Happily Heathen: How I Learned To Work With My Ancestors

A cup of hot cocoa in a mug from my grandfather’s hometown / Cara Freyasdaughter

Despite being a longtime Heathen, I had never really settled into a satisfying ancestor practice. Now I enjoy my growing relationship with Them and talk to them daily. Thank goodness, because how else would I ever get a good parking spot? [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: The Three Kindreds and My Polytheist Theology

Dan Price / freeimages.com

In modern Druidry we often speak of the Kindreds: the Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, and the Shining Ones. What do these classifications mean? Read more to find out, and to discover how they mesh with one person’s polytheist theology. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Religion is For When the System Goes Down


Though our religious traditions can struggle, there is something incredibly powerful and life saving at the core of what we do. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Summer’s End

apples on the tree

The warmth and growth of summer is past and the harvest is in, now is the time of cold and decay as the old is recycled back into what will form the new again. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: The Wounded King

a throne on a field of gold

There is a particular magic to mythology. I admit, I have a complicated relationship with the word magic. I’m a fairly pragmatic person, and I tend to lean toward a definition of magic as “science we can’t yet explain.” So whenever I work with myths and stories, or magical concepts, I tend to break them down and look at their function, or look at the sociology and history that created them. [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: The Thinning of the Veil

A perfect moment — © Polly Peterson (2008) / Flickr.com

Halloween is almost upon us. It’s a time of year for costumes, parties, and maybe a few ghost stories. Samhain is on its way, too. This is the time of year when we see a thinning of the veil between the worlds. If we’re given to such things, it becomes easier to reach across the veil. But as much as the veil thins outside of us, it thins inside of us, too. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Wicca Was the Tantra of the West

Photograph of the Author, Dana Corby, likely by Jo Carson (used with permission)

I’m old enough to remember what the Craft was like ‘in the day.’ It was highly sexual. Many rituals included Great Rite in true, and it was practically de rigueur to fuck your Witch friends. And while most of the coven leaders I met were married, few (the times being what they were) were exclusively monogamous. Few people now recall that one of the original descriptions of the Craft was ‘the Tantra of the West’ but that’s exactly what it was. [Read more...]