Heathen Woman: A Season for Living

Ing Rune. Image by Holt via Wikimedia Commons. CC license 3.0.

Without the reality of hard lessons, we would not be able to appreciate the wisdom needed to walk a spiritual path. In other words, there must be winter; there cannot always be flowers and warmth. The rune of the Elder Futhark known as “Ing” personifies this very concept. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagans: IN SPAAACE!!!

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Given the environment that the Pagans of 2064 will be working with, I predict that those of us who want to build Pagan institutions will develop a type of “grove culture,” small communities or apartment complexes that support urban gardens and artisan crafts. Some of these may be tradition-specific, others might be more eclectic, but those will likely be the common elements between “groves”. These are two popular trends within our current community which could become valuable commodities within the next 50 years, and these groves could allow for both community and financial security. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Paganism – Indoors or Outside?

Old Irish Hearth, Lough Doolin, C. Clare (1935). Public domain image.

Paganism, to our ancestors, did not mean exclusively nature. It meant a blending of human concerns and natural powers: Gods of war and wisdom, of poetry and politics. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Gratitude, the Ocean, and Me

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I am thankful not only for the ocean, but for the lessons she offers: change is inevitable, life is fluid, and beauty and strength are not mutually exclusive. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Letting Go of Summer

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For years, I’ve resisted the changing seasons and the coming cold; I moved to the south to get away from long, bitter winters, and I’ll wear sandals even when it’s snowing, just to cling to the semblance of summer. But this year, I finally feel ready to welcome to the cold with intention. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

Cat eating a house sparrow by Mark Marek Photography. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

I think the Devil is a way of putting outside of us all the things we don’t want to admit are part of being human. We kill and torture, rape and abuse. Once we admit that evil wears human faces, then we stand a better chance of dealing with it and not becoming a manifestation of it ourselves. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were early agricultural peoples naturalistic?

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Early humans depended upon nature for their very existence. However, nature religion does not equal naturalism, a worldview that sees all primary causes originating in nature. Yet agricultural advances during the Neolithic period suggest the possible development of a key prerequisite of naturalism. [Read more...]


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