UPDATED: Damien Echols Has An Occult Tattoo

Check it out here. Anyone want to try and translate the Theban? UPDATE: Damien translates, and describes his tattoos as talismans: These I designed myself – the talismans (points to tattoos). This is what I do, not something like portraits. I have four of these of my own design. Three on my arms and one on [Read More...]

The Spell of Making

I have been rereading one of my favorite books on the subject of crafting a ritual. The book is Blacksun’s  Spell of Making. It is a wonderful book on ritual construction that gives you a very pragmatic approach to creating the basic structure or form of any ritual regardless of your religion. I recommend it as a [Read More...]

Discrimination In Paganism

On the Patheos Pagan FB page I posted a poll regarding discrimination after reading Patti Wigington’s post on racism in Paganism. It’s really awesome. You should read it. I’m not going to pretend online polls are good science, but I still found the results interesting. And as with any “add your own option” poll, I [Read More...]

Gateway Goddess: St. Louis Pagan Picnic – 20 years of open-air Pagan community


If someone were to ask me what Pagan community is like in the St. Louis area, I’d say, “Picnic.” Part festival, part family reunion, and altogether joyous, the St. Louis Pagan Picnic celebrated its 20th anniversary June 9 and 10. Organizers said more than 4,000 people—perhaps as many as 4,500—gathered over two days in Tower Grove [Read More...]

Gateway Goddess: The Transit of Venus, Gifts, and Gratitude


The tree stood alone, just to the side of the small parking space near Monk’s Mound. A couple small, concrete benches made it a perfect picnic spot. Wendy and I walked to the tree, having decided to have a bit of lunch before climbing the 98-foot tall earth mound built centuries before, basket of earth [Read More...]

Druid Thoughts: Nine Druidic Arts


These are ideas I have been developing on my blog – Druid Life ,  and are not part of any wider perception of what Druidry is (yet). However, so far the idea of approaching aspects of life as art forms has caught people’s imaginations so I’m putting it out into the world. There is nothing [Read More...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things June


What can a naturalist celebrate in June? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles June 20th is a solstice.  Those in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the longest day of the year, with [Read More...]