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Austin, TX and Athens, GR are Connected by an Atmospheric Event

Austin, TX and Athens, GR are Connected by an Atmospheric Event

There are lots of businesses in our hometown that include the name “Violet Crown.” I was eating pizza near the Violet Crown Social Club early this week with my friend C-Lee and we started wondering where the name originated. So she consulted The Oracle and we learned some interesting history about our fair Austin from...
Odin Inspired Characters and Images

Odin Inspired Characters and Images

The autumnal equinox is nigh, so finding balance is on my mind. Jax posted about major female figures in the Norse pantheon earlier this week. I’m providing a bit of parity here with thoughts about a major male figure — Odin, the Allfather. I’ve felt “watched over” this last year, probably by my ancestors. This feeling...
Frigg vs Freyja: What Does It Mean to Be a Strong Woman?

Frigg vs Freyja: What Does It Mean to Be a Strong Woman?

Note: This article is intended as personal reflection and not scholarship. While I don’t intentionally mislead or make incorrect assertions, I freely include my own ideas and opinions. Please take it as such. 🙂 Frigg, daughter of Earth (Fjörgynn) and Lady of the Æsir, stays at home while her husband, Odin, travels the nine realms....
Dean Winchester: A Modern Viking?

Dean Winchester: A Modern Viking?

Why did I wait so long to start watching Supernatural? Does anybody else watch this? I’m just finishing Season 2 and man this show is addictive. For those unfamiliar, this CW show is the story of the Winchester brothers–Dean, the party hardy  man’s man older brother and Sam, the sensitive boy-next-door type with a dark...
Blasphemy Laws in Greece and Other Countries

Blasphemy Laws in Greece and Other Countries

Blasphemy 1a: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God 1b: the act of claiming the attributes of deity 2: irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable I heard a story on NPR last week about arrests in Greece based on blasphemy charges. I was a little stunned by the...
Learning About Kwanzaa

Learning About Kwanzaa

A friend from high school posted inspirational African words and messages to The Grand Overseer in honor of the 7 days of Kwanzaa (December 26 — January 1). I first heard about the African-American-centric winter holiday about 10 years ago (I think), but I haven’t really thought much about it. When I first heard the...
Pagan Bible Reading with the Kids (Help!)

Pagan Bible Reading with the Kids (Help!)

**Happy New Year from the Princesses!** I’m 90% out of the closet but I’ve chosen to keep my Paganism from a few family members for the sake of familial harmony. I love these members of my family dearly, and they are wonderful, generous people. Just, unfortunately, not okay with religious diversity. Normally this is easy to...
Creating Sacred Spaces in Public Places

Creating Sacred Spaces in Public Places

At least once a month, I try to catch up on news in the Pagan community by reading through the Wild Hunt. When I was reading through TWH this week, I came across a terrific set of two articles by Teo Bishop, a Neopagan Druid in Colorado. Teo is a staff writer on TWH as...
In Honor of Veteran’s Day: The Einherjar, Warriors of the Apocalypse

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: The Einherjar, Warriors of the Apocalypse

**On a completely unrelated note, my book launch for How Beauty Met the Beast will be at Bar Congress on November 20th from 5:30-7pm. There will be specialty cocktails inspired by the lead characters and much fun to be had. Come join us! (The book itself releases on Novemeber 19th. I can’t believe it’s really here!!) Now...
Political Hot Button Issues: Finding Your Political Compass

Political Hot Button Issues: Finding Your Political Compass

I’m not comfortable with either major party candidate. That’s part of the reason I’ve been disengaged this presidential election. I like to consider myself a fairly informed person, but this election season I just want to dust my hands and say “Enough!” (And I am not the only one who feels this way.) This from...
Political Hot Button Issues: Big Bird is Worth It

Political Hot Button Issues: Big Bird is Worth It

I admitted earlier this month that I haven’t been engaged this presidential election. I’m hearing about the election and the debates from the Grand Overseer. And if something interests me, then I find additional sources. Which is exactly what I did when Mitt Romney said he would defund the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) during the...
Fictionalizing the Divine

Fictionalizing the Divine

I write in a paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction sort of genre. Lately I’ve found myself using not just creatures from mythology, but the gods themselves as characters. Odin, Freyja and Idunna make cameos in the latest book I turned in to my editor. (Whether or not they stay in the final draft is up to...