Happily Heathen: A Prayer Of Thanks For Njord And His Children

"Njörd's desire of the Sea" by W.G. Collingwood (1854 - 1932) - The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sæmund's Edda. Edited and translated with introduction and notes by Olive Bray. Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1908) Page 271. Digitized by the Internet Archive and available from http://www.archive.org/details/elderorpoeticedd01brayuoft This image was made from the JPEG 2000 image of the relevant page via image processing (crop, rotate, color-levels, mode) with the GIMP by User:Haukurth. The image processing is probably not eligible for copyright but in case it is User:Haukurth releases his modified version into the public domainLicensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Thanksgiving has always been very secular holiday for me, so when it came time to put together a Heathen post for Thanksgiving, I struggled a bit. Eventually I realized that, in my experience, giving thanks for abundance of all kinds falls squarely in Njord’s territory. So in honor of Thanksgiving, I present a prayer of thanks for Njord and HIs children. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: A Thanksgiving Transmutation of Tens

The tens cards of the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris / Photo by Heron Michelle

Right on cue, I had what some would call a crises of faith regarding my own material needs. I’m walking the tight rope between a need to pay for the necessities of life and my sacred mission of service. In short, I think about money, or the lack thereof, a lot. Some might think that isn’t enlightened enough to admit publicly. I beg to differ. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Salvation of a Southern Witch

Heron and her Larger-Than-Strictly-Neccessary, Jack-the-Fabulous-Lantern, ready to welcome friends to her Halloween Party

Gather ’round, my lovelies, and let Mama Heron tell you a story, the back-story, a Witch’s Come to Goddess tale…or as they say in the Southern Baptist church, let me !TESTIFY! about my “burning bush” moment, how I was “saved” and accepted my sacred mission to be an agent of Divine Love. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: A Wish Upon Dying

Heron and her daughter at Sondra's grave / Heron Michelle

My mother was the holy-rolling, bible-thumping, fundamentalist variety of evangelical Christian and basically the polar opposite from my liberal, feminist, witchy self. I didn’t talk about those things with my mother because I loved her, and I was too chicken to drop the “W” bomb. Even though she drove me absolutely bonkers, I craved her acceptance. Her love was unconditional, but the peace between us was not. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Summer’s End

apples on the tree

The warmth and growth of summer is past and the harvest is in, now is the time of cold and decay as the old is recycled back into what will form the new again. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

"Czech-2013-Prague-Astronomical clock face" by Godot13 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

The planet Mercury has been in retrograde since September 17 and will return to his direct path October 9th, so not long now (1). You may have noticed that communications have gone a bit sideways over the last few weeks, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the Patheos Pagan channel and the very hot debates on cultural appropriation raging there. This will account for some of it. [Read more...]

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

Ritual Altar / Heron Michelle

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...]