Hudson county, New Jersey. It's not New York, but you can see it from there.Path:
Very much my own. That pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training in a couple of days means more to me about Spring's arrival than a holiday based on shearing sheep, if that helps. Nothing against anyone, it's just how the wheel of the year is relevant in my life.Religious History:
Raised Episcopalian, which is kinda like Roman Catholic, 'cept the Episcopalians I knew didn't really care so much about who you slept with, and were more into the "clothe the naked, feed the hungry" bits of Christianity. Plus, instead of nuns with 12-string guitars singing campfire songs from the '70s, church music was William Byrd and Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. Dad was an Episcopal priest, so yeah, I got to know quite a bit about that religion. Jehovah and I just really stopped clicking somewhere along the way, and I figured I needed something different. So I went exploring a few years back, ran into Neo-Paganism, and it made so much more sense. So I did some reading, and then some more reading. Joined a coven at one point, had a falling out, moved from California back to Jersey, and haven't been able to really click in to anything organized. So I take solace in the Earth's rotation.Books that have impacted my spirituality
: Cunningham's Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner
is the book I always wind up going back to when I need to reconnect. I've also really dug Ann Moura's "Green Witchcraft" books, just about everything I've read by Starhawk (especially The Fifth Sacred Thing
), and gobs of others. Drawing Down The Moon
was the first book on the subject I read. Outside the Neo Pagan world, AA's Big Book, much of Jack Kerouac and Hermann Hesse's work, and even the Harry Potter series (*ducks*) have affected the way I look at the Divine.