Voodoo UniverseAgayu: The Volcano’s God of Fire
Some know the sacred energy of the volcano as Vulcan, Pele, Konohana Sakuya Hime, or Chaifi, but in the Afro-Caribbean religion of Lucumi (Santeria) this divine mix of fire and earth is the domain of Agayu.
The Allergic PaganAre monism and polytheism a matter of temperament?
It would be beneficial if we as a community would stop looking at one another as deficient because we perceive the divinity differently. It’s natural, when we discover something beautiful, to want to share it, and even to get frustrated when other’s can’t see it. But the fact is that our perceptions are selective. And by attending to one for of beauty, we necessarily cut ourselves off from other forms. The problem comes when we start insisting that our limited vision is all there is to see, rather than a piece of the puzzle.
Agora/Seekers and GuidesSeekers and Guides: Auntie Sable’s Practical Tips for Sexy Pagans
Sable Aradia concludes her series on sex magick and sacred sexuality with some practical advice for those who wish to practice.
Under the Ancient OaksSetting The World Straight
I have always argued for free will. But at times like these the wrongs of our world seem so large and so entrenched they might as well be fate.
Numinous and ConcreteYearning To Be Free
We’ve forgotten we can love one another. We’ve forgotten that we, too, are outsiders. We must hold out our hands to each other across racial and other divides, or our souls will continue to harden and slowly crack. The rifts between us will widen, and then swallow us all whole.
Agora/The Zen PaganThe Zen Pagan: Martial Arts as Magical Practice
The martial arts are magic -- they use imagination to raise and direct psychological energy to alter consciousness and produce external or internal change. Those looking to understand magical practice might want to look to the example the arts provide, and those involved in martial arts training may want to look at magic for ideas to deepen their training.
Wild GardenA 2000-Year Journey in Interfaith
I have just returned from my annual vacation in Pennsylvania where my husband and I attend Pennsic War, the world’s largest medieval re-enactment event, attended this year by nearly 11,000 people. The event is a modern culmination of a 2000-year journey filled with religious warfare, hatred, and genocide based solely on disagreements over whose religion was “true” and which was “false.”
Raise the HornsThe Grass is Always Greener . . . . . Pagan Community
One of the great things about going to festivals and other Pagan events is that I get to drop into all sorts of Pagan communities and so many of those places end up feeling more Witchy than home. Is the grass really greener on the other side?
Quaker Pagan ReflectionsOn Privilege
Schoodic Lake is beautiful. But too often, beauty seems either reserved for the very rich, or to come with a price tag of grinding poverty for the rural poor. Fewer and fewer people in my culture seem to have beauty in their daily lives. Yes, my grandfather worked hard for everything he got, and so did his four children. And I honor and respect that hard work. How could I not? But how many men and women have worked just as hard over the decades, and not been rewarded for that work?