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Monday, August 30, 2010

Crafts for Mabon - Cornucopia

Monday, August 30, 2010
Decorating a cornucopia can be a fun activity that everyone in the household can enjoy. There area few things that you will need to make your own.
  • Cornucopia Basket
  • Straw
  • Different fruits, berries, gourds and vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Fallen Leafs
First you need to fill the back of the cornucopia with straw so that you don't have to fill the whole horn.
The next step involves laying the leafs as a base and then arranging the different fruit, gourds and vegetables in an eye-pleasing manner.
To decorate the inside, there are many different items that are appropriate to this Sabbat that you can use.
  • Miniature Pumpkins
  • Gourds
  • Small Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Indian Corn
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
You can use either real or fake items. Just be sure that you don't let the real stuff spoil.
Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Be Attentive

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Last week I talked about the importance of Listening and Hearing your family. Today I wanted to stress the importance of being Attentive. It does no good to Hear your family if there is no action following. Think what would happen if all our complaints and suggestions that we make on a weekly basis went without response? Would we be happy or upset?

This same thing applies at home. Between parents and kids, this means that we should pay attention to things that may be bothering our kids. They are under very unique pressures while they are in school and also at home as we deal with the the hiccups that life sends us. For while we all try to keep the problems and stresses of running a family from our children, they tend to be very accurate barometers of tension. So if we are stressed they will feel it and suffer because of it. Now this does not make us bad parents as long as we see it and respond with the Attentiveness that it deserves.

In my house I have started, with my oldest daughter primarily, an open door policy. She is allowed to talk to me about anything without fear of getting yelled at or from getting into to much trouble. This policy was started a few years back when we were struggling financially. One night my daughter became visibly upset for no obvious reason. With some coaxing, I managed to get out of her that she was worried since her birthday was the next month, that she wasn't going to be able to get a birthday party or presents. Now if I had not been paying attention to her non-verbal cues (Listening) and had not been Attentive and tried to uncover the problems then she would have continued to be upset beneath the surface. Because of that conversation and subsequent ones where I have stressed the open door policy, my relationship with my daughter has grown and improved immensely.

This open door policy should be extended to the adults as well, with the promise to work on those things that bother the others. For if we argue or get on each other's nerves then how can we hope to be a strong and united family?

Now do not think I am saying that we should change to suit our partner(s) or they for us. Rather I am saying that we should be Attentive to the needs of our partner(s) and be willing to meet them halfway. Also this is not, or should not, just be about complaints. Being attentive should include things like knowing what special things that we can buy or do that makes our family members happy. In my house my wife has a candy that she enjoys immensely, so on occasion I buy her a bag for no reason other then that I love her. Not that we can buy love but rather love should spawn the desire to give gifts.

Being Attentive goes far beyond just seeing to the physical needs and wants of our family. It applies on many levels and in many important parts of our lives and relationships. We should make our focus in our relationships upon improving them in every way we can.

As I write this I am reminded of an old Zen saying, "When walking, walk. When eating, eat." Oftentimes the most important and most treasured gift that we can give to our family is the courtesy of paying attention when they talk. When was the last time you have just simply Listened and payed attention to those who are important to you?

So as we continue with the exercises of yesterday on actively Listening to our family, lets add a part to that. Work on being Attentive as well. Listen to them with all your attention and respond with as much attention as you feel that you deserve. See if you can find things that you are missing in your conversations and relationships.

Blessed Be!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tea Ceremony for Pagans

