The Cartomancer: Just Shut Up

Cards: Ciel De France, Miro Company (Photo: Camelia Elias) Sometimes I play games in the social media. One of my friends and former student in the Nonreading program asked this question for everyone to answer: ‘To end a fear, you have to face it. True or false?’ Amazing answers from people, the majority tilting towards ‘face it’. In other words, the majority went for ‘True’. I got in the game too and said this: ‘Fear is... Read more

The Hearth of Hellenism: We Don’t have Relationships with the Gods, or Do We?

One of the goals of this blog is to confront our beliefs and think about our assumptions or expectations. Think of me like Socrates (but cuter), always asking questions, probing deeper to get to the truth. I just hope a cup of hemlock will not be on the menu in my future. Please be gentle with me kind reader. This entry is dedicated to a critical examination to a common belief in paganism, that of “personal relationships” with the Gods.... Read more

Tree City Witch: The Sun in Leo Is Your Fire Cure

I used to think that I stopped being depressed in my mid-30s, that suddenly it was gone. Okay, not suddenly, but life changed. It got better. I was my own boss after years of failing at working for others. Work saved me. I was in New York City. Surviving. Living. I felt as though I’d crossed some bridge of life, the depression bridge, and that was it. I’d outgrown it and become some better stronger version of me. Amazing me.... Read more

The Other Side of the Hedge: Paganism, the New Frontier

The universe is a dangerous and predatory place, and we’re not at the top of the food chain. Religions are like spiritual fortress-cities, and mostly we people live inside them and hope our chosen gods protect us. There are few who wander outside those walls, and fewer still who return. If the great religions are like fortresses, then each fortress has its own leadership, organization, and rules. Ruled by a god-king, a council, or a family, each is distinct from... Read more

Tree City Witch: Full Moon in Capricorn For The Emotionally Intense

We have a Full Moon in Capricorn this weekend, and the astrology world is all up in arms because the Full Moon will be conjunct Pluto. Pluto rules death and rebirth, change and transformation. Think of the Death card in the Tarot. We don’t want to see it although sometimes we know we need to see it. We rather see The Lovers. More fun, naked fun. The kind of naked fun that comes with a Full Moon and Pluto conjunction... Read more

The Hearth of Hellenism

My name is Angelo, I am a new contributor to Patheos Pagan. A big thank you to Jason for inviting me to do this column The Hearth of Hellenism. A little background about myself, I am a tarot reader, author, blogger, and YouTuber. I did my undergraduate studies in religion and am pursuing graduate studies in history. Religion and history are two subjects that I am deeply interested in, along with other disciplines. For me, the history of religion specially... Read more

The Other Side of the Hedge: Daily Practice Saves Lives

Once upon a time, I felt I had developed some mastery over my mind, body, and spirit. I trained in meditation and went from a scatterbrain to a steel mind. I studied martial arts and went from bent to confident. I trained as a healer and my spirit became as much a part of me as my right hand. Then I lost it all. This is how I got it back. “Sword of Damocles” (detail) by... Read more

The Cartomancer: Self-Help

Camelia Elias: Sigil, ink on archival paper. I was looking for some texts today. Among the papers I stumbled over a sigil I made for my partner two years ago. The sigil came with a quotation from Van Morrison, a household favorite singer. ‘You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.’ (Van the Man, Into the Mystic) This in turn made me think... Read more

Queer Femme Mystic: Top 5 Modern-Day Mystics to Survive and Thrive in These Treacherous Times

There is much to mourn since my last piece on Patheos. We mourn the victims of the white supremacist who murdered two men trying to defend two Muslim teen girls on public transit in Portland, Oregon. One of the men killed, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, reportedly had “close ties to the Pagan world.” We mourn those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire, victims of the English government’s greed, never forgetting that the first named victim of the fire was Mohammad... Read more

The Other Side of the Hedge: Reaching the Spirit

Ground. Center. Live. We don’t master grounding and centering by knowing some secret. We get there like we climb a mountain. One step at a time, one day at a time, we push on. Even if in the beginning, maybe, we just wanted bragging rights, by the time we reach the summit we’ve become the kind of person we always longed to be. The Way of the Warrior When I was a kid, I wanted to learn how to fight.... Read more