Adventures in Wortcunning: A Starwood Experience

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Drums beating through the days and all along the nights become a tapestry for our dreams. Along its weaving framework of syncopated sound and silence I connected with the Devas of the 600-acre campground called Wisteria, as I slept. Here, I strolled a new and common Slumberland with these nature spirits and the assembled members of our human tribe. Our presence, I sense was most welcome on that etheric plane as we, mud-babies all, danced and deepened our connections with spirit, soul and self. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Myrtle of Venus & Bacchus’ Vine

Painting (by LTJG James Murray) of Francis Scott Key penning the Star Spangled Banner, NHHC Photo NH 86765-KN

In which Anne shares a bit of American history with us related to the original lyrics to the tune we’ve all come to know as the Star Spangled Banner. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Grief and Renewal

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! AAAAAAND WE’RE BACK! Good gods what a month! It has just been a non stop rush from one chaotic bit of madness to the next! Seriously! We had a bunch of THIS   Followed by one of THESE! And then [Read More...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion, in Context

Image Courtesy of Susan Lohwasser

Something like Songs for the Old Religion could not happen in today’s Pagan world, because Paganism has changed and we have changed. In 1975 music was something everyone did, everyone shared, everyone wove into the fabric of their lives. Today, music – even Pagan music – is performed by professionals and bought by the rest of us. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Finding an Ancient Earth Mother

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One thing that you learn by studying history is that the gods change. They change because the climate changes, or the people worshiping change, or the people think new thoughts and their gods reflect that. By learning about the Hittite Earth Mother we get a glimpse into something that is very old and didn’t have time to change. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Only God to Whom Jupiter Must Bow

Terminus. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Boundaries in their role as both endings and beginnings are also on my mind because this will be my last column for Agora. The good news is that this is because The Zen Pagan will soon be its own full-fledged blog here at Patheos Pagan! But this change too is the crossing of a line, a passing of a boundary. The Romans had a god for that: Terminus, the god of boundaries. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion – Part 1: the Making

Songs for the Old Religion Back Cover / © Susan Lohwasser 1975

In which Dana recounts the creation of a CD, Songs for the Old Religion. [Read more...]


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