The Mystical Mindset

I have very low blood pressure. It’s a hereditary trait. I haven’t done anything particularly virtuous to deserve it – one of my favorite things is salty food. But, this trait runs in my family. I get it from my father’s side. Low blood pressure has some funny side effects, including occasionally seeing little sparkling…

Abundance Within and Without

Depending on the metric you use to sort generations into categories, I am either one of the youngest members of Generation X or one of the oldest members of the Millennial generation. My birth year is 1980, which means I occupy a weird overlap between generational lines. One of the big ways both generations struggle…

Stereotypes, Paganism, and Consequences

This essay was originally offered to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick on Sunday, December 17th. Every religion, including having no religion, has challenges that come with it. The intricacies of practice, whether or not your religious holidays require you to use vacation time to honor them, how available supplies specific to your path are,…

Spring Magick: Prayers on the Wing

Here in the mid-Atlantic, the winter birdsong is giving way to spring singers. There’s a rush of excitement in the air as returning species arrive and mate-seeking and nest-building begin. Birds have been referred to as the messengers of the gods in many different cultures. This connection of our winged companions to the Divine Ones…