The Path of She: An Imbolc Meditation – Brigid and the Light and Shadow of Soul Work

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Brigid leads you to Her scrying bowl, filled with the waters of Her holy well and lit by Her sacred flame. These heady powers can reveal the hidden knowledge within you and share healing visions of where your journey of soul will lead you next. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: Offerings For The Gods – Part One – The Vanir

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As a practicing Heathen, a key cornerstone of my spiritual practice is the offering of gifts. The Havamal has a lot to say about gift giving and fostering reciprocal relationships. Though in the Havamal Odin focuses more on building relationships between humans, I think the same advice can be applied equally well to our relationships with the Gods. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Is Heathenry Incomplete?

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! A recent article by Dagulf Loptson called “What is Heathenry Missing?” addressed a topic I’ve been hearing a lot recently in online Heathen circles. Dagulf expressed a common complaint that Heathenry lacks any kind of unbroken chain of tradition. He [Read More...]

Dandelion Seeds: The Call of the Swan Maidens

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The Swan Spirits called to me long ago one Samhain night, and now that has led to my preparations for ritual at one of the largest pagan conventions: Convocation. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc

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Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved. It’s also my oldest daughter’s favorite, not only because she has a special devotion to Bríd, but because it’s the holiday that gives her the biggest role to play. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Anxiety and Body Image

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This past year I’ve come face to face with some of my deeper issues with body image and how that impacts my personal work, my spiritual seeking, and my work as a leader. In fact, I’d say that poor self esteem is one of the most problematic issues I see within Pagan leadership. Poor self confidence (for both leaders and community members) creates many of the problems that cause community blowups. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice

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Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex, the most mystical. Like the other three “Cross Quarter” days (Beltain, Lammas and Samhain), Imbolc is a festival of fire, but the fires it kindles are not quite of this world. [Read more...]


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