Mushrooms for Mabon?

  There seem to be mushrooms popping up all around me right now. The photo above is of a mushroom growing in my front yard. There are several other patches of different mushrooms on my walk to work, my work is selling two different kinds of mushrooms next week, and my in-box contains an invitation…

Mushrooms for Mabon? was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Analyzing the flow

  At the Gathering‘s hack space discussion group, someone asked the group about what they thought was the minimum requirement for a fulfilling ritual. One participant immediately spoke up with the word “flow”. She feels that a ritual is working when the energy is flowing well. I completely agree with her, but I still feel…

Analyzing the flow was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

The beauty and tragedy of a beating heart

It is raining again in Vancouver. Cherry blossoms are being washed down the streets, and the temperature is back to autumn. This is quite the change from the gorgeous sunshine and early summer weather that so recently blessed us; I think we all have a kind of spiritual whiplash from the back-and-forth.   Despite the…

The beauty and tragedy of a beating heart was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Unconventional and public

In the previous post (Spirit of Generosity and Generosity of Spirit), I discussed what both ritual leader and participant have to bring to a public ritual in order for it to be successful. Here, I’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of what it takes to write and lead a successful, unconventional public Pagan ritual.…

Unconventional and public was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

What every ritual needs

  When I was still fairly new to running public rituals – back in the early days of the university Pagan students’ association I founded – a more experienced priestess shared with me the three things she had found were essential to successful group rituals:   1. Give participants something to do.   2. Give…

What every ritual needs was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic