No rest for the weary

Well, you may have noticed the dearth of shows from Brian and I, and that’s because life kicks us in the teeth.

I FINALLY got settled into my home, got a new cat, dealt with financial crises, sweated and anguished over the political stuff coming out of all the states lately, and so on.  I’m sure Brian will add what he has had happening to him lately soon.

Paganism: Its Meaning to Me

An anonymous question came to my blog, a couple of years ago, requesting some perspective from me about paganism:

Could you explain what paganism means to you and why it’s important to keep relevant? I always hear the word with such negative connotations and I’d be interested in hearing your views on it.

I replied:

Certainly, I understand the popular misconceptions of what it means to be pagan, particularly if one has come from a background that condemns outside views—enter almost any mainstream religion…

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METHODS TO BOND WITH DEITIES

  • Research: Reading lore, studying history and focusing on how others have bonded in the past can deepen your own bond.
  • Offerings: Leaving gifts or foods you’ve made or cooked shows passion and effort that many deities seem to appreciate.
  • Divination: Using tarot cards or pendulums or writing or dreaming can be way to interpret deities.
  • Journals: Whether for yourself or for your deity journals are a good way to review past experiences.
  • Crafts: Whenever making something by hand the time you spend and efforts you put in the details help make connections.

Episode 27: Ellen Evert Hopman

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Brian and Joy present our long-awaited interview with Ellen Evert Hopman, on the topics of Herbalism and Druidism.  Also discussed are many problems with Columbus Day, Native Americans and many things, as per usual.

There’s also a chance to win a copy of her forthcoming book, Secret Medicines from your Garden.  It will be given to one lucky listener who gets the trivia question correct.  Listen to the podcast to find instructions of where to go to get the trivia question and information on how to be in the drawing for a copy of Ellen’s book.

Episode 26: Pantheons

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Well, this episode, Brian and Joy pontificate on Pantheons, and various topics touching on groups of deities.

As always they go off topic some, but it always comes back to the topic at hand.  So tune in and take a listen.

Resources talked about in the show include these:

More Altar stuff

Well, I keep coming across more and more stuff that I have. So since we FINALLY found a home, we decided to set up our house altar again.

This is it.  It is along the wall that is the exact center of the house, and I hope you recognize everything.

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My ordination is hanging on the wall to the left.  Staff and Stang in the corner to the right.  There’s also a Long Wooden Meditation Flute in that corner that my daughter plays.  Our coven Sword is there too.

Details of some of the altar tools: