Raise the HornsThe Triumph of Mabon
Even though many don't particularly like it, the word "Mabon" has come to signify the Autumn Equinox and early Fall. Is that a triumph or a tragedy?
Under the Ancient OaksHistory is Inspirational Not Authoritative
Ronald Hutton’s new book Pagan Britain shows how history can provide a framework and inspiration for our own beliefs and practices, but it cannot tell us the One Right and True Way. If history teaches us anything it’s that there is no One Right and True Way.
Agora/Seekers and GuidesSeekers and Guides: A Few Books that I Think Every Witch Should Read (Part Two)
Sable Aradia continues her list of books that she believes every Witch should read, with a few honorable mentions.
The Allergic PaganRoots of the Deep Ecology Tree: Aldo Leopold, “Thinking Like a Mountain”
Neo-Paganism is a nature religion which, like other nature religions, perceives nature as both sacred and interconnected. From this perspective, humans in the developed world have become tragically disconnected from nature, which has been desacralized in both thought and deed. Healing this rift is possible only through a profound shift in our collective consciousness. This constellation of ideas can be called [Read More...]
Sermons from the MoundWhy I am a polytheist
I have always been drawn to Pagan deities, even before I knew what they were. When I was a child, my parents told me that some Christians do not celebrate Christmas because it is an overlay on the Winter Solstice, when ancient people would go to the tops of hills and light bonfires as sympathetic magic to make the Sun come back. I wanted to go to those hilltops and dance round those bonfires. I used to have dreams of a king in a cave under a hill. I discovered my own personal goddess, and drew images of her. I read Greek mythology. I talked to trees. I read Puck of Pook’s Hill and loved Pertinax and Parnesius, who built an altar to Pan somewhere in the lowlands of Scotland, and worshipped Mithras by night. I read about witches, and wanted to be a witch.
Staff of AsclepiusA sense of wonder
My appreciation for the little things, the little wonders... ephemeral moments of magic, where the world seems to sing... has kept me going through the darkest hours in my life.
Voodoo UniverseSt. Dymphna: Lily of Fire
It seems after her unfortunate death her remains were placed in a cave in Gheel, when the people of the town went to remove them some years later it a white tomb had appeared, inside her coffin was a red tile which said “ Here lies the holy virgin and martyr, Dymphna.”
Agora/The Zen PaganThe Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Pagans
In other words, we must get wild with our spirituality, untamed and direct. It seems to me that this is why the Neopagan movement exists in the first place, a reaction to the inability of “civilized” religion to deal with the circumstances in which humanity finds itself.
Agora/Queer of SwordsQueer of Swords: A Prayer for Compassion Toward Z Budapest
In light of Z Budapest's recent outburst against the kink community in which she suggests the bombing of Pantheacon, Sarah Thompson calls for compassion rather than a new fight.