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A Modern Traditional Witch
by Laura Tempest Zakroff

6 Keys to Being An Authentic Witch

What does it mean to be authentic? Defined it means: “To be real, genuine, verified, representing one’s true nature or beliefs, to be true to oneself.” Notice the lack of “the oldest” or “the most cool” or “the most amount of decoration” there.  No, rather we’re looking at what’s real, what works, what is true for that [Read More...]

A Word to the Witch
by Sara Amis

Oracle in the Aftermath

Tarot reading on the state of the nation in the aftermath of the electionThe post Oracle in the Aftermath appeared first on A Word to the Witch.

Adamantine Muse
by Sorita d'Este

The Birth of Artemis

Alongside my love of the goddess Hekate, I have an intrinsic love of Artemis, the Huntress and the Mountain-wanderer.

Agora
by Pagans in Dialogue

The Other Side of the Hedge: Hidden Knowledge

The occult isn’t inherently evil. It is powerful, and often opaque. That can be scary all on its own. So why do we let it remain a mystery? Do we even have a choice?

Ask Angus
by Angus McMahan

Ask Angus #37: Witches Know Differently

Pokemary: I have several questions. Dear Pokemary: Bring ’em on! Is Wicca a religion? It is to me. But it doesn’t have to be to you. If you wanna get devotional with your practice, by all means have a dance party with all the deities you like. But if the Spirit of Nature keeps your [Read More...]

Beneath the Moon
by Rachel Patterson

Mix ‘n Match Deities: Should you? Would you?

Should you or would you mix and match the pantheons that you work with? I have done exactly that...

Between the Shadows
by Sable Aradia

Pagan Musings Podcast and Indie Authors Care

I was on the Pagan Musings Podcast last night to talk about my new book. And I'm doing a charity event to raise money for premature babies and autism awareness tomorrow evening, and it continues on Wednesday as well. Here are some links to take you there.

By Athame and Stang
by Kelden

Hedge-Crossing, Astral Projection, and Guided Meditation: Differences?

Hedge-Crossing is a practice that plays an essential role in my personal Craft and it’s something that I’m quite passionate about. I’ve written about previously on this blog, which you can check out here. Lately I’ve received a number of questions about Hedge-Crossing, specifically about how it differs from other practices such as astral projection [Read More...]

Dandelionlady
by Melissa Hill

Convocation 2017 Review

The Rev. Melissa Hill shares a snippet of what Convocation is like for a druid.

Daughters of Eve
by Pagan Women of Color Speak

Conjuring 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...]

Dispatches From Pluto
by Sonja Sadovsky

Spring Forward

Today is a complex day.  It is my mother’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days shy of Spring Equinox.  It is the 3 year anniversary of the death of my good friend and mentor, Donald Michael Kraig, and the approximate date of my uncle’s death 4 years ago, (though the actual date [Read More...]

Gateway Goddess
by Kathy Nance

Holiday Survival as the Family’s Psychedelic Sheep

It’s not easy being the psychedelic sheep of the family–especially during the family-oriented, conformist-rewarding celebration of Christmas. How to cope? Right now, I’m having what I’ll consider the best part of the family holiday. Yesterday I flew from the Midwest to my sister’s house in Seattle, where our family’s psychedelic sheep have gathered together. I’m [Read More...]

Hearth Witch Down Under
by Bekah Evie Bel

Do Our Stereotypes Keep us Safe?

By keeping the displeasing stuff out of the public eye, we keep ourselves safe. We keep from being burnt, attacked, our homes and businesses vandalised.

Heathen at Heart
by Molly Khan

Religious Manipulation: When A Message From The Gods Isn’t From The Gods

We've all had someone try to twist our opinions or convince us of something we know isn't true. How can we deal with this in a religious context?

Including Paganism
by Aidan Kelly

Announcing: Songs for the Gods and Witches

As I have said before, I am primarily a poet, not a preacher or prophet. I believe (or at least would like to believe) that my poems are the most important work I do. I hope you might enjoy them.

Into the Mound
by Ian Corrigan

What the Devil? Paganism & Satanism

The historical intertwining of the Church's fantasies of Satanic opposition with the remnants of Paganisms and the real continuing tradition of occultism continue to produce plenty of discussion. Is occult work with the demons and 'Satanic' spirits of early-modern occultism legitimately 'polytheist and animist' or does it's Christian overlay disqualify it?

