Pan-Pagan Theology Panel

Three Cranes Grove here in Columbus, Ohio is organizing a Pan-Pagan clergy panel discussion next week, and Grafton and I will be participating:

7-8:30pm Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
It Looks Like It’s Open 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43202

https://www.facebook.com/events/506637183423395/

Open Hearth Foundation: Pivotal Town Hall meeting

I’ve just found out that the Open Hearth Foundation will be having a “Pivotal Town Hall” meeting on Sunday, February 16th. They have also published a newsletter covering developments in 2013.

I will not be able to attend, so I will be trying to stay in touch with this matter in other ways. I hope lots of people who are interested in the future of the DC Pagan community center can attend and contribute.

Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys

Crossing the River is published!

Journeys.

Our stories are filled with journeys. Sometimes, though, we neglect the possibility that in our travels we will cross an important boundary, and we may never be the same again.

Crossing the River is an anthology of poems, myths, and tales that take the reader on many different kinds of journeys: travels in the company of deities, visits to other worlds, explorations within oneself, voyages with the dead (or back from death), and other excursions that lead to transformation. These are paths that challenge us and even change us along the way, for returning may not be as simple as retracing our steps.

Where will your journey take you? And who will you be when you return?

Read more, and find information on purchasing, at the Neos Alexandria page.

I would like to thank all the contributors who made Crossing the River possible. It has been a joy to work with you to bring this book into being.

Rebecca Buchanan and the production team at Bibliotheca Alexandria did an amazing job from start to finish. The print copy looks great, and I’m excited to see the ebook edition come out in the next week or so.

Happy New Year!

Crossing the River anthology release mid-December

Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys is currently in production and will be available in mid December from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It features a fantastic mix of authors and topics. Here’s a sneak peek at the table of contents:

  • The Shaman and the Goddess by Joseph Murphy
  • The Song by Szmeralda Shanel
  • Con Rio by Karla Linn Merrifield
  • All the Colors of the Rainbow by Gerri Leen
  • Homecoming by Karla Linn Merrifield
  • The Seasons March by Kit Koinis
  • Mt. Kailash by George H. Northrup
  • Bargain with the Mountain King by Juli D. Revezzo
  • Some Kind of Orpheus by Valentina Cano
  • Into the Light by Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
  • Space Journey by Kristen Camitta Zimet
  • Myself to Myself by Scathe meic Beorh
  • I shall set free my hair and wear a fawn skin by Rebecca Lynn Scott
  • Passing through the Portal by Elizabeth Bodien
  • Walking the Labyrinth by Kristin Camitta Zimet
  • She Who Holds the Reins by Brenda Kyria Skotas
  • Persephone by Valentina Cano
  • Walking Two Worlds by Larisa Hunter
  • Baptism in Four Reflections by Craig W. Steele
  • Nine Lives — A Feline Cosmogony by Literata Hurley
  • The Shaman Visits the House of Dust by Joseph Murphy
  • Theseus, Considering the Ball of Thread by Hillary Lyon
  • Orion by Rebecca Buchanan
  • Hadrian in Hyperborea: The Enigma of the Emperor’s Wanderings by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus
  • Navigatio Gaii Suetonii Paullini ex Britannia ad Ogygia et Insulas Saturni by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Look for more announcements in the coming weeks! You might also consider other works from Bibliotheca Alexandrina‘s current titles for your holiday gifting, including new digital releases of several of their devotional anthologies.

Recent labors

I’ve been quiet here lately, mostly to work on my dissertation (a finished draft of a chapter  is such a satisfying thing!), but I’ve also had a few things appear elsewhere.

At PaganSquare, I’m tentatively trying a new kind of short commentary on different works. This approach will be less comprehensive than my reviews usually are, aimed at introducing some lesser-known works to a generalist audience rather than critiquing common materials. I tackle Israel Regardie’s compendium of Golden Dawn material to start:

Overall, Regardie’s compendium can be a paradox: nearly impenetrable to the casual reader, seemingly outdated and irrelevant, for those who have the interest and the patience to immerse themselves in it, it is fascinating and invaluable.

Read the whole thing.

In the fall issue of Circle Magazine, my article “Guarding the Theshold – Everyday Warding for the Home” is featured as part of the Home and Harvest theme:

I live in a busy urban area, so warding my home is vitally important to me on many levels. Creating a sense of mental and emotional privacy is a necessary part of urban life. More than that, though, my warding designates my home as a space set aside, defined by my intention, as the place I and my partner live and love. Casting and maintaining this magical boundary is not just about defining the edges of our home, but about shaping the very meaning of home in our everyday lives.

The full article is available through free download from the Circle website.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, if you celebrate that, and if not, enjoy the turning of the seasons. May your labors bring you a bountiful harvest!

For Boston

May Brigid bring healing to all who need it – including the caregivers.

May Morrigan help us understand what happened so that we can respond appropriately.

May Manannan help us steer through this storm.

May Lu show us his bright sun again when we are through.

I was going to post something else today, but events have overtaken me.

Ix Chel Wellness: Open house today, Indiegogo campaign ongoing

Some discussion of my trip to Pantheacon will be forthcoming, I promise, now that I’ve got my body back in its accustomed time zone and my feet underneath me and all. In the meantime, I want to share the word about a healer in the local community who’s doing great work: Adam Miramon.

