The Agora features Pagan writers from a wide variety of traditions and backgrounds and is edited by David Dashifen Kees. In addition to regular Agora columns and occasional special features, you’ll also find general updates about the Patheos Pagan channel from our Managing Editor, Jason Mankey.

Current Agora Columnists

Alone In Her Presence (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Erick DuPree draws inspiration and spirit from the Goddess, Earth, and our divine immanence. His work is influenced by a tantric relationship with the Goddess as non-dual and all-generative-and-returning, like the Mother of the Buddhas, but also as immanent and present in the relative world around us, like Mother Nature. In addition to his writings at, Erick has been published by ModernWitch, The Wild Hunt, Witches & Pagans, and Covenant of the Goddess. He has contributed to numerous anthologies on topics including surviving sexual trauma, race relations, and children’s faith development. He is author of Alone In Her Presence: Meditations on the Goddess and forthcoming books The Hero Within: Reframing Masculinity with the Goddess and the anthology Finding the Masculine in Goddess’ Spiral: Men in Ritual, Community and Service to the Goddessboth by Immanion Press.


Lydia M.N. CrabtreeBirthing Hereditary Witchcraft (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Lydia M N Crabtree writes on social justice issues, incest survival, physical and mental trauma as it relates to spiritual development, and Family Coven: the idea that a family unit is the first and primary coven anyone is part of. Her book Family Coven: Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft will be released through Immanion Press. She is also featured in the book Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction and Illness, edited by Tara ‘Masery’ Miller (Immanion Press, 2013). Check out more of Lydia’s work at her website and blog, Confessions of Being.

Jen McConnelThe Busy Witch 
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Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including SageWoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”). She is a poet, a novelist, and a goddess-centric witch with a love of all things magical. Her first nonfiction book, The Busy Girl’s Book of Simple Spells: Goddess Magic for Wealth, Health, Happiness, and Love, is forthcoming from Weiser Books in 2014. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Follow Jen: Website | Facebook | Google+


Making Light (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
In addition to her personal and group practice as a priestess of Apollo, Sunweaver works as interfaith clergy with a diversity of religious groups in the Middle Tennessee area. She is a founding member of the Rutherford County Women of Faith and has worked with the area interfaith center, Wisdom House, to help bring positive awareness to the non-Abrahamic religions. She is a fiber arts enthusiast as well as a mother and has a Master’s degree in biology. Her posts also appear in the Wild Garden interfaith blog.


Shauna Aura KnightSeeking the Grail (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
An artist, author, ritualist, and spiritual seeker, Shauna Aura Knight travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of ritual, community leadership, and personal growth. She is the author of several books, including Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path, as well as a columnist on ritual techniques for CIRCLE Magazine. In addition to her own blog, Shauna blogs for Pagan Activist and PaganSquare, writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels featuring Pagan characters, and creates mythic artwork for everything from book covers to shrines and altars. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website,


Socially Responsible Magic (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Taylor Ellwood is the author of Manifesting Wealth, Magical Identity, and twelve other books, as well as being the managing non-fiction editor of Immanion Press. He has a background in both Eastern and Western Magical practices, as well as being an experimenter with magic. When Taylor isn’t working on his latest magical project, he helps businesses grow as a business coach, as well as being an avid gamer and exerciser. For more information on Taylor, please visit Magical Experiments.


Phoenix and GwionThe Witches Next Door (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Phoenix and Gwion are a married Pagan couple who have been making magic together for more than ten years. Their writing explores the challenges and joys of being out-of-the-broom-closet pagans, priestesses, teachers in the Reclaiming tradition, and parents. From planning rituals to parent-teacher conferences to grocery shopping, they bring a unique Pagan perspective to the world. By day, Phoenix is a professional tarot reader, rootworker, writer, and ritualist who has been studying witchcraft and magic for over twenty years. (www.phoenixlefae.comGwion is a Priestess and ritualist working to infuse devotion into everyday activities and transform them into magical acts. Between them, they have four kids, two dogs, and a cat.

Alyxander FolmerWyrd Words (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Alyxander Folmer is a student of anthropology at ASU, where he focuses on analysing and building religious communities. He is a second generation Heathen and married to a Rabbi in training. Interest in Pagan interfaith relations led him to join the committee to form the Pagan Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, where he hopes to utilize his training in community building and cultural exchange. The majority of his work is located at


The Zen Pagan (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Tom Swiss describes his spiritual path as “Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian”, which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. Over the past decade he has built a reputation as a lecturer on subjects spanning the gamut from acupressure to Zen and from self-defense to sexuality. He is an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, a godan (fifth-degree black belt) in karate, a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. Tom has previously served as President of the Free Spirit Alliance. He is the author of Why Buddha Touched the Earth (Megalithica Books, 2013). Find out more about his wacky adventures at

Occasional and Past Agora Contributors