Agora features Pagan writers from a wide variety of traditions and backgrounds. 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, Christine Kraemer. Comments are moderated by David Dashifen Kees and Alyxander Folmer.
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 erickdupree.com, 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 Goddess, both by Immanion Press.
Birthing 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 in Spring of 2014 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.
The Busy Witch (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
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+
The Dance of Pagan Recovery (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Jenya T. Beachy has been walking the Twisted Path of spiritual seeking for most of her life and had her last drink on September 18th, 1995. Working the AA program saved her life and made everything that came after possible. She is the originator of the Shapeshifter line of Anderson Feri tradition Witchcraft and uses many of the tools gained in the rooms to enrich her teaching and her work. Over the past nearly 20 years, she’s led classes, retreats, and workshops locally and across the country on Tarot, Practical Magick, Ritual Skills, Personal Empowerment, Shadow Work, Ancestor Connection and much more. She’s currently at work on a new project called “The Secret Country of Your Self,” an exploration and celebration of our rich, inner worlds. She makes her home in the mountains above the ocean in California with her beloved husband, 2 grown kids and a passel of animals, including meat rabbits and a host of egg-laying chickens. Find out more at her website, www.jenyatbeachy.com.
Druid Thoughts (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Nimue Brown is a Druid, comics creator, and author whose recent publications include Druidry and Meditation and a poetry collection entitled Lost Bards and Dreamers. Her further writings on Druidry can be found at her blog Druid Life and her webcomic (illustrated by her husband Tom) is hosted at Hopeless Maine.com. Follow Nimue: Facebook | Twitter
Heathen Woman (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Heather O’Brien is an Asatru gythia and Founder of Eastern Asatru Assembly and Women of Asatru. She is also an interfaith clergy member who enjoys working in the community to help establish kindreds, hearths, and other types of heathen community organizations. She has been studying the Divine Feminine, meditation, Shamanism, seidr, and runes for a number of years and is in the process of writing a book that focuses on feminine roles in the Asatru faith. Currently, she is working within the Asatru community speaking at events, and teaching workshops, in the United States and abroad.
Jewish Witch (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Asa West practices Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft and blends her practice with her Jewish heritage and Secular Buddhism. She blogs at asawest.wordpress.com, and you can find her zines at etsy.com/shop/RedTailWitch. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a librarian and priestesses at Reclaiming public rituals.
Loop of Brighid (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Christopher Scott Thompson is the president of the Cateran Society and the author of several books on the historical Gaelic martial arts. Under the name C.S. Thompson, he is the author of the Noctiviganti dark fantasy novels. Under the religious name of Gilbride or “Servant of Brighid,” he has been active in the pagan community for a number of years, serving as the vice president (and briefly the president) of Imbas, a board member of the Fellowship for Celtic Tradition, a flamekeeper of Ord Brighideach and now the Cauldron Cill, and a member of the Kin of the Old Gods temple. He is a member of Clann Bhride, an organization of Brigidine devotees. He lives somewhere between this world and the Sidhe in the company of his wife Cicely and daughters Leila and Rowan.
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.
Queer of Swords (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Sarah Thompson is a queer, trans 3rd Degree witch and was a co-founder of the Circle of Cerridwen and of the Witches’ Order of the Golden Dawn. She is also a rocket scientist who works at NASA, a musician, filmmaker, ham radio operator, and the wife of a vicar.
Seekers and Guides (subscribe via RSS or e-mail)
Sable Aradia (Diane Morrison) is a licensed Wiccan minister and a Third Degree initiate in the Star Sapphire and Pagans for Peace traditions. Her passion is teaching self-empowerment through study of the Craft. A writer, musician, vlogger and podcaster, she makes her living through her metaphysical store The Threads That Bind Us and by teaching workshops. She also writes a column called “49 Degrees: Canadian Pagan Perspectives” at Witches and Pagans Magazine’s website, and a subscription-only Premium teaching blog based on her upcoming book The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power (Weiser / Red Wheel, Fall of 2013) here at Patheos. For further information, please visit her website or her YouTube channel.
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.
Wyrd 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 www.heathenhof.com.
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 www.infamous.net.
Occasional and Past Agora Contributors
- Julian Betkowski (RSS)
- Teo Bishop (RSS)
- Carl Bonebright (RSS)
- T. Thorn Coyle (RSS)
- Gus diZerega (RSS)
- Star Foster (RSS)
- Jasmine LunaMadre (RSS)
- Christine Kraemer (RSS)
- Jason Mankey (RSS)
- Patrick McCleary (RSS)
- Adrian Monogue (RSS)
- Kathy Nance (RSS)
- B.T. Newberg (RSS)
- Kiya Nicoll (RSS)
- M. Horatius Piscinus (RSS)
- Elinor Predota (RSS)
- Cara Schulz (RSS)
- Eric Scott (RSS)
- Aliyah bat Stam (RSS)
- Amanda Thomas (RSS)
- Nicole Youngman (RSS)
- Guest Contributors (RSS)