OathboundToo Busy to Witchcraft
Have you ever thought you were just too busy to practice your Craft? Feeling disconnected or like you're failing because you can't carve hours out of your week for elaborate ritual, meditation, being out in nature, or any of the other stuff that introductory books say you're supposed to do?
Under the Ancient OaksA Skeptic’s Guide to Gods and Spirits
We live in a thoroughly materialist culture – many of us are reluctant to discuss our spiritual experiences for fear of being dismissed, ridiculed, or even shunned. Yet these experiences are real, powerful, and waiting for us to figure out what they mean. What can skeptics do when they counter Gods and spirits?
Into the MoundDemons & Daemons; Animism & Dualism
There's always discussion in Blog-land on the topic of ‘demons’, and on their relation to the idea of ‘daemons’. I find the Hellenic category daemon to be a useful way of understanding the general category of ‘spirits’ in a Pagan sense. I understand Hellenic ‘daimons’ to be spirits of almost every type, up to and including the Olympians themselves and down to the smallest imp. We examine the relationship between the later occult notion of 'demons' and the more traditional Pagan concept.
AgoraMysteries of the Grail: Seeker, Shaman, and Sovereign – Part 2
The quest for the Grail is the process of moving from the knight, or seeker, into the initiate of the mysteries. But initiation is not enough; to become sovereign, we must take what we've learned back out to heal the Wasteland, heal not just our selves but our communities, our land, our world. Very often, the quest for the Grail is catalyzed by difficulties and challenges in our own lives.
The Allergic PaganWhy I am joining the First Unitarian Church
“The Beloved Community is not an organization of individuals seeking private and selfish security for their souls. It is a new adventure, a spontaneous fellowship of consecrated... [Read More]
Raise the HornsSummer Pagan Festivals 2015: A Guide
In April of 2014 I put together a somewhat-comprehensive list of Summer Pagan Festivals. It ended up with thousands of page views, which means it served some sort of need for lots... [Read More]
Voodoo Universe8 Simple Pagan Kitchen Blessings
Pagan Kitchen Blessings photo by Lilith Dorsey It is always a good idea to do a kitchen blessing. The kitchen is one of the most sacred and shared places in the home and it is... [Read More]
The Witches Next DoorRunning the Iron Pentacle
Sex. Pride, Self, Power and Passion – Look at the myths from practically any culture and these themes are right there, up front and center stage. Ask any family therapist,... [Read More]
John BeckettThe Obligations of Religion
Modern Paganism is a collection of religions that tend to focus on individual autonomy and freedom. Whether we are Thelemites or not, we like to quote the Law of Thelema: “do... [Read More]
PANTHEONWhat Really Happened to Dolores Umbridge (and Why It Matters)
The Friendly Atheist has already pointed out religious people are geeks. This must mean Pagans are uber-geeks, because we can seamlessly slide from theology into Monty Python and... [Read More]