Seeking the Grail: A Song of Death

It shouldn’t surprise me; nobody gets out of here alive, as they say. But death isn’t something I expect, not when meeting and working with people my own age. [Read more…]

Cauldron, Sword, Spear, & Stone: The All-Father of Irish Myth – 21st Century Lessons from The Dagda

The “All Father” is a figure found in many Pantheons. From Zeus to Odin, from Ra to Yahweh, father gods play an important role in mythology. The Irish Dagda, the father god of the Tuatha Dé Danaan, is no exception. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Keek-Stane (Part 2)

I made other magickal tools, and gave up on scrying as an object of desire… Until I went to Starwood 2016. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Did the Vikings Have Totem Animals?

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! There’s an interesting debate that I’ve seen drifting about the edges of the Heathen community for years, and (interestingly) it’s one of the only topics that I’ve ever seen debated more often in person than in the general Heathen “Blog’o’sphere”. Did [Read More…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Organized or Independent?

No matter what you do in Heathenry, you’re doing it wrong. Heathen practice is wide and varied, and in many ways, we’re feeling our way along and trying to figure out what works for us as individuals and as groups. It’s a natural evolution for a religious practice, but it’s not without its struggles and pitfalls. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: the Mystery about Mysteries

We know that many ancient cultures had initiatory Mysteries of some sort or another, and we know that we can’t bring them back. What’s a reconstructionist to do? [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: The Roman God Mercurius – An Introduction and Ritual

I have been working with Mercury – also known as Mercurius – since 2008. His facets are many and one of the greatest challenges in my search for Mercury has been his syncretism with Hermes. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Hansel and Gretel Spiritual Journey — Finding Your Way Home One Crumb at a Time

Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods and leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way home. So too we find our way home to a life of soul, one spiritual crumb and lessons at a time. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Freyr Isn’t Going to Bless those PopTarts

Today I was preserving some peaches I received from a local farmer, and it occurred to me that most people really aren’t in touch with their food. Oh sure, you go to the grocery store and buy stuff. Maybe you plant a small garden, if you have the space, but many people don’t. So, you buy your food from who knows where, and pray to Freyr that maybe he’ll accept your thanks. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Into the Realm of Voodoo with Bloody Mary

Tales of the magic of the Crescent City of New Orleans stretch back over centuries. It is an enigmatic place where Voodoo, Hoodoo, Witchcraft, and even Christianity blend at a crossroads of spiritual power. [Read more…]