Star Made Witch: Shakespeare and the Stars (Book Review)

Learning planetary magic and astrological systems hasn’t come easy to me. So when our channel editor, Jason Mankey, offered up Shakespeare and the Stars for review, I thought maybe this will finally be something I can easily relate to in astrology. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology III – the Doughnut and the Dice

One of the things about stories is of course the way they keep turning up, over and over, in variable forms. A story about the voices of the ancestors. And about meditating doughnuts. And an imaginary alien. They’re all the same story, in the end. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Witch of Portobello (Book Review)

The Witch of Portobello is about a Romani orphan who was a refugee to London with her Lebanese parents. This variety of heritages Sherine Khalil, nicknamed Athena, has access to makes this story a globe trotter. Everywhere the woman stops we get a sense of the unique struggles of each country. Increasing the diversity this novel can portray is the interesting narrative structure of storytelling via several dozen characters who Athena touched throughout her life before it was cut too short by her violent and random murder. [Read more…]

Making Light: My Little Pony on My Little Altar

Never mind that the unicorns described by Ancient Greeks were actually rhinoceroses, “unicorn horn” was often narwhal, or that in Greece in the 5th century BCE “unicorn=purity” may not have been a thing. That’s not relevant. That connection was there in my brain before I even knew that I’d be following a Hellenic path. This wee smidge of syncretism is more about my very own brains and the experiences and knowledge tangled up in there than it is about “what the Ancient Greeks did.” [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Books On Irish Paganism and the Fairy Faith

When it comes to my particular flavor of witchcraft people occasionally ask me to recommend books that would be good for people interested in following the same approach. There are many other really important books that a person should be familiar with and I thought for this week’s blog I’d give a short list of some of them as well as a few other mixed media items that can be enormously helpful in familiarizing people with the mythology and folk practices. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Spelling as Witchery

“I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us.” ~Mark Twain [Read more…]

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

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

The Busy Witch: When the Gods Become Characters – Fiction and Faith

It’s been a really interesting experience writing mythology-based fiction, particularly when it comes to creating characters out of gods and goddesses who may be familiar to me. Although my nonfiction stems very much from a place of personal truth, my fiction is just that: fiction. Still, it can be challenging to craft a character out of a deity. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Look Mom! We’re on T.V!

I had high hopes for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was excited to see where they would go with the series — that is until I got ALL THE WAY to episode 8. The episode was going to be a tie-in to the last Thor movie The Dark World. To say that the episode was a disappointment would oversell what was essentially 40 minutes of Pagan bashing. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: A Few Books that I Think Every Witch Should Read (Part Two)

Sable Aradia continues her list of books that she believes every Witch should read, with a few honorable mentions. [Read more…]


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