Let There Be Light

December is a month marked by many holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, etc. For pagans, Wiccans and many of the older religions, it is the time we celebrate the season of Yule, which also marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year. We celebrate the rebirth of the sun and beginning of winter. It is one of the oldest winter celebrations known. Winter Solstice celebrations gave people hope that sunny days lay ahead. Warmth would return to the world and cold and darkness would fade. The thought of celebrating any holiday is incomprehensible to many of us this year, as we search for some sign of hope that things will get bet

Interpreting the Election Through the Yamas

What do politics have to do with Yoga? If we look at our recent election - which revealed some of the worst human behavior in recent history - we can see how far we are from touching true enlightenment as a species. As many of us struggle to make sense of the fact that our nation has elected a man with no moral or ethical code to run our country, we can find some understanding and possibly even a dim ray of hope by looking at the bigger picture. Most interpreters of Vedic scriptures believe we are now in Kali Yuga, a dark age where ignorance prevails and people are as far away as possible from "God" (more on this in next week's blog post). "The Yuga Cycle doctrine tells us that we are no

Mni Wiconi: Water is Life

The average adult human body is made up of 50-65% water. Babies are made up of even more, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue, so our body composition determines what percentage of water we contain, but we ARE made of water and water is essential for life. It is the first thing we look for on other planets to see if they might sustain life. I write this blog post the day after the Native people of Standing Rock won a temporary victory over the construction of an oil pipeline that, if finished, will run under the lake that provides them with safe and clean water. They have been protesting for months, joined by ot

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