The Busy Witch: Magical Things Come in Fives! #‎Patheos5Yrs‬

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Five is a powerful number; there’s the five pointed star, of course, and the additional power that is brought to a ritual when you call five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit), not to mention the unique group dynamic that is present among circles of five. So raise a glass (or five) today to the force of this number, and the magic of this birthday. I’m so grateful to be a part of this thriving, vibrant community, and it’s a pleasure to say happy anniversary and bon fortuna, Patheos! [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – Blood Is Not Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Part of my struggle is knowing that how I frame my involvements with family, covens, and Family Covens taints how I experience and then describe the energy of those groups. What I delineate as “family” is inexorably linked with parents who consistently abused me. For me, “families” are not units where you go to be safe, nurtured, or unconditionally loved [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Putting the Best Foot Forward

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When we’ve violated our own principles, either consciously or even inadvertently, we become directly responsible for restoring our honor the best we can. This requires an honest objectivity, self-awareness, and willingness to make any necessary amends. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Daily Devotions

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Devotion can look like fitness, or music, or making chairs, or updating a web page. Don’t try to change your nature to fit a specific model of worship; that just leads to failed resolutions. Instead, choose the model of worship that best suits your nature. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice

Clann Bhride

The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the grace of voice could refer to ordinary speech, Brighid’s association with poetry makes it especially appropriate to cultivate this grace through singing aloud in a pleasant tone. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Why Buddha Touched the Earth: Zen Paganism for the 21st Century, by Tom Swiss (Review)

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Like Zen and like Paganism, readers will take away from this book whatever matters most to them, and that’s a powerful thing. As Swiss reminds us, “it is the key to meditation, shamanism, and magic in all their forms: change your mind, change the world” (pg. 113). [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Why Free Events Discriminate Against the Pagan Poor

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Why charging a small fee for events and workshops is actually of benefit to Pagans who are less wealthy than others, and how important community effort is for the greater good of the group. [Read more...]


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