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 Columns
Professor of Wortcunning and Instructor of Lore at Grey School of Wizardry, writer and professional Landscape Designer, Anne Duthers began with the seed of love for literature that sprouted and took root in medieval medicinal herb lore. While raising four children, this affinity grew into a career in publishing, branching to a degree in horticulture and another in journalism to blossom full-flower in a homestead vegetable garden complete with chickens, goats and honeybees where shoveling compost and howling at the moon are all part of the same dance. Now a grandmother, Anne teaches, draws, writes and gardens from her home among the redwoods with her life-partner of 15 years. You may visit her personal blog at www.AnneDuthers.com and take classes with Anne (plus magickal instructors of actual renown) at www.greyschool.com. Adventures in Wortcunning is published on the first and third Friday of a month. You can subscribed 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. Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Nicholas Laccetti works in nonprofit religion communications and writes about religion, aesthetics, and social change. He identifies as an Esoteric Christian, a Pagan Catholic, and a Thelemite. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2015, where he studied the intersections between popular religion, aesthetics, and radical theology. He previously received an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Fordham University, where he concentrated on religion in Late Antiquity and the veneration of relics. His writing has appeared in Killing the Buddha, Religion Dispatches, and the 2014 anthology Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms (NYU Press). The Blooming Staff is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe by RSS or e-mail.
Camelia Elias, PhD, Dr.Phil., is a professor, writer, and cartomancer. Her research interests are in esoteric movements, occult and folk practices of reading and producing spiritual texts. She blogs about the cards and magic at Taroflexions, and has recently published a book on divination with the Marseille cards, Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading. A new book on principles of magic with cards is also due to appear in August 2015. Her column, Cartomancy, is published on the second and fourth Wednesday of a month. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Melissa Hill combines ancient lore, modern science, and the best that druidry has to offer to explore the intersection of paganism and sustainability. She is a priestess in the ADF tradition, an artist, a farmer, and a mom. That and the chickens keep her pretty busy, but when she has the time she likes to watch superhero movies and climb trees. Dandelion Seeds is published on the first and third Wednesday of every month on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Andrieh Vitimus is the author of the modern magical classic Hands on Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation Through the Ovayki Current. He is also published in Magick on the Edge Anthology, the Manifesting Prosperity Anthology, Devoted, The Pop Culture Anthology, the Best of Konton Magazine Anthology, Pillars Anthology, the Anthology of Sorcery: Revelations and more.
Andrieh is a Priest, Houngan Asogwe, in Haitian Vodou, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, an avid fan of Gigong, martial artist, NLP practitioner and licensed hypnotherapist. Currently, Vitimus is faculty at Peter Carroll’s Arcanorium College as well as the host of the successful international radio show, Deeper down the Rabbit Hole (ddtrh.com) and has taught at conventions across the world.
When not talking about magic, Andrieh focuses on business coaching, project management and wealth building. He loves old school industrial and punk music, good coffee and good conversation. Andrieh has studied many forms of operational magic for over 20 years (African, Eastern and Western) and unapologetically calls himself an occultist.
Cara Freyasdaughter is a devotional polytheist dedicated to Freya and Freyr who works within a reconstructed-ish Heathen tradition. An on-and-off-again member of The Troth and ADF since she became Heathen in 1999, she blogs regularly about her experiences at Freya: The Gold Thread. She is one of the founders of the Bay Area group the Vanic Conspiracy and the organizer of the Freyja’s Aett ritual group, which is devoted to Freya in all of her facets. She finally realized that she was Happily Heathen when, after participating in a wide variety of Wiccan, Druid, and other groups’ rituals as part of her interfaith work, she realized the only one that actually satisfied her was Heathenry. On the mundane side, Cara works in the tech industry, and what little free time she has is spent cuddling with her two cats, cooking, hiking, and indulging in a good sci-fi/fantasy book. Happily Heathen is published on the second and fourth Fridays on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS and e-mail.
Morgan Daimler is an Irish Reconstructionist with Heathen tendencies who has been a polytheist since the early ’90′s. She is a Druid in the Order of the White Oak and witch who follows a path inspired by the Irish Fairy Faith. A wandering priestess of Odin and dedicant of Macha, she teaches workshops on Irish mythology, magical practices, fairies, and related subjects. Morgan’s writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan. Morgan is also the author of nine books including the urban fantasy series Between the Worlds and the non-fiction books Fairy Witchcraft, Pagan Portals: The Morrigan and the forthcoming Pagan Portals: Irish Paganism. She blogs regularly at Living Liminally. Irish-American Witchcraft is published on the first and third Tuesday on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS and e-mail.
Laine DeLaney was born in Western New York and has spent much of her life trying to leave it. She has been a member of several traditions and has acted as a clergyperson, spiritual guide, and seeress for various groups and communities in her area since before the turn of the millenium. Laine writes for pleasure (science fiction on her Empyrean Dreams blog and other random fiction), for profit (as a custom content creator), for activism (in her columns in various LGBT publications), to discuss Pagan issues (on her blog here and Pagan Church Lady on WordPress), and because she has difficulty stopping. Laine is a member of ADF, a practicing Heathen and devotee of Freyja. In her spare time she is a volunteer activist, a rabble-rouser for human rights causes, and an avid reader and storyteller. The Lady’s Quill is published on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. You can subscribe by RSS and 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. She also writes for the Wild Garden interfaith blog here at Patheos Pagan. Making Light is published occasionally on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
As a writer, witch and waking woman, Karen Clark doggedly pursues one intention: to return the sacred feminine and the Goddess back to their rightful place in our everyday lives. In her mid-twenties, a series of synchronistic events conspired to wake Karen up in the midst of a corporate, achievement-driven life and set her on a spiritual journey of reclaiming the lost pieces of her feminine soul and true self. As a witch with an MBA, Karen bridges everyday and magical realities, translating Goddess mysteries to our modern search for the beauty, goodness and power of our feminine nature and whole/holy humanity.
