Gateway Goddess: Summer Samhain Feels Both Wrong and Right

Memorial Day is a kind of summer Samhain, and it can feel so odd in the Pagan context. And yet, in another way, it perfectly fits with my new traditions, all of which emphasize the importance of maintaining connection with ancestors. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Taurus Season – A Celebration of the Sacred Body

It’s May. It’s Taurus season. The season for celebrating the element of Earth in its fullest expression. A season that puts us in touch with that part of our souls that sticks closest to our skin and delights in the physical. In the Reclaiming tradition, it’s called Younger Self. I learned to call it Sticky One. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Balance Within and Without?

With the coming Equinox, I am ready to shed my winter skin. Not only is spring beginning to burst out, but we are approaching a powerful moment. The days have been getting gradually longer, but before we can feel the full flush of summer, we must pause and acknowledge the equinox. At the vernal equinox this week, day and night will be almost balanced. Such an event only occurs twice a year, and because of this rarity, it provides us with a powerful opportunity for soul work and magic. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Pisces New Moon and the Ocean Contained

Monday, March 11 marks the Pisces New Moon. Then, there will be six planets in Pisces: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus. Neptune, Mars. That’s a lot of deep ocean, dreamtime energy. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: Modern Cosmology

It is surely strange to begin a history of ancient naturalism with modern cosmology. Nevertheless, starting with the present can help elucidate preconceptions before proceeding to the past. In so doing, a clear picture of current understandings can be developed, the better to distinguish our own assumptions and avoid projecting them onto ancient peoples. At the same time, a foundation in the underlying concepts under investigation can be established. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Through the Desert, Home

The desert was beautiful. I loved looking at the texture of the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the spiky and determined plants. I reveled in the intense blue of the sky, the breathtaking abundance of stars. Yet, never before have I felt so unable to connect with the spirits of a place. [Read more…]

Astrology Book Review: The Moon’s Nodes

Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic (Hindu) astrological tradition, where gods, goddesses and demons figure as nature forces in the form of planets and points that take an active role in our lives. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Innate Paganism

If you’re like me, you get to the cold, dark, damp days and think, ‘Bloody hell, I could use cheering up.’ Innate Paganism is the simple idea that most human beings respond to the environment in similar ways. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things January

For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, winter has taken hold and the claws of cold grip the land. This month, we remember the Big Bang, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Chief Seattle. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things December

For places in the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived. Snow pricks your cheeks, and naked branches rattle in the wind. The day of longest darkness, after which the sun begins to return, comes on December 21st as the Winter Solstice. [Read more…]