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Raise the Horns

Easter Myths

Easter was not named after Ishtar, and the goddess Eostre wasn't friends with a giant anthropomorphic rabbit. Misinformation abounds at Easter and might be more abundant than chocolate bunnies and jellybeans.

Numinous and Concrete

Why I Am Not a Believer

Our stories interlock, all trying to explain the mysterious, trying to understand what is just beyond our grasp. They are always incomplete, but pointing to some reality.

Sermons from the Mound

Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games

What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are some basic practices that Pagans can use for teaching consent culture to both children and adults.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Celebrating Life, Preparing for Death

While it is a waste to spend any of our precious hours worrying about an afterlife that may not even exist, humans have wondered what comes after death for at least as long as we’ve been human, and our generation is no exception. Fortunately, there are things we can do to prepare for the afterlife, no matter what it turns out to be.

A Witch's Ashram

What is a Witch?

TL;DR? "A witch is a label for someone who has mastered a set of skills and has established communication with the Gods and/or the Dead."

Voodoo Universe

Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene: Sacred Whores for the Holiday!

Nothing like a sacred whore to celebrate the holy season, so today I'm writing about two of the most famous ever, Pomba Gira and Mary Magdalene. Neo-Pagans in general seem to have a special affinity for both of these women, probably because they are real, they have sex, they help people, they don't make excuses.

Including Paganism

The Search for Truth Is Endless—Don’t Get Sidetracked

Some people have reacted to my recent blogs by more or less accusing me of being unfair to atheists. No, I’m being critical of people who are closedminded about anything to do with religion, a crowd that includes many people besides atheists. Why am I bothering? For the sake of those who can still grow, [Read More...]

Agora/Loop of Brighid

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces.

The Mythological Art of J.W. Waterhouse