You are GROOT

[Image: the words “I am GROOT” over a hand drawn image of a teenage GROOT from “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, voiced by Vin Diesel]

“You are Groot” said to me by Jim Two Snakes after I mentioned feeling uprooted as I watched them pack up my house to move to a new location in a different country.

Groot moves on their own. They are a tree (sorta), they are the roots and the branches and the connection. And they move.

If I am Groot, then I carry my connection with myself. I never have to fear being uprooted because carry my roots with me.

I am Groot.

Let’s do this!

Celebrating Queer Authors

It’s Pride Month in many places around the world and I thought that I’d share a few Queer authors that I recommend.

Some of these folks I have read their books, other folks I follow on You-Tube or TikTok.

Yvonne Aburrow

I haven’t read a lot of Yvonne’s books, but I enjoy their Youtube. You can find their books listed on Goodreads. Included in their books is a book of Inner Work called “Dark Mirror”. You can find them at their website Dowsing for Divinity


Morgan Daimler

Morgan Daimler is another amazing person and a fabulous source on Irish Fairy Witchcraft and more! Morgan is also a fiction author! Check out their Goodreads author page and their YouTube page.


T. Thorn Coyle.

I’ve loved Thorn’s Fiction books as well as their non-fiction books. If you’re intrigued by Feri and traditional witchcraft, check their books out! Their website is www.thorncoyle.com and you can find them on Youtube too.


Misha Magdalene.

Misha is the author of “Outside the Charmed Circle: exploring gender and sexuality in magical practice” and is generally an amazing person. Check out their book to find out how Queerness has been part of paganism and Witchcraft for a long time. https://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738761329. Find their website at misha magdalene dot come

Welcome to 2021!

What a crazy year 2020 was … there’s so much to forget, and so much to remember.

2020 was the year I finished my Clergy coursework, it was the year I moved to Montreal (where it feels right in spite of everything), I became a leader at work, and managed to build a team that works well together in spite of never having met each other.

I learned how to edit videos, and do some basic animation, I realized that there is more in common between my work and my spirituality than I thought. I solidified my daily practice and realized how much my spirituality supports me. I learned so much about who I am and what I really need to keep going.

There were lots of moments, days, weeks, that I’d like to forget – the stress of knowing if we could cross the border, missing my family and friends, wishing I could visit my family here in Canada, and a whole lot of grief over what we can’t do.

I have cried more this year than I can recall ever having done, but I have also learned to lean on other people and to ask for what I need.

There is good and bad in this year – and parts we should certainly remember. ADF has become more comfortable with online rituals and connections, I’ve realized that I can use zoom to reach out to my friends and family back in the US.

And then there are the things that aren’t related to the pandemic. Black Lives Matter but racism and hate still exist and are accepted in some areas of our societies. People will make choices on what some people say and not on logic or facts.

While we have a vaccine for COVID-19 and the US has a new president (or will in a few days), we can’t forget the lessons of 2020.

We must continue the fight against racism and strive to be actively anti-racist and promote minority voices wherever we are. We should remember how much we need each other and the importance of casual conversations and touch. We need to remember the lessons we learned about ourselves – our motivations, our needs, and what is really important to us.

As we move forward into 2021, let’s keep those memories and invite hope, joy, and abundance to grace us this year.

May the Ancestors support us

May the Nature Spirits nourish us

May the Shining Ones Guide us

May the Kindreds Bless our Lives

By Victoria S

Balance in Virtues

This heart is hidden in this illusion knit dishcloth. May we all recognize the heart is all of us.

In most ethics classes and books, Virtues are a big part of the study. I think that most of us, at least in the groups that I’m a part of, agree that too little of virtue can be a bad thing. If you don’t have enough courage, you could be too scared to leave your own house.

But have you considered that too much of a Virtue could also be wrong?  Too much courage can make you fool-hardy, and you may tend to rush into dangerous situations without the proper preparation. Too much hospitality can allow you to invite in a thief, or worse, who steals from you.  Plato spoke of a mid-point between the extremes for each virtue that was the “right” amount.

