Irish-American Witchcraft: Celebrating the Longest Night

It’s not a major religious holiday for us, but its the children’s favorite and probably one of the most fun. As we move into the coldest, harshest time of year in my area we do so in good spirits and with good cheer, knowing that the light is returning, a little each day. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Living with Honor by Emma Restal Orr

O-Books offered up several titles for columnists to review this month and I selected Living with Honor: On Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr. I was excited about reading this text because of the focus on animism and ethics–topics important to my spirituality. [Read more…]

Wayfairing Woman: Actively Listening to the Spirits at the Dark Moon

In my experience, the dark stillness of this time is an invitation to engage with spiritual and magical forces by listening more intently. Sometimes in the great stampeding rush of life, I forget to listen well. Anyone can hear other people or the spirits, but listening well, meaning listening actively, requires focused effort. [Read more…]

A Winter Solstice Meditation: Ereshkigal and the Great Below

Open yourself to the natural world energies of this longest night of the year and the new light that will soon be birthed from this deep darkness. Imagine taking these energies into your body and sense them calling forth your inner darkness and emerging light. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Love Notes from Freya

Clergy work comes in all forms. Sometimes it entails emotional one-on-one work with a member of one’s congregation; sometimes it involves ecstatic trancework with one’s deity; sometimes it just means physically tidying up after an event. Here’s an example of a time when clergy work turned in to me asking, “Can I take a message?” [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: A Transgender Perspective on Gendered Mystery Rites

Reducing men’s or women’s experiences to a biological function is a dangerous oversimplification. There are many folks who wear what one of my friends likes to refer to as Schrodinger’s Pants – what is inside them is uncertain and undetermined until they are removed. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: The Sorcerer’s Cartomancy

Knowing yourself is not very interesting if it stops there, in self-knowledge. What is infinitely more interesting is the knowledge of your place. Knowing your place gives you access to the connective flow where magic happens all the time, and not just some of the time. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: A Witch’s Carol: A Tale of Three Hauntings

I hope that my story of this haunting, affirms for you that Spirit is universal, love is eternal, and family bonds trump religious divisiveness. While the world seems to be burning down around us due to religious intolerance, may my Witch’s Carol bring a bit of peace to your families this yuletide season. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Jesus Talk Skeeves Me Out

My last post here was about me wrestling with religious intolerance and bigotry, and I’m still wrestling with it. I’m trying to wrap my brain around why I have this knee-jerk reaction to Christian religious language that I don’t have when Pagans talk about their faith. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Animism and Healing

Since animists don’t turn a blind eye to the dark corners and dangers of the spirit world, it’s not uncommon for us to occasionally find ourselves stepping into the role of spirit healers. Mostly, we’re not great healers with legendary magical powers. That doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to those in need. [Read more…]


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