About Kathy Nance

Kathy Nance is freelance writer and green entrepreneur who lives in suburban Missouri. She has a B.S. with majors in mass communications, sociology and English. She has worked as a newspaper education reporter, feature writer and editor. Her freelance work has been published in general circulation and specialty publications in the U.S. and Great Britain. Before coming to Patheos she was a featured writer for Civil Religion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch interfaith blog. She has organized both large and small public Pagan celebrations bringing together groups from a variety of traditions in the St. Louis area. She leaves offerings to the Fey and to her ancestors, as well as a multi-ethnic family of Gods and Goddesses who so far are content to share altar space. She can be found expressing opinions on a daily basis on Facebook and Google+, or @GatewayGoddess on Twitter.

Gateway Goddess: Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee – It’s The Gemini New Moon

One of astrology’s happiest configurations is squaring off against one of its most tense. And if that duality doesn’t say Gemini, what does? [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Summer Samhain Feels Both Wrong and Right

Memorial Day is a kind of summer Samhain, and it can feel so odd in the Pagan context. And yet, in another way, it perfectly fits with my new traditions, all of which emphasize the importance of maintaining connection with ancestors. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Taurus Season – A Celebration of the Sacred Body

It’s May. It’s Taurus season. The season for celebrating the element of Earth in its fullest expression. A season that puts us in touch with that part of our souls that sticks closest to our skin and delights in the physical. In the Reclaiming tradition, it’s called Younger Self. I learned to call it Sticky One. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: ‘Helpers’ deeds light candles in darkest times

We all have a choice: light a candle, or curse the darkness. I’ll reach for that candle, every time. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Seeking God, Found by Goddess (Why I Am Pagan)

When I was a child, I wondered why God had stopped talking to people in the cool of the evening, as we walked together through lovely gardens. Years later, in a guided meditation, I found myself in a beautiful garden. A glowing female form approached and embraced me. Who was She? [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Interfaith Family Ties Blossom from Ostara to Easter

Why do I have an Easter dress? Why, after years of brunch-only celebrations with my own family, am I actually going to attend services? The answer: Love. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Pisces New Moon and the Ocean Contained

Monday, March 11 marks the Pisces New Moon. Then, there will be six planets in Pisces: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus. Neptune, Mars. That’s a lot of deep ocean, dreamtime energy. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Through the Desert, Home

The desert was beautiful. I loved looking at the texture of the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the spiky and determined plants. I reveled in the intense blue of the sky, the breathtaking abundance of stars. Yet, never before have I felt so unable to connect with the spirits of a place. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Looking at Lent through Pagan Eyes

I used to say that as a Pagan, well, I didn’t do sacrifice. Now, I have a more subtle understanding: to sacrifice something is to offer it up to the sacred, thus increasing our own connection with Divinity. [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…]


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