Druid Thoughts: Witchcraft Today – 60 Years On

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Sixty years ago, Gerald Gardner unleashed Witchcraft Today, bringing the idea of witchcraft into public awareness and replacing fairy tale clichés with a vibrant, modern, and living tradition. Gardner’s status as a semi-mythic figure to those of us who are younger–a ground breaker, a person whose story outlives his mortal life, and who seems destined to be a legend–is worthy of note. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: One Last Dance

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Friends, this will be my last “Dance of Pagan Recovery” column. Next week, I will begin a new blog for Patheos Pagan entitled The Urban Pagan Homestead: Earthy Adventures of a Dirt-Heart Witch. But before I go, I offer you this ongoing ritual for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven and Chronic Illness

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I suffer from a genetic disorder that often wreaks havoc in my life. Lately, I have tried to give myself a break. I was born this way, and if I am doing anything toward the goal of wellness, then I am succeeding. I need to stay in the moment I am in and not live too far out in the future or dwell too much on the past. With this attitude, I have found that what would normally be months of convalescing and fatigue have been cut short. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

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If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Practical Advice from the Hávamál (Part 3) – Odin’s Guide to the Internet

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I was recently asked how the Lore could possibly have anything to teach us about modern concepts, like the Internet. Believe it or not, Odin’s got quite a bit to say about social media… [Read more...]

What Is Socially Responsible Magic?

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Socially responsible magic is magic done to actively contribute to a community’s well being, to the benefit of all the people in the community, as opposed to the benefit of one or a few people. But how do we make sure such magic is effective? For example: an oil rig has a broken pipe that starts spilling oil into the ocean. A Pagan group decides to do a ritual with the purpose being to use magic to “fix” the broken pipe. The question that arises is: Has the magic they’ve done really contributed to fixing that broken pipe? If so, how? Taylor Ellwood asks these and other tough questions in this new column. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Magic on the Move

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Because I’m going to be making a different kind of magic this summer, I’m taking a brief hiatus from this blog, but I’ll return in August with more of The Busy Witch. Until then, you can always check out my older posts, and keep in touch with me via social media. [Read more...]


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