Under the Maple Canopy

Singing Union Songs Since 2009

A Unique Blog Award

I have to apologize for not getting to this sooner, but, well, puppy.  How long do you think I can keep using that as my excuse for everything?

“Sorry, dear, I won’t be home anytime in the next several hours.”

“Why not?”

“Oh, puppy!”

“But the puppy’s at home with me and the kids…”

“Puppy?”

A n y w a y

Last week I got a very thoughtful blog award from Wyrd Anglo Saxon Priestess (more about her at her About page). I don’t remember how I first found her blog, but I have enjoyed reading it over these last few months.  I loved the picture of her indoor grove – she has the cutest little tree I have ever seen.  Many thanks to her for nominating me!

The purpose of this award is to bring positive recognition to those bloggers who share their experiences on the less-traveled path, whether in the form of a journal or by standing up for themselves and others. Our award logo was a collaborate endeavor made with love that we are both very proud of. So without any further ado, onward to the details of the newest award to find its way to the blogsphere!

The Rules:

  • Post the award logo within your blog post
  • Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
  • Answer the seven questions below
  • Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
  • Notify your nominees of their pending award
  • Give a short description of the blog/blogger and why you nominated them
  • Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner and Book of Shadows to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded
  • You may customize the questions as long as they are still Wiccan- and Pagan-related

 
Seven Questions:

How did you “discover” Wicca/witchcraft/Paganism or what you call your path?

That’s…complicated.  Then again, when is anything in life not complicated?  The long story can be found over yonder.  The short of it is, my fundagelical turned “Messianic Jew” (please, don’t ask *sigh*) brother-in-law raised a stink one year about Christmas because, well, PAGAN! (mimes clutching one’s pearls and falling over faint).  I set out on a journey to prove just how many things one could consider PAGAN! because I’m annoying and I wanted to prove a point.  The gist of it, crazy brother-in-law, is you might want to stop doing just about everything.

Odd catalyst aside, somewhere along the way we found that a nature based spirituality just fit.  That fact that we didn’t have to be theists to be accepted and that under the Pagan umbrella, one can find a multitude of diverse paths was a HUGE comfort.  You mean there’s room for the “other”?!?

Do you grow herbs?

Uh, I grow children, does that count?  No?  Ok, so I do have an herb garden and it was supposed to be like a partial herb wheel and I lovingly picked out some plants, started some from seed, and then had another child.  I’ve been waging war with the Burdock in my backyard that threatens to take over everything, can’t seem to get my elderberry bush to set fruit, and let the hops plants take over the fence.  It’s kind of sad at this point, but um, kids and puppy?

I do, however, share my city lot with two huge silver maple trees that require zero input on my part aside from raking leaves in the fall.  The one in the backyard I call Grandma Maple because she’s the largest of the two and provides the most shelter and shade.  She’s not pictured in this picture, though.  The one with the yellow-y leaves at the top is Sister Maple in the front yard and the two red maples in the bottom corners are in the park row.  These are the trees that were the inspiration for my blog title.  Trees, more than anything (except the stars and our universe), are what give me the greatest sense of the divine in life.

Are you “in the broom closet”? If not, share your coming out experience.

Yes, and no.  I mean, my mom reads here (Hi, Mom!) so it’s not exactly as if it’s some great surprise, but I also haven’t set out to specifically tell people.  I work on a need to know basis and have largely decided that most of my family members don’t need to know.

I guess that’s generally out of a sense of self-preservation.  I have a large number of fundagelical family members who would not be able to accept the husband and I no longer identifying as fellow fundagelicals with all that entails.  It’s also an issue of protecting my children from what would be zealous attempts to “share the gospel.”  If there’s one thing I think I can most provide my children, it’s the safety to explore the ideas of god, goddess, divine, spiritual, etc, without poisoning the well with one-wayers.  I know that I can counter that with comparative religion and that I can’t keep them away from the one-wayers forever, but I am determined to do so for as long as I can.

What tradition do you follow?

Um, my own?  I like the way Wyrd Preistess puts it – “Dirty American.”  We incorporate Buddhist concepts (and participate in the local Family Dharma class) and honor and read stories about Hindu, Celtic, and Greek deities as a family.   struggle with my first world, European privilege.  Am I contributing to colonialism and cultural appropriation by doing so?  I don’t have a good answer to that, though it is something I try to be mindful of.  I’m holding it in tension at this point.

Do you consider yourself a witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else?)

I’m a Pantheist, Naturalist, Humanist, Agnostically oriented Pagan, though usually I just say Pantheist Pagan for short.

How much of witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?

I do not claim the title of witch nor do I practice witchcraft, though I affirm and support the right of others to do so.  We follow the Wiccan Wheel of the Year because it helps us connect with the seasons and engage with the world around us.  We also participate in many of the modern traditions associated with these holidays.  I also find an affinity with the way some Wiccans view the god and goddess in an archetypal way.

Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you meet him/her and how s/he takes part in your practice (if at all)

Well, I don’t practice magick or witchcraft, but I do have cats.  Of the two, it would probably be the male cat (pictured here).  I think I could say that he functions in a sense as a familiar, although while I’m a liberal lefty, he fits S.M. Stirling’s description of cats fairly well, being a furry little Republican with an in-built aversion to change.  He follows me everywhere and likes to keep an eye on whatever I’m doing.  I’m physically incapable of doing Yoga around here without also finding his butt in my face, when I write or quilt he keeps an eye on me, and if I go outside at night to stargaze or watch the full moon he sits at the patio door and stares at me.

Nominees:

Musings of a Kitchen Witch because she’s insightful and well-written with a decent sense of humor.  What’s not to love?

Spiral Visions because I’m telling you, that’s one busy woman!  She doesn’t blog often, but when she does it has value.  She also doesn’t let chronic pain slow her down which is inspiring!

Works of Literata because I love what she writes and I admire her standing up for what’s right.

Which is about all I can do for nominees, which doesn’t mean that there aren’t any out there, it’s just that those I read either already got it or aren’t specifically Pagan.  But what about you, dear reader, do you have a favorite Pagan blog?

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