Building Ritual By Way Of Ostara

• April 15th, 2013

OMG It has been Sooooo busy around here and the season is just getting started. In this episode Arrowind and Fox discuss a few of their ritual building techniques as they brainstorm their way through the planning of the family coven's Ostara ritual. They cover some ground in basic ritual building after spending some time talking about the Ostara sabbat and some of their feelings about it. The show was crazy long and took forever to edit what with our seasonally tightening schedules. We hope you find something useful, informative. or just entertaining in it.

No podcast of the week this episode as the uneditted recording was over an hour long. Plus Fox is getting a bit freaked out by how many times he raves about a show in Podcast of the Week and it disappears the next week. He really hasn't figured out how to approach this weird coincidence yet and is not to sure about Podcast of the Week in the meantime. If you want him to keep it going drop him a line and let him know.

The weather is changing and so begins the warm weather camping season. We'll be at an ADF festival called Trillium soon and then there are several more trips of varying styles in line. Woo Hoo!!! Camping!! If you see us out and about in the woods stop and say HI. We love to meet listeners. If you have that chance to get out of doors this season, do it. As a pagan I find nothing more refeshing and invigorating than surrounding myself with trees and green. Try it for yourself. I think you might like it especially after this long winter. Warm yourself up and then spread some warmth around.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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Pagan Spiritual Soup Revisted

• March 23rd, 2013

This episode Arrowind and Fox revisit our second episode entitled Pagan Spiritual Soup. When originally published this episode was an introduction to your hosts and a more defined glimpse into their spiritual practices and how they apply those to their lives and family. While relistening and commenting we observed that we don't really feel as if we've changed that much. The mutual consesus was an observation of a maturing and deepening of our beliefs. It was a fun look a this time capsule of our lives. We certainly hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Once again I would like to point out that if this is the first time you've heard these older episodes or are listening to them again they are a bit editted from the original release versions. Sometimes they have been editted for time restraints, sometimes for personal reasons, and sometimes just to make the episode flow better with the additional commentary. In some cases we may have editted out up to half of the original show. Stay tuned for how you can recieve the original uneditted episodes where you will be able to not only hear all the imperfections of our early editing style but the additional original commentary. It's not always going to be a lot but it will always give you a more defined glimpse into who we are as Pagans and why. We are working to be able to do this very soon.

Facebook has shifted itself around again and as such the interface for the page has changed in a way that is taking me some time to figure out. In the mean time if I haven't responded to some post's that would just be me dealing with another learning curve. Yikes.

Thinking about how our lives were five years ago when we started the show has really driven home the idea that our spirituality is a dynamic and organic growing thing. It makes me quite happy to realise that we here at the PPOTE household are not simply stagnating but reaching forward and living along with our living beliefs. Reach out and grab life. I know it's speeding by at a pretty quick clip but if we can hold on, if we can keep up, I promise that it's worth the ride.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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On Being Different and Raising Differnt Children

• March 9th, 2013

For what might have been the first time in the five years history of PPOTE it was Foxfire who had a few second thoughts about releasing an episode. Tonight’s show takes an intimate look at some of the personal issues we have with feeling different and how that affects how we are raising our children. That’s right, it’s one of Those episodes. It’s not entirely about parenting as it addresses some of our thoughts about why we see ourselves as different from society at large. This leads into a discussion on the kind of dynamic we are, as parents, creating in our children. I’m certain that spending time thinking about such things makes us better parents and I’m fairly sure we’re not the only Pagan parents having these discussions out of love and concern for the futures of our little ones.

This episode also features the return of Podcast of the Week. Fox talks about a relatively new show (new to him at least) “American Druid” This show has a experiential aspect that Fox loves. The host is very easy to listen to. I got the impression that the American Druid and I are around the same age so that my have influenced my opinion to a degree Check it out and see if it impresses you as it did Fox.

