by Laura Tempest Zakroff
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...]
by Sara Amis
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.
by Sorita d'Este
Alongside my love of the goddess Hekate, I have an intrinsic love of Artemis, the Huntress and the Mountain-wanderer.
by Pagans in Dialogue
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?
by Angus McMahan
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...]
by Rachel Patterson
Should you or would you mix and match the pantheons that you work with? I have done exactly that...
by Sable Aradia
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.
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...]
by Melissa Hill
The Rev. Melissa Hill shares a snippet of what Convocation is like for a druid.
by Pagan Women of Color Speak
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...]
by Sonja Sadovsky
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...]
by Kathy Nance
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...]
by Bekah Evie Bel
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.
by Molly Khan
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?
by Aidan Kelly
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.
by Ian Corrigan
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?
by Lasara Firefox Allen
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...]
by UU Pagans
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!
by Thorn Mooney
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.
by Peter Dybing
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...]
by Megan Trellia Manson
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.
by Coby Michael Smith
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.
by Jason Mankey
Dion Fortune, Pagan festivals, and the role of liminal spaces in Witchcraft and other magickal practices . . . . .
by Asa West
Thor's forest, tectonic plates, Icelandic knitting, and more!
by Brandy Williams
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...]
by Jenya T. Beachy
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.
by Jen McConnel
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.
by Annwyn Avalon
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...]
by Gwion & Phoenix
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.
by Tom Swiss
To some extent, “stability” means “resistance to change". To change an unjust system you may need to create some instability -- some holy chaos.
by Pagan Voices
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.
by John Beckett
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.
by Lilith Dorsey
When choosing love crystals consider Malachite, it will help you attract and prepare for your true love.
by Heron Michelle
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.