It begins

•August 20, 2014 • 4 Comments

Last night at dusk, I went down to the creek, I lit the beeswax mullein torch, I sang the dirge, I poured out the wine, and I sacrificed the statue of Yarilo to the waters, the statue that has been on Dionysos’ shrine since I made it on Yarilo’s Day in early June. This is always the last official ritual act of summer for me.

This morning, I awoke from a powerful dream to find it cool and rainy. I know that there’s still some more summer weather ahead, but I can feel that the end is near. And with it, the beginning of my most intense spiritual season. I have so many exciting projects and magical explorations ahead, I can’t wait for autumn!

Lava Lands

•August 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

This past weekend, I explored two lava caves, walked on lava fields, visited an entire hillside of giant obsidian chunks, and swam in a lake inside a volcanic caldera. All within a few hours drive of my home. I love living here. It is a holy place.


East Lake in the Newberry Caldera


Big Obsidian Flow explanation

Big Obsidian Flow

Big Obsidian Flow



The above photos were taken this weekend. However I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I had already been to most of the places, and I don’t like being attached to a camera. Here are some photos of other places we went, from earlier trips:

lava fields

lava fields

Boyd Cave

Boyd Cave

Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave

WWAB on The Wild Hunt

•August 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Thanks to The Wild Hunt blog for featuring my booklet Working with Animal Bones on today’s community notes round-up!

A Million and One Gods

•August 14, 2014 • 6 Comments

I have A Million and One Gods by Page duBois on my “to-read” list, but was just notified that I’m mentioned in it. Thanks to Google Books, I found the passage:


Pretty cool, especially since she didn’t even know about Hellenismos before finding my book!

Working with Animal Bones

•August 13, 2014 • 1 Comment

IMG_3163Announcing my latest publication: Working with Animal Bones: A Practical and Spiritual Guide – a short booklet on one of my favorite topics, with several lovely illustrations by my partner! Finally decided to put everything I know down on paper to help others who are interested in animal bones for crafting and/or spiritual purposes.

32 pages, staple-bound, 5.5 x 8.5 inches. List price: $7.95 plus shipping. Available in my Etsy shop. The Table of Contents can be viewed there. (It’s also available on, though at a dollar more due to their commission.) Here’s the description from the back cover:

Humans have had a long and complex relationship with animal remains since our earliest days. Skulls and bones in particular have served important religious and magical purposes, and have been incorporated into practical tools and transformed into works of art, throughout history and across a multitude of cultures. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in animal bones both within spiritual traditions drawing on animism, polytheism and shamanism, and from a purely aesthetic perspective.

Working with Animal Bones introduces the reader to the biological processes which form bone; gives advice on how to find bones in a natural setting, and subsequently identify and thoroughly clean them; discusses the types of crafts that can be made with bones; and explores the history and modern practices involving the sacred use of animal bones, including divination. An annotated bibliography and list of online resources for collectors are also included.

Bird Spirit Land

•August 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Announcing my new website Bird Spirit Land – one place to access all of my projects, books, services, shops, etc. It was only when putting this together that I realized how much stuff I have going on! This is mostly just a convenient way for me to direct new acquaintances to the entirety of my projects, rather than giving out a dozen different links, but I thought it might also be useful for those of you who are interested in more than one thing and want to keep tabs on what I’m doing. Also, sharp eyes will notice a few upcoming projects listed which haven’t been otherwise announced.

That would explain a lot

•August 5, 2014 • 3 Comments

“Yet the gods are not linear.  Do we negotiate with the gods, pray to the gods, in our limited perspective while the gods themselves laugh and say, ‘Yes, my love. You can have this now, because I know you will earn it later…'” (Ariadne in Exile)

I’ve never heard anyone else talk about this, but I have experienced it in my own spiritual life, and suspect it may even be happening more than I can recognize.


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