Adventures in Wortcunning: Speaking of Ancestors

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As my daughter entered labor many miles from me, I stopped my daily routine to sit in meditation, lending her a bit of strength and sending her my love. I knew also when to rise again and resume my day, when all was well again in their little family. And during this time I sent strength to mother and child, and also felt behind me the added love and energy of the ancestors, watching and praying with us. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: We Are Our Deeds

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There’s this unfortunate tendency in Pagan circles for those holding the title of ‘Elder’ to be held as somehow above reproach. As if questioning these people at all is somehow showing a lack of proper respect and deference for an empty title. It’s Paganism’s own personal brand of ad verecundiam, and it REALLY needs to stop. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Five Ways to Have a Pagan Thanksgiving

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1. Honor the Ancestors
2. Learn about the Native American Tribes in your Area
3. Eat Local
4. Be With People You Enjoy
5. Practice Gratitude [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Morrigan’s Peace Prophecy

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In which Morgan shares with us her translation of the Prohecy of the Morrigan from the Cath Maige Tuired. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Tolerance, Bigotry, and Paradox

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I so often wonder what it is about people that leads us to this place. I see fear leading to anger and then conflict with two polarized sides. What is it about us humans? Do we really have the capacity to move past the fear and the anger, the bigotry, the egotism and “I must be right” perspective? I hope so. But hope hurts, because I see this cycle of fear and conflict over and over. [Read more...]

Making Light: The Pagan Blogosphere is Toxic

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I feel like maybe I have interesting ideas about theology and that maybe some people would like to read about those ideas. It doesn’t matter to me if you disagree with me, but it does matter if you’re not very nice about the way you disagree with me. Xenia goes both ways and I will make every effort to be courteous and respectful, but I also expect the same from others. I’m a real person with real feelings and emotions and unless it’s kind, timely, and true, don’t say it. I’m not fragile, I can take criticism, and I don’t mind arguing, but if it can’t be a civilized argument, I want no part of it. [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Scrying Over You

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Scrying is the practice of inducing and interpreting visions. Commonly, crystal balls and magic mirrors are used. Until the last couple of years, I haven’t had much interest in scrying tools. It’s a funny thing, really; I’ve always had a hard time formally scrying; it always seemed like this intimidating practice. But, scrying isn’t that much of a mystery. [Read more...]