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Raise the Horns

Easter Myths

Easter was not named after Ishtar, and the goddess Eostre wasn't friends with a giant anthropomorphic rabbit. Misinformation abounds at Easter and might be more abundant than chocolate bunnies and jellybeans.

Sermons from the Mound

Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective on Easter

You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no need to take it literally to enjoy the unfolding drama of the Mystery. We can witness the many stories of death and resurrection, and experience transformation ourselves, like participants in a mystery tradition.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Celebrating Life, Preparing for Death

While it is a waste to spend any of our precious hours worrying about an afterlife that may not even exist, humans have wondered what comes after death for at least as long as we’ve been human, and our generation is no exception. Fortunately, there are things we can do to prepare for the afterlife, no matter what it turns out to be.

A Witch's Ashram

What is a Witch?

TL;DR? "A witch is a label for someone who has mastered a set of skills and has established communication with the Gods and/or the Dead."

Voodoo Universe

Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene: Sacred Whores for the Holiday!

Nothing like a sacred whore to celebrate the holy season, so today I'm writing about two of the most famous ever, Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene. Neo-Pagans in general seem to have a special affinity for both of these women, probably because they are real, they have sex, they help people, they don't make excuses.

Including Paganism

Interpreting the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife”

There have been many news stories reporting that the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is as old as the other Coptic documents published as the Nag Hammadi Library in English. It now can be taken seriously as an historical document. The only new element in it is the words “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . . ‘” This concept is, of course, shocking to people who have never read anything but the four canonical gospels.

Agora/Loop of Brighid

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces.

Agora/The Dance of Pagan Recovery

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: The Season of Sex

Lust is a holy thing and satisfaction is a gift, but Beltane can still be tricky for those in recovery. How do those of us who learned to dance and kiss and make love while under the influence navigate the powerful energies of the season?

The Mythological Art of J.W. Waterhouse