Tuesday, March 20, 2012
In the middle of this great life shift, as I shed old pieces of myself, I am reminded today that we are never too old for new beginnings. Like a empty plot of land, flat and filled with nothing more than dirt, our presentation before we fully transform can be deceiving. If we rely too much on the people in our lives to act as a mirror to help us know ourselves, we can be fooled into believing that we are only what we appear to be.
But eventually, spring comes.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Last week I had the opportunity to lead a group of Christians in song. We were having a workshop on leading music in worship spaces and each participant was asked to choose a hymn or other appropriate piece of music and then teach it to the group. I was really excited about this opportunity because I love to sing. The songs and chants in a pagan space are some of the most magickal and meaningful aspects of craft for me. So I took a lot of time contemplating different chants to share. I wanted to engage the fellow students and to share with them something about pagan musical traditions, but I didn't want to take them too far outside of their comfort zone or that would alienate them. Despite the radical inclusion that I feel from my fellow students, they are not very familiar with pagan traditions. I settled on this one:
Friday, March 2, 2012
Would it surprise you to know that many pagan traditions have an aspect to our rituals that is very much like the Eucharist? For the pagans out there, have you ever considered how similar Cakes and Ale is both symbolically and physically to the tradition of Christian Communion? In yet another installment of my current seminary inspired series, "Hey! We do that! Wait, you do that too??", I figured it was time to talk about the Eucharist.