Happily Heathen: Winternights — The Heathen Samhain?

Winternights is one of my favorite holidays. I love when summer finally gives way to Autumn—the smell of the dying leaves, harvesting the last fruits, starting to hunker down for the winter. To me, it is a natural time to start pulling inward and focus on family, hearth, and home. But is it the Norse version of Samhain? No, it is not. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Wild Witchcraft

There’s a blog I follow called Seo Helrune which often posts things I find thought provoking and insightful. Recently, they discussed the ideas of certain witches working with dangerous spirits, connecting to the Unseen where you are, and the overarching theme between the two of some kinds of witchcraft as a wild and untamed practice. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Effective Ritual Is Important

Ritual facilitation is a professional skill set. If you learn the skills to make it work, and work to train others on your team to do the same, you rituals will get better. [Read more…]

Guest Post: A Ganesh Isn’t a Ganesh Until it’s Broken

And that’s when it hit me: of course our Ganeshes are broken and repaired, because the god himself was broken and repaired. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Extended Spellwork and Self-Compassion

So, I have been doing magic, every day for two hours for 20 days. Connecting to the same spirit in a powerful way, for a specific and large purpose. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Opet, Autumn, and the Wanderer

What does the common cultural motif of the god in disguise testing mortals’ hospitality have to do with the present day? And what does it have to do with an ancient Egyptian state festival? These questions, illuminated by filk music. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: How to Read Cards for the Secret

One of the first things that I teach my university students is that if literature has any function whatsoever, then it’s because it shows us how to relate to our desire to know secrets, how to transact with them, and how to have them told but not revealed. Now, think about the same idea as it relates to cards. [Read more…]

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…]

Star Made Witch: Benefits of Being a Traditional Witch

A witch learns through the practice of magic, a confidence that their fate is in their own hands. Of course, you have to work with what you have be it your background, culture, social class, etc, but a witch builds their self knowledge and power to make the most of things. [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…]