The Path of She: Why Does the Goddess Matter?

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In our modern sensibilities, God is the fundamental construct for Divinity; the Goddess typically doesn’t even make the list. You may ask yourself: why does this matter? What do we gain from a feminine concept of the Divine? [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: The Positives and Negatives of Dedicating to a Deity

Freya and Freyr / Igor Ozhiganov

I am dedicated to the Vanic Goddess Freya and consider myself Her daughter. When I first started working for her, I was full of zeal and love for Her and I couldn’t really figure out why everyone did not want to honor Her and devote themselves to Her. Now that I have a solid devotional relationship with Her for a couple of years, however, my rosy cloud has passed. I have to admit that there are also some negatives to being dedicated to a deity. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: To Listen

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To listen passively leads to anger and pain. To listen actively, while difficult, leads to understanding and acceptance. Will you make the effort to truly listen to another? [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: On the Fractal Nature of the Earth Mother

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As we celebrate the changing of the seasons and the balance of day and night the Rev. Melissa Hill talks about the fertile Earth Mother and how to harmonize modern science with ancient understanding of this goddess who supports us with every step we take. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

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The planet Mercury has been in retrograde since September 17 and will return to his direct path October 9th, so not long now (1). You may have noticed that communications have gone a bit sideways over the last few weeks, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the Patheos Pagan channel and the very hot debates on cultural appropriation raging there. This will account for some of it. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Pagan Events and Special Needs Children (or Adults)

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If we, as modern pagans, want to be truly inclusive in our public rituals then we need to stop thinking that inclusive means crafting the ideal experience for able-bodied, contemplative adults. We need to start thinking of ourselves as the diverse group that we are. [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Animism and Virtue

Animism and Virtue -- © Polly Peterson (2015)

In Paganism, we spend a lot of time shouting across the chasms of meaning and misunderstanding. One of my best friends and I have been at loggerheads for about fifteen years over the most basic of assumptions about the nature of the universe. And the root of this disagreement is a simple one. You see, I’m not a Neoplatonist. [Read more...]