Broken connections, broken glass, broken trust

My spine and brain is a frayed electrical cord, short circuiting and sending confused messages to my body. I lose connection to parts of me; sometimes I look at my fingers and toes to make sure they are still there.   Broken connections to broken dishes: mixing bowls and glass measuring cups are the victims…

Broken connections, broken glass, broken trust was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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The magic of vulnerability

I’m trying to write a speech today, which naturally means that I want to write anything other than my speech. To be fair, the speech is three-quarters written, but when you are sending people off on a 5 kilometre walk for charity, you really want to nail the ending.   In January of this year,…

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The spirit is willing, but the flesh is uncooperative

“Sedentarism is very much linked to consumerism, materialism, colonialism, and the destruction of the planet. If you’re not moving, someone else is moving for you, either directly, or indirectly by making STUFF to make not moving easier on you. You were born into a sedentary culture, so 99.9 percent of your sedentary behaviours are flying…

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is uncooperative was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

What is the point?

Inspired by “What’s the Point of Witchcraft?” on the Keeping Her Keys blog.     I don’t get easy comfort from my gods. The universe is unimaginably expansive and the stars are out of reach. The moon, the ocean, the mists, the mountains… they don’t placate, they don’t offer aid, and they don’t hear prayers.…

What is the point? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Liminal is uncomfortable

  I love the concept of the liminal: the in-between place and time. Pagans have often embraced the concept: “…the hearth or altar is a liminal space, as it bridges the gap between the humans and the supernatural; the threshold, doors, and windows of a house are liminal, since they bridge the gap between inside…

Liminal is uncomfortable was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

As above, not so below

I’ve never been too fussed about always going clockwise in Circle, and the Silver Spiral tradition doesn’t have it as a requirement. We sometimes forget to tell guests and start off watching them awkwardly spin three-quarters clockwise instead of one quarter counter-clockwise until they realize that we don’t bother. Up to them, though; if deosil…

As above, not so below was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Faith without belief

In the “Believers And Doubters” episode of TED Radio Hour, Anne Graham Lotz talks about her father – Billy Graham – and how he differentiated between belief and faith. Basically, he took the controversial position that James 2:19 means that there is a difference between belief and faith, for even the demons believe in god.…

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The problem of getting sh*t done

I used to work for a small business. It was a really small business; the kind where the owner and I shared a walk-in closet as an office and we didn’t have to make reservations for the company Christmas party. I was there for ten years, doing what needed to be done all day, every…

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Privately taking it seriously

I’ve been a vegetarian for about two decades. I keep my reasons for becoming and staying vegetarian quiet and I don’t talk about my vegetarianism much – I don’t want to be one of those vegetarians. Unfortunately, in an effort to be just “cool” about something that matters to me, I end up in uncomfortable…

Privately taking it seriously was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

An introvert’s guide to community-centred Paganism

I am a classic introvert, and a little socially anxious. I love “my people”, but I frequently find crowds and strangers overwhelming. After socializing, even with the people I love most, I need time alone to recharge. So of all the ways of being Pagan, it seems a contradiction that I identify most as a…

An introvert’s guide to community-centred Paganism was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic