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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“After enlightenment, the laundry.”

I had the good fortune to spend the last week of August teaching at the British Columbia Witchcamp (BCWC). For those of you unfamiliar with Witchcamps, they are intensives in the Reclaiming tradition that can range in length from 4–7 days. There are several camps in North America, Australia, and Europe. Camp allows participants to […]

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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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The Bleeding Edge of Vulnerability

Want to know a secret about me? I am more than a little shy, and spend more time being afraid than not. When I admit this to anyone, even my closest friends, I’m often met with comments like, “Yeah, right,” or “No, you’re not.” Then I find myself struggling to convince them that it’s actually […]

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