Wyrd Words: Vikings in the New World

There’s been quite a buzz going about the Heathen community about the three “newly discovered” Viking sites in Canada. Already there have been some pretty wild claims and suppositions made by people who are understandably excited by these discoveries, but it’s important to keep the facts in mind. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Planting a Virtual Garden

As evidence to my faith, I know my computer responds to moods by the consistent way it merrily retrieves data when I am contented, or alternately freezes with threatened data loss when I am in a last minute panic. But that is Quantum Theory, and being played about with until the late 1920’s, is positively last century in scientific thought. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

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…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Goddesses – Finding Home

There are over 350 representations of the Goddess in this collection. Most of them fit, snugly, inside the case originally constructed to exhibit it, the accumulated life’s work of Oberon & Morning Glory Zell. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Adaptability

Our community can be very opinionated. Everybody who has ever bothered to peruse the Pagan Blogosphere (or seen more than two Pagans try to have a conversation) knows that our community is constantly arguing with itself. In matters of religion, it’s easy to become stuck in a specific line of thinking. When someone calls into question an idea which we hold dear, it’s normal to feel defensive. That’s perfectly natural (and completely understandable), but it’s important to know how to choose our battles. The knee-jerk reaction that causes us to shut down and play defense can also keep us from taking in important new information. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: The American’s Guide to Getting Ebola

Black and brown lives, in the ideology of the West, are simply worth less than white lives. At all times, in every way. This attitude simmers, then erupts when a white person has the gall to treat black and brown lives as important. She’s seen as a traitor. How dare she prioritize “them” over “us.” [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 3)

Sable Aradia continues with her series on depression and suicide. This article explores complimentary or alternative therapy options, both mainstream and experimental. [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…]

Wyrd Words: Pagans: IN SPAAACE!!!

Given the environment that the Pagans of 2064 will be working with, I predict that those of us who want to build Pagan institutions will develop a type of “grove culture,” small communities or apartment complexes that support urban gardens and artisan crafts. Some of these may be tradition-specific, others might be more eclectic, but those will likely be the common elements between “groves”. These are two popular trends within our current community which could become valuable commodities within the next 50 years, and these groves could allow for both community and financial security. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Ionian philosophers naturalistic?

There are those who believe Naturalistic Paganism is but a modern thing, a young sapling in the forest of Paganism. In this article, the truth about its age is discovered. [Read more…]


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