He’s hosting an acupuncture open house today in Takoma Park. There will be free acupuncture mini-sessions and a chance to learn more about acupuncture and Adam’s work overall.

Adam is also currently running an Indiegogo campaign to help launch Ix Chel Wellness, his own acupuncture and Reiki practice. Check it out – he’s got a focused budget, but even trying to start on a shoestring, professional healing takes money.

I’ve been having acupuncture with Adam for a few months now, and it’s having remarkable benefits. He is a skilled practitioner. But above and beyond that, he’s a good healer.

Adam is extremely professional. He does an amazing job of creating and holding a healing space for every session. This differentiates his work from many other experiences of alternative treatment I’ve had, and allows it to be much more effective on a mental and emotional level.

He also has a passionate commitment to strong ethical standards, especially patient privacy. I’ve been studying Reiki with him, and he emphasizes this material in his classes as well, showing that it’s a core component of his identity as a healer.

Donating to the Indiegogo campaign is a way of helping someone from our own community in pursuing his dream in a way that will enable him to serve others. And if you want to experience exemplary complementary medicine for yourself, book an appointment.

(FYI, Adam did not ask me to post any of this, nor am I receiving anything from him in exchange.)

Commissary accepts food stamps (link to DeCA site)

Does the commissary accept food stamps? Yes.

In reviewing some of the statistics for my site, I’ve discovered that a surprisingly high number of people stumble across my site searching for this information. Since my original post about this over a year ago was a long discussion of the social justice issues involved, I’m making a new post to help people to the actual information they probably want. Commissaries.com is the official DeCA site with information about commissaries in general and specific locations.

Per their site, all commissaries accept food stamps and related programs – EBT, WIC, and TANF – in any form.

Blessed Yule!

The sun returns! Blessed be!

May he bring you what you need, as well as what you want, with the waxing of the light.

To celebrate, I have a small poem in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer.

Also, happy new b’ak’tun:

Pedro Celestino Yac Noj, a Mayan sage, burned seeds and fruits to mark the end of the old calender at a ceremony in Cuba. He said: “The 21st is for giving thanks and gratitude and the 22nd welcomes the new cycle, a new dawn.”

That quote was the only part worth reading about yet another article on the world ending, which it hasn’t. I’m just providing the link because citing sources is a habit.

Virginia recognizes me as clergy!

My reapplication today was successful! The Arlington County Court has officially granted me authorization to perform marriages.

Literata with authorization

The process was not entirely painless. Once again, the person who handles the paperwork – I’m not sure if she’s a secretary or what – asked for my congregation’s physical location. I told her that I had applied before, and that there was some confusion over this, because my group worships in multiple places. She then asked where they could contact me if they had any questions about a marriage license. (Note that she didn’t ask that the first time I applied – if all they had wanted then was my contact information, I would have gladly given it to them.) I indicated that my personal contact information on the letter I had included with my paperwork would be the way to contact me.

She had to go get approval from someone else; she said that the person who wrote the reply to Americans United for Separation of Church and State had to review my new application and paperwork. That took a little while, but she came back and said that it was approved, and then it was a matter of paying the fee, taking an oath to uphold the Constitution and the Constitution of Virginia and to do my duty fairly and impartially, and then I got the official authorization!

I sincerely hope that this means Wiccans and Pagans applying to the Arlington County Court will have less trouble having their authorizations granted in the future. I’m delighted to have my official recognition, of course, but this was never just about me. It’s small steps like this that break new ground along the path to full recognition, where Wicca and other Pagan religions are afforded the full benefit of equal treatment under the law.

For anyone who wants to apply in Arlington in the future, here’s what I took with me: Certificate of Ordination; Letter of good standing (to show that I am “in regular contact” with my religious organization); Certified copies of the articles of incorporation of the Order of the White Moon, the most recent business filing with California showing that the Order is still active; Copies of the letter from the IRS granting OWM its 501(c)3 tax exempt status and the most recent filing with the IRS showing that OWM is still active and exempt; Letters of support from Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary, Ivo Dominguez Jr. of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, and Sacred Circle bookstore, attesting to my standing as a priestess and the ministry I do; and a letter of support from a coven sister who also lives in Arlington, because the court insisted that I show “a connection between [my] ministry and the Arlington community.”

My coven sister went with me to support her letter and act as a witness, and my husband also came to be a witness. I cannot thank them enough for taking time out of their busy schedules. Their presence helped tremendously, and I am sure that her letter showing a direct, personal connection to Arlington was a key piece of evidence to meet the court’s standards.

I am also deeply and sincerely grateful to everyone who supported me, especially Selena Fox, Ivo Dominguez, and my sisters in the Order of the White Moon; my thanks also go out to everyone who put energy into resolving this issue and making a positive difference for Pagan civil rights. The personal and magical support I got was amazing, and it made all the difference in the world. Thank you all.

I would like to particularly thank Americans United for Separation of Church and State, especially Ben Hazelwood, who worked with me directly. They sent the letters that showed the Arlington County Court in no uncertain terms that their actions were legally indefensible and got the court to clarify its requirements so that I could make this reapplication successful.

This is not the first time they have gone to bat for Pagan rights, either, as they were intimately involved with Selena Fox and the Lady Liberty League in bringing the Pentacle Quest to a successful conclusion. I strongly encourage all Pagans to support these organizations that are doing the hard work of defending our rights when we need it most.