Sunday, August 22, 2010
I am an American and one of the things that I find lacking in my country is the lack of traditions. Many cultures from around the world have traditions and etiquette for greeting guests and marking milestones in peoples' lives.
Some Native American tribes have the pipe ceremony. The Japanese have the tea ceremony. And it is this second one that I want to focus on today. The idea of preparing tea and serving guests as ritual to give respect to them has always intrigued me.
Traditionally the Japanese have sacred tools for the tea ceremony. These items are:
  • Chakin - Linen or hemp cloth used to wipe the tea bowls
  • Chawan - Or tea bowls. They use many different styles of bowls for different events and times of the year
  • Chaki - Tea Caddy used to store tea
  • Chasaku - Tea scoop; usually carved from a single piece of bamboo, ivory or bone
  • Chasen - Bamboo Whisk. Worn out whisks are not just discarded, rather once a year they are all burnt at one time in a sacred manner
  • Matcha - Green tea powder
  • Fukuska - fine silk cloth used to purify the Chaki and Chasaku
There are many types of tea ceremonies each with carefully prescribed instructions. From words spoken to hand gestures. But the general idea is as follows:
Each guest, following after the host, cleanses themselves from a stone basin set aside for this purpose. The host uses the a fukuska (fine silk cloth) to ritually purify the Chaki and Chasaku. The cloth represents the soul of the host and therefore this is a very important part of the rite. Hot water is put into the tea bowl, the whisk is rinsed. Then the tea bowl are emptied and, with the whisk, are wiped by the Chakin.
Lifting the tea scoop and tea container, the host places three scoops of tea per guest into the tea bowl. Hot water is ladled from the kettle into the teabowl in a quantity sufficient to create a thin paste with the whisk. Additional water is then added to so the paste can be whisked into a thick liquid consistent with pea soup. Unused water in the ladle is returned to the kettle.
The host passes the tea bowl to the main guest who bows in accepting it. The bowl is raised and rotate in the hand to be admired. The guest then drinks some of the tea, wipes the rim of the bowl, and passes the bowl to the next guest who does the same as the main guest.
When the guests have all tasted the tea the bowl is returned to the host who rinses it. The whisk is rinsed and the tea scoop and the tea container cleaned.
Then next a thin tea is prepared to cleanse the pallet and signal a return to the normal world and a exit from the world of tea.
As you can see this ritual can be adapted, or used as is, in a ritual setting within the confines of a Wiccan circle.

Here is a video that shows more information on the tea ceremony.

Some of the above info was quoted from holymtn.com. Check there for more information as well.
And of course comment and let me know what you think about this ceremony.
Blessed Be!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Listen to your Children

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Recently there was a comment on Facebook about listening to children. More specifically how many parents just don't do it often enough. So I have decided to repost and article from a newsletter series I ran a while ago.

I didn't start this project with the intent of following any special order in the days, but I felt that this should be the first exercise, because if you can not Listen then there is no hope for change. However, listening alone is not enough: for to truly Listen one must also Hear. Oftentimes words alone can not accurately describe the true intent of what is being said. Just remember that Listening and Hearing aren't always just about words. The silence and the silent movements of a person, more often than not, mean more than the words.

I'm sure we can all think about conversations that we either have walked away from or been tripped up by later, that we wish had just gone better. Maybe we had not listened well enough or maybe we wish the other person had done the same. If you are anything like me, then it was more probably both. We are so wrapped up in our own lives, and our own sets of problems that we often fail to pay attention to anything else other than our own solutions.

I think that we can all see how this could be a problem in creating a Stronger and more Spiritual Family. If we cannot understand each other and refuse (or do not know how) to listen to each other then how can we be on the same page? And if we can not find the common ground through conversation then how can we set family goals and be united in accomplishing them and supporting each other through all the trials and tribulations?

A failure to Listen can also cause us to miss out on possibly better solutions to our problems, that other people could possibly share with us. This can also cause huge misconceptions and possibly marital grief or strife. The solutions to all these problems is a simple one, easily said; 'Learn to cultivate the act of Listening and Hearing'.

Now the question come up, "How does one go about cultivating the act of Listening? The act of Hearing?"

Well here are some tips that I hope can answer those questions adequately.

First, you need to be present in the conversation and avoid distractions. If it helps, cut off the television and/or the radio. Take a moment to breathe and refocus, and remember that your focus should be solely on the other person.

Second, you need to keep an open mind. Do not let your preconceptions or misconceptions cloud how or what you hear the other person saying. I'm sure we can all think back to conversations that we have participated in, where one of the parties (or both) swear up and down that they heard something that the other person knows they didn't say. This is particularly frustrating when it happens between two partners, because if it is not caught early then they both act under false assumptions.

An open mind is also important because we, as humans, tend to tune out and not 
listen when we disagree with something. This obviously defeats the purpose of Listening.

Third, we need to take a moment to refrane or rephrase. You can say something like, "I believe I understand you. Did you mean to say..." and then rephrase what they said. This helps to clarify and solidify understanding, which is important to effective Listening and Hearing.

