The Zen Pagan: Ares and Athena in the #BaltimoreUprising

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Our society is too much like Ares and too little like Athena. We are too ready to give in to the easy mindless rage that ends in defeat and humiliation for the aggressor and destruction for their victims, rather than the difficult, judicious, creative–but still valiant and strong–way of wisdom. The problem is not merely political: it reaches to the deep spiritual level of how we see our relation with ourselves and the world. [Read more...]

The Hearth is for Warriors Too

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The role of the hearth-tender is a warrior’s role in its own right. A place of respite needs to remain connected to the outside world to know what the people fighting for will need when they return. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Technology, Athena, and Doing it Right

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It always bothers me a little bit when I see Pagans take highly anti-tech stances sometimes even to the point of proudly proclaiming themselves Luddites and accusing all (or most) the evils of society on technology. That just isn’t something I can let slide by. [Read more...]

The Witches Next Door: Beltane Rituals – Beyond the Bang

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What if boinking a beloved (or beloveds) isn’t your idea of celebrating Beltane? What if you don’t associate the arriving Rites of Spring with the the literal act(s) of, ahem, raising the Maypole? [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Smelling Roses

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The oldest roses are still available today. Rosa gallica, called the ‘Apothecary Rose’ was the type mentioned by Greek historians and used in dark age monastery gardens and found too in medieval physic gardens. This is the type most used for the fragrance of their essential oils and in healing preparations at the time. And today, when the roses bloom in Bulgaria, armies of old women go to the fields picking 250 lbs of petals to distill for each single ounce of essential oil. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Why Begin the Quest?

Four Treasures: The Chalice, by Shauna Aura Knight

An introduction to Seeking the Grail, a column about spiritual seeking, personal transformation, leadership, and mysticism. What is the Quest for the Grail? How does the journey shape your heart? What calls your soul on this path? [Read more...]

Making Light: Aphrodite

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It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]


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