Outside the Circle: Top Ten Magickal Facts about Trees

I gravitate to trees. I can think of at least 3 places I’ve lived where loving the tree preceded picking the home or apt. The one in front of our place now gives it a special charm that I enjoy every day, especially when I need to refresh. Trees are calming, mystical and magical and bring a sense of peace to any trying time. [Read more…]

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The Cartomancer: Three Steps to Self-Enchantment

How do we allow for other modes of knowing to be seated in us as ‘more’, to use a metaphor from Vodou spirituality? Try three steps. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Path of Wisdom from Personal Gnosis to Myth

When you have important wisdom to share with your spiritual community, careful consideration about how to best present it to your audience is key. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Deep Relaxation and Release

Generally, sleep is one of the most underrated experiences and it is becoming increasingly clear that it is evolutionarily critical. So why would I post on sleep as a magician? First, I want to, and that’s that. Second, it is a great place where magic, the occult and the psychological overlap. You can even be a hard core atheist and this will help you. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Keek Stane

I have been studying and practicing my magick for a long, long, time. If I were the late President Lincoln, I could say it was two score and eight years ago that I began this meandering path. After a decade or two of study, I decided to begin to practice what I’d been learning about. One of the first things I did was start to collect stuff. Altar stuff. Reference books. Tarot decks. I needed tools. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: What is Valhalla, and Who Goes There?

Many aspects in our tradition end up getting oversimplified into easy to swallow ‘Christianized’ binaries. This is most evident in the modern concept of Valhalla. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Saying Goodbye

The Rev. Melissa Hill says goodbye and reflects on her journey to becoming a writer and where she’s headed next. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Seeing the Sacred and the Secular

In everything I’ve read of the old Irish and Scottish folklore it seems pretty clear that there was no idea of separation between daily life and the numinous. People prayed and said charms over everything from lighting and banking the fires each day to preparing food, from milking the cows to bathing their children. The sacred was woven into the mundane so completely that the two were nearly indistinguishable. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Pagan Events, Shyness, and Hospitality

One aspect of Pagan leadership is in the function of hosting events. And one of the things I often talk about when I teach workshops on leading rituals is that rituals shouldn’t be “written,” they should be designed. Sculpted to create a particular experience. Whether you’re hosting a small open discussion night at a cafe, or a public ritual, or a large festival or conference, hospitality is a part of that function. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Village Games

Community practice in a village in ancient times would have had most people following similar customs, but that’s not always workable for modern pagans. That doesn’t mean one can’t have a meaningful Lughnasadh celebration in a group with only one Celt, though, and without giving short shrift to anyone else’s stuff. [Read more…]