I sincerely believe that having deep conversations along sensitive subjects is an excellent way of helping our selves become more complete and self actualized people. A sense of awareness of ourselves, who we are, and why we do things is, I think, an important step towards becoming better people from both an interpersonal and spiritual level. If we’re open to the concerns of others we can help them as well as ourselves sometimes. Go ahead. Lend an ear to a friend. It might lead to being a shoulder to lean on. And helping to stabilize others can only but help us all have a more stable existence.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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Pagan Parents on the Edge Revisited

• February 25th, 2013

Welcome back everyone as we struggle to get back and keep back on schedule. In this episode we revisit the inaugural episode of the show, self titled, Pagan Parents on the Edge. In the coming series, taking a listen back in time to the old shows, we share our commentary and insights on how our ideas and attitudes have changed in the last five years. In this episode we think back on why we started the show and a bit about why we've continued to push ahead despite the gaps in recording and other road bumps between here and there. As the show was ushered into being it felt appropriate to discuss the births of our children as those life altering moments that cemented the label of parents onto our lives. We were a bit suprised at how we responded to some of the thoughts we had those many years ago.

With the begining of this new approach to PPOTE we hope to overcome some of the technological glitches that have made our past shows unaccessable. As the "Retro Review" of the old shows moves forward we will be removing the original releases from the shows library. Eventually we will make the original, uneditted, epsiodes available through other means. Stay tuned to see how we manage to pull this rabbit out of our hats. And "uneditted" you may ask? In the new "retro review" rereleases we have editted out parts of the original episodes, sometimes for personal reasons, sometimes for time constraints, sometimes just to keep the show flowing. In some cases we will have removed up to half of the original. That stuff will be present in the uneditted releases. Sooooo if this is the first time you've heard these shows you're actually missing some of the PPOTE experience and if you heard the show all those years ago you might notice the difference. We're on an interesting journey. Let's see where this goes together.

We now have a Facebook page (not really new news, I know) and are looking forward to seeing how the shows new directions are recieved. Drop us a line or friend us up. If you get us at iTunes help us get a presence back by giving us a review. We'd really appreciate it and I may start reading them on the show.

There are so many things going on around the PPOTE household it's like an insane whirlwind. I try all the time to stay centered and take things one thing at a time. I know a lot of peoples lives are in similar states. We live in chaotic, busy, times. Remember to stay calm and centerd and maybe reach out to help steady someone else in need. We're Pagans. We can do that.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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Take Me To Your Leader

• February 9th, 2013

Welcome back everybody. In this episode Arrowind and Fox explore some of their ideas regarding leadership both in the pagan community and life in general. We discuss what does and doesn't make for good leadership and even touch on some thoughts about following. Leadership skills and groups without leaders are rambled around as Fox and Arrowind attempt to tackle this heavier than expected subject while also trying to brush the dust off of their podcasting skills.

As we restart our ommitment to the show we have discovered that podcasting is indeed a practiced skill, one which we found we were rustier at than expected. As such some of our thoughts and idea this episode may seem a bit disjointed. Give us a couple of episodes and we'll get back in the proverbial saddle. It suprised me a bit to realise that I had lost my flow to a degree and am looking to smooth things out.

As you heard in the show there are going to be a few changes to the way the show is presented to the public forum. Every other new episode is going to be a revisting of a show from the past. As we move forward with this we will be removing the oldest shows from the hoster feed. Check into the Facebook page for coming information on how you could own your own copies of those shows once they have been removed.

There are no segements this show and may not be any for several episodes to come. We'd like to eventually bring back Podcast of the Week and What Does Fox Do, but for know are just focused on simply getting the show back up and running and out there again.

The Gods know it's been a crazy juggling act of jobs and schedules, kids and schooling, drudgery and joy around here at the PPOTE household but it seems we are finally getting a handle on things. We sincerely hope that all of you have or are getting a handle on your worlds out there in this trying and challenging times. Lets remember that we are a community and as such should be there tto lift and hold each other up if in no other way at least by not holding anyone down.

