Seeking the Grail: Creativity, Inspiration, and Obsession

Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

This past fall, I lost my mind again…I dove deep into a big project and got completely obsessed. “Go big or go home” is my motto when I get inspired. Thing is, I know this about myself, but I managed to forget how much sheer fuel there is when I’m lit up for a particular project. Imbolc is a fire festival sacred to Brigid–a goddess of fire–and the mysteries of fire are an apt metaphor for this kind of work. Have you ever struggled to find inspiration? Or have you found yourself struck by an idea, consumed by it? [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Sacrifice, Skillbuilding, and Motivation

Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

For many Pagans, Imbolc is about dedications; to me, dedication means work. It means sacrificing my time and energy to learn what is needed to follow my calling. Building skills takes motivation; to get good at these things, you have to put in the time. How did I get good at doing ritual? Years of work. Not hours, years. And here’s the thing–Pagan communities need excellence. [Read more...]

Letters From Midgard: Yes, Enough

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Another author recently wrote a piece here at Patheos about the future of Heathenry. Steven T. Abell has a different view of Heathenry’s greatest risks. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Broom Closets and Bible Belts – 10 Tips For Your Coming Out Party

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I’d wager that many of you fine readers have struggled with the problem of being the odd-ball witch or pagan struggling to find acceptance in a family of evangelical, fundie Christians. That is a thing that happens down here in the bible-belt with alarming frequency, especially for young adults just starting out, and can be really challenging. For 15 years, I lied and hid who I really was from my mother, and most of our family, which was both miserable and pitiful. I regret how I handled things. Here are a few tips to consider, should you choose to come out of your broom closet, too. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Is Heathenry Incomplete?

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! A recent article by Dagulf Loptson called “What is Heathenry Missing?” addressed a topic I’ve been hearing a lot recently in online Heathen circles. Dagulf expressed a common complaint that Heathenry lacks any kind of unbroken chain of tradition. He [Read More...]

Happily Heathen: The Apples And Oranges Of Heathen Spirituality – Lore or Experience?

"Nuts, Apples & Oranges" by Zeynel Cebeci - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Something that has been coming up a lot for me in my personal musings on spirituality this past year is the disconnect between theory and practice: what one thinks, in theory, a deity should or shouldn’t be doing, and what it is that deity actually does. Scholarship vs. individual experience–who will win?

Answer: If this becomes an either/or battle, no one does. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: A Transgender Perspective on Gendered Mystery Rites

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Reducing men’s or women’s experiences to a biological function is a dangerous oversimplification. There are many folks who wear what one of my friends likes to refer to as Schrodinger’s Pants – what is inside them is uncertain and undetermined until they are removed. [Read more...]


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