Archives for 2013

Naturalistic Traditions: Was archaic Greece naturalistic?

This series on the history of ancient naturalism began with an overview that tipped my hand: I think naturalism emerged first in Classical Greece.* So, what was so special about the Greeks? Was their archaic culture (roughly 800 – 480 BCE) already inherently pregnant with the idea of naturalism? [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 4) – Egocentrism and our Future

It is my honest belief that a proper understanding of Paganism, its history and its present, is vital if we are going to continue to move forward as a community into this next century. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 8

On Patheos Agora, Christopher Scott Thompson presents his own translation of the "Ora nam Buaidh" or "Invocation of the Graces" from the original Gaelic of the Carmina Gadelica. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Beauty in Tears

I’m interested in the capacity of pain to open us up, breaking the protective prisons we build, cracking us open as we feel things we really didn’t want to. Pain can be a great teacher, and sometimes the right pain at the right moment can be a great healer. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: The “Agnostic Chair”

If there is one thing that every parent in the history of EVER can probably agree upon, it’s that children have a way of turning your plans right on their head. So while I was confident that I knew how I would want to raise my children in theory, the application of that theory is whole different ballgame. So, of course, as soon as I had written this piece the universe decided it was time for me to get some practice. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Avoiding Authority

I write books about Druidry; I’ve led Druid groups, I’ve acted as a celebrant, and people e-mail me for advice. How can I not be an authority? I try very hard not to be, as it happens. Here are some things I’ve come up with that have helped me avoid turning into something that I loathe on principle. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: ISIS MAGIC by M. Isidora Forrest (Review)

Weaving the historical context with spells, rituals, and her own deep experiences, Forrest’s updated volume is a wonderful addition to any magical library. New seekers of Isis, long-time worshipers, and those with an interest in the diverse pantheons of the ancient world will each find something of value in ISIS MAGIC. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Six Senses for Learning

Give your students the best possible chance by engaging all six senses in teaching the Craft! Sable Aradia shows you how. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 3) – Religious Expression in the U.S.A.

American Paganism, I assert, expresses the generic religious trend of opposition and difference in a particularly bold way. The average American Pagan is free both of overarching authority and of rigorous dogma. The prevalence of eclecticism in American Paganism further demonstrates the freedom of religious expressions available. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 7

The ancient Gaels swore oaths on the sun, moon and stars. Modern devotees of Brighid sometimes think of Her as not only a sun goddess but a goddess of all the suns (the stars) and of the moon (since its light is reflected sunlight). You could say that Brighid is able to convey the powers of the sun, moon and stars because they are Her own powers. [Read more…]


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