Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

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In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [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...]

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...]

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...]

Wyrd Words: Faces of Odin – Soldier, Scholar, Skald, and Skeptic

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Óðinn, as he is depicted by the Lore, is very complex and multidimensional. To simply label him as a "God of War" is not only an inadequate descriptor, it’s a disservice to the depth of his personality. The Allfather wears many faces, and all of them are important to the Sagas he weaves. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice

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The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the grace of voice could refer to ordinary speech, Brighid’s association with poetry makes it especially appropriate to cultivate this grace through singing aloud in a pleasant tone. [Read more...]

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

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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...]


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