Seeking the Grail: Creativity, Inspiration, and Obsession

Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

This past fall, I lost my mind again…I dove deep into a big project and got completely obsessed. “Go big or go home” is my motto when I get inspired. Thing is, I know this about myself, but I managed to forget how much sheer fuel there is when I’m lit up for a particular project. Imbolc is a fire festival sacred to Brigid–a goddess of fire–and the mysteries of fire are an apt metaphor for this kind of work. Have you ever struggled to find inspiration? Or have you found yourself struck by an idea, consumed by it? [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Sacrifice, Skillbuilding, and Motivation

Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

For many Pagans, Imbolc is about dedications; to me, dedication means work. It means sacrificing my time and energy to learn what is needed to follow my calling. Building skills takes motivation; to get good at these things, you have to put in the time. How did I get good at doing ritual? Years of work. Not hours, years. And here’s the thing–Pagan communities need excellence. [Read more...]

Letters From Midgard: Yes, Enough

a series of runes on wooden chips

Another author recently wrote a piece here at Patheos about the future of Heathenry. Steven T. Abell has a different view of Heathenry’s greatest risks. [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: Dawn Unbroken

a purple lotus flower

The moment of creation, the theological Big Bang, is the dawn appearing in the heart of a fragile flower. It may be the past, the first moment, but it is not gone: it is always there. [Read more...]

The Cartomancer: Transmission

Marseille Tarot as reconstructed by Wilfried Houdoin, Millenium Edition (Photo: Camelia Elias)

We say to one another: ‘Don’t waste my time.’ ‘Don’t waste my time’ should be the proper greeting among spiritual folk. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Broom Closets and Bible Belts – 10 Tips For Your Coming Out Party

a surreal painting of an open book in a field with a tree before it and people crossing a bridge to enter it

I’d wager that many of you fine readers have struggled with the problem of being the odd-ball witch or pagan struggling to find acceptance in a family of evangelical, fundie Christians. That is a thing that happens down here in the bible-belt with alarming frequency, especially for young adults just starting out, and can be really challenging. For 15 years, I lied and hid who I really was from my mother, and most of our family, which was both miserable and pitiful. I regret how I handled things. Here are a few tips to consider, should you choose to come out of your broom closet, too. [Read more...]

Wayfaring Woman: Holiness and Hallowing at Imbolc

a cabin in a snow covered field

The holy current that runs through this time of year is profound and its blessings are many. Whether or not you tend to notice subtle increases in temperature, or slowly lengthening days, I invite you to turn your awareness to holiness, the current of sacred worth and boundless potential. [Read more...]


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