Happily Heathen: Why I am “Happily Heathen”

Viking Age jewelry from Birka, at the Swedish HIstory Museum / Cara Freyasdaughter

Every Heathen’s reasons for staying a Heathen are different: Alyxander Folmer argues that Heathenry is a “religion of questions” and supports a skeptical, questioning attitude; Molly Khan talks about how the Heathen worldview supports her connection to the land, the ancestors, and the Gods. As for me, I have a ton of reasons which I will gladly tell you about–that is why I call my column “Happily Heathen”, after all. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: Walls and Doors

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Walls are being built high and strong in the Pagan community as our component parts struggle to establish their distinct identities. Will our Pagan village have room for everyone who wants to live in it? [Read more...]

The Cartomancer: Personality Test

Marseille Tarot, reconstructed by Wilfried Houdoin, Millenium Edition (Photo: Camelia Elias)

How often do we pose these questions to ourselves: What do I know about myself that others also know? What is hidden? What do I know about myself, but would rather keep a secret? What do others know about me, which I, however, am unable to recognize? [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: She Who is Without Oddness, Cast the First Stone

Heron at her Store

Then dawn breaks, and patterns form, the map of the universe unfolds before you, and it isn’t even a car you’ve been driving all along, but a tardis from Dr. Who, rendering time and space fluid and luminous. You can go anywhere you want to go, but you’re on a one-way trip, never able to go home again. Try putting THAT white rabbit back into the hat. In my world “normal” is spectacular; “natural” will blow your mind. Who am I to question what you are perceiving? She who is without oddness, cast the first stone! [Read more...]

The Path of She: A Lesson in Flying

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It is our choice whether to live from fear or freedom. The Mysteries offer this teaching for those terrifying moments when our fear suffocates our freedom: loosen your grip, listen from the seat of your pants, and don’t worry, we are here. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Embracing the White Sage

Native bee on White Sage blossom / Anne Duthers

The first time I met White Sage was in the demonstration garden of my alma mater. I rounded the corner and heard angels sing as the sun opened the clouds and touched the softly rounded, large white leaves adorning Sage’s sturdy thigh-high stalks. For years after I sought and coveted this velvet soft touch and scent. [Read more...]

Why I am Still a Heathen

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Patheos is doing a summer series called “Future of Faith in America”. The Pagan channel’s spot will be up on August 26. In preparation for this event, our Managing Editor Jason Mankey has started a series for the month of august called “Why I’m Still a Pagan”. I think this is a brilliant topic, and I’ve really enjoyed the various responses so far. So to that end, here’s why I’m still a Heathen. [Read more...]


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