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…

The problem of getting sh*t done was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Our big questions – part 5: Hacking our religion

I don’t care what you believe so much as how you behave and what you do; my Paganism is one of orthopraxy. My rituals are not based on beliefs but on what works to create feelings of connection and meaningful spiritual experiences for participants. I consider rituals to be spiritual art. I’m mostly OK with…

Our big questions – part 5: Hacking our religion was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Responsible to the centres

This past weekend, I went to my 18th Gathering for Life on Earth. There were rituals, and swimming, and workshops, and feasting, but best of all, there were juicy conversations. One of my favourite people to talk to every year is a brilliant woman who runs a local Pagan choir and who does a sung…

Responsible to the centres was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Our big questions – part 4: circling from awkward to graceful (and back)

I listen to a lot of storytelling podcasts, so I’m afraid I don’t remember where I heard the story, but someone was talking about a horribly embarrassing situation and how one young person responded: “Awkward.” The storyteller, an older man, expressed admiration for a generation for whom the major value scale is graceful versus awkward,…

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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