• I decided the only way to overcome this was to do what I’ve always done with things that scare me: Dive right into the centre of the fear, smother myself in it, understand it, control it, beat it and then enjoy it. Alan Cumming

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  • Just a quick note
    I’ve updated my bio page with a link to Les Cabinets Des Polytheistes, where my story “Spine of the World” is published (and in which people can play Spot The Netjer if they are so inclined), and my less-specific webspace Suns in Her Branches, which is broader than this space (which is specifically for reconstructionist-derived […]
  • Opet article is up
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    And the Emboatening Crew is once more celebrating by making Kiva loans. You’re all welcome to join us. (My monthly column in Patheos Pagan is about Opet and charitable works, and will be going up tomorrow assuming nothing goes wrong.)Filed under: Festivals, Uncategorized
  • The Art of Being A God
    It’s interesting having one foot in reconstructionist religion and one foot in religious witchcraft, for a lot of reasons. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about lately is the shape of how the gods appear within the context […]
  • Mythopoeia
    Continuing with rambling on the topic of my exploration of pagan movement history, another critical concept: mythopoeia. The word means, literally, “myth-making”, and it is one of the near inescapable traits of at least the origin points of pagan religions. […]
  • Hills of the Horizon: The Past is Another Country
    The problem with extrapolation from history is that nothing is testable. The evolution of a religion over time is not a predictable and easily comprehensible thing, where we can look at a point in time and say, "It was like this then, so it would be like that now." The process of deciding what needs […]

Stuff Gets Dirty

When that stuff was made, it wasn’t dirty. But it isn’t brand new anymore, there’s dust on it, or someone dropped it in a mud puddle.

Cleaning things up is a perpetual thing that comes about because the universe isn’t locked in crystal and immobile. Even without mud puddles, there is dust.

“Things” there includes spiritual practice, one’s spirits/souls/what have you, and related matters. A regular mental and spiritual hygiene procedure is useful.

Further, as we get older, we pick up wear and tear around the rough edges, or otherwise get dinged up. A superficial cleaning may take the dust off, but there are also those spots that have the sort of worked-in grime that can be visited and revisited and cleaned over and over again and still not shine.

That is worth cleaning up too.

The process of purification – of cleansing – is endless.

But in the beginning, this too was clean, and we hold – under whatever layers of everything else – that purity within us, sacred and holy and waiting to be revealed.