Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

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If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

What Is Socially Responsible Magic?

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Socially responsible magic is magic done to actively contribute to a community’s well being, to the benefit of all the people in the community, as opposed to the benefit of one or a few people. But how do we make sure such magic is effective? For example: an oil rig has a broken pipe that starts spilling oil into the ocean. A Pagan group decides to do a ritual with the purpose being to use magic to “fix” the broken pipe. The question that arises is: Has the magic they’ve done really contributed to fixing that broken pipe? If so, how? Taylor Ellwood asks these and other tough questions in this new column. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Changing Consciousness According to Will

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As Witches, we tend to learn a lot of valuable skills about changing consciousness in the study of the Craft. We find it easy enough to embrace the concept of using smudging to focus on a ritual, using the flames of a candle to concentrate on scrying and inducing a vision, or using a guided meditation to direct the group Will. But most of us don’t consider the broader implications. Can we apply these valuable tools to everyday life? [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 3 – The Grace of Fortune

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The grace of fortune is not the condition of being lucky, but a lighthearted and graceful acceptance of change and loss, a spirit of gratitude without attachment, a conscious embrace of the fact that fortune always changes and will go on changing. Christopher Scott Thompson presents a prayer and ritual for Brighid that emphasizes the transitory nature of fortune. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven Can Be Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Covens openly accept: We may not know. We do not have to know. We are not all things to all members, nor should we be. Like a family, Family Covens understand when the coven is out of its depth and requires outside assistance. No adult child ever expects their parents to be perfect, and Family Covens apply that same logic to traditions, elders, and pagan leaders. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Wedding Magic

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The ceremony itself, whether in a church, a park, or a family home, is an act of creating sacred space; the bubble that surrounds a wedding is much like the one that exists in a ritual circle, and as in formal magic, the intentions and energy of all people present combine to create the experience of the wedding. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: New Tools, New Ways

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Sitting in mindfulness, walking in mindfulness, eating in mindfulness, it all helped me to remember how I could relax my body and calm my mind, sans substances. I was able to meet my anxiety and other emotions, give a polite nod, and know that within and beyond it all, I really, actually am whole and safe and beloved. [Read more...]


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