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!

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul published

Bad news first: Crossing the River has been delayed slightly, because the publisher had to deal with another anthology first. We’re shooting for January now.

Good news: The anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul, edited by Tara Masery Miller, has been published by Immanion Press, and it includes two of my pieces, “Speak for Yourself: The problem of victim-blaming by magical practitioners,” and “Sick or Well: False Dichotomy.”

Here’s the opening of “Speak for Yourself:”

Blaming people with disabilities for their conditions happens all too often. Some common metaphysical interpretations of disability and disease – as indicative of a person’s power, purity, or lack thereof, or as signs of past wrongdoings that are being worked out – carry tremendous potential to hurt people already facing difficult circumstances. Although some tout these understandings as empowering, even narratives intended to be helpful can easily degenerate into victim-blaming. To counteract these destructive potentials, I suggest that anyone who uses these potentially problematic approaches be very careful not to impose it on anyone else; if you are going to use these interpretations, speak for yourself.

Call for Submissions: Crossing the River, an anthology about sacred journeys

I am delighted to announce that I will be editing an anthology for Bibliotheca Alexandrina on sacred journeys. The call for submissions is below and at Neos Alexandria‘s site.

Call for submissions for Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, edited by Literata. Submissions will open 10 September 2012 and close 28 February 2013. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original translations of stories and texts, artwork, and rituals related to the experience of sacred journeys.

Both deities and mortals have undertaken sacred journeys:  the Deities Baldr, Inanna, Obatala, Persephone and Pwyll travel to their different underworlds, as do the heroes Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Orpheus and Psyche; other heroes and heroines such as Adam and Eve, Aeneas, Cu Chulainn, Dido, Heracles, Moses, Sigurd, and Theseus undertake sacred tasks or quests; and everyday people face transitions both literal and figurative. How is the person or power changed by the experience?

Contributors are encouraged to concentrate on the theme of change. For example:

– What makes specific journeys important for those who experience them?
– What causes sacred journeys, and what comes out of them?
– Is everyone who goes through such a journey changed? Why or why not?
– Is such change always for the better?
– Can journeys be undone, or can one “go back” in any way?
– What does it mean for us as polytheists if we think our deities experience change?

As individuals, how do we recognize when we are on the verge of or in the midst of our own sacred journeys? How do we prepare for them, recover from them, or learn from them? When we’ve experienced a journey, how is “here” different from “there” — have we really crossed a river?

Contributors should not concentrate on assimilating all examples of journeys to a single archetypal framework, but instead examine the differences between the many different kinds of journeys. While the theme of initiation as an experience of a sacred journey is relevant, submissions should not be primarily about initiation per se.

All works must be original, not public domain. No plagiarism. Scholarly articles must properly cite sources where applicable. Previously published submissions are acceptable, provided the author retains all rights to the work. Authors retain all rights to the submission. Upon acceptance, the author will be sent a permission to publish form along with a request for a short biography to include in the anthology.

The editor reserves the right to make any minor changes in the case of grammar, spelling, and formatting concerns. The editor also reserves the right to request modification of submissions and to reject submissions as necessary.

No monetary compensation will be provided. Proceeds from all sales will be divided between charitable donations in honor of the Deities and production costs for future publications from Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All contributors will receive a coupon code which will allow them to purchase three copies of the anthology at cost.

Acceptable length is anywhere from 100-10,000 words. All artwork must be at least 300dpi. Submissions close 28 February 2013 with a projected release date of June 2013. Please send your submission either in the body of the email or as a .doc/.docx attachment with “Sacred Journeys Anthology” in the subject line to literatahurley@gmail.com.

“Ravening” now at EHS; time off; blessed Litha!

The summer solstice issue of Pagan ezine Eternal Haunted Summer is up. My poem Ravening appears in it along with a lot of other great material. Check it out!

This poem came about in the wake of the ritual to the Morrigan held at Sacred Space Conference this past spring. I’d like to thank Maggi Setti and all the other excellent leaders who made that ritual such a powerful experience.

