Live Deeply: the Pagan Daybook 2011


Introducing the new Pagan Daybook 2011. A weekly planner for a deeper experience of life.

Experience Deeply.

Seasons, Moons, Holidays.

Attune yourself to the rhythms of earth and sky. From Wolf Moon to Flower Moon, from Epiphany to Lughnasadh, from Haiti’s Ancestry Day to South Africa’s Youth Day, set your spirit to follow the dance of the year.


See Deeply.

Images for Contemplation.

Each week, the Pagan Daybook offers you a stunning grayscale photograph of nature or the pagan world. Meditate on the image, use it as a jumping-off point for active visualization, or view it as part of the larger message of the week.


Speak Deeply.

The Song of Words.

The weekly word is a term to contemplate and roll on your tongue. Read its etymology and spiritual significance, and experience the tension between ancient and modern, meaning and form. Speak, and engage mind, heart, spirit, body, society.


Think Deeply.

Quotes and Thoughts.

From Jeff Lilly’s Druid Journal and Alison Shaffer’s Meadowsweet & Myrrh, quotes chosen to reflect the season, image, and word, to move thought and memory, to stir spirit.

From the introduction

“Fiction is the literature of the unreal — of the dream, of the otherworld, of symbols in motion. Nonfiction is the literature of the past — of memory, thought, truth, stone. The calendar can be thought of as the literature that sparkles with the present, shimmering on the outer leaves of the past, the tips of the feathers of the eagle riding the whole sky — full of potential, possibility, and most poignantly, your own will. It is that eternal, timeless moment where you make your choices. It is the place you go to assign meaning and pattern to your life, feeling its long arcs and quick twists; to taste of your desires and put your finger to the wind of your passions; and then to exert your will, and act.”


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Also available: the Pagan Monthly Calendar 2011.

PaganCalendar2011CoverThe Pagan Monthly Calendar 2011. “I might speak of the Song of the World, and how it moves with exquisite harmony and balance and beauty. I might say that it reverberates in us, that it tunes us to that greater harmony — and no matter how deaf we might think we have become, we can always hear that World Song — for it is what sustains and moves us. This is a mercy, a kind of persistence. And in a way, it is also merciful for being somewhat impersonal, larger than any one of us — a way of connecting. “God is merciful” is like a way of saying that beauty and love endure — but it is in their nature to endure, for they are responsive and dynamic, and only things which are so can last, can move as history moves, move as landscapes change.”
— “Peace and the Celtic Spirit: Excerpts from a Journal”, Meadowsweet & Myrrh

Reconciling Dreams and Reality IV: the Struggle for Interpretation

This post is taken from my journal of the fifth and sixth days of my ten-day fast and meditation to gain clarity on my career path.

Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Dreams. I had three dreams. First, I was riding with some other people on donkeys through an autumn forest, looking for a monastery of some sort. Second, there was a long, involved dream about being stuck in an airport; there were video games and movies of low quality, and lots of smoking and drinking, with an overall general sense of despair. At one point during the dream, I was almost roped back into working in the defense industry. At one point I was almost grabbed back into the military. Third, and much more pleasantly, I was sailing through a strait of tall cliffs on a sunny afternoon; and I think there was something to do with 16th century pirate warfare…  Probably a dream inspired by the Princess Bride, which we’re reading now.

DSC02621On waking, I had a strong feeling that I should look for the connection between the Bear guide and the Pool of the Moon.

I felt pretty grounded and connected today. We had a very late lunch, and I was pretty hungry, so I allowed myself to have some pita in addition to hummus at our 2:30pm “lunch”. That was a cheat on the raw vegan fast, but otherwise things went well today overall. I even got some more writing done on the Great Bear blog post. But I also found myself thinking more about writing a book, and stumbled on some online resources about selling and marketing books.

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Words of the Day: Luck, May, Me, My, Mine

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy!


lugh2007There are precious few words of completely unknown origin. This fact is a tribute to the last two hundred years of scholarship by historical linguists and philologists, professional and amateur.

But of course there are some tough words out there. Luck is one of those nuts that just won’t get cracked.

It first appeared around 1500 as lucke, borrowed from Dutch luc, meaning “happiness, good fortune”. This in turn was a clipping of gheluc, frequently used in gambling. It appears to be related to German Glück, “fortune, happiness”. But where did gheluc come from? No one has any idea at all!

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Reconciling Dreams and Reality III: The Dragon and the Jewels

This post is taken from my journal of the third and fourth days of my ten-day fast and meditation to gain clarity on my career path.

Wednesday, Septemper. 8, 2010

Dreams.Along with my eldest daughter’s Waldorf teacher, I am co-teaching a bunch of… 4th graders? In the dream, which appeared to be set a few years in the future, it has become increasingly difficult to teach children, and the world is changing so quickly; so she is using multimedia now, even though that is not the Waldorf way. We were watching movies about the earth’s dissolution, but every movie included bits about what people were doing to help out.

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Words of the Day: Hobbit, Honest, I

My old blog, the Word of the Day, is defunct, and I’m getting ready to take it down. Before I do, though, I’m going to repost some of the best words here over the next few weeks. Enjoy!


howimvotingiiThe word hobbit sprang without warning into Tolkien’s mind while he was grading exams. He simply found himself writing on the back of an exam page, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit”. He didn’t know what a hobbit was, or what kind of hole it lived in… But he found the answers as he was weaving bedtime stories for his children — the stories that would, of course, be written down as The Hobbit.

Why did it come into Tolkien’s head? One possible source is the word rabbit. Tolkien vehemently denied that hobbits had anything to do with rabbits, although Bilbo Baggins is called a “rabbit” multiple times in the book. Many years after The Hobbit was written, Tolkien developed a fictional etymology for it: hobbit was a worn-down form of Old English hol-bytla, “hole-builder”. Perhaps Tolkien, a scholar of Old English, subconsciously had this in mind from the beginning. Another possible source is a mention of hobbits in long list of earth-spirits compiled by a 19th-century writer, a list which Tolkien may possibly have read and then forgotten about. In any case, other possibilities are (1) a word hobbe in Middle English which meant something like “small sprite” or “changeling”, and which Tolkien was probably aware of on some level, and (2) Hob, a nickname for Robin Goodfellow, a forest spirit.

It seems almost as if the syllable hob has always been there, floating around in the collective unconscious of English speakers, and has emerged at various times and places under the pen of various authors who happened to “hear” it.

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