Quaker Pagan ReflectionsStillness at Solstice
Over the years, our celebrations have evolved--but they have retained as much acceptance of the cold and the dark as celebration of dawn and the sun. We love the strengthening light past the solstice... but we would not understand the beauty of it, if we did not pause for the beauty of the long nights and sleeping land.
Raise the HornsCelebrating Yule
I've always thought of Yuletide as the "most Pagan" of all holiday seasons. So many cherished holiday customs have survived from pagan antiquity into the present day and Midwinter is full of Pagan and secular stuff that makes for great rituals and celebrations.
Paths Through the ForestsWordless Wednesday: Water Pearls
Water pearls by Kerstin Would you like to see your nature-inspired photography and other artwork here on Wordless Wednesday? Contact us at pathsthroughtheforests[at]gmail[dot]com with a photo and link of the piece you’d like us to consider.
Under the Ancient OaksAmanda Palmer and the Art of Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding has become a seemingly magical source of money for a variety of projects and causes. But like all magic, it’s far more complicated than it appears on the surface.
Sermons from the MoundBlack Lives Matter
The thing about equality is that it is not enough to say, in a vague and woolly manner, that you support equality for everyone, or that "all lives matter". Specific groups of people are being persecuted and killed in specific contexts, and there is a particular historical context for that persecution. That means that we have to understand the particular struggle in the particular context. That means we have to do the work to get involved; and to be good allies, we need to listen to the people who have been engaged in the struggle, and use our privilege to promote their voices and agendas, not talk over them and erase their voices. Ignoring the fact that Black people are being disproportionately targeted and killed is adding insult to injury. The reason we are focussing on the fact that Black lives matter right now is that there are large sections of society, most of them armed and dangerous, who seem not to agree.
The Allergic PaganThe First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)
Paganism doesn't have any commandments, like the Abrahamic religions, but if we did, I think the First Commandment of Paganism would be "Thou shalt not judge another’s experience". And I think this is a problem.
A Word to the WitchIncantation for Justice
The place of the witch is beside the downtrodden. Power used to harm the innocent is falsely borne. Power used to punish out of reason betrays the law. Blood on the ground cries out for justice; when will it be heard?
A Sense of PlaceWhat Watches As We Laugh?
To think of land spirits as only passive victims of our rage and human endeavors is to paint them as static, unfeeling, and uncurious beings, without much agency. If they notice when we humans are at our worst, why would they not also notice when we are at our best?
Shekhinah CallingHanukkah is a spell to make the sun come back
When the candles are burning, I say my Pagan prayer: "Blessed is the Shekhinah, who brings the sun back every year. Blessed is the sun, who dies and is reborn."
Voodoo UniverseDecember 17th Feast of Babalu Aye
Like the Orisha Oya, the wind is one of the magickal tools he uses to accomplish his work. Various images depict Babalu Aye as being covered in wounds or sores, and in some cultures he is shown cloaked completely in raffia and straw.