When Grief Becomes Ritual, When Remembering Renews

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 Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Minds

Should we be afraid of wild mind? That is certainly the message of some religious paths and philosophical schools. You, in the wild state, are wretched. (That’s why nakedness is sinful. Cover your shame!) The universe is wretched. Left to its own nature life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, a war of all against all, sinners in the hand of an angry God, headed straight for Hell at any moment, and only Divine — i.e., Super-Natural, Unwild — Intervention can save us. [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Harvesting Under the Blood Moon

The Blood Moon is rising today, and this lunar eclipse, like Earth’s changing season, is an example of how the universe can perfectly align. Let us embrace this powerful moment to create practices and set intentions. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: Fasting, Shamanism, and the Otherworld

It’s well-documented that fasting is a tool in the shaman’s toolbox. It fosters altered states. It induces visions. With that in mind, I decided to make my Yom Kippur fast this year an explicitly magical practice. [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…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven, the NFL, and Council of Mothers

I encourage Family Covens to seek out and name a Council of Mothers for their children, male and female. Seek out various ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, classes, and opinions. It isn’t the White House, Rutgers University, or the NFL that will have the greatest impact in lowering the rate of sexual violence. It is the council of mothers that forms the landscape of children’s lives. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part 2 – The Work

My devotionals consist of my declaration to the Goddess, followed by devotionals to the deities I’m working with, then a hello to the fey folk and ancestors and spirits of the land, a lovingkindness chant, and finally a few moments of silent meditation. The latter three always feel pretty straightforward. But the deity devotions tend to give me trouble. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: A Few Books that I Think Every Witch Should Read (Part Two)

Sable Aradia continues her list of books that she believes every Witch should read, with a few honorable mentions. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Pagans

In other words, we must get wild with our spirituality, untamed and direct. It seems to me that this is why the Neopagan movement exists in the first place, a reaction to the inability of “civilized” religion to deal with the circumstances in which humanity finds itself. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part One – The Shema

It’s funny–whenever my practice begins to falter, whenever I get tied up in how to please this deity or how to work that spell, it’s science that helps me center myself. The Tree of Life and the breathing Earth. The race of electrons and the swirl of galaxies. These things are my declaration. My Shema. [Read more…]


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