The Dance of Pagan Recovery: The River is Your Heart

RiverHands

We may choose not to play with others because we are resentful or fearful. But there are other reasons why we might do things differently. We may hear another need calling out to us. Sometimes that looks like being way-away from the herd, or maybe just up the river a bit. Just far enough to where we can do our own thing and still hear the singing of our kin. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

Clann Bhride

Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Good Parents = Good Kids?

premedresentchildren

I have had to accept that my expectations of my son are setting up resentment in our relationship. The more I release what I expect of him, the more likely our relationship is to strengthen and my child will develop into my greatest hope for him: a healthy, loved, mentally and emotionally secure person who can easily provide for himself and any family of any type he chooses to create. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: What Makes a Family?

Nimue Brown

The ideal is a family or tribe held together by bonds of love, respect and mutual support. When fear of not having a place to belong is greater than anything else (and it so often is), what will we tolerate in order to have membership? What will we sacrifice? [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Learning the Language – The Purpose of Symbology in the Craft

1-Magician

Why memorize magickal symbolism when you can Google? Sable Aradia explains how learning the language of the occult makes your magick more effective, and why. [Read more...]

Making Light: Demeter

Triptolemus, Demeter and Persephone by the Triptolemos-painter, ca 470 BC, Louvre. Public domain image.

With Demeter, my practice is about as simple and ordinary as it gets. I don’t do any complicated rites and I don’t have a lot of high-falutin’ prayers; I just do some gardening and show some gratitude. [Read more...]

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...]


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