Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

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When reconstructing ancient heathen rites and practices in a modern day setting, a person can easily be left wondering how to implement them in a respectful way that leaves our ancestors’ worldview intact. As life is an organic (and thus evolving) process, we’re left negotiating a delicate balance between proper reconstruction of ancient rites and the [Read More...]

Wyrd Words: Putting the “Holy” Back in “Holiday”

Alyxander Folmer

I refuse to let the fact that I’m at work stop me from making the holiday unique and special. I cannot change my surroundings, so instead I choose to change my perception of them, and set myself apart. That is my offering on this day of sacrifice. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: What Is Community?

Taylor Ellwood

What does community mean to you? How does it show up in your life? What do you do to contribute to your community? How do you support your community, and how do you reach out when you need support? [Read more...]

Ancestor Remembrance Project: Blood and Spirit

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Family and ancestry are not limited by blood; the choices we make link us to traditions and generations, in spirit and in action. Although my direct knowledge of my bloodline is confined to those family members I’ve known in my lifetime, I’ve embraced the idea that my connections run as deep as time. This week, as we approach Halloween, I’m taking time to honor both my direct and spiritual ancestors; blood calls to blood, but heart and spirit form lasting bonds, too. I honor those who came before: I name them family. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 4)

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Sable Aradia concludes her series on depression and suicide in Paganism with some advice on suicide prevention. She also concludes her column “Seekers and Guides,” and invites you to join her at her new Patheos blog “Between the Shadows.” [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

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Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular

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Personally, I like my Halloween with green faced ‘witches’ and candy corn, trick or treating, and carved pumpkins. Oh, how I love candy corn and a jack-o-lantern! Sure, some of those items have folkloric history in pagan-based cultures, but I want to bob apples and throw lavish parties while eating candy corn till my stomach hurts. [Read more...]


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