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Greening the Spirit

Beltane-The Sleeper Awakes ?

Taking pleasure in the world is Pagan. Paganism is about the here and now, about appreciating what is around us.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Beltane – A Solitary Ritual

Beltane is without question the most difficult high day for a solitary celebration, but there are things that can be done and done well as a solitary. In this ritual we continue the tradition of passing between two fires for purification and protection.

Between the Shadows

Why Pagan Books Cost So Much (Part 1 of 2)

Ever wonder why Pagan books and e-books cost so much? Here's a look at the process of Pagan publishing from start to finish from the inside.

Agora/The Witches Next Door

The Witches Next Door: Beltane Rituals – Beyond the Bang

What if boinking a beloved (or beloveds) isn’t your idea of celebrating Beltane? What if you don't associate the arriving Rites of Spring with the the literal act(s) of, ahem, raising the Maypole?

Pagan Families

Beltane for Kids

Beltane – it’s one of the biggest holidays of the Pagan year, rivaled only by Samhain. And yet for many, it is one of the most difficult holidays to relate to. The emphasis placed on (hetero!)sexual activity and fertility can be alienating for many groups of people, including our own children.

Sermons from the Mound

Blue Beltane

With about ten days to go before Beltane, I find my thoughts turning wistful and sad, because my beloved will not be here to celebrate with me. I love Beltane and its energy and joy, I think it is very fitting to have a festival of sexual love and erotic joy at this time of year, but this year (not for the first time), I find myself outside looking in at the bubble of happiness.

Voodoo Universe

For Flint… A Wise Man Said

The Dragon Ritual Drummers have been like family to me for almost two decades now. I was sad to learn this morning of the passing of Flint, a brother, a drummer, and an inspiration.

Energy Magic

All Hail The Mayhole!

Why should the maypole get all of the attention in a holiday that honors the male-female joining? I present to you...the mayhole...

Raise the Horns

Beltane Past: Fire and Folklore

We know very little about the ancient celebration of Beltane. It most certainly existed, but it was probably very different from how most of us celebrate it today.

Paths Through the Forests

What Good is (Nature-Based) Paganism?

My spirituality is in this world. Not some other spiritual realm, not a promised afterlife. It's in the only life I know that I have for sure, this one of sinews and stones and seagulls. And even if I have nothing more after I die, I have the legacy I leave for those who will undoubtedly come after I'm gone.