Blessed Be

Fox

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One Pagan’s Trash is Another’s,,,

• July 14th, 2012

In this episode of PPOTE, Foxfire waxes eloquent or maybe just talks alot about his spiritual relationship to garbage. Arrowind jumps in as we discuss concepts of negativity and negative energy surrounding those things that we dispose of everyday. In some ways, this is not the type of negative energy you generally consider from your pagan experience. Foxfire is very passionate about how he relates to trash as some of the concepts are rather deep and meaningful. Hopefully it will give you plenty to think about the next time you take out your trash.

In Arrowind's, as of yet unnamed segment, she leads a discussion about vultures. These birds are majestic and fantastic end-users in the natural world. She reads an excerpt from Animal Speak by Ted Andrews that provides spiritual insight into these often misunderstood creatures.

No podcast of the week this week, as Fox has just been too busy to listen to much, but there are plenty out there to find. Go find yourself a good one.

Just another quick 'Thank You' for the KISS tickets to that wonderful awesome, anonymous donor. I truly hope that I can live up to the pay-it-forward energy that you put into this, and that karma rewards you well.

In our society we spend so much time wanting, needing, and taking, and not much time thinking about disposing and leaving things behind.I would like to think that as a community of spiritually advanced thinkers, if we don't already have it, we learn to gain and maintain a balanced level of awareness of all aspects of our lives, whether they are pretty and shiny or perhaps disgusting and smelly. They all serve their purpose.

Blessed Be,

Foxfire and Arrowind

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Prejudice Much? Playgans and Posers

• April 23rd, 2012

In this episode of PPOTE we are blessed to have with us once more, Kveldrida, and his Brother, Jeffe. We decide to tackle the ideas involving those characters in the community often refered to as Playgans or Posers, Hot Topic Pagans or Fluffy Bunnies. Just what is it about these folks that bring out so much negative commentary. Are they actually a part of the Pagan community and what might they be getting from their experience. We discuss our thoughts on why they draw such a visceral response from some and none from others. This conversation ranged all around and at several points I thought it was over then some other good point would be made and the show would go on. As such I wondered in the editing that the show might seem a bit disjointed or fragmented but it came together as a whole in the end I think. Let us know what you think. There were also a number of editing issues which I tried to fix in the post-production but am not sure how well I did. With four people it's difficult to get the mike setup in just the right way so it is what it is.

In the "What Does Fox Do" segment we get to see that Fox sometimes just drops the ball. I was supremely unprepared for this episode and felt like I had been caught a bit flat-footed when the segment came around so I simply fell back on Podcast listening as a thing I do. Lame, right, but it made a great segue into,,,,,

"Podcast of the Week" which is "New World Witchery". In the episode I discuss they did a great examination of various aspects of the Trickster God ideology. It was this episode that inspired me to post that story about Fox and Coyote on FaceBook. They do a great job on this show and I do indeed reccommend it.

Belatine is rapidly approaching and with it the start of camping season (we do all year-round here but ,,,) Arrowind and Foxfire will be presenters at the Mountain Mysteries Manifestations Beltaine campout and we are quite looking forward to that. You should pull yourself up, if you are so inclined, and get yourself some of that outdoors Pagan campout experience if you can. There's nothing quite like it. I hope that this show finds everybody well and enjoying themselves and the world around them.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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Random Compassion Random Parenting and Scouting

• March 24th, 2012

In this episode of Pagan Parents on the Edge, Arrowind and Foxfire jump into a random conversation that touches on the topics of compassion and hope, parenting and relationships with our children, and our experiences in scouting. Yes, kind of random, but we do manage to tie the whole thing together. We talk about the ways that we communicate these ideas from both a personal and a societal viewpoint. We respond to a recent listener email by relating the experiences of Thunderwolf and Fox with local scouting, hoping that by sharing our experiences, we can provide an opportunity for other parents to benefit from them. Trust us, there is a point in the long run.

In the segment, 'What Does Fox Do?", he talks about medtiation and how he ties in his relationship to the music in his life as a tool to expand consiousness. We also discuss briefly the topic of stereomancy. Guess you'll just have to listen to find out what that is.

