Joining the Covenant of Hekate

A few years ago, I somehow stumbled across the Covenant of Hekate and devoured their public website.  I joined their public Facebook group, too, in an effort to learn more about how they viewed things.

What I learned about them was that, as opposed to my usual inclination, I wanted to take an active part and become a full fledged member.  This makes a total of 2 Pagan organizations that I have wanted to join.  More after the jump

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My birth horoscope

NewImageA friend of ours pulled up my natal chart a couple of weeks ago, and I took it and ran with it.  Now, I’m not big into astrology, so I admit that I only took the first big site that had 95% of the info that I was looking for and looked up what the ephemeral data reported.  Click through the jump to see what I came up with!  I have bolded the items that seemed to be particularly applicable to me.  The information behind the jump is purely copy pasta, and I have not done any further interpretation other than what came from cafeastrology.com

 

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New books! New books!

Huzzah! Huzzah! New books have arrived!

The Amazon.com fairy stopped by our house today and dropped off two parcels: One solely for Kristen, and one for both of us, though mostly her.

Come inside and see what we’re reading!

Currently playing in iTunes: Singularity by Sabled Sun. Off of the album 2145.
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The end of a personal era

Today, I received my final installment of the OBOD Bardic course.  I didn’t realize that it was my last one when I opened the mailbox and smiled, but once I opened the envelope, it was clear.  I am left with something to ponder.

I started this course of home study some 10 years ago, in a different personal age, and as I was living a different “life.”  I understand that, during my long stints of absence, the course has gone through a re-write, so I have part of the old course and part of the new.  Without knowing the differences, I don’t find a disconnect between the two version-parts that I have.

As the OBOD courses are experiential in nature, I won’t discuss much about the teachings, but I don’t feel that I gained much from this segment of the studies, because it is so very much a study in fundamentals.  I came to the Bardic course with a strong basis in Paganism and other general spiritual studies.

That’s not to say that I feel that my time and money was wasted, because I don’t.  I learned a few things, and re-enforced my previous studies, and I looked at some of the material with new eyes.  I think that the course was well put together, but it wasn’t as in-depth as I would have liked (I like challenging material).  I am sharing the course with a friend of mine, and I believe that he will get some good out of it, as I think (i could be wrong) that his experiences are not as fundamental as mine are/were when I started.

I’ll be proceeding to the Ovate grade of the Order, I think.  This packet included some basic information about the Ovate studies, and they look like something that I would both enjoy and learn a good deal from.

The final step on the Bardic path is to write a review of the course material and my experiences with it.  That should make for an interesting retrospective, I think.

She might have written this for ME!!!

When A Pagan Prays.  Bu Nimue Brown

Just a quick hit about a book I’m currently reading, “When a Pagan Prays: Exploring Prayer in Druidry and Beyond” by Nimue Brown.

I swear, she could be talking specifically about and for me, on a number of levels. Although I don’t think that she and I share a desire for prayer structure (she says as much, that she doesn’t necessarily feel it is necessary, but I am yearning), she is approaching it from a thoughtful and experiential direction. Even some of her misgivings about prayer match what I’m feeling. I am so grateful that I was sent a link to her blog, which lead me to this book.