Making Light: Aphrodite

​She likes long walks on the beach, fine jewelry, and cockle shells.From Shutterstock.

It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: My Best Superbowl Sunday Ever

A 3D Model of LSD via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

A psychedelic can only act as a catalyst, speeding up a reaction that would have happened anyway given enough time and energy. If you are utterly lost and directionless and take a psychedelic, you will be utterly lost and directionless in a faster and more energetic manner. You have to build the circuit, carve the channel, before you add the energy. [Read more...]

A Pagan Short History of Valentine’s Day

Cupid in a Tree, by Jean-Jacque-François le Barbier. Public domain

Valentine’s Day is not regarded as a particularly Pagan holiday, although some of the ideas and practices around it have their roots in Paganism. In this guest post on the Agora, James Lindenschmidt, a regular contributor on our A Sense of Place blog, shares some information about the history and origins of the holiday. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Heart Leads the Way – The Practice of Loving Kindness

Image via Erick DuPree

The universe has an odd way of inviting me to question deeper. As I sat down to write today, the tea bag in my cup of tea offered this wisdom, ” Let your heart speak to other’s hearts.” And I thought to myself, what might it look like if Valentine’s Day got a re-fame. That instead of romantic love, and the pursuit of it, we instead focused our hearts on loving the self. What does your heart say to you and how does it lead the way [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Woo Woo Scale 2.0, Part 1

WooWoo Scale

What is WooWoo and how might we evaluate it? Lydia MN Crabtree presents her version of a WooWoo scale. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Question I Ask Myself Every Day

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The question that shapes my spiritual practice and my daily work: who can I help? [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: An Imbolc Offering

Brigid's cross via Shutterstock

I’ve always been drawn to Brigid, and as my Imbolc celebrations continue, I wanted to share a poem that I’ve written this year as an offering to the goddess of smith-craft and poetry. May the dark season be lifting for you, and may we step with joy into the light. [Read more...]


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