Book of Blackbirds: Honouring Sacred Spaces, Part Three – Saving Space

Many sacred spaces are seriously threatened and under attack right now, and I don’t just mean by a few well meaning though perhaps overzealous pagans with western, first-world ideas of borrowed spirituality. [Read more…]

Book of Blackbirds: Honouring Sacred Spaces, Part Two: Personal Space

The truth for me personally is that I do not feel any overwhelming desire or spiritual calling to visit some of the better known indigenous or aboriginal sacred sites. This is most likely because the other sites are simply not my gods nor my places. [Read more…]

Book of Blackbirds: Honouring Sacred Spaces, Part One: Other Space

The judgement of who does or does not have the right to visit the sacred places of other cultures for purposes of seeking spiritual enlightenment, or any purpose at all for that matter, seems to be something of a hot button topic in current neopagan discourse. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Praise Ialdabaoth!; or, Notes Toward a Treatise on Averse Gnosticism

In his essay “Base Materialism and Gnosticism,” French philosopher Georges Bataille extols the potential value of a kind of Averse Gnosticism — a Gnosticism in which the demiurge of the material world, considered by the ancient Gnostics to be the “chief guard” of the prison of matter, and therefore a malevolent being, is in fact the object of worship and devotion. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Did the Vikings Have Totem Animals?

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! There’s an interesting debate that I’ve seen drifting about the edges of the Heathen community for years, and (interestingly) it’s one of the only topics that I’ve ever seen debated more often in person than in the general Heathen “Blog’o’sphere”. Did [Read More…]

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…]


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