Back from Vacation, and…an Award!

After a truly wonderful, educational, and relaxing vacation, I return to my little corner of the blogosphere to discover the fabulous Nono nominated me for the Witchy Blog Award!  Thank you, Unca Nono, and now on to the rest of the award….

Seven Questions: (You may customize as long as they are still Wiccan and Pagan related)

  • How did you “discover” Wicca/witchcraft/Neo-Paganism? Interesting question. I guess you could say I discovered polytheism in 2nd grade when my godparents gave me their children’s well-loved copy of D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths.  Then I started building shrines to Zeus and Demeter in the backyard, and left offerings for the nymphs in the woods around the school grounds.  Then in high school, a friend lent me Scott Cunningham’s Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner. A lot of it resonated, some of it didn’t, but I kept what worked and continued to evolve my practice.
  • Do you grow herbs? Yes. And weeds. And vegetables. And trees. And chickens. I GROW ALL THE THINGS.
  • Are you “in the broom closet”? If not, share your coming out experience. Yes and no. My friends, family, and neighbors all know that I identify as a Druid. Personally I believe discussion of religion has no place at work, but I feel free to wear my gods’ symbols as I like. No one has ever commented and I never bring it up.
  • What tradition do you follow, if any? OBOD Druidry, Jason Miller’s Strategic Sorcery System, and my own spirit-taught wyrdness.
  • Do you consider yourself a witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else?) A Druid and a squishy Polytheist.
  • How much of witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life? Quite a bit. I do morning prayers/meditation, share a bit of drink with the Powers at breakfast and lunch, work on identifying new trees and plants when I walk around the neighborhood, and perform a final cleansing/thanksgiving in the evening. I also consider working in the garden and volunteering in my secular and Druid communities to be spiritually significant acts. And just taking the time to wonder at the beauty of this world–a simple thing, but one that often inspires the most witchy feelings of my practice.
  • Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you meet him/her and how s/he takes part in your practice (if at all). Yep, that would be my rascal butch-dyke kitty, Jinx.  She doesn’t have all that much interest in ritual per se, but when I’m outside, she accompanies me everywhere–even when I hike a good half-mile into the conservation land. She’ll sit quietly until I finish meditating or whatever in my grove, then escort me back home. If you haven’t read her story, you can find it here.

 

The Rules:

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A Blog With Substance

Wow, my very first blog award!  Innumerable thanks and congratulations go to Siggy for her own nomination.

Here are the rules:
Say ‘thanks’!
Chose 5 words that sum up your blogging philosophy.
Pass the award on to 10 others.

Five words: freedom, inspiration, druidry, syncretic, holistic

I’m also going to pass the award on to 5 rather than 10 others, as some of my favorites have already received the award:

The Hedge Druid

Meadowsweet & Myrrh

Witch of the Forest Grove

The Gods Are Bored

The Political Pagan

I’ve been on something of a hiatus for the past few months during my crash-course with motherhood.  So hopefully I can resume some sort of semi-regular posting in the upcoming weeks.  Three months is not only a huge milestone for the baby, but for the parents as well.  Sleep-dep has now become a way of life, and is no longer the taxing experience it once was!

—A.V.