Tag Archives: ancestors

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 […]

Legba’s Gift

Brown hoofs splashed through the marsh-swamps just beyond the open Gates; as I exhaled my reverence, love, and thankfulness through the boundary to those who had just given their offering to me in exchange for my gifts of food, incense, spices, and devotion, my skin slick with henbane ointment, I felt my spirit sent out […]

Indigenous Identity, or Why I Can’t Drink from My Own Well

I decided to join the Pagan Blog Project band-wagon! This post is greatly inspired by the recent PBP post “Indigenous Way” by Lucius Svartwulf, about embracing one’s own indigenous culture. Many Pagans struggle with identity, with trying to squish the vastness of their personal practices and faiths into a single label. I still remember how […]

Beyond the Mists and Marshes

My first full ADF ritual was a wild success. The section of the DP manual entitled “Walking the Path” includes “A Simple Rite of Offering at the Home Shrine,” and although it is intended to be read from an Elder to the student, with the Elder projecting the visualizations as completely as possible onto the […]