Honoring the Ancestors

One of my favorite annual traditions is coming up this weekend. Each year around Samhain, a group of local friends gets together for an Ancestors Dinner. It’s not a complicated thing (well, it’s not complicated for me, since I neither host nor organize the event) – it’s simply an opportunity to get together with friends […]

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A Handful of Seeds from the Underworld

Last weekend, Expanding Inward offered our eighth(!) weekend intensive at the beautiful Toddhall Retreat Center just outside of St. Louis, MO. We worked with The Five Truths of the Underworld, a piece of philosophy and story that came from our mentor, Cynthea Jones of Diana’s Grove. The Five Truths emerged from the story of Persephone, […]

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Gratitude and intention

                A friend of mine recently celebrated his birthday, and had a small group of folks over on the 1st for a combination birthday/Beltane gathering. He offered this really lovely ritual idea, where each of us brought some fruit and we prepared a fruit salad together. We took […]

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On being ritual-ready

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a ritual feel “real.” In a revelation that won’t surprise anyone, I’ve participated in a fair number of rituals in my time (please ignore how down-homey that turn of phrase makes me sound, if you will – it’s been a while since my last turn on […]

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Ecstatic Ritual – What It Is & Why We Do It

My old computer died an honorable death a couple of weeks ago. It was not unexpected. All rites were observed. It was a mostly trauma-free transition. There was one unpleasant surprise though. My calendar did not survive the Great Crossing Over. So my calendar did not prompt me that it was about to be New […]

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