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Confessions of a Pagan Fashionista

Confessions of a Pagan Fashionista

I still meet people who are surprised I am Pagan. Not necessarily because it is unusual to encounter a Pagan given our small numbers (even though our ranks are growing), but because I don’t present myself as a stereotypical Pagan. Though I find the concept of a stereotypical Pagan funny because few Pagan resemble it...
Adopted to Abandoned: A Terrible Turn of Events in Adoption

Adopted to Abandoned: A Terrible Turn of Events in Adoption

The world was shocked and moved by the recent story of the “blonde angel.” The story was that a child was found in a Roma camp in Greece whose physical features were so different from her parents, Greek police believed she was a victim of kidnapping. Her parents claimed they were “gifted” the child when...
Memories of Halloweens Gone By

Memories of Halloweens Gone By

Ah, Halloween. Our Wiccan friends celebrate it as Samhain. Many Pagans believe this is the time of year where the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. I gotta say, that has been my experience. I feel a mighty pull by bonds to loved ones on the other side right about now. Always...
Mercury is in Retrograde. What Does that Mean?

Mercury is in Retrograde. What Does that Mean?

There are a few articles being shared through The Grand Overseer about this astronomical event. I mean astronomical in a “sun and stars” kind of way, not a “wow, that is massive!” sort of way. Mercury in retrograde is also an astrological event. We’ve written about astronomical and astrological events on TPP before. What does it...
The Princess and the "Book of Mormon"

The Princess and the “Book of Mormon”

♛ Spoiler Alert: I’ve tried to avoid spoilers here, but it’s not easy. Read at your own risk! ♛ I saw the musical the “Book of Mormon” last weekend. Prior to being offered a ticket, I was lukewarm about seeing this show even though it’s won lots of awards. I am a fan of “South Park” and...
Filial Piety in China Changes from Philosophy to Law

Filial Piety in China Changes from Philosophy to Law

In Confucian philosophy, filial piety (xiào) is a virtue of respect for one’s parents and ancestors. [It] means to be good to one’s parents; to take care of one’s parents; to engage in good conduct … to bring a good name to one’s parents and ancestors; … to obtain the material means to support parents...
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...
Long Time No See! The Story Behind GG's Hiatus

Long Time No See! The Story Behind GG’s Hiatus

As Jax explained, our absence from the Realm was not planned. We both got slammed with life. My story is different than hers in most ways, but still involves loss and grief, and the self-discovery that accompanies upheaval. Courting a Princess As with most romances, my relationship with Mr. Awesome (whom I’ll call M here...
This Princess is No Sleeping Beauty

This Princess is No Sleeping Beauty

My reference to this Princess is not an argument against being a passive heroine. Or that women should avoid being caught in “the male gaze”* and stay there. Or that ladies should not be in waiting for rescue by a prince. While it’s true I neither believe nor advocate being any of these things, I’m...
We Were Planting a Garden

We Were Planting a Garden

We were planting a garden together Not intentionally at first We scattered seeds about without thought or care for how they might grow But grow they did And soon our garden was beautiful, full of color and flora the likes neither of us had seen We laughed and let the garden run wild So lovely...
Astronomical Events in 2013

Astronomical Events in 2013

Astronomical 1: of or relating to astronomy <astronomical observations> 2: enormously or inconceivably large or great <astronomical numbers> Earlier this week, several of my friends shared a poster via the Grand Overseer that lists skyward observation events for 2013. Depending on where you are in the world and how close the Earth the event is...