The Cold Night is a ritual I do close to Yule, which honors Mother Earth/nature. I do it as a way of keeping my spiritual practice rooted in the world as it is, rather than how we often imagine it is or that technology has led us to believe it is. The reason for this is clear to any Pagan that has gone through a disaster in which the power was lost for an extended period or even worse things happened. The technology has dulled us in a sense, and that makes it more important to reconnect in the way this ritual allows in a situation more under your control. I look at this opportunity as a kind of rebirth; one in which you may still utilize and benefit from technology, but gain an understanding of what the natural world is without it. Continue reading
The gods have seen fit to give me another sunrise. Although it's a chilly morning, I'm taking advantage of some relatively warm weather today--it's supposed to get up into the 50F's--and get out into the gardens to finish up prepping the beds for the winter. Hard work is just one way to give thanks for my health.
By now I'm sure most Pagans who keep in the loop of such things know that Teo Bishop, who quickly gained fame in the Pagan community, has switched back over to Christianity. It wasn't done in secret, and if you read his blog, you get the sense that it wasn't a quick decision either. The issue I'd like to discuss, however, has very little to do with Teo's actual religious shift. Continue reading