Nature’s PathThe Pulse of Autumn
Autumn beats like a pulse through the years, but the blood is always moving and the heart always remains. We feel the contraction in the land around us, the breathing in, the tension of something drawing close.
Shekhinah CallingYou Are Not Enlightened (On Anger, Trauma, and Spiritual Leaders)
Being a spiritual leader doesn't make you enlightened. Your leadership is a service that you're providing to those around you, not a pedestal from which you can look down at them. Your training may give you skills that others haven't obtained for whatever reason, but it doesn't make you better or smarter than them.
AgoraThe Path of She: Why Does the Goddess Matter?
In our modern sensibilities, God is the fundamental construct for Divinity; the Goddess typically doesn’t even make the list. You may ask yourself: why does this matter? What do we gain from a feminine concept of the Divine?
AgoraHappily Heathen: The Positives and Negatives of Dedicating to a Deity
I am dedicated to the Vanic Goddess Freya and consider myself Her daughter. When I first started working for her, I was full of zeal and love for Her and I couldn’t really figure out why everyone did not want to honor Her and devote themselves to Her. Now that I have a solid devotional relationship with Her for a couple of years, however, my rosy cloud has passed. I have to admit that there are also some negatives to being dedicated to a deity.
Raise the Horns4 Reasons Why Columbus Day is the Worst Holiday
Next Monday (the second Monday of October) thousands of stock brokers, government employees, and postal workers will enjoy a random day off from work while the rest of us go about... [Read More]
The Witching HourIt’s October: Get Ready for a Lot of Really Dumb Fashion Articles About Witches
Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, wool sweaters, suede boots, black cats, broomsticks, and witches! Every year there seems to be... [Read More]
The Allergic PaganWe’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures
Ba’al Hadad prayer card by G. Palmer for sale on Galina Krasskova’s website I swore I was not going to get involved in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy here at Patheos Pagan.... [Read More]
John BeckettSamhain – A Solitary Ritual
Holidays and holy days are better with friends and family. But many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one... [Read More]
The Zen PaganThere Is No Such Thing as “Cultural Appropriation”
In the past few weeks, two extended discussions about the evils of white folks wearing their hair in dreadlocks have come across my Facebook feed. According to some... [Read More]
AgoraThe Positives and Negatives of Dedicating to a Deity
As my name implies, I am dedicated to the Vanic Goddess Freya and consider myself Her daughter. My spiritual path has always been guided by a desire for a direct, personal... [Read More]
The Allergic Pagan
Alone In Her Presence
Between the Shadows