Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc

Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved. It’s also my oldest daughter’s favorite, not only because she has a special devotion to Bríd, but because it’s the holiday that gives her the biggest role to play. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Anxiety and Body Image

This past year I’ve come face to face with some of my deeper issues with body image and how that impacts my personal work, my spiritual seeking, and my work as a leader. In fact, I’d say that poor self esteem is one of the most problematic issues I see within Pagan leadership. Poor self confidence (for both leaders and community members) creates many of the problems that cause community blowups. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice

Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex, the most mystical. Like the other three “Cross Quarter” days (Beltain, Lammas and Samhain), Imbolc is a festival of fire, but the fires it kindles are not quite of this world. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: A Writer’s Rendezvous

I sit now, in a wooden desk chair with arms. An old green “Quiet Riter” typewriter sits upon the wooden desk before me. The desk drawer is open beside me with a fresh stack of paper, waiting. A small waste can, the circular file, sits waiting, patiently for my next frustrated toss of another crumpled page. I can smell the paper, and the carbon behind it – because, why not keep a copy for myself? Now, that’s old school. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Courting the Self

The court cards are not us. The court cards are agents helping us or blocking us from achieving what we want. They can counsel us, sell us down the river, talk about us behind our backs, or stab us. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Hermes Gongs the Cosmic School Bell

Lo! As the first moon of my service waned into darkness, I began my quest, embarking upon a pilgrimage to the sacred crossroads of Pantheacon, flying far from my home, to the distant lands of San Jose, California. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Witchcraft and the Grimoire Tradition

A grimoire is a magical book with rituals for contacting spirits, spells, divination and associated lore. Magic books and witches have a long traditional association. In folklore and witch trial records we read that the Man in Black presented to new witches at their first sabbat ritual a big book in which to sign their names. There are any number of famous Black Books, books of planets, and medieval grimoires mentioned in witch trial records and wise-folk trial pamphlets, news articles, folk song and lore. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Managing Multiple Deity Relationships

All relationships can be complicated, and human to divine relationships are no different. Deepening a spirituality and developing my practice requires that we think through the relationships that we cultivate. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Three Simple Words That Can Change Everything: Life is Good

Life is good. This is true now and has always been true. These three simple words, when made the center of our worldview, can change everything. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Apples And Oranges Of Heathen Spirituality – Lore or Experience?

Something that has been coming up a lot for me in my personal musings on spirituality this past year is the disconnect between theory and practice: what one thinks, in theory, a deity should or shouldn’t be doing, and what it is that deity actually does. Scholarship vs. individual experience–who will win?

Answer: If this becomes an either/or battle, no one does. [Read more…]


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