The balance that makes us good people is spread across all our virtues. We can engage our vision and wisdom to balance out recklessness by helping us to prepare before we act. The right level of compassion can help us help other people without putting ourselves in unnecessary risk – it also helps us figure out what someone actually needs.

I know that I can be very cautious in many areas of social justice, but my compassion helps to give me enough drive and courage to do jail ministry, and help the pagans behind bars to find their spiritual path.  It still scares me each time I go in – and I know that I’m as safe as possible with the guards and chaplains. But that’s one area of balance for me.

No particular balance works across the whole community. It’s up to each of us to figure out the balance for ourselves.  

A new side to Hagalaz

A few months ago, I started to get Hagalaz a lot in my (roughly) daily divination. I usually see similar runes often, but rarely do I see the same rune quite so often. I would have been easier to list the days that I didn’t get Hagalaz than those where I did.

Hagalaz is not an easy rune. I tend to interpret it as the hail storm – destruction that comes before life. This time, however, I think that I saw a new side of Hagalaz. This time, Hagalaz was about enduring the stress, the strife, the frustration, and all the emotional yuck that came with the particular situation that I was in. And there was YUCK! Most of my time not working or sleeping was focused on getting enough self-care to stay stable and avoid a bout of depression.

Hagalaz was there to remind me that the storm would end. There was a time that the stress would stop. And in the end, it did. The storm ended, and new opportunities were presented. I grabbed one of those and celebrated that I had survived the storm.

Hailstorms can hurt, they can destroy, but they also bring water and potential life and new opportunities.

How is Hagalaz manifesting in your readings?

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A Moment of Peace

Moment Of Peace

I stand on my patio with my hands touching the tree that grows nearby, and I pray. In this prayer, I welcome all the spirits of land, our ancestors, and our gods. I give them my blessing, and ask for Theirs in return.

For a moment, I pause in the hectic chaos that has become so many of our lives. In this moment, it’s just me, the tree, the wind, and the sounds of my fellow beings around me. In this moment there is peace.

I turn from the patio and head back inside … back to my normal, busy life but with a nugget of peace inside of me.

As I read the news, skim my Facebook feed, or just listen to the conversations around me, I am bombarded with chaos, with negativity, with the insanity that is the head of government right now. We live in a world where people seem to think that it’s okay to hate, to harm; that it’s okay to lie. This world where we are shocked when truth comes out of a President’s mouth; where were are almost immune to the news of a woman and her children getting murdered on the train; where stories of yet another shooting cross the news; where people are talking more about how the fires started than what they can do to help.

This is a crazy world we live in.

How do we stay sane? How do we not lose touch with our humanity, with our communities, with our world?

We have to carve out those moments of peace, those moments where we remember that we are not alone, where we can connect to something beyond ourselves. We need those moments to reset, to take a break from the crazy, to remember ourselves.

Hail to the Land, Sea, and Sky.
Hail to the Trees, birds, and beasts.
Hail to the spirits and people.
My Blessings to You and Yours,
May Your Blessings be with me and mine.

Find your moment of peace, and do not forget who you are.

 

A Day of Prayer to Freya

A few months ago, I started up doing a Day for Prayer for Freya. This was originally inspired by a the World Odin Prayer Day. Unfortunately, it seems that the group who did the Odin’s Prayer Day was not one that I’d like to associate with. But, this is the internet and I can do my own thing.

So the Freya Prayer Day was born.

On the 2nd Friday of every month, we invite people to join us being aware of Freya in some way. There are people who simply choose to think about Her for that day, others who hold devotional practice for Her, and others who like the posts and tweets but don’t say what they do.  It doesn’t matter what anyone does. Hosting this Prayer Day and creating the monthly newsletter is one way that I make offerings to Her.

There are almost as many ways to do offerings as there are individuals who practice any form of devotional religion. I choose to spend my time, effort and attention as offerings for Freya.

How do you choose to do your offerings or devotions?