Now for the exercise part; Take some time today and actually try to listen to your partner when they talk to you. If you want, share this article with your partner and see if you both can work on your listening skills. Trust me it is easier than I have made it seem here. This should not be a single day project but an ongoing practice.

Also this can not just be about the adults in the family, make sure to take time to listen to your children as well. I know it is an old cliché but out of the mouths of babes comes wisdom. Children can often times see to the bottom of an issue, looking right through all the fluff and pre tense that people carry as a big shield to protect them from the rest of the world.

Blessed Be!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teaching Children Reverence

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here is a another repost from the archives here at PaganDad. In the same vein of the last week and a half this is about tips to raising a pagan child.

I figured the best place to begin would be to define reverence.

rev·er·ence (rvr-ns) n.
1. A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration.
2. An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
3. The state of being revered.
4. Reverence Used as a form of address for certain members of the Christian clergy: Your Reverence.
tr.v. rev·er·enced, rev·er·enc·ing, rev·er·enc·es
To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate.

Then to move on and talk about what children should be reverent about. Children tend to, at least mine do, have an inherent reverence for nature. They stand in silent awe, no small thing, at birds and squirrels playing in the fields or trees. My oldest child when she saw her first herd of deer was awestruck.
So that one is easy, but what else should children be reverent about? They should revere life and love. They should reverentially give to the poor or even those just a little less fortunate.
Again these things should be evident in your children, but maybe not in yourself. I know that I walked away from all of this and into bitterness and had to come back.
It was my children that led the way. Kids aren't really screwed up, it's the parents who are screwed up and then mess up the kids. So take time to honor the small things around you. Smile at little children, they are so full of life and innocence. Take a moment out of your busy day to just breathe and pray. Commune with the Mother and Father of us all.
It is so tough in our culture to remember nature and the Creator. We run and run from one obligation to another, many of us forgetting not only ourselves but our children in the process. I live, while not a minimalist lifestyle, a restricted lifestyle. To me my family is more important than a new car, or a fancy TV. So while I may have less material things, I think my children are better for it.
Maybe you should take an effort to cut back. Just cut one thing out and spend that time with your kids. So many parents I know have three or four or sometimes more activities planned for each of their children. So much that they have no time to breathe.
Embrace a family-centric lifestyle, I can almost guarantee that you will like it better and have more fun and maybe your kids will actually talk to you.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Wheel of the Year

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
As pagan parents should we celebrate any holidays other than the eight commonly associated with paganism? My answer is yes. There is no reason not to celebrate as much as possible. I always joke, that one of the best things about being pagan is all the holidays that we get to celebrate.
Honestly we get at least eight great feasts, than we get, just to name a few, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Fill in birthdays and anniversaries and you can begin to see how much great fun that we as pagans get to have in a single year.
So remember in this next year our roles as pagan fathers in establishing traditions for our respective families. Don't be afraid of trying new things, learn to cook or bake (no this does not make you less of a man), in fact in the next couple of weeks I will be trying for the first time to make hard candy with my oldest, Juliet. Find events in your area that celebrate the seasons or holidays and take your kids.
But you don't always have to spend money to celebrate the holidays. For example for Mabon, the first day of fall, you can, if you are blessed to be in the right area of the world, take your children on an expedition through the woods to see the changing autumn colors.
As far as including children in rituals, it all depends on the child. My oldest can't join me in ritual because of her mother and the youngest well she is still to young. But I look forward to the day that she stands next to me in circle and celebrates with me the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
In the meantime we paint eggs and decorate cookies and eat great food at the feasts. What memories are you going to make with your children? Remember that the traditions you start now will stick with your children their entire lives.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Balance and the Circle of Life

