Happy 5th, Patheos! #‎Patheos5yrs‬

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“The Dance of Pagan Recovery” is a newcomer to the Patheos Pagan Agora blog, only appearing since January of this year. In that short time, I’ve begun to feel the juju that is available through this venue. It feels good to have a place to discuss the needs of those like me, who may have felt unwelcome in traditional recovery programs. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: “Just one won’t hurt!”

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I was having a conversation with someone yesterday at our community Beltane ritual about that tricky thing that happens to us as we get further along in our recovery process… you know, when you start questioning whether you actually ARE an addict or alcoholic? When you remember the innocent pleasure of just that ONE glass of wine, or brownie, or bump? Maybe we could engage in those behaviors in a normal way. Oh, the beautiful maybe! [Read more...]

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...]


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