“Truth Will Out”

My grandmother had a love of quoting Numbers 32:23 “… be sure your sins will find you out.” There is a kind of tragic irony to its use in the Bible belt (where I was born and raised). This particular quote comes from Moses exhorting the tribes of Israel to genocide in the name of…

The Hel We Want

Truth has a kind of gravity to it. In the first decades of the ninth century as Alcuin was guiding Charlemagne’s Court School to greater feats of Roman hero-worship, he spoke out against the idea that “vox populi, vox dei:” ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God,’ but there is a truth…

Inside Out at the New Moon

Strange faces in the window when no one is there, odd sounds on the wind when nothing seems to be stirring; I’ve come to expect these kinds of things at the new moon. There is something about the darkness of the new moon that is more than simple lack of light. I remember reading Kathryn Robin’s…

Pigs to Pigeons and Back: the Long Game

This is the third day of Lughnasadh and the New Moon to boot: a time of beginnings in the face of endings when what is solid, tangible, and physical is most in tune with what is rarified and abstract. A fitting time to talk about paganism past, present and future. Don’t worry: this is not…

Magic, Magic Everywhere …

We live in a magical world. Except we don’t. Which is it? Well, obviously we live in a magical world, but almost no one sees it that way, and even those of us who do see the world as magical suffer the dominant paradigm and live effectively in two worlds — one mundane and one magical….

A State of Permanence

Today is July Fourth, 2016: Independence Day in the United State of America. It is also the actual New Moon, but I’m doing something different. Now is the perfect time to talk about Statehood, Patriotism, and all that, but there are two problems: 1) the visible New Moon will be tomorrow night, so I will be posting…

A New Moon

The New Moon is a good time to start. Period.

Self-Making

Walking out with the dogs and the boys this evening, I saw the new moon as it was sinking toward the horizon.  We were just in what is known in some parts of Scotland as ‘the hour of luck,’ and with Venus and Jupiter still so close that I honestly knew not which I saw…

Returning to Your Regularly Scheduled Blog, Already in Progress …

I’ve been wondering over the last few months about the efficacy and benefit of many things, this blog being one. It is perhaps more accurate to say ‘blogging in general’ as there are so many voices clamoring for attention that yet another  in the chaos seems pointless, but making an impact on people is not…

An Offering

We made barbeque the other evening. A friend of ours had the pig and cooked it for ages before bringing it over to our house to be finished. Afterward, we had a great side of fat with a substantial amount of bone and spare meat and gravy in a great pan, so I decided that…

Tarrocchi an Mheán Oidhche

My infant son was up a while back, and unable to sleep I decided to take a  reading. I use the Sorcerer’s Tarot. I was in a book shop in Glasgow, and the deck leapt out at me from the shelf. I’ve not been regular in my use of it, but I think I’ll start…

Leann gu dlùth …

After the … mixed … experience of my solstice rite, I determined to develop a method of coming into contact with the gods – any gods! In communicating with my mentor just afterward, it was immediately apparent that I had the ‘whole thing’ backwards. I was trying to use the ADF COoR to contact the…