Lasara Firefox Allen
by Lasara Firefox Allen

Transmutation of Suffering: The Magic of Tonglen

Tonglen meditation is a healing practice. The word tonglen is Tibetan, and means “giving and taking.” It is also translated as “sending and receiving.” Rooted deeply in Tibetan Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and service, tonglen is designed to transmute and transcend suffering, not only on the personal level but on the global as well. Seeking [Read More...]

Nature's Path
by UU Pagans

CUUPS Projects Birthing and Blossoming!

The CUUPS board has been very busy creating new projects and birthing ones that have been gestating for a while now. Brochures, a book, General Assembly banners, and more!

Oathbound
by Thorn Mooney

There are Fucking Witches in North Carolina

Too many of us buy into this nonsense about the “Bible Belt” and then don’t even bother looking because we’ve already defeated ourselves.

Pagan in Paradise
by Peter Dybing

Alt-Right, Dragging Liberals into the Fight

    This is so hard to explain without triggering people’s instincts to run to the center and find a place of emotional comfort. For years, Progressives have been warning of the emerging threat of Fascism in America. Most of us are well aware of the look of exasperation on the faces of liberals when [Read More...]

Pagan Tama
by Megan Trellia Manson

Nature Deities Verses Human Deities

In all the Pagan religions I can think of, practically every major deity has some kind of darker, fearsome aspect to them. There is a very good reason for this - they represent the forces of nature.

Poisoner's Apothecary
by Coby Michael Smith

Herodias and the Queen of Witches

The figure of the Witch Queen is an integral part to classical witchcraft. A counterpart to the Master of the Wild Hunt, these elder gods are the force and foundation of our witchcraft. Understood in various ways by different cultures using their own names for these ancient spirits who have been revered since antiquity.

Raise the Horns
by Jason Mankey

The Web That is Woven Between the Light and the Darkness

Dion Fortune, Pagan festivals, and the role of liminal spaces in Witchcraft and other magickal practices . . . . .

Shekhinah Calling
by Asa West

A Witch in Iceland (Part 2: Earth)

Thor's forest, tectonic plates, Icelandic knitting, and more!

Star and Snake
by Brandy Williams

Five Things I Learned from the Women’s March

One. When women are in charge the world is more peaceful. The march was a gentle moment, just people walking. We can credit this to the fact that it was organized by and around women. Of course there are hawkish women leaders who have authorized war acts, criminal women who have committed assault and murder, [Read More...]

Dirt Heart Witch
by Jenya T. Beachy

A Fire Blessing Prayer for this New Year

May we be empowered in this turning. May we shine like the stars we are. May the brilliance of each of us, sparkling in the constellations we form together, be a guide to those who seek freedom and safety.

The Busy Witch
by Jen McConnel

Bidding Farewell

2015 has been a big year. There have been amazing, wonderful moments tempered by terrible things, but on the balance, for me at least, I would say it’s been a good year.

Water Witch
by Annwyn Avalon

To Worship or Bargain

When it comes to Paganism and Witchcraft there seem to be many different view points on how to interact with Gods and Spirits. For many, they focus on forming relationships and pacts with spirits, others focus on worshiping with devotion at the feet of the Gods. Where do YOU fall? Do you worship or do [Read More...]

The Witches Next Door
by Gwion & Phoenix

Elements Of Magic – Becoming Air, Magic, Breath

I am breath. I am chaotic. I am whispers on the wind. My thoughts can take flight. I give my voice to these thoughts and in speaking them aloud, imbue them with meaning and substance.

The Zen Pagan
by Tom Swiss

Zen And The Art Of…Obeying The Rules?

To some extent, “stability” means “resistance to change". To change an unjust system you may need to create some instability -- some holy chaos.

Through the Grapevine
by Pagan Voices

The Witching Herbs: The Secret Life of Perennials

Perennials are too involved with the underworld and with their connection to it to put much energy into the sexual world. What this means for a witch is that perennials ought to be first choice when working with the underworld.

Under the Ancient Oaks
by John Beckett

Progressive Magic

Magic has a dilemma. It works best when it’s focused and specific, but many of the things we need magic to achieve are big and complicated. Progressive magic is an approach to deal with this dilemma.

Voodoo Universe
by Lilith Dorsey

Love Crystals: Malachite

When choosing love crystals consider Malachite, it will help you attract and prepare for your true love.

Witch on Fire
by Heron Michelle

What I See through Aphrodite’s Rose-Colored Glasses

I've now served Aphrodite for three years and I will never think about the phrase “rose colored glasses” in the same way again. Rather than a filter of lovey-dovey naivety, it's more like X-Ray vision that strips back the veil to see the truth.