What is The Patchwork Crow?… In my spiritual practice- and in the maintenance of my online and physical spaces- I’m a bit like a crow: finding shiny bits of things and hiding them away to create my space in the Universe. They’re what I find works, what inspires me, what paints vivid images in my mind about spirituality and a life well-lived. They form a sort of patchwork spread of ideas, experiences, inspirations, and creations. That’s what my blog and my fresh start at sharing with the online Pagan community at large is all about: being unabashedly myself and displaying the colors and quirky patterns for others to see as I puzzle together my future and try my best to live fully and authentically.
About the Author: My name is Rachel. I’m a twenty-something Michigander finishing up a degree in History, English, and Anthropology from Grand Valley State University. On the side, I’m also an artist and a bit of a poet, a photographer of trees and clouds, a stargazer, and wanderer through the gorgeous woodlands my home state has to offer.
My pagan path began over ten years ago. Having been exposed a bit to witchcraft from a young age, I made the decision to start practicing on my own after being given my first set of tarot cards. Practicing on my own quickly turned into practicing with a group of close friends, and I led our little circle which we affectionately called The Circle of Towering Trees for most of my high school career. My studies ranged from solitary Wicca, to books on more traditional witchcraft, to Druidry.
Despite the circle dissolving after we parted ways for college, I’ve kept myself busy over the past four years or so. I’ve read tarot cards at a local shop, worked for a time as co-moderator on the website Celtic Moon, participated in anthropological field schools, and maintained a blog I’ve had since 2011: The Raven & The Oak.
This blog is a fresh start- a step away from all of the accumulation of information, and towards a more authentic attempt at living the path that I’ve been studying all this time. I’m starting in a new direction, away from trying to confine all of my interests into a box that won’t fit them. If you’re reading this and following along, thank you for sharing the journey with me.