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Balance of Energy

The days are getting longer.  Even if the weather is still winter, I can start to see the energy of spring building as we step forward day by day.  My day job is at a university so the new semester has started and the insanity in my day job is stressful and chaotic.  This reminds me of the energy spring brings.

Spring season is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and moving forward.  In my way of doing things, I’ve considered over winter what is important, what I need to work on.  I may have (very likely have) made a to do list of what I need to do for my goals – what the next steps will be.  

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Patience & Fury, Part 3


This is the third of a series of blog posts on how to move more gracefully through the turbulence of current events in the world. Each post can stand alone, and the order does not matter, but I suggest reading the whole series as they support each other. I am calling this series “patience and fury” though other words are just as applicable. This is the last in this series so let’s add “pertinacity and indolence”,“action and reaction” and “focused and frazzled”.

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To Goddess

Sometimes in contemporary paganism we're waiting for our language to catch up with us.

Many of the new paganisms are characterized by embodied gods.


So how to talk about this?

Possession. An “outside” word. Its implications of violence and external agency are wholly inappropriate to pagan experience, which explains why we don't use the term.

Drawing Down. “Our priestess draws down Hekate,” I've heard people say. This Wiccan phrase at least has the advantage of being vocabulary from within. There's a noun form as well: a draw-down. Unlike the Moon, though, not all gods are above us. (And even with the Moon, it's only some of the time.) Besides the spatial problems, there's the matter of agency. Is this phenomenon really something that a human being does to a god? Is it something that a god does to a human being? Or is it something that two beings do together?

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I have always used "drawing down" because, of course, "my High Priestess told me." I like "to goddess" as an action. I'm not sur
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I wasn't attempting a comprehensive list. Since both "invoke" and "evoke" are terms in more general use as well (e.g. calling the
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    My tradition calls it skinriding. That's specifically a term from the Bersakrgangr magical tradition, and isn't necessarily used t
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Now that's evocative. Is it a recent coinage, do you know? It's certainly well within the ambit of received tradition if so. With
  • Anne Forrester
    Anne Forrester says #
    I find it strange that your list does not include "INVOKING". I thought that was the most common term for bringing a deity "within
Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, January 26

A dentist's employees complain of religious harassment. Women in rural India are hunted as "witches." And Taiwanese relations with mainland China become uncertain with the election of a new, pro-sovereignty president. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on societal and political news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Virtues of the Goddess is a series on the eight virtues mentioned in the Charge of the Goddess and their relationship to the sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.  This is Part 2: Beauty.

I’ve never seen a purple crocus shyly peeking its fragile bud through virgin snow. Where I live, he have colorful roses into January and the citrus trees are heavily laden with fruit, coloring our land in shades of lemon yellow, lime green, and orange, well, orange.  Fresh snow will never make it onto my altar.  The winter, with its sabbat of Imbolc, is a hard season to attune to here in California. 

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The Sacred Elements of Menopause

Hot flashes.  Somehow we got on the subject, standing there at the Farmers’ Market.  She had recently had her first one, and until she figured out what it was, thought she was coming down with the flu.  Her mother, she said, had died relatively young, so she had no one to check in with about it, about what to expect.  I shared that each body was different, but that I had found the experience of going through menopause fascinating and amazing as my body changed.  


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  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    Ah! Beautiful and so amazing...I love seeing the linkages between the elements and the way they correspond to the changes in my bo
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you Elizabeth! Blessings on your body!
Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, January 25

The world mourns another fallen star in the wake of Alan Rickman's death. The new video game Dreamfall Chapters: Book Four is reviewed. And Wonder Woman's childhood on Paradise Island is revealed in a new comic. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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