Karen’s Path of She writings focus on the transformative powers of the sacred feminine, drawing on twenty-five years of spiritual and feminist studies, gender-based consulting, and dreaming and healing with the Dark Goddess. She is the author of Tale of the Lost Daughter, a fictional spiritual adventure into the life-changing world of magic and the sacred feminine, and The Path of She Book of Sabbats: A Journey of Soul Across the Seasons. You can find out more about Karen’s work at her website and blog, pathofshe.com, by subscribing to her column by RSS or by e-mail, and by liking her page on Facebook. Path of She is published on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
Dana Corby is 69 years old and began her studies in Witchcraft in 1970. She was initiated into the Mohsian Tradition — the smallest and strangest of the British Traditional Witchcraft (BTW) traditions — late in 1974. She formed my first coven in 1977 with her then-husband Jack and has been a teaching priestess ever since. By now, she’s somehow the senior-most practicing high priestess of the tradition with all its existing covens descending from her. Unless you’re British Traditional or Traditional Initiatory Wicca, all that means bugger-all. But, for the purposes of Patheos Pagan, it means everything she posts will be from that point of view: traditional; out of date; stodgy, even. But, a repository of the old ways of the Old Religion. Currently, she, her husband/HP, and theur cat reside on Anderson Island in the south end of Puget Sound, trying desperately to keep the deer out of her kitchen garden. Dana’s column is published on the first and third Saturday of the month. You can subscribe to the Rantin’ Raven via RSS or by 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 on her website, www.shaunaauraknight.
Sara Star is a Traditional Witch, animist, artist and writer. Sara has a long history in natural mysticism stemming from her family’s metaphysical and environmentalist background. She is a priestess in Nigheanan Brìghde a Brighid flame tending sisterhood and a member of Silver Star Circle fairy faith coven in Washington. She teaches workshops on brewing potions, witchcraft, fairy faith, magic, and sacred art. Sara’s art has appeared in several of anthologies on women’s art, poetry and spirituality including Voice Catcher and the cover for the upcoming novelby CB Doyle. Sara mentors students in traditional witchcraft at www.heritagewitchcraft.com. Sara blogs regularly as Spiritscraft on Tumblr. Star Made Witch is published on the second and fourth Monday of every month. You can subscribe via RSS or by e-mail.
Tamilia is a witch, devotional polytheist, and traveler of unseen roads. In her wanderings she seeks an intimate understanding of the magical ties that join the Worlds and the wisdom required to use that knowledge well. She often draws upon reconstructed Heathen, Hellenic, and Roman practices to do her Work. With Odin and Hekate’s guidance, Tamilia roams the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil, the Greek underworld, and many more still. In her travels she sees many wonders and meets many Gods and Spirits. Inevitably a great deal of personal discovery and transformation happen along the way. Tamilia strives to bring both her inner and outer journeys into conversation with one another and to share her divine encounters, intuitive insights, and meaningful lessons with the denizens of this World and the Otherworlds. In addition to her column here at Agora, she blogs occasionally at Wanderin
Heron Michelle lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with her two precocious children and three highly suspicious cats. Since 2009, she can usually be found behind the counter of her metaphysical shop, The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions, where there is no shortage of strange, challenging, and delightful things happening, seven days a week in full, glorious view of the bible belt. It is here that she indulges her passions in henna body art, sacred poetry, thealogy, occult sciences, and the unabashed pursuit of happiness. Heron writes about her adventures in public Witchery, serving as priestess of Aphrodite and Hermes, the woes and bliss of community and coven leadership, and teaching new seekers of Modern Witchcraft in her intensive, year-round training program plus, all the magick and shenanigans therein at the Heron’s Rook. You can also connect with Heron at her Facebook page. Witch on Fire is published on the second and fourth Tuesdays here on the Agora. You can subscribe via RSS or by 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 www.heathenhof.com. Wyrd Words is published on the second and fourth Thursday of a month. You can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
Past Agora Contributors
- Sable Aradia
- Jenya T. Beachy
- Julian Betkowski
- Teo Bishop
- Carl Bonebright
- Nimue Brown
- T. Thorn Coyle
- Gus diZerega
- Christopher Drysdale
- Erick DuPree
- Taylor Ellwood
- Star Foster
- Phoenix and Gwion
- Jasmine LunaMadre
- Christine Kraemer
- Jen MacConnel
- Jason Mankey
- Patrick McCleary
- Annika Mongan
- Adrian Monogue
- Kathy Nance
- B.T. Newberg
- Kiya Nicoll
- Heather O’Brien
- M. Horatius Piscinus
- Elinor Predota
- Cara Schulz
- Eric Scott
- Aliyah bat Stam
- Tom Swiss
- Amanda Thomas
- Christopher Scott Thompson
- Sarah Thompson
- Conor Warren
- Asa West
- Nicole Youngman