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 Horns10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Modern Witchcraft
I am a Witch. I don’t think I match most people’s perceptions of what a Witch is, but I am one none the less. I practice magic, worship many deities, and do my ritual business in... [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 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]
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 Beckett6 Signs It’s Getting Close To Samhain
Our ancestors didn’t need a calendar to tell them Samhain was getting close – they could read the signs. People have been reading signs in the wider world for at least as long as... [Read More]
Between the ShadowsFrom the Shadows: Why Every Pagan Should Care About Cultural Appropriation
(Photo Credit: Arf-Int.net/Gyles Facebook Photo Album) I have a confession to make: sometimes I don’t go on the internet for days at a time. It’s because I write other things, and... [Read More]
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