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Under the Ancient Oaks

Top Posts on Patheos Pagan in 2014

There’s been a lot of good writing on Patheos Pagan over the course of 2014. Here are my favorite posts, in no particular order.

Raise the Horns

Celebrating Yule

I've always thought of Yuletide as the "most Pagan" of all holiday seasons. So many cherished holiday customs have survived from pagan antiquity into the present day and Midwinter is full of Pagan and secular stuff that makes for great rituals and celebrations.

Numinous and Concrete

Disruption / Recommitment

Whether it is personal spiritual practice, community building, or justice of all kinds, we can stop thinking “Go big or go home” and start thinking “What is one thing I can do today?”

Pagan Families

Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

I want to use this platform in service of trying to center and amplify the voices of Black people and other people of color. Here are some essays by writers of color making the connections between parenting, racial justice, and police violence.

Greening the Spirit

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ … unless you’re depressed

The turning of the year is a traditional time to make New Year resolutions. The cycle of the seasons that we celebrate as Pagans teaches us the reality of the universe – that all is impermanence. The past no longer exists except in our memories. If we have courage, we can let go of that which we no longer need.

Agora/The Zen Pagan

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.

Agora/Queer of Swords

Queer of Swords: Blue Yule

For those of us without supportive family, the holiday season can be the coldest time of the year, when Christmas-as-stereotype most starkly contrasts with reality, reminding us just how Other we really are.

Shekhinah Calling

Hanukkah is a spell to make the sun come back

When the candles are burning, I say my Pagan prayer: "Blessed is the Shekhinah, who brings the sun back every year. Blessed is the sun, who dies and is reborn."

Between the Shadows

Seekers and Guides: Introduction to Intent

"Intent" is the Wellspring of All Magick. I find that many people believe that they know what this means and how to do it, but in practice, forming clear and precise Intent, and willing it to happen, is not nearly as simple as it sounds. It takes training and effort and work! In order for your Intent to be effective, quite a few things must come together at once . . .

Quaker Pagan Reflections

Stillness at Solstice

Over the years, our celebrations have evolved--but they have retained as much acceptance of the cold and the dark as celebration of dawn and the sun. We love the strengthening light past the solstice... but we would not understand the beauty of it, if we did not pause for the beauty of the long nights and sleeping land.

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