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Raise the Horns

The Right and Wrong of Imbolc

February 2 is a busy day on the calendar. Many Modern Pagans celebrate it as Imbolc, and in the Catholic Church it's traditionally known as Candlemas. Throughout the United States millions see it as Groundhog Day. That these holidays are all celebrated on February 2 is no coincidence, though that does not mean they are necessarily related.

A Word to the Witch

Witchcraft and the Monkeysphere

Dunbar's number is the upper limit of any kind of group cohesion, including the kind between neighbors and tradition members. However, the level of intimacy required between coven members in order to function as a coven...in order to do good magic...is far greater. I would say, an order of magnitude greater. It just so happens that if you reduce Dunbar's number by one order of magnitude, you get 15...which is darn close to the traditional number of 13 witches in a coven.

Between the Shadows

Seekers and Guides: A Ritual to Re-Enchant Your Tools at Imbolc

Imbolc falls quite close to the full moon this year. Regardless of tradition . . . we have a chance to take advantage of both energies to give our tools a magical "power-up."

Daughters of Eve

Magical Beginnings Begin Again

I was initially taught that magic was a candle, some incense, a clear intent, a pentacle disk and a stone or two on a nicely decorated altar. Today I know that my magic needs no tools, and often comes down to my will and my action. Adding the tools help to enhance my methods. The last five years have been a fight for my life and it was that magic that helped me to make it through.

Quaker Pagan Reflections

Peace and the Language of the Unheard

Peace is effortful. Peace will involve struggle. And though I would never agree that violence is necessary to reach it, I would very much agree that no justice means no peace.

A Witch's Ashram

Ordeals and Austerities

What's the difference between an austerity and an ordeal? Why practice them at all?

The Urban Pagan Homestead

Hear from Me this Secret ~ An Imbolc Meditation

Where does God live in You? The Goddess calls to us, Her Beloved Children, at this turning of the Wheel, to come and hear a secret...

Pagan Families

5 Ideas for Kid’s Imbolc Fun

Imbolc is often an overlooked holiday, but with these 5 fun ideas kids won't be able to wait to celebrate it!

Under the Ancient Oaks

Life Is Complicated – A Rant

Pretending the world is simple when it’s not just makes you vulnerable to those who would exploit you for their own purposes.

Greening the Spirit

May they not have power over us

Many of us have little power in the world. We can only do what we can do in our own small spheres of influence. But there is one place where we can always start. This is within ourselves. To refuse evil is to be strong in the face of terror, to hold steadfast to our values and what we believe in, to refuse to share in the terrorists’ hate.

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