Irish-American Witchcraft: Pagan Events and Special Needs Children (or Adults)

If we, as modern pagans, want to be truly inclusive in our public rituals then we need to stop thinking that inclusive means crafting the ideal experience for able-bodied, contemplative adults. We need to start thinking of ourselves as the diverse group that we are. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

I have recently started an “Intro to Heathenry” class in my hometown. In preparing for the most recent class, I made a last-minute decision to include a blot at the end. As I passed the horn at the class, I had a realization: This is what it is all about. Asatru is a lived religion, full of interaction with each other and the Honored Ones. If we never move beyond the scholarship and into a practiced religion, what is the point of being Heathen? [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Love in the Balance, A Poem for the Equinox

Learning to balance the “light” and the “dark” aspects of life is tough, but equinoxes are an ideal time to give these things some thought. I suggest closing the textbooks and going rogue to seek personal gnosis. Do you have a burning question that has never quite been explained to your satisfaction by any book or authority? Go direct. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Who Was Mabon?

There’s a lot of debate over the name Mabon at the Autumn Equinox, mostly because we don’t know much about the persona behind the name. Quite a few people believe the problem is simply that the myths don’t support the timing at the Autumn Equinox, but I think they do. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: A Spot of Tea?

Like reading a story aloud, speaking a thing makes it somehow different outside my head. As if the words, that breath of air with sound inside it, makes a think more real. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Fall Equinox Meditation – Descent into the Sacred Dark

At the Fall Equinox, a new cycle of healing and personal growth awakens within you. Heed the call of the sacred dark. Descend into its mysterious depth. The answers you seek, wait for you there. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: A Simple Blot for Freyr

As we are in the middle of the harvest-related holidays and are getting ready for winter, it seemed a great time to finally sit down and write a simple ritual for Freyr. Freyr is a great God who is often honored at several autumnal holidays, such as Frexfaxi, Winternights, and Yule, but I have not come across a good, year-round ritual that can be used to honor him. He’s a great God and he really deserves a lot more press than he currently gets. (Though since as he is one of my patrons, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased). [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Confessions of a Snake Oil Salesman

Bless me, pagandom, for I have “sinned” and fallen short of the glory of our gods; it has been two weeks since my last confession…er…post. For seven years now I’ve been a merchant of metaphysical goods and services, and there are days when I feel like a snake oil salesman. I confess my disenchantment with the metaphysical industry and occasional lack of faith in my fellow practitioners… [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting and Divorce

If the people separating could have agreed on things then the need for separation would not be necessary. But, since it is sometimes necessary, here are some guidelines on how best to work through an unfortunate situation. [Read more…]

The Path of She: The Everyday Magic of Yes

Yes is the most powerful magical word in our vocabulary. We activate the everyday magic of yes when we align our desire and will with our soul-sourced intention. Say ‘yes’ from your soul, and you transform your life. [Read more…]