How to Hold Your Own Croning Ceremony

These dark days of winter are the perfect time to honor the age-advanced woman in your life. Winter is the domain of the crone, the final aspect of the triple goddess. While many people dread getting old, it is also possible to celebrate it as a mark of wisdom, experience, and maturity. A croning ceremony is like a coming-of-age ceremony (think bat mitzvah or quinceañera) but it marks not the transition from child to adult but rather adult to elder. I performed this ceremony for my mom around her 50th birthday, and I believe it helped her embrace this new stage of her life. Continue reading “How to Hold Your Own Croning Ceremony”

Diverse Reads of 2017

Every year, inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, I strive to read as many books as possible that support and represent minority groups traditionally left out of the publishing industry. In 2017, although I did not set any numerical reading goals, I did make an active effort to seek out works with LGBT representation, disabilities representation, and/or by authors of color. These works ended up comprising one quarter of all the books I read last year – a much heftier proportion than in previous years. Below is a list of some of the books I read. Feel free to use it as inspiration for your own diverse reading! Continue reading “Diverse Reads of 2017”

My Path to Witchcraft

Hi all, for one of my first posts, I figured I’d tell you about how I came to witchcraft and what it means to me. I have been practicing witchcraft since 2009 and have been designing my own spells and rituals for almost as long. I have lead some group rituals for a pagan/Unitarian Universalist club in college but generally find my practice to be so personal I prefer to do it alone. As you may know from my About section, I am an eclectic solitary Wiccan who is also Jewish (they don’t conflict for me—I could write a post about that if you’re interested). So here’s the story of what lead me to this path…. Continue reading “My Path to Witchcraft”