We consider ritual to be an essential part of our days. So we were intrigued when David Brooks wrote a piece musing on the small acts that keep society together, imagining different ways we might quietly and meaningfully infuse our days with ritual. Pam Grossman responded: “Here’s the thing about the ‘There Should Be More Rituals!’ Op-Ed by David Brooks: he’s not wrong. But to write this with zero reference to the modern witchcraft movement belies either ignorance or misunderstanding about why so many are seeking alt-spiritual systems…” [DB on Ritual | Pam Grossman on the anti-hierarchical and anti-patriarchal witches he ignored]
April 19, 2019
Hanuman is the son of the wind (like our own breath), his father was Vayu and his mother a beautiful apsara known as Anjani. On this full moon we celebrate Lord Hanuman’s glorious appearance day.
Some of you readers know that Hanuman brought us, Erica + Spiro together, so this is a most special holiday for us personally. For those of you don’t know the story, you can read about it here.
“Performing tapas, the spiritual seeker fuels the sacrificial flames residing within his spiritual heart, the abode of Brahmaṇaspati. As Agni blazes, a loud (but soundless) thunderclap is perceived: the cry of the Vaṣaṭ call by Brahmaṇaspati. The Vaṣaṭ call alerts the gods that an offering is made for their partaking. Eagerly, the gods rush to receive the oblation. In return, the gods shower the yajamāna with an abundance of divine plenitude.
The yajamāna (sacrificer), fully integrated in all aspects of his being, awakens to a new consciousness. A single ray of light (immortal truth) now shines forth from within with the brilliance of a million suns. Facilitated by Brahmaṇaspati and his holy power of brahman, heaven and earth are wedded together in the cave of the spiritual heart of the aspirant.” –The Divine Forces of the Lunar Nakṣatras as Portrayed in the Vedas: Mystical Forms, Ancient Epithets and Sacred Mythology, by Radhe