performed deep in the hearts of garden labyrinths (I have been reading too many grimoires!), I spent a lovely day wandering aimlessly through Virginia Beach and Norfolk with Leo. He was attempting to deliver me to the latest Obama campaign phone bank to open in the area, but we […]