Outside the Circle: Why Stealing Bones Matters – The Aftermath Of Stupid

By now, many of us have read the story of the arrest of Ender Darling, for selling bones online, obtained from Holt Cemetery. The Wild Hunt also covered the news, offered a timeline to events leading up to her arrest. I wanted insight into the magic that was abused. I wanted to go to the source. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Shaming Pagans – Sincerity Does Not Equal Competence

There was a discussion about John Halstead’s article, Gods Save Us from Bad Pagan Rituals: 10 Signs You’re Half-Assing Your Mabon Ritual, in my local community and it reminded me of a quote from Isaac Bonewits: “Sincerity does not equal competence.” [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Decorating with Death

We each fashion our own language out of symbols and objects which speaks as loudly as our voices, both to ourselves and to the Gods and spirits, and there is real beauty in that. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: For the Love of the Gods (Book Review)

There have been a rash of more or less scholarly books about the origins of modern witchcraft, Wicca, etc., in recent years, most of them focusing on old gossip about the founders of various modern Traditions. For the Love of the Gods is nothing like these. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Vision and Movement – Rising Above the Gossip

Rarely do we openly talk about power and exclusion, but we need to start having real conversations. As an occultist, I can tell you that I personally do not always feel welcome at all pagan events. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Gifts of the Hera’s Journey – Four Spiritual Lessons for the Fall Season

In the Fall season, the hera’s journey provides invaluable teachings that can help you navigate the deepest roots of your journey of soul, and source the primal, transformative powers of the sacred dark. [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…]

Wyrd Words: The Real Story Behind ‘Camp Courage’ And The AFA

Many Heathens awoke on the morning of September 2nd to the news that the Asatru Folk Assembly’s “Midwest Fallfest” had been kicked out of the camp that they had booked for the event just days before the event was due to take place. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: K. Frank Jensen

Exactly a week ago the world of Tarot lost a grand magus and man of cards, legendary collector and historian, K. Frank Jensen. His legendary status can be traced in all the most important reference books, from Michael Dummett to Stuart Kaplan. [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…]