In an unprecedented 'Podcast of the Week', we not only do a fresh, young show, but we do the second episode basically back to back with the last 'Podcast of the Week', Digging Nordic Roots. Where last episode we featured their first show, this episode we feature the second. If you can't tell, we hear at PPOTE are really excited about Digging Nordic Roots. Check it out, you might be as well.

We're so very happy to see that so many listeners have stayed with us despite our long break and our current only semi-reliable schedule. So we hope you're sticking together as the community that we all know and love, and like we said in the show, showing a little compassion with each other, at we least we HOPE so.

Blessed Be,

Arrowind

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The Rise of the TechnoMage

• February 28th, 2012

On this episode of PPOTE Arrowind and Fox discuss how our inevitable interaction with technology effects our Pagan leanings. Arrowind, with her higher level of technical ability (higher than Fox’s anyways), takes one part of the discussion and Fox, with his mild technophobia, takes the other. It’s not quite that cut and dry and we cover several aspects of this intriguing subject: technology as Magic, as a spiritual component, and even as the divine itself. As with many topics he’s passionate about, Fox occasionally struggles to get his ideas across and rest assured that this episode is no exception. Fox’s thoughts on this issue are mostly only partially expressed here and he could have gone on for hours.

In “Arrowind’s, As Of Yet Unnamed Segment” She reads from Macbeth and treats us to her take on the witches in the cave scene. Fox loves that bit as well and it does kind of break the seriousness of the rest of the show a bit. Won’t someone write and help name Arrowind’s segment? Someone?

This episode has Fox actually talking about something he doesn’t do in the “What Does Fox Do” segment. He talks a little further about a few of his perceptions regarding technology, computers, their magical components, and the respect he has for those for which such things, as that durn computer machine, come naturally.

The “Podcast of the Week” is “Digging Nordic Roots” with it’s hosts Kari Tauring and Jane Hansen (cool how I worked their names into the show notes when I forgot them during the show). They did such a great job on their inaugural episode that Fox couldn’t help talking about them. I usually don’t do such a newly released show as it drives me a little nuts when I feature a show during “POTW” and they either disappear or change radically shortly after I’ve done so. I do hope that this won’t be the case with this show as I am looking forward to many more episodes.

Well thanks to leap year and it’s extra day in February we have fulfilled our promise of getting out two episodes this month to make up for missing January. Fox has been having some issues with the scar tissue (not really noticeable) around his lips drying out this winter and because of that he might occasionally sound a little slurry and drunk. I mean I had had a few but it really wasn’t like that. I just having to relearn how to speak around some new experiences. I’ll take it over cancer any day. The weather around here has been it’s usual wonky February self and so there’s been a sniffle or two but nothing too bad. Hope everything is well for you and that the bad weather and illness’ that go along with it have skipped your house.

Blessed Be

Fox

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The Body Beautiful

• February 5th, 2012

In this episode Arrowind and Fox, inspired by a listener suggestion, talk about their perception of body image. They talk about the internal and external images they have of themselves and the world around them. We talk a bit about how we help the kids experience their own interpretations of these issues. As we travel along another change in heath oriented mindsets we compare some of that as well as a look at some of our artistic backgrounds as they relate to image. It was a quick discussion but we talked pretty fst and got a lot in.

In "What Would Fox Do?" He shares the joy of our Imbolc fire and some of his ideas therein. Fox truly believes that the simple making and "of being responsible" towards this entity is a wondeful bit of sacred magic that is sometimes taken for granted, even by himself.

The "Podcast of the Week" is a bit off the Pagan reservation and into Fox's semi-covert love affair with zombie apocalyptic fiction. A great radio Dude, Alfredo Torres, doe "Torres vs Zombies" It's a goldmine for zombie fans and just intertaining, informative (yes I said it), and funny. We get to talk about our trip to Arrowinds first Sci-Fi convention and how I found this show. Good times.

Yeah we missed January, like we said in the show "unprepared" We hope everybody is riding out the cold season with a measure of personal warmth.

Blessed Be

Foxfire

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