Raise the HornsThe Right and Wrong of Imbolc
February 2 is a busy day on the calendar. Many Modern Pagans celebrate it as Imbolc, and in the Catholic Church it's traditionally known as Candlemas. Throughout the United States millions see it as Groundhog Day. That these holidays are all celebrated on February 2 is no coincidence, though that does not mean they are necessarily related.
A Word to the WitchWitchcraft and the Monkeysphere
Dunbar's number is the upper limit of any kind of group cohesion, including the kind between neighbors and tradition members. However, the level of intimacy required between coven members in order to function as a coven...in order to do good magic...is far greater. I would say, an order of magnitude greater. It just so happens that if you reduce Dunbar's number by one order of magnitude, you get 15...which is darn close to the traditional number of 13 witches in a coven.
Between the ShadowsSeekers and Guides: A Ritual to Re-Enchant Your Tools at Imbolc
Imbolc falls quite close to the full moon this year. Regardless of tradition . . . we have a chance to take advantage of both energies to give our tools a magical "power-up."
Daughters of EveMagical Beginnings Begin Again
I was initially taught that magic was a candle, some incense, a clear intent, a pentacle disk and a stone or two on a nicely decorated altar. Today I know that my magic needs no tools, and often comes down to my will and my action. Adding the tools help to enhance my methods. The last five years have been a fight for my life and it was that magic that helped me to make it through.
Quaker Pagan ReflectionsPeace and the Language of the Unheard
Peace is effortful. Peace will involve struggle. And though I would never agree that violence is necessary to reach it, I would very much agree that no justice means no peace.
A Witch's AshramOrdeals and Austerities
What's the difference between an austerity and an ordeal? Why practice them at all?
The Urban Pagan HomesteadHear from Me this Secret ~ An Imbolc Meditation
Where does God live in You? The Goddess calls to us, Her Beloved Children, at this turning of the Wheel, to come and hear a secret...
Pagan Families5 Ideas for Kids’ Imbolc Fun
Imbolc is often an overlooked holiday, but with these 5 fun ideas kids won't be able to wait to celebrate it!
Under the Ancient OaksLife Is Complicated – A Rant
Pretending the world is simple when it’s not just makes you vulnerable to those who would exploit you for their own purposes.
Greening the SpiritMay they not have power over us
Many of us have little power in the world. We can only do what we can do in our own small spheres of influence. But there is one place where we can always start. This is within ourselves. To refuse evil is to be strong in the face of terror, to hold steadfast to our values and what we believe in, to refuse to share in the terrorists’ hate.