Archives for January 2013

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 2

In the ancient Celtic world, there were people with names such as Giolla Bride (“Servant of Brighid”), Mog Nuadat (“Slave of Nuada”), and so forth. We can’t really say exactly what these names meant to the ancient Celts, but we can get a glimpse of different types of devotional relationship that are possible for any worshiper. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Influence of Story

A modern fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a person who everyone had previously thought wasn’t clever or talented or important in any way. That person got onto a TV program. Everyone fell in love with them and voted for them, and so they became rich and famous and lived happily ever after. [Read more…]

Mourning Deena Butta, Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis

Patheos Pagan mourns the death of Deena Butta, priestess of the Fellowship of Isis in Chicago. [Read more…]

What’s New at Patheos Pagan (Imbolc 2013)

January has been a busy month for recruiting here at Patheos Pagan. Announcing three new blogs, a new channel column, and three new Agora contributors. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Imbolc – Feeding the Hunger of New Lives with Milk and Fire

I’ve been told Imbolc is derived from the Celtic words for “in the belly,” or “the quickening.” And, I’m reminded this year of the idiom that combines those two images of Imbolc into “fire in the belly.” Fire in the belly–desire, drive, the will to achieve. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Sacred Stillness

There are countless physical benefits that come with a regular exercise practice like yoga, but for me, my weekly class isn’t about shaping up and slimming down. Yoga is a communal expression of my spirituality, and it provides me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with Goddess, myself, and the ever-expanding Universe. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Finding a Teacher

How does the seeker find a good teacher of the Craft? A new column from Sable Aradia, Wiccan minister and teacher. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 1

Part 1 of a series on devotional mysticism in Brigidine paganism. Devotional mysticism focuses as intensely as possible on the presence of the beloved deity, so that the passionate love of the deity carries the worshiper through to the mystical experience on a wave of ecstatic joy. [Read more…]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Making Time for Magic

As Pagans, we’re at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to making time to worship. Most of us don’t have any routine structures of worship in place. While this can be frustrating, it also allows us a lot of freedom. We can craft a devotional schedule that suits our lives and our own individualized practice. [Read more…]


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