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The Path of She: A Fall Equinox Mystery – Persephone and the Ways of the Sacred Feminine

At the Fall Equinox, Persephone awaits you at the opening to the Underworld, offering up Her mysteries of the sacred darkness that beckon you to a new cycle of healing and growth. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Dealing with Discrimination – What’s An Inclusive Heathen Supposed To Do?

I’ve been Heathen since 1999. In that time, I’ve been to a lot of Heathen events. I’ve followed and participated in a lot of email threads and blogs. I’ve watched as the endless “Who can be Heathen?” discussion went around. I’m tired of it. You may be, too. Or you may not have strong opinions either way, because hey, it doesn’t affect you directly. Or does it? [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Meet the Dark Shadows of the Autumn Equinox

The sun sets earlier now. We start to hear the rustle of tree tops, reminding us they’re here. Yes, the Dark Ones are a presence not felt since last Winter. They are back. That blessed cool darkness. The woods a deeper dark. The Watchers of the cold months are beckoning. Take notice. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Who’s Responsible for Speaking Out Against the AFA

Paganism is a Eurocentric thing. Non-european indigenous religions seem to prefer not to be called Pagan, a pejorative word that has been used against them for centuries. If you were to draw a diagram of pagan traditions, organizations, people and movements on which you placed these, prioritizing them by research and scholarship so that groups who value these things fall toward the center; you’d see that those who are getting closest to the moments before Christianity rolled in are the reconstructionists. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Álfatrú – Believing in the Hidden Folk

Labels are always a fun game to play in Paganism, Polytheism, Heathenry, what-have-you. Within the context of Heathenry I have toyed for a couple years now with the label of Álfatrú for myself as a more precise descriptor of my belief system [Read more…]

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…]