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Raise the Horns

Why Care About America’s Occult Past?

Occult history is our history. It contains bits and pieces of things many Modern Pagans do, and continues to have an influence on our practices. To ignore our occult past is to ignore American history.

Numinous and Concrete

Public Priesthood: Big Fish in a Small Pond

Some have written much about whether or not professional clergy is useful to Paganism. Others have written to deride or uphold “Big Name Pagans.” I’m not going to do any of that. What I want to do is talk about the reality of my life. And some hard numbers.

Under the Ancient Oaks

A Meditation on Air

The four elements are part of our wider Pagan culture and I think it’s worthwhile to revisit them occasionally. Today I’d like to ask you to join me in contemplating the element of Air.

Agora/Wyrd Words

Wyrd Words: What Could Go Wrong?

Corporations are now allowed to claim religious exemptions from federal law. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Quaker Pagan Reflections

A Perfect Day

I am running an experiment in perfection, and yesterday, I had a perfect day. I worked in the garden.  Cabbage moths have infested the pac choi. The tomato supports are failing, and their branches trail the ground. I drank coffee, read a book and tried to meditate in the sun. I was sleepy, and the [Read More...]

A Sense of Place

Some things I learned from blackberries

It's tough, hardy, even invasive; blackberry left unchecked tends to take over an area and make it its own. Here are a few things I've learned from a lifetime among blackberry brambles.

Sermons from the Mound


It is surprisingly hard to design rituals for large numbers of people that can involve everyone in the ritual. Some of my more successful attempts at creating ritual involving large numbers of active participants have happened at Lammas.

A Witch's Ashram

Being Called While Young

Niki reminisces about being called by the god/s when she was 21.

The Urban Pagan Homestead

Homemade Ginger Beer. World’s Greatest Beverage?

Everybody has some consumable they are a connoisseur for.  Some folks know all the different names of the heirloom tomatoes and which are best for sauce vs. sandwiches.  Others will have 8 kinds of olive oil in their pantry, one for every occasion.  Then of course, there’s chocolate and cheese and vinegar and wine, all [Read More...]