There is always love.

See to it that love continues. It is left to you to tend this work. We cannot do it for you alone. You too must serve. 

from the Year 24 Kemetic Orthodox Oracle of Aset

When I read the Oracle for this year, I was ecstatic. I am all about divine love. Love is basically the key word of my religious practice. The word ‘love’ appears more than a dozen times in the Oracle.

Love is such a big word. It encompasses so many things: friendship, family, religion, sex, partnership, enjoyment, and on and on. Love can be comforting and soothing, or so deep it causes pain. It can be so much more than four letters could ever contain. And yet – four letters contain love in its entirety.

Love is a command, it is a sensation, it is an action; in the Oracle, it is all these things. We are reminded that the gods love us — so much so that They bring us into being, suffused with this love from cradle to grave. We are commanded to act always in love — not in romantic love or friendship, but the love that recognizes that we are all children of the gods, and as such deserve respect, honesty, and dignity. We are given the power to love ourselves, to care for ourselves and our world, and reclaim our innocence.

Love is the foundation of my worship. Everything springs from love. The gods love me, so They call to me to honor Them. I love the gods, so I bring them offerings and kneel before the shrine. I learned about the term bhakti yoga (or bhakti marga) in my brief study of Hinduism, and it springs to mind every time I try to describe my religious ideology. Bhakti yoga can refer to the path to moksha, or freedom, attained by love and devotion to a god or to the Divine as a whole. The goal is to be devoted without pretense or desire for reward; to love God for the sake of loving God, and to allow oneself to become absorbed by the love that joins God and devotee.1

I sometimes describe this feeling as grace, though that word has its own Judeo-Christian connotations. There is this lightness, this breathless joy that I feel when I walk out of Their shrine drenched in Their love. It is this feeling that I try to carry with me through the world. It is this feeling that inspired the name change of this blog. This love is powerful and intoxicating. It changes everything it touches. It has certainly changed me.

We are tasked to serve love, this year. We are instructed to ensure that the love They have given us — pure, strong love — continues to move through the world with us. We are expected to share love with each other, to heal each other and support each other.

I am so ready to carry Their love.


  1. This is a way watered down summary of the concept of bhakti yoga. If you are interested in learning, you may wish to seek out someone currently practicing Hinduism who may be more deeply familiar with the concept. My study of Hinduism was purely academic.

Deep(-ish) thoughts from an airport charging station.

This is a choice. We may be called by the gods to serve Them, but worshipping Them together is a choice – and it is an important one. This religion exists because we choose it again and again, day after day. If we intend for what we are doing to last, we need to be conscious of this and keep choosing it, each and every day. 

Happy Last Day of the Year!

Happy last day of the year! The final day of the year of Heru-sa-Aset. I’ll be heading off to Retreat again as of Friday. I probably won’t be posting much here, but I’ll try to share snippets on Instagram and Twitter.

To celebrate the last day of the year, I’d like to share a playlist of some of my favorite songs for the end of the year and the beginning of the next one. Enjoy!

Wep Ronpet 2016:

  1. The Violet Hour – the Civil Wars
  2. The New Year – Death Cab for Cutie
  3. The Earth Isn’t Humming – Thrice
  4. This Year – The Mountain Goats
  5. Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  6. Silent in the Morning – Phish
  7. Here Comes the Flood – Peter Gabriel
  8. Shrine – Beats Antique
  9. Empty Hearts – Josh Ritter
  10. Benedictus – Strawbs
  11. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  12. It’s the End of the World – R.E.M.

What’s up, Sobeq?

Whoa. So I graduated, and finished my semester teaching, and then I had oral surgery.

Which got infected, and stayed infected.

And spread into my sinuses, and stayed in my sinuses.

I’m still trying to boot this infection even now. It’s not the worst infection, but it’s lingering just enough to make me feel lousy.

But in all of this, I’ve gotten some great news:

licenseapproval

(Those following things are the licensure fee and my fingerprints. In 3-4 weeks, I’ll have my license and license number, and I’ll officially be able to call myself a licensed counselor.)

Now I need to find myself a job to use the license.

Pretty much a great way to end the year!