A Sense of PlaceUrban Witchcraft: The Power of Place in the City
The fantasy of the witch's cottage is romantic, but is largely a fiction: most of us live in cities. You don't need a hedgerow, or a forest, to practice your craft, or to develop a deep and abiding relationship with the land. Here are some rock-solid tips to help you cultivate a sense of Place in your urban environment.
Gateway GoddessTo Alleviate Poverty, Show Compassion
I have always been passionate about food, good food, well-cooked and shared. Having been poor has made me compassionate about it as well.
The Allergic PaganWhere the sidewalk ends: Suburban enchantment
The chill wind was blowing gently and the cattails waved back and forth like they were animate. And I felt, for all the world, like they were talking to me. Not talking with words, but saying something nonetheless. What were they saying? I think this is what they said to me: "This is real. You are here. You are alive."
Raise the HornsChristmas Traditions: Pagan or Christian?
Christmas has long been a combination of both Christian and ancient pagan elements, but where did the individual traditions we associate with the holiday come from? Are they all Christian? Are they all pagan? Maybe some of them are a bit of both . . . .
Sermons from the MoundRitual safety
I once attended a ritual where the temple (a basement room) had a polystyrene ceiling, and there was a cauldron of burning methylated spirit, which we danced round. I was very scared when I thought about it afterwards - but I didn't leave the ritual. If you are in an altered state, it is very difficult to make rational judgements. It is not a matter of being gullible or stupid - it is how group dynamics work.
Under the Ancient OaksThe Wakeful World
A review of Emma Restall Orr’s The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature. It’s a very readable exposition of the philosophy of animism, grounded in both reason and in our experience of Nature.
Dalliances with DeitiesWhy New Spirits
Why New Spirits? As I’ve been working on more in-depth primers for the Otherfaith, I’ve returned again and again to certain questions. One of these is, “Why worship new gods and spirits?” Why not worship an older, attested-to group of gods? Why not work with folkloric faeries? Why not choose a specific culture to draw [Read More...]
The Heroic PathCeltic Deities Listed by the Charities They Support
Which nonprofits would the Irish deities support? Here's a comprehensive list of suggestions from one of their priests.