As a side note, I will be traveling without access to the Internet for about a week starting this Friday. If I have time in the midst of preparation for my travels, I’ll prepare a few posts to auto-publish during that time, but will probably disable comments. I’ll also have a piece on the Litha going up at the Slacktiverse sometime soon, but may not be able to link to it until I get back.

I wish everyone a blessed summer solstice!

Mandragora is out!

I just got my contributor’s copy of Scarlet Imprint’s new anthology of esoteric verse and essays, Mandragora. It’s gorgeous, and on first glance it looks like the work of some of the other poets and writers makes the content live up to the presentation. My own “Equinox Egg” is a small contribution, and I’m honored to have my work in such good company. I can’t wait to get more into it.

A less expensive edition is available, and a digital one will be out soon, it looks like. If you’re interested in the intersection of poesis and magic, check it out!

Just published! Queen of the Sacred Way

Please join me in celebrating the publication of Queen of the Sacred Way: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone edited by Melitta Benu. It contains essays, rituals, and poems, including my poem Seeking Persephone. Melitta has done an excellent job of gathering materials addressing the complexity of this goddess, rather than sticking solely to the simplistic narrative as told in elementary school mythology. Check it out!

Please note that I get no money for this and do not have a financial interest in your purchase, but I encourage you to support Bibliotheca Alexandrina by buying through their site if you do want to get the book.

Just published! The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction

Please join me in celebrating the publication of The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, edited by Rebecca Buchanan. As Neos Alexandria describes it:

Here, modern Pagans and polytheists continue that ancient tradition, weaving stories of creation and loss, death and rebirth, humor and courage, transformation and destruction. From the banks of the Nile to the icy north, from modern-day Kansas to far future alien worlds, these tales sing of the grace and glory of the Gods, and Their place in our lives.

It also has some nonfiction essays, including my piece, “The Fool and the Green Man: Pagan Archetypes in the Fiction of Laurie R. King.” I discussed how King’s use of these archetypes highlights possible contributions that Paganism can make to contemporary society.

Please note that I get no money for this and do not have a financial interest in your purchase, but I encourage you to support Bibliotheca Alexandrina by buying through their site if you do want to get the book.

Just published! Anointed: A Devotional Anthology

Join me in celebrating the release of Anointed: A Devotional Anthology for the Deities of the Near and Middle East, edited by Tess Dawson! This project occurred under the auspices of Bibliotheca Alexandria, a project of Neos Alexandria that fosters Pagan writing and publishing.

It includes two pieces of mine, the poem “Call to Inanna,” which starts out:

Out of the depths, I call to you, Inanna!

Out of the depths of my fear, I call to you, holy priestess!

Out of the depths my call echoes up to you, Queen of Heaven!

Do not forget me!

Do not forsake me!

Do not abandon me to my fear!

and an article, “Facing Fear,” which describes how

The Call to Inanna can be used as a solitary ritual in order to have a cathartic confrontation with fear and reclaim your power in the face of that fear.

It also looks like there are some great resources on other, less well-known deities and cultures. I can’t wait to get my copy! If you have any interest in these deities, check it out. Please note that I get no money for this and do not have a financial interest in your purchase, but I encourage you to support Bibliotheca Alexandrina by buying through their site if you do want to get the book.

CIRCLE Magazine publishes TRI cleanup piece

The Summer 2011 issue of CIRCLE Magazine features an article I wrote about the cleanup on Teddy Roosevelt Island! CIRCLE Magazine, published by Circle Sanctuary, has a regular feature called Eco Magic that highlights Pagan interactions with the ecosphere.

The article is adapted from two posts about the TRI cleanup and my personal reflections about it. They published three photos as well, but a few more (and all of them in color!) are on the blog entry for anyone who’s curious. This is the first time I’ve ever been published in print, so I’m pretty excited about it! I’d like to offer my thanks and gratitude again to everyone who came out to make the event such a great day, and especially to OHF.