Taking time off from serving as a priest of my deities has been one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. When I made the decision to temporarily suspend my service, I grieved a little. I felt like I was giving up, like I was losing a piece of myself, like I was a … Continue reading On sabbaticals.
2016 will be the tenth year since I was first called by my gods. I remember being new to Their worship and thinking ten years felt like an impossibly long time to be anything, let alone a devotee of a deity. Part of that probably had to do with my age at the time. I … Continue reading Ten years.
Today is Self Injury Awareness Day. A few years ago, I wrote a long post about my own experiences, which I won't rehash; you can read that post here. Instead, let me offer a brief meditation on the subject. The gods don't want us to be hurting. Sometimes we will feel sore, or pained, as … Continue reading A reminder.
Crises of faith can be funny. You can declare they're over, and that you believe in God again with your whole heart. Your friends will pat you on the back (maybe metaphorically, if you're long-distance). You feel accomplished, and somehow more adult - maybe surviving a Dark Night of the Soul with your faith intact … Continue reading Not there yet.
After my last post, things perked up in my shrine life. I hit a good four-day stride leading up to the civil new year's day -- and then I woke up on January 1st with that unfortunate, familiar tickle in my throat. By evening, I had settled into a very sneezy cold. I had been … Continue reading No, really: don’t mind the little things.
I... seem to have disappeared temporarily. Now that we're about to head into the epagomenal days of year 20, I am slowly dipping my toes back into the blog-water. I had a veritable whirlwind of mundane life stuff that completely caught me up -- coupled with a crippling crisis of faith that left me barely … Continue reading Where did Sobeq go?
... although I haven't quite been dead. Some background on why this blog has been mostly dormant for the last 6 months: In October, the town I live in was devastated by "Superstorm" Sandy. Since then, my life has been simultaneously a whirlwind, and completely stagnant. My family's house was partially destroyed and rendered unsafe … Continue reading Back to life…