Archives for 2012

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things May

What can a naturalist celebrate in May? 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 May 4th is a Cross-quarter.  That is, it is the midpoint between the previous equinox and the upcoming solstice.  [Read More…]

Beltane: A Picture Gallery

May your Beltane be merry! Click on the images for more information. [Read more…]

Pagan vs. Christian: The Right and Wrong Ways to Go About It

Grand Rapids (MI) Pagan Pride Day is a wonderful event, and I used to speak there on a yearly basis. It was always well organized, featured some fantastic vendors, and had a pretty big turnout. It was always in late September/early October too, a beautiful time of year in Michigan; slightly chilly, but still invigorating [Read More…]

Family Traditions: Present, Past, Future

The teenage girls are hunting for eggs in my parents’ yard. They pick through the splendidly overgrown vegetation, snatching at bright colors, and calling out to one another whenever they find one. But they are in a difficult position: their age demands a certain jaded attitude towards all things, so they can’t seem too excited, [Read More…]

We All Come From the Horned God, possibly, but don’t sing it…

We all come from the Horned God, and to him we shall return, like a spark of flame, rising to the heavens . . . . . While I’ve never particularly liked that line, it’s been a welcome part of many rituals that I’ve participated in for the last fifteen years. That line served as [Read More…]

To be Silent

Some recent conversations have led me to ponder the wisdom of the lesson of the element of Earth: to be silent.  Along with this I have been contemplating this line from the Rede ““Soft of eye and light of touch; Speak little, Listen Much”. Furthermore, I have be focusing on the form and force of Elemental earth [Read More…]

Making Light: Gods Bless Tennessee

Just this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, chose not to veto the so-called “Monkey Bill” that requires science teachers to “teach the controversy” about scientific theories such as evolution and climate change. The Wild Hunt has excellent coverage here. Some of what I have to say is repeated in the comments there, but I thought [Read More…]

Dear Jasmine: Patron Deities

Dear Jasmine, I was wondering how do you find your patron god and goddess? I think I am called to one, but I am just not sure at all. How do I know? Blessings, Lady P Dear Lady P, I have been pagan for over 16 years now, and put in a ton of time [Read More…]

Family Traditions: Ascent of the Goddess

Last month, my ritual partner and I held my coven’s Ostara sabbat. As ever, holding a sabbat is an exhausting process, but a wonderfully gratifying one. One reason I remain in love with Wicca is the creativity of ritual. The framework remains the same – the casting of the circle, the invoking of the elements, [Read More…]

Arguing History

For all intents and purposes I’m a “Pagan Minimalist*.” That doesn’t mean my practice is minimal or small, it means that I view Modern Paganism as a relatively recent phenomenon. If you were to ask me how old I think a practice like Modern Wicca is; I would offer you a guess of maybe seventy [Read More…]


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