Excellent outing

I just got back from one of the more meaning-dense hours of my life. (And y’know, my life? It is not exactly lacking meaning-dense hours.)

One of our local churches – one with a long history of social justice, questioning ‘how it has to be’ and everything else – has been running a 10 day arts festival focusing on spiritual questions and covering a *wide* range of paths. I’ve managed to drive past this church regularly (it’s at the corner of the exit I get off the highway for for work) but hadn’t actually gotten around to going to the URL until yesterday.

(The festival is Spirit in the House. It runs through Sunday, June 1st, and if I’m still in the Twin Cities next year, I suspect I’ll be aiming at getting a festival pass because there really are about 10 things I’d like to see.)

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Food for ritual

Since this also just turned up in my search engine results, I thought it might be handy to mention. One of our coven desires is good food and drink: we’re both big believers in food being a pleasure as well as a necessity, and we want our ritual work and celebrations to reflect that.

What does that actually mean?

Two recent crafty projects

I had a need for two figurines for specific shrines/ongoing workings I had in mind, and was pretty sure I wasn’t going to find what I wanted elsewhere – so I made some! It’s the first time I’d done much work with clay since middle school (and definitely the first time since then I was doing figures), and it was both very fun, and a fascinating magical process.

Down in the Darkness (original chant)

Over on my LiveJournal, I got encouraged to post a recording of music for something else I was working on, if I ever get it written (that one’s a sung circle case, maybe.) To test out what it’d take to do that, I thought I’d record a much shorter and simpler chant I wrote about three years ago.

It’s called Down in the Darkness

I didn’t write it for anything in particular (it hit me over the head while driving to work), but we’ve since used it for Yule rituals, and for other trance work. It’s very easy for people to sing harmonies to (and there are all sorts of places you can take the harmony). Two hints: it’s easier to sing slightly faster, and it’s important to keep the consonants crisp, or you will start falling over your tongue (or sound like a snake!)

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