Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular

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Personally, I like my Halloween with green faced ‘witches’ and candy corn, trick or treating, and carved pumpkins. Oh, how I love candy corn and a jack-o-lantern! Sure, some of those items have folkloric history in pagan-based cultures, but I want to bob apples and throw lavish parties while eating candy corn till my stomach hurts. [Read more...]

When Grief Becomes Ritual, When Remembering Renews

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Last year, I lost a beloved companion. Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance ritual, now in its 35th year, was the sacred space in which I mourned. Each year, hundreds of people gather in this place to celebrate and dance with the dead, those whose names we know, and those whose names we do not know — because what is remembered, lives. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Finding New Depth in the Darkness

This year, I’ll be pushing myself to make deeper connections with the people who’ve come before me, through both writing and ritual, and instead of only spending a day or two remembering, I’m committing to an entire month of reflection and dialogue. It’s a daunting process, but one I’m really looking forward to. [Read more...]

Making Light: Apollo

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I’m walking, dancing, hopping, wiggling, climbing stairs, pulling a toddler in her wagon, and mowing the yard for Apollo. As my step count goes up, I’m honoring Him, praising Him, and thanking Him for my good health. Every day that I feel well and full of good energy, I know that He has helped me achieve that. [Read more...]

Making Light: Artemis

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This is one of the most important stories in the Mythos. For the most part, this is Leto’s story, but I also think of it as Artemis’ story because it’s how She came to be. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Why Free Events Discriminate Against the Pagan Poor

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Why charging a small fee for events and workshops is actually of benefit to Pagans who are less wealthy than others, and how important community effort is for the greater good of the group. [Read more...]

Making Light: Dionysos

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The Theoi are complex, and Dionysos is much more than the “party god” he has a reputation of being. He is certainly present during revelry, but his presence extends much farther than simple drunken enjoyment. [Read more...]


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