Greening the SpiritWhat Does Nature Do For Us?
The answer to, ‘What does nature do for us?’ seems obvious. She feeds, shelters, and clothes us, but nature does so much more.
Star and SnakePerforming a handfasting wedding
When I offered a theurgic devotional to Hera she asked if I would perform a small service for her. I said sure without really thinking about it. Note to self: when a deity asks you for a favor, explore what that means!
AgoraThe Blooming Staff: Under the Hill
What is the meaning of this column’s title, The Blooming Staff? For a long time I tried, and failed, to choose: between decadence and morality, between paganism and Christianity, between individualism and the collective good. Certain dualities—the constant back and forth between division and unity, between devotion and blasphemy—recur frequently, an unresolved dialectic.
Daughters of EveConjuring a Path: Embracing African-American Folk Magic
I’ve said it before and I’ll saw it again: my grandmother was devoted to God. She honored him in the ways that spoke to her spirit and in the ways that she deemed good. By her summation, Hoodoo was anything but good. Long after my grandmother passed away, my mother told me stories about college [Read More...]
The Witching HourYou Call it May Day, We Call it Beltane
The season of spring has arrived! The rites of fertility have begun! This is a holiday with a colorful past, and strangely enough, one of the only major festivals on the pagan... [Read More]
Raise the HornsSummer Pagan Festivals 2016: A Guide
Welcome to my third annual Summer Pagan Festival guide. I put this article together every year as a community service, and because it’s sort of fun. If I screw something up, be... [Read More]
OathboundWiccan Deal-Breakers: Signs to Look Elsewhere
Oliver says, “Nope.” In an earlier post about menstruation in skyclad ritual, I stated that, if you’re uncomfortable talking about vaginas and periods, then Wicca probably isn’t... [Read More]
John BeckettBeltane – 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]
Born Again WitchI Had Sex with a God
I raise my hand to knock on the door, then drop it again. This is exactly what my parents warned me against, where they worried I might end up some day. Knocking on the door of... [Read More]
Through the Grapevine
Star and Snake
Dowsing for Divinity