Monday, August 16, 2010
We should all know our place in the world. Poised perfectly between the spiritual and the mundane. The world of humans and the animal world. Yet many of us have forgotten this. We have forgotten that we are all connected. That which we feed on will eventually feed on us.
Yet this does not only apply in the world around you this also applies to the world within yourself. Yin and Yang, the light balanced against the dark. Children are usually balanced from birth; it is only life itself that throws the human soul off balance.
The forgotten role of parents is to help to prevent this. In encouraging openness and teaching good communication skills, we help to prevent children from growing up with baggage. Too many parents abuse their children, whether verbally or physically, or try very hard to keep children in their "place".
I'm sure we could regale each other for hours about the trials of childhood and the baggage that we either carry or have carried. Trials and tribulations are important, for as Buddhism teaches, "suffering brings enlightenment", but parents seem to outdo themselves in providing suffering. Not that my childhood was particularly bad but I still see it in the world around me. Broken homes and adults that have no social skills. The rapid increase of mental illness and the rise in violent crime.
Don't believe me? Then take a week and just listen to the people around you. Observe them and feel their pain and hear their stories. So often in my life I have been pushed into the role of counsellor so I know the pain that is around me.
Yet we as Pagans have the ability to overcome this in our own lives and then to teach it to our children. Not all of us can be counsellors and healers of the world around us but we can first focus on our own lives and the lives of our children. Is that not our job as parents? And as Pagans we should accept responsibility for ourselves, should we not?
So now that you have read this, go to your children and spend some time with them. Let them know that you love them and when they talk to you listen to them. Really really listen, they have great stories and important things to tell you. Don't shush them when you don't have to, you have other jobs as a parents, such as paying bills but if you are just watching your favorite TV show, then don't shush them, stop what you are doing and listen to them. When they are grown you will regret the missed opportunities.
Just remember to not blame yourself if they don't turn out perfect. You don't have the only input on them and their growth and in the end they will choose their own destiny. But spend time with them in the meantime, it does a child good. Sorry, I know bad pun. Go down to their level and help them to rise and grow above themselves.
While you are there talking to them, tell them how we are all connected, one to another. Human to Human, Human to animal and so on. If they are old enough to understand, then talk to them of Carl Jung and the universal consciousness; if they are younger speak to them simply about how each animal no matter how small or how large is equal in importance in the grand scheme of things.
This is just as important as inner balance. For what good is it to be balanced within but damage the world around us? We must have both to truly balanced. Balanced within and without, both sides in perfect harmony. Seen and unseen against each other. Yin and Yang.

Merry Meet!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Respect for Nature

Sunday, August 15, 2010
Most people, I think, would agree that there is little that is more awe-inspiring then a sunset or sunrise. So this is probably the easiest lesson to teach your children. To love the world around them; the deep forest, the blue waters, the flash of lightning and the fall of rain.
I am blessed that the area around where I live is full of wildlife. Sometimes I have to drive an hour to the deep woods but even then that is worth it because of the deer and the calmness away from the city. This is also something that I can teach to my oldest, Juliet, that the world around us is sacred and must be both respected and taken care of.
Both of children exclaim in wonder as they see the moon rise over the trees, full and bright. I have started Juliet with an interest in astronomy. Which by the way is a great investment, meaning it costs little to begin and provides hours of fun with no extra cost. She loves to watch the moon and the planets. The youngest, Lassair, does not have the attention span for it but I let her look if she wants.
Both of my children enjoy camping and the oldest enjoys fishing. Whenever I take them they talk for days about all the stuff that they saw and did.
It is so easy for any of us, even Pagans, to get a disconnect from the natural world. Yeah we see the moon rise and maybe even plot its phases, but when do we actually go outside civilization and really experience Mother Earth. It is one of my goals in life to go out to the Southwest or somewhere that is remote enough for me to actually see the Milky Way and all the stars the way the ancients did.
So I challenge you to get off your chair and take your kids outside, and if you don't have kids, go by yourself. Take a walk, it'll do you good, breath some fresh air and listen for the birds. Sometimes their music is better than the music on the radio.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Love and Recognition of the Goddess and God

