Black Dogs of Appalachia

Recommending this blog post full of folklore concerning black (and white) dogs from out of Appalachia: Pad Pad Pad, Black Dogs in Appalachian Folklore. — Holy Stones and Iron Bones In my family, there were a lot of stories about supernatural white dogs coming to the aide of our ancestors in times of need before…

Samhain – The Harvest of Souls

For those of us in the Wiccan tradition, this time of year is Samhaintide (pronounced SAH-wen), the final celebration of the harvest: the harvest of souls. This is the time when the veil between the concrete world and the spirit world is the thinnest and can easily be crossed or seen through. The night is […]…

Death Revisited: Close Calls

Since last writing on the subject of Memento Mori, I’ve had two (minor) brushes with death. Also in that time, two public figures died, two of my friends lost people close to them to cancer, and an acquaintance suddenly and inexplicably dropped dead at a concert.  So it seems I’m not through with the subject just yet. But is a witch…

Memento Mori

Death is really on my mind lately. Sunday evening, my fiancé took me to a cemetery in his old neighborhood so he could pray for an important housing decision to turn in his favor.  Like many people, he feels more comfortable praying among the dead than at a church. It was a gorgeous, peaceful evening…