New growth at Beltane

I’m coming back to writing here after weathering a series of crises in my offline life. One of the consequences is that I’m trying to become more financially self-sufficient. While I’ve had the privilege of being financially secure, I’ve tried to provide as many resources and services as I could to the community without asking for anything in return. Now I need your help; I need to get some income in exchange for my writing, teaching, and clergy work in order to keep devoting time to it on a regular basis. There are lots of ways you can support me if you’re able:

Tip jar! There’s a PayPal button on the side of my site now. Donate if you find my writing here useful.

Patreon! I’m offering both writing and services as rewards for signing up for an ongoing monthly donation through Patreon. If you’ve enjoyed my Sabbat posts, for example, my new articles in that series will be available at least a week ahead of time to my patrons. I’ll also be giving examples of other benefits patrons can get. See more at my Patreon page.

Classes! I’m going to be offering some in-person classes on special topics to people in the Columbus area starting this summer. If there’s interest, I will look into setting up some online workshops as well, either one-time or ongoing. Let me know what you’d like to learn about and keep an eye on this site for more announcements.

Barter! I may be looking for some graphic design help and maybe some website help and a few other things, plus I’ll be moving soon. If you’re interested in bartering or just lending a hand, let me know: literatahurley at gmail dot com.

I hope you are finding fertility in whatever way you desire this Beltane!

Michigan Pagan Festival!

I’m headed out today to the Michigan Pagan Festival, where I’ll be presenting three different workshops. I’ve had some health problems lately, but they seem to be managed right now, so I’m hopeful for a great weekend.

Remember, if you can’t make it to see one of my talks live, I also give several of them as correspondence courses online.

Just published: The Queen of the Sky, Bast Anthology

Bibliotheca Alexandrina has just published The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods, an anthology in honor of Bast. One of my rituals is included. You can order it at CreateSpace. Enjoy!

Now in central Ohio

Just a quick update: for anyone interested in working with me, I am now teaching and offering services in the central Ohio area. See my pages on services and teaching for more.

I hope to have some classes and workshops to offer soon, so stay tuned or contact me to set something up!

Donations in memory of Jean

In keeping with my mother’s wishes that people donate to libraries, I invite anyone who is interested to donate to the New Alexandrian Library in her memory. Please consider this as part of your holiday or end-of-year giving! Donations earmarked in her name will go towards funding a memorial plaque on a sculpture to be created for the library.

Donations can be made through PayPal to the address nal@sacredwheel.org

Or checks can be mailed to:

New Alexandrian Library
P.O. Box 582
Georgetown, DE 19947

Please earmark all donations in memory of Jean Anne “Cameo” Laing.

One of the things that made my mother so amazing was her willingness and desire to keep learning and growing throughout the duration of her lifetime. With these gifts, we will extend that blessing manyfold.

Candles for Jean

My mother, Jean, died last night.

Some of you knew her under her Craft name, Cameo.  Everyone who met her was impressed with her strength and grace. She was a true child of Brigid, as a nurse, as a mother, and as a woman.

We had been doing hospice care for her at home. She had one bad day, and when at the end of that day we were able to get pain control, she simply let go and passed away.

If you are moved to make remembrance of her, please light a candle in her name. If you can, send me a picture. Let’s light her way to the Uttermost West.

She asked that other remembrances be local acts of love and charity: thank a nurse, plant a tree, or donate to your local library.

Thank you all for your love and support.

Now at Pagan Square: Practice what’s not perfect

I’m suggesting that more of us take this back-to-school time to challenge ourselves to try something new without being limited by our previous assumptions of what we’re innately good at. Read more at Pagan Square.

Columbia’s Day

Today is the day I celebrate Columbia, goddess of the United States, more than any other. Since we also think of today as the “birthday of the country,” in some sense, my celebrations of her are not purely joyful. They are times of reflection, as other milestones in personal life are, as opportunities to look back on the time that has passed. This reflection leads to celebration, yes, but it also leads to mourning over hurts and losses. As with my personal work, I try to stay hopeful, even through the mourning; I try to find ways and reasons to hope for a better future. I have said before and will say again that Columbia is a goddess who calls on us to live up to our ideals, which is a constant process, hopefully one of improvement.

These thoughts and many others will be in my mind as tonight I connect with Columbia in her form as the Potomac river and watch the fireworks, timing the releases of my magic to their bursts of light and color.

As I live in the DC area, I work with Columbia very directly, in her forms in the mid-Atlantic landbase and ecology. But she takes on many other forms, also; I see her as Libertas, and sometimes as Ceres or other vague mother figures used in our artwork and symbology. I know she takes on other forms in other landbases, with the mountains and rivers, the animals and plants, of other parts of her country.

I’d like to hear about how you work with Columbia, whether under that name or as the spirits of place in your area. The anthology Columbia: A Devotional for the Spirits of America is currently accepting submissions. Please share the inspirations that come to you this day or in the future as part of our joint effort to continue the great project that is this country.

Chakra meditation class

I’ll be leading a guided meditation through the chakras at Mind Your Body Oasis in Arlington, VA on Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm.

We’ll go into a state of relaxation and encounter each of the chakras in turn, giving participants an opportunity to experience each chakra and work to clear out any existing issues and balance the way their personal energy is working in each of these areas.

Come by to relax and enjoy!

Two upcoming events: Sacred Space and Fertile Ground

I will be presenting at Sacred Space conference on Saturday, March 15th, at 10am, with a short talk and then ritual to the goddess Columbia:

Centered on the goddess Columbia, a personification of the United States who lends her name to our capital district, this ritual presents her as a modern-day version of Athena. After an introduction describing her background and symbols, we will approach her in ritual and hear from five of her aspects calling us to honor the values she embodies. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to these calls by making personal commitments to Columbia for honesty, growth, empathy, groundedness, and community.

Registration for Sacred Space is discounted through Friday!

I will also be presenting multiple new workshops at Fertile Ground Gathering over the weekend of May 8-11. Register by Friday to get the early-bird discount!