The Lady’s Quill: Eating Ash and Spitting Fire

Whether you count its origins in the pastoral altars of Romantic poets, the channeled voice of the Night Sky herself speaking to a mad sorcerer in Egypt, or the stolen revelations of a secret witch-cult in England–or maybe you don’t believe any of those stories–modern Paganism began in protest. It began with the voices of the heretics. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Relax, Your Local Gods can only be Discovered through Foreign Intervention

Your local gods are other people’s stories. The totally other people’s stories. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: The Summer Solstice – Cake for Áine

On midsummer – the holiday between Bealtaine’s earthy celebrations and Lúnasa’s harvesting – we celebrate the joy and growth of the light half of the year. We acknowledge, formally, what we live with everyday – the knowledge that the world we live in is shared by myriad spirits and is touched by the Gods. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Interruption and Creative Flow

This time last year, I had a clear and focused plan for my writing, both fiction and nonfiction, but I’m definitely one of those creative types that gets thrown by distractions and interruptions. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Washing The Dishes – Awareness, and the Hidden Opportunities for Magic in Modern Life

I am writing an entire occult-y blog post about washing dishes. Yes, washing dishes. By the end of this blog post, I promise you may even want to wash dishes. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: On Choosing a Magical Name

Upon entering the Craft, it is traditional, almost required, that one choose a new name. The taking of this new name symbolizes the death of the old personality and rebirth of the person. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Is Magick Real?

Is magick real? This is a question I am asked all the time, and to my ears it is a puzzle. Not the actual answer, but how the person gets to a point of asking it. You may as well ask if Science is real. Or Love. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Building a Kindred

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Most of you readers here are familiar with my ongoing work over at Huginn’s Heathen Hof, but for those of you who aren’t super active on Facebook let’s just say it’s been a ludicrously busy few weeks! For [Read More…]

Dandelion Seeds: Finding the Spirit of My Religion

I knew what she was as soon as I saw her. She was my frumpy girlfriend, otherwise known as the druid group Ár nDraíocht Féin. I’ve joked for years that ADF is my girlfriend. I’m a pagan so I can anthropomorphize anything, even an international organization. As a practicing polyamorist and bisexual seeing this group that I work so hard for as an actual person that I have a real relationship with works really well for me. [Read more…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Looking Inwards

There are numerous conflicts in modern Pagan practices. When they do spill over, the conversation around them ranges from intelligent discourse to vitriolic demagoguery. Then, the topics that cause the worst blow-ups are banned from discussion and a kind of artificial peace is established; a façade of peace over a temporarily calmed sea of strong opinions, sectarianism, and conflicting ideologies. [Read more…]


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