Seeking the Grail: Why Jesus Talk Skeeves Me Out

Image Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

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

Everything exists in both

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...]

The Rantin’ Raven: The Second-Meanest Cat

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Anyone who says that animals don’t communicate — that they can’t form and carry out complex schemes — never met the second-meanest cat in Pomona. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Planting a Virtual Garden

A portion of the Grey School of Wizardry's virtual campus in Second Life / Anne Duthers

As evidence to my faith, I know my computer responds to moods by the consistent way it merrily retrieves data when I am contented, or alternately freezes with threatened data loss when I am in a last minute panic. But that is Quantum Theory, and being played about with until the late 1920′s, is positively last century in scientific thought. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Odin’s Greatest Enemy, Depression in a Heathen Context

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  Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora!   I love this community. I love the open tolerance of the broader Pagan umbrella as well as the well-grounded strength and practicality of Heathenry. There’s a reason I’m a still Heathen. It’s far from perfect, but [Read More...]

Dandelion Seeds: Push Your Emotional Reset Button with Devotionals

young girl screams because of bad christmas stress

The holidays are hard. In between Black Friday and Solstice Vigil squeeze in some time for your own sanity with devotional practices to help you keep an even keel. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: So you Want To Be An Ally

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I see more and more people talking about being allies to different groups – and really you can apply this to any minority group – so I decided I probably should just write this, because often it seems like people are talking about being an ally but then missing some important aspects of actually doing that. [Read more...]