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Immanent deity. In my opinion this is the greatest thing about the pagan faiths. There is no feeling like the feeling of being in the arms of the Goddess and God. I try hard to include this in the rituals that I have led. And I will try just as hard to show this to my youngest child, Lassair, (the oldest one being christian this probably won't work). She knows about the Goddess and God already. We have told her that the Goddess lives in the Moon and the God in the Sun.
With the death of a good friend of the family, me and my wife decided that being candid was probably the best course to take. So we told Lassair that Marge had died and had gone home to the Goddess. This consoled her and she was, if not happy, at least she was not sad.
While she is not old enough to understand immanence of deity, I am starting with recognition. Once they know what the Goddess and God represents then they can learn to know who They are. This is the essence of raising a pagan child. For it is this inherent knowledge of the Deity that defines pagans as such.
Right now we are listening to music, and Lassair's favorite song is "Freya, Shakti", by Emerald Rose. She sings, some of it at least, and bounces all over the room trying to dance. This is another way that I try to show Lassair about the Gods. For can not the Gods be found in music and dance? This song can be found on the following album Bending Tradition
So remember to tell your children about the Gods and about the old stories. Mythology should be required reading for pagan parents.
Merry Meet!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Loving and Kind-Hearted Nature

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This is probably the hardest and easiest lesson to teach anyone, especially children. Easiest because it is easy to tell your children to love and to be kind. The hardest because you do not only have to show children love and always strive to be kind, but you have to teach them how and when to show compassion, and not pity.
Children are naturally kind and loving, such is the nature of innocence, but naivety is often times taken advantage of by the cruel. This is the lesson that must be taught; when to be kind and when to be stern.
I strive with my children to always show them love. My best friend when he lived with us in the beginning of this year, commented one day that he had never heard the words, "I love you", as many times in one hour as in my house. To me this was the most heart-warming thing I had ever heard.
Now I do admit that we say it often, but we really do mean it. It is in my opinion that parents must show love not only to their children but to each other. For parents to show love, they can't only just say it they must show it. Whether through little gifts or through activities. Yet be careful that your children don't associate love with the receiving of gifts. I instead choose to do activities with my children and include them in many things that I do. My oldest one totally and absolutely enjoys her time with me in the kitchen. Yes I cook, I know hard to imagine, a grown male cooking but I do. I have taken the oldest one fishing and plan on taking the littlest one when she gets old enough.
The best advice I can give anyone on this topic is open your eyes wide and pay attention. Take advantage of every moment available to spend time with your children. Every opportunity that arises show your children how to show compassion and kindness. Talk to them as you would adults. Speak candidly about the things you do (how candid is dependent on the age and maturity of the children) so that they know why you do what you do and why you make some of the decisions that they make. Remember the children are always watching and always listening, even when you think they are not, so always show kindness and love if that is what you wish for your children to show.

Blessed Be!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Selfishness vs. Self-Responsibility

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
There are two basic kinds of people; the selfish and the self-responsible.

The Selfish

  • Expect others to sacrifice for them
  • Make others feel responsible for their feelings of pain and joy
  • Consistently make their own feelings, wants, needs and desires important without considering the feelings, wants, needs and desires of others
  • Believe they are entitled to special treatment, such as not having to wait in line

The Self Responsible

  • Take care of their own feelings, wants, needs and desires rather than expecting others to take care of them
  • Support others in doing what brings them joy, even when they are not doing as they want them to do
  • Show caring for others for the joy it gives them rather than out of fear, guilt, or obligation
  • Have the courage to take loving action on their own behalf, even it others get angry with them for doing so
  • Have the courage to speak their truth about what they will or will not do, and what they do or do not feel, rather than give themselves up to avoid criticism, anger or rejection

Now that I have defined the difference between selfishness and self-responsibility, what category do you fall into? Your children?
Too many people give themselves up to avoid being called selfish. But is that not deceptive? Would it not be easier to be truthful and let people know (nicely of course) about how you feel about someone or something, then to lie and constantly hide your true self?
Many pagans preach self-responsibility but fail to fully implement it. All of my friends will quickly tell you that Patrick means what he says and if he is unhappy with someone or something, that you will definitely hear about it from him firsthand. I don't believe in mincing my words or biting my tongue at all. This is also what I teach my children, both of them; there is no time to hint around an issue, if you have something to say, then just say it and deal with the consequences.
Too many parents have and continue to not teach this. This is evident in the fact that we live in a country of selfish people. People who care too much about themselves and feel that they are entitled to a handout. A nation of "victims" who are more worried about their rights rather than their responsibilities. Too quick to yell offense and sue than accept responsibility for their own actions. Our culture is obsessed with the phrase "instant service". We want everything now if not sooner.
But don't accept this list as a complete, fast and unchanging list. Far from it. Part of being self-responsible is making your own way in the world. Making our own definition of ourselves for in the end we have none on the physical plane to answer to.
This is just the list I abide by and try to teach to my children. For I believe it is my job to mold my young skulls full of mush into well adjusted and well rounded adults. Able to live and survive on their own in the real adult world.

Blessed Be!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Where Have all the Myths Gone?

Thursday, August 5, 2010
As a Pagan Father I have noticed that for little Pagan children there are no myths that are being taught to them. And in my opinion it is not from a lack of trying, there are just simply not any myths that are suitable for kids.
But why are myths important? To answer that question I think that we first must explore the definition of what myths are. Myths are the method and vessel by which, we as a people, try to explain our history and our beliefs. Now I know that for many of us there is very little history, either to our religion or to our own personal beliefs. But many of us have pantheons that we follow in our Craft and the stories from that pantheons will do well as myths to teach our children.
But is this all that myths are good for? Here is a list that hopefully answers that question in full:

  1. Myths grant continuity and stability to a culture. They foster a shared set of perspectives, values, history -- and literature, in the stories themselves. Through these communal tales, we are connected to one another, to our ancestors, to the natural world surrounding us, and to society; and, in the myths which have universal (i.e., archetypal) themes, we are connected to other cultures.
  2. Myths present guidelines for living. When myths tell about the activities and attitudes of deities, the moral tone implies society's expectations for our own behaviors and standards. In myths, we see archetypal situations and some of the options which can be selected in those situations; we also perceive the rewards and other consequences which resulted from those selections.
  3. Myths justify a culture's activities. Through their authoritativeness and the respected characters within them, myths establish a culture's customs, rituals, religious tenets, laws, social structures, power hierarchies, territorial claims, arts and crafts, holidays and other recurring events, and technical tips for hunting, warfare, and other endeavors.
  4. Myths give meaning to life. We transcend our common life into a world in which deities interact with humans, and we can believe that our daily actions are part of the deities' grand schemes. In our difficulties, the pain is more bearable because we believe that the trials have meaning; we are suffering for a bigger cause rather than being battered randomly. And when we read that a particular deity experienced something which we are now enduring -- perhaps a struggle against "evil forces" -- we can feel that our own struggle might have a similar cosmic or archetypal significance, though on a smaller scale.
  5. Myths explain the unexplainable. They reveal our fate after death, and the reasons for crises or miracles, and other puzzles -- and yet they retain and even encourage an aura of mystery. Myths also satisfy our need to understand the natural world; for example, they might state that a drought is caused by an angry deity. This purpose of mythology was especially important before the advent of modern science, which offered the Big Bang theory to replace creation myths, and it gave us the theory of evolution to supplant myths regarding the genesis of humanity. And yet, science creates its own mythology, even as its occasional secular barrenness threatens to strip us of the healthful awe which other types of mythology engender.
  6. Myths offer role models. In particular, children pattern themselves after heroes; comic books and Saturday-morning cartoons depict many archetypal characters, such as Superman and Wonder Woman. Adults, too, can find role models, in the stories of deities' strength, persistence, and courage. courtesy of http://www.mythsdreamssymbols.com/

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Household Priests and Priestesses?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Recently I listened to a podcast from T. Thorn Coyle. This podcast was the recording of a summit at Pagan Spirit Gathering on leadership in the Pagan community. Towards the end of this summit there was mention of how not everyone is drawn to be clergy, but that there may be a need for training of parents to be able to lead forward the next generation. Specifically she talked about maybe returning to an earlier Pagan model. One in which not everyone is a priest(ess) of the mysteries. In Ancient times people were priests of their household and of their trade.

Much like in modern Heathenism, where there is the leader of the Kindred, which can be comprised of many households, but there are still leaders of those households. These leaders being responsible for the spiritual leadership of their respective households.

This caught my interest, because it is in small part what I am already doing here. Although much of my focus is on training children, maybe some of my focus should be on providing information on helping all of us to become better spiritual leaders of their respective households?

I don't want to begin to add these kind of things unless it is something you all are interested in. And in fact I'm not even sure what those things would begin to be. Any comments would be appreciated.

Blessed Be!