The Blooming Staff: The Curious Conversion of Frater Achad

I can’t recall the number of times I have sat at my computer with a stack of books by my side in the middle of the night, say at 2:45 AM or maybe 4, bursting (silently) with excitement over some intellectual epiphany, some sudden realization or Eureka! moment in which I feel like I have finally cracked open the secrets of the universe. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion

In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and consideration when dealing with all beings, spirits, and gods. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Path of Wisdom from Personal Gnosis to Myth

When you have important wisdom to share with your spiritual community, careful consideration about how to best present it to your audience is key. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: What is Valhalla, and Who Goes There?

Many aspects in our tradition end up getting oversimplified into easy to swallow ‘Christianized’ binaries. This is most evident in the modern concept of Valhalla. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Getting Up on Our Stilts, or, Notes Toward a Manifesto of Catholic Decadence

Unlike the doomed protagonists of the Gothic novel and the later weird writers (H.P. Lovecraft and his circle), who attempted to subdue the forces of darkness with their philosophical reason and were crushed by the noumenal terror of a cosmos indifferent or hostile to humanity, the Decadent Catholics made themselves the villains of a gothic tale of their own making, an appropriate role for English Catholics who were the villains of the Protestant imaginary of the earlier generation. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Many Gods West Preview – Gnostic Polytheism and Animism

What is wisdom, gnosis, divine knowledge? What are the new stories of the gods and great spirits? Who are they sharing their thoughts through and how do we listen interpret and discern truth through these mediums? [Read more…]

Irish American Witchcraft: 21st Century Hex

Of all the lines that divide the modern pagan community none may be so sharply defined as hexing. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Building a Kindred

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Most of you readers here are familiar with my ongoing work over at Huginn’s Heathen Hof, but for those of you who aren’t super active on Facebook let’s just say it’s been a ludicrously busy few weeks! For [Read More…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Looking Inwards

There are numerous conflicts in modern Pagan practices. When they do spill over, the conversation around them ranges from intelligent discourse to vitriolic demagoguery. Then, the topics that cause the worst blow-ups are banned from discussion and a kind of artificial peace is established; a façade of peace over a temporarily calmed sea of strong opinions, sectarianism, and conflicting ideologies. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Honoring Hekate in the Rite of Her Sacred Fires

On Saturday night I honored Hekate as a part of the annual Rite of Her Sacred Fires, coordinated by Sorita d’Este, founder of The Covenant of Hekate. I have known Hekate for nearly a decade now, and I would like to share some of my experience with her and my Rite of Her Sacred Fires. [Read more…]


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