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Raise the Horns

Why Care About America’s Occult Past?

Occult history is our history. It contains bits and pieces of things many Modern Pagans do, and continues to have an influence on our practices. To ignore our occult past is to ignore American history.

Numinous and Concrete

Public Priesthood: Big Fish in a Small Pond

Talk often cycles through our communities regarding both “Pagan Clergy” and “Big Name Pagans.” I happen to be considered both, though I’ve adopted neither title for myself. I’m just trying to do my work to the best of my ability, and to be of some service in the world. Sometimes I see people try to [Read More...]

Under the Ancient Oaks

Paying Pagan Clergy – An Organic Approach

The goals of Pagan priesthood are to serve the Gods, to mediate for the Gods, and to serve the community. Let’s focus on the ends and let the means sort themselves out.

Agora/Wyrd Words

Wyrd Words: What Could Go Wrong?

Corporations are now allowed to claim religious exemptions from federal law. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Quaker Pagan Reflections

A Perfect Day

I am running an experiment in perfection, and yesterday, I had a perfect day. I worked in the garden.  Cabbage moths have infested the pac choi. The tomato supports are failing, and their branches trail the ground. I drank coffee, read a book and tried to meditate in the sun. I was sleepy, and the [Read More...]

A Sense of Place

Some things I learned from blackberries

It's tough, hardy, even invasive; blackberry left unchecked tends to take over an area and make it its own. Here are a few things I've learned from a lifetime among blackberry brambles.

Sermons from the Mound


It is surprisingly hard to design rituals for large numbers of people that can involve everyone in the ritual. Some of my more successful attempts at creating ritual involving large numbers of active participants have happened at Lammas.

A Witch's Ashram

A Polytheist Twist on Narrative Theology

My Pagan version of narrative theology stars me as my own hero.

The Urban Pagan Homestead

A Really, Really Ridiculous Lughnasad Ritual

Over the 20 years we worked together, we came up with lots of hilarious ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor because we thought maybe they were just a bit too irreverent. But in 2005, we decided that we would go ahead and put together a